The objectives of the research projects are derived from the international forefronts of academic research. Therefore, the clear intention is to select research topics which contribute to the comparative advantage of Finnish firms in international competition. This linkage is also acknowledged by the great number of firms cooperating in individual research projects.

The aim of the graduate school is to become a well-known and respected institution world-wide in the research of management, organization and information systems. Specifically, the aims of the graduate school are to:

- increase the critical mass of the research institution by combining the resources of 33 professors and about 44 fulltime Ph.D. students
- make research and Ph.D. studies more efficient by concentrating research on some main themes. In these areas the graduate school strives to top results internationally.
The main themes are:
a) strategic management and organization
b) information systems.
c) innovation technology and entrepreneurship, combine the research of management and information systems in order to develop new organization structures and work arrangements supported by IT (business engineering, global networks, teamwork, network organizations, etc.), and to align business and information systems strategies to transform organizations through information technology.

The repertoire of activities
1. organizing thematic research groups and their workshops
2. fostering national network connections to other research groups and institutions
3. organizing intensive doctoral courses and tutorials
4. acting as tutors in committees for individual doctoral projects
5. hosting international scholars and doctoral students
6. managing the graduate school programme

Contact person:
Prof. Arja Ropo (Tampereen Yliopisto)

Steering Committee:
Prof. Risto Tainio
Prof. Satu Lähteenmäki
Board of directors:
Prof. Risto Tainio (Helsinki School of Economics)
Prof. Satu Lähteenmäki (Turku School of Economics)
Prof. Martin Lindell (Hanken School of Economics)
Prof. Tuomo Takala (University of Jyväskylä)
Prof. Alf Rehn (Åbo Akademi University)
Prof. Marja Eriksson (University of Tampere)
Prof. Vesa Routamaa (University of Vaasa)