News: Archive

2017-01-01 - 2017-12-31



Graduates Celebrated

The University's Graduation event Publiikki was held on Wednesday the 20th of December, where the graduates received their degree certificates. In December, 94 Masters of Science and 7 Doctors will have their certificates.



Dissertation: Entrepreneurial orientation does not guarantee the success of a firm

In his doctoral dissertation, Jesse Heimonen examines what is the role of entrepreneurial orientation in improving the growth, profitability, and innovation performance of a firm. Entrepreneurial orientation refers to a firm’s willingness to proactively seek new market opportunities, experiment with innovative ideas and take risks when the outcomes are uncertain. Despite the majority of the prior literature considers entrepreneurial orientation as universally advantageous, the core message of...



Dissertation: Language competence of Finnish police officers is insufficient

The language competence of police officers who work in the bilingual police departments of Finland is not on sufficient level from the point of view of language legislation. This is shown in the sociolinguistics dissertation by Sanna Heittola. –Only a third of the Finnish officers estimate that their language competence is on such a level that they can perform their job also in Swedish, says Heittola who will defend her thesis at the University of Vaasa.



Dissertation: Corporate brand architecture in cross-border mergers and acquisitions – does standardization matter?

According to a new doctoral dissertation from the University of Vaasa, high degree of corporate brand architecture standardization has a positive indirect effect on financial performance in cross-border mergers and acquisitions(CBM&A).



New deans for the University of Vaasa appointed

Deans for the new Schools of the University of Vaasa have been appointed. They will assume their duties on 1 January 2018 when the reformed organisation of the University of Vaasa starts its operation. Starting next year, the organisation of the university will consist of four Schools: Accounting and Finance, Management, Marketing and Communication, and Technology and Innovations.



Dissertation: Western European cooperative banks and savings banks brought stability into the economic crisis

The results from M.Sc. Jari-Mikko Meriläinen’s doctoral dissertationt show that Western European stakeholder banks served as a shock absorber during the 2008–2009 financial crisis and the subsequent sovereign debt crisis.



Annukka Jokipii appointed as Vice Rector of the University of Vaasa

Professor Annukka Jokipii, 42, has been appointed as the Vice Rector of the University of Vaasa. She will take up her duties 1 January 2018.



Dissertation: Wireless and unnoticeable electronics will be a part of everyday life in the future

According to the doctoral dissertation of Heikki Palomäki in the field of information technology, the small wireless buttons will be part of our future when the everyday routines of the living require new intelligent flexible and reliable solutions for example for the supervision of children in the day-care centres.



Dissertation: International entrepreneurial marketing enhances young internationalizing SME’s marketing performance

Man Yang’s dissertation titled “International entrepreneurial marketing: Decision making in international business” studies how rapid internationalizing firms with scarce resources conduct marketing in the global marketplace.



Dissertation: Stretching, adapting and negotiating – International business travel challenges travellers and families alike

International business travel can have many positive effects on travellers’ personal and professional growth. However, this travel can also have a detrimental impact on family life. This is one of the conclusions of Kati Saarenpää’s doctoral dissertation in the field of management..



Dissertation: Do you know what your customers value? Multinational companies struggle to understand service needs

Technology companies are increasingly trying to grow their revenues by creating value to customers through services. In practice, however, customer and company views on value and its creation do not always meet. This is shown in the international marketing dissertation by Tiina Leposky, where the author studies the service transition of a Finnish multinational enterprise.



Application Period for International Master’s programmes of the University of Vaasa starts

The application period for the international Master’s programmes of the University of Vaasa has started ending on 25th of January 2018. The University offers six international Master’s programmes taught entirely in English.



Wärtsilä & Finnish universities to cooperate in unique Engine Research Initiative

The technology group Wärtsilä has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with four leading Finnish universities to collaborate on developing world-class research into sustainable future applications for internal combustion engines.



Dissertation: Emerging market bonds are risky business

Nebojsa Dimic’s dissertation titled “Essays on Emerging Market Finance” examines the attributes and risk characteristics of major financial asset classes in emerging countries.



Dissertation: Law, Honesty or Values? – Young Leaders’ Perceptions on Ethical Leadership

According to M.Sc. Lotta Pitkänen’s dissertation in Public Management at Vaasa University, young leaders have different views on what is important in ethical leadership. However, they share a common view pointing out that employees should be appreciated.



Dissertation: How is synergy created? - Researcher developed a new framework for synergy research

What is synergy and how is it created? And how to research synergy? Lic.Sc. (Econ.) Simo Keskinen has examined the subject in his doctoral thesis in the field of Industrial Management.



Vaasa Network brings University talents and companies together

Vaasa Network is a new collaboration platform that offers the expertise of teachers and students at the University of Vaasa and Vaasa University of Applied Sciences VAMK to companies. Vaasa Network helps companies to find the right talent for business innovations, globalisation, digitalisation, recruitment, and financing options.



Regions need smart specialisation - the new LARS project helps

LARS (Learning among Regions on Smart Specialisation) is a new project that attempts to help the public sector in leading smart specialisation processes in their regions and to connect innovation networks across regions. University of Vaasa and its department of Regional studies is one the project partners.



