Tallinn University of Technology

Accounting Research Group

Keywords: accountability, governance, corporate social reporting and sustainability, zero carbon emissions, cash-flow accounting, performance management, and public-private partnerships, Covid-19 and its impact on Health in Turkey and Education and Food Supply Chain in Estonia

The accounting group is active in a number of related research fields, using both qualitative and quantitative research methods and focusing on significant current issues such as corporate social reporting and sustainability, assurance and disclosure of zero carbon emissions, cash-flow accounting, performance management and integrated reporting. A particular focus of international research led by Professor Demirag is on how private and public companies manage their long-term relationships in hybrid organisations, through the use of accounting and accountability mechanisms. Another project which is jointly developed with Dr Saha is carried out within the wider context of sustainability in the accounting group, which explores the assurance process of carbon emission among Footsie 100 UK and Estonian companies and attempts to understand from the interprofessional competition that exists between accountants and scientists.    

The key research themes the group uses are accountability, governance and sustainability which fits in with the University’s research priority areas of Future Governance. The research is multi and interdisciplinary, and where appropriate the group is developing critical research skills and methods to explore the above research themes.

The group has active and growing links with professional accounting institutions both in Estonia and worldwide. Professor Istemi Demirag joined the group from Keele University, England in January 2019 with critical accounting research interests both in Financial and Management accounting, in order to further strengthen the group’s interdisciplinary research focus and teaching interests.

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Istemi Demirag

Professor Istemi Demirag is Professor of Accounting at Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia.  Previously he was a Professor of Accounting at Keele University Management School where led the Accounting Group and developed the School’s Post Graduate Research programmes. Before joining Keele, he worked as Professor in Accounting at Hull University and Queen’s University Belfast, Management School.

He has extensive international teaching experience at postgraduate level and on executive courses.  He teaches mainly Advanced Management Accounting, International Financial Management and Public Sector Accounting courses.  On executive and post- graduate courses, he teaches Financial and Management Accounting for Decision Making.

His research interests are in accountability and good governance, performance management, implementation of public policy and its unexpected consequences. More recently he has been exploring the role of accounting in controlling hybrid organisations, using political economy framework to analyse some of above key themes, using critical methodologies with the aim of understanding power related issues in strategic and management control in organisations.

Professor Demirag was an Associate Editor of The European Journal of Finance from 2000 to 2013 and was also one of the Associate Editors of Accounting Forum for almost ten years. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of Quarterly Journal of Finance and Accounting (QJFA) and as ad- hoc reviewer of several leading management and accounting journals.  He initiated, organised and contributed to the European Accounting Association’s (EAA) funded research methodology seminars entitled “Early Career Academics’ Research Development Program” designed for developing research skills of accounting lecturers from the Eastern European countries.  

He raised and/or contributed to research funding approximately £1 million from leading research councils including Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), ESRC, European Union, SERC, ICAS and the World Bank.   

Professor Demirag published consistently at an outstanding level, some in “A” ranked international Accounting and Management  journals including: Accounting and Business Research (ABR); Journal of Business Finance and Accounting (JBFA); International Journal of Accounting (IJA); British Accounting Review (BAR); Public Administration (PA); European Journal of Finance (EJF); British Journal of Management (BJM); Journal of Management and Governance (JMG); Financial Accountability and Management (FAM); Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal (AAAJ); Public Money and Management (PMM); Accounting Forum (AF); Critical Perspectives on Accounting (CPA); Accounting Review (AR); Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) and Public Management Review (PMR).  He published over one hundred refereed and professional journal articles and edited, authored and/or coauthored six books.
 
Professor Demirag actively seeks enquiries from potential PhD student s who wish to study one of the above themes using empirical and critical methodologies.

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Mari Avarmaa is the Head of the Department of Business Administration and Senior Lecturer.

Mari Avarmaa is at Taltech since September 2017.

Mari holds a PhD in Financial Economics and her research has focused on the capital structure of Baltic companies and its relationship with growth and productivity. In recent years, she has focused on Fintech as a fast-growing area of finance, having studied the drivers and constraints to Fintech start-ups and Fintech ecosystems. She is also involved in the digitalisation of corporate financial management.

