Henri Hakala

Henri Hakala
Lappeenranta – Lahti University of Technology LUT · School of Business and Management

Phd

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Introduction
Henri Hakala currently works at the School of Business and Management, Lappeenranta University of Technology. Henri does research in Entrepreneurship, Small Business Management, Strategy and Marketing. Their current projects are 'Opportunity and ecosystems emergence the basis of new technologies.' and Reasons & Emotions in Decision Making

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Purpose The purpose of this study is to identify groups of manufacturing firms having different combinations of strategic orientation (market and technology orientations) and compare the viable groups for differences in their sustainable innovation (SI) performance. Design/methodology/approach A sample of 373 Italian manufacturing firms is cluster...
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For better or worse, digital technologies are reshaping everything, from customer behaviors and expectations to organizational and manufacturing systems, business models, markets, and ultimately society. To understand this overarching transformation, this paper extends the previous literature which has focused mostly on the organizational level by...
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Circular Economy (CE) and Quality of Life (QoL) are trending topics that have been researched extensively at both the local, regional and global levels. CE is often described as one of the key drivers of sustainability, and sustainability is one of the key drivers of improving QoL. However, studies that investigate the relationships between CE and...
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Contemporary research has highlighted entrepreneurial sensemaking as a dynamic, socially embedded action undertaken to reduce uncertainty, but scholars have yet to fully address the role of routine-like immanent sensemaking employed when entrepreneurs try to understand their task environment. Defined as a routinised way of making sense of how to pr...
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Scholars in the field of sustainable entrepreneurship have highlighted the need for future research to examine how a supportive external environment for sustainable entrepreneurship can be created (Bischoff and Volkmann, 2018). In order to address this research gap, we conducted a study on a regional circular economy ecosystem centered in the recyc...
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Organisational Learning (OL) is essential for the survival of an organisation and has led to a significant amount of conceptual and empirical studies. However, no attempt has yet been made to track the overall evolution of OL literature along with the interrelated concepts of learning organisation and organisational learning orientation. Therefore,...
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This paper examines how entrepreneurial opportunities co-evolve within a sustainable entrepreneurship ecosystem (SEE). Most of the literature on entrepreneurial ecosystems falls short on integrating the entrepreneurial process in empirical research. To analyze data collected from pre-start-up teams within a nascent SEE on high-tech cellulose-based...
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Despite the significant increase in interest in sustainable business practices, decisions on switching to more environmentally friendly input materials are understudied. In a conjoint experiment, we presented 267 Finnish manufacturing firms with an opportunity to acquire an alternative, more ecological input material and investigated their willingn...
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This article examines how a firm’s willingness to make trade-offs that favour sustainability over commercial goals attenuates the relationship between firm-level sustainability orientation and subsequent performance. The hypothesis development draws on stakeholder theory and the literature on mission and revenue drifts, while the empirical analysis...
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Cambridge Core - Strategic Management - Tools for Strategy - by Henri Hakala & Tero Vuorinen This book discusses the concept and applications of strategy tools. Strategy tools are frameworks, techniques, and methods that help individuals and organizations to create their strategies. After a brief overview of different ideas on strategy and strateg...
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We propose a novel literature review method in order to systematically trace and reveal the dominant narratives of a body of literature: the model-narrative review method. We apply this method to an ever-growing literature on ecosystems in business studies, as it resembles a rich knowledge base with somewhat competing, overarching stories, replete...
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This case narrates the story of the creation of a Finnish Cellulose Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and its emergence through a series of community-based phase transitions during the years 2013–2017.
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This article taps into the question of the materialized forms of theorizing in strategy: the strategy tools presented in publications over the past 25 years. This study conducts a systematic search and review of 482 published abstracts and 88 full text articles introducing tools to aid strategizing. The contribution of this study builds on the theo...
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Contemporary marketers build online brand communities to communicate with the organization’s social surroundings, yet there is a lack of understanding of how brand legitimization unfolds in these platforms. To understand how legitimacy is constructed and contested every day, the current study adopts a practice-theoretical lens and discourse analysi...
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We study how the entrepreneurial orientation (EO) of subsidiaries influences international initiatives—new entries originating from a subsidiary that go beyond the local environment of the subsidiary. Building on structural contingency theory, we expect to find that the effect of EO is contingent on the structural conditions of decision-making auto...
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Drawing upon prior research suggesting inertia prevents organizations from learning, we suggest that the relationship between entre-preneurial orientation (EO) and strategic learning (SL) is not as straightforward and linear as has been suggested. The size and age of an organization, considered indicators of inertia, are important factors affecting...
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Purpose – Product-manufacturing firms are increasingly positioning themselves as providers of industrial services and solutions. Despite the increasing conceptual interest in industrial services, empirical evidence about the factors that mediate the relationships between industrial services and firm performance remains limited. The purpose of this...
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A firm's network capability refers to its ability to build, handle and exploit relationships. These capabilities are interwoven in a complex configuration with the other capabilities and competencies of the firm and in practice, are very difficult to separate from them. Rather than assuming that firms inherently possess network capability, our aim...
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The brewing industry is undergoing dramatic changes in many countries, with increasing numbers of craft breweries appealing to niche markets and challenging the traditional volume based business model of major corporations. Yet, little research has addressed the craft beer industry let alone their owners. The study argues that some form of ‘entrepr...
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Purpose The aim of this paper is to investigate the relationship between entrepreneurial orientation (EO) and learning orientation (LO) separately on two dimensions of performance (profitability and growth). Design/methodology/approach A sample of 196 Finnish software companies is analyzed using a partial least squares approach. Findings The pape...
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Market, technology, entrepreneurial and learning orientations have attracted major scholarly interest within their specific streams of literature for some decades. These strategic orientations are seen as principles that direct and influence the activities of a firm and generate the behaviours intended to ensure its viability and performance. Prior...
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Full text available open Access - International Journal of Business Science and Applied Management https://www.business-and-management.org/paper.php?id=21 Abstract: Process-based thinking commonly focuses on enhancing the efficiency of processes, while it is often criticized for not paying enough attention to the customer. This paper argues that...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to identify groups of companies using different configurations of orientations, and compare the groups for differences in their performance and organizational learning capability. The paper proposes that organizational learning capability enables firms to utilize several strategic orientations simultaneously. D...
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Process-based thinking commonly focuses on enhancing the efficiency of processes, while it is often criticized for not paying enough attention to the customer. This paper argues that customer complaint information can be used as a basis for customer-focused process improvement. Thus, it is not enough to make the complaining customer satisfied, but...
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This study examines the interplay between entrepreneurial, technology and customer orientations and company performance using data from 164 software companies. To conduct the analysis, the study applies PLS (partial least squares) modeling to understand the direct and indirect effects of entrepreneurial, customer and technology orientations on the...
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Process-based thinking commonly focuses on enhancing the efficiency of processes, while it is often criticized for not paying enough attention to the customer. This paper argues that customer complaint information can be used as a basis for customer-focused process improvement. Thus, it is not enough to make the complaining customer satisfied, but...

