Aldas Kriauciunas is Executive Director of Krannert Executive Education programs. He was previously an
Assistant Professor of Strategic Management. He obtained his Ph.D. 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, Masterís and Ph.D. levels. He has also taught in Krannertís Executive Education program. 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 studentsí 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.