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Strategic Business Development

About the research group

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.

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.

Research programme

One of the top strategy research groups in Europe focusing on technology firms.

The mission of our research group:

To solve strategic problems
To develop strategic competencies
In contribution to theory and practice of strategy

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    In strategic business development programme, we study the strategies, processes and practices in organizations, but also in networks and value systems. In our work, we conduct rigorous empirical studies, practical and collaborative company projects, and managerially relevant teaching. Our research program focuses on four particular themes:

    • Strategic change
    • Platforms and Ecosystems
    • Digital Servitization
    • Sustainability

     

        During the past few years, members of the research group have published tens of studies in distinguished international journals such as Strategic Management Journal, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Industrial Marketing Management, Long Range Planning, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, International Journal of Production Economics, Technovation, amongst others.

        • Strategic change processes, organizational transformation
        • Strategic practices, strategy tools, and strategy processes
        • Role of participation, middle management in strategic change

        The groups research on digital servitization concentrates on the following themes:

        • Manufacturing servitization, service transition, service infusion
        • Digital servitization and Internet-of-Things
        • Service business models, value creation and appropriation

        The groups research on Platforms and ecosystems concentrates on the following themes:

        • Ecosystems and platforms
        • Supplier networks, network management
        • Customer and supplier relationships, CRM, Supplier relationship management

        The groups research on sustainability concentrates on the following themes:

        • Strategic change processes, organizational transformation
        • Strategic practices, strategy tools, and strategy processes
        • Role of participation, middle management in strategic change

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        Research projects

        Project Duration Actors
        Clean Propulsion Technologies - VEBIC, Technology and Innovations, Management, Renewable energy, Strategic business development
        Future Ready Harbour Concept – Towards Sustainable Maritime Ecosystem - VEBIC, Renewable energy, Smart electric systems, Networked value systems NeVS, Strategic business development, Management, Technology and Innovations
        Sustainable Industry Ecosystem (SIE) - Digital Economy, Technology and Innovations, VEBIC, Management, Strategic business development, Networked value systems NeVS
        ReWise - Demonstrating resource-wise systems - VEBIC, Strategic business development, Networked value systems NeVS
        Ix3 - Intelligent international industry - Digital Economy, Strategic business development
        CEE4WES - Circular Economy Ecosystem for Waste-to-Energy Sector - VEBIC, Strategic business development, Economics, Management, Accounting and Finance, Smart electric systems

        Research group members

        Suvi Einola
        Suvi Einola
        Assistant Professor

        School of Management, Strategic Management

        • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
        • +358 29 449 8202
        • Tervahovi D329
        Tuire Hautala-Kankaanpää
        Tuire Hautala-Kankaanpää
        Doctoral Student

        School of Management, Strategic Management

        • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi (normalise scandinavian characters)
        • +358 29 449 8495
        • Seinäjoen yliopistokeskus Frami
        Anne-Maria Holma
        Anne-Maria Holma
        Associate Professor

        School of Management, Strategic Management

        • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
        • +358 29 449 8478
        • Tervahovi C319
        Elina Huculak
        Elina Huculak
        Project Researcher

        School of Management, Strategic Management

        • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
        Tuomas Huikkola
        Tuomas Huikkola
        Assistant Professor

        School of Management, Strategic Management

        • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
        • +358 29 449 8448
        Shuwei Jiang
        Shuwei Jiang
        Doctoral Student

        School of Management, Strategic Management

        • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
        • Tervahovi C323
        Marko Kohtamäki
        Marko Kohtamäki
        Professor

        School of Management, Strategic Management

        • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi (normalise scandinavian characters)
        • +358 29 449 8459
        • Tervahovi C303
        Lauri Korkeamäki
        Lauri Korkeamäki
        Project Researcher

        School of Management, Strategic Management

        • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi (normalise scandinavian characters)
        • +358 29 449 8212
        • Tervahovi D327
        Jari Lehtineva
        Jari Lehtineva
        Senior Specialist

        School of Management, Strategic Management

        • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
        Paula Linna
        Paula Linna
        Assistant Professor

        School of Management, Strategic Management

        • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
        • +358 29 449 8533
        Rumy Narayan
        Rumy Narayan
        Doctoral Student

        School of Management, Strategic Management

        • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
        • Tervahovi D303
        Yekaterina Pak
        Yekaterina Pak
        Grant-Funded Researcher

        School of Management, Strategic Management

        • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
        • Vaasan Yliopisto Helsingin toimipiste
        Vinit Parida
        Vinit Parida
        Professor

        School of Management, Strategic Management

        • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
        Jukka Partanen
        Jukka Partanen
        Associate Professor

        School of Management, Strategic Management

        • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
        • +358 29 449 8251
        • Vaasan Yliopisto Helsingin toimipiste
        Rodrigo Rabetino Sabugo
        Rodrigo Rabetino Sabugo
        Apulaisprofessori, strategic management

        School of Management, Strategic Management

        • rodrigo.rabetino.sabugo
        • +358 29 449 8451
        • Tervahovi C318
        Anni Rajala
        Anni Rajala
        Assistant Professor

        School of Management, Strategic Management

        • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
        • +358 29 449 8569
        • Tervahovi D328
        Marko Siltamäki
        Marko Siltamäki
        Grant-Funded Researcher

        School of Management, Strategic Management

        • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi (normalise scandinavian characters)
        • +358 29 449 8602
        • Seinäjoen yliopistokeskus Frami C250.4
        Anne Söderman
        Anne Söderman
        University Lecturer

        School of Management, Strategic Management

        • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi (normalise scandinavian characters)
        • +358 29 449 8556
        • Tervahovi D331
        Yassine Talaoui
        Yassine Talaoui

        School of Management, Strategic Management

        • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
        • Tervahovi C316
        Annika Tidström
        Annika Tidström
        Professor

        School of Management, Strategic Management

        • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi (normalise scandinavian characters)
        • Tervahovi C320
        Jukka Vesalainen
        Jukka Vesalainen
        Professor

        School of Management, Strategic Management

        • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
        • +358 29 449 8463
        • Tervahovi C307
        Astrid Yorke
        Astrid Yorke
        Project Researcher

        School of Management, Strategic Management

        • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
        • +358 29 449 8538