The ISB Doctoral Consortium on Teaching
August 30-September 1, 2013
Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad
The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Case Development at the ISB recently concluded the 2013 Doctoral Consortium on Teaching at the ISB Campus.
The objective of the three-day Consortium is to provide hands-on learning on the art of effective teaching and classroom management to the next generation of B-school faculty. Targeted at final year FPM /Ph.D./Doctoral candidates who aspire to teach in business schools, the Consortium aims to give future faculty a head start in teaching excellence as they begin their careers.
About the Workshop
Twenty-seven doctoral candidates and fellows from leading B-schools in India, including Xavier School of Management (XLRI), Jamshedpur; Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon; and the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) at Ahmedabad, Kozhikode, Calcutta, Bangalore and Indore participated in the Consortium. These aspiring faculty members represented a wide range of management specialisations, including public policy, economics, marketing, production and operations management, corporate strategy and policy, organisational behaviour and human resources management, information systems, finance and quantitative methods.
The Consortium addressed various topics and innovations in business education and cutting-edge thinking and practices in teaching and learning through interactive sessions with eminent, award winning faculty from the ISB and other global B-schools.
Professor Aswath Damodaran, Professor of Finance at the Stern School of Business at New York University kicked off the Consortium with an engaging videocast on the topic, “Teaching: Art or Science.”
Professor Arun Pereira, Executive Director, CTLC, led a session on the “flipped classroom” model, followed by a timely discussion on case writing and teaching by Professor Pierre Dussauge, Dean of Faculty and Research, HEC-Paris. The Consortium also included sessions on the role and uses of technology in active learning and effective classroom communication. An interactive panel discussion on classroom management brought together the collective wisdom and insights of several ISB faculty on a single platform. Maintaining its focus on active learning, the Consortium concluded with a teaching practicum and critique, where participants had the opportunity to put into practice key learnings and principles.
Commenting on the sessions, Suryanarayan Iyer of XLRI, said, “The consortium really helped me discover new dimensions in teaching. The session on the flipped model was extremely compelling and certainly the order of the day.” Another participant, Nobin Thomas of IIM Ahmedabad, remarked that the “highly India-centric” Consortium “opened a new window to young researchers who are about to join as faculty members and the insights offered would make an impact on the future of B-Schools.”
Venkataraman S. of IIM, Calcutta observed, “The Doctoral Consortium on teaching is very well structured and executed. It sensitises a potential business school teacher to critical teaching-learning issues, provides some useful tools and techniques and also provides a sense of reality and expert experience sharing.
On the value of the Consortium to aspiring faculty, Anupama Sharma of IIM Indore pointed out that it came at “the right stage of our careers,” while Salman Ali, IIM Ahmedabad, said it “inspired and motivated future faculties to try out new learning methods. The focus on the latest technologies in teaching was apt.”
Rather aptly, Rajat Sharma, IIM Bangalore, adopted a new terminology — The “5 Is” — to describe what several participants referred to as a “one-of-a-kind” event: “Intense, Informative, International, Interesting, ISB.”
About the Consortium
This Consortium is funded by ISBM (International Schools of Business Management), a non-profit organisation focused on improving the quality of business education worldwide, and comprised of the following schools: Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, INSEAD, Stern School of Business, New York University, HEC Paris, Indian School of Business, London Business School, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), EFMD Brussels, IAE d'Aix en Provence, IMD Lausanne, Manchester Business School, SDA Bocconi, and Stockholm School of Economics.