Doctoral dissertation: Shipbuilding showing the way for sustainability management

A new dissertation has been made at the University of Vaasa, Finland that shows how sustainable development can efficiently be combined into company businesses. The dissertation gives company leaders practical tools for guiding and managing the processes.



Dissertation: Only few manufacturers are able to profit from services – Study investigates how successful firms exploit their capabilities

According to Tuomas Huikkola’s doctoral thesis “Escaping the commoditization trap by going downstream: How does a manufacturer manage its capabilities to create wealth from solutions?” the service business has been viewed whether as a goldmine or a lifeguard for the western technology companies in the era of product commoditization. The dissertation consists of four empirical articles. Qualitative comparative case study method has been applied in the articles. Several Finnish technology...



Dissertation: Beyoncé transformed veganism into a trendy diet

Not so long ago, veganism was considered suitable only for extreme animal rights activists and hippies. Now, veganism is considered trendy and healthy. A few years earlier, sustainable consumption had experienced a similar transformation. This raises the question, what is the reason for such changes in the public imagination?



University of Vaasa has vacancies for key personnel to strengthen the University's renewal

The University of Vaasa is making major investments in renewal. As of 1 January 2018, the University will have four Schools: Management, Accounting and Finance, Marketing and Communication, and Technology and Innovation.



New students arrived on campus

New students arrived on campus on Wednesday 28th of August. Studies start with the orientation days which will last from Wednesday to Friday. During the three day orientation new students gain information about the University, their field of study as well as academic studies. Actual studies start in the beginning of September.



Influential new Board members at the University of Vaasa

On 29 August 2017, The University Collegium of the University of Vaasa confirmed the external members elected to the University's new board for the term from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2021.



Dissertation: How companies can thrive and survive in turbulent markets

According to a new doctoral study from the University of Vaasa,to succeed in the market, company’s competitive priority must be in line with its strategy and operations, especially when the business environment is turbulent – if not, the company might fail and lose its position in the market.



Marketing cooperation opens the global markets for start-ups

If the firms are doing their marketing in collaboration with their partners, they can expand rapidly to global markets. This is found by research of the professor Peter Gabrielsson and doctoral student Man Yang from the University of Vaasa. They have studied international entrepreneurial marketing and decision-making logic of international high-tech new ventures in the energy field. Gabrielsson and Yang conducted a multiple case-study among four case firms in the energy sector of Vaasa region....



Chinese Academy of Sciences and University of Vaasa will establish a joint China-Finland Institute

Chinese Academy of Sciences Institutes of Science and Development (CASISD) and the University of Vaasa have signed a bilateral agreement of collaboration. CASISD is the leading think tank in China. The agreement was signed on Monday 21st of August in Vaasa by Director-General of CASISD Pan Jiaofeng and Rector Jari Kuusisto. – A joint China-Finland Institute is established by this agreement. In the future, the institute will become a Nordic hub, says Jari Kuusisto.



Dissertation:Is corruption the only cause of ineffectiveness in Nigerian public sector?

A common assumption is that corruption is the only cause of ineffectiveness of public sector organizations in an institutionally corrupt society. However, is this really the case? A new study on the “Challenges to effective management of public sector organizations in an institutionally corrupt society: a study of Nigeria”, from the University of Vaasa shows that there are other factors that pose a big challenge to effectiveness of public sector organizations.



Dissertation: What makes company a winner in globalization?

Many “anti-globalists” think that globalization is a scam. They also question the bliss of free trade. Some have claimed that globalization and unfair competition from foreigners has destroyed jobs at home. Globalization undoubtedly has its losers, but under key firm-specific advantages such as patents, trademark, and brand image the companies become winners? A new doctoral study from the University of Vaasa reveals under which circumstances the companies can really benefit from...



Doctoral dissertation: Intuitive, extraverted and spontaneous women are the best choice for leading creative people

It is time to change our views on what good leaders are like. Engineer-type managers are also needed, but they lack the qualities required to lead innovators. This is one of the conclusions of Piia Uusi-Kakkuri’s doctoral dissertation in the field of management.



3.3 million euro raised in fundraising campaign – goal exceeded

The University of Vaasa raised 3 337 242 euro in the government–supported fundraising campaign. University’s goal was to raise 2.5 million euro. The goal exceeded with more than a quarter.



Dissertation: Innovative networking of product development activities requires rational decision making

It is surprising how often technology companies make decisions concerning the organization of their product development work into internal tasks and projects outsourced to suppliers based on subjective and non-rational reasons. However, innovative product development activities would benefit from more rational decision making. A dissertation published in University of Vaasa provides new insights and methods on this matter.



Muhammad Shafiq becomes Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher

The Academy of Finland has granted Dr. Muhammad Shafiq post-doctoral funding for three years. Shafiq will begin his post-doctoral project “Smart Condition Monitoring System for Power Grid” at the University of Vaasa in September. Today’s distribution grid is undergoing various operational and architectural changes. With the new renewable energy sources and distributed power generation the grids are getting bigger and more complex. The distributed generation, the growing number of...



