The core experts in the program have broad experience from the corporate world in addition to their academic standing.
Árni Halldórsson is Professor in Supply Chain Management at Chalmers University, Gothenburg. After completing his PhD from Copenhagen Business School, Árni held position as an Assistant Professor and later Associate Professor there until 2006. Until his appointment at Chalmers in January 2011, Árni served as Associate Professor as well as Academic Director of MBA at University of Southampton, UK. Árni's key research topics include supply chain management and sustainable development, in particular sustainable logistics and -services, energy efficiency in the supply chain, outsourcing, supplier relationship management, and lean energy.
Dr. Kari Iloranta has held general management positions within several industries and leadership roles in top international consulting companies, e.g. Boos Allen Hamilton’s Finnish operations in 1998–2004. Kari has broad experience in the development of strategies, change programs, organizations, management models and B2B relationships. Kari plays a key role in the development of study and teaching in supply management at Aalto University and Aalto PRO. He is co-author of Hankintojen johtaminen – ostamisesta toimittajamarkkinan hallintaan, and the title of his dissertation is Cognitive Barriers to External Resource Management – Top Management Perspective (Aalto University).
For the last 15-20 years Thomas’ research has revolved around buyer-supplier relationships and supply networks. He currently works as Professor at the Politecnico di Milano and focuses on purchasing, innovation and sustainability. Thomas is dedicated to developing the field of Purchasing & Supply Management (PSM), elevating PSM from an administrative cost-focused function into a truly strategic driver of business performance. He has published widely in scientific and practitioner-focused journals and magazines. His latest book, Purchasing & supply chain management: a sustainability perspective (Routledge), was co-authored with Mickey Howard and Joe Miemczyk.
Katariina Kemppainen serves as a Professor of Practice at the Aalto University School of Business. Her research interests include Sales & Operations Planning, Lean and Public Procurement. She has published in journals such as International Journal of Production Economics and Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management. Dr. Kemppainen has a gained a wealth of relevant work experience at Nokia where she worked in operations and supply chain leadership roles from 2007 to 2014. Prior to moving to Professor of Practice position at Aalto BIZ she was a Chief Supply Chain Architect at Microsoft Mobile.
Mikko Sandelin (MSc. econ.) finalizes his doctoral dissertation at Aalto University School of Business. His doctoral research focuses on management control systems from holistic perspective in order to understand effective combinations of financial planning, performance measurement and evaluation, rewarding, reporting lines, and cultural controls such as promotion, socialization, and training practices. Sandelin helps organizations increase their responsiveness to changes in the operating environment by redesigning financial planning and measurement combinations, and by rethinking management through lean principles.
Timo Seppälä works as Professor of Practice, Digital Operations at the Aalto University and as Research Associate at The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy, ETLA. His areas of expertise include Business Intelligence and Analyses, Global Business Unit and Account Management, Strategic and Operative Business Development, Supplier and Customer Relationship Management and Contract Negotiations. Dr. Seppälä has over 15 years of business experience in several Finnish and international companies for example Metso, OMG Kokkola Chemicals, Oracle, Elcoteq and SAP.
Mervi Vuori M.Sc.(Econ) is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in industrial management at Aalto University. Mervi works as a full-time project researcher at BIT Research Centre of the Aalto University, and before that she has been working as a development manager in global sourcing in a paper and forest industry company, where she was responsible for the sourcing process, development of the e-sourcing system and training. Her research interests include using ICT within sourcing, social media including crowdsourcing, innovations in supplier networks and development of social capital in the sourcing function.
Patrik Jonsson is professor in Operations & Supply Chain Management. He has a PhD in production management from Lund University and held a position as assistant professor at Växjö/Linneus University prior to joining Chalmers in 2001. Jonsson currently serves as a senior associate editor for the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, and is in the editorial advisory board for the European Business Review, and in the editorial review board for the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management.