Mari teaches Strategic Management Accounting and has previously taught courses in corporate financial management.

From 2006 to 2013, Mari Avarmaa was the CFO of Nordea Bank in Estonia, and from 2013 to 2017, she was the Head of Nordea Baltics' Business Control Department. Since 2020, she is a member of the Supervisory Board of AS Eesti Post.

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Natalie Gurvitš-Suits is a Senior Lecturer.

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Paavo Siimann is a Senior Lecturer.

Paavo Siimann is a senior lecturer in the field of accounting. Paavo defended his PhD at Tallinn University of Technology in 2018.   

Paavo teaches Financial Reporting and Analysis, Business Performance Management, and Accounting to master's students and continuing education students. In 2019, Paavo was awarded the title of the best lecturer in the School of Business and Governance.  

Paavo's research work is focused on the analysis of financial statements. His latest research project is focused on the impact assessment of annual report submission timelines in Estonia.

Paavo has extensive experience in the international business sector: he has been employed as a finance director for 12 years and as a financial analyst for three years. Paavo has also managed the functioning of financial operations in the markets of Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Paavo is an honorary member of the Junior Chamber International Estonia (JCI) and Investeerimisklubi public investment club as well a member of the Estonian Chamber of Mentors and Estonian Business Angel Network. He is also a member of the council of the Department of Business Administration.

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Tarmo Kadak is an Associate Professor and Manager of Studies.

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Kaidi Kallaste is a Lecturer and Programme Director.

Kaidi Kallaste is a lecturer in Accounting at Tallinn University of Technology and Programme Director of the Business Finance and Accounting curriculum. Kaidi received her PhD from Tallinn University of Technology in 2018. Kaidi teaches taxation to undergraduate students and continuing education students. Her main areas of tutoring and research have been related to taxation and qualification systems.

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Vaiva Kiaupaite-Grušniene is a Senior Lecturer.

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Dmitri Zdobnõh is a Lecturer.

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Levani Bzhalava is a Postdoctoral Researcher.

His main area of interest is application of machine learning and text mining on various business processes. He received the PhD Economics degree from the Max Planck Institute of Economics and Friedrich Schiller University Jena in Germany.

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Hla Thel Phyu is a PhD student.

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Hla Thel Phyu. Financial disclosure and Financial accountability in Hybrid Organizations (principal supervisor Istemi Demirag, co-supervisor Natalie Gurvitš-Suits)

Entrepreneurship Research Group

Keywords: entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurial competencies, entrepreneurial growth, knowledge management, internationalization of entrepreneurial firms, rural entrepreneurship, innovation management, social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial ecosystem, startups, born globals, university ecosystem

The entrepreneurship research group brings together academic scholars from diverse backgrounds to investigate how new and established entrepreneurial firms develop and apply their entrepreneurial competencies and organisational knowledge in their quest to apply present and future business opportunities in a sustainable way.

Mission 

The group’s research efforts focus on value creation through responsible entrepreneurship, i.e., value creation through development and applying one’s competencies and organisational knowledge with sustainability as a key factor. In this light, the mission of the research group extends from education to entrepreneurial individuals to entrepreneurial teams and to other forms of entrepreneurial organisation. The advancement of the study of entrepreneurship education is an important focus of research, with the idea that entrepreneurial education should begin in the early stages of an individual’s higher education at the latest.

The ways in which small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can achieve sustainable growth from both domestic and international markets form the core of the research group’s focus. The roles of business transfers, knowledge management, crisis management, business model innovation, digitalisation, creativity and innovation, and knowledge and innovation ecosystems that facilitate growth and internationalisation of SMEs are of particular interest.

In all its activities, the research group encourages research on how responsibility and digital business transformation can drive entrepreneurship research at national and international level, and across the two.


Research efforts aim at working with entrepreneurial and future-oriented minds to nurture and sustain entrepreneurship ecosystem where knowledge and innovative methods and approaches are transferred smoothly and successfully across the research field and society.


