Department of Management Studies

Entrepreneurship

The Entrepreneurship unit offers a unique action-oriented learning experience for Master’s students and a high-quality research programme that contributes to scholarly debates and policy development.
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Cutting-edge research – but not just for the ivory tower

Our research is pronouncedly multi-disciplinary, applying theories and methods from economics, geography, psychology and sociology to diverse entrepreneurial phenomena.

While it is difficult (if not impossible) to summarise the diversity of our research in just a few words, we can confidently state that our research meets the highest quality standards. Our team has not only published in the top journals in the field (Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, International Small Business Journal, Small Business Economics) and adjacent disciplines (Journal of Economic Geography, Regional Studies), but we have also won significant paper awards (Academy of Management, ISBE) and prestigious research funding (Academy of Finland, Tekes).

Some of our research serves the sole purpose of advancing entrepreneurship theory. But much of what we do bears significant policy relevance. For this reason we continue to be active in the policy community, advising policy makers within and beyond the Finnish borders. We have completed consultancy assignments for example for ministries in Finland and Germany as well as the EU and the OECD.

Experience-based learning – a unique feature of the Master’s in Entrepreneurship

A student graduating from the Master’s in Entrepreneurship degree programme will have no difficulties in generating new business ideas and turning them into action – they have experienced the business creation process themselves! Our graduates are pioneering professionals who generate new business ideas for new start-ups and existing organisations, and understand entrepreneurship as a key contributor to economy and society.

The path of scholarly curiosity – a PhD in Entrepreneurship

If you are thinking of doing a PhD, why should you consider entrepreneurship as your ‘home discipline’?

Our answer is simple: we find entrepreneurship incredibly exciting because it offers such a wide variety of topics and it is open to different theoretical and methodological approaches to study those topics.

The main objective of our PhD training in entrepreneurship is to familiarise you with various theoretical perspectives to this diverse research field and provide you with different sets of methodological and practical skills to become a professional entrepreneurship scholar.

Research in entrepreneurship combines theoretical and methodological rigour with practical relevance.

What we study

Our research can be broadly characterised as endeavouring to understand the complexity of entrepreneurship as a multifaceted socio-economic phenomenon. Much of our research is applied, with relevance for public policy.

Some of our current research projects include:

  • entrepreneurship and population ageing
  • psychological processes underlying entrepreneurial actions
  • regional and institutional embeddedness of entrepreneurship
  • social and sustainable business venturing
  • trust in small firms' financial relationships

Our editorial activities

In addition to our own research, we also contribute to scholarly debates through our editorial activities.

Our team members are regular ad hoc reviewers for journals such as Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Small Business Management and Regional Studies.

Further, Professor Teemu Kautonen is a Consulting Editor of the International Small Business Journal (ABS3*, Impact Factor 2012: 1.47) and an Editorial Review Board Member of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (ABS4*, Impact Factor 2012: 2.24).

Latest publications

Design Factory, Department of Management Studies
Publishing year: 2020 CALIFORNIA MANAGEMENT REVIEW
Department of Management Studies
Publishing year: 2020 Organization Studies
Department of Management Studies
Publishing year: 2020 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT REVIEWS
Department of Management Studies
Publishing year: 2020 THUNDERBIRD INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS REVIEW
Department of Management Studies, School Services, BIZ
Publishing year: 2020 Business and Society
Sustainability in Business, Department of Management Studies
Publishing year: 2020 Forest Policy and Economics
Sustainability in Business, Department of Management Studies
Publishing year: 2020 Journal of World Business
Department of Management Studies
Publishing year: 2020 Journal of Management Studies
Department of Management Studies, Sustainability in Business
Publishing year: 2020 Entrepreneurship and Regional Development
Department of Management Studies
Publishing year: 2019 International Journal of Human Resource Management
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Researchers

