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 quantitative and qualitative research methods. The group focuses on the roles of accounting in significant current economic, social and political issues facing our society such as climate change, Covid-19 pandemic, Security of Food Supply Chains, Carbon emissions. The key research themes the group focuses on are accountability, governance, sustainability and control, which are in line with the university’s research priority areas of Future Governance. The research is multi- and interdisciplinary, and uses critical research methods to explore some of the above research themes. The group has active and growing links with professional accounting institutions both in Estonia and worldwide and is also actively consulting Estonian government institutions (Ministries of Finance, Defence etc.) on their strategic development and training programmes of their members.

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Istemi Demirag

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.
 
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Mari Avarmaa is a Senior Lecturer and the dean of TalTech School of Business and Governance.

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Tarmo Kadak is an Associate Professor and Manager of Studies.

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Natalie Gurvitš-Suits is a Senior Lecturer.

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Paavo Siimann is a Senior Lecturer.

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Levani Bzhalava is a Postdoctoral Researcher.

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Vaiva Kiaupaite-Grušniene is a Senior Lecturer.

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Dmitri Zdobnõh is a Lecturer.

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Hla Thel Phyu is a PhD student and Early Stage Researcher.

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Anna Litvinenko is a PhD student and Early Stage Researcher.

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Leoni, G.; Lai, A.; Stacchezzini, R.; Steccolini, I.; Brammer, S.; Linnenluecke, M.; Demirag, I. (2022). The pervasive role of accounting and accountability during the COVID-19 emergency. Accounting Auditing & Accountability Journal, 35 (1),  1−19. DOI: 10.1108/AAAJ-10-2021-5493.  https://www.etis.ee/Portal/Publications/Display/0871c0aa-99b7-47f6-a29b-b698ba8aba14

Leoni, G.; Lai, A.; Stacchezzini, R.; Steccolini, I.; Brammer, S.; Linnenluecke, M.; Demirag, I.  (2021). Accounting, management, accountability in times of crisis:lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic. Accounting Auditing & Accountability Journal, 6 (34),  1305−1319. DOI: 10.1108/AAAJ-05-2021-5279.  https://www.etis.ee/Portal/Publications/Display/3b560579-bdef-456d-bb9c-1b98a14aa7a6

Salman, A.; Connolly, C.; Demirag, I. (2021). Testing times: governing a pandemic with numbers. Accounting Auditing & Accountability Journal, 34 (6),  1362−1375. DOI: 10.1108/AAAJ-08-2020-4863.  https://www.etis.ee/Portal/Publications/Display/540a5c75-bff9-4f36-96a0-e97bfa568cc9

Laidroo, Laivi; Küttim, Merle; Rumma, Kirsti; Siimann, Paavo; Avarmaa, Mari (2023). Mandatory annual report filings of private companies – why late or missing? Baltic Journal of Management. DOI: 10.1108/BJM-11-2022-0431.  https://www.etis.ee/Portal/Publications/Display/eacce349-9b68-42ba-9b4c-be18bc04d7c1

Kadak, Tarmo; Laitinen, Erkki K. (2023). How different are performance management systems? Empirical typology of performance management systems. Journal of Business Economics and Management, 24 (2),  368−386. DOI: 10.3846/jbem.2023.19248.  https://www.etis.ee/Portal/Publications/Display/ed651325-aa0b-44d0-94c5-de561f803dd

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

Anna Litvinenko. AI in Credit Risk Management Processes (principal supervisor Mari Avarmaa, co-supervisor Mari-Klara Stein)

Entrepreneurship Research Group

Keywords: entrepreneurship education; entrepreneurial competencies; entrepreneurial growth; knowledge management; knowledge risk management, risk management, internationalization of entrepreneurial organizations; rural entrepreneurship; innovation management; social entrepreneurship; ecosystems (including entrepreneurial ecosystem and university ecosystem); responsible digitalization and sustainable business development; resilient organizations

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

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“ and has been published in international peer-reviewed journals.

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Sirje Ustav is a Senior Lecturer and Manager of Studies.

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Urve Venesaar is a Professor Emeritus.

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Juhan Teder is an Associate Professor.

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Airi Noppel is a PhD student and Early Stage Researcher.

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Basel Hammoda is a PhD student and Early Stage Researcher.

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Ekaterina Demiankova is a PhD student and Early Stage Researcher.

