Päivi Haapalainen, Programme Manager

"Producing Expertise to Analyse and Improve Processes"

Biography

  • Doctor of Science in (Industrial Management) Economics and Business Administration (major: Industrial Management)
  • Programme Manager of the International Master's Programme in Industrial Management

Previous experience:

  • Projects for local and global companies
  • University lecturer (research and teaching various courses)

Teaching Interests

Students graduating from the programme are not just economists or engineers: the Master's Programme in Industrial Management is the unique way to combine business with technology.

"The business world needs people who understand the whole process on both sides. If you are an engineer, you know how the machine works and you know how to plan your production, but you do not perhaps really understand the money side of things. If you are a businessperson, you understand that the final aim is to make a profit, but may not understand how the actual production works. What we try to produce are people that combine both sides."


Students will meet Dr Haapalainen on courses in Anticipation and Diffusion of Technological Innovations and Project Work in Industrial Management.

 

Research Expertise

  • Knowledge management
  • Innovation
  • Learning


Josu Takala, Professor

Biography

  • Professor of Production Economics

Previous experience:

  • Teaching in several universities in Finland, including Helsinki, Jyväskylä, and Oulu in the area of Industrial Management
  • Visiting lecturer in various universities overseas

Teaching Interests

Prof. Takala defines the Industrial Management programme as practically-oriented, specifically concentrating on how technology is used in operations.

"Finland scores very well in competitiveness indexes (World Economic Forum, IMD statistics), and industry in the country is quite advanced. We have a close relationship with industry, and we can share with students the know-how, ideas, studies, and teachers from industry.”

Prof. Takala is actively involved in research cases in Asia and Europe, obtaining practical ideas in his area of research from every country and contributing to the international essence of the Master's Programme in Industrial Management.

Students will meet Prof. Josu Takala on courses in Manufacturing Strategies and Technology Management.

Research Expertise

  • Strategic management
  • Performance measurements systems
  • Quality and technology management
  • Production management and logistics
  • Decision making for operations

Prof. Takala leads research groups at the University of Vaasa, in the fields of Manufacturing Strategies and Transformational Leadership.

"The idea of the Transformational Leadership research group is to see how leaders use different types of resources – their knowledge, technical equipment, information systems, or any other resource – during different processes."


Jussi Kantola, Professor

Biography

  • Professor
  • Head of the Department of Production
  • Doctor of Technology / Tampere University of Technology (Finland) 2006
  • PhD / University of Louisville (USA) 1998
  • Master’s Degree in Production Engineering / Tampere University of Technology (Finland) 1996

Previous experience:

  • Extensive international academic experience and work experience in the private sector
  • Research and teaching positions at the University of Turku, Tampere University of Technology, University of Girona (Spain), University of Louisville (USA), and KAIST - the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (South Korea)

Teaching Interests

The department is in close cooperation with global companies. Students have the chance to carry out internships within companies, and many of the students also write their theses for a company.

"Being able to work together and collaborate is becoming more and more important within organisations, especially when working with people from various countries. This need is addressed in the International Master's programme by offering lots of workshops in many courses."

Students will meet Professor Kantola on courses in Product and Service Design in Practice and New Knowledge Creation and Organizational Learning in Product Development courses.

Research Expertise

  • New product and service development
  • Human factor
  • Organisational resource management
  • Fuzzy logic and applications
  • Ontology engineering
  • Knowledge management


Petri Helo, Professor

Biography

  • Professor of Industrial Management, Logistics Systems
  • PhD 2001

Previous experience:

  • Partner at Wapice Ltd, a software development company specialising in industrial applications
  • Visiting Scholar at Cranfield University (UK)
  • Visiting Lecturer and professor at universities in Germany and Thailand
  • President of the International Centre for Innovation and Industrial Logistics

 

Teaching Interests

"We have a wide range of international faculty staff, lecturers and professors from all around the world, which I see as an important asset for the success and distinctiveness of the degree.”

Students will meet Prof. Helo on the course in Production/Operations Management Methods. Additionally, those writing their theses in the fields of supply chain management and information management will receive supervision from him.

Research Expertise

  • Management of logistics processes in supply demand networks, which take place in electronics, machine building, and food industries
  • Supply chain management
  • Information technology tools and logistics systems
  • Productivity measurement and technology progress

Prof. Helo co-leads the Networked Value Systems research programme at the University of Vaasa. The group studies the relationship between the elements of complex logistic networks that companies are facing today and looks for ways to improve their performance. His research has developed new approaches on analytical modelling and the use of computer software for solving industrial management problems.