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PhD students and dissertations
During the period 2004 - 2014, 31 doctoral dissertations in Social Sciences, Management and Administration, have been defended at ISM University of Management and Economics.
 
Profiles of current PhD students and their academic research areas:
 
 
Martyna Bielskienė
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Management and Administration
2nd year doctoral student. E-mail: bielmart@stud.ism.lt
 
Martyna has joined Doctoral program with a research focus on Corporate Social Responsibility. She is especially interested in studying the issue from the perspective of the consumer: to find links between ethical/unethical companies’ actions and consumer behavior, to find out how the perceptions of companies’ ethics are formed in the minds of consumers. Besides her studies, Martyna is a co-owner of a company related to extreme sports.
     
 
Indrė Brazauskaitė
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Management
2nd year doctoral student. E-mail: indre.brazauskaite@stud.ism.lt
 
Indrė's research area is the process of value creation for private labels in emerging markets. Processes of value creation are analyzed using a value-price-cost framework and combining two perspectives - company‘s and customer‘s in the pharmacy retail area in Baltic countries.
She is working in one of the biggest pharmacy retail chains in the Baltic States and is responsible for private label development and the segmentation of food supplements in pharmacies.
Indrė holds a Bachelor degree in Public Health and a Master in Public Health Management. She also obtained a Master in Management and Business Administration.
     
 
Jolita Butkienė
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Management and Administration
3rd year doctoral student. E-mail: jolbut@ism.lt
 
Jolita holds a Master‘s degree in Philology from Vilnius university and a Master‘s of Management degree from ISM University of Management and Economics and from BI Norwegian Business School. Before enrolling in the PhD programme, she worked as a Vice – dean and Quality director at ISM University of Management and Economics, was a lecturer of English for Economics and Politics for bachelor students and a lecturer for Leadership for the master of management students.
She is also Bologna expert for Quality assurance in higher education, a member of working groups at the Ministry of Science and Education and Quality Assurance Centre for Higher Education. Her current research topic is Responsible Leadership and innovations. Besides work, she is passionate about travelling and learning about new cultures.
     
 
Christian Callegaro 
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Management
1st year doctoral student. E-mail: christian.callegaro@stud.ism.lt
 
Christian's  research areas is the strategic internationalization decisions for a small medium size company. Before enrolling in the PhD program he has worked for three years as auditor in international consulting company. He holds a bachelor's degree in Economics, and master's degree in Management and Business Administration in the University of Economics in Italy. He partecipate as speaker in several conference about the strategies of internationalization and international taxation law. He is author of several scientific articles and co-author of books in Management and Law.
     
 
Eglė Daunienė
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Management and Administration
3rd year doctoral student. E-mail: daunegle@stud.ism.lt
 
Eglė is an experienced executive, individual and team coach and strategy advisor with extensive practice in management leadership, organizational and strategy development, creating and implementing strategy management tools, aligning organizational structure, processes and communication to meet strategic goals. She has been a strategy director, a general manager and a board member in a billion size Lithuanian private company as well as a senior consultant in an international consulting firm.
Eglė's research interests are focused on systems thinking, organisational design, dialogue practices in top management teams, strategic change through action research.
     
 
Bernadeta Goštautaitė
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Management and Administration
4th year doctoral student. E-mail: gostbern@stud.ism.lt
 
Bernadeta obtained a Master‘s degree in Psychology at the University of Mannheim. After graduating she worked as an HR consultant within different international companies.
Her research focuses on aging human resources, work design, and individual job outcomes. She is currently working on the linkage between job characteristics and job performance among older employees.
   
 
 
 
Loreta Haring
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Management
1st year doctoral student. E-mail: loreta.haring@stud.ism.lt
 
Loreta‘s area of interest is a Knowledge Management in international organizations. Her doctoral dissertation research is focused on the optimization of knowledge management by defining and analyzing the factors influencing knowledge flows and causing information asymmetries, and the permeability to knowledge transfer in international organizations.
With a background from pedagogics and a Master‘s degree from BI Norwegian Business School, Loreta has been working within project management, HR and business development, consultation and business process optimization fields.
     