The group’s activities contribute to the different forms of entrepreneurship relevant for Estonia, the Baltic region, and the European Union and is supported by several contracts and funding from different sources. By being involved in national and international networks of different kinds, the group’s activities can make an impact on present and upcoming societal challenges. Regarding entrepreneurship education, the aim is to increase the employability of graduates in the labour market but also to increase entrepreneurship and new venture creation.

The research provides a thorough and up-to-date look into:

  • Start-up and business transfer through sustainable growth from small- or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)  
  • Entrepreneurship education  
  • Business Models Innovation  
  • Knowledge management and crisis management   
  • Internationalisation of entrepreneurial firms  
  • Redesign of the entrepreneurship perspective in the case of unexpected events in the environment
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Susanne Durst

Susanne Durst is a full professor of Management at the Department of Business Administration at Tallinn University of Technology and an associate professor, School of Business and Management, at LUT University (Finland). Her research interests include small business management, knowledge (risk) management, innovation management and responsible digitalisation. She has been conducting several national and international research projects on knowledge management, SME business transfers, marketing, corporate governance, and innovation management. Her work has been recognised with different awards, including an Emerald Literati Award „Outstanding Paper“ in 2020 and has been published in international peer-reviewed journals.

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Urve Venesaar is a Senior Researcher and Professor Emeritus.

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Juhan Teder is an Associate Professor.

Juhan Teder is Associate Professor at the Department of Business Administration (PhD since 1989).   

Juhan graduated cum laude from Tallinn University of Technology and has held various positions here since 1984. Among other things, he was one of the founders of the former Chair of Microenterprises (later also the Chairman) and thus one of the pioneers of entrepreneurship education in Estonia. He is also the co-author of several textbooks and other teaching tools on entrepreneurship and strategic management. As a lecturer, Juhan has focused primarily on issues related to setting up businesses, developing strategy and managing business growth.  

In addition to the above-mentioned topics, Juhan's research has also dealt with entrepreneurship policy, entrepreneurship support systems and the development of entrepreneurship education.

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Sirje Ustav is a Senior Lecturer and Manager of Studies.

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Merli Reidolf is the Deputy Director of the Department of Business Administration.

She received her PhD in Economics and Business at Tallinn University of Technology in 2019. Merli has worked at Tallinn University of Technology in various roles since 2000, contributing to both research and activities supporting the academic staff. Her research focuses on regional development, peripherality, innovation and entrepreneurship. She applies mainly qualitative methods and has also produced social network analysis.

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Lasse Torkkeli is a Visiting Researcher.

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Marianne Kallaste is a Lecturer.

Marianne is a lecturer, who teaches mostly at master's level in Estonian and English the following subjects: Entrepreneurship and Business Planning (Est), Social Entrepreneurship (Eng), Personnel Development (Est); and Introduction to Entrepreneurship (Est) at bachelor’s level. In addition to teaching in higher education, she conducts entrepreneurship workshops in Mektory for pupils and other interested people in Estonian and English.

Her main research interests are entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship education and organisational management topics in the area of human resource development. She has also supervised undergraduate and postgraduate theses in these areas.  

She is currently active in the Erasmus+ project BeComE – embedding entrepreneurship competence methodology to university studies.

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Martin Toding is a Lecturer and Programme Director.

Martin is a Programme Director of the curriculum "Entrepreneurial Management MBA". He teaches mostly at master's level in Estonian and English, in the following subjects: Entrepreneurship and Business Planning (EST), Technology Entrepreneurship (ENG) and Venture Creation (EST). In addition to teaching in higher education, he conducts entrepreneurship training for start-ups.  

The main keywords of his field of research are entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial mindset and entrepreneurship education. He has also supervised bachelor's and master's theses in these areas.  

Martin has management experience in the private sector and is an entrepreneur since 2007.

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Airi Noppel is a PhD student.

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Akaki Tartarashvili is a PhD student.

His main research interests are entrepreneurship, video gaming, online gambling, and addiction issues in the video gaming industry.

Akaki is also taking part in the European Manufacturing Survey (EMS) that is focused on utilising the technological and organisational modernisation trends in the European manufacturing industry. Akaki is an undergraduate theses supervisor.

He is also involved in teaching two master's level courses in English at TalTech University: Business Opportunities in Different Cultures and International Business.