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EINST4INE aims to develop new concepts, approaches and methods in the area of digital transformation and brings together a unique group of world-leading experts in the areas of Open Innovation, Industry 4.0, digital transformation and innovation ecosystems. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 956745.
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Constant learning from various trends and changes in the environment (e.g., in the market, environmental, and social demands) may lead firms to use and absorb the relevant knowledge needed for their innovative activities and entrepreneurial behaviors towards gaining and sustaining competitive advantage. Growing green demands, renewable energies, and environmental technologies offer opportunities for firms to make their production processes and their products more sustainable, and the extent to which firms take advantage of these opportunities basically depends on their strategic perspective and orientation. This research project concerns how firms’ strategic orientations, strategic foresight, dynamic capabilities, and green information systems influence their ambidextrous sustainable innovations in terms of improved/redefined products, processes, and markets (i.e., sustainable business model innovation).
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Saving the world by better packaging solutions A good package keeps food safe and prevents food waste. At the same time, however, the food that we eat produces every day a huge amount of waste. In Package-Heroes, we study and develop packaging solutions, which address simultaneously food protection and the global and constantly increasing concern of plastic packaging waste. More scientific knowledge is needed about the environmental effects of different materials and solutions, about the ways to commercialise new packaging innovations as well as about consumer preferences. Package-Heroes is a research project funded by the Strategic Research Council functioning under the Academy of Finland. Our five-year-project kicked off in the beginning of 2019 and finishes by the end of 2023. https://www.packageheroes.fi/en/