Research team

We are a team of researchers from the two Finnish universities

Kari Smolander


Kari Smolander is Professor of Software Engineering in School of Engineering Science, LUT University, Finland and Adjunct Professor in Department of Computer Science, Aalto University, Finland. He is the Head of Software Engineering department at LUT University. He has a PhD (2003) in Computer Science from LUT University and a Licentiate (1993) from University of Jyväskylä, Finland. He has published more than 180 refereed research papers in international journals and conferences. His current research interests include change in software and systems development practices and organizations.

Email me: kari.smolander(at)

Matti Rossi


Matti Rossi is a professor of information systems at Aalto University School of Business. He is a past president of the Association for Information Systems. He has been the principal investigator in several major research projects funded by the technological development center of Finland and Academy of Finland. He was the winner of the 2013 Millennium Distinction Award of Technology Academy of Finland for open source and data research.

His research papers have appeared in journals such as MIS Quarterly, Journal of AIS, Information and Management and Information Systems. He has been a senior editor of JAIS and Database, and an associate editor for MIS Quarterly, and he is the past editor in chief of Communications of the Association for Information Systems.

He is a member of IEEE, ACM and AIS.

Email me: matti.rossi(at)​

Kari Koskinen


I joined SASSE and Aalto University as a postdoctoral researcher in November 2019. Prior to this, I completed my PhD and worked as a fellow at the London School of Economics, conducting research on digital product innovation and platforms as well as looking at innovation practices in the global South. During and between my studies and work at academia, I have also had the opportunity to work in different roles in several IT companies, ranging from start-ups to multinationals and from operations to product development. What I find especially interesting in SASSE is that it also captures the perspective of non-focal actors in platform economies instead of only concentrating to the platform owners and the core functionalities of these platforms.

Email me: kari.m.koskinen(at)

Sonja Hyrynsalmi

Junior Researcher

Sonja Hyrynsalmi is a Junior Researcher in LUT University, Department of Software Engineering. Her research interests are in software business, modern integration platforms and women in STEM research areas. Hyrynsalmi has a background from the startup world and regional development, and she has been interested in the success of Finnish software companies for years. Hyrynsalmi has been active also in the Women in Tech movement in Finland and speaks about a successful career path to the software industry.

Email me: sonja.hyrynsalmi(at)​

Jaakko Vuolasto

Junior Researcher

Jaakko Vuolasto joined SASSE in October 2020. He has over 20 years of experience in several IT companies in different industries, in positions where people and information technology overlap. He is on study leave from Trimble Forestry, where he worked as a SaaS team lead and product owner. Vuolasto is complementing his business career with a new point of view when he started as a is a Junior Researcher at LUT University, Department of Software engineering. His research interests are in digital platforms, their governance and evolution.

Email me: jaakko.vuolasto(at)​