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Lidia Davies is a PhD student.

Lidia holds a master's degree (MA) in Human Resource Management and in International Business Administration. Before joining the academia, she worked in international marketing research agencies, building up her expertise in strategic marketing and qualitative research.Her academic interests include small and medium-sized enterprises, business model adaptation and innovation, crisis management, and corporate governance. She is currently working on the Erasmus+ project, SMEs: Be Prepared for Supply Chain Risks!, aimed to help SME owners to efficiently recognise, understand, and handle supply chain risks.

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Samuel Foli is a PhD student and Early Stage Researcher.

He has a Bachelor degree in Actuarial Science, and master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA). He is part of a research team currently working on an Erasmus project Inclusive Digital Education Access IDEA. His research interests include knowledge management, business sustainability, supply chain risk management, corporate finance, and statistical modeling.

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Yurii Radchenko is a PhD student.

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Tommaso Aguzzi is a PhD student.

He is a PhD student within the Innovative Innovative Training Network MARKETS programme. His research interests focus on the socio-economic development of the post-Soviet space. In particular, he studies the construction of social norms and institutional asymmetry in the context of micro- and small entrepreneurship in Kazakhstan.

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Basel Hammoda is a PhD student and Early Stage Researcher.

Basel Hammoda is exploring the opportunities of technology in entrepreneurship education. He is an experienced strategy and marketing professional, who has worked in consulting, technology and healthcare in the UK and the ME. He is a Chartered Manager (CMgr MCMI), a Fellow Marketer (FCIM) and a Governance Practitioner (AGP).

Basel is a skilled entrepreneur and start-ups mentor in the US, UK and the ME. He is a digital transformation expert and a regular contributor to a number of business magazines and policy groups.

At first a medical doctor, he holds an MBA in strategy from Aston Business School, UK.

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Timo Theisen is a PhD student.

Timo started his Industrial PhD program within the fall / winter semester of 2021. He works as a business unit manager for FREITAG lab ag in Zurich, Switzerland. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration with a major in Entrepreneurship from the HTW Chur and a master's degree in Entrepreneurship with a major in Innovation Management from the University of Liechtenstein. Timo has a special interested in circular economy with a focus on business model innovation.

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Fabian Zimmermann is a PhD student.

Fabian is a strategy and business consultant in the financial service sector. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Liechtenstein and a master's degree in international business & investments from the University of St. Andrews. Fabian is especially interested in the financial service sector with a focus on wealth & asset management, and technology.

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Bakkar, Y., Durst, S., Gerstlberger, W. (2021). The Impact of Institutional Dimensions on Entrepreneurial Intentions of Students—International Evidence. Journal of Risk and Financial Management 14(4), 174. DOI

Durst, S., Palacios Acuache, M.M.G., Bruns, G. (2021). Peruvian small and medium-sized enterprises and COVID-19: Time for a new start! Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies. DOI

Hammerschmidt, J., Durst, S., Kraus, S., Puumalainen, K. (2021). Professional football clubs and empirical evidence from the COVID-19 crisis: Time for sport entrepreneurship? Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 165. DOI

Durst, S., Gerstlberger, W. (2021). Financing Responsible Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises: An International Overview of Policies and Support Programmes. Journal of Risk Financial Management, 14, 10. DOI

Lidia Davies. Developing more crisis-proof organizations and business models (supervisor Susanne Durst)

Samuel Foli. Knowledge leakage via Social Networks and its Impact on Organizational Performance (supervisor Susanne Durst)

Tommaso Aguzzi. Ethics, principles, state vs. individual morality, and the construction of new or diverging moralities in EU eastern neighbours (principal supervisor Susanne Durst, co-supervisors Abel Polese ja Rodica Ianole-Calin)

Basel Hammoda. The role of digital technology in changing our knowledge utilisation for an accelerated development of innovate and entrepreneurial skills and ventures (supervisor Susanne Durst)

Akaki Tartarashvili. Monetization of the video gaming industry (supervisor ...)