 
Jolanta Jaškienė
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Management
1st year doctoral student. E-mail: jolanta.jaskiene@ism.lt
 
Jolanta holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Vilnius University. She has been working in Higher Education sector in various administrative positions for more than 10 years. Jolanta also participated in staff placement programme at BI Norwegian Business School. Currently Jolanta is responsible for administration of academic staff.
The main areas of research interest – enhancement of research productivity at institutions of higher education, factors influencing high quality research productivity. 
 
     
 
Marijus Kalesinskas
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Management and Administration
3rd year doctoral student. E-mail: kalemari@stud.ism.lt
 
His field of research is pension fund governance, performance and effectiveness. Other academic interests of Marijus include management accounting, financial risk management, financial strategy and management.
Marijus is an expert-consultant at ISM Executive School. He supervises the „Management Accounting: Value Analysis“ module within the Master of Management programme at ISM as well as lecturing several courses within the field of finance. Marijus is socially-active and has held the position of chairman of the board of the Lithuanian Association of Pension Fund Participants since 2010.
     
 
Darius Kašauskas
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Economics
2nd year doctoral student. E-mail: kasadari@stud.ism.lt
 
Darius joined the PhD programme in economics at ISM University of Management and Economics in 2012. His research topic is the evaluation of interaction between efficiency and governance of electricity infrastructure operators in regulatory conditions. His research focuses on aspects of electricity infrastructure economics, market structures, natural monopoly, regulatory efficiency, corporate governance and regulatory governance.
Darius holds a Master‘s of Management degree from ISM University of Management and Economics and a Master‘s degree in Economics from Vilnius University. His professional experience includes corporate finance management for over 15 years in the energy and insurance industries.
     
 
Asta Kazlauskienė
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Management
1st year doctoral student. E-mail: asta.kazlauskiene@stud.ism.lt
 
Asta’s field of research covers consumers’ behaviour and consumers’ behaviour changes in business crisis situations.  Her study investigates how the specificity of industry affects consumers‘ reactions to crisis events. She also interests in crisis prevention and management.
Asta obtained her Executive Master of Management degree at ISM University of Management and Economics and BI Norwegian Business School (2014). She has more than 10 years’ experience in marketing and brand management fields gained in leading local and international FMCG companies. 
     
 
Pijus Krūminas
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Economics
2nd year doctoral student. E-mail: pijus.kruminas@ism.lt
 
The main areas of interest of Pijus are new institutional economics and political economy. Pijus has chosen an interdisciplinary topic for his research, which analyzes the inter-relationship between elements of economic systems and political institutions. Special attention is paid to the mutual relationship between the elements of labour markets and the institutions of leader selection.
 Pijus is currently giving the Contexts of Politics course at ISM University of Management and Economics. His is also an assistant lecturer in International Political Economy at Vytautas Magnus University. The student has graduated from Vytautas Magnus University, Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy.
     
 
Irina Liubertė
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Management
2nd year doctoral student. E-mail: irina.liuberte@stud.ism.lt
 
Irina has joined the Doctoral program with a research focus on open innovation in the pharmaceutical industry, with the particular focus on out-licensing issues. Her other scientific interests include quantitative research design and methodology, conjoint analysis and psychometrics.
Irina has extensive experience in international pharmaceutical research sector and is an expert in market research methodology, pharmacovigilance and compliance.
     
 
Indrė Liutkevičienė
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Management
2nd year doctoral student. E-mail: indre.liutkeviciene@stud.ism.lt
 
Indrė obtained a Master‘s Degree in Business administration and management from Vilnius University. She has 10 years of managerial experience in international SME companies and for the last six years has headed the firm that represents the enterprise resource planning system DIRECTO in Lithuania.
Her area of research is improvement of business processes in SME companies based on Lean-Six Sigma techniques. This research hopes to reveal and assess the application possibilities of process improvement methods in SME companies in Lithuania and the Baltic states.
     
