International business, marketing and entrepreneurship

Researchers in this area of expertise work with the critical factors for success in international business, marketing and entrepreneurship, as well as procurements. Research centres on key issues related to the future of Finland, Europe and the entire world.

Our objective is to establish a comprehensive understanding of the key processes for international business, marketing and entrepreneurship in organisations and of methods for influencing these processes in a way that will support sustainable value creation in companies.

All of the researchers working in this area of expertise are participants in strong international networks in which their research partners include the world's leading universities such as the University of Oxford, Loughborough University, King's College London, the University of Warwick, Auckland Business School, Manchester Business School, Nottingham Business School. Cardiff Business School, the University of Twente and the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

Our important research partners in Finland include the University of Helsinki, the University of Turku, the Tampere University of Technology and the University of Oulu.

Internationality from the perspective of small and large enterprises

By implementing the LUT 2020 Strategy, we are helping small and medium-sized companies grow and internationalise. Entrepreneurship and especially international entrepreneurship are the key focuses of research in this area of expertise. According to a report published in 2014, the LUT's research in International Entrepreneurship is among the world's best.

The LUT is a founding member of the IE-Scholars network, and our researchers are part of the core group in this research area. Our high-quality research is effectively linked to teaching. The International Entrepreneurship Challenge carried out in cooperation with Tekes offers practical help to small and medium-sized companies planning to expand to the international market.

Research of international entrepreneurship is not limited to small and medium-sized companies. We are the head coordinator of a broad-scoped EU-funded research project the objective of which is to examine how multinational companies could act more responsibly.  The project's field studies are being carried out in India, Ghana and Brazil.

Understanding customers a key focus

Research of marketing is focused on versatile ways of developing understanding of customers. Research in this area of expertise examines such things as how joint development and commercialisation of environmental solutions can be promoted. We have worked in cooperation with Kemira, Metso and Outotec in researching Cleantech Solutions.

One of our new focuses of research is to examine the innovation of environmental solutions and speeding up commercialisation of solutions, which are carried out in cooperation with our lead clients and to assess environmental impacts and client value of solutions and the decision-making processes of clients.

By improving our understanding of customers, we can change the world and better meet the future's key challenges. Also, business networks, global value chains and cross-sector cooperation in responsible business activities are key research areas.

Supply management is an important area in which to gain profile in this area of expertise. Our researchers actively participate in multidisciplinary researcher and company networks (e.g. IPSERA and ICPR), the purpose of which is to increase the knowledge of companies and researchers on management of supply and supply chains. The network comprises hundreds of members predominantly from Europe, the United States and Asia.

Researchers, who examine acquisitions management, actively cooperate with the business world and take part in numerous research projects funded by Tekes and the Academy of Finland.

Entrepreneurship education, ownership and the different forms of entrepreneurship

Research on entrepreneurship focuses on entrepreneurship education and ownership, as well as on companies with a more localised focus, such as family enterprises and cooperatives.

Researchers in this area of expertise have received significant international recognition for e.g. developing various tools for entrepreneurship education and for their research of the different forms and psychological dimensions of ownership.
We actively work in different types of networks, such as the EU Commission's and OECD's entrepreneurship education expert group and the International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA).

With regard to cooperatives, our researchers hold the most important editorial positions in the field's leading academic publication the Journal of Co-operative Organization and Management. 

Contact Us

Juha Väätänen
professor

tel. +358 40 526 1518
firstname.lastname@lut.fi

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