Airi Noppel. Developing the entrepreneurial approach of teaching in higher education (supervisor Sirje Ustav)

Timo Theisen. (supervisor Susanne Durst)

Fabian Zimmermann. (supervisor Susanne Durst)

Yurii Radchenko. Sustainable organizational development of small non-profit organizations (supervisor Susanne Durst)

Marketing Research Group

Keywords: customer experience, service marketing, urban studies, customer engagement

Consumption is a significant topic incorporating consumer behaviour theorisations with a focus on the experience pyramid model, consumer journeys, as well as analyses of cosmopolitanism and consumer ethnocentrism. Affiliated work on experience service design touches upon co-creation and the identification of educational experiences. These complement investigations into the digital divide and ageism in marketing. Projects include the Experience Marketing Studies focused on consumption in experience design and holistic customer experiences; and the IMM focused on customer engagement design in industrial innovation.

In services and relationship marketing, investigations focus on disciplining and compliance-based interactions between providers and consumers, and customer engagement. Empirical and conceptual studies which are part of this research stream have appeared in top journals in the area are part of one of critical examinations of customer-provider relationships and service provision which have produced new, state-of-the-art theories complementing research on confusion marketing. 

Urban and residential studies support a variety of projects theorising the changing nature of contemporary urban realities, relationships between spatial processes and social processes. Researchers are currently engaging with integrative analyses of processes in urban residential and public spaces, by applying interdisciplinary perspectives, which adopt sociological, architectural, civil engineering, planning, and business studies sensibilities. 

Current work on digital futures of rural areas across the EU and entrepreneurship development and entrepreneurial marketing through digitalisation in rural and peripheral locations across emerging economies builds upon the larger interest into regional competitiveness, cluster-based strategy and development, high technology birth and growth, entrepreneurship, regional and rural development.

Linda Hollebeek is an Adjunct Professor.

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Katrin Paadam is a Researcher and Professor Emeritus.

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Oliver Parts is an Associate Professor.

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Jana Kukk is a Senior Lecturer.

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Liis Ojamäe is an Associate Professor.

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René Arvola is a Lecturer.

René Arvola is a lecturer in marketing and his main research interests are consumer behaviour, sustainability and brand management. He teaches a number of subjects, such as Marketing Communication, and supervises undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students. Since 2009, René Arvola is a member of the European Consumer Behaviour Research Network (COBEREN), and since 2018 he is a member of the university's satellite team. He is also a university spokesperson on marketing.

René Arvola's academic career at Tallinn University of Technology started in 2000. He has published several research papers and books, and has presented and organised international research conferences. He obtained his PhD in 2018 in the field of ergonomics of remote working and, in addition to his academic career, he has long-term experience as an entrepreneur. 

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Kristel Kaljund is a Lecturer.

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Rein Riisalu is a Lecturer.

Rein Riisalu is a lecturer in marketing, who currently conducts seminars in international marketing for both foreign and Estonian students in undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Rein uses interactive teaching techniques, including the Harvard case method and computer simulations, to develop thinking, reading, writing and presentation skills, decision-making, (multicultural) teamwork skills and managerial and marketing intuition.

Rein holds a master's degree in Economics (Tallinn University of Technology). As a student, he has studied at three other universities and, as a lecturer, he has developed his skills on courses taught by world-leading academics.

In parallel to teaching, Rein has been involved in management and consulting in the entrepreneurial world and the public sector. Most notably in the rail and transport sectors.

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Helen Vaikma is a PhD student.

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Airi Freimuth is a PhD student.

Airi is a guest lecturer in the Department of Business Administration. She is a practitioner of marketing and IT projects in "real life". Dedicated to blockchain and stakeholder engagement in academia.

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Naghmeh Nik Bakhsh is a PhD student.

