Pekka Kess

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Professor Pekka Kess

Pekka Kess

Dr. Science & Dr. Engineering & M.Sc.

Professor

88 peer reviewed publications in international journals. The publications have been cited 623 times, of which the most cited publication accounts for 64 citations. The author has a h-index of 13.00. (Google Scholar)

Biography

Professor in Industrial Engineering and Management with special interest in  Management, HR management, Information Driven Industries, Demand Supply Chain Management (DSCM). The industries covered are mainly in the telecommunication, electronics, software, basic metals and forest sectors with working experience at managerial level in chemical, steel, bio, software and electronic companies. Also entrepreneurship with some start-up business activities.

Memeber of a number of journal editorial boards as well as committees of international conferences. 

Also pro bono business mentor. 

Research interests

  • Strategic Management
  • Quality Management
  • Digitalization
  • Smart City

Supervised Master of Science Theses in 2016-2018

Antti-Pekka Airaksinen, 2016, New factory production layout, Detection Technology Oy

Annastiina Taipale, 2016, Johtamisen kyvykkyydet, Kokkolan kaupunki

Timo-Heikki Vuorenmaa, 2016, Management system. Adapting new requirements and user-friendly user interface according to ISO9001:2015- Case study, Wärtsilä Oyj

Tiina Löfman, 2016, Renewal of SMD area production control process, Nokia Oyj

Samu Huotari, 2016, Aluerakentamisen yhteydessä implementoitavan pien-CHP-laitoksen liiketoimintamallin määrittäminen, Oulun yliopisto KLEI-projekti

Senja Salmijärvi, 2016, Toiminnanohjausjärjestelmän hankinta ja käyttöönoton suunnittelu C-CEI-menetelmää hyödyntäen pk-yrityksessä, Vihtaovet Oy

Veera Koivuranta, 2016, Tuotannonsuunnittelun vaikutus arkittamon tuotantoihin ja toimitusvarmuuteen, StoraEnso

Marjo Peteri, 2016, Palveluliiketoiminnan kehittäminen- Ekovillan asennuspalveluverkoston kehittäminen, Ekovilla Oy

Sini Nikupeteri, 2016, Mittarointi tuotannonohjauksen ja kehittämisen tukena, Innokas Medical

Peter Hänninen, 2016, Connecting families and hospitals with a mobile application – Eliciting and analysing requirements in Akron Children’s Hospital, Buddy Healthcare Ltd Oy

Henri Haapalahti, 2016, Ikkunatehtaan materiaalihankinnan kehittäminen, ICCUNA Oy

Tapio Kinnunen, 2016, Developing an investment appraisal tool with Visual Basic for Applications, Atria Oyj

Tomas Norrena, 2016, Turvetuotannon urakointi, Turveruukki / Oulun Energia

Markus Illikainen, 2017, Cross-Country  Stanradization of Operational Procurement Process, SSAB

Tuukka Suutari, 2017, Assessing competitive advantage of an SME -  case study, Sensapex Oy

 Veikko Suhonen, 2017, Kehittyneenpien toimitusaika-mallien implementointi, Abloy Oy

Jarno Salmela, 2017, Developing Network Design Capability, Kemira Oy

Tapani Törmänen, 2017, Developing service business through productized services and product portfolio management, Oulun yliopisto

Krista Tarkiainen, 2017, Evaluation of current S&OP practices and suggested improvements in case company, Kemppi

Aleksi Autti, 2017, Developing strategic management in an SME, Arctic Drilling Company

Tomi Räisänen, 2017, Hankintatoimen suorituskyvyn johtaminen ja toimittajien hallinta, Oulun Energia

Kauri Tervashonka, 2017, Lean Startup- ja Customer Development -mallien hyödyntäminen yrityksen sisäisessä startup-projektissa, OP

 Henri Runtti, 2018, Modulaarisen moottorintestausyksikön kustannusselvitys -ja tavoitekustannuksen määritys, Proventia Oy

