Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics

Corporate Environmental Management (CEM)

The research group of Corporate Environmental Management (CEM) has been proactive in integrating sustainability issues in its research, curriculum, and other activities. CEM research group provides an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to environmental issues in business. We were the first University in Scandinavia offering full Master's and Doctoral programs in CEM, and have been recognized in the Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey evaluation as one of the top business schools incorporating environmental issues into business school curricula and research. Our latest ranking in Beyond Grey Pinstripes is 41; of European Universities we rank 7th right after Insead.

CEM research group is led by Professor Hanna-Leena Pesonen.

Our research interests include:

  • material flow management,
  • organizational transition towards sustainability
  • sustainable strategies and business models
  • sustainable production and consumption,
  • stakeholder relations in environmental management.

CEM research group members have participated in the work of several international research groups (e.g. at UC Berkeley, UCLA or Bocconi University) with partners from research institutions, public sector, and business. we have close contacts to a large number of international research institutions both in Finland and abroad (see more under Research Projects below). Our research partners from business include e.g. Andritz Oy, Benet Oy, BioFund Management Oy, Fazer Oy, Finnair Oyj, Fortum Oyj, HK Scan Oy, Jyväskylä Innovation, Kemira Oyj, Metso Paper Oy, Raisio Oy, S Group, Tapiola Group, and a large number of SMEs from Central Finland.

Research Projects

  • MainGreen, 2012-16, Partners: University of Vaasa, University of Helsinki Ruralia Institute, Funding: Academy of Finland
  • DemaNET – Dematerialization and Sustainable Competitiveness through New Models of Industrial Networking, 2012-14, Partners: VTT Research, Lappeenranta University of Technology, École Polytechnique of Montreal,  TUM Business School at the Technical University of Munich and companies, Funding: Tekes
  • sun – International Research Programme on Diffusion of Sustainable Innovations, 2012, Partner: TUM Business School at the Technical University of Munich, Funding: Foundation for Economic Education
  • A-LA-CARTE – Assessing limits of adaptation to climate change and opportunities for resilience, 2011-14, Funding: Academy of Finland (see pdf-poster of the project)
  • WINCSR – Feasibility and utilisation of corporate responsibility information in anticipatory decision making, 2010-13, Partners: Finland Futures Research Centre at the University of Turku and companies, Funding: Tekes and The Finnish Work Environment Fund
  • FoodChain CSR, 2009-11, Partners: Agrifood Finland, National Consumer Research Centre and companies, Funding: Tekes
  • Business Concepts and Profitability of Heat Entrepreneurship, 2010, Funding: Finnish Centre of Knowledge in Energy Technology
  • Distribution Network for Biogas as Traffic Fuel in Central Finland, 2009, Funding: Finnish Centre of Knowledge in Energy Technology
  • Brigade – Bridging the Value-Action Gap, 2006-09, Partners: Finland Futures Research Centre and National Consumer Research Centre, Funding: Academy of Finland
  • BioRefConcept – Biorefineries as Future Business Opportunity for Forest Cluster, 2007-08, Partners: UC Berkeley/Energy and Resources Group and companies, Funding: Tekes
  • ILMES Climate Business 2050, 2006-07, Partners: Finland Futures Research Centre, Tampere University of Technology, VTT Research and companies, Funding: Tekes
  • ET-Bioenergy, New Bioenergy Business During Emission Trading, 2005-06, Partners: VTT and a number of both academic institutions and companies from the Baltic sea region, Funding: EU-Interreg III B
  • JOIN Joint Offerings in Business Networks to Paper Industry, 2005, Assessment of the networking of current environmental and energy operations in paper industry, Funding: Jyväskylä Science Park
  • Tapares – History of Bioenergy Production in Central Finland, 2003, Funding: Central Finland Energy Agency
  • Preliminary Study for Environmental Steps SME Development Project, 2003, Funding: JYKES and Central Finland Alliance
  • RePlan Transnational Collaboration on Regional Planning of Public Local Actions Promoting RES in Heat and Electricity Production and Consumption, 2002-03, Funding: EU Altener
  • Scenarios in LCA, 1997-2002, Methodology and practices for incorporating future scenarios in life cycle assessments, SETAC-Europe working group, Partners: Technical University of Berlin, Chalmers University in Göteborg, ETH Zürich and University of Leiden
  • EEMA Environmental and Economic Material Flow Analysis, 1998-2000, Combining economic parameters to material flow modeling in forest sector, Partners: University of Helsinki, Helsinki University of technology, Jaakko Pöyry Oy, Funding: Academy of Finland

Doctoral Dissertations


Members of the CEM research group have published in high-quality journals, such as Business Strategy and the Environment, International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Cleaner Production, Progress in Industrial Ecology and Technological Forecasting and Social Change.

See our latest publications through the links of the group member profiles below.

Group Members



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