Faculty Updates
Padma Bhushan Jagdish N. Sheth

17 Aug 2020

Best Thesis Award 2019

BIMTECH awards the Jagdish N. Sheth Best Thesis Award for best doctoral thesis every year. This award has been instituted through an endowment created by renowned Professor of Marketing Padma Bhushan Dr Jagdish Sheth and BIMTECH jointly.

This year 8 scholars, who were awarded their PhD/FPM during April, 2018 and March 2019 were eligible and considered for the award.

Based on the recommendation of the Jury constituted for the purpose, the Director BIMTECH has decided to confer the Jagdish N. Sheth Best Thesis Award for 2019 on Dr. Subhanjan Sengupta for his thesis titled “Framework for Market Orientation and Social Value Creation by Social Enterprises in New and Renewable Energy Sector”. The thesis aimed at creating an integrated framework of two key concepts in the social entrepreneurship phenomenon: market orientation and social value creation. Though central to the dual-logic-dilemma of social entrepreneurship, these concepts are inadequately explored, connected, or contextualised. Hence, an in-depth qualitative research methodology with an ethnographic approach was adopted to develop a grounded framework on the dimension of social value creation and market orientation by the case social enterprises.

The award includes a cash price of Rs. 50,000/- and a Citation of the Award. These will be presented to Dr.Sengupta during the institute’s Foundation Day Celebrations on 2nd October 2020.

On receiving the news, Dr.Sengupta mentioned:

“I am delighted to receive this prestigious award which is going to stay with me for life. This recognition makes me look back at the hardships I had endured in my doctoral research, and the support of those who trusted me. Hence, this achievement is equally shared by all those who were a part of my journey. I offer my sincere thanks to my thesis supervisor and mentor Prof. Arunaditya Sahay; professors who taught me during the course work; Prof. Arvind Shukla and the office of the Centre for Research Studies; and the JURY for finding my work worthy of this recognition. I definitely thank the endowment created by Padma Bhushan Dr Jagdish Sheth and BIMTECH jointly, under the sceptre of which I am given this recognition! I am grateful to Prof. H. Chaturvedi, for building a supportive environment for doctoral research at BIMTECH. Finally, I offer my recognition to my family and friends; who immensely supported me in the ups and downs during my doctoral journey. I am humbled by this recognition!”