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personnel and support service personnel. Researchers have been collaborating with the hospital districts of Northern Ostrobothnia and Lapland, the City of Oulu and Posti (The biggest postal operator in Finland). As well as contributing to knowledge in different fields, the four work packages aim to give practical input into discussion about managing support services in over a wide area.

The Tekes-funded project Terveet tukipalvelut (Healthy Suppor t Services) star ted at the beginning of 2014. FINANCE The discipline of Finance at the Oulu Business School educates professionals to meet the growing needs of the finance sector. The education is based on the latest research evidence covering all the most important financial branches with an emphasis on asset allocation, delegated portfolio management and behavioral finance. All topics are covered from an international perspective without neglecting the special features of our domestic economy. The approach ensures the relevance of our education for the domestic labour market as well as equipping our graduates to operate in an international business environment.

F I G S I B D O C TO R A L TUTORIAL 2014 31 Doctoral students, 24 commentators, 96 performances and 2 keynote speeches in 2 days.This is FIGSIB Doctoral Tutorial 2014. Oulu Business School’s hallway was taken over by participants from six universities: Aalto University, Lappeenranta University of Technology, the University of Oulu, the University of Vaasa, the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi and by different country backgrounds. There were more than 15 nationalities present. The programme started with welcoming words from the main organizer and the chair of the event Professor Tuija Mainela from the University of Oulu Business School. The other conference faculty members were Professor Pia Hurmelinna-Laukkanen and Professor Vesa Puhakka from the University of Oulu Business School and the Director of FIGSIB, Professor Jorma Larimo from the University of Vaasa. Professor Mainela was followed by keynote speaker Professor Jan-Erik Vahlne from the University of Gothenburg. Professor Vahlne emphasized the fact that Business Schools are known to be good at teaching but we should do better in research. We need to have more work relevant but theoretical studies. We must create more theories that are useful for the companies. After this welcoming session, the main programme started – the research proposal seminars. Based on the papers and their oral presentations, the students received advice and suggestions from two senior researchers both orally and in writing.Valuable comments were also given by peer students and the audience.

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