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


  • Alajoutsijärvi, K., Juusola, K. & Lamberg, J-A. 2013. Lessons from the bubble of Dubai business schools. Academy of Management Learning & Education. (forthcoming)
  • 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. (forthcoming)
  • Aspara, J., Lamberg, J-A., Laukia, A. & Tikkanen, H. 2013. Business model transformation and managerial cognition: The case of Nokia. Long Range Planning. (forthcoming)
  • 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.



JSBE research seminar

Seminar for everyone interested in high quality research in economics and business economics (program).