GustafssonAalto University

Robin Gustafsson

Department Vice-Head for Research, Associate Professor of Strategic Management, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management

What do you do?

What do you do?

RESEARCH

Robin Gustafsson's research focuses on corporate and business strategy formulation and strategizing in industry shifts. This includes research on narrative strategies in nascent industries and markets, platform strategy, and strategy and organization of open research, innovation, and platforms. In his research he takes a longitudinal empirical approach (both historical and real-time) for investigating strategic action, organizing, and  strategic reasoning in industry wide shifts. Robin teaches advanced courses in strategy, platform strategy and design, and technology and innovation strategy at the Masters, doctoral, and MBA level. 

Currently he is engaged in research with his team and research partners on:

  1. Narrative strategies in new markets and industry shifts (Tekes funded 2012-2015)
    A real time research project (2012-2015) on narrative strategizing in the emergent electric vehicle and charging operarator market in Finland and US (California).
  2. Strategy and organizing of pioneering in changing industry settings and new markets 
    Historical empirical study on (A) strategy and organization in demutualization of stock exchange(s) (Helsinki and Stockholm), (B) deregulation of telecom sector(s) in Finland and Sweden and the strategizing of two monopolists (A & B funded by Wallenberg foundation, Konsumentverket, Helander foundation, Academy of Finland); and (C) a study on the pioneering strategizing in the biofuels field (Europe) (2004-2015)

  3. Development of digital history methods for studying strategy and organization in industry change
    We are developing methods and tools to work with large set of digitized archival material which are combined into a relational database through incident and relational coding. We call this method an integrative digital history approach. This work is done in the digital history consortia (DIGIHIST) with Swedish and Finnish researchers and thorugh the working with stock exchange and telecom sector archival data. In this research we develop cutting edge advanced digital history methods and approaches with relational databases for studying more rigorously strategy and organization processes that can account for firm environment effects.
     
  4. Organization and managmenet of open innovation and open (industry led) research
    A longitudinal research (2006-2014) on the the formation,governance, and organizing of Finnsh strategic centers for Science, Technology and Innovation (SHOKs), with focus on CLEEN and FIMECC
     
  5. Strategy and organzinig during digital disruption of industries (Academy of Finland funded 2015-2020)
    Empirical and inductive theory driven research on the institutional foundations of digital disruption of industries. Specific focus on both past cases (sub-project 2 and 3) and a real time study of midium size and large machinery firms digital (platform) strategzing and organization (longitudinal study 2016-2020).

Robins research has been published in top tier journals, such as Academy of Management Journal, International Journal of Management Reviews, Research Policy, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, and Organization Studies. His research provides input to corporate and firm strategizing and organization in industry wide change, open digital platform strategzing and design, governance of open research and innovation communities, and innovation and industry policy.

More about my reserach: See the articles on this page, and this interview presenting faculty of Aalto University.

TEACHING

Advanced Strategic Management (TU-E1010)

Doctoral Seminar in Strategy (TU-L1000) 

 

SUPERVISION OF DOCTORAL STUDENTS 

Current Doctoral Students 

1st supervisor: Eero Aalto, Zeerim Cheung, Aino-Nina Saarikoski, and Derek Selin

2nd supervisor: Timo Ahopelto
 

Supervised Doctoral Student

Kimmo Karhu (graduated 1/2017), Thesis: Managing Competitive and Cooperative Strategizing in Open PLatform Ecosystems using Boundary Resources 

Christopher Rowell (graduated 8/2017), Thesis: Signaling and Shaping Legitimacy - Weaving webs of meaning in time and new markets
 

SUPERVISION OF MASTER THESIS

Exemplary Master Theses I have supervised which can be found electronically (alt. summaries of them):

Where do you come from?

Where do you come from=

Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University, Management Science and Engineereing, 2012-2013

Acting Professor and CEMS Academic Director, Aalto University School of Business, 2011-2012 

Head of the International Business Discipline, Aalto University School of Economics, 2011

Senior lecturer, Helsinki University of Technology, 2007-2010

Visting Scholar, Scancor, Stanford University, 2006-2007

Teaching assistant, HEC Lausanne, University of Lausanne, 2004-2006

Senior Technology Advisor, Tekes, 1999-2004

 

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Contact information

Work street address
Maarintie 8
Espoo
FINLAND
Work email
robin.gustafsson at aalto.fi
Work mobile phone
+358 50 3160 981
Skype
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Twitter
http://twitter.com/rgustafs

Publications

Peer-reviewed scientific articles

Journal article-refereed, Original research

Extending community management to industry-university-government organizations

Gustafsson, Robin; Jarvenpaa, Sirkka 

2017 

R & D MANAGEMENT 

ISSN: 0033-6807 

Temporal institutional work

Granqvist, Nina; Gustafsson, Robin 

2016 

ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT JOURNAL 

ISSN: 0001-4273 

Emergence of Industries A Review and Future Directions

Gustafsson, Robin; Jääskeläinen, Mikko; Maula, Markku; Uotila, Juha 

2016 

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT REVIEWS 

ISSN: 1460-8545 

How institutions matter "in time" The temporal structures of practices and their effects on practice reproduction

Rowell, Chris; Gustafsson, Robin; Clemente, Marco 

2016 

RESEARCH IN THE SOCIOLOGY OF ORGANIZATIONS 

ISSN: 0733-558X 

Examining open-endedness of expectations in emerging technological fields: The case of cellulosic ethanol

Gustafsson, Robin; Kuusi, Osmo; Meyer, Martin 

2015 

TECHNOLOGICAL FORECASTING AND SOCIAL CHANGE 

ISSN: 0040-1625 

Turning point mechanisms in a dualistic process model of institutional emergence the case of the diesel particulate filter in Germany

Guérard, Stéphane; Bode, Christoph; Gustafsson, Robin 

2013 

ORGANIZATION STUDIES 

ISSN: 0170-8406 

A failure trichotomy in knowledge exploration and exploitation

Gustafsson, Robin; Autio, Erkko 

2011 

RESEARCH POLICY 

ISSN: 0048-7333 

First- and second-order additionality and learning outcomes in collaborative R&D programs

Autio, Erkko; Kanninen, Sami; Gustafsson, Robin 

2008 

RESEARCH POLICY 

ISSN: 0048-7333 

Conference proceedings

Correcting social cognitive failures in novel technological domains: The role of institutional entrepreneurs and policy intervention for enabling paradigmatic change

Gustafsson, Robin; Autio, Erkko 

2005 

Participatory development of future-oriented policy configurations for climate change and mobile gaming

Salo, Ahti; Gustafsson, Robin; Kaakkolammi, Ilkka; Gustafsson, Tommi 

2005 

European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Technical Report Series EUR 21473 EM 

Publications intended for professional communities

Published development or research report

Open Platform Boundary Resources as Arenas for Strategic Exploitation

Karhu, Kimmo; Gustafsson, Robin 

2015 

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