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Baltic Doctoral Programme in Management and Administration



All levels of studies: Bachelor, Master and Doctoral studies, Executive education. International Quality Accreditation by CEEMAN since 2006.

ISM University of Management and Economics was established in 1999 as the first privately owned institution of management education in Lithuania. The main founders of ISM are BI Norwegian Business School, one of the largest business schools in Europe, and Innovation Norway.

One of the TOP 200 business schools in EDUNIVERSAL global ranking since 2007. Emphasis on case-based, project-based learning allowing integration of knowledge and skills. Over 2000 students. State-of-the-art learning and teaching facilities. Campuses in Vilnius and Kaunas.

ABOUT LITHUANIA Lithuania is the largest and southernmost country of the Baltic States, a fullyfledged member of the European Union and NATO. Lithuania's economic growth in 2013 will be the highest in the region, reaching 3.5%, according to the World Bank's latest EU11 Regular Economic Report. Investors found and have been benefiting from a unique combination of what is regarded as Northern quality and character reliable, stable, orderly, clean, natural and calm, and Eastern new, vigorous, arising and yet non-discovered. Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, included in the list of Smart Cities by New York Times is a verdant city that despite some communist architectural clunkers is charmingly medieval and surprisingly well maintained, boasts an old town that is a Unesco world heritage site. The capital attracts young professionals, and not just from Eastern Europe, who see in Vilnius a rising star in business and appreciate all that the extensive cultural scene in the little capital has to offer. Sources: EU Observer, The New York Times


ISM University of Management and Economics is experienced in the development and implementation of doctoral programmes. Doctoral Studies established in 2003. Best doctoral programme in Management and Administration in Lithuania (according to the Researchers Council of Lithuania, 2007). Two doctoral programmes: Management and Administration (Baltic Doctoral Programme) and Economics (joint programme in partnership with four Lithuanian universities). 28 doctoral dissertations defended.

EDEN DOCTORAL SUMMER SEMINAR The annual EDEN Doctoral Summer Seminar on Doctoral Dissertation Writing is organised in cooperation with EIASM (European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management) since 2007. The seminar is led by world-known researchers and professors William L Gardner, Claudia C Cogliser, Andrew Van de Ven, Pervez N Ghauri, Mark Kriger, Earl Babbie, Eelko Huizingh, Ricardo Morais, Catherine Cassell and Bruce Kogut, to name just a few. The annual seminar has attracted participants from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, UK and other countries.

YGIMANTAS MAURICAS ISM Doctoral student, Economist at Nordea Bank Lithuania

I think that studying for a Phd is not only about acquiring a degree. It's a lifestyle embodied by a continuous quest for knowledge. And knowledge is the perfect investment that does not depreciate with time. On the contrary it grows in value.


This is the only Doctoral programme in Lithuania and in the Baltics with four strong higher-education institutions putting together their academic potential and resources in a joint effort to train International Doctoral students in Managament and Administration. Launched in 2011, the Baltic Doctoral Programme in Management and Administration is led and organized by ISM University of Management and Economics in partnership with: Norway



The programme is run by prominent researchers of the respective universities, who are regularly published by major academic journals, act as business consultants or experts, and participate in scientific projects ensuring the highest quality of studies through the curriculum and scientific internships. The purpose of doctoral studies is to develop researchers, who are able to contribute to the existing knowledge and conduct high quality research aimed at solving relevant social and business problems. Doctoral studies lead to the development of competences and skills necessary for analysing scientific literature, raising research questions, selecting adequate research methodology, conducting empirical research and sharing it with the international academic community.


Innovation and entrepreneurship

The Baltic Doctoral Programme offers indepth studies in the student's chosen research area:

Governance and leadership Human resource management Strategy and marketing

Finance and risk management Change management and organizational development Operations management Corporate social responsibility

SUPERVISOR Every doctoral student is appointed a supervisor with expert knowledge in the area that the doctoral student chooses to do his/her dissertation on.

DOCTORAL COMMITTEE The Doctoral Committee composed of 10 researchers from all participating partner universities, representing European and U.S. universities, co-ordinates and assures the quality of doctoral studies and scientific research.


