BIT Research Centre's Project Business research group achieves international recognition


Four articles by the TKK Project Business research group were selected for the special issue consisting of the best articles presented at the European Academy of Management 2008 (EURAM) congress. The TKK professor of project business receives an award of excellence.

The BIT (Business, Innovation and Technology) Research Centre of TKK has found a distinctive and recognised approach to project research. In the special issue of the International Journal of Project Management of March 2009, the visiting editor-in-chief Hedley J. Smyth points out the emergence of a ‘Scandinavian school' in the research of project business and the strong representation of Finnish researchers in the field. Smyth is looking forward to seeing the development of the school and its impact on the entire research field. He characterises the four articles on project business presented at the congress and selected for the special issue as high-quality and visionary.

The articles:

  •  Kim Wikström, Magnus Hellström, Karlos Artto, Jaakko Kujala and Saara Kujala: ‘Drivers and Barriers for Adopting Services in Project-Based Firms'.
  • Inkeri Ruuska, Karlos Artto, Kirsi Aaltonen and Päivi Lehtonen: ‘Dimensions of Distance in a Network of Firms: Exploring Olkiluoto 3 Nuclear Power Plant Project'
  • Päivi Lehtonen and Miia Martinsuo: ‘Integrating the Change Program with the Parent Organization'.
  • Kirsi Aaltonen and Risto Sivonen: ‘Response Strategies to Stakeholder Pressures in Global Projects'.

TKK professor of project business receives award for excellence

The article ‘Project Business as a Research Field', co-authored by Head of the Project Business research group, Prof. Karlos Artto (TKK) and Prof. Jaakko Kujala (University of Oulu) and published in the International Journal of Managing Projects in Business (Vol. 1 No. 4, 2008), has been awarded the Outstanding Paper Award of the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2009. The winners of the Outstanding Paper award are chosen by the editorial team of Emerald, the world's leading publisher of management research. The team comprises eminent academics and managers. In the award-winning article, Artto and Kujala define project business.

Additional information:

The BIT Research Centre Project Business group, Project Manager Inkeri Ruuska, inkeri.ruuska [at] tkk [dot] fi (, tel. 040 7009 742

European Academy of Management (EURAM 2008) Conference - EURAM 2008. International Journal of Project Management. Volume 27, Issue 2, February 2009, pages 97-100.

Artto, Karlos and Kujala, Jaakko. Project Business as a Research Field. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business. Volume 1, Issue 4, 2008, pages 469-497


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