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    I am an Associate Professor of Strategic Management at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management (TUTA) at Aalto University. My research area is strategy and organization in industry and market disruptions (technology-induced disruptions). My current focus is on digitalization and platform economy, specifically how industries are disrupted, sources of competitive advantage in the digital age, platform and data business models, open science and innovation, and agile and playful strategy work. I teach advanced courses in strategy, platform and data business strategy, and innovation strategy at the Masters, doctoral, and MBA, and EMBA level.

    My research has been published in top tier journals, such as the Academy of Management Journal, International Journal of Management Reviews, Information Systems Review, Research Policy, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Technology Innovation Management Review, R&D Management, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, and Organization Studies.

    My research provides inputs to strategy work, strategic decision making, and strategic organization in industry-wide change, open digital platform strategizing and design, governance of open research and innovation, and policy. I have specialized in flipped classroom and experienced-based learning methods, including the Harvard case teaching method, and LEGO® Serious Play® facilitation method. I work frequently with SMEs and large-company managers and executives, as well as government officials and public sector leaders from different parts of the world, facilitating their strategy and policy work, and supporting their skills development in agile strategy work and strategizing in the age of digital and platform economy.  

    Ongoing research projects:

    Digital Disruption of Industries

    Policy Rationles in the Shift to Digital Platform Economy

    Playfulness at Work & in Workshops

    The Consortium of 'Digital History of Telco and Exchanges in Finland and Sweden' 



    Current doctoral students who I am the supervisor for
    1st supervisor: Eero Aalto, Anita Golzarjannat, Janne Leinonen, Tomasz Mucha,  Sarri Nykänen, and Derek Selin.
    2nd supervisor: Timo Ahopelto

    Supervised Doctoral Student

    Ruben Vicente-Saez (2021) Thesis:  Open Science in the Digital Era 

    Zeerim Cheung (2019), Thesis: Analytically Structured History Approach Using a Relational Database - Essays on the Historical Embeddedness of Strategy Formulation
    Kimmo Karhu (2017), Thesis: Managing Competitive and Cooperative Strategizing in Open PLatform Ecosystems using Boundary Resources 
    Christopher Rowell (2017), Thesis: Signaling and Shaping Legitimacy - Weaving webs of meaning in time and new markets


    I have supervised over 50 master thesis. I also supervise bachelor's theses. Here a selected set of exemplary Master Theses I have supervised which can be found electronically (alt. summaries of them):

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
    • SDG 15 - Life on Land

    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctoral degree, Engineering and Technology, Aalto University

    Award Date: 9 Mar 2010

    Master's degree, Engineering and Technology, Helsinki University of Technology

    Award Date: 10 Jun 1997


    • Strategy
    • Strategic management
    • Platform economy
    • Platform strategy
    • Institutional change
    • Lego Serious Play
    • Innovation policy
    • Playfulness


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