In brief

Dr. Markku Sotarauta is professor of regional development studies in Faculty of Management and Business at Tampere University, Finland. In 2011-2013, he served as the founding Dean of the School of Management and, in 2009-2010, as the last Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Administration. In 2008 he was appointed as a Visiting Professor in the Newcastle University Business School (UK) for a three year period.

Professor Sotarauta specialises in leadership, innovation systems, and institutional entrepreneurship in city and regional development. He has published widely on these issues in international journals and edited books. His latest publications include 'Leadership and the city: Power, strategy and networks in the making of knowledge cities', published by Routledge. Professor Sotarauta has worked with the Finnish Parliament, Swedish Innovation Agency (Vinnova) many Finnish ministries as well as cities and regions both in Finland and in other countries.

Sotarauta serves OP Financial Group as the 1st Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Council, and Tampere District Co-operative Bank (OP Tampere) as the Chairman of Board of Directors.

Markku Sotarauta

markku.sotarauta [at]
Tampere University
Faculty of Management and Business
Urban and Regional Studies Group
Kanslerinrinne 1
33014 Tampere University