Plenary sessions

Plenary session 1: Tuesday 18 June, 9:00 - 10:30

Editors of the Journal of Productivity Analysis

Editors-in-Chief Robin Sickles and William Greene discuss recent developments and future prospects of the JPA.

Plenary session 2: Wednesday 19 June, 9:00 - 10:30

Finalists of Aalto "That's Interesting!" paper competition

The prize jury has selected the following three papers as the finalists:

"Dynamics of Factor Productivity Dispersions"

Christian Bayer, Ariel Mecikovsky and Matthias Meier

"Room to Move: Why Some Industries Drive the Trade-Specialization Nexus and Others Do Not"

Jaap Bos and Lu Zhang

"Estimation and Testing of Stochastic Frontier Models using Variational Bayes"

Gholamreza Hajargasht and William E. Griffiths

The three finalists will present their works in the plenary session that takes place on Wed 19 June at 9:00-10:30 am. Each finalist should give a presentation of 20 min, followed by questions and comments from the jury consisting of Rolf Färe, Peter Schmidt, and Timo Kuosmanen. After the plenary session, the jury meets to decide the winner. The winner will be announced at the Conference Dinner at the Finlandia Hall, to be held in the evening of 19 June.

For further information about Aalto That's Interesting! award the rules of the competition, please click HERE

Plenary session 3: Thursday 20 June, 9:00 - 10:30

Special session in honor of Professor William W. Cooper

A panel consisting of Mette AsmildLaurens CherchyeMaria Portela, and Timo Kuosmanen will discuss the theme "Application Driven Theory" and the influence of Professor Cooper's work. 


Special sessions


Tuesday 18 June, 13:30 - 17:15

Regulation of electricity transmission and distribution in Europe, co-organized by the Finnish avodart Energy Market Authority.

Two special sessions focusing on recent developments in the regulation of electricity transmission and distribution in Europe. The speakers and the tentative titles are the following:

Roland Görlich (E-control, Austria): Efficiency benchmarking in Austria

Hilde Marit Kvile (NVE, Norway): Efficiency benchmarking in Norway

Matti Ilonen (EMV, Finland): Efficiency benchmarking in Finland

Göran Ek (EI, Sweden): Productivity development in electricity distribution– local grids in Sweden 2000-2011

Per Agrell (Louvain School of Management & Sumicsid):Pan-European TSO- benchmarking-project

Wednesday 19 June, 13:30 - 15:00

Industry session

This special session provides industry perspectives to how real worlds seek to imrove efficiency in practice. The speakers and the tentative titles are the following: 

Mikko Syrjänen, General Manager, WärtsiläPlant level versus system level efficiency of Smart Power Generation

Anne Stenros, Design Director, KONE: The art of futuring - Creating value through future foresight 


Wednesday 19 June, 15:15 - 17:15

Interactive Benchmarking software

Peter Bogetoft (Copenhagen Business School & Sumicsid) has developed Interactive Benchmarking, a (Windows and) Web based software that makes state of the art benchmarking methods like Data Envelopment Analysis DEA, available to industry via a user-friendly interface. The software is routinely used by industry managers with limited knowledge of benchmarking to evaluate performance and to guide decision making. The software is used in several sectors, including Danish schools, European electricity distribution companies, Dutch hospitals and Danish waterworks. Bogetoft will present the idea of Interactive Benchmarking and give examples from applications. 


FULL PROGRAM: to download the detailed conference program as a pdf file, please click HERE (size 3MB, 27 pages)


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