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, introduce students with the scientific contribution of research and make aware with conceptual foundations of research. Students will be introduced to main approaches of theory building and testing and corresponding choice of research strategy. Research as well as publication ethics will be discussed.
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.
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.
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.
This high-density, 3-day seminar focuses on the design, data-collection, analysis and write-up
of experimental research. It is geared towards marketing (because that’s my field of work), but
can be applied to other empirical fields as well. It is decidedly practical in nature, giving
participants a state-of-the-art overview of the approaches and methods used in the development
and analysis of experimental designs, while providing many opportunities for methodological
practice. In addition, the course is aimed at teaching and practicing advanced, but hands-on
research skills starting with generating interesting and testable hypotheses, via designing and
running studies in the lab to analyzing experimental data and reporting them in a research
The objective of this condensed PhD course is to familiarize students with various forms of qualitative research, and in particular with the role qualitative research can play in the development of theory. In PhD programs in business administration typically many theories are discussed, but not much attention is paid to the question where theories come from. As a consequence, young scholars are often much better prepared for doing empirical research than for theorizing, while both skills are necessary for an academic career.
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);
– complete academic practice.
“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.
Barauskaitė, D., Gineikiene, J., Fennis, B.M. (2018). The Power of the Past: Consumer Nostalgia as a Coping Resource. In A. Gershoff, R. Kozinets, & T. White (Eds.). Advances in Consumer Research, 46. (Dallas, USA)
Barauskaite, D., Gineikiene, J., Fennis, M.B., Auruskeviciene, V., Yamaguchi, M., Kondo, N. (2018). Eating Healthy to Impress: How Conspicuous Consumption, Perceived Self-control Motivation, and Descriptive Normative Influence Determine Functional Food Choices. Appetite, 131, 1, 59-67.
Constantinescu, M., & Barauskaite, K. (2018). Network-based macro fluctuations: what about an open economy? Baltic Journal of Economics, 18(2), 95-117.
Fennis, M.B., Gineikiene, J., Barauskaitė, D., van Koningsbruggen, M.G. (2018). Trapped in the Rabbit Hole: Life History Strategies Modulate the Impact of Mild Stress on Hedonic Consumption. In A. Gershoff, R. Kozinets, & T. White (Eds.). Advances in Consumer Research, 46. (Dallas, USA)
Liubertė, I. (2019). On social knowledge and its empirical investigation in contemporary organisations. Organizacijų vadyba: sisteminiai tyrimai, 81, 21-37. doi:10.1515/mosr-2019-0002
Liubertė, I. (2018). Theorising practice and developing practically relevant insights in organisational research. Organizacijų vadyba: sisteminiai tyrimai, 79, pp. 55-70. https://doi.org/10.1515/mosr-2018-0004.
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
Consumer Attitudes: Advancing the Knowledge
Prof. dr. Justina Gineikienė
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 ( 722 EUR/month). 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 undergraduate graduates
Holders of an ISM bachelor’s degree receive a 30% discount on tuition fees. The scholarship is automatically renewed each semester if the student passes the exams in all subjects and has no penalties as defined in the Postgraduate Regulations.
Targeted scholarship for full-time doctoral studies in the field of Management
Dedicated to research on Organizational factors determining the long-term integration of disabled workers into the labor market: a comparison of social business and open labor market enterprises.
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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