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Elisabeth Kraut is a PhD student.

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Jana Budkovskaja is a PhD student.

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Yurii Radchenko is a PhD student.

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Tommaso Aguzzi is a PhD student and Early Stage Researcher at the Department of Law.

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Talshyn Tokyzhanova is a PhD student and Early Stage Researcher at the Department of Law.

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urst, Susanne; Edvardsson, Ingi Runar; Foli, Samuel (2023). Knowledge Management in SMEs: A Follow-Up Literature Review. Journal of Knowledge Management, 27 (11),  25−58. DOI: 10.1108/JKM-04-2022-0325.  https://www.etis.ee/Portal/Publications/Display/b5f2e33f-5c30-4472-bc79-17522ed96aed

Toding, Martin; Mädamürk, Kaja; Venesaar, Urve; Malleus, Elina (2023). Teachers' mindset and attitudes towards learners and learning environment to support students' entrepreneurial attitudes in universities. The International Journal of Management Education, 21 (1),  100769. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijme.2023.100769.  https://www.etis.ee/Portal/Publications/Display/b7de19be-14dc-4464-9585-aec94457e01a

Sumbal, Muhammad Saleem; Ključnikov, Aleksandr; Durst, Susanne; Ferraris, Alberto; Saeed, Labeeqa (2023). Do you want to retain your relevant knowledge? The role of contextual factors in the banking sector. Journal of Knowledge Management. DOI: 10.1108/JKM-02-2022-0128.  https://www.etis.ee/Portal/Publications/Display/369e3c8e-cadb-4ea6-95c4-3284373a2903

Durst, S.; Davila, A.; Foli, S.; Kraus, S.; Cheng, C.-F. (2023). Antecedents of technological readiness in times of crises: A comparison between before and during COVID-19. Technology in Society, 72,  #102195. DOI: 10.1016/j.techsoc.2022.102195.  https://www.etis.ee/Portal/Publications/Display/6c3c8559-acaa-4e3f-894f-41da9a61f228

Ahmadov, Tarlan; Durst, Susanne; Gerstlberger, Wolfgang; Kraut, Elisabeth (2023). SMEs on the way to a circular economy: insights from a multi-perspective review. Management Review Quarterly. DOI: 10.1007/s11301-023-00380-2.  https://www.etis.ee/Portal/Publications/Display/e74506cf-dfb7-4924-80c8-3983193e572a

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)

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

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

Elisabeth Kraut. Innovation and Circular Economy (supervisor Susanne Durst)

Jana Budkovskaja. ESG politics as facilitator of venture creation (principal supervisor Susanne Durst, co-supervisor Jelena Gorbatšova)

Velli Parts. Entrepreneurial personality from (sub)clinical perspective (principal supervisor Susanne Durst, co-supervisor Karin Reinhold)

Ekaterina Demiankova. Entrepreneurship eco-system – who are the enablers, acting in between the policies and action. The role, motivation and expertise (principal supervisor Sirje Ustav, co-supervisor Susanne Durst)

Marketing Research Group

Keywords: customer experience; service marketing; urban studies; customer and stakeholder engagement; customer journey; stakeholder journey

Research within the group spans four separate sets of projects, which are closely aligned with novel learning and teaching. Consumption is a significant topic incorporating consumer behaviour theorisations with a focus on the consumer/customer experience, consumer journeys, cosmopolitanism, consumer ethnocentrism, ethical and sustainable consumption. Work on experience service design complements investigations into the digital divide and ageism in marketing. The sub-stream of service design is focused around the new dLab initiative, building upon existing and forging new collaborations, including through the collaborative Service Design Conference. In services and relationship marketing, the investigations focus on customer service-related engagement, digital value co-creation, disciplining and compliance-based interactions between providers and consumers. Empirical and conceptual studies from all four sub-streams of this research area have appeared in top journals in the area. The topic is led by Professor L. Hollebeek. Critical examinations of customer-provider relationships, service provision, recovery management, and customer engagement have produced new, state-of-the-art theories complementing research on the stakeholders’ interplay in service/product innovation. The sub-stream of service design is focused on the new d.Lab initiative, building upon existing and forging new collaborations. Urban and residential research stream focuses on transforming urban realities conceived within the interplay of socio-economic, cultural and spatial-material processes, as well as within the reciprocity of individual and institutional strategies. The interdisciplinary perspective introduced in the analysis of processes observed in residential and public spaces incorporates theoretical and methodological approaches applied in sociological, architectural, planning and business studies.  The latest research projects encompass inquiries of, for example, residents’ and property owners’ expectations towards sustainable development of heritage space in Tallinn Old Town, or formation of citizens’ (incl. youth) preferences and choices at urban residential markets, including private rental markets.

