Dissertation: A new concept helps to increase competiveness in the networked environment

Posted on 03/04/17.

Uusitalo creates an economically and technically competitive operating management system to improve efficiency and quality performance in the case company.

Terho Uusitalo’s doctoral thesis in Industrial Management studies focuses on enterprise competitiveness.

Based on his research findings, Uusitalo develops the case company’s competitiveness by implementing a process management approach to its challenging and dynamic global business environment. He also creates a process development concept for developing and maintaining the case company’s sustainable competitive advantage.

According to Uusitalo, in Finland and other Western countries, companies’ operating environments have faced two broad and significant changes in the 2000s.

– Firstly, Western societies have moved from the postindustrial age towards the information society and, secondly, for larger entities, competition has changed from that between enterprises to that between networks.

In the networked environment, companies meet increasing competition where products and technology evolve rapidly. Companies are forced to organize their operations according to processes and team management approach.

To help with this change, Uusitalo creates an economically and technically competitive operating management system to improve efficiency and quality performance in the case company.

The new business process development concept comprises a number of sequential stages for developing and maintaining the case company’s sustainable competitive advantage.

– The study confirms the existing theory of business processes development (business process reengineering, BPR) and its functionality for improving competitiveness in general. In addition, the study will strengthen the BPR’s functionality in the competitive, dynamic and networked business environment of the 2000s, says Uusitalo.

Public defense

The public examination of M.Sc. Terho Uusitalo´s doctoral dissertation in the field of Industrial Management ”Developing Competitiveness of a Company Using a New Business Process Engineering Concept” will be held on Friday, 7th April 2017  at 12 o’clock in Auditorium Nissi, Tritonia, University of Vaasa. Adjunct professor Henry Sivusuo (The Finnish Air Force) will act as an opponent and professor Josu Takala (University of Vaasa) as a custos.

Uusitalo, Terho (2017) Developing Competitiveness of a Company Using a New Business Process Engineering Concept. Acta Wasaensia 370.

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Terho Uusitalo, tel +358 40 484 3510, e-mail terho.uusitalo(at)gmail.com

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