Staff Karen Spens

Karen Spens

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Doctor of Science (Economics and Business Administration), Business Economics, Hanken School of Economics, Finland, 2001

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.

Latest publications
Peter Tatham, Graham Heaslip, Karen Spens2018,'Technology meets humanitarian logistics: a view on benefits and challenges',pp. 76-97.
Mohammad Moshtari, Gyöngyi Kovacs, Karen Spens2018,'Introduction to the Handbook',pp. xxiii-xxxvii.
Gyöngyi Kovacs, Karen Spens, Nezih Altay, Graham Heaslip, Peter Tatham, Alain Vaillancourt2018,'Innovation in Humanitarian Supply Chains',
David B. Grant, Gyöngyi Kovacs, Karen Spens2018,'Questionable research practices in academia: antecedents and consequences',European Business Review,vol. 30,no. 2,pp. 101-127.
David B. Grant, Karen Spens, Dan-Cristian Dabija, Claudia Colicchia, Alessandro Creazza, Bernd Philipp, Raluca Babut2017,'Expectations of Millennial consumers regarding online shopping and fulfilment',pp. 356-363.
Ira Haavisto, Gyöngyi Kovacs, Karen Spens2017,'Nödhjälpen är den mest flexibla försörjningskedjan',Ekonomiska Samfundets Tidskrift,vol. 2017,pp. 44-49.
Ira Haavisto, Gyöngyi Kovacs, Karen Spens2016,'Supply Chain Management for Humanitarians: Tools for Practice',
Ira Haavisto, Gyöngyi Kovacs, Karen Spens2016,'Introduction',pp. 3-19.