Khuram Shahzad

Assistant Professor (tenure track)

PhD, M.Sc., MBA
School of Technology and Innovations, Industrial Management
+358 29 449 8584
Wolffintie 34, 65200 Vaasa
Ankkuri 2. floor
Office Hours:
by appointment

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Other qualifications: Professional Teacher Education and HELLA

Research and background

Khuram Shahzad 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 the University of Vaasa. Building on the core of B2B relationship governance research in supply chains, Dr. Shahzad currently focuses on research areas such as digital innovation management, blockchain technology, entrepreneurial and knowledge ecosystem, digital transformation and open innovation. His research has been published in several journals and books of international repute including Industrial Marketing ManagementR&D ManagementJournal of Business and Industrial MarketingInternational Business ReviewTechnology Analysis & Strategic ManagementJournal of Change ManagementPalgrave Macmillan and Routledge and International Journal of Procurement Management.

Living in Finland for about sixteen 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, Vaasa Energy Week, Wasa Future Festival, hackathons, seminars etc.

Teaching and supervision

  • TUTA3300-3003 – Blockchain in Supply Chain and Logistics Management
  • MODL20087-3002 Fundamentals of User and Open Innovation
  • TUTA3080-3004 Operations Strategy
  • TUTA2140-3003 Global Sourcing and Procurement
  • TUTA2250 Emerging Technologies for Digitalisation
  • TUTA3220-3002 Anticipation and Diffusion of Technological Innovation
  • MODL2009-3001 Collaborative Innovation for Societal Transformation
  • TUTA3986-3005 Master's Thesis Seminar
  • TUTA4050-3004 Industrial Management Doctoral Seminar

Leading research projects:

  • INNODIGI-driven inter-organizational network solutions
  • PizPub Leadership competencies and organizational change processes for Blockchain implementation (co-leader Sorin Dan)
  • EntRENEW EU higher Education Students' Entrepreneurial Capacity in Renewable Energy

Working in research projects:

  • HOCLOOP - A circular by design environmentally friendly geothermal energy solution based on a horizontal closed loop
  • DigiDecarbon - Digitally mediated decarbon communities in energy transition
  • RIPEET - Responsible research and innovation policy experimentation for energy transition

Selected recent publications

  1. Shahzad, K., Dan, S., Imran, F., Holtkamp, P., Niemi, M.K. and Meyer, M. (2024). Limits of open innovation during the organizational change: a case study of a Partner Campus. R&D Management
  2. Shahzad, K., Helo, P., Ranta, M., & Nousiainen, E. (2024). Blockchain technology for operational excellence and supply chain resilience: a framework based on use cases and an architecture demonstration. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 1-18.
  3. Juszczyk, O., & Shahzad, K. (2022). Blockchain technology for renewable energy: principles, applications and prospects. Energies15(13), 4603.
  4. Ali, T., Khalid, S., Shahzad, K., & Larimo, J. (2021). Managing international joint ventures to improve performance: The role of structural and social mechanisms. International Business Review30(3), 101791.
  5. Imran, F., Shahzad, K., Butt, A., & Kantola, J. (2021). Digital transformation of industrial organizations: Toward an integrated framework. Journal of Change Management21(4), 451-479.
  6. Shahzad, K., & Hafeez, S. (2022). Digital trust in business ecosystem collaboration. Trust, Digital Business and Technology: Issues and Challenges, 242.

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PUBLICATIONS (Link to Google Scholar)