Dr. Henrikki Tikkanen has been full Professor of Business Administration (marketing) at Aalto University School of Business (until 2010 Helsinki School of Economics) since 2004 and was a tenured full professor of marketing at Stockholm University, Stockholm Business School in 2013-2016. Since 2017, he is also the A. I. Virtanen Professor of Consumer Research at Aalto University. He was a professor at the Industrial Engineering Department of the Helsinki University of Technology 2001-2004, and a professor/associate professor at the Universities of Oulu and Kuopio in Finland 1997-2001. He has been a visiting professor at ESCP Europe in Paris and at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok. Prof. Tikkanen's academic research covers strategy, leadership, strategic marketing and industrial business relationships and networks. Moreover, he is an expert in management & organizational history. He has published historical research on different industries (e.g. pulp & paper, metal and machinery, media) and specific corporations (e.g. Nokia, Valmet, Stora Enso). He holds a doctorate in Business Administration (1997) and in History (2020).
He has published numerous papers in the leading journals in these fields such as SMJ, JM and MOH. 20 doctoral students (D.Sc. and DBA) have graduated or are about to graduate under his primary supervision. A former MBA dean and a long-term department head, he is currently the Director of the DBA Program of Aalto University Executive Education (he also led the Business School's doctoral program in 2016-2018). Professor Tikkanen has extensive experience in leading large-scale, externally funded research projects. Between 1998-2020 he designed, co-led and led research projects with accumulated budget of more than 6 million Euros. These include projects sponsored by the Academy of Finland, Tekes, and a host of smaller projects sponsored by foundations and firms. Most of these projects have been large consortia, signaling his ability to organize and lead research groups across university and disciplinary boundaries. He is an active executive educator and management consultant since 1995.