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Khuram Shahzad

Assistant Professor, Tenure Track

PhD, M.Sc., MBA
School of Technology and Innovations, Production
firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
+358 29 449 8584
Yliopistonranta 10, 65200 Vaasa
Fabriikki F437
Office Hours:
by appointment

Other qualifications: Professional Teacher Education and HELLA

Research and background

Khuram Shahzad D.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.), is currently working as Assistant Professor (Tenure-track) at the School of Technology and InnovationsProduction in a strong research connection with Innovation and Entrepreneurship InnoLab research platform at UVA. Dr. Shahzad holds a PhD degree in Industrial Management (pass with distinction) with a proven record of conducting and publishing multidisciplinary research. Building on the core of B2B relationship governance research, he currently focuses on research areas such as digital innovation management, blockchain technology, entrepreneurial ecosystem, servitization and triple/quadraple-helix based on both qualitative and quantitative approaches. His research has been published in several journals and books of international repute including Industrial Marketing ManagementJournal of Business and Industrial MarketingManagement and Production Engineering ReviewInternational Journal of Logistics System and ManagementPalgrave Macmillan and International Journal of Procurement Management.

Living in Finland for about twelve years, Dr. Shahzad has developed a dynamic professional background while working in and collaboration with industry, universities and financial institutes in Finland. In addition to that, Dr. Shahzad is also very active member participating in regional ecosystem activities including stakeholder engagement, learning/world café, hackathons, seminars etc.

He has been in short research visit to Warsaw University of Life Sciences (WULS - SGGW) in 2019 and presented his research in several international scientific conferences.

Research interests

Industrial digital transformation and innovation, blockchain technology, entreprenurial ecosystem, open innovation

Social media presence

Teaching and supervision

Involved in planning, implementing and teaching master level course "Operations Strategy" and assisted professors/university lecturers in several courses. Also has an experience of supervising theses at master level. His teaching interests include; technology and digital innovation management, entrepreneurship, and open and user innovation.

Recent professional educational training

HEInnovate "Train the Trainers" training in Brussels 2020.

Leading research project(s):

  • INNODIGI-driven inter-organizational network solutions (co-leader Mari K. Niemi)

Working research project(s):

  • Digitalisation Academy: Piloting and developing the Academy and creating a nationwide model (DA-PITO)
  • KvarkenSpaceEco: working with couple of WPs around capacity building, opportunity generation, new space innovation ecosystem and networking

Selected working papers

  1. Shahzad, K., Dan, S., Holtkamp, P., Niemi, M.K. (2020). Managing change for open innovation: Towards a novel framework for exploring open collaboration in the digital age', Journal Article, In progress.
  2. Shahzad K., Dan, S., Niemi, M.K., Shakeel, S. (2020). Addressing the issues of talent shortage and retention: A multiple case study approach. In progress.
  3. Dan, S., Kalliokoski, J., Niemi, M.K., Shahzad, K., Shakeel, S. (2020). Talent retention policy in Europe: A systematic literature review and future research agenda', Journal Article, In progress.
Selected recent publications
  1. Shahzad K., Ali, T., Kohtamäki, M., Takala, J. (2020). Enabling roles of relationship governance mechanisms in the choice of successful inter-firm conflict resolution strategies. Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, 35 (6), 957-969. (ABS level 2, Impact factor 2018: 1.961)
  2. Shahzad K., Ali T., Takala J., Helo P., Zaefarian G. (2018). The varying roles of governance mechanisms on ex-post transaction costs and relationship commitment in buyer-supplier relationships. Industrial Marketing Management, 71, 135-146. (ABS level 3, Impact factor 2018: 4.779
  3. Luokkanen-Rabetino K., Rajala A., Sillanpää I., Shahzad K. (2017). Supply Chain Intelligence. In: Kohtamäki M. (Eds) Real-time Strategy and Business Intelligence: Digitizing Practices and Systems. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. (Finnish JUFO level 3)
  4. Myllynen, J., Sillanpää, I., Shahzad, K. (2016). Developing competitive advantage through tracking tools in service business: The case of a global industrial service supplier. International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 25(3), 336-357. (Finnish JUFO level 1, RG impact factor 2015: 1.59)
  5. Shahzad, K., Sillanpää, I., Sillanpää E., Shpend I. (2016). Benchmarking supplier development: An empirical case study of validating a framework to improve buyer-supplier relationship. Management and Production Engineering Review, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 56-70. (Finnish JUFO level 1, CiteScore 2016: 0.48)
Complete list of working papers and publications

Awards, prizes and honours

  • Rewarded a scholarship for excellent doctoral dissertation from Vaasa Aktia Foundation
  • Rewarded for scientific publications based on the quality classification system (Jufo level 3)/ABS level 3
  • Doctoral research scholarship awarded by Evald and Hilda Nissi Foundation Finland for the academic year 2017-2018
  • Attained travel funding from Foundation for Economic Education Finland in 2016 and 2019
  • Certificate of Scientific and organizing team member of the 11th ICIM conference, Vaasa, Finland

Public speaking and stakeholder engagement activities

    Publications and expert tasks

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