Markku Sotarauta


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. Professor Sotarauta specialises in leadership and institutional entrepreneurship in city and regional development.

He has published widely on these issues in international journals and edited books. His latest books 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, many Finnish ministries, Swedish Innovation Agency as well as cities and regions both in Finland and in other countries.

He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tampere District Co-operative Bank and the Member of the Supervisory Board of the OP Financial Group. 

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