- Professor at the Department of Management, University of Vaasa
- Visiting Professor at the Luleå University of Technology
- PhD in Economics
- Business Developer and internal consultant at ABB
- Head of MBA programmes at Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences / Finland
- Associate Fellow at University of Oxford, Saïd Business School / UK
Prof. Kohtamäki's teaching interests include theoretical perspectives and case studies in strategic management, inter-organisational networks and industrial services. In all of his teaching, Prof. Kohtamäki highlights the importance of practical knowledge:
"Our programme focuses on practice and empirical research. During classes, participatory teaching methods and case-based learning techniques are adopted."
For example, students are asked to select an industry they are interested in and which they see as potential employer in order to carry out a three-month analysis. In doing so, they learn how to use different strategic tools to conduct strategic analysis, as well as to develop and implement strategy; they understand how particular industries work, and the type of services they are offering.
"All firms rely on their ability to adapt to changes in the business environment – they need capabilities to rapidly learn and renew their strategies and organisation. This is the core of our Master's Programme: To train practically thinking strategic managers for tomorrow."
- Fast Strategy
- Agile Organisation and Networks
- Value Co-Creation
- Life-Cycle Services
- Participative Strategy Work
Prof. Kohtamäki has published approximately 25 journal articles in highly ranked international journals (including Industrial Marketing Management, the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, the Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing) and 80 conference papers and book articles.
He is currently the co-director of the Network Value Systems research programme and manages a research team on Industrial Service Strategy and Networks.