Hanken Research Day - Impacting society through collaboration

Assembly Hall Hanken School of Economics
Hanken research day
Welcome to participate in Hanken Research Day and get to know Hanken's research!

On Tuesday 24 May we invite you to come to Hanken to hear more about our research and network with researchers, partners and Hanken's staff and students. Welcome! 

We hope to meet you in  the Assembly Hall. If you are not able to attend at Hanken you can follow the event through the live stream. Registration is required for both physical and online attendance.

We offer a small lunch to all participants before we start with the presentations. 

The last day of registration is 17.5.2022. After that, please contact events@hanken.fi to see possibilities to attend. Registration is binding.

Please register here 




Lunch & networking


The day will be hosted by Liisa Mayow, Science communicator & Co-founder of Kaskas

Welcoming words
David Grant, Dean of Research and Societal Impact 

Presentation of Hanken's research
Through these Hanken's research projects we will give you an insight in our research projects, how we cooperate with stakeholders and how our research is impacting society.

Research presentations:

  • Department of Marketing
    "Sustainable last mile deliveries"

    Anna Aminoff, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management & Social Responsibility 
    Virva Tuomala, Postdoctoral Researcher 

    How can we reduce negative aspects like pollution, accidents, congestion, and how we can at the same time provide good service level of the increasing deliveries for consumers.  What is the role of different actors in the development? How do consumers and citizens see innovations in last mile, such as autonomous delivery robots?

    Anna and Virva will explore these questions with their partners in the research project, Gergely Horvath (Product manager at LMAD) and Matias Oikari (project planner at Forum Virium Helsinki)

  • Department of Management and Organisation 
    "Making societal impact through participatory action research. Case: H2 Ecosystem Roadmap Ostrobothnia"

    Kaisa Penttilä, PhD Candidate & Project leader

    How can researchers make societal impact through action research? How can we together with other stakeholders support the development of new business opportunities that can tackle the climate crisis?

    In this part of the program we will give you an insight in the H2 Ecosystem Roadmap for Ostrobothnia. This project aims to build the regional network of actors to support the development of new business opportunities related to green hydrogen, and promote the regional transition to CO2 neutral society. The project is a collaboration between Hanken, Vaasa University of Applied Sciences and Novia University of Applied Sciences, and is financed through the European Regional Development Fund through the Regional Council of Ostrobothnia. More about the project can be found here.

  • Department of Finance and Economics
    "Equalizing opportunities in education and science"

    Ari Hyytinen, Professor of Economics

    The Nordic countries are known for their equality and for their ‘family-friendly’ policies whereby women are entitled to paid parental leave. But women are still underrepresented in science and technology. For example, women’s likelihood of becoming an innovator is considerably lower than that of men. At the moment, we do not fully understand why that is and more generally, which factors make academic and research careers more equal. 

    Ari Hyytinen will in this session present the latest research of the WINST project, where he studies innovators’ careers and collaborates with researchers from Lund University, Copenhagen Business School, and Aalto University among others. The WINST project is funded by the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE).

  • Department of Accounting and Commercial Law
    "Future of Sustainable investing"

    Hanna Silvola, Associate Professor in Accounting 

    In a panel discussion Hanna Silvola will discuss the latest research findings in future investing with Janna Haahtela (Portfolio Manager Fondita Fund Management), Bonnie Buchanan (Head of Department of Finance and Accounting, University of Surrey) and Emilia Vähämaa (Associate Professor of Finance Hanken). How will the future of sustainable investing looks like according to our research findings? Where will the investments in the coming years be? 


(Please note that Hanken has the right to change the order of the sessions if needed.
There will be a coffee break after the two first sessions) .



Closing words
Kaj Storbacka, Dean of Executive Education and Corporate Relations


Mingling with a glass of bubbly  

Hanken Research Day is free of charge and will be held in English. The event is meant for all Hanken's cooperation partners, students, staff, partner companies and everyone who would like to learn more about Hanken's research. 

For questions please contact events@hanken.fi

Looking forward to see you at Hanken Research Day!


More information about the speakers:


Anna Aminoff, Associate Professor Supply Chain Management & Social Responsibility

Anna Aminoff

D.Sc. (Tech.) Anna Aminoff works as Associate Professor in Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility at Hanken School of Economics. Previously, she worked as Principal Scientist at VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland). Her research interests include sustainable supply chain management and procurement. Anna is also a board member of Finnish Association of Purchasing and Logistics (LOGY) and Logistiikan tutkimuksen edistämisäätiö (Foundation for Advancing Research in Logistics). Anna has been initiating, conducting and managing many research and development projects with research partners, companies and public funding organizations such as Academy of Finland, Nordic Innovation, Business Finland and European Union, and has been collaborating with both leading-edge companies and SMEs. She is currently a PI in several research projects that focus on sustainable supply chains.

Virva Tuomala, Project Researcher Humlog Institute 

Virva Tuomala

Virva Tuomala is a postdoctoral researcher in the subject of supply chain management and social responsibility. In addition to iSmile, which focuses on urban last mile sustainability, she is also doing research in the environmental sustainability of humanitarian supply chains. Virva got her doctorate from Hanken in September 2021.


Kaisa Penttilä,  PhD Candidate & Project leader 

Kaisa Penttilä

Kaisa’s current Ph.D. research at Hanken School of Economics focuses on ecosystem level value creation and new business models. During her Ph.D. she has been involved in teaching and research projects with close connections to local industry issues. She has published her research in the high-quality international journal Industrial Marketing Management. She is passionate about working with questions relating to the development of the business ecosystem in the Ostrobothnia region and building new networks for collaboration related to the sustainable energy industry.

Kaisa is Hanken’s project leader in the H2 Ecosystem Roadmap for Ostrobothnia project. She has been actively involved in the regional RIPEET project and the national Green E2 open innovation network that both develop knowhow and business opportunities related to green transition and enhance the climate neutrality targets of Finland. She is also the network representative alternate in the Kansallinen vetyverkosto -project.


Ari Hyytinen, Professor of Economics

Ari Hyytinen

Ari Hyytinen is Professor of Economics at Hanken School of Economics (Helsinki, Finland). Hyytinen studies currently the microeconomic drivers of long-term growth, such as origins of innovators, growth of firms, and entrepreneurship, and leads the research group in industrial organization at the Helsinki Graduate School of Economics. Hyytinen’s past research covers a variety of topics, ranging from industrial organization, public economics, to labour and health economics,. Besides his academic duties, Hyytinen has served as the advisor to the Supervisor Board of Bank of Finland, and as the member of the Legislation Assessment Council, appointed by the Finnish Government. Prior to joining Hanken, Hyytinen was Professor and Vice Dean of Research at School of Business and Economics, at University of Jyväskylä. 


Hanna Silvola, Associate Professor in Accounting 

A picture of speaker Hanna Silvola

Hanna Silvola is an Associate Professor of Accounting at Hanken School of Economics, Finland. Her research interests are in sustainable investing and in measuring, reporting and assuring corporate sustainability information in strategic decision-making. She has international experience from the London School of Economics, UK, University of Stanford, USA, Monash University, Australia and the University of New South Wales, Australia. Dr. Silvola has published on a range of topics in accounting in journals such as Accounting, Organizations and Society; Management Accounting Research; Journal of Small Business Management and Journal of Management Accounting Review. Her co-authored book Vastuullisuudesta ylituottoa sijoituksiin was published in Finnish in 2019 and the international edition Sustainable Investing: Beating the Market with ESG is published in June 2021. She has comprehensive experience as a speaker in media and executive education.