 
Vilius Mackonis
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Management
1st year doctoral student. E-mail: vilius.mackonis@stud.ism.lt
 
Area of Vilius’ doctoral research is virtual communities and social capital influences on organizational performance. Vilius focuses on virtual social networks as extensions of existing social networks or instruments for social network expansion activate the ability of organizations to become part of virtual communities, thus enhancing organizational social capital and organizational performance.
Vilius has obtained Executive Master of Management degree from ISM University of Management and Economics and BI Norwegian Business School (2014), Master of Communication and Information degree from Vilnius University (2005), Bachelor of History degree from Vytautas Magnus University (2002). Vilius leads Marketing and Communication Department at AB City Service, international group of companies, with 15 years of professional experience.
     
  Tamara Mariničevaitė
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Management
2nd year doctoral student. E-mail: tamara.marinicevaite@stud.ism.lt
 
Tamara‘s field of research covers portfolio risk management in crisis periods. The study focuses on investment risk mitigation through open position in currencies and currencies derivatives. Specifically, the research investigates time-varying correlation between currencies and portfolio returns during market turmoil periods and examines alternative dynamic portfolio allocation strategies.
 Tamara holds a Master degree in Economics from ISM University of Management and Economics and works as Chief Commercial Officer at the Royal Dutch Shell representative office in the Baltics. She has been investing in the FOREX market since 2007 and is keen on market dynamics, technical and fundamental analysis.
     
 
Žygimantas Mauricas
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Management and Administration
4th year doctoral student. E-mail: maurzygi@stud.ism.lt
 
Žygimantas currently works as Chief Economist at Nordea Bank Lithuania and as a Senior Assistant Professor at ISM University of Management and Economics. Before joining Nordea, Mauricas worked as a Deputy Head of Financial Stability Division at the Bank of Lithuania and was primarily responsible for macro-prudential supervision and financial stability analysis of Lithuanian financial system.
He holds a Master of Science in Finance degree from the University of Lausanne (HEC Lausanne) and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE Riga). Žygimantas conducts research in the fields of financial risk management, portfolio management, financial engineering and financial stability.
     
  Audronė Nakrošienė
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Management
2nd year doctoral student. E-mail: audrone.nakrosiene@stud.ism.lt
 
Audronė works as a Training Programme Manager at the Lithuanian District Heating Association. She is a project manager of several international energy projects too.
She was awarded a Master’s degree in environmental engineering and thermodynamics from Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (2001) and an Executive Master’s of Management degree from ISM University of Management and Economics and BI Norwegian Business School (2012).
Her research interests are telework, individual’s creativity, work-life balance, career development, motivation.
     
 
Vilma Nasteckienė
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Management
2nd year doctoral student. E-mail: vilma.nasteckiene@stud.ism.lt

Vilma’s research interest has been influenced by her continuous professional experience with risk appetite and cost, efficiency, and sustainability of risk management. Her research is focused on the relationship between risk management and business efficiency, risk awareness impact on flexibility, dynamism and change management in the company.
Vilma holds a Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship and management from Vytautas Magnus University. Her career in international financial services has been followed by management consulting in risk strategy planning, implementation of risk management standards, and improving process efficiency. Vilma is a lecturer-practitioner in ISM Executive School.
     
 
Saulius Olencevičius
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Management and Administration
3rd year doctoral student. E-mail: olensaul@stud.ism.lt
 
His doctoral dissertation research is on enterprise feedback management, influence of feedback delivery on employee performance, focusing on how feedback must be performed in order to increase employee achievements.
Saulius obtained a Master’s degree in Management and Business Administration in 2002 at ISM University of Management and Economics. Since 1989 he has worked in various international business entities. In 2007 he founded his own market research and consultancy company. Main focus - enterprise feedback management, which is closely related to the research area of doctoral studies.
     
