Research in Industrial Engineering and Management (IEM) focuses on manufacturing and information intensive organisations, where organisations and their operations are analysed as comprehensive processes from perspectives of engineering, economic and behavioral sciences. The research in IEM has strong nature of design sciences, finding new models for the future from existing practices. It utilises and combines theories and methods from engineering, business economics, psychology, sociology and ergonomics. The main target of this applied science is to strengthen the national and also international innovation system to boost economy, business activities and employment. This is important from the research point of view as in IEM “the industry itself is our laboratory” and therefore our research is conducted in close co-operation with various types of organisations.

It is very difficult to control the economic problems in information intensive or manufacturing oriented organisations without understanding the operations or even the engineering itself. This includes functions such as product development, production, marketing and also utilisation of products and services. The close connection to engineering sciences emphasises the nature of design science as an ambition to create constructs. The task is to create methods, models and tools as research results to support decision making, operations and development. The most essential criteria for our research are improving productivity, effectiveness, competitiveness and quality.

The Industrial Engineering and Management research group has currently four main research areas; Product management, Industrial management, Wellbeing and productivity, and Project business. All of these focus areas have professors as responsible leaders and they are self steering in planning the research activities together with the staff.




Last updated: 10.9.2018