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Mikko Ketokivi is a Professor of Operations Management at IE Business School, and an independent researcher and consultant. He received a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Minnesota, and a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. from Iowa State University.

Dr. Ketokivi’s research focuses on operations management, organization design, and research methodology. In operations management, his research focus has primarily been on the link between strategy and operations as well as the determinants and measurement of organizational performance. In his organization design research, he has examined organizational differentiation and integration and their effects on performance. Dr. Ketokivi’s research on methodology, in turn, has focused on scientific reasoning, scientific rhetoric, and the application of psychometric measurement, multivariate statistical methods, and the hypothetico-deductive research design in organizational research.

Dr. Ketokivi’s teaching focuses on the same topics as his research, with an emphasis on the Master’s and Ph.D. levels. He has taught organization design both at the MBA and Ph.D. levels, and statistical research methods, research design, and organization theory at the Ph.D. level. In addition to IE Business school, he has taught at HEC School of Management (Paris), HEC Lausanne, Helsinki University of Technology, University of Helsinki, and University of Minnesota.

Dr. Ketokivi’s research has been published in journals such as the Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, and Journal of Operations Management. “Academic publications are obviously an essential part of professional legitimacy. We must never, however, shy away from leaving the safe havens of academic discourse and convenient assumptions to tackle real problems faced by real organizations. Toward this end, we must be willing to abandon our paradigms and embrace the complexity, the dilemma, and the ambiguity that is organizational life,” he says.

Academic Background

  • Ph.D. in Business Administration, University of Minnesota, USA
  • M.Sc. in Business Administrative Sciences, Iowa State University, USA

Academic Experience

  • Professor of Operations Management, IE Business School (2010 – present)
  • Visiting Professor, HEC Lausanne (2009 – 2010)
  • Visiting Professor, IE Business School (2007 – 2009)
  • Affiliate Professor, HEC School of Management, Paris (2006 – 2007)
  • Associate Research Fellow, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (2006 – present)
  • Senior Lecturer, Helsinki University of Technology (2006 – 2010)

Corporate (and other professional) Experience

  • Through his private consultancy, Dr. Ketokivi works in close collaboration with both public and private research organizations (e.g., The National Institute for Health and Welfare and The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy in Finland) as well as private enterprises, providing his clients and partners research services and consulting on the analysis of complex statistical data in particular. He also actively consults and provides management training on organization design and strategic operations management in various industries.

Latest publications

  • Reasoning in Organization Science

    Mantere, S., Ketokivi, M. Academy of Management Review, VOL. 38(1): 70-89, 2013
  • Order Management in the Customization-Responsiveness Squeeze

    Tenhiälä, A., Ketokivi, M. Decision Sciences, Vol. 43(1): 173-206, 2012
  • Two Strategies for Inductive Reasoning in Organizational Research

    Ketokivi, M., Mantere, S. Academy of Management Review, Vol. 35(2): 315-333, 2010