Rector and Deans

Rector and Deans



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Karen Spens is the Rector of Hanken since 2015 and she will hold office for a term of five years, until 2020.

Karen Spens is Professor of Supply Chain Management and Corporate Geography at Hanken. Her research has mainly focused on humanitarian logistics in which she has published several books, co-founded the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management as well as the Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Research Institute (HUMLOG Institute). She has served at Hanken as the Dean of Education 2010-2015. During this time she was in charge of the development of the Assurance of Learning-process, which aims at improving student learning.

Karen Spens


At the moment Hanken has four Deans with different areas of responsibilities: research and innovation (Jaakko Aspara), educational cooperation (Minna Martikainen), education and operations in Vaasa (Sören Kock), and executive education and corporate relations (Anders Löflund).

Hanken is to have a minimum of two Deans alongside the Rector. One of the Deans traditionally comes from the Vaasa campus. The Board appoints the Deans and the allocation of work is proposed by the Rector.


Dean of Research and Innovation
Jaakko Aspara, Grönroos Professor in Marketing


As Vice-Rector and Dean of Research and Innovation, Jaakko Aspara leads Hanken’s strategy planning for research-related matters, for external funding of research, and for research-based innovation activities, as well as for researcher education and doctoral training. He is also the Chair of Hanken’s Research Council (i.e., a sub-council of Hanken’s Academic Council), Chair of the Tenure Track Committee, and Chair of the Research Ethics Committee, as well as Member of Hanken’s Rectorate and Top Management Team. Outside Hanken, Aspara is the Chair of the National Strategy Group for Open Science, as well as a Board Member of several corporations and other organisations.

Jaakko Aspara’s own research and expertise focuses on business models, market strategies, product and service innovations, consumer research, brand management, and service business, as well as market research. Aspara’s research has been published in several top journals, such as Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of Service Research, and Long Range Planning.

Jaakko Aspara



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Minna Martikainen, Professor in Accounting

Minna’s current research interests include corporate governance and ownership structures, insider trading, firm valuation together with profitability and growth of firms. Her latest interest specially include SMEs. Her publications include articles in journals such as Review of Accounting Studies, European Journal of Finance, International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Production Economics and Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance.

Minna Martikainen




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Sören Kock, Professor in Entrepreneurship and Management

As Dean of Executive Education and Operations in Vaasa Sören is responsible for leading the operations in Vaasa and co-operating with other universities and higher education institutions in the Vaasa region. Sören’s main research interests are coopetition, international entrepreneurship, and business networks. His research has been published in e.g. Industrial Marketing Management, International Small Business Journal, International Business Research, The Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, European Journal of Marketing and Competitiveness Review.

Sören Kock



Dean of Executive Education and Corporate Relations


Anders Löflund, Professor in Finance

As Dean of Executive Education and Corporate Relations Anders Löflund is responsible for international affairs and external relations. This includes Hanken’s criteria for accreditations (EQUIS, AACSB, AMBA), Hanken’s MBA programme, fundraising, alumni activity and partner programme.   

Anders Löflund’s research areas are investments, asset pricing, performance evaluation, portfolio analysis, family ownership and governance. His research has been published in Journal of Banking and Finance, International Real Estate Review, European Journal of Finance and Global Finance Journal.

Anders Löflund