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Iivi Riivits-Arkonsuo

Linda Hollebeek is an Adjunct 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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Oliver Parts is an Associate Professor.

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Katrin Paadam is a Researcher and Professor Emeritus.

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René Arvola is a Senior Lecturer.

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Kristel Kaljund is a Lecturer.

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Eliis Salm is a PhD student and Early Stage Researcher.

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Helen Vaikma is a PhD student.

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Airi Freimuth is a PhD student and Visiting Lecturer.

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Huma Ittefaq is a PhD student and Early Stage Researcher.

Hollebeek, Linda D.; Urbonavicius, Sigitas; Sigurdsson, Valdimar; Arvola, René; Clark, Moira K. (2023). Customer Journey Value: A Conceptual Framework. Journal of Creating Value, 9 (1),  8−26. DOI: 10.1177/23949643231157155.  https://www.etis.ee/Portal/Publications/Display/faa47139-21d1-4f7b-a014-d25db897fefd

Talk, Triin; Ojamäe, Liis; Paadam, Katrin; Alatalu, Riin (2023). The „Venice Syndrome“ in Tallinn Old Town. Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development. DOI: 10.1108/JCHMSD-03-2022-0046.  https://www.etis.ee/Portal/Publications/Display/1a1d985d-262a-4a16-bff8-98985c5a0d1e

Kumar, P.; Hollebeek, L. D.; Kar, A. K.; Kukk, J. (2022). Charting the intellectual structure of customer experience research. Marketing Intelligence & Planning. DOI: 10.1108/MIP-05-2022-0185.  https://www.etis.ee/Portal/Publications/Display/c2b43000-6b11-4204-ad1a-90d85fd410df

Hollebeek, L., Urbonavicius, S., Sigurdsson, V., Clark, M., Parts, O., Rather, R (2022). Stakeholder Engagement and Business Model Innovation Value. Service Industries Journal. DOI: 10.1080/02642069.2022.2026334 .  https://www.etis.ee/Portal/Publications/Display/01b6550e-d208-4274-8cf4-2217c1a6e720

Bakhsh, Naghmeh Nik; Hollebeek, Linda D.; Riivits-Arkonsuo, Iivi ; Clark, Moira K.; Casas, Ramunas (2023). Proactive Service Recovery Performance in Emerging (vs. Developed) Market-Based Firms: The Role of Clients’ Cultural Orientation. Organizations and Markets in Emerging Economies, 14 (2(28)),  260−285. DOI: 10.15388/omee.2023.14.92.  https://www.etis.ee/Portal/Publications/Display/8d89a5bb-1817-4b1f-bdb5-a6994da85cf2

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

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

Huma Ittefaq. Three-wave longitudinal study of green consumerism in Estonian green consumers to foster booking intentions and affective commitment for sharing accommodations: persuasive roles of receptivity of green communications and social influence (supervisor Volker Kuppelwieser)

Eliis Salm. The Role of Sustainability in Consumer Decision Making (supervisor Volker Kuppelwieser)

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; future of work and digital transformation

The research group is active in a number of research fields related to organisation and management, using different theoretical lenses and research methods. The primary research interests can be grouped under leadership, future of work, well-being and responsible, ethical organizational development and sustainable management. The group collaborates with a number of internationally renowned researchers working within the confines of organization and management, future of work, occupational safety and related research areas. 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, by presenting opportunities and challenges confronting Estonian organizations and beyond. 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.

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Mari-Klara Stein

Mari-Klara Stein is a professor at the Department of Business Administration, TalTech and an  associate  professor at the Department of Digitalization, Copenhagen Business School. Mari holds a doctoral degree from Bentley University (USA). Her research is focused on digital transformation of work. She has published her work in top management and IS journals (e.g., MIS Quarterly, Journal of Management Studies). Mari is the recipient of the European Research Paper of the Year award from CIONET, as well as the recipient of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) Early Career Award. Mari is currently serving as AE at MIS Quarterly and as SE at Information & Organization.

