| 23.09.2019

Two new Professors of Practice

Torkel Tallqvist and Pekka Sääskilahti have been appointed Professor of Practice at Hanken. Tallqvist is an expert on management and entrepreneurship, and Sääskilahti is an expert on economics of intellectual property rights,competition and pricing.

Torkel Tallqvist will contribute to the development of the teaching in management and entrepreneurship and change

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management in companies. He will also teach a new kind of course with a strong connection to business.

– I am happy to get to use my knowledge of management, business development and doctoral education in a new context. The goal is to create new knowledge, a lasting value together with thinkers, students and entrepreneurs, says Tallqvist.

Tallqvist took his PhD at Åbo Akademi University in 2012 , when he identified innovation patterns within the consumer goods and heavy industry trades. His latest engagement was serving as Investment Director for the wine company Inkerman.

– Torkel Tallqvist has been a great asset to Hanken for a long time by mentoring our students in entrepreneurship and management. He has also contributed to making Hanken a leading academic institution regarding research in entrepreneurship, says Joakim Wincent, Professor in Management and Organisation.

Pekka Sääskilahti associated to Helsinki GSE

Pekka Sääskilahti has a long career within economics of intellectual property rights, competition and pricing. As Professor of Pr

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actice, he is also associated to Helsinki Graduate School of Economics, and he wants to encourage students to apply economics in practice and to develop their own approaches.

– This is a great opportunity for me, and I feel grateful to Hanken. For a long time, I have had an agenda to improve Finnish companies’ use of economics in their decision-making. The opportunity to work with Hanken students and researchers on methodologies and approaches on how to leverage economics in business is what I foremost am hoping to get engaged in, says Sääskilahti.

Sääskilahti has a PhD from Helsinki School of Economics. His entire career he has been working with questions related to how firms compete in the market. He worked with Nokia for over ten years, and now he is Senior Vice President and Head of Finland and Scandinavia at Compass Lexecon.

– Pekka Sääskilahti has a long and solid experience in pricing, as well as in IPR within the high-tech sector, especially Nokia. During recent years, he has been active in competition analysis through a central position in one of the leading firms in the industry, Lexecon Compass. Pekka Sääskilahti is an outstanding lecturer with the ability to connect topical observations and interesting cases in dynamic industries with economic theory, says Rune Stenbacka, Professor in Economics at Hanken.