Member of Advisory, Program and Scientific Committees of International Conferences, Journals and universities

International Conference on Network Universities and E-learning, Valencia, Spain, 8-9. May 2003

 

The 4th International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training, ITHET03, Marrakech, Morocco. 7-9. July 2003

 

The 5th International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training, ITHET04, Istanbul, Turkey. 31.5.-2.6.2004

 

The 3rd International Conference on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies and Applications and Workshop Organisation and Management of Scientific, Technology and Industrial Parks. ICETA 2004, Košice, Slovakia.16-18. September 2004

 

EADTU Annual Conference, Heerlen, The Netherlands,  21-23. October 2004,

 

SWDC-REK, International Conference on Software Development, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland, 27.5. – 1.6.2005.

 

The 4th International Conference on Emerging e-learning Technologies and Applications" – ICETA 2005 (ICT in Education), Košice, Slovakia. 13-15. September 2005

 

EADTU Annual Conference, Rome, Italy; 10.-11. November 2005.

 

Scientific Committee of the Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society - Je-LKS, 2005-

 

EADTU Annual Conference, Tallinn, Estonia; 23-24 November 2006.

 

Finnkampen - 1st Conference on Nordic Innovation Research, Scientific Committee, Oulu, Finland, 8.12.2006.

 

The 5th International Conference on Emerging e-learning Technologies and Applications (ICT in Education),  Stará Lesná, the High Tatras, Slovakia, September 6 – 8, 2007.

 

International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management - IEEM2007,  Program Committee, Singapore,  December 2-5, 2007

 

The 2nd Conference on Nordic Innovation Research, Scientific Committee, Luleå, Sweden, December 3-4 2007.

 

The 13th  International Conference of Productivity and Quality Research. Member of the Scientific Review Committee and session chair, Oulu, Finland, June 25-27, 2008.

 

The 6th International Conference on Emerging eLearning Technologies and Applications – ICETA 2008. International Programme Committee, The High Tatras, Slovak Republik, September 11-13 2008.

 

The Management International Conference - MIC 2008  Member of the Program Committee, participant in the Editors’ Panel and the Chairman of the Deans’ Panel.  Barcelona, Spain. November 26-29, 2008.

 

International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management - IEEM2008,  Program Committee, Singapore,  December 8-11, 2008

 

The 3rd Conference on Nordic Innovation Research, Scientific Committee, Oulu, Finland, December  2008.

 

TIIM 2009 – Technology, Innovation and Industrial Management 2009.Bangkok, Thailand. International Coordinator. Chairman of the Academic Leaders’ Panel 18-20.6.2009

 

The 7th International Conference on Emerging eLearning Technologies and Applications – ICETA 2009. International Programme Committee, The High Tatras, Slovak Republik, November 19-20.2009.

 

The Management International Conference - MIC 2009  Member of the Program Committee.  Sousse, Tunisia, November 25-28., 2009.

 

International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management - IEEM2009,  Program Committee, Hong Kong,  December 8-12, 2009

 

International Conference in Management and Technology. Indian Institute of Information Technology,  ICMIS 2010,  Allahabad, India. January 18-20, 2010. Member of the Expert committee and key-note Speaker for the Conference. Session chair.

 

TIIM 2010 – Technology, Innovation and Industrial Management 2010. Pattaya, Thailand. International Coordinator. 24-25.6.2010.

 

The 8th International Conference on Emerging eLearning Technologies and Applications – ICETA 2010 International Programme Committee, The High Tatras, Slovak Republik, 28 - 29.10.2010

 

MIC 2010, The 11th Management International Conference, Member of the Program Board, Ankara, Turkey, 24 – 27.11.2010

 

TIIM 2011 – Technology, Innovation and Industrial Management 2011, Oulu, Finland. Conference chair.  29.6 -1.7.2011.

