image001Professor PhD Karin Holstius



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Karin Holstius, D.Sc.(Economics and Business Administration)


Professor in International Marketing, Turku School of Economics 1991-1997


Professor in International Operations of Industrial Enterprises, Lappeenranta University of Technology 1986-1991


Researcher and Associate Professor in Marketing, Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, Helsinki 1980-1986.





B.Sc. (Econ.), M.Sc. (Econ., spec. Commercial Law), M.Sc. (Econ., spec. Linguistics), and D.Sc.(Econ.& Bus.Adm., spec. Marketing) at the Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, Helsinki.


Studies abroad / international business experience: Great Britain, Germany, France, Colombia, South America, Finnish Sugar Corporation, Helsinki.


1991 - 1997 at the Turku School of Economics and Business Administration :


In charge of the International Business Program. The Program was appointed as a Top Teaching Unit by the Ministry of Education for two years.


1993 Teacher of the Year.


1997 Award for Excellence by MCB University Press.


Conference Chair, 14th Industrial Marketing and Purchasing (IMP) Conference in Turku, September 3-5, 1998.


1994-1997 member of the Committee for Foreign Affairs of the Turku Chamber of Commerce.


1995-1997 Chairperson of the Steering Committee and founder (together with Professor Pentti Malaska) of SIFE Sino-Finnish Environment Program, a collaboration program between 5 Finnish and 6 Chinese universities for the transfer of environmental technology and management to China. Project supported by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


1994-1997 Project Leader (together with Professor Malaska) of the China Research Project of the Turku School of Economics and Business Administration. Project supported by the Ministry of Trade and Industry.


Since 1998

Doctoral adviser, Turku School of Economics and Business Administration, and other Universities.


Assessment of applicants for professorships: Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, German and British Universities


Reviewer for international journals


Teacher in International Business and Scientific Methods at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, 2001-2007 


Researcher in project of the Hungarian Academy of Science ”Comparative analysis Finland - Hungary”, especially internationalization of companies, 2001-2006.


Founding member of the European Academy of Management EURAM, Barcelona May, 2001.


Researcher at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, Italy, March 2003.


Research areas

international marketing, international business, project business, technology transfer and cultural differences, China, visionary management, advertising.


Holstius, A selection of publications



Swedish, Finnish, English, German and some Spanish, French and Russian