 
Arūnas Padvariškis
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Management and Administration
3rd year doctoral student. E-mail: padvarun@stud.ism.lt
 
Arūnas is a doctoral student at ISM University of Management and Economics, CEO and the board member at Graina Ltd.
His area of interest is international marketing and consumer behavior.
Research area - the effect of country of origin on the consumer product evaluation in developing markets.
     
 
Austėja Pilkaitė
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Management and Administration
5th year doctoral student. E-mail: pilkaust@stud.ism.lt
 
Doctoral thesis research is on public sector institutions' program evaluation maturity. Evaluation is perceived as a process, which assesses program results, impacts and increases effectiveness. Institutions' program evaluation maturity measures evaluation capacities.
Austėja graduated public administration and works in the public sector. Field of interest: project and program management in the public sector, management and public administration capacities development in the public sector.
     
 
Margarita Pilkienė
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Management and Administration
4th year doctoral student. E-mail: marpil@ism.lt
 
Consultant expert Margarita Pilkienė heads the Applied Organizational Psychology program and Human Resource Management program at ISM Executive School. Margarita received a Master degree in psychology from Vilnius University, Lithuania. Margarita participated in the internships on leadership and change management at IEDC and Adizes Institute (USA), on business case writing and teaching – at Manchester University and European Case Clearing House. She has presented papers in the field of organizational climate, interactive teaching methods at conferences in France, Greece, Slovenia, Estonia and Lithuania.
Margarita is a member of Lithuanian Union of Psychologists, a member of International Association of Work and Organizational Psychology. Research and teaching areas: Leadership, HRM, Organisational culture and climate, Change management.
     
 
Eglė Poškienė
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Management
2nd year doctoral student. E-mail: egle.poskiene@stud.ism.lt
 
Eglė‘s dissertation topic is on Sustainability perspective in HRM and organizational performance linkage. Her field of interests include performance management, HRM devolution, sustainable HRM, organizational behavior, organisation development, and internal communication.
Eglė has Master’s degree and specialization of business psychology from Vilnius University, lecturing practice in Mykolas Riomeris University. She runs her own business in tourism and holds over 15 years of human resource management practice in business and state organisations as well as in consulting.
     
 
Irma Pranaitytė
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Management
2nd year doctoral student. E-mail: irma.pranaityte@stud.ism.lt
 
Irma has a Master’s degree in International Marketing and Management from ISM University of Management and Economics. In 2013 Irma started her doctoral studies at ISM. Her research field is the commitment of employees in voluntary organizations.
Irma is working for a manufacturing company. She holds 5 years of experience in human resources and retail.
     
 
Fedor Ragin
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Management
2nd year doctoral student. E-mail: fedor.ragin@stud.ism.lt
 
Fedor is Senior managing partner at UAB "Vera Via", a strategic consulting firm based in Vilnius. He holds a Master's degree in Engineering from the Leningrad Mechanical Institute (1990) and an MBA in General Management from International Management Institute of St. Petersburg (IMISP) (1998). Before switching to the bespoke strategy consulting, he worked as Vice-rector at IMISP, a Russian independent business school, where he also lectured in Strategic Management and managed Executive MBA programmes, combining those occupations with strategic consulting. Before that he worked for FMC Corporation (USA). Fedor's research focuses on how firms' environment and strategies influence stakeholder satisfaction with management succession patterns.
     
 
Romanas Ramanauskas
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Management
1st year doctoral student. E-mail: romanas.ramanauskas@stud.ism.lt
 
Romanas has joined ISM PhD programme in management with a research focus on entrepreneurship and corporate governance models. His area of interest covers new technology ventures and ability of their boards to facilitate the success of a start-up.
Prior to joining ISM, Romanas worked as business development manager and CEO for various pharma and biotechnology companies. He holds International Executive MBA degree from the Baltic Management Institute and Master’s degrees in biology and economics from Vilnius University. Link to Romanas' LinkedIn profile.
     
