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Strategic Business Development

School of Management,
University of Vaasa

Advancing the practice and theory of strategy, the research group draws from the strategy and organization theory. The research program studies strategies, processes and practices within organizations, but also in networks and value systems. The research program conducts rigorous empirical studies, practical and collaborative company projects, and managerially relevant teaching in Strategic Business Development master program, and Levon institute’s Executive MBA Programs.

Currently, the SBD research programme employs 3 professors, 3 associate professors and 3 assistant professors, and 9 PhD students.

The researchers of the SBD research group contribute to teaching in Strategic Business Development eductation:

  • Strategic Business Development Master Programme (EPAS accredited master programme)
  • D.Sc. in Economics (Management)
  • Bachelors degree in Management
  • Executive MBA Programme (Levón Institute, Vaasa)

To advance the theoretical developments in strategy, we draw from our firm-level collaborations, and collaborative research projects. During the past 20 years, we have conducted large number of research and company development projects. Typically, our work with companies involve strategy-related business development research. In times, we faciliate workshops, craft strategic analysis, analyze and develop customer and supplier relationships, and help companies to facilitate business development. In many occasion, our work is participative involving personnel at different organizational levels.

Doctoral students in Strategic Business Development are trained to develop scientific research but also to solve challenging business problems. All our professors, assistant professors and PhD students also work with companies as advisors, consultants and researchers. Our doctoral students follow the Doctoral Programme in Business Studies. More information about this programme (study guide, how to apply) can be found here.

SBD program is co-directed by Professors Marko Kohtamäki, Annika Tidström ja Jukka Vesalainen.