Specialisation

SPECIALIZATIONS

We offer specialization in three broadly defined disciplines: organizational behavior and strategy, operations management, and finance.

Organisational Behaviour & Strategy (OB&S)

The OB&S specialization is interdisciplinary, applying social science theoretical frameworks and research methods to management, social and policy problems. It enables students to develop deep insights into the functioning of complex and evolving institutions and societies. Students are trained in the theory and methods of Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management and Strategy/ Organization Studies. OB&S faculty has a broad range of interests ranging from leadership, conflict management, entrepreneurship, informal economy, behavioral psychology, diversity and inclusion, public policy and administration.

Current Research Topics:

Organisational networks Diversity in organisations Power and politics
Gender and organisations Cross-cultural management Leadership and organisational change
Conflict and negotiations Motivation, values, attitudes and behaviour Entrepreneurship
Public personnel management Organisational justice Human resource management

 

Operations Management (OM)

The OM specialization deals with managing organizational resources, processes, and priorities related to knowledge, technology, people, products, sustainability and innovation for improving organizational performance. It draws upon a wide range of disciplines including engineering, technology, economics, management and other social sciences. Research in this area is typically characterized by a blend of strong theoretical and practical implications. PhD candidates can also pursue doctoral research that examines issues pertaining to the Pakistani industry and other emerging economies.

Current Research Topics:

Mathematical modelling/optimisation Scheduling and transportation Supply chain management
Total quality management Service operations management System dynamics
Operations strategy Technology/innovation management Product/process development
Value stream management Business analytics Business intelligence

 

Finance

The Finance specialization provides students with a solid foundation on the theory and empirical tools of modern finance, and drawing from the field of economics. The focus is on corporate finance, asset pricing, investments, financial institutions and markets. Students are trained in rigorous research methods to prepare them for careers in finance with leading academic and research institutions.

Current Research Topics:

Asset pricing and market efficiency Corporate investment and financing decisions Regulatory framework and role of financial institutions
Islamic banking and finance International finance and banking Portfolio diversification, investments, and financial markets
Financial risk management and contingent securities Theory of the firm, agency problem, corporate governance, and other institutional issues Issues in accounting and control
Corporate finance and investments in emerging markets