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Successful Doctoral Defence – Jouko Vaskimo Awarded D.Sc (Tech)

 

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Reported by Miles Shepherd

Mr Jouko Vaskimo, senior contributing editor for the PM World Journal, brought his post-graduate studies to a successful conclusion by performing the oral defense of his doctoral thesis on 8 January. Titled Organizational project management methodologies; Structures, contents, and use, the thesis addresses important issues in organizational project management. The oral defense, also known as the viva voce, took place at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, School of Science, Aalto University, at Espoo, Finland, with Dr. Karlos Artto, Professor of Project Business at School of Science, Aalto University, performing the duties of custos, the chairman of the oral defense. D.Sc. (Tech.) Lauri Koskela, Professor of Construction and Project Management at University of Huddersfield, England, performed the duties of academic opponent.

Having completed all set requirements, the dean of Aalto University School of Science granted Mr Vaskimo the title of Doctor of Science (Technology) on 29th January, 2016.

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Jouko Vaskimo delivering his lectio praecursoria, the introductory presentation which starts the oral defenses of doctoral theses in Finnish universities (photos courtesy Jyri Kosola).

The doctoral thesis of Mr Vaskimo, who held a M.Sc. (Tech.) prior to being awarded D.Sc.(Tech.), is titled Organizational project management methodologies; Structures, contents, and use. The thesis describes a mixed-method multiple case study among ten case organizations, and identifies key structures and contents organizations use in organizational project management methodologies, and the specific reasons why organizations use such methodologies. Further information, and a pdf version of the entire thesis is available at http://www.aalto.fi/en/current/events/vaitos_vaskimo_jouko/ .

Mr Vaskimo was very happy with the oral defense, and especially Professor Koskela’s announcement at the end of the defense, that the requirements set forth by Aalto University School of Science have undoubtedly been satisfied, and that he recommends for the degree of Doctor of Science (Technology) to be granted.

Mr Vaskimo commented “I am very happy with these results, having worked six years towards this goal. I would like to thank all who have supported, encouraged, and inspired me throughout this undertaking. I am especially grateful to my supervisor, Professor Karlos Artto, who has steered me through this research with his insightful, encouraging, and patient ways, and provided constructive critique to the manuscript of this thesis in several key stages of writing. I am grateful in many ways to my instructors, Dr Tuomas Ahola, who has guided me in numerous ways to find the right path during the preparation of this thesis, and Professor Kalle Kähkönen, who encouraged me in the early phases of my studies to perform this research. I would like to thank Professor Asbjørn Rolstadås and Professor Derek Walker, who examined the manuscript of this thesis, and provided excellent comments based on which the manuscript was enhanced. I would like to thank Professor Lauri Koskela, who performed the duties of academic opponent at the public defense of this thesis. I am grateful to the organizations and respondents who made this case study research possible. Finally, I would like to thank the good-hearted people, such as Mr Miles Shepherd, who inspired and encouraged for me to pursue post-graduate studies, and my parents who emphasizing the importance of proper education, and encouraged for me to pursue graduate and post-graduate studies.”

Mr Vaskimo can be contacted at [email protected] .

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In the photograph (from left to right): Professor Lauri Koskela, Professor of Construction and Project Management at University of Huddersfield, performing the duties of academic opponent, Professor Karlos Artto, Professor of Project Business at Aalto University School of Science, performing the duties of custos, and Jouko Vaskimo, defending his doctoral thesis.

160202-pmwj43-Vaskimo-IMAGE3Aalto University is the Finnish university established on January 1, 2010 in the merger of the Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki School of Economics, and University of Art and Design Helsinki. The university is mainly located in greater Helsinki, Finland. In addition, the university operates several units in Mikkeli, Pori and Vaasa, Finland. The university is comprises six schools (School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Aalto ARTS), School of Chemical Technology (Aalto CHEM), School of Business (Aalto BIZ), School of Electrical Engineering (Aalto ELEC), School of Engineering (Aalto ENG), and School of Science (Aalto SCI) with over 20,000 students and 4,700 staff members, making it the third-largest university in Finland.

The main campus of Aalto University is in Otaniemi, Espoo, where the engineering schools as well as the bachelor programs of the School of Business operate. Aalto University operations showcase the Finnish experiment in higher education: Aalto establishments such as the Aalto Design Factory, AppCampus, ADD LAB and Aalto Ventures Program drive the university mission for a radical shift towards multidisciplinary learning, and contribute to the emergence of Helsinki as a hotbed for startups. Aalto University is named in honor of Alvar Aalto, one of the prominent Finnish architects, designers and alumnus of the former Helsinki University of Technology, who was also instrumental in designing a large part of the university’s main campus in Otaniemi.

For further information, please navigate to www.aalto.fi/en .