Hanken’s new Areas of Strength are interdisciplinary

Hanken’s new Areas of Strength are interdisciplinary

Hanken’s four new Areas of Strength are Competition Economics and Service Strategy, Financial Management, Accounting and Governance, Responsible Organising, and Leading People for Growth and Well-being.

In December, the Board of Hanken decided on new Areas of Strength for the next five years. Defining Areas of Strength is a way to show which areas of research are particularly strong for Hanken.

Hanken’s four new Areas of Strength are Competition Economics and Service Strategy, Financial Management, Accounting and Governance, Responsible Organising, and Leading People for Growth and Well-being.

The new Areas of Strength have a clearer focus compared to the previous Areas of Strength, says Jaakko Aspara, Dean of Research and Innovation.

”The previous Areas of Strength were based on the names of the departments or subjects. This time around, we decided that the Areas of Strength may be interdisciplinary, or more focused sub-disciplines within the subjects or departments”, says Aspara.

Hanken’s new Areas of Strength are research areas whose research output is world-class. According to the strategy of the School, the research conducted is to be cutting-edge, in particular in the Areas of Strength. The Areas of Strength clearly indicate to all stakeholders what Hanken has chosen to focus on and invest in.

Nine research groups showed an interest in becoming new Areas of Strength.  An international panel of experts recommended four of these to become the new Areas of Strength of the School. The Board of Hanken made the final decision in December of last year.

Areas of Strength 2019–2023

 

Hanken's Areas of Strength 2019–2023

Competition Economics and Service Strategy
This research area focuses on company strategies as well as consumer and customer behaviours in new markets, which involve digitalization and servitization.

Financial Management, Accounting and Governance
This research area investigates how corporate governance mechanisms affect firms’ investment and financing policies and long-term profitability.

Responsible Organising
Responsible Organising (RO) comprises research on how different actors, such as firms and other organisations and networks, organise for transformative action towards sustainable outcomes.

Leading People for Growth and Well-being
The researchers of this area focus on people management and entrepreneurship, and have a shared interest in well-being at work as a route to better performance on the individual, team, and organizational level.


Thisi is an article from the Hanken Magazine 1/2019. Read the whole magazine here.