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Aldas Kriauciunas

Aldas Kriauciunas

Executive Director for KEEP


Ph.D., Corporate Strategy and International Business, University of Michigan
MBA, University of Michigan
M.S., University of Michigan
B.S., University of Michigan

Aldas Kriauciunas is Executive Director of Krannert Executive Education Programs. He was previously an Assistant Professor of Strategic Management. He obtained his PhD in Corporate Strategy and International Business from the University of Michigan Business School.

His core strategy research question of interest is understanding factors that impede or assist firm-level change. To answer this question, Professor Kriauciunas has drawn from the economic institutions, imprinting, and knowledge-based view of the firm. His particular focus is on firms in transitional and emerging economies, given the fast pace of environmental shifts and the need for firms to respond quickly. He favors using survey-based data and has collected data across Central Europe (e.g., Lithuania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Belarus) and in South America (Chile).

Professor Kriauciunas is a member of the Strategic Management Society, Academy of Management, and Academy of International Business. He has served as a reviewer for the Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, and Organization Science. At Krannert, Professor Kriauciunas has taught eight courses covering international strategy and strategic management at the undergraduate, Master's and PhD levels. He has also taught in Krannert's Executive Education programs.

He prefers to organize the classroom like a meeting rather than a lecture. In the classroom, he emphasizes the application of strategy and international business concepts and techniques. The focus on concepts is complemented by improving students' communication and analysis skills.  This approach is used to develop skills that students can use to answer questions and solve problems when they enter the business world. Professor Kriauciunas has been runner-up for the Krannert Salgo Noren Teaching award for three years (2007-2010).  

Prior to his doctoral studies, Professor Kriauciunas worked for six years in the U.S. Embassy in Lithuania as head of the Economic Restructuring Division in the USAID program. In this capacity, he oversaw projects related to banking development and supervision, capital markets, business development and privatization.

Journal Articles

  • Kriauciunas A, Parmigiani A. Rivera-Santos, M (2011). Leaving Our Comfort Zone: Integrating Established Practices with Unique Adaptations to Conduct Survey-Based Strategy Research in Non-Traditional Contexts. Strategic Management Journal,
  • Drnevich P, Kriauciunas A (2010). Clarifyiing the Impact of Heterogeneous Capabilities on Relative Firm Performance. Strategic Management Journal,
  • Shinkle G, Kriauciunas A. (2010). Institutions, Size and Age in Transition Economies: Implications for Export Growth. Journal of International Business Studies, vol. 2 (41), 267-286.
  • Kriauciunas A, Kale P (2006). The Impact of Socialist Imprinting and Search on Resource Change: A Study of Firms in Lithuania. Strategic Management Journal, vol. 7 (27), 659-679.
  • Kriauciunas A (1992). Eastern-Europe Embarks On Quality Journey. Quality Progress, vol. 8 (25),

Working Papers

  • Kriauciunas A, Shinkle G. Organizational Imprinting: Informing Firm Behavior in Domestic and Interantional Contexts.
  • Kriauciunas A, Shinkle G. Determinants of Export Growth in Transition Economy.

Phone: (765) 496-1860
Office: KCTR 208

Quick links

Personal website

Area(s) of Expertise

Barriers to change, knowledge acquisition and transfer, transitional economies, organizational imprinting, Strategic Management, change, global issues