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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 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