 

The 9th International Conference on Emerging eLearning Technologies and Applications – ICETA 2011 Member of the International Programme Committee, The High Tatras, Slovak Republik, 27 - 28.10. 2011

 

MIC 2011, The 12th Management International Conference, Member of the Program Board, Portorož, Slovenia, 23 - 26.11.2011

 

TIIM 2012 – Technology, Innovation and Industrial Management 2012, Lublin, Poland. Member of the Scientific Committee  22.5.-25.5.2012.

 

The 10th International Conference on Emerging eLearning Technologies and Applications – ICETA 2012. International Programme Committee, The High Tatras, Slovak Republik, 8-9.11.2012.

 

MIC 2012, The 13th Management International Conference, Member of the Program Board, Budapest, Hungary, 22 - 24.11.2012.

 

TIIM 2013 – Technology, Innovation and Industrial Management 2013,. Member of the Organization Committee  (International Coordinator) Phuket, Thailand 29.5.-31.5.2013.

 

The 7th International Conference on Physical and Numerical Simulation of Materials Processing, Member of the International Advisory Committee.  Oulu, Finland.16-19.6.2013

 

11th International Conference on Emerging  eLearning Technologies and Applications – ICETA  October 24 – 25, 2013, The High Tatras, Slovakia.

 

MIC 2013, The 14th Management International Conference - Industry, science and policy makers for sustainable future.  Member of the Program Board, Koper, Slovenia, 21 – 23.11.2013.

 

TIIM 2014 – Technology, Innovation and Industrial Management 2014. Member of the Organization Committee, Seoul, South Korea, 28-30.5.2014

 

International Conference on Advances in Science and Technology (ICAST-2014), Member of the Advisory Committee, Mumbai, India, 21-22.8.2014.

 

The 12th International Conference on Emerging  eLearning Technologies and Applications – ICETA 

The High Tatras, Slovakia, 23 – 24.10.2014.

 

International Conference on Advances in Science and Technology - ICAST-2014. Mumbai, India,11-12.11.2014.

 

MIC 2015 - Managing Sustainable Growth. Member of the Scientific Committee, Portorož, Slovenia, 23 - 26.11.2011

 

MakeLearn & TIIM 2015 – Technology, Innovation and Industrial Management 2015. Member of the Honorary Board, Bari, Italy, 27 – 29.5.2015.

 

The 13th International Conference on Emerging  eLearning Technologies and Applications – ICETA 

The High Tatras, Slovakia, 26 – 27.11.2015.

 

MakeLearn and TIIM Joint Conference 2016. Member of the Honorary Board, Timisoara, Romania,  25-27.5.2016.

 

MIC 2016 Management International Conference – Managing Global Changes. Member of the scientific committee. Pula, Croatia.1-4.6.2016.

 

International Agriculture Innovation Conference (IAIC). Member of the international Committee – Taichung, Taiwan. 18-20.11.2016.

 

14th International Conference on Emerging eLearning Technologies and Applications – ICETA. Member of the program committee, The High Tatras, Slovakia, 24.-25.11.2017.

 

UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Industrial Engineering Ph.D. program, Advising Professor 2016-

 

MakeLearn and TIIM Joint Conference 2017. Member of the Honorary Board, Lublin, Poland, 17-19.5.2017.

 

MIC 2017 Management International Conference – Managing Global Changes. Member of the scientific committee. Venice, Italy, 24-27.5.2017.

 

15th  International Conference on Emerging eLearning Technologies and Applications – ICETA. Member of the program committee, The High Tatras, Slovakia, 26 – 27.10.2017.

 

The 2nd International Agriculture Innovation Conference (IAIC). Member of the international Committee – Chiang Mai, Thailand. 18-19.10.2017.

 

MakeLearn and TIIM Joint Conference 2018. Member of the Honorary Board, Naples, Italy, 16-18.5.2018.

 

MIC 2018 Management International Conference – Managing Global Diversities. Member of the scientific committee. Bled, Slovenia. 30.5. – 2.6.2018.

 

The 3rd International Agriculture Innovation Conference (IAIC). Member of the international Committee – Beijing, China. 12-13.10.2018.

