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The Roundtable helps participants to evaluate progress of their research

and possibilities of implementation for the applied projects.

The annual research Roundtable, which is open to our DBA and MBA students, along with our faculty members and researchers, is aimed at helping participants to evaluate progress of their research and finding possibilities for implementing it in real-world contexts. This creates a collegial environment and framework, where our graduate and postgraduate students can discuss issues and challenges relating to their research work with peers and experts. The Roundtable also facilitates long-term collaboration and communication between our faculty and students

Academic year 2017-2018

EU Business School held it’s 2018 Annual Research Roundtable on Friday, May 25, 2018 at its Geneva campus. Based on its past success, the Annual Research Roundtable provided a platform to discuss, debate, and disseminate EU’s research vision, strategy, ideas, and methodologies to direct its research mandate. The Roundtable engaged participants to discuss research related agenda’s; evaluate their research progress; share their experiences and concerns; strengthen their methodologies; network with peers, experts and faculty; and collaborate to create a peer-assisted learning community. The event was attended by 6 current DBA students and 8 MBA students, as well as by several faculty members and supervisors. The event was moderated by Dr. Suddha Chakravartti, Head of Research, EU Business School included presentations from select faculty members.

Research at EU Business School: An Update

Dr. Suddha Chakravartti

Dr. Suddha Chakravartti opened the deliberations with a note to strengthen the current research activities at EU Business School. He focused on bolstering the research conducted by its faculty and students, particularly by DBA candidates, regarding how it can best create value and contribute original knowledge and expertise in their fields of study. He also updated the audience on the research strategy at EU Business School, and the many research activities and events scheduled for the academic year. Such events are crucial and provide key access and platform for researchers to disseminate their ongoing research and findings with a wider audience. The announcement of the launch issue of ON RESEARCH, EU Business School’s open access and peer-reviewed journal was also made to the audience. Finally, the core message of Dr. Chakravartti’s intervention focused on the importance and need to create a solid research community and foundation at EU Business School.

How to Write Your Literature Review

Dr. Jon-Hans Coetzer

Dr. Jon-Hans Coetzer, the Chief Academic Officer at EU Business School gave the first presentation on perhaps the most dreaded aspects of writing a dissertation, i.e, the literature review. Dr. Coetzer began his talk by recalling his own personal experiences in writing a literature review for his dissertation. He outlined the obstacles he faced and empathized with current researchers of the helplessness sometimes encountered by them in attempting to create a solid literature review. A sound literature review allows researchers to fine-tune their research question(s) and allows them to “fit” their research investigations and findings to the overall body of knowledge in the field. His advice to researchers was to start early in collecting the main literature available. However, he warned that the literature review is not a section to dump “all that is available out there.” Only relevant and accredited literature is warranted. For this, he advised the audience to begin attempting the literature review with a cogent research protocol or framework. A good research protocol/framework allows the author to develop a scope, and thereby set boundaries to what is being researched. Furthermore, the literature review should not read exclusively like an annotated bibliography, but should provide evidence of synthesis of information chosen and recorded; why the study/author has been chosen? How does a cited study add value? What are the contradictions and debates? A well synthesized literature review assists the author to clearly identify the gaps in the current state of knowledge, and thereby allow them to reliably extrapolate the main research question(s) for investigation.

Tips on Research Methodology

Dr. Olivier Naray

The second speaker, Dr. Olivier Naray, Professor at EU Business School, gave an insightful presentation on tips for conducting research and maximizing its findings. He started his presentation by providing the audience with a motivational approach as to why do a DBA? He spoke about his own personal experience and tribulations of doing a DBA and shared some of his lessons. The value of enrolling in a DBA program is not limited to achieving the title, but in acquiring expert level knowledge and transferable skill-sets needed in an array of professions. Finally, a good dissertation finds its utility as a relevant, tangible and sellable product for researchers. He underlined the importance of positioning the research topic to existing market needs, scientific requirements and knowledge gaps, to truly harness its value. In particular, he advised researchers and students to pay extra attention in adopting the correct research design, and the two types of reasoning, vis-à-vis, inductive and deductive. Finally, he gave a detailed talk on the conduction of both quantitative and qualitative research. The presentation espoused a lot of interest in the audience and was followed by a discussion on the research approaches adopted by current DBA students.

