Secretary - Marika Tuomela-Pyykkönen
Job title: Doctoral student
Institution: University of Oulu, Oulu Business School
Marika Tuomela-Pyykkönen (MSc, majored in Logistics) is a doctoral student at the University of Oulu, Oulu Business School, Finland. She joined the IPSERA Executive Committee in 2015 and is currently holding the secretarial position. Previously, she was responsible for the Educators’ Conference that has been annually organised since 2014.
She is currently teaching at the Master’s programme at the Oulu Business School and has previously taught at the JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Finland. She also holds a teacher qualification degree that gives the pedagogical qualification for all forms of education institutes.
Her research interests include evolving purchasing and supply organisations and capabilities, especially in large infrastructure projects. In her doctoral dissertation, she focuses on developing an organisation-level procurement capability model to draw attention to leadership, commercial and technical capabilities in establishing and developing purchasing organisations, and to support managerial decision-making in related issues. She does also collaboration with the Ministry of Finance, Finland in which she contributes to the national procurement strategy work and advances the possibilities for purchasing and supply education and research projects.
Her earlier research on “Implementing Procurement Strategy: A Case of a Finnish Construction Company” was awarded as the Best Logistics Research in Northern Finland, 2011. She has published several peer-reviewed conference papers about her research and accomplished a research exchange period in COSMO – Stochastic Mine Planning Laboratory at McGill University, Montréal, Canada in 2013. She won the IPSERA Bursary award in 2014 with the paper “Procurement Strategy Implementation: A Case Study from Construction Industry”.