Robin Gustafsson
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Robin Gustafsson

Professori (Associate Professor)


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I am an Associate Professor of Strategic Management at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management (TUTA) at Aalto University. My research focuses on strategy and organization in industry and market disruptions (technology-induced disruptions). In my research and teaching, I focus currently on how digital is disrupting existing industries and markets, platform design and strategy, sources of competitive advantage in the age of digital and platforms, data monetization, and corporate digital transformation strategies. I teach advanced courses in strategy, platform design and strategy, digital and data monetization strategy, and technology and innovation strategy at the Masters, doctoral, and MBA, and EMBA level.

My research has been published in top tier journals, such as the Academy of Management Journal, International Journal of Management Reviews, Information Systems Review, Research Policy, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Technology Innovation Management Review, R&D Management, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, and Organization Studies.

My research provides inputs to corporate and firm platform and digital strategy work, strategizing and organization in industry-wide change, open digital platform strategizing and design, governance of open research and innovation communities, and innovation and industry policy. I have specialized in flipped classroom and experienced-based learning methods, including the Harvard case teaching method, and LEGO® Serious Play® facilitation method. I work frequently with SMEs and large-company managers and executives, as well as government officials and public sector leaders from all over the world, facilitating their strategy and policy work, and supporting their skills development in strategy work and strategizing in the age of digital and platform economy.  


Current Doctoral Students 
1st supervisor: Eero Aalto, Zeerim Cheung, Tomasz Mucha, Ruben Vicente-Saez, and Aino-Nina Saarikoski
2nd supervisor: Timo Ahopelto, Sarri Nykänen, and Derek Selin

Supervised Doctoral Student
Kimmo Karhu (graduated 1/2017), Thesis: Managing Competitive and Cooperative Strategizing in Open PLatform Ecosystems using Boundary Resources 
Christopher Rowell (graduated 8/2017), Thesis: Signaling and Shaping Legitimacy - Weaving webs of meaning in time and new markets


Exemplary Master Theses I have supervised which can be found electronically (alt. summaries of them):


Emergence and renewal of industries Digital disruption of industries Strategic management of technology and innovation Strategic management Platform strategy and design Narrative strategies


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Jun 2017

Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence The chapter written by Christopher Rowell, Robin Gustafsson and Marco Clemente ' titled 'How Institutions Matter “In Time”: The Temporal Structures of Practices and Their Effects on Practice Reproduction’, published in Research in the Sociology of Organizations 48A has been selected by the editorial team as an Outstanding Author Contribution in the 2017 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. The chapter was chosen as a winner as it is one of the most impressive pieces of work the team has seen throughout 2016.

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Jan 2013

Nominated member of The Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in Finland 2013-


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Publishing year: 2018 R & D MANAGEMENT
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Publishing year: 2018 Information Systems Research
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Publishing year: 2018 Technology Innovation Management Review
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Publishing year: 2018 Collaborative Value Co-creation in the Platform Economy
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Publishing year: 2017 Academy of Management Proceedings
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Publishing year: 2016 Academy of Management Journal
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Publishing year: 2016 Research in the Sociology of Organizations
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Publishing year: 2015 Technological Forecasting and Social Change