Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics


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The Strategy and Entrepreneurship Group seeks to combine the perspectives of entrepreneurship with those of strategic and technological management. Our aim is to understand the challenges of today’s global business environment. We focus on the ways in which an organization conducts analyses, makes decisions, and takes action in order to create and sustain competitive performance. We see the analysis of these aspects as requiring a profound understanding of technological fundamentals & innovative problem-solving.

Study programmes

Research groups

Research highlights

Research on Nokia - Research project on Nokia focuses on (a) analyzing research and texts on Nokia and its success in the 1990s and the 2000; and (b) Nokia as a special case in business model evolution.

Internationalization of SMEs - Research project on the internationalization of SMEs focuses on clarifying the influence of ownership structure on (i) degree and scope of internationalization, (ii) internationalization strategies, and (iii) the influence of international business environment on the internationalization behavior of SMEs

Recent publications


  • Lamberg, J. A., Laurila, J., & Nokelainen, T. (fortcoming). Institutional Path Dependence in Competitive Dynamics: The Case of Paper Industries in Finland and the USA. Managerial and Decision Economics.
  • Lamberg, J. A., Ojala, J., & Peltoniemi, M. (forthcoming). Thinking about industry decline: A qualitative meta-analysis and future research directions. Business History.
  • Pajunen, K. (forthcoming). European locations: multi-country or single regional market. The Routledge Companion to European Business. Routledge.
  • Laaksonen, O., & Peltoniemi, M. (forthcoming). The essence of dynamic capabilities and their measurement. International Journal of Management Reviews.
  • Faisal, A., & Peltoniemi, M. (fortcoming). Establishing video game genres using data-driven modeling and product databases. Games and Culture.
  • Kipping, M., & Lamberg, J. A. (2017). History in Process Organization Studies: What, Why, and How. The SAGE Handbook of Process Organization Studies. Sage.
  • Vaara, E., & Lamberg, J. A. (2016). Taking historical embeddedness seriously: Three historical approaches to advance strategy process and practice research. Academy of Management Review, 41(4), 633-657.
  • Hatak, I., Kautonen, T., Fink, M., & Kansikas, J. (2016). Innovativeness and family-firm performance: The moderating effect of family commitment. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 102, 120-131.
  • Kansikas, J. (2016). Career Paths in Institutional Business Elites: Finnish Family Firms from 1762–2010. Enterprise & Society, 17(1), 1-38.
  • Kannampuzha, M. J., & Suoranta, M. (2016). Bricolage in the marketing efforts of a social enterprise. Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, 18(2), 176-196.
  • Ranga, M., Perälampi, J., & Kansikas, J. (2016). The new face of university–business cooperation in Finland. Science and Public Policy, 43(5), 601-612.
  • Laamanen, T., Lamberg, J. A., & Vaara, E. (2016). Explanations of success and failure in management learning: What can we learn from Nokia’s rise and fall?. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 15(1), 2-25.
  • Peltoniemi, M. (2015). Cultural industries: Product–market characteristics, management challenges and industry dynamics. International Journal of Management Reviews, 17(1), 41-68.
  • Kansikas, J. (2015). The business elite in Finland: a prosopographical study of family firm executives 1762–2010. Business History, 57(7), 1112-1132.
  •  Aspara, J., Pajunen, K., Tikkanen, H., & Tainio, R. (2014). Explaining corporate short-termism: self-reinforcing processes and biases among investors, the media and corporate managers. Socio-Economic Review, 12(4), 667-693.
  • Alajoutsijärvi, K., Juusola, K., & Lamberg, J. A. (2014). Institutional logic of business bubbles: Lessons from the Dubai business school mania. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 13(1), 5-25.
  • Lamberg, J. A., Laukia, A., & Ojala, J. (2014). The anatomy and causal structure of a corporate myth: Nokia by the book. Management & Organizational History, 9(3), 235-255.
  • Heikkilä, M., Solaimani, S., Soudunsaari, A., Hakanen, M., Kuivaniemi, L., & Suoranta, M. (2014). Performance Estimation of Networked Business Models: Case Study on a Finnish eHealth Service Project. Journal of Business Models, 2(1).
  • Aspara, J., Lamberg, J. A., Laukia, A., & Tikkanen, H. (2013). Corporate business model transformation and inter-organizational cognition: The case of Nokia. Long Range Planning, 46(6), 459-474.
  • Alajoutsijärvi, K., Juusola, K. & Lamberg, J-A. 2013. Lessons from the bubble of Dubai business schools. Academy of Management Learning & Education.
  • Lamberg, J.-A., Laukia, A. & Ojala, J. 2013. The origins of success: A qualitative meta-analysis of the evolution of Nokia. Management and Organizational History.
  • Aspara, J., Lamberg, J-A., Laukia, A. & Tikkanen, H. 2013. Business model transformation and managerial cognition: The case of Nokia. Long Range Planning. 
  • Pajunen, K. and Airo, V. 2013. Country-specificity and industry performance: A configurational analysis of the European generic medicines industry. Research in the Sociology of Organizations 38, 255–278.
  • Pajunen, K. and Fang, L. 2013. Dialectical tensions and path dependence in international joint venture evolution and termination. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 30(2), 577–600.
  • Kirmanen, A. & Kansikas, J. 2013. Small Family Firm Performance. A Population Level Study. In Handbook of Family Business Research (eds. Smyrnios K., Poutziouris P., and Goel, S.) Vol. 2, Edward Elgar (UK), 609–629.
  • Peltoniemi, M. 2013. How do the determinants of firm survival change in the course of the industry life cycle? A fuzzy-set analysis. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management (forthcoming).
  • Peltoniemi, M. 2013. Mechanisms of capability evolution in the Finnish forest industry cluster. Journal of Forest Economics. Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 190-205.
  • Jones, R., Suoranta, M., & Rowley, J. 2013. Entrepreneurial marketing: a comparative study. Service Industries Journal , 33 (7-8), 705-719.
  • Jones, R., Suoranta, M., & Rowley, J. (2013). Strategic network marketing in tehncology SMEs. Journal of Marketing Management , 29 (5-6), 671-697.
  • Jones, R., & Suoranta, M. (2013). Entrepreneurial Marketing Orientation in SMEs. In Z. Sethna, R. Jones, & P. Harrigan (Eds.), Entrepreneurial Marketing: Global Perspectives. Emerald.
  • Kontinen, T. & Ojala, A. 2011. International Opportunity Recognition among Small and Medium-Sized Firms. Journal of Small Business Management 49(3), 490–514.



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