RESEARCH STATEMENT

INTRODUCTION

My interest in business research formally started during my Master’s in Business Administration. I was curious about various concepts that help a business grow and sustain in the long-term. Since I was working at the American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan, during this time, I planned to conduct research on the financial status of the university which was a unique proposition for my MBA thesis supervisor and for the Vice-President-Finance department in the university but was immediately accepted. This research was on the time-series analysis of the financial reports of the university and required me to go over the financial data of the university for the previous five years to understand the efficient use of funds and the sustainability factor of the university in the long-run according to the grants received and spent for the five-year time period. The results were highly appreciated and found useful to be used as an additional report for future funding opportunities by the university.

 

AREA OF RESEARCH DURING DOCTORAL STUDIES

For my doctoral dissertation, I wanted to choose an industry and analyze the factors which assist in the long-term sustainability of the organizations in it and the industry I chose was the mining industry (excluding coal and oil). The purpose of the study was to understand the critical factors that affect large-scale open-pit mining in terms of Information Technology, Operational Excellence and Decision-Making. The literature research showed a wide gap in knowledge between the academic field and the industrial field on the sustainability of organizations in the mining industry.

 

The research was conducted using the qualitative method of case study research with a dynamic case study protocol that was followed throughout the research. The cases in the research were selected based on six organizational categories, namely, type of metal, type of technology, number of people, production volume, production cost, and mining consultancy. In-depth interviews of thirty-four respondents were conducted to collect data and data analysis was done using the MAXQDA software. A new conceptual model was developed at the end of the research to illustrate the significance of high-end information technologies in achieving operational excellence and fast decision-making in large-scale open-pit mining operations. The research addresses the factors of cost optimization and productivity improvements.

 

During the in-depth interviews (data collection), I came across information on new technologies that are prevalent in some industries but are still new to most of the other industries. For example, the RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology which is used in supply chain management of other industries is something very new to the mining industry and although some respondents are aware of it, most of them have never used it. These technologies can optimize time and increase efficiencies for industries to foster market demands which will enable them to sustain themselves in the long-term. This research made me understand the relevance of sustainability for an organization and I realized that I would like to research further on this topic.

PUBLICATIONS & AWARDS

  • My first published paper was on ‘Relevance of Learning Management Systems from the User’s Point of View: A case of the Blackboard System in Suriname’. This article was based on an assignment I did as part of the course work in my doctoral study.

  • I was awarded ‘Distinction’ for my doctoral dissertation thesis and an ‘Honourable mention’ for my Master of Philosophy degree.

  • My doctoral thesis has been recently accepted by Springer to be published as a textbook to be used as a reference book for the field (tentative) of information technology, mining operations, operations management, decision sciences, and earth science.

 

CURRENT & FUTURE AREAS OF INTEREST IN RESEARCH

The research topics I am currently working on (desk research) and would like to continue in the future are:

  • COVID-19 Pandemic - Models, Myths, and Future Disaster Management of such outbreaks

  • Optimum efficiency: A trade-off between operational costs and productivity improvements

  • The convergence of information technology and operational technology

  • Information technologies in supply chain management

 

Apart from that, I am also interested in research in the area of organizational setting/workplace. Based on my personal experience of being in countries with local languages in the form of Russian, Armenian, Kyrgyz, and Dutch, I was always intrigued about how expat employees adjusted to work environments and would like to research on ‘Language Barriers for Expat Employees in the Workplace’.

 

I am also fascinated by different types of teaching methodologies and have conducted desk research on this topic. I used part of the research work in one of my articles published and also presented it on August 28th - 2019, in the IRES conference in Toronto.

 

PERSONAL TRAITS FOR RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

Throughout the years I gathered the following qualities as a researcher:

  • expertise in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research design

  • proficient in using the software MAXQDA, Minitab, IBM SPSS, and MS Excel extensively for data analysis.

  • motivated and committed to research excellence, generating new ideas, exchanging and mobilizing knowledge, and continuous improvement.

  • effective organizational skills and a high level of attention to detail in the research area.

  • can work collaboratively with concerned parties of the research as a team player and as a team leader individually or in a group.

  • possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a strong ability to convey complex ideas and information to non-technical audiences.

  • experienced in interpreting research results in a summarized and concise manner as per the research question.

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