Esko Aho

Department of Management Studies
Executive in Residence
Johanna Ahola-Launonen

Johanna Ahola-Launonen

Department of Management Studies
Researcher

Asta Salmi

Department of Management Studies
Armi Temmes

Armi Temmes

Department of Management Studies
Professor of Practice
Mark Badham

Mark Badham

Department of Management Studies
Michael Baker

Michael Baker

Department of Management Studies
Lecturer
Anton Beletskiy

Anton Beletskiy

Department of Management Studies
Ingmar Björkman

Ingmar Björkman

Department of Management Studies
Professor
Myrto Chliova

Myrto Chliova

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor

Christa Uusi-Rauva

Department of Management Studies
University Lecturer
Kirsi Eräranta

Kirsi Eräranta

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor
Carl Fey

Carl Fey

Department of Management Studies
Visiting Professor
Henrika Franck

Henrika Franck

Department of Management Studies
Nina Granqvist

Nina Granqvist

Department of Management Studies
Professor (Associate Professor)
Minna Halme

Minna Halme

Department of Management Studies
Professor
Matti Häyry

Matti Häyry

Department of Management Studies
Professor

Jukka-Pekka Heikkilä

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Patrizia Hongisto

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate
Hannu Seristö

Hannu Seristö

Department of Management Studies
Professor

Iiris Saittakari

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher
Kirsti Iivonen

Kirsti Iivonen

Department of Management Studies
University Lecturer
Rita Järventie-Thesleff

Rita Järventie-Thesleff

Department of Management Studies
Professor of Practice

Jukka Mäkinen

Department of Management Studies

Irina Mihailova

Department of Management Studies

Jukka Mattila

Department of Management Studies

Paula Kilpinen

Department of Management Studies
Heli Nissilä

Heli Nissilä

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Sini Suomalainen

Department of Management Studies

Janne Korhonen

Department of Management Studies

Visa Penttilä

Department of Management Studies
Jouni Juntunen

Jouni Juntunen

Department of Management Studies
Professor of Practice
Rilana Riikkinen

Rilana Riikkinen

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Steffen Farny

Department of Management Studies
Researcher

Kirsi Kallio

Department of Management Studies
Anne Kankaanranta

Anne Kankaanranta

Department of Management Studies
Senior University Lecturer
Saija Katila

Saija Katila

Department of Management Studies
Senior University Lecturer
Teemu Kautonen

Teemu Kautonen

Department of Management Studies
Professor
Ewald Kibler

Ewald Kibler

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor

Carol Kiriakos

Department of Management Studies
Researcher

Kari Lilja

Department of Management Studies
Alexei Koveshnikov

Alexei Koveshnikov

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor
Keijo Räsänen

Keijo Räsänen

Department of Management Studies
Professor
Ari Kuismin

Ari Kuismin

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate
Arto Lahti

Arto Lahti

Department of Management Studies
Maarit Laihonen

Maarit Laihonen

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Mia Leppälä

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate
Sara Lindeman

Sara Lindeman

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher
Raimo Lovio

Raimo Lovio

Department of Management Studies

Marketta Majapuro

Department of Management Studies
University Lecturer
Kristiina Mäkelä

Kristiina Mäkelä

Department of Management Studies
Professor
Marja Svanberg

Marja Svanberg

Department of Management Studies
Meri Jalonen

Meri Jalonen

Department of Management Studies
Visiting Scholar, Postdoc
Johanna Moisander

Johanna Moisander

Department of Management Studies
Professor
Hertta Vuorenmaa

Hertta Vuorenmaa

Department of Management Studies
Research Manager

Niina Nurmi

Department of Management Studies
Professor of Practice

Ville Eloranta

Department of Management Studies
University Lecturer

Oona Hilkamo

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate
Riku Oksman

Riku Oksman

Department of Management Studies
Olli-Pekka Kauppila

Olli-Pekka Kauppila

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor
Erkki Ormala

Erkki Ormala

Department of Management Studies
Pekka Pälli

Pekka Pälli

Department of Management Studies
Senior University Lecturer

Aro Penttilä

Department of Management Studies
Rebecca Piekkari

Rebecca Piekkari

Department of Management Studies
Professor
Tiina Ritvala

Tiina Ritvala

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor

Virva Salmivaara

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher
Henri Schildt

Henri Schildt

Department of Management Studies
Head of Department
Taija Turunen

Taija Turunen

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor

Tuija-Maija Takala

Department of Management Studies
Research Manager
Toni-Matti Karjalainen

Toni-Matti Karjalainen

Department of Management Studies
Research Manager

Taina Tukiainen

Department of Management Studies
Professor of Practice
Eero Vaara

Eero Vaara

Department of Management Studies
Daria Kautto

Daria Kautto

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher
Sari Yli-Kauhaluoma

Sari Yli-Kauhaluoma

Department of Management Studies
Kristiina Herold

Kristiina Herold

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Heli Koski

Department of Management Studies
Research Director

Farah Kodeih

Department of Management Studies
Visiting Assistant Professor

Maria Joutsenvirta

Department of Management Studies

Kathrin Sele

Department of Management Studies
Academy Research Fellow

Hanna Maula

Department of Management Studies

Marleen Wierenga

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Samuli Patala

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor

Olli Rappe

Department of Management Studies

Juha Äkräs

Department of Management Studies
Executive in Residence

Philip Gylfe

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Cvijeta Miljak

Department of Management Studies
Project Researcher

Emma Sandström

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Johannes Gartner

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Lauri Laine

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Tomi Koljonen

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Valentina Arrieta

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate
Riku Reunamäki

Riku Reunamäki

Department of Management Studies

Jo Angouri

Department of Management Studies
Leena Lankoski

Leena Lankoski

Department of Management Studies
Senior University Lecturer

Laura Kangas-Muller

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Anna Leinonen

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Tilman Bauer

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Bernadetta Ginting-Szczesny

Department of Management Studies

Xiaoshi Xu

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Aleksi Soini

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Marjukka Mäkelä

Department of Management Studies

Derin Kent

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Pia Junni

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor

Salvatore Ruggiero

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Joona Koistinen

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Alice Wickström

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate
Patrick Shulist

Patrick Shulist

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor
Elizabeth Miller

Elizabeth Miller

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Priit Tinits

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Hilla Back

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Arne Kroeger

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor

Young Ji

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher
Olli-Samuli Sahimaa

Olli-Samuli Sahimaa

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Mickaël Buffart

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Dale Fodness

Department of Management Studies

Samuli Skurnik

Department of Management Studies

Lotta Walden

Department of Management Studies

Gloria Kutscher

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Sarianna Lundan

Department of Management Studies

Linda Turunen

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Johanna Niskavaara

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Leni Grünbaum

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Ana Lafaire

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Sofia Villo

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Seonyoung Hwang

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Elise Lee

Department of Management Studies

Elise Rehula

Department of Management Studies
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