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Strategy and Venturing

We focus on central issues in strategy, venturing, and their intersection. Our research on strategy includes strategy process research focusing on intra-firm processes, decision-making, cognition, and emotions that influence strategy processes and their outcomes.

Our strategy research also focuses on understanding the antecedents and outcomes of strategic activities and activity patterns (e.g., acquisition, alliance, and corporate venturing programs) that firms use in the pursuit of competitive advantage. Our research on venturing focuses on strategic aspects of the development and financing of new ventures (e.g., venture capital and private equity).

Overall, we have a particular focus on the intersection of strategy and venturing in technology-intensive industries, contributing to the understanding of the creation and transformation of technology-based business. 


Professors in Strategy and Venturing

Markku Maula, Professor, Head of Research Focus Area
Venture Capital and Private Equity, Corporate Venturing, Strategic Management, and Entrepreneurship

Marina Biniari, Assistant Professor
Corporate Entrepreneurship, Behavioral Strategy, Entrepreneurial Behavior of Middle Managers, Entrepreneurial Teams

Robin Gustafsson, Associate Professor
Strategy and Organization in Nascent Industries and Disruptive Change, Institutional Entrepreneurship, Innovation Policy

Mikko Jääskeläinen, Assistant Professor
High-Growth Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital and Private Equity, Markets

Ilkka Kauranen, Professor
Technology-Based Companies, Commercialization of New Technologies, Research and Development Management, Entrepreneurship

Petri Parvinen, Adjunct Professor
Sales Management

Henri Schildt, Professor (jointly with Aalto School of Business)
Strategic Management and Technology Strategy

Jens Schmidt, Assistant Professor
Strategic Management

Timo Vuori, Assistant Professor (jointly with Aalto School of Business)
Strategy Process; Strategic Change; Social, Cognitive, and Emotional Perspectives

Hannele Wallenius, Professor Emerita
Decision Support Systems, Electronic Markets, and Negotiations


Markus Mäkelä, Executive in Residence, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Aalto University
Research area: management in industries based on software, electronics and machinery and in the financial industry. Much of my research is in strategy, acquisitions and investments, and product management