Niklas Kurki

Grant-Funded Researcher

School of Marketing and Communication, Marketing
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Background and research interests

I am a curious and entrepreneurial PhD candidate that applies a healthy mix of psychological and economic theory, using experimental and quantitative methodology, to study consumer and managerial judgement and decision-making.

My thesis under work focuses on the Nordic health care and social care domain where consumerism, for-profit market-logic, and digital platforms are becoming dominant features of care provisioning amids traditionally robust welfare norms.

Healthcare is characterized by plenty of asymmetric information, affective emotions, social norms, with a backdrop of already complex human health, making market-logic implementation not that straight forward.

This combination poses challenges to a set of often un-mature market participants ranging from consumers/patients, health-care professional, and policymakers who seek to navigate this new market-based reality towards the goal of increased efficiently and positive patient outcomes.

If my research can contribute, in any way, to the academic and/or practitioner work that seeks to untangle this multifaceted challenge, I consider this thesis project a success.

Professional experience

On the side of my research, I am building a platform for applied researchers, Colcrane Behavioral Insights, that helps organizations and startups to leverage their customer transaction data to increase customer value and foster data-driven customer-centric-culture change. We do this by applying a combination of research-based customer analytics and behavioral science. Prior to this, and my thesis, I worked at Microsoft and its partner-ecosystem.

Education

M.Sc. Economics and Business Administration, Hanken School of Economics

M.Sc. Social Science, University of Helsinki

B.Sc. Economics and Business Administration, Hanken School of Economics

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