The Business Studies Unit at Tampere University undertakes diverse, high-quality business research and provides education in business and economics. A business degree conferred by Tampere University provides students with in-depth expertise and prepares them for demanding expert and management roles in an international and increasingly digital work environments. Our students can specialise in management and organization, accounting, marketing, economics, insurance and risk management, or business law and tax law.
We carry out research that generates new knowledge on phenomena relating to business, economics, management and leadership. The multidisciplinary Tampere University provides an excellent framework for carrying out research that cuts across disciplinary boundaries and provides benefits to the broader society. One of our areas of strength is research at the interface between private and public activities and economics.
The majority of our external research funding is provided by the Academy of Finland, the Strategic Research Council of the Academy of Finland, the European Commission and a number of foundations and companies. We also carry out commissioned research and assignments on behalf of external organisations. Our staff members hold a broad range of academic expert positions in Finland and abroad.
The Business Studies Unit employs approximately 100 members of research and teaching staff. Roughly 150 graduates with a master’s degree in economics and business administration graduate from our unit on an annual basis. Our doctoral programme produces graduates with a doctorate in economics and business administration.
Our research interests are in business economics and explore current phenomena relating to society and the business environment. Our research groups focus on a broad range of themes from actuarial science and management and leadership to marketing, accounting, business law and tax law, and economics.
Our areas of priority in research are:
- strategic leadership and decision-making, institutional contexts of strategic management, intuitive decision-making
- innovative forms of organising
- behavioural economics (especially as it applies to public economics and labour economics)
- labour economics (demand and supply of labour, unemployment, wage formation)
- public economics (taxation, public services, income distribution)
- customer-oriented marketing, strategic marketing, customer perceived value and customer experience, business models
- transformation of trade, C2C, ecommerce returns
- decision-making in the presence of risk and uncertainty, risk management methods and organisation
- personal and corporate taxation, international taxation and European taxation
- insurance business and economics with a special focus on, for example, actuarial mathematics, insurance business strategies, and development trends, such as smart insurance services
- social insurance and related special themes, such as pension systems
- sustainable and responsible business and the management thereof, sustainable consumption, circular economy
- board activities, financial audits and corporate governance
- the role of accounting in organisations and the broader society during the ongoing shift towards increasingly sustainable financial operating models; sustainability reporting
- management accounting and control: budgeting, accounting professionals, financial information systems
- critical accounting research
- stakeholder relations and collaboration
Research programmes, groups and communities
- Customer Oriented Marketing Research Group
- Financial Management and Accounting Research Group
- Insurance and Risk Management Research Group
- Research Group of Business Law and Tax Law
- Research Group on Sustainability and Critical Accounting
- Research Programme in Economics
- RESPMAN Responsible Management Research Group
- Strategic and Innovative Organizations -tutkimusryhmä (SIO)
- Wastebusters - research group focusing on food waste and circular economy
- Wellbeing at Work Research Group
Centre of Excellence in Tax Systems Research
The Centre of Excellence in Tax Systems Research carries out research that supports the development of the tax and transfer system. Our research sheds light on the effects of taxation on individuals, businesses and society as well as the mechanisms underlying the financial decision-making of individuals and companies.
- Action4Commons - Collective stakeholder action for commons: Integrating business-stakeholder value creation with polycentric governance
- CARACC - Carbon accounting and organisational decision-making
- CICAT2025 - Circular Economy Catalysts: From Innovation to Business Ecosystems
- IN2FOOD - Resolving a Societal Challenge: Interdisciplinary Approach Towards Fostering Collaborative Innovation in Food Waste Management
- LOWINFOOD - Multi-actor design of low-waste food value chains through the demonstration of innovative solutions to reduce food loss and waste
- ROBINS - Discovering the Role of Digital Tools, AI and Automation in Sales
- Sustainable Brain Health
- HeLSI - The Emergence of Health and Life Science Innovations
- Waste Matters - Change agents' engagement in circular economy transformation
- Well-being in senior care services (Hyvinvoiva hoiva)
The Degree Programme in Business Studies produces professionals in business and economics who go on to pursue diverse expert and management careers in industry and business, public organisations and non-profits. We offer a variety of courses that enable you to not only acquire a broad-based understanding of business but also specialise in a specific area of interest that matches your career goals. A bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration provides students with a thorough grounding in business and economics in an international and increasingly digital environment. The following specialisations are available to our master’s students:
- Insurance and Risk Management
- Management and Organization
- Business Law and Tax Law
The following programmes are also available to students interested in earning a master’s degree in economics and business administration:
- Master’s Programme in Auditing and Evaluation (taught in Finnish)
- Master’s Programme in Responsible Business (taught in Finnish)
- Master’s Degree Programme in Leadership for Change (taught in English)
After completing a master’s degree, you can continue your studies towards the degree of Doctor of Science (Economics and Business Administration) in the doctoral programme offered by the Faculty of Management and Business.
In addition, our Open University offers a broad range of courses to everyone interested in business and economics.