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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 directed by Professor Marko Kohtamäki

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 the 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
Strengthening Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Education and SME Management (DEI4SME) - Strategic business development, Human resource management, Management, InnoLab
DigiBiogasHubs – Flexible and scalable biogas business through digitally connected biogas Hubs - VEBIC, Management, Strategic business development
Digitally mediated decarbon communities in energy transition (DigiDecarbon) - InnoLab, Technology and Innovations, Marketing and Communication, Networked value systems NeVS, Strategic business development
Future-oriented strategy work in South-Ostrobothnian SMEs (STRATU) - Strategic business development, Management
Mastering the Next Industrial Revolution: From product-service solutions to Autonomous Systems (MIDAS) - Strategic business development, Management
DIKO – Developing digital capabilities in South Ostrobothnian SMEs - Strategic business development, Management
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

Research group members

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Khaled Abed Alghani

Khaled Abed Alghani

Doctoral Researcher
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Wajahat Ali

Wajahat Ali

Project Researcher
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Shariful Chowdhary

Shariful Chowdhary

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Diego Clemente

Diego Clemente

Doctoral Researcher
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Tiphaine Delecour

Tiphaine Delecour

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Elizabeth Edgal

Elizabeth Edgal

Doctoral Researcher
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Esko Hakanen

Esko Hakanen

Postdoctoral Researcher
School of Management, Strategic Management
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Tuire Hautala-Kankaanpää

Tuire Hautala-Kankaanpää

Postdoctoral Researcher
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Anne-Maria Holma

Anne-Maria Holma

Senior Researcher
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Tuomas Huikkola

Tuomas Huikkola

Associate Professor (tenure track)
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Shuwei Jiang

Shuwei Jiang

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Marko Kohtamäki

Marko Kohtamäki

Professor
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Lauri Korkeamäki

Lauri Korkeamäki

School of Management, Strategic Management
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Annika Laine-Kronberg

Annika Laine-Kronberg

Professor
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Jari Lehtineva

Jari Lehtineva

Project Researcher
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Paula Linna

Paula Linna

Postdoctoral Researcher
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Rimsha Naeem

Rimsha Naeem

Doctoral Researcher
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Rumy Narayan

Rumy Narayan

Grant-Funded Researcher
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Vinit Parida

Vinit Parida

Professor
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Jukka Partanen

Jukka Partanen

Associate Professor
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Rodrigo Rabetino Sabugo

Rodrigo Rabetino Sabugo

Professor
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Anni Rajala

Anni Rajala

Assistant Professor
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Jahanzaib Shahzad

Jahanzaib Shahzad

Doctoral Researcher
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Ausrine Silenskyte

Ausrine Silenskyte

Postdoctoral Researcher
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Marko Siltamäki

Marko Siltamäki

Project Researcher
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Aino Tenhiälä

Aino Tenhiälä

School of Management, Strategic Management
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Taina Tukiainen

Taina Tukiainen

Research Director
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Pekka Töytäri

Pekka Töytäri

Professor
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Jukka Vesalainen

Jukka Vesalainen

Senior Advisor
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Tayyab Warraich

Tayyab Warraich

Project Researcher
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