Robin Gustafsson

Professor (Associate Professor)

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Artistic and research interests

I am an Associate Professor of Strategic Management at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management (TUTA) at Aalto University. My research focuses on strategy and organization in industry and market disruptions (technology-induced disruptions). In my research and teaching, I focus currently on how digital is disrupting existing industries and markets, platform design and strategy, sources of competitive advantage in the age of digital and platforms, data monetization, and corporate digital transformation strategies. I teach advanced courses in strategy, platform design and strategy, digital and data monetization strategy, and technology 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 corporate and firm platform and digital strategy work, strategizing and organization in industry-wide change, open digital platform strategizing and design, governance of open research and innovation communities, and innovation and industry 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 all over the world, facilitating their strategy and policy work, and supporting their skills development in strategy work and strategizing in the age of digital and platform economy.  


Current Doctoral Students 
1st supervisor: Eero Aalto, Zeerim Cheung, Tomasz Mucha, Ruben Vicente-Saez, and Aino-Nina Saarikoski
2nd supervisor: Timo Ahopelto, Sarri Nykänen, and Derek Selin

Supervised Doctoral Student
Kimmo Karhu (graduated 1/2017), Thesis: Managing Competitive and Cooperative Strategizing in Open PLatform Ecosystems using Boundary Resources 
Christopher Rowell (graduated 8/2017), Thesis: Signaling and Shaping Legitimacy - Weaving webs of meaning in time and new markets


Exemplary Master Theses I have supervised which can be found electronically (alt. summaries of them):

Education/Academic qualification

  • Doctor of Science (Technology), Aalto-yliopisto, Perustieteiden korkeakoulu

  • Master of Science (Technology), Mechanical Engineering, Teknillinen korkeakoulu


  • Strategy, Strategic management, Platform economy, Platform strategy and design, Institutional change, Lego Serious Play, Innovation policy

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