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2018-01-01 - 2018-08-17



Professor Christer Laurén will receive the 28th Ramon Llull International Prize for Catalan Linguistics and Linguistic Diversity

The jury of the Ramon Llull International Prize has unanimously decided to grant this distinction in its modality of Linguistic Diversity to Professor Christer Laurén, theoretician in the field of language immersion. Professor Laurén has continuously contributed to the study and implementation of language immersion, the promotion of minority languages as tools of social cohesion in the educational field, and the dissemination of Catalan and international language immersion programs . He has...



Dissertation: Successful portfolio management can tackle the sustainability challenge in Finland

Finland is competing within the Nordic region to obtain a high ranking in sustainable development. According to Hosein Daneshpour’s doctoral thesis, the new portfolio management techniques could help to realize the sustainability objectives.



University in the summer 2018

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



Dissertation: “Good” Corporate governance mechanisms may encourage excessive risk-taking in the banking industry

Jamshed Iqbal's doctoral dissertation titled “Essays on the Relationship between Corporate Governance Mechanisms and Risk-Taking by Financial Institutions” examines the effect of corporate governance mechanisms on risk-taking by publicly traded US banks and other financial institutions. The results from Iqbal’s dissertation show that stronger corporate governance mechanisms and shareholder-friendly boards can lead to excessive risk-taking among financial institutions.



Dissertation: Blending two low quality fuels enhances fuel blend properties

Biodiesel is known to be challenging fuel. Blending it with high-sulphuric fossil diesel leads to a win-win situation; the oxidation stability of biodiesel enhances while the total sulphur content decreases. The latter is beneficial for the environment. “For environmental reasons, the sulphur content of fuels has been reduced for several years. The chemical properties of sulphur seem to enhance the stability of biodiesels. The sulphur has the same role in plants and living beings but the...



Dissertation: How to distinguish a great leader in today’s increasingly competitive world?

It has long been understood that leadership behaviour plays a crucial role in keeping employees happy and loyal, which in turn makes a direct contribution to organizational success. But, in today’s increasingly competitive world, how can a great leader be distinguished in a crowded workforce? Thanh Ha-Vikström has in her doctoral thesis introduced two novel ways to measure the effectiveness of leadership behaviour.



Dissertation: Workplace or school commitment is not always as simple as thought – New method to help measure and understand

Jarno Einolander's doctoral dissertation in industrial management examines the models and theories of organisational commitment. The research builds an ontology, or a hierarchical concept model, of holistic commitment and a method that utilises it to measure commitment and its different components in the targeted organisations. Einolander has also built an ontology to model the commitment and engagement of university students to their studies.



Dissertation: This way strategy becomes everyone’s business

Suvi Einola's doctoral dissertation focuses on the eternal Achilles’ heel of organizations: the execution of the strategy. Everyone recognizes an organization where the strategy made by the top management is dusting in the desk drawer when the other organization experiences it as verbiage or even swearword. Once in a while, the management team digs the strategy of the box drawer to find out that the targets set for it have not been met. According to the dissertation, this does not have to be...



The University of Vaasa is awarding nine honorary doctorates at its Conferment in September

The University of Vaasa is organising a Conferment Ceremony of doctoral degrees 6-8 September 2018. The University, celebrating its 50th anniversary, will award honorary doctorates to nine persons with scientific or societal merit. Conferment of honorary doctorate is the highest honour that a university can award.



Dissertation: It's all about attitude – is the shop steward an asset or a necessary evil in the private healthcare industry?

In the private healthcare industry, employees are challenged to find a shop steward from their work community. Employees do not always have enough interest in issues surrounding terms of employment or do not possess the courage. Even the employer may have a negative view on the shop steward election. One reason is that the meaning of the shop steward role in the workplace is unclear. Päivi Kukkola researched in her doctoral dissertation in social and health management how the shop steward...



Dissertation: Why do firms exit emerging markets? – Distance brings increasing costs

Companies from advanced economies are shifting their manufacturing operations to emerging economies to tap the low-cost advantages and increasing demand conditions. This strategy may be fruitful in increasing the short-term profits, but over a period of time several of the manufacturing operations are closed or sold. In his doctoral dissertation, M.Sc. Pratik Arte has researched the divestment of foreign subsidiaries, which is the reverse of foreign investment.



VEBIC's energy laboratory inaugurated – shared investment in energy research brings expertise and competitive edge to Finland

The University of Vaasa, the public sector, and local industries made a significant shared investment, amounting to millions of euros, in energy research, and this investment is now starting to yield results. The new energy laboratory complex of the University of Vaasa's VEBIC research platform was inaugurated today in Vaasa.



Dissertation: Supply chain partners can be closer than they appear by achieving common goals

According to Khuram Shahzad’s doctoral thesis, firms can attain buyer-supplier performance and common goals by using relationship management factors. These factors include supplier development and conflict resolution strategies, contracts, interdependence, trust, and communication that are equally important in making partners closer.