The concluding remarks were made by Prof. Stef De Jong, Academic Dean (Swiss Campuses), who stressed on the value of having a robust research culture in academia. He stressed on the role and value of research output and dissertations at EU Business School in promoting the value of learning and discovery.

Academic year 2016-2017

In 2016-2017 Academic year Research Roundtable took place on June 7th, 2017. 7 current postgraduate students participated in the event as well as 4 faculty members and 3 alumni. Dr. Suddha Chakravartti opened the session with a comprehensive research model. He stressed the notion of apprenticeship:  this is a learning process, to acquire and master research methods in a professional manner. The Roundtable interactive session was focused on “Research Effectiveness” and provided answers to questions related to the constraints of research raised by participants. The below contributions were presented by participants and discussed with attendees.

“Hidden motivations behind macroeconomic policies”

Sarvesh Kumar, DBA

Sarvesh Kumar presented the discussion on determinants and motivations of policy makers when making decisions. He argued that decisions are often not based on the econometric or dynamic stochastic general equilibrium (DSGE) modeling but rather on common sense or analogies based upon previous examples.

Sarvesh Kumar developed his model that qualifies the motivations behind the behavior of policy makers and risk averseness appeared to be one of the main explanatory variables.  Roundtable discussions were focused on this determinant. During the discussion the author was asked what does this bring to central banking? This question Dr Kumar is planning to research within post-doctoral studies and publications, to turn his research into action.

“Impact of Work Family conflict on employee outcomes: the moderating role of social organizational support”

Huma Khan, DBA

Huma Khan focused her research on work-life balance issues as an essential theme in both expert business practice and scholarly research. Her study examined the prediction power of the work and family imbalance in relation to job performance, turnover and job satisfaction. The study encourages institutions to recognize and take the issue of work-family conflict as an essential part of policy making and thus to reject the approach which considered work-family conflict as just a matter of personal wellbeing.

Roundtable discussions were focused on the literature review practices:  in today’s world a large number of articles are written in any number and version, which makes it not very evident to determine what is relevant literature and what not.  Sarvesh Kumar shared his techniques, largely based on keywords and citations. Best practices from a different field were discussed by participants that could assist researchers in their studies.

“Exploiting Oil and Gas company value using Portfolio Management techniques”

Bruno Schlesinger, DBA candidate

Mr. Bruno Schlesinger presented the research results showing that the oil and gas companies that have an integrated portfolio are able to be more resilient to oil price decreases through the transfer price mechanism across the chain.

This presentation brought participants to the discussion on how oil and gas companies are learning from the results and taking decisions to develop integrated portfolios.

“How constant change in business dynamics of global pharma markets will impact the Pharma Industry of Pakistan”

Syed Nadeem Ahmed, CEO SEARLE, DBA candidate

Syed Nadeem Ahmed’s research analyzes the impact of global pharmaceutical industry on Pakistan’s pharmaceutical business. The pharmaceutical industry of Pakistan is currently extensively growing and the business climate is changing for many international players in the industry. European pharmaceutical companies have no option but to react to this rapid growth by mergers or liquidations, some big players are exploring new emerging portfolios including drug combinations, new drug delivery, bio similar, nutraceuticals, nutrition, probiotics, bio technology, medical engineering, stem cells, nano-technology, genome sciences and bio engineering.

The discussions focused on the methodology of research that can be further used by Syed Nadeem Ahmed. Upon which Prof. Dr. Fernanda Salina pointed out that the key is to be specific.  For a dissertation research to be workable, its topic should be specific.  But specificity does not mean to be sure, because the main ingredient is uncertainty. Prof. Stef de Jong highlighted the importance of constant curiosity.

In the concluding Roundtable discussion Prof. Stef de Jong noted the strong spirit of cooperation and returned to the apprenticeship aspect of discovery. He highlighted the importance of post-doctoral research. Participants then returned to the basic research question of this Roundtable:  the commonality in the dissertation studies presented during the sessions.


The four researches that were presented – Sarvesh Kumar on the decision making process behind macro-economic policy making, Huma Khan on human relations policies and their incidence on the work-life balance for Pakistani university personnel, Bruno Schlesinger’s research into a model allowing to optimize oil-prospection and finally Nadeem Ahmed’s research into the future of healthcare: all have one central thing in common:  they are looking into the very mechanism of managerial decision making and what triggers it.


The further development of the above research discussed during the roundtable can be found in the dissertation work submitted by doctorate students after or prior to the discussions