Chairperson's Message


Chairperson's Message

Welcome to the Ph.D. Program of IIM Udaipur

The world of business academia is a fascinating and fulfilling one. It is ideal for people passionate about a research who want to deeply comprehend the underpinnings of business and contribute to academic and practical knowledge. If you are reading my message, then you are probably already aware of this world and are possibly exploring the idea of pursuing a Ph.D. in a business discipline. You have come to the right place indeed!

Is the Ph.D. program suitable for you?

The Ph.D. program at IIMU is very different from typical MBA programs with respect to the program structure and the expected outcome at the end of the program. The Ph.D. coursework is completely different from the MBA coursework. After graduating from the Ph.D. program at IIMU, the students are expected to become faculty members at reputed institutions. If you have the grit and determination to sail through the challenges of a demanding Ph.D. program and if you aspire to join the venerable world of business academia as a faculty member following your Ph.D., then our Ph.D. program is for you!

The program is not for you if any one of the following is true:

  • You think that entry into the Ph.D. program at IIMU might serve as a backdoor for MBA campus placements.
  • You want to pursue a career in corporate jobs, consulting, or entrepreneurship.
  • You are unsure of your career aspirations and are exploring Ph.D. just because you think "it's cool".
  • You have not studied medicine but would still like to be addressed as "Dr."

We look for passionate candidates who we believe have the potential to survive half a decade of grueling research and coursework, persevere all uncertainties associated with a Ph.D. program, and serve as brand ambassadors for our Ph.D. program through their continued work as faculty members at institutes of eminence and high reputation.

What you should expect from the program?

You can expect to spend five years pursuing a Ph.D. at IIMU, generally with financial support. It would comprise two years of coursework and building your foundation in research skills, followed by three years of complete focus on rigorous research. IIMU will assign additional academic duties to you from time to time. Through your Ph.D. thesis, you must demonstrate evidence of having generated high-quality original research to graduate from the program. At this point, I should warn you that your publication outcomes might not necessarily be proportionate with the effort that you will put in for conducting research. It is especially true if you aspire to publish in the highest quality global journals. Rest assured that throughout your journey of navigating the gruel and uncertainties of a Ph.D., you will continuously receive guidance from our outstanding faculty members who are themselves highly motivated for publishing in globally reputed journals.

Should you consider our program?

IIM Udaipur began its journey a decade ago, focusing on research excellence, which is still unique for a new business school. It has already helped the Institute achieve 4th place among India's business schools according to the most prestigious UT Dallas research rankings in 2020. Research excellence is thus in the school's DNA. I cannot emphasize enough how keen our faculty members are for publishing high-quality research in globally reputed journals.

Consequently, our faculty members hold our Ph.D. students to the same standards to which they hold themselves. Therefore, the training in business research that you will receive here is almost unparalleled in the country. This unique aspect of our school is why you must consider pursuing a Ph.D. at IIMU. In other words, if you want to be a well-known researcher in your field by publishing high-quality work, then your incentives are already aligned with ours!

Come, join us!

IIM Udaipur's Ph.D. program is new. That is an excellent thing!

IIM Udaipur is indeed a relatively new entrant within the competitive space of Indian b-schools. Interestingly, this is also the most significant source of strength for our Ph.D. program. The Ph.D. program at IIMU is devoid of any baggage from the past. The program is tailored in the most suitable way to transform the students into researchers whose work would be contemporarily and globally relevant. The lack of any past administrative or structural baggage enables us to remain flexible in continuously monitoring the program's efficacy and redesigning it to keep the program relevant for the ever-changing realm of business and society. Furthermore, at IIMU we consider our Ph.D. students to be co-researchers and not underlings. I am sure you will enjoy being guided throughout your Ph.D. journey by outstanding faculty members in a friendly environment.

I am proud to represent our highly aspirational Ph.D. program. We aspire to scale great heights in research excellence as an academic institution. Our Ph.D. program is designed and administered keeping our aspirations in mind. If you too are passionate about research and aspire to scale great heights in business academia, I invite you to apply to our Ph.D. program. Good luck!

Prof. Avijit Raychaudhuri
Faculty, Operations Management, Quantitative Methods, and Information Systems
Chairperson, Ph.D. Program