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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 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
        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
        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

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        Khaled Abed Alghani

        Khaled Abed Alghani

        Doctoral Researcher
        School of Management, Strategic Management
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        Tervahovi C323
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        Simon Down

        Simon Down

        Docent
        School of Management, Strategic Management
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        Kuva
        Tuire Hautala-Kankaanpää

        Tuire Hautala-Kankaanpää

        Teacher
        School of Management, Strategic Management
        Puhelin
        +358294498495
        Toimisto
        Seinäjoen yliopistokeskus Frami
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        Kuva
        Anne-Maria Holma

        Anne-Maria Holma

        Postdoctoral Researcher
        School of Management, Strategic Management
        Puhelin
        +358294498478
        Toimisto
        Tervahovi C319
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        Kuva
        Elina Huculak

        Elina Huculak

        Project Researcher
        School of Management, Strategic Management
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        Toimisto
        Tervahovi C317
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        Kuva
        Tuomas Huikkola

        Tuomas Huikkola

        Postdoctoral Researcher
        School of Management, Strategic Management
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        Puhelin
        +358294498448
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        Kuva
        Shuwei Jiang

        Shuwei Jiang

        Doctoral Student
        School of Management, Strategic Management
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        Tervahovi C323
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        Marko Kohtamäki

        Marko Kohtamäki

        Professor
        School of Management, Strategic Management
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        Puhelin
        +358294498459
        Toimisto
        Tervahovi C303
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        Harri Koski

        Harri Koski

        School of Management, Strategic Management
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        Paula Linna

        Paula Linna

        Postdoctoral Researcher
        School of Management, Strategic Management
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        +358294498533
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        Rimsha Naeem

        Rimsha Naeem

        Doctoral Researcher
        School of Management, Strategic Management
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        Toimisto
        Tervahovi C325
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        Rumy Narayan

        Rumy Narayan

        Project Researcher
        School of Management, Strategic Management
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        Toimisto
        Tervahovi D303
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        Yekaterina Pak

        Yekaterina Pak

        Grant-Funded Researcher
        School of Management, Strategic Management
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        Vaasan Yliopisto Helsingin toimipiste
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        Vinit Parida

        Vinit Parida

        Professor
        School of Management, Strategic Management
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        Jukka Partanen

        Jukka Partanen

        Associate Professor
        School of Management, Strategic Management
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        +358294498251
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        Vesa Puhakka

        Vesa Puhakka

        Teacher
        School of Management, Strategic Management
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        Anni Rajala

        Anni Rajala

        Postdoctoral Researcher
        School of Management, Strategic Management
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        Puhelin
        +358294498569
        Toimisto
        Tervahovi D328
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        Ausrine Silenskyte

        Ausrine Silenskyte

        University Teacher
        School of Management, Strategic Management
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        Puhelin
        +358294498295
        Toimisto
        Tervahovi C214
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        Marko Siltamäki

        Marko Siltamäki

        Project Researcher
        School of Management, Strategic Management
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        Puhelin
        +358294498602
        Toimisto
        Seinäjoen yliopistokeskus Frami C250.4
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        Kuva
        Anne Söderman

        Anne Söderman

        University Lecturer
        School of Management, Strategic Management
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        Puhelin
        +358294498556
        Toimisto
        Tervahovi D331
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        Yassine Talaoui

        Yassine Talaoui

        Postdoctoral Researcher
        School of Management, Strategic Management
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        +358294498755
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        Annika Tidström

        Annika Tidström

        Professor
        School of Management, Strategic Management
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        Toimisto
        Tervahovi C320
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        Elina Varamäki

        Elina Varamäki

        Docent
        School of Management, Strategic Management
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        Jukka Vesalainen

        Jukka Vesalainen

        Professor
        School of Management, Strategic Management
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        Puhelin
        +358294498463
        Toimisto
        Tervahovi C307
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        Esa Virtanen

        Esa Virtanen

        Research Assistant
        School of Management, Strategic Management
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        Puhelin
        +358294498621
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        Astrid Yorke

        Astrid Yorke

        Doctoral Student
        School of Management, Strategic Management
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