 

The 6th ScAIEM conference. Chairman. Oulu, Finland.

 

Pre-examiner and external examiner of doctoral dissertations

  1. Keijo Nivala (1994): Tietokanavien merkitys PKT-yritysten innovaatiotoiminnassa.  (The Importance of Information Channels to Innovation Processes of Small and Medium-Size Industrial Enterprises.)  University of Oulu. Oulu, Finland.
  2. Raimo Hyötyläinen (1997): The Implementation of Technical Change as an Organizational Innovation Process - A Developmental Approach. Technical University of Helsinki, Espoo, Finland.
  3. Markus Pastinen (1998) Process Improvement Essentials: A Framework for Creating and Implementing Operational Improvement Plans. Technical University of Helsinki. Espoo, Finland.
  4. Antti Salminen (2000) Implementing Organisational and Operational Change – Critical Success Factors of Change Management. Helsinki University of Technology. Espoo, Finland.
  5. Harri Lanning (2001) Planning and Implementing Change in Organisations – A Construct for Managing Change Projects. Helsinki University of Technology. Espoo, Finland.
  6. Jouni Smed (2001) Production Planning in Printed Circuit Board Assembly. University of Turku. Turku, Finland.
  7. Ali Saravirta (2001) Project Success through Effective Decisions: Case Studies on Project Goal Setting, Success Evaluation and Managerial Decision-making. Lappeenranta University of Technology. Lappeenranta, Finland.
  8. Ari Maunuksela (2002) Product development practices and their organisational information requirements. University of Vaasa. Vaasa, Finland.
  9. Matti Multimäki (2003) Standardi ISO 9001 (SFS-EN ISO 9001) väärin ymmärretty laadunhallinnan työkalu. University of Vaasa. Vaasa, Finland
  10. Anne Kleemola (2005) Group Benchmarking as a Methodology for Knowledge Creation in Supply Management Context. Technical University of Tampere. Tampere, Finland.
  11. Kalle Elfvengren (2006) Group Support Systems for Managing the Front End of Innovation: Case Applications from Business-to-Business Enterprises. Lappeenranta University of Technology. Lappeenranta, Finland.
  12. Juha Vehviläinen (2006) Procurement in Project Management, Lappeenranta University of Technology. Lappeenranta, Finland
  13. Marko Seppänen (2008)  Business model concept: Building on resource components,  Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland.
  14. Jouni Koivuniemi (2008) Managing the front end of innovation in a networked company environment – combining strategy, processes and systems of innovation. Lappeenranta University of Technology. Lappeenranta, Finland
  15. Antti Peltokorpi (2010) Improving efficiency in surgical services: a production planning and control approach. Aalto University. Espoo, Finland.
  16. Liu Yang (2010) Implementing Sustainable Competitive Advantage for Proactive Operations in Global Turbulent Business Environments. University of Vaasa, Vaasa, Finland
  17. Reijo Lilius (2012)  Evolution of the Finnish IT Industries: Defining and Measuring the Finnish Software Product and IT Services Industries by Applying Theoretical Frameworks, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland
  18. Ooi Keng Boon (2012) Total Quality Management and Knowledge Management in Malaysian Manufacturing and Service Firms: A Structural Equation Modelling Approach. University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  19. Fazlollah Agamohamadi Basmenj (2013) Development of a Three-Pronged Model for TQM Implementation. University of Putra, Serdang, Malaysia.
  20. Timo Lammassaari (2014) Muutos kuntaorganisaatiossa – tapauskohteena erään kunnan tekninen toimiala. Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland
  21. Riku Pihko (2015) Profit potentials: A new method applied to web manufacturing. Aalto University, Espoo, Finland.
  22. Juho Salminen (2015) The role of collective intelligence in crowdsourcing innovations. Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland.
  23. Lee Voon Hsien (2016) Relationship between TQM, Organizational learning and technological innovation among Malaysian manufacturing firms. Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  24. Zahra Kamiab (2016) Behaviour Outcomes as the Mediation between Human Values and Service Quality of Commercial Banks in Malaysia. University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  
  25. Ponmalar N Alagappar (2016) Individual and Organizational Factors Influencing Intention to Report Sexual Harassment. University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  26. Abdul Kadar Muhammad Masum (2017) Electronic Human Resources Management (E-HRM) and Organizational Performance in Bangladesh. University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  27. Tan Boon In (2017) Total Quality Management adoption and performance: A study of family owned and non-family owned enterprises in Malaysia. Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  28. Waseem Barkat  (2017) Intellectual Capital and Organisational performance: The Textile Industry in Pakistan.   University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Professional and community activities