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Helen Vaikma. Consumer-driven product development of plant-based dairy alternatives (principal supervisor René Arvola, co-supervisor Sirli Rosenvald)

Naghmeh Nik Bakhsh. A comprehensive framework for the joint recovery management in business-to-business settings: the antecedents, process and outcomes (principal supervisor Iivi Riivits-Arkonsuo, co-supervisor Peeter Müürsepp)

Airi Freimuth. Customer engagement in service/product innovation: the stakeholders’ interplay (principal supervisor Linda Hollebeek, co-supervisor Iivi Riivits-Arkonsuo)

Organisation and Management Research Group

Keywords: leadership, well-being, responsible and ethical organizational development, leader-follower relationship, strategic management, knowledge and innovation management, risk management, HRM, change management, occupational health, organizational psychology, occupational safety and risks, digital transformation

The newly founded research group Organization and Management is active in a number of research fields related to organisation and management, using different theoretical lenses and research methods. The group brings together members from diverse backgrounds to investigate how established and new organizations develop and manage their organizational resources and capabilities in their quest to exploit present and future business opportunities in a sustainable way.

The group has access to a number of internationally renowned researchers working on organization and management, occupational safety and related topics and continuously works on the extension of this network.

The purpose of the group is to extend the scientific body of knowledge concerning the related fields of organization and management and to contribute to practice. The overall interest of the group is to investigate how organizations transform their knowledge and access to new digital solutions into innovative outputs to achieve and maintain sustainable business development. The group members have a broad portfolio of expertise gained from working with a variety of national and international private and public organizations, the aim is to take advantage of it and use this expertise to develop it further for the greater good.

Mike Wahl is an Associate Professor and Manager of Studies.

Mike defended his PhD at Tallinn University of Technology in 2011. He teaches General Management, Strategic Management, and Values in Theory and Practice at all levels of higher education. Since 2018, Mike has the qualification of an International Engineering Educator. His research work is focused on Ownership Strategies; part of the research is carried out in cooperation with students: one graduated PhD student, and 66 master’s students. Mike has extensive experience in the hospitality sector for 19 years and additionally in retailing as a Production and Wholesale Director for 7 years.

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Merle Ojasoo is an Associate Professor.

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Aive Pevkur is a Senior Lecturer.

Her research interests are questions on ethics in professional and social fields, engineering, and technology. Her courses are focused on the same topics. She is involved in research projects on research integrity and conflicts of interest.

Aive is a member of TalTech Academic Ethics Committee and the scientific secretary of the Estonian Committee on Bioethics and Human Research. She has been cooperating with the Council of Europe, the UNODC, and the OECD in corruption prevention and integrity enhancement projects in many Central and Eastern European countries.

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Maris Zernand-Vilson is a Senior Lecturer.

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Karin Reinhold is an Associate Professor.

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Marina Järvis is an Associate Professor.

Her research interests are related to knowledge and risk management, social capital, quality of working life and wellbeing, education for sustainable development, organisational culture and competitiveness of SMEs. She has a strong track record of coordinating and participating in European research projects in the field of occupational health and safety (OSH) management, quality of working life and well-being.

She has experience in project management and technical and economical reporting of national and European projects as the project manager, main researcher and senior expert and is responsible for collecting and analysing the data as well as an individual expert (also for Baltic counties) in the field of Employment and Social Affairs, Health and Safety at work policies and legislation, Evaluation and impact assessment and monitoring of EU policies, initiatives and programmes;  risk assessment and management, psycho-social risks, quality of working life and wellbeing, the evaluation, monitoring and implementation of EU Directives and policies, good examples / practises, initiatives and programmes; EU integration.

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Liina Randmann is an Associate Professor and Programme Director.

She manages the Human Resource Management MA programme.

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Tarmo Koppel is a Lecturer.

Tarmo's work addresses technological advances – how they affect businesses, workers and the public, and the risks involved. This work is interdisciplinary, covering information technology, risk management, business management, human factors, health and safety.  

Tarmo's main topics include:

  • Digitalisation – digital transformation and innovation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, the Internet of things – IoT, decision support systems, artificial intelligence in management decisions, artificial intelligence in risk management, fast data, mobile connectivity in business management, business intelligence and analytics.
  • Cyber-physical systems – Industry 4.0, smart workplaces, data mining and signal processing, sensor networks, robotics.
  • Management – operations improvement, data-driven decision making, risk identification, assessment and response, efficient and effective risk management, workplace, work environment and organisation, public and occupational health and safety, human factors, performance and productivity, safety, security, resilience and privacy, private data leakage, sustainable development.

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Marii Haak is a Lecturer.

