Lasse Torkkeli

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Areas of expertise
Internationalization of SMEs; International Entrepreneurship; Digital Entrepreneurship; Sustainable Entrepreneurship


Lasse Torkkeli is Adjunct Professor of International Business in the Turku School of Economics at the University of Turku. He is also a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Business Administration, TalTech, and holds the positiong of Principal Lecturer (Yliopettaja) at LAB University of Applied Sciences. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and supervised over 50 final theses (at bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels). He has also reviewed project applications for The European Science Foundation and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Group for Cambridge University Scholars, member of the Editorial Board of International Journal of Comparative Management, and a Topic Editor in the journal Sustainability.

Torkkeli is and has been project manager, principal investigator and/or co-investigator in projects since 2015, including:

  • International Opportunities and Business Models in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem (IOBMEE)
  • Enhancing Value Creation and Value Capture through Business Model Configuration: An Ecosystem Perspective (ENHANCE)
  • Boosting the Internationalization of Cleantech SMEs (BICS)
  • Go East: Sustainable internationalization of Finnish SMEs to Russia
  • Digipro: Internationally Scalable Business from Digitality


Research interests are in the international entrepreneurship and international business domains, and include SME internationalization, especially in sustainable and digital entrepreneurship. He has previously published in the International Business Review, International Marketing Review, and in the European Management Journal, among other journals and publishers.


Responsible teacher in a wide range of Master’s and Bachelor’s and Doctoral degree courses at LUT School of Business and Management, including:

-Accenture Case Workshop (2016-2020)
-Asian Management (2015-2017)
-Contemporary Issues in International Business and Entrepreneurship (2019-2020)
-Contemporary Issues in International Marketing (2014-2015)
-Doctoral Course in Theories of International Business (2017)
-International Entrepreneurship Challenge (2016-2020)
-Internationalization of the Firm and Global Marketing (2010-2015)
-Liiketoiminnan ohjaus- ja informaatiojärjestelmät (2014-2016)
-Project Course in Strategy and Business Models (2016)
-Research in International Business and Entrepreneurship (2019-2020)
-Strategy Consulting (2012, 2014-2016)
-Strategy Project (2017)
-Strategic Marketing Project (2018)
-Theories and Research in International Business (Doctoral course, 2019)

In addition:

-Visiting lecturer at Turku School of Economics, 2015, course “Exports and SME Internationalisation”

-Visiting lecturer at Åbo Akademi, 2016, course “International Business: A European perspective”

-Supervisor or 40+ completed bachelor's and master's theses. 

-Supervisor of 4 doctoral thesis defended in 2020 (Päivi Aaltonen, Ioan-Iustin Vadana, Jaakko Metsola, Hannes Velt)


Last updated on 2021-09-09 at 17:31