Course description

The Martti Ahtisaari Institute is organizing a 5 ECTS doctoral course on " in "Legitimation of new organizing forms and new practices: Business modelling" as part of a Marie S. Curie ITN (MSC-ITN) project: Legitimation of Newness and its Impact on EU Agenda for Change (LNETN).

The course is also available to Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) (AKA: PhDs) outside the LNETN Consortium and admits MAX 15 doctoral researchers.

The course aims to acquaint PhD students with business model research and theorizing in management and management-related research. By the end of the course the students will have gained skills and knowledge in (a) trends, state-of-the-art themes, and prospects in the business model research and (b) applying the business model concept and approach in their research and theorizing.

Upon completion of the course, the students will be:

  • familiar with different conceptualization and approaches in business model research
  • familiar with the key areas of business model research
  • understand the trends and directions to which business model research is developing
  • able to apply the concept in their own research
  • able to evaluate and assess different ways and methods of conducting business model research

The PhD course is delivered using a mixture of lecture-based and interactive teaching methods, including group assignments and feedback to PhD candidates on their identified issues and challenges. Each student is expected to read the pre-readings article package before the course and submit a pre-course written assignment.

Registered doctoral researchers will have full access to the course programme, material and assignments via course Intranet. Upon receiving the registration fee, each student will get an e-mail with log-in instructions. Any queries about course shall be directed to Prof. Petri Ahokangas.


DL1: Essay submission – JAN 21, 2022. Please go to 'How to Apply and Register' to start the application process.

DL2: Essay acceptance – JAN 25, 2022

DL3: Registration and payment of the course fee – FEB 4, 2022 Early registration is strongly encouraged. Please go to 'How to Apply and Register' to start the registration process.

Participation fee is 300 EUR. Each participant is responsible for his/her own travel and accommodation.

The Course is organized, delivered and hosted by the the Martti Ahtisaari Institute of Oulu University in Finland. Any queries about application, registration and administration, please contact Prof Petri Ahokangas.

The faculty team is led by Prof Petri Ahokangas in in cooperation with his colleagues, Dr. Irina Atkova and DSc Marika Iivari.

The PhD Course is part of the LNETN project that is implemented by a consortium of four beneficiaries: Aalborg University (Denmark), Halmstad University (Sweden), University of Glasgow (Scotland) and University of Oulu (Finland).

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Petri Ahokangas