The EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) and EURAM (European Academy of Management) once again invites us to contribute to one of their conference, this time on on Doctoral Programmes.  This time, we have been asked to share our views on how we can make doctoral programmes more relevant to the world of business. 


The conference takes place in Vilnius, Lithuania and is co-hosted by the EFMD/EURAM and ISM University of Management and Economics.

The theme of the Conference is: Exploring the Doctoral Journey: Excellence, Ethics and the Student/Supervisor Experience


Monday, 11 May 2015
16:30 – 17:00 Registration
17:00 – 17:30 Welcome
  • Nadine Burquel, Director Business School Services, EFMD Chairperson
  • Alfredas Chmieliauskas, President of ISM University of Management and Economics, LT
  • Leonidas Donskis, Vice-President for Research, ISM University of Management and Economics, LT, and Conference Chair
17:30 – 18:30 Plenary I
Strategic Choices in Designing PhD or DBA Programmes
  • Thierry Grange, President of the Strategic Board, Grenoble Ecole de Management, F
18:30 – 19:30 Structured Networking Session - Stretching Minds and Social Networks
  • Benas Adomavičius, Head of Strategic Management module at ISM Executive School, LT
19:30 Drinks and Dinner
22:30 Busses back to Conference Hotels


Tuesday, 12 May 2015
9:00 – 10:30 Plenary II
Panel: Doctoral Education – The Big Picture
Aim: Explore visions, trends and challenges in doctoral education
  • Jikyeong Kang, Dean, AIM, RP
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30 Plenary III
The Candidates’ Perspective
Aim: How did the doctoral candidates select the doctoral programme? How have they experienced/are they experiencing the supervision process? What has the impact been of the programme on their career and their personal development?
  • Bernadeta Goštautait?, Doctoral Student, ISM University of Management and Economics, LT
  • Hugo Marynissen, Academic Director Executive PhD program, Antwerp Management School, BE
  • Alenka Slavic, Assistant Professor, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics and Business, SI
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:45 Plenary IV
Assessing Quality of Doctoral Programmes
Aim: Share experience on the mechanisms to ensure quality programmes - What are the implications of accreditation on doctoral programmes?
  • Ulrich Hommel, Director of Research & Surveys and Senior Advisor in the Quality Services Department, EFMD
  • Hans Siggaard Jensen, Director, School Research Program, Department of Education, University of Aarhus, Copenhagen Campus, DK
14:45 – 15:45 Discussion Groups
Aim: Discuss what the implications are of all of the previous and how this could feed into updating the EQUAL Guidelines on Doctoral Programmes
15:45 – 16:15 Coffee Break
16:15 – 16:45 Moderated Feedback
Aim: Brief feedback from each discussion group and agreement of suggested changes for the EQUAL Guidelines on Doctoral Programmes
  • Moderated by Mark Smith, Professor and Associate Dean for Doctoral Studies, Grenoble Ecole de Management, F
16:45 – 17:45 Plenary V
Fostering Doctoral Research That Matters
  • Marco Busi, CEO of Carisma RCT Ltd and author: Doing Research That Matters, Shaping the future of Management
18:40 Bus leaves from Europa Hotel
18:50 Bus leaves from Radisson Astorija
19:30 Drinks and Dinner
22:30 Busses back to Conference Hotels


Wednesday, 13 May 2015
9:00 – 10:30 Plenary VI
The Challenges of Doctoral Supervision – The Supervisor and the Candidate
Aim: Explore the role of the Programme Director, Supervisor and Candidate
  • Svetlana Cicmil, Director of Doctoral Research in Business and Law and Asc Professor with the Bristol Leadership Centre, University of the West of England, UK
  • Mark Smith, Professor and Associate Dean for Doctoral Studies, Grenoble Ecole de Management, F
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:45 Plenary VII
Promoting practical impact in doctoral programmes

Aim: to explore impact and particularly maximising the practical impact of doctoral research – the case of Cranfield
  • Emma Parry, DBA Director and Reader in Human Resource Management, Cranfield University – School of Management, UK
11:45 - 12:30 Plenary VIII
Academic Placements of PhD Candidates 
Aim: Explore the final stage of the Canditates’ Journey - placement
  • Natalija Gersak, Doctoral Programme Manager, Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), Erasmus University Rotterdam, NL
12:30 – 13:00 Closing Remarks and Welcome to the 2016 Conference
13:00 Lunch


latest tweets

latest news

DNV acknowledges CARISMA’s continuous efforts to deliver high quality services

On Friday the 15th of January, DNV carried out the annual certification audit of our Quality Management System. After auditing our QMS records and interviewing us on how Carisma manage various on-going projects, Steve Evans, DNV auditor, declared himself satisfied that our Quality Management System is sound and fit-for-purpose and that we do manage projects according to the ISO9001 international quality standard. 

read more

New Contract – Operations Management (Interim Management)

SOLFER Componenti SRL is an italian manufacturing company leader in the design and production of original equipment for companies in the automotive and motomotive sectors. Honda, BMW, Yamaha, IVECO, Linde, Jungheinrich are but a few of SOLFER’s impressive customers. Carisma RCT have been contracted as part of a larger interim management team to lead the day-to-day management and restructuring of all the companies’ operations.

read more

2015 Emerald Awards for Excellence winning papers online

Strategic Outsourcing, an International Journal is the scientific journal edited by Carisma RCT’s Research Institute and edited by Emerald Group Publishing, the largest publisher of management research in the world.  As it is tradition, every year we ask our international editorial advisory board to vote for the past volume's best paper and best reviewers. Once the votes are collected, the winning papers are made available online for free access for a limited amount of time.

read more