 
Mindaugas Sinkevičius
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Management and Administration
Forthcomming thesis defence. E-mail: sinkmind@stud.ism.lt
 
Mindaugas obtained his Master’s degree (2009) in Management and Business Administration at ISM. He currently works in the public sector and holds a mayoral position in Jonava district municipality. Mindaugas is especially interested in consumer behavior and ethical consumption in particular.
His Phd research project includes topics of ethical consumption, health consciousness and such consumer characteristics as egoism and materialism and their interrelation.
     
 
Olga Štangej
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Management and Administration
4th year doctoral student. E-mail: stanolga@stud.ism.lt
 
Olga holds a MSc in International Marketing and Management from ISM University of Management and Economics. Her doctoral specialisation is Leadership and Organisation. Her current research is aimed at Leadership Succession in Family Businesses.
Olga has been selected for a Swiss Government Scholarship for the year 2012-2013 to study and to do her research at Fachhochschule Ostschweiz, Institut für Qualitätsmanagement und Angewandte Betriebswirtschaft.
     
 
Erika Tauraitė-Kavai
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Management and Administration
3rd year doctoral student. E-mail: taurerik@stud.ism.lt
 
Erika holds BA in Business Management and Administration (1998) from Vilnius University (Lithuania) and MA in European Public Administration (2001) from Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium).
She has 14 years of international professional experience (including such countries as the UK, Belgium, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg and South Africa) in marketing, market research and public policy analytics. She is currently working as a public policy analyst at Social Innovation Institute (Lithuania).
In 2012 she started her PhD studies at ISM. Her research field is open innovations with a particular focus on innovation process adoption, external and internal (organisation, project and personal levels) factors, as well as dynamics of firm boundaries.
     
 
Julita Varanauskienė
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Management and Administration
Forthcomming thesis defence. E-mail: varajuli@stud.ism.lt
 
Julita obtained a Master‘s Degree in Business administration (1999) in Kaunas University of Technology. Before enrolling in the PhD program she has been working in a commercial bank for 13 years in various positions of customer service and analytics. She is currently working on research in the field of personal finance, behavioural economics and behavioural finance. Besides her work and studies, she is actively involved in improving the financial literacy of society.
     
 
Dominyka Venciūtė
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Management
2nd year doctoral student. E-mail: dominyka.venciute@stud.ism.lt
 
Dominyka joined the Baltic Doctoral Programme in Management in 2013. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Analytics (with a major in marketing) from ISM University of Management and Economics and from Edinburgh Napier University. Dominyka obtained her Master’s Degree (Cum Laude) in Economics and Business with a major Marketing from Erasmus University Rotterdam. Currently she is an analyst at Public Policy and Management Institute and specialises in the field of innovations.
Her PhD scientific research project looks into the Internationalization of High-Tech Companies.
     
 
Aras Zirgulis
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Economics
4th year doctoral student. E-mail: arazir@ism.lt
 
Aras was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He has been living in Lithuania since 2008 and has been teaching at ISM since 2010.
His research looks into the question of tax competition and tax harmonization within the EU. The research aims to form an improved model of how tax competition between states works in order to get a better understanding of the possible effects of changes in tax rates amongst member states.
     
 
Vytautas Žukauskas
Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Economics
1st year doctoral student. E-mail: vytautas.zukauskas@stud.ism.lt
 
Vytautas Žukauskas enrolled in PhD programme in economics at ISM University of Management and Economics and University of Angers in 2014. His doctoral thesis is on the topic of monetary policy and financial markets: Implications of Monetary Policy for Value and Pricing of Financial Assets. Using the concepts suggested by Austrian business cycle theory, his research focuses on investigating the discrepancies in the financial markets inflicted by the monetary policies of central banks and aims to advance the theory of valuation of financial assets. Vytautas Žukauskas graduated from Vilnius University and has a Master’s degree in Economics and Banking. At the moment Vytautas Žukauskas is a senior policy analyst and research director at Lithuanian Free Market Institute.