Doctoral Programme in Management is organized by ISM University of Management and Economics in partnership with BI Norwegian Business School, Norway, Aarhus University, Denmark, and University of Tartu, Estonia.
The program is run by prominent researchers of the respective universities, who perform high-quality research and regularly publish in high-level international journals, act as experts, and participate in research projects – ensuring the high quality of studies through the curriculum and scientific internships.
The purpose of doctoral studies is to develop researchers, who are able to contribute to existing knowledge and conduct high-quality research aimed at solving relevant social and business problems.
Doctoral studies lead to the development of competencies and skills necessary for analyzing scientific literature, raising research questions, selecting adequate research methodology, conducting empirical research, and sharing it with the international academic community.
Length of study
Full time: 4 years; Part time studies: 6 years; Externally: up to 1 year.
Doctor of Management
The aim of the course is to disclose the nature of social research development and main
requirements for research and doctoral dissertation in social sciences. It also intends to discuss the
scientific approach and the stages of research process; to introduce students with the scientific
contribution of research and to make aware with conceptual foundations of research. Students will
be introduced to main the approaches of theory building and testing and the criteria of research
strategy choice. Main dilemmas of research as well as publishing ethics will be discussed.
A lot of time and attention will be dedicated to doctoral students’ research projects development.
Thus, during the course students will develop and advance their own research and at the end of the
course will present the extended research proposal of a doctoral research.
The aim of the course is to help the participants to acquire an intellectual identity through an understanding of the main problems and positions in the theory and philosophy of the human and social sciences as this is reflected in the discussions of these issues in the last half century and give the participants an understanding of the relation to the history of these science
The objective of the course should be fulfilled by giving an introduction to fundamental problems in the philosophy of the human and social sciences and to some important positions concerning the nature and methods of these sciences. The course also aims to relate such problems and discussion to issues of research design and methodology and to the function of these sciences in relation to issues of problem solving in society and in business organisations.
In discussions time and attention will be dedicated to the doctoral student research projects development. During the course students will work and develop their own research and at the end of the course will present the extended introduction and research plan of a doctoral dissertation.
This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn about and practice qualitative methodology as it is used in organization studies. The emphasis is on learning basic qualitative research methods to enable the development of high quality research articles. This means that we will focus on how to collect and analyze qualitative data, how to write journal articles based on qualitative data, and how to get them published in quality journals.
Students will increase their understanding and knowledge of different approaches to qualitative methodology in organization studies.
Students will increase their ability to conduct all aspects of qualitative methodology (research design, data collection, data analysis, drawing conclusions, publishing articles).
Students will increase their ability to develop scholarly articles.
Students will increase their ability to use and demonstrate critical thinking skills.
The aim of the course is: to introduce students to multivariate data analysis with a special emphasis on structural equation modeling (SEM). SEM is a general approach to data analyses that overcomes many limitations of “traditional” methods by integrating them into a single, highly flexible, framework. Building upon the general linear model, the basic idea of SEM will be introduced in a stepwise fashion. We will thereby focus on the specification, identification, estimation, evaluation, and interpretation of different kinds of models from various areas of research in economics, management, and psychology. Special emphasis will be put on the use of SEM to analyze longitudinal data, including a discussion of static and dynamic models for the analysis of change. The seminar will be delivered as a mixture of lectures, hands-on computer exercises, open discussions and short quizzes. Along the way students will get to know different software packages to carry out SEM analyses.
Doctoral Course composed of seminars and research and teaching practice.
The objective of this course to acquire teaching and researcher competencies adequate to pursue an academic career at a University or outside.
Two main components: Researcher’s skill development; Teacher’s skill development
A doctoral student of ISM University of Management and Economics (hereinafter – ISM) have to complete and pass the examination (if applicable) of the selected study course or courses at a foreign university during the first half of the studies according to the approved programme of research and doctoral studies.
ISM may offer up to 725 EUR (seven hundred twenty-five Euros) to cover up the expenses for studying doctoral course at a foreign university (universities). These costs may include study fee, travel and accommodation expenses. If the doctoral student fails the examination, ISM will not cover the expenses related to re-examination of the course.A doctoral student shall study doctoral course and take the examination of the course (if applicable) at a foreign university according to the following procedure:
Doctoral candidates may present their dissertation for defense when they:
– pass all the examinations provided in the doctoral study program;
– present their most significant research results in at least 2 articles published (or accepted for publication) in scientific peer-reviewed journals, or scientific monography;
– present their research results during at least 2 international scientific gatherings (conferences, seminars).
“I wanted to independently explore a topic of my choice and ISM appeared to be the best university in Lithuania to pursue my interest in consumer behaviour.“
In Lithuania, it is the first Doctoral program in Management carried out jointly with foreign partner universities. Studies are organized by ISM University of Management and Economics. The program is conducted in English.
Jaškienė, J., & Bučiūnienė, I. (2021). Human resource management–research performance linkage in higher education institutions. Management: Journal of Contemporary Management Issues, 26(1), 149-168.
Qureshi, W. (2020). The role of human capital in the implementation of healthcare innovation in the UAE. In Palgrave Studies in Global Human Capital Management: 3. Human Capital in the Middle East (pp. 275-310). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-42211-0_11
Poškienė, E., & Kazlauskaitė, R. (2020). Organizational caring for employee wellbeing through performance management. Human Resource Management (Zarzadzanie Zasobami Ludzkimi), 136, 13-34. doi:10.5604/01.3001.0014.4442
Uždavinytė, E. M., Aubel, M., & Gineikienė, J. (2019). It is domestic, it must be healthy: How health consciousness and consumer ethnocentrism shape healthiness perception and purchase intentions of domestic food. Organizations and Markets in Emerging Economies, 10(2), 196-211.
Žebrytė, I., Fonseca-Vasquez, F., & Hartley, R. (2019). Emerging economy entrepreneurs and open data: Decision making for natural disaster resilience. Journal of small business strategy, 29(1), 36-47.
The competitive score of applicants is generated in respect to the following criteria
Applicants must submit an online application https://my.ism.lt
Documents for application
Research proposal project
State scholarships for full time studies (4 years)*
The scholarships will be offered to full-time doctoral students in Management and Economics. A scholarship covers the tuition fee and provides a student grant (for first-year doctoral students – 760 EUR/month; for second, third, and fourth year doctoral students – 880 EUR/month). Candidates to the state doctoral study scholarships are selected by means of competition according to the results of the competitive entry score.
State scholarships for part-time studies (6 years)*
The scholarships will be offered to full-time doctoral students in Management and Economics. A scholarship covers the tuition fee. Candidates to the state doctoral study scholarships are selected by means of competition according to the results of the competitive entry score.
Discounts for ISM graduates
Doctoral students who are graduates of an ISM Bachelor’s, International Master’s, or Master’s degree in Management are granted an ISM graduate discount. The amount of the discount is 30% of the tuition fee paid for the entire study period.
Doctoral Committee: evaluates research topics of doctoral students, approves individual study programs, considers doctoral supervision issues, monitors doctoral student research progress, and assesses the quality of doctoral dissertations.
The Doctoral Committee is composed of researchers from all participating partner universities, co-ordinates, and assures the quality of doctoral studies and scientific research.
Dean of Doctoral Studies
Prof. Ilona Bučiūnienė
Arkliu str. 18, 01305 Vilnius
Tel.: +370 5 212 3960
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Manager of Research and Doctoral Studies
Arkliu str. 18, 01305 Vilnius
Tel.: +370612 59 672
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