Anne-Mari Vatunen appointed as the head of campus services

M.Sc. (Econ) Anne-Mari Vatunen, 43, has been appointed as the head of campus services at University of Vaasa. She will take up her duties on 3 April 2018.



VEBIC's engine laboratory starts operating

The engine laboratory of the University of Vaasa’s VEBIC platform has started operations. The installations of the engine laboratory were completed at the turn of the year.



University of Vaasa is looking for a new director of VEBIC

University of Vaasa is looking for a new director of Vaasa Energy Business Innovation Centre VEBIC. The University and the director of VEBIC Krish Sankaran have mutually agreed to part ways. The recruiting process of a new director has started as of March 5, 2018.



Dissertation: Future business success requires more than cookbook recipes for capability development

“Each business-organization follows a unique path of its capability development. Therefore, the vastly used cookbook recipes of capability development do not guarantee same results across all organizations”, says Aurangzeab Butt who will defend his doctoral thesis at the University of Vaasa. Butt’s doctoral research is a longitudinal study of organizational capability development process. The dissertation analyses the heterogenous development paths of project portfolio management...



Vaasa Energy Business Innovation Centre (VEBIC) searching for a new director

University of Vaasa is looking for a new director of VEBIC, the multi-disciplinary research and innovation platform in the field of energy production, energy business and sustainable development.



Johnny Åkerholm continues as chairman of the University of Vaasa board

The board of the University of Vaasa selected Johnny Åkerholm, expert in economic policy, as chairman of the board. Board professional Anne Korkiakoski will be the new vice-chair. The term of the board is four years, 1 January 2018-31 December 2021 Vaasan yliopiston uusi hallitus järjestyi kokouksessaan 2. helmikuuta. Vaasan yliopiston hallitukseen toimikaudella 1.1.2018–31.12.2021 kuuluu yhdeksän jäsentä, joista viisi tulee yliopiston ulkopuolelta ja neljä...



Dissertation: More benefits from supplier relationships through “good cop – bad cop” tactic?

The more strategically important the supplier is, the wider interaction tactics the customer should use, indicates the doctoral thesis of Anni Rajala from the University of Vaasa. According to the doctoral study, relational and hierarchical interaction enhances interorganizational learning, which again effects positively on organizational performance.



Household Energy Efficiency Can Be Improved by Energy Related Investment Literacy

"Energy related investment literacy can be improved by well-designed educational education programs and technical tools, such as on-line calculators", says professor of Economics Massimo Filippini. Massimo Filippini, professor of economics at the Swiss top university ETH Zürich and at the USI University, was a keynote speaker of the international seminar on energy economics arranged on Friday at the University of Vaasa.



Tuomas Huikkola’s doctoral dissertation was ranked the best strategy thesis by the Strategic Management Society in Finland

University of Vaasa’s post-doctoral researcher Tuomas Huikkola’s dissertation entitled as “Escaping the commoditization trap by going downstream: How does a manufacturer manage its capabilities to create wealth from solutions?” has been selected for the best strategy-related dissertation in Finland.



University of Vaasa honours its 50-years long history - the festivities began with the anniversary celebration

The year 2018 marks the semicentennial of the University of Vaasa. The 50 year old university responds to the challenges of the changing world by investing 10 million euros in research and aiming for high quality and societal impact.



Dissertation: Transfer Pricing of Trademark in the International Tax Law – How to Determine Fiscally Acceptable Pricing Outcome?

Lic.Sc Katriina Pankakoski's doctoral dissertation examines the problem of transfer pricing of trademarks in the international tax law both theoretically and from a pragmatic point of view. Her research also provides answers to practical problems arising in transfer pricing.



Heidi Kuusniemi to head Digital Economy research platform at University of Vaasa

Heidi Kuusniemi, 38, Doctor of Science, has been appointed Director of the new Digital Economy research platform at the University of Vaasa.



The University of Vaasa has received significant EU funding – The new research and doctoral training programme GLOMO focuses on global mobility of employees

The European Union has granted a funding of nearly EUR 4 million from the Horizon 2020 programme for the GLOMO project that studies the global mobility of employees. The University of Vaasa is participating in the research project, and its share of the funding is over EUR 500,000. The GLOMO project is establishing a new doctoral training programme that is recruiting 15 doctoral students from all over the world, which means approximately two students for each participating university. The...



Mari K. Niemi to head InnoLab research platform at University of Vaasa

Mari K. Niemi, 43, Doctor of Social Sciences, has been appointed Director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship InnoLab research platform at the University of Vaasa. She took up her duties on 5 January 2018.



University of Vaasa launching a new organisational structure

The University of Vaasa is undergoing the most significant change process in its history. The university is consolidating its profile and changing its structure. In the upcoming years, it will also make significant investments in research and the development of operations. The objective of these measures is to elevate the quality of teaching and research and increase their social relevance.