Dissertation: Wicked problems can hamper organizational changes

In his dissertation, Juha Lindell proposes that changes in organizations can be hampered due the neglected wicked problems within. They should be taken into account in the leadership policies and resolve in a comprehensive manner. – Organizations change constantly, but it has been estimated that even 90 percent of all change initiatives fail. It is vital, however, for organizations to make changes to succeed and something needs to be done, notes Lindell from the University of...



University in the summer 2017

There will be changes in the university office hours on the campus during the summer.



Graduates Celebrated

The University's Graduation event Publiikki was held on Wednesday the 31st of May. In the event, the graduates received their degree certificates. In May, 93 graduates received their degree certificates.



Dissertation: Is our social media behavior still influenced by our culture? – This is how Finns, Poles and Americans differ

Even though we think ourselves as global citizens, we still differ in terms of how we behave online and what motivates our behavior online. A new doctoral study in the field of international marketing by Agnieszka Chwialkowska reveals that the cultural values and practices are still very much influencing the way consumers use different social media platforms when engaging with their favourite companies.



Catharina von Koskull has been awarded a grant from Fulbright, Sweden

Associate professor Catharina von Koskull from the University of Vaasa has received the highly competitive and prestigious scholarship from the Swedish Fulbright Commission to conduct research as a visiting scholar in the United States. More precisely, she will collaborate with researchers at the Center for Service Leadership at WP Carey School of Business, Arizona State University. This center is one of the world’s leading service marketing and management research hubs and lately, an...



Dissertation: Develop leadership culture by identifying conflicting expectations

Annastiina Mäki’s doctoral thesis in Management examines the essence and development of leadership culture in expert organizations. Her study illustrates the phenomenon of leadership culture and offers proposals for developing it.



Dissertation: A new concept helps to increase competiveness in the networked environment

Terho Uusitalo’s doctoral thesis in Industrial Management studies focuses on enterprise competitiveness. Based on his research findings, Uusitalo develops the case company’s competitiveness by implementing a process management approach to its challenging and dynamic global business environment. He also creates a process development concept for developing and maintaining the case company’s sustainable competitive advantage.



University of Vaasa is conducting research on energy literacy

In a new project, researchers from the University of Vaasa is studying the energy literacy of consumers. - The purpose of the research is to create information on the consumer action in electricity markets, says Professor Panu Kalmi.The survey data will be collected by using an internet tool. The researchers will combine data on electricity consumption to survey data.



Indian Ambassador visited the University of Vaasa

The Indian Ambassador Ashok Kumar Sharma visited University of Vaasa on Tuesday. He gave a speech on the current developments in India concerning higher education and business cooperation with Finland.



The Faculty of Business Studies rated as internationally high quality faculty

The faculty of Business Studies of the University of Vaasa was ranked in the 2016 Eduniversal Worldwide Business Schools Rankings’ third category of Excellent Business Schools with reinforcing international influence. Placement requires e.g. strong international relations and international accreditations of education.



Jari Kuusisto appointed as the rector of the University of Vaasa 1.2.2017–31.12.2020

The board of the University of Vaasa has appointed Jari Kuusisto as the rector of the University of Vaasa during the term 1.2.2017 – 31.12.2020. Suvi Ronkainen is still recovering from a difficult illness, and she continues as a part-time senior advisor of the management until 31.7.2018. Since June 2015, Kuusisto has managed rector’s duty on interim basis.



The University of Vaasa awarded Research Act and Teaching Act of the Year 2016

The University of Vaasa granted the Research Act and Teaching Act awards of last year in the anniversary ceremony on Friday 27th of January. Research Act of the Year 2016 award was granted to Assistant Professor Susanna Kultalahti from the Faculty of Business Studies. Professor Pirkko Vartiainen from the Faculty of Philosophy received the Teaching Act of the Year 2016 award.



VEO donates 20 000 euros to the University of Vaasa

VEO Oy donates 20 000 euros to the University of Vaasa. 10 000 euros will be addressed to the field of technology and 10 000 euros to the field of business studies.



Scientific Board gives advice to the University of Vaasa

The new Scientific Board of the University of Vaasa met with the University staff and students today. Their assignment is to comment on the strategy proposals, the allocation of resources, the structure of the University and direction of the University research.



University of Vaasa science team chosen to the semi-finals of Helsinki Challenge

Team Energy Village 500 from the University of Vaasa has been chosen to the semi-finals of Helsinki Challenge, the science-based idea competition. Team Energy Village 500 aims at establishing a countrywide network of energy villages: areas that produce their own renewable energy. Helsinki Challenge brings Finnish universities together and advances multidisciplinary collaboration for the benefit of the whole world. The teams will tackle the UN’s sustainable development goals and create...



Dissertation: Manager, are you aware of beliefs guiding your actions?

M.Sc. Timo-Pekka Uotila from the University of Vaasa explores managers’ perceptions on firm performance. In his dissertation Uotila studied the ways how the managing directors understand firm performance.