Matti Mäntymäki

Director Matti Mäntymäki

associate professor, director

Matti is an Professor of Information Systems Science at the Turku School of Economics. He holds a D.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.) from the University of Turku. He is also an Adjunct Professor (Title of Docent) of Information Systems at the University of Oulu.


He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in outlets such as Information Systems Journal, International Journal of Information Management, Information Systems Frontiers, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Journal of Systems and Software, Computers in Industry, Journal of Business Research, Computers in Human Behavior, Communications of AIS, and Internet Research, among others.


Matti’s current primary research activities fall into three areas: 1) AI governance and socially responsible AI, 2) individual-level technology use, particularly in the context of social media platforms and freemium services, and 3) dynamics of blockchain and cryptocurrency communities. He has led several industry-academia research projects and obtained significant competitive research funding.


Matti is a proponent of theoretical and methodological pluralism. He has conducted quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research. He started his research career with survey studies building theoretically on social psychology and focusing analytically on individuals, from where his methodological scope has expanded to qualitative research and organization-level phenomena.


My teaching activities revolve around my research themes. I teach both undergraduate and graduate level courses. I also give teaching in the executive education programs of Turku School of Economics. In addition, I supervise master’s theses and PhD students.

I am currently responsible for two courses in the curriculum of Turku School of Economics:

The undergraduate level course provides the fundamentals of management information systems. The course provides the student a basic understanding of information systems in organizational use and the key management issues related to information systems. In practice, the course focuses how businesses and organizations obtain, utilize, and manage information systems. The course comprises lectures, case assignment done in student teams and hands-on exercises with SAP ERP software. More information about the course can be found from University of Turku Study Guide (in Finnish).

The graduate level course deals with the theoretical and managerial issues related to digital economy and digital business. The purpose course is designed to help the students make sense of the economic and business implications of digitalization. The course is a combination of theory and contemporary themes in digital economy. More information about the
course can be found from University of Turku Study Guide.

Additionally, I have taught several courses and seminars in the past.

I supervise students with their theses and co-ordinate the seminar. Supervising students is a great learning opportunity and source of ideas. Recently I was fortunate to help a Mr. Antti Koskenvoima refine the key results of his master’s thesis on game analytics to an awarded publication discussing how small and medium-sized game companies utilize analytics.

An intensive course for master’s and PhD students focusing on research opportunities and challenges around social media. I designed the content of the course and gave the teaching.

The ERP course at Turku School of Economics consists of three modules, lectures and exam, hands-on excersizes with SAP ERP, and Real Game business process simulation. The attendance is 100-120 students.

I co-ordinated the course and was responsible for the lectures.


The SAP is a module of the enterprise resource planning course at Turku School of Econonmics. The key content of the SAP module is to give the students an overview of the key functionalities of SAP ERP. The SAP module consists of a hands-on exercise simulating the end-to-end delivery process. The attendance is about 100-120 students divided into five groups.

The course is an introduction to the ways of working at Turku School of Economics and working as a member of team in solving problems. The course is mandatory for all first-year students at Turku School of
Economics. The group I was responsible for consisted of ca. 25 students. I have acted as a coach for four student teams. I have been responsible for organizing the schedule of the course, supervising the course assignments in collaboration with the companies partnering the course.

I was responsible for organizing and marking the students’ assignments. The exercise module of the course was organized as a virtual component on Moodle. The attendance is about 15 students.