She supervises theses on bachelor's and master's level and runs a Self-management course for undergraduate students.

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Tiiu Kamdron is a Lecturer.

Tiiu Kamdron has been working as a lecturer at Tallinn University of Technology since 1991. She received her PhD in 2003. She teaches courses in organisational theory and psychology, teamwork and group process management, and employee counselling.

Her research focuses on psychological aspects of employee-organisational relations: involvement with work and the organisation, motivation and satisfaction, job structuring and adjustment, work stress. She has also supervised undergraduate and postgraduate theses on these topics.

She is a member of the Estonian Group Analytic Society.

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Velli Parts is a PhD student and Lecturer.

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Piia Tint a Professor Emeritus.

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Georgi Hrenov is a PhD student.

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Mari Kurashvili is a PhD student.

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Olga Tsenter is a PhD student.

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Olga Tšernikova is a PhD student.

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Rusudan Tsiskaridze is a PhD student.

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Georgi Hrenov. Development Prospects of OSH Management System for SMEs through Employer Commitment and Employee Representation (supervisor Karin Reinhold)

Mari Kurashvili. Assessment of ageing health management in healthcare: ways to increase wellbeing and sustainability (principal supervisor Karin Reinhold, co-supervisor Marina Järvis)

Velli Parts. Transition to home-based telework during pandemic: implications for HRM and leadership development (principal supervisor Susanne Durst, co-supervisor Karin Reinhold)

Olga Tsenter. Realization of Potential of E-Occupational Health and Safety Services: Impact Assessment (principal supervisor Piia Tint, co-supervisor Karin Reinhold)

Rusudan Tsiskaridze. (principal supervisor Karin Reinhold, co-supervisor Marina Järvis)

Olga Tšernikova. Evaluation of employee productivity (supervisor Tarmo Koppel)

Sustainable Value Chain Management Research Group

Keywords: sustainable business development, operations management, sustainable innovation, environmental economics, green economy, smart supply chain management, organizational learning, data science

Sustainable value chain management deals with tasks and processes aiming at preparing and supporting the implementation of growth opportunities and innovations within the constraints of a firm’s strategic momentum as well as with sustainable operations management and related aspects of environmental economics. Thus, sustainable value chain management is focused on preparing, planning, implementing and evaluating a continuous stream of potential innovations that have a strategic fit and the involved managers are concerned with the analytical preparation of potential growth and innovation opportunities for the top management as well as with the implementation.

The research group investigates potential growth and innovation opportunities within and between organizations by using interdisciplinary approaches from business, environmental economics, operations and innovation management, engineering, IT, design and social sciences in the context of the European agenda for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Consequently, the research group deals with innovations and growth opportunities in the areas of digitalization, smart production and Industry 4.0, corporate venturing and entrepreneurship, Big Data, strategic alliances and networks as well as sustainable cross-company value chains. The research work usually takes place in the frame of European and/or national projects and in the context of the university–business cooperation.

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Wolfgang Gerstlberger

Wolfgang Gerstlberger is a professor of operations management and the Head of the Sustainable Value Chain Management Unit at the Department of Business Administration since 2019.

He received his doctorate (Rer. Pol.) from the University of Kassel in Germany in 1998 and his habilitation in General Business Administration from the same university in 2004. Prior to TalTech, he was a professor of innovation management at the University of Southern Denmark for more than ten years.

His current research focuses on sustainable operations and innovation management, digital transformation of enterprises (e.g. "Industry 4.0"), innovation systems and innovation-driven entrepreneurship.

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Gunnar Prause is a Professor.

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Üllas Ehrlich is an Associate Professor.

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Tarmo Kalvet is an Adjunct Professor.

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Marek Tiits is a Senior Researcher.

His main fields of activity are development economics and technology governance.

Marek has held, during the last 20 years, various national and international expert and advisory positions, including with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia, European Commission, and UNCTAD. Marek serves as the chairman of the board of the Institute of Baltic Studies.

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Merle Küttim is a Researcher and Programme Director.

Merle is a researcher and Programme Director of the bachelor's studies of International Business Administration. She defended her PhD in 2020 at Tallinn University of Technology, having previously studied at the University of Tartu.

