Double degree with the University of Bologna, Italy

Globalisation, technological changes, environmental problems, social and political trends, financial crisis of the last decade brought a range of challenges for management science. KTU doctoral studies in Management analyse relevant and complex problems of management; the scientists of this field in Lithuania started thesis research in such areas as public administration, knowledge and awareness management, intellectual capital management, marketing and business (industrial) systems. Topics of the dissertation research of doctoral studies are closely related to fundamental and applied research conducted by the university’s scientists. Doctoral students of the management field have a possibility to attend the lectures by experienced foreign lecturers and complete internships at the highest level foreign scientific research centres.

Management program aims to develop qualified, responsible and promising researchers able to generate new knowledge contributing to management science development.

Cycle Third cycle
Language Lithuanian, English
Duration 4 y.
Degree awarded Doctor of Science
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Research topics

Topic title Possible scientific supervisors Source of funding
Employee and organizational resilience strengthening through socially responsible human resource management
prof. dr. Živilė STANKEVIČIŪTĖ state-funded
Impact of Artificial Intelligence based service innovations on consumer behaviour: role of consumer trust
prof. dr. Jūratė BANYTĖ state-funded
Financial Innovation for Sustainability: Artificial Intelligence-based Potential in Enabling Financial Inclusion for SMEs
prof. dr. Gerda ŽIGIENĖ state-funded
Sustainable scaling of social-purpose-driven digital start-ups
prof. dr. Asta PUNDZIENĖ state-funded
Improving Lithuanian Public Sector Governance in the Context of Global Change through the Use of Artificial Intelligence
doc. dr. Rasa DAUGĖLIENĖ state-funded
Enhancement of organisational social impact through CSR and quality management prof. dr. Eglė Staniškienė state-funded
Paradoxical tensions management of circular business models
prof. dr. Lina DAGILIENĖ state-funded
Attitude - Behavior Gap in the Context of Sustainable Consumption: Methodological Perspective
prof. dr. Žaneta Gravelines state-funded
The role of the project manager Emotional Intellegence in stakeholders engagement and creating the social value of the project
prof. dr. Rūta ČIUTIENĖ state-funded
Digitalization roadmaps and their association with firm performance
prof. dr. Mantas VILKAS state-funded
Shifting consumer behavior to address climate change prof. dr. Aušra Rūtelionė state-funded
Agent based modelling of processes in public governance
doc. dr. Rimantas RAULECKAS state-funded
Business development and internationalisation decision making of young R&D intensive enterprises under the increased uncertainty prof. dr. Monika PETRAITĖ state-funded
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Entry requirements

Minimum requirements

Persons with a Master’s Degree or equivalent degree of higher education may participate in an open competition for admission to doctoral studies.

Applicants to the doctoral field of science are accepted by competition according to the competition score. Minimum Competition Score 8.0

Additional condition: the applicants must submit a written motivation letter along with other admission documents


Application procedure

Mandatory documents for admission:

  • Application indicating the science field, the topic and the form of funding (online)
  • Official legalised Master’s diploma with the diploma supplements or a higher education degree equivalents and academic transcripts (translated into English or Lithuanian and notary verified) and the certificate of recognition if higher education qualification acquired abroad 
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Recommendations by two researchers of the relevant science field
  • A list of the research works with a full bibliographic description and copies thereof; if no research works by the applicant are presented, the applicant is required to present a research paper whose topic is consistent with the dissertation topic indicated in the applicant’s application
  • A written motivation letter
  • A copy of the passport page with personal data, or a copy of the ID card
  • A copy of the receipt of the application fee payment (40 EUR for EU citizens, and 100 EUR for non-EU citizens)
  • A certificate issued by IELTS, TOEFL, CERF or any other competent institution within the last 2 years certifying the level of the English language if the candidate is not a graduate of the first or second cycle studies conducted in the English language

Participation in motivational interview  (Kaunas University of Technology, Studentų g. 50, Kaunas, Lithuania or online)

Signing a study agreement (if invited to study)


Selection criteria and their weighted coefficients

Weighted grade point average of the Master’s diploma supplement


Research experience

Research experience in ten-point grading system (the evaluation of the research experience includes the candidate’s scientific publications or the research paper, other research experience, scientific qualifications, the compliance of the scientific publications and research experience with the topic of doctoral studies)


Research proposal on the selected topic for admission


Recommendations by scientists


Motivational interview, including evaluation of the knowledge of a foreign language





Study programme modules