  • Memeber of the Finnish Business Mentors http://www.yrityskummit.fi/fi/in-english/

Thesis supervisions

Doctoral theses
  • Kari-Pekka Heikkinen (2018) Exploring studio-based higher education for T-shaped knowledge workers, case LAB studio model. 

  • Pekka Ylitalo (2017): Value creation metrics in systematic idea generation.

  • Zulkarnain (2016) Exploring the transport system under technological change - market, business ecosystem and business model viewpoints.

  • Chavatip Chindavijak (2016) Performance Measurement: Resilience Organization.

  • Jouni Juntunen (2014) Enhancing organizational ambidexterity of the Finnish Defence Forces’ supply chain management

  • Päivi Haho (2014) Learning enablers, learning outcomes, learning paths, and their relationships in organizational learning and change.

  • Rauno Pirinen (2013) Research and Development and Regional Development in University of Applied Sciences in perspective of Learning and Cooperation Activities.

  • Ebba Ossiannilsson (2012) Benchmarking e-learning in higher education: Lessons learned from international projects.

  • Ville Isoherranen (2012) Strategy analysis frameworks for strategy orientation and focus.

  • Sitthinath Sanpanich (2012) Transformation Process to a Learning Organization

  • Jouko Arvola (2011) Reducing industrial CO2 emissions - renewable energy cases in Northern Finland

  • Muhos Matti (2011) The Early Growth of Technology Intensive SMEs – Critical Incident Study.

  • Sillanpää Ilkka (2011) Supply chain performance measurement in manufacturing industry - a single case study research to develop supply chain performance measurement framework

  • Mirja Väänänen  (2010)  Communication in high technology product development projects  – Project personnel’s viewpoint for improvement.

  • Kettunen Juha (2009) Essays on strategic management and quality assurance. 

  • Saari Seppo (2009) Knowledge transfer to product development processes. A multiple case study in two small Technology Parks

  • Teräs Jukka (2008) Regional Science-Based Clusters – A case Study of Three European Concentrations.

  • Karkkila Harri (2008) Consumer pre-purchase decision taxonomy,  

  • Gore Amol (2008) Exploring the Competitive Advantage through ERP Systems: From Implementation to Applications in Agile Networks

  • Wang Lingyun (2007) Key activities of partnership development in China – case study on Sino-Finnish partnerships

  • Pikka Vesa (2007) Business Enabling Network

  • Iskanius Päivi (2006) An agile supply chain business model for a project-oriented steel product network

  • Jortama, Timo  (2006)  A self-assessment based method for post-completion audits in paper production line investment projects

  • Hyry Martti (2005) Industrial Growth Development in Northern Finland: the case of Oulu 1970-2002.

  • Jokinen Tauno (2004) Managing quality inside high-technology project organization

  • Maunu Susanna (2003) Supplier satisfaction: the concept and a measurement system

  • Lehtinen Ulla (2001) Changing subcontracting A study on the evolution of supply chains and subcontractors.

  • Haapasalo Harri (2000) Creative Computer Aided Architectural Design

  • Kauppinen Sakari (2000) Development of technological competitiveness by integrating instruments and automation in process machinery

  • Launonen Martti (1999) Business Process Re-Engineering with Teams – case Studies in Manufacturing in the Electronics Industry