IMTD aspires to become a center of excellence in GCC in management research through collaborative engagement in research activities with industry, business, government and community. IMTD focusses on creating a learning environment that is informed by research especially that of our own faculty. The institute aims to promote and maintain an environment which fosters and supports research of high ethical standards, mutual co-operation and exchange of ideas.

Research Strategy

IMTD’s research strategy aims to create and sustain a supportive, collaborative and vibrant research culture in management disciplines and explore emerging areas of research in accordance with highest ethical standards.

IMTD research strategy focuses on the following pillars:

  • Sustaining a conducive ecosystem for research
  • Having a research agenda in line with IMTD mission and National Higher Education Strategy
  • Promote Sustainability and Innovation through research.
  • Promote collaborative research through engagement with industry, business, HEIs and Government organizations in the UAE.
  • Attain recognition from rating, ranking and other accreditation agencies
  • Integrate faculty research with curriculum development and teaching.

Key Strategic Aims

  • To facilitate the development of sustainable research culture geared towards becoming a leading research center for management education in GCC region with specific focus on UAE.
  • Incorporate research philosophy in both undergraduate and post graduate levels of academic activity.
  • Cultivate strong research leadership and effective research support structures.
  • Develop strong collaborative links with businesses in the Middle East.
  • Explore opportunities for sources of external research funding for building capacity and research quality.
  • Increase the quality of research outputs.
  • Establish Centers of Excellence.
Research Priorities

IMTD does not explicitly specify the research agenda for the faculty. Faculty members are free to pursue the research in their domain and expertise and in line with the mission of IMTD. However, IMTD emphasizes that research should not only be on global themes and issues, but also be set in the UAE and regional context. It is expected that 20% of the faculty research will have direct relevance to region in terms of issues, industries or collaboration. Similarly, research is expected to inform curriculum and pedagogy and IMTD would like to have progressively increasing number of faculty research getting into the classrooms for teaching and learning purposes. In addition, IMTD encourages faculty to research on topics that relate to themes of sustainability, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Guidelines for Research Outputs

Faculty researchers are expected to publish and disseminate research findings. The institute believes that peer review of research output is very important for quality assurance. IMT Dubai encourages faculty to publish research in internationally recognized peer refereed journals, conferences of international standing, book chapter, books and monographs.

Researchers should avoid submitting research papers to more than one potential publisher at any given time or publishing findings in more than one publication without disclosure and appropriate acknowledgement of any previous publications. The institute holds the view that in case of sponsorship of research projects, the sponsors must be informed of any potential publication or dissemination of the research findings. The key guideline in terms of authorship is that the authorship of articles must be restricted to those contributors who have made significant intellectual or practical contribution to the work. The authors are solely responsible for the content of the publication. All contributions must be duly acknowledged. Researchers must clearly acknowledge all sources used in their research. They must seek permission from any individuals if a significant amount of their work has been used in the publication. Researchers at IMT Dubai have to disseminate their research as widely as possible particularly to those who will benefit from it and to publish where their research will have the maximum impact.

Evaluation and Monitoring of Performance

The research performance of the individual faculty members is monitored by the institute. Faculty are required to supply full and accurate details of their research outputs on annual basis to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. The Office of QAIE record the annual list of faculty publication. Research and Scholarly Activities constitute 35 per cent weightage of the evaluation component of the appraisal process of each individual faculty every year. The research credits earned by the faculty is one of the main inputs for increments, incentives and promotion. Faculty are incentivized through bonus payment system for publication in quality journals.