Dr Helena Forsman has a multidisciplinary academic background, long experience in management and leadership positions, rich business know-how and a genuine desire to support innovation in organisations. She has served in various capacities both the academic world and the business communities, inter alia, the University of Tampere (Finland) in the capacity of a Professor in Business Management, the University of Winchester (UK) as a Reader in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and The Government ICT Centre in the capacity of the Member of the Board of Directors. In addition, she has provided leadership in the fields of knowledge exchange and entrepreneurship.
Helena has more than 15 years' management experience in practical-oriented RD projects aiming at fostering business development and innovation, such as the ramp up of business and knowledge centres, RD departments and business incubation activities. She has been a productive author of academic publications. Recently, her articles have been published in Regional Studies, Research Policy, International Journal of Innovation Management, Business Strategy and the Environment, European Journal of Innovation Management and International Journal of Technology Management.
Her research interest focuses on business development and innovation management in the context of small business. Helena is especially interested in how the changes in competitive landscape are forcing small firms to change the way they innovate and run their businesses.