Statement for Purpose for Mba

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My background in engineering and management has prepared me for a career as a researcher

and faculty. My aptitude and talent in interdisciplinary research is a great advantage to me as

a researcher. After a fulfilling period as a faculty after my B.E degree in Computer Science, I

felt a strong desire to pursue a career that combined IT with management and teaching with

research. This led me to joining the IME department at IIT Kanpur, which provided the best

post-graduation program for an aspiring young researcher and faculty.

My doctoral dissertation was conducted under the guidance of Dr. Veena Bansal, titled

“Bridging the Information Gap between Requirements Engineering and Configuration phases

in an ERP Implementation”. The motivation for this research topic was that various

researches stated that 90% ERP projects spend more than their allocated budgets and

exceeded the time schedule for implementation. The success rate of ERP implementation is

below 30%. There are many factors that can be attributed to the low success rate of

implementation but one main factor is the complexity of the ERP package itself. As there was

not much academic work done in this area, my initial research effort was to find the

underlying reason for the complexity of ERP packages and to quantify the complexity. This

research effort leads to a publication as a book chapter in Springer series, 2008.

( One of the takeaways of this

research effort was that there exists an information gap between Requirement Engineering

and Configuration phases in an ERP implementation. This information gap could be

minimized by capturing configuration specific requirements while gathering requirements in

RE phase. Existing business process modeling and data modeling techniques were analyzed

and it was concluded that these techniques could not model configuration specific

requirements completely. Hence, a model...