Her research interests include university-business knowledge transfer, knowledge networks and other areas of entrepreneurship, international business and sustainable value chain management. She is currently involved in the Horizon 2020 project TalTech Industrial, which aims to strengthen the research capabilities of Tallinn University of Technology in the areas of business strategy and competitiveness, global value chains and clusters using modern data analytics methods, in collaboration with Aalto University, Bocconi University and the think tank NESTA.

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Tarvo Niine is an Associate Professor and Programme Director.

Tarvo has been teaching logistics and supply chain management courses since 2007. He is also the programme director for the bachelor's studies of Business Administration and the main logistics course manager. Tarvo has supervised more than 100 bachelor's theses (mostly on logistics) and more than 30 master's theses (business process management, export management). Tarvo has been awarded the titles "TalTech Programme Director of the Year 2020" and "Lecturer of the Year 2020 at the Department of Business Administration". However, it means even more to him to be an alumnus of the ISBM ITP International Teachers' Programme in Continuing Education in Pedagogy since 2018.

Tarvo's research topics are related to learning and teaching supply chain management. Among other things, he has been involved in the renewal of the European Logistics Association's qualification standard for logistics managers (2018–2019) and is occasionally a reviewer in the EMFD EOCCS online course certification system.

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Jelena Hartšenko is a Lecturer.

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Tarlan Ahmadov is a PhD student and Early Stage Researcher.

In 2020, he received his MSc in Environmental Engineering and Management at Tallinn University of Technology. His research interests focus on the development of innovation, digital technologies and knowledge management to create a two-way pipeline of data and information to deal with future climate and environmental changes that present challenges for organisations and decision-makers.

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Tarmo Tuisk is a Project Specialist.

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Vera Gerasimova is a PhD student and Early Stage Researcher.

Her current research interest lays in the spheres of Service Design, SMEs development and innovation. Vera has work experience in marketing and public authorities, she also has managed and worked in EU-financed scientific and cross-border cooperation projects. The ongoing projects Vera participates in are: Creative Ports (Interreg Baltic Sea Region) and UXiship (Erasmus +).

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Hossein Bagheri is a PhD student.

Hossein Bagheri is a data specialist and his research interests are measuring complexity and its effect on technology and economy at firm level by using novel data science methods. Hossein is a part of TalTech Industrial project which is funded by H2020. He has cooperated with Mellat Bank for building a new organisational structure in its marketing department.

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Erika Müller is a PhD student.

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Mihhail Kirejev is a PhD student.

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Elisabeth Kraut is a PhD student.

Elisabeth is a PhD student from Germany doing researches in the field of Innovation and Sustainability in the Department of Business Administration. She focuses on the topic of circular economy and its implementation into organisational practise by looking deeper into innovation management and tools.

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Erkki Pärna is a PhD student.

Tiina Viin is a PhD student.

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Erika Müller. Sustainability and innovation in operations management (principal supervisor Wolfgang Gerstlberger, co-supervisor Wanja Wellbrock)

Mihhail Kirejev. Implementation of the smart mobility concept in smart city model: Applying a holistic approach on the example of Tallinn (principal supervisor Wolfgang Gerstlberger, co-supervisors Tarvo Niine ja Enno Lend)

Elisabeth Kraut. Innovation and Circular Economy (principal supervisor Wolfgang Gerstlberger, co-supervisor Wanja Wellbrock)

Tarlan Ahmadov. Solving Sustainability: data, digital technologies, innovation and knowledge management (principal supervisor Wolfgang Gerstlberger, co-supervisor Gunnar Prause)

Hossein Bagheri. Global value chains, business management and innovation policy: Novel analytical methods (supervisor Tarmo Kalvet)

Vera Gerasimova. Service design models for sustainable business development (supervisor Gunnar Prause)

Erkki Pärna. Economic impact of sustainable entrepreneurship in Estonia and Scandinavia using nature tourism example (supervisor Üllas Ehrlich)

Tiina Viin. Economic valuation of Ecosystem Services in Estonia: Case Study of Protected Biological Species (supervisor Üllas Ehrlich)

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