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Karin Reinhold is an Associate Professor.

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Marina Järvis is an Assistant Professor.

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Mike Wahl is an Associate Professor and Manager of Studies.

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Merle Ojasoo is an Associate Professor.

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Aive Pevkur is a Senior Lecturer.

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Liina Randmann is an Associate Professor and Programme Director.

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Maris Zernand-Vilson is a Senior Lecturer.

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Marge Sassi is a Senior Lecturer.

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Tarmo Koppel is a Lecturer.

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Tiiu Kamdron is a Lecturer.

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Velli Parts is a PhD student and Lecturer.

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Piia Tint is a Professor Emeritus.

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Ebru Metin is a PhD student and Early Stage Researcher.

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Artur Toikka is a PhD student and Early Stage Researcher.

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Amit Gupta is a PhD student and Early Stage Researcher.

Anna Litvinenko is a PhD student and Early Stage Researcher.

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Mari-Liis Ivask is a PhD student and Early Stage Researcher.

Akaki Tartarashvili is a PhD student.

Mari Kurashvili is a PhD student.

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Olga Tšernikova is a PhD student.

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Maria Kütt is a PhD student.

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Rusudan Tsiskaridze is a PhD student.

Kaspar Roost is an Industrial PhD student.

Ljudmila Linnik is an Industrial PhD student.

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Gol, Elham Shafiei; Avital, Michel; Stein, Mari-Klara (2023). Crowdworking: Nurturing Expert-Centric Absorptive Capacity. Information Systems Research,  1−24. DOI: 10.1287/isre.2020.0413.  https://www.etis.ee/Portal/Publications/Display/5c19408a-deaf-44e0-918e-ff2a1fd14ae6

Kurashvili, M.; Reinhold, K.; Järvis, M. (2022). Managing an ageing healthcare workforce: a systematic literature review. Journal of Health Organization and Management. DOI: 10.1108/JHOM-11-2021-0411.  https://www.etis.ee/Portal/Publications/Display/b5612502-3df5-4298-a982-7ba8b6d653c5

Lämsä, Anna-Maija; Ojasoo, Merle; Jyrkinen, Marjut; Pučėtaitė, Raminta (2023). Appearance-based discrimination against young women in the workplace. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management An International Journal, 18 (2),  125−141. DOI: 10.1108/QROM-02-2022-2292.  https://www.etis.ee/Portal/Publications/Display/114a5fbf-db6d-4e68-95e4-d34d8f5f6858

Prokushenkov, P., Wahl, M. F. (2023). Strategic intentions guided by individual values: Evidence from business owners. International Journal of Applied Decision Sciences, 16 (1),  67−86. DOI: 10.1504/IJADS.2023.127938.  https://www.etis.ee/Portal/Publications/Display/9e793fe8-32ed-4fad-9924-f926a8abb0ae

Hansen, Anne Faber; Hasle, Peter; Caroly, Sandrine; Reinhold, Karin; Järvis, Marina; Herrig, Astrid Overgaard; Heiberg, Bibi Dige; Søgaard, Karen; Punnett, Laura; Jensen Stochkendahl, Mette (2023). Participatory ergonomics: What works for whom and why? A realist review. Ergonomics,  1−21. DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2023.2202842.

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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. Entrepreneurial personality from (sub)clinical perspective (principal supervisor Susanne Durst, co-supervisor Karin Reinhold)

Rusudan Tsiskaridze. The implication of Artificial Intelligence solutions in organizations (principal supervisor Karin Reinhold, co-supervisor Marina Järvis)

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

Maria Kütt. Situational Human Resource Management: Context and Practices (principal supervisor Mike Franz Wahl, co-supervisor Divya Shukla)

Ebru Metin. Accountability and the governance of digital and automated management of dispute resolution (principal supervisor Mari-Klara Stein, co-supervisor Maria Claudia Solarte Vasquez)

Kaspar Roost. Change management for raising design maturity in organisations (supervisor Mari-Klara Stein)

Akaki Tartarashvili. Monetization of the video gaming industry: the ways to reduce player vulnerability (principal supervisor Mari-Klara Stein, co-supervisor Merle Ojasoo)

Artur Toikka. Exploring the Future of Work: Implications for Society and the Labor Market (supervisor Mari-Klara Stein)

