• PL 27 (Latokartanonkaari 5)


Organization profile

Organisation Profile

Our research group turns food for thought into action. We consider our food-research to be an interdisciplinary challenge toward a sustainable future, in social, economic, and environmental terms. We therefore aim to contribute toward a better understanding of managerial, economic and behavioural issues in food systems, their firms and managers, focusing on three themes. First, the role, functioning and sustainability of food value chains and regional firm clusters, with a focus on inter-firm alliance management, regional specialization and a life-cycle perspective of assessing environmental issues. Second, we aim to improve our understanding of sustainability in the context of network structures and network dynamics, considering not only individual-level networks but also organizational networks and their embedded norms (social capital). Third, we take issue at innovation in food systems, focusing on the management and performance of both organizational innovations and information sharing in food systems. To address these three areas, we combine our backgrounds in economics, management and psychology, attempting to apply both quantitative and qualitative approaches.

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Projects 2005 2019

Supply chains and integrated steps towards sustainability reporting

Virtanen, T., Suutari, M. & Tuomaala, M.

01/01/2015 → …

Project: Research project

Sustainability: target accountability and target measurability

Chakhovich, T. & Virtanen, T.

01/01/2013 → …

Project: Research project

Publications 1995 2019

Is a policy mix more effective than individual policies for SME innovation? An exploratory analysis

Caloffi, A., Freo, M., Ghinoi, S., Rossi, F. & Russo, M., 2019, In : Plattform Forschungs- und Technologieevaluierung. 47, p. 72-77 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articleScientific

Open Access

Social capital and regions absorptive capacity in Europe

Ghinoi, S. & Steiner, B. E., 2019, (Unpublished).

Research output: Conference materialsPaperResearch


Suvanto, H. M. K., Wirtanen, G. L., Nieminen, T. T. & Nissinen, K., 2018

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual ProductsProfessional

Development and Application of Assessment Standards to Advanced Written Assignments

Miihkinen, A. & Virtanen, T. H., 2018, In : Accounting Education. 27, 2, p. 121-159 38 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Activities 2006 2019

Public sector innovations for behavioural change: A comparative institutional perspective

Prof. Bodo Steiner, PhD (Speaker)
6 Mar 20198 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Ecological Indicators (Journal)

Stefano Ghinoi (Reviewer)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Agricultural and Food Science (Journal)

Stefano Ghinoi (Reviewer)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

"Values, Social Sustainability and Social Responsibility: Core at Sustainable Food Systems of the Future?"

Prof. Bodo Steiner, PhD (Scientific Committee Chair)
9 May 201910 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars


Stipendi Pihkahovi-säätiö

Hannele Suvanto (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prizes and awards

Press / Media

Social capital in the 21st century

Prof. Bodo Steiner, PhD


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media