Topics of PhD theses for admission in 2012

Jrk nr Professor Raul Eamets 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Labour market mobility and productivity


Human capital and migration: knowledge transformation in small open economy Depression and labour markets: effects on structural changes and on productivity Reservation wage and previous job experience Modernization of European social model: combining social security and labour market flexibility Professor Toomas Haldma

6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Contingencies influencing management accounting development Accounting in public sector institutions Companies’ performance measurement and management Performance measurement and management in public sector Impact of innovation system on companies’ performance Associate Professor/Senior Research Fellow Anneli Kaasa

11. 12.

Between-firm social capital and its influence on firms Relationships between social capital and firms' social responsibility Lecturer Andres Kuusik


The influence of smartphones on consumer behaviour

Professor Jorma Antero Larimo 14. Advertising/communication strategies – cultural values and advertising performance relationship – Focus on Estonia or Comparison between Baltic States or e.g. Estonia vs. Russia and/or Finland or multicountry analysis Cultural values in advertising/communication - Focus on Estonia or Comparison between Baltic States or e.g. Estonia vs. Russia and/or Finland or multicountry analysis Foreign acquisition or alliance strategies and performance analysis Internationalization – performance relationship/Determinants of an Optimal Internationalization Strategy Export marketing strategies – performance relationship in SMEs/ Between traditional exporters vs. INVs/BGs and/or family vs. Non-family firms: Focus either in Estonia or Comparison between Baltic States or e.g. Estonia vs. Russia and/or Finland or multicountry analysis Lecturer Kertu Lääts 19. Influence of information technology developments on management accounting information assurance and usage Links between management accounting innovations and performance management Senior Research Fellow Jaan Masso 21. 22. 23. 24. The impact of foreign direct investments on the home and host country of investment Innovation, science and technology indicators The impact of innovations of firm performance Labour mobility across firms and occupations Professor Tõnis Mets 25. Success factors of technology and knowledge-based SMEs of small open economy origin (R&D, IP, strategy, business models, collaboration with universities, different aspects) Entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial processes (different aspects) Customer-driven experimentation-based innovation (and product development) for global markets


16. 17.



26. 27.

Professor Tiiu Paas 28. Determinants and trends of regional economic growth and convergence, growth and inequality Ethnical diversity of labour force and determinants of peoples’ attitudes to immigrants International labour mobility, determinants, relation to economic development Regional disparities in productivity and industry mix in EU Cross-boarder labour mobility (e.g. the Estonian-Finnish case) Associate Professor Eve Parts 33. 34. Characteristics of business cycles in transformation economies Policies to overcome economic crisis and their efficiency Associate Professor Kaia Philips 35. Valuation of human capital: adequacy of the educational level and skills with the demands on labour market Wage determinations and its influencing factors International labour mobility and its impact to the labour markets of sending and receiving countries Flexibility and security in labour markets Professor Olev Raju 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. Economic crisis in Estonia 2007-2010 Estonian taxation system and its impact on economy Local governments’ economic situation in Estonia Ecology and economy Estonian state budget in the context of EU economy

29. 30. 31. 32.

36. 37.


Professor Janno Reiljan 44. 45. 46. Local public service areas: a contribution to administrative division of Estonia Innovation and development in a small open economy: the case of Estonia Assessment of socio-economic capabilities of municipalities: the case of Estonia Associate Professor /Senior Research Fellow Tõnu Roolaht 47. Role of foreign direct investments in influencing innovativeness on the country and company levels Facilitation of innovativeness with demand-side measures Establishment and development of innovation processes in international companies Internationalization of companies by using of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions Importance of innovation cooperation in development of companies Associate Professor Priit Sander 52. 53. The role of CFO's attitude in corporate financial decision-making The impact and profitability of energy- saving investments Professor Jüri Sepp 54. 55. 56. Innovation system as instrument of system competition Institutional framework of infrastructural sectors Convergence of sectoral structure of economy in EU Associate Professor Viktor Trasberg 57. 58. 59. Business Cycle Management Fiscal Federalism Tax Policy

48. 49. 50.



Fiscal Policy Professor Kulno Türk


The development and factors affecting the performance management and remuneration systems (performance related pay systems) of public sector workers (on the example of Estonian public sector organizations) Teachers’ performance appraisal and remuneration aspects of performance management on the example of Estonian vocational schools Elaboration and application of teachers’ performance management and performance based pay systems in the Estonian general educational schools (instruction of the subject is possible in collaboration with social scholars) Performance management of private and public sector organizations according to New Public Management Senior Research Fellow Kadri Ukrainski




65. 66. 67. 68. 69.

Innovation in traditional manufacturing sectors The role of public enterprises in national innovation system Comparative analysis of innovation policies in European countries The role of universities/research institutions in national innovation system Innovation in public sector Professor Maaja Vadi

70. 71.

Employees’ capabilities and productivity: the context of knowledge organizations Organizational culture: measurement and management in the Asian context (focus on India or China or Japan or Vietnam) Scope, participants, and time horizon of strategic planning: implications for organizational performance Research Fellow Priit Vahter


73. 74.

Internationalization of Firms International Trade and Productivity of Firms

75. 76.

Open Innovation and Firm Performance Effects of Competition on Firms Professor Urmas Varblane

77. 78. 79. 80. 81.

National innovation system, innovation policy Foreign direct investments and knowledge transfer Clusters and cluster-cooperation in economy University – industry cooperation and knowledge transfer Economic structural changes as the factor of productivity Senior Research Fellow Tiia Vissak

82. 83. 84. 85. 86.

Innovative solutions in firms' fast internationalization The role of network relationships in innovation processes The role of networks in firms' fast internationalization Factors influencing non-linear internationalization The role of knowledge in firms' internationalization