Amit Gupta. Uncovering ESG Criteria: Meeting Stakeholders' Expectations in Strategic Management (principal supervisor Karin Reinhold, co-supervisor Merle Ojasoo)

Ljudmila Linnik. Ohutuskultuuri juhtimise erinevate aspektide eristamine - strateegiline juhtimise lähenemisviis tervishoiuorganisatsiooni patsientide ja töötajate ohutuseks (principal supervisor Karin Reinhold, co-supervisor Jaana Sepp)

Anna Litvinenko. AI in Credit Risk Management Processes (principal supervisor Mari Avarmaa, co-supervisor Mari-Klara Stein)

Mari-Liis Ivask. (principal supervisor Karin Reinhold, co-supervisor Marina Järvis)

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 strategy. Thus, sustainable value chain management is focused on preparing, planning, implementing and evaluating a continuous stream of potential innovations. The research group investigates potential growth and innovation opportunities within and between organizations by using interdisciplinary approaches from business, sustainability management (e.g. “Circular Economy”) and 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, Big Data, strategic alliances and networks as well as industrial strategy and competitiveness studies. The research work usually takes place in the framework 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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Tarmo Kalvet is an Adjunct Professor.

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Gunnar Prause is an Adjunct Professor.

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Üllas Ehrlich is an Associate Professor.

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Marek Tiits is a Senior Researcher.

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Merle Küttim is an Assistant Professor.

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Tarvo Niine is an Associate Professor and Programme Director.

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Jelena Hartšenko is a Lecturer.

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Ulrika Hurt is a Lecturer.

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Georgi Hrenov is a Postdoctoral Researcher.

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Margit Kull is a PhD student and Early Stage Researcher.

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Arseni Kotov is a PhD student and Early Stage Researcher.

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Tarlan Ahmadov is a PhD student and Early Stage Researcher.

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Vera Gerasimova is a PhD student and Early Stage Researcher.

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Chahinez Ounoughi is a PhD student and Early Stage Researcher.

Mihhail Kirejev is a PhD student.

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Tarmo Tuisk is a Project Specialist.

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Jaana Merisaar is a Project Specialist.

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Kalantaridis, C.; Küttim, M. (2023). Multi-dimensional time and university technology commercialisation as opportunity praxis: a realist synthesis of the accumulated literature. Technovation. DOI: 10.1016/j.technovation.2022.102685.  https://www.etis.ee/Portal/Publications/Display/80a92c2f-7e14-4744-bf97-0ab42b608eb6

Prokop, Viktor; Gerstlberger, Wolfgang; Zapletal, David; Gyamfi, Solomon (2023). Do we need human capital heterogeneity for energy efficiency and innovativeness? Insights from European catching-up territories. Energy Policy, 177. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2023.113565.  https://www.etis.ee/Portal/Publications/Display/d9264a85-714f-4f97-8e89-3e4bf339ab87

Laidroo, Laivi; Küttim, Merle; Rumma, Kirsti; Siimann, Paavo; Avarmaa, Mari (2023). Mandatory annual report filings of private companies – why late or missing? Baltic Journal of Management. DOI: 10.1108/BJM-11-2022-0431.  https://www.etis.ee/Portal/Publications/Display/eacce349-9b68-42ba-9b4c-be18bc04d7c1

Ahmadov, Tarlan; Durst, Susanne; Gerstlberger, Wolfgang; Kraut, Elisabeth (2023). SMEs on the way to a circular economy: insights from a multi-perspective review. Management Review Quarterly. DOI: 10.1007/s11301-023-00380-2.  https://www.etis.ee/Portal/Publications/Display/e74506cf-dfb7-4924-80c8-3983193e572a

Prause, G.; Olaniyi, E.O. (2023). Optimizing voyage costs in maritime supply chains: a holistic approach towards logistics service improvement and supply chain finance. Transport and Telecommunication Journal, 24 (4),  361−374. DOI: 10.2478/ttj-2023-0028.  https://www.etis.ee/Portal/Publications/Display/45e98dc2-f436-49f2-a2a0-4094f0370082

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)

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

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

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

Margit Kull. Potential cooperation between companies and the state as well as state agencies to support bottom-up industrial symbiosis in Estonia (supervisor Wolfgang Gerstlberger)

Arseni Kotov. Blending open innovation and circular economy models (principal supervisor Wolfgang Gerstlberger, co-supervisor Merle Küttim)