Chairs: Jose de la Torre, Professor Emeritus at Florida International University, Rishikesh T. Krishnan, Director, Indian Institute of Management Indore and Sougata Ray, Professor, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta

Application Deadline: May 15, 2015

In the quest for greater global recognition and meeting the changing expectations of the key stakeholders many business schools in the developing economies have been laying greater emphasis on research in the recent years, demanding higher research outputs from their faculty members and attempting to improve the quality of the doctoral program. However, these attempts have met with sporadic success owing to various reasons. The academic leadership of these schools continue to face many hurdles and are in search for effective solutions. Recognizing that improving scholarship by enhancing research capacities is one of the most critical challenges facing the business schools in the developing countries, the Academy of International Business is organizing a workshop on strengthening the doctoral program and improving research culture in the developing country business schools, which will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.

All academic leaders (directors / deans / faculty) responsible for enhancing research capacities, promoting a research culture and leading the doctoral programs in the business schools of the developing economies are invited to participate.

The workshop is being structured to provide lots of opportunities for interaction among directors, deans and senior scholars around the globe to share ideas and best practices, discuss and brainstorm and come up with an agenda for collaborative actions that are likely to be useful in improving the research environment and culture, strengthening the doctoral programs, enhancing the research capacities and enhancing the quality research output in the business schools of the developing economies.

The faculty panel for the workshop includes distinguished management scholars and administrators with extensive research and academic leadership experiences in leading business schools around the world (please note additions and changes are possible to this list):

Preet Aulakh, Professor, York University
Professor Nick Binedell, Dean, Gordon Institute of Business Science, South Africa
Nakiye A. Boyacigiller, Former Dean, Sabanci School of Management, Sabanci University, Istanbul
Pankaj Chandra, Professor and former Director, IIM Bangalore
Jose de la Torre, Founding Dean, Alvah H. Chapman Graduate School of Business, Florida International University
Andrew Delios, Professor, National University of Singapore
Charles Dhanaraj, Professor, IMD
Sanjay Kallapur, Professor, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad
Rishikesh T. Krishnan, Director, IIM Indore
Ashis Nanda, Director, IIM Ahmedabad
Phanish Puranam, Professor, INSEAD
J Ramachandran, Professor, IIM Bangalore
Sougata Ray, Professor, IIM Calcutta
K.R. Subramanyam, Professor, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California
Hildy Teegen, Professor and former Dean, Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina
Rohit Varman, Professor, IIM Calcutta
Srilata Zaheer, Dean, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

Tentative Program (subject to change)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

10:30-11:00 Introductions
11:00-12:30 Session One: Panel Discussion on enhancing research capacities
and creating high quality doctoral program
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:45 Session Two: Panel Discussion on promoting research supportive culture
and grooming young faculty to be more research productive
14:45-15:00 Coffee Break
15:00-16:15 Session Three: Round Table Discussions by the participants in groups
to prepare the blue prints for intra-institutional initiatives
and inter-institutional collaboration to strengthen doctoral programs
and improve research productivity of business schools in specific regions.
16:15-16:30 Concluding Remarks

Confirmation Requirements:

Please note that space is limited in the program to ensure an optimal level of interaction. For participation, please send an e-mail letter, stating your interest in attending, with a short CV by May 15, 2015 to:;, and