I need your suggestion on a topic which you have probably not touched upon in these threads for options beyond the MBA. And you have got this a lot, I know, but you are doing some amazing work here!! And that is an understatement.
I needed your opinion on PhD studies in the areas of Engineering / Technology Management.
In brief, I am currently doing the 1-year MBA program from XLRI, Jamshedpur. I joined this year after working for a little less than 7 years in the field of Engineering Design and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). This is IT specifically for the manufacturing industry (automobile, aerospace, electronics..). I have worked both as a designer (computer-aided design) as well as in pure IT (in the PLM space with companies such as TCS and Geometric). However, being a Mechanical Engineer, I had taken a conscious decision to stick to the whereabouts of this field (hence, sticking to PLM even within IT).
Having worked for around 7 years, I was keen on doing something which would give me a career break and possibly give me more options as far as career options was concerned. Parallely, while introspecting on what it is that I "really wanted to do", I did explore the option of a PhD, as I have come around to think, after working for these many years, that I am pretty good at analysis, problem-solving and generally at work that does not make me run around or that is in a fast, competitive corporate environment. I think I like I getting into a subject in depth and work on it.
While in it, I got the offer from XLRI, and jumped into it - probably myopic, since I wanted a change immediately. But I have not shed the idea of a PhD, and I think over the last 6 months the more I have introspected, the more inclined I have become towards it. With subjects such as Operations Management which I have been exposed to, I have developed an interest in subjects which combine Technology and Management, and have been trying to look for information on PhD programs for the same.
What after a PhD - I would probably want to work in a research based organization, and looking really long, I guess the obvious choice would be to get into academics as a practitioner of the subject; as opposed to being just an academician.
While I think I have pretty much laid down my thoughts here, I'd very much like to hear from you your opinion on what you think of a PhD, especially after a 7 year work ex + 1-year MBA, and options in terms of Universities, in the US and Europe, specifically on the subjects of Engineering and Technology Management.
Looking forward to your reply eagerly...
Thanks a lot!