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Professor dr. Vida Skudiene is Head of graduate program Innovation and Technology Management and Head of General University Subject Department at ISM University of Management and Economics. Professor is teaching Relationship marketing, Organizational Behavior, and Innovation and Technology Management at ISM University of Management and Economics, Lithuania, and Nagoya University of Commerce and Business, Japan. The doctoral research Vida Skudiene conducted in the USA, University of South Carolina. Professor has presented her research at international conferences in France, Japan, Israel, US (Hawaii, Chicago), Greece, Croatia, France, Spain, Norway, Jamaica, Sweden, Italy (Boccioni), University of Northern Colorado, USA, and published over 30 articles, e-textbook on Organizational Behaviour, and co-authored two books on case writing. Professor Vida Skudiene is a member of editorial advisory board of “Baltic Journal of Management”, “Business and Economics Journal”, “Pecvnia”, “Organizations and Markets in Emerging Economies”. During her career the Professor has taken the position of Executive Manager Macmillan Publishing House office in Lithuania (8 years), Economist in Kaunas Radio Enterprise (10 years), Executive Director of Management College Language Lyceum (8 years), Senior Lecturer at Vytautas Magnus University (10 years), Dean of Studies at ISM University of Management and Economics (4 years), Head of Department and Professor at ISM University of Management and Economics (15 years); Director of Innovation and Technology Management graduate program at ISM University of Management and Economics (4 years). Professor has been teaching at Nagoya University of Commerce and Business, Japan, EDHEC university, Paris, France, IPAM Instituto Portugues de Administracao de Marketing, Lisabona, Portugal, Catholica University, Porto, Portugal, Zagreb School of Economics and Management, Kroatia, Reykjavik University, Island, Aarhus University, Denmark, Salento University, Lecce, Itali, University of Northern Colorado, USA, etc. Since 2015 professor organizes international study course Innovation and Technology Management Seminar together with Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (NUCB) in Japan. The course integrates seminars at NUCB, meeting managers, and visiting international companies Toyota, Brother, Denso, Asahi in Japan.
In 2008 gained the best paper Award from the USA Marketing Management Association, USA.
In 2012 gained ISM Distinguished Scholar award.
In 2013 gained the best paper award from the Clute Institute, Paris.
In 2014 gained American Management Association certificate “AMA’s Advanced Course in Strategic Marketing” Chicago, USA.
In 2014 gained American Management Association certificate “Getting Results without Authority”, American Management Association, New York, USA.
In 2015 gained the best paper award from The International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciples, Orlando, USA.
In 2017 gained ISM University of Management and Economics ambassador in Japan award.
The aim of the thesis is to provide an opportunity for Master degree candidates to refine, in some cases acquire, a range of skills at an appropriate level to do a competent research. A successful thesis is evidence that the candidate has acquired the minimum level of research skills and can therefore be accredited a Master degree.
The ability to formulate the right questions and choose the most efficient tools for seeking answers, as well as to intelligently interpret the information gathered and presented by others, is indispensable for those who want to succeed in today’s highly complex business environment. This course will equip students with both the understanding of principles that guide quality research and the tools of innovation and technology management needed to implement those principles in formulating a research project, selecting appropriate methods, collecting and analyzing data, and presenting their findings. We will focus on the practical application of the concepts and methods discussed in the course by conducting students’ own research projects and critically analyzing the research of others.
The main goal of this course is to impart knowledge and skills necessary for conducting and evaluating research in innovation and technology management field. The course will begin with the introduction to the fundamental principles that underlie approaches to research and the practical implications of these principles, including formulation of research questions, concepts of validity and reliability, and issues of research ethics. We will then proceed to unpack the main qualitative and quantitative methods used in business research. Conducting their own research projects will help develop students’ practical research skills, and analysis of published research and other students’ research projects will sharpen their ability to critically evaluate the information coming from research conducted by others. Presentation of their own research findings and discussion of others’ research will also serve to refine the students’ presentation and communication skills. Students who have successfully completed the course and all its assignments will be able to define the research question, formulate the research design, choose the appropriate methods for data collection and analysis, present and apply their findings, and critically evaluate other researchers’ output. Finally, the skills and knowledge gained in this course will also be employable during the preparation of their final theses.