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Perttu Kähäri´s dissertation ranked in top 5 in the IB field this year

Aalto University was the only European university among the finalists.

The Academy of International Business (AIB) gave out the Peter J. Buckley and Mark Casson AIB Dissertation Award for the best dissertation in International Business in its annual conference in Bengaluru, India on 30 June, 2015. Aalto University was the only European university among the finalists, as Perttu Kähäri´s dissertation was one of the five final nominees for the award.

While the award was given this year to Michael A. Sartor from the Western University (Canada), all five nominees were invited to give a presentation in this annual main event of the global IB community. Perttu Kähäri’s nomination and and his presentation received a lot of attention and positive feedback from the conference attendees.

Perttu Kähäri´s dissertation, which he defended at Aalto University School of Business in October 2014, is entitled "Why do regional headquarters live and die?" This dissertation is the first to explore the depth and scope of the real survival game of regional headquarters. With the help of a unique longitudinal data set of 375 regional headquarters located in Finland, the dissertation reveals why regional headquarters live and die.

The International Business discipline of Aalto University School of Business was very visible in this year’s AIB conference, since also Post-doc researcher Alexei Koveshnikov was nominated for the Alan M. Rugman Most Promising Scholar(s) Award, with his paper “What keeps them going: Career anchors and cross-cultural adjustment of expatriates”, co-authored with Heidi Wechtler.

Perttu Kähäri´s dissertation can be read at: http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-952-60-5853-5

Further information: Perttu Kähäri, perttu.kahari(a)aalto.fi, tel. +358 40 774 8794

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