Full-time studies up to 4 years Part-time studies up to 6 years Extramural studies up to 1 year

Study language


Course credits

Compulsory and elective courses, 30 ECTS credits: Compulsory courses: - Social Research Development and Methodology I 3 ECTS - Social Research Development and Methodology II 6 ECTS - Philosophy of Science 3 ECTS Elective courses: - Qualitative Research Methods 6 ECTS - Quantitative Research Methods: Multivariate Statistics 6 ECTS - Subject of specialisation at a university abroad 6 ECTS

At least one course (6 ECTS) at a university abroad is compulsory; a longer study period at a foreign university is highly recommended. Academic placement/internship (including teaching and research activities)

250 hours are compulsory Participation in international conferences, seminars, summer schools and research seminars are strongly recommended for doctoral students.


DOCTORAL DISSERTATION A doctoral dissertation is an independent and original research paper meeting high academic standards in: research problem identification and formulation; concept definition; and theoretical, methodological and empirical research. A doctoral dissertation has to make a contribution to the existing knowledge in the field.

DEFENCE OF DOCTORAL DISSERTATION To submit a dissertation for defence, a doctoral student has to have: Prepared a doctoral dissertation. Successfully passed all exams of the doctoral programme. Published research findings in 2 articles (sufficient to have papers accepted by a journal), reviewed research editions or research monographs. Presented research findings in at least 2 international events (conferences, seminars). Completed academic internship.

DR. NERINGA IVANAUSKIEN Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Bachelor and Master Studies Although it has been very difficult to get a Phd while remaining active in on-going business ventures, I have been very satisfied with the past four years at ISM University of Management and Economics. The time spent here has not only given me an opportunity to comprehend the process of research in a scientific field, but also has provided me with a strong foundation on how to analyse problems, which in turn has led me to achieve more, both in the academia and business.

ADMISSION The Baltic Doctoral Programme aims to enroll highly motivated candidates with a strong scientific background and potential who are prepared to devote their time to the development of new knowledge. Applicants to doctoral studies are admitted by means of competition. All applicants holding a Master's degree or any other equivalent higher education degree are eligible to apply. The competitive score of applicants is generated in respect to the following criteria: Scientific publications Research proposal project CGPA of Master studies (grades in the supplement to a Master's or any other equivalent diploma) Interview English language skills

DOCUMENTS FOR APPLICATION 1. Completed application form (in English). 2. Master's degree diploma and its supplement (submit copies and show orginal). 3. Applicants who have earned their degrees abroad must submit original notarised translations (into English) of the Master's degree diploma and its supplement. 4. Applicants who have earned their degree abroad must submit a confirmation from the Lithuanian Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education ( confirming that their Master's degree

is comparable to an approved Lithuanian graduate degree (submit copies and show orginal). 5. Enveloped and sealed recommendations from two scholars (in English; according to the form). 6. Curriculum vitae (CV) (in English). 7. Research proposal (in English; according to the form; to be submitted in both hard and electronic (Word format, e-mail copies). 8. Motivation letter explaining the reasons of applying to doctoral studies (in English). 9. Proved English language skills (for non-native speakers), which should meet the requirements of Upper Intermediate level or higher. Valid results of TOEFL, IELTS are accepted of the last 2 years. Minimum test scores are: TOEFL - a score of 70 points; IELTS academic - a score of 6.0. If none of these tests has been taken, a test will be organised at ISM. 10. List and copies of publications (if applicable; list of publications in English). 11. 2 photos (3x4 cm). 12. Copy of passport or ID card (copy of the page of passport with the photo and personal data) (submit copies and show original). 13. Applicants whose documents presented for admission are issued under different surnames must submit a copy of the document confirming the change (submit copies and show orginal). 14. Bank statement confirming the payment of the application fee and English language test (if applicable) fee.

Admission forms and deadlines are available at

Ways of funding doctoral studies State scholarships for full time studies (4 years) the scholarship covers the tuition fee. Citizens of EU and EEA countries are eligible for the state funding. State scholarships for part time studies (6 years) the scholarship covers the tuition fee. Citizens of EU and EEA countries are eligible for the state funding. Externally funded fee a candidate applies for doctoral studies having an external scholarship. Self-funded fee a candidate pays full tuition fee. ISM Fund Scholarship the scholarship covers part of the tuition fee.


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Tel. +370 5 212 3960 Lithuania,

Information provided in this brochure may be subject to change. This brochure does not form part or any contract between any person or company and ISM University of Management and Economics.

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