Centre for Productivity and Performance


Dr Ilkka Leppänen MSc, DSc (Aalto University), FHEA

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Lecturer in Operations Management

Social decision making; other-regarding preferences; evolutionary games; behavioural operational research

Ilkka Leppänen is a Lecturer in Operations Management at the School of Business and Economics. He completed his Doctorate in Operations Research at Aalto University, Finland.

He was previously a doctoral candidate at the Systems Analysis Laboratory, Aalto University, where he conducted behavioural and analytical research on social decision making.

Ilkka teaches modules in operations management, decision analytics, and behavioural decision making. Previously he has also taught dynamic optimisation and applied mathematics. Ilkka welcomes applications from prospective PhD students looking to work in mathematical modelling of operations problems or human decision making.

Ilkka’s research interests are in applying (evolutionary) game theory and behavioural and experimental methods to managerial decision problems. Specifically, he is interested in how behavioural biases and reference effects evolve in environments with multiple decision makers who have conflicting interests. He is also interested to study facilitated modelling in managerial decision making.

Ilkka is also interested in psychophysiological and neuroeconomic research in decision making. He has previously conducted behavioural experiments that study how emotions, measured with facial electromyography and galvanic skin response, correlate with social decision making and interaction styles.

  • Leppanen, I (2018) Partial commitment in an endogenous timing duopoly, Annals of Operations Research (to appear).
  • Leppanen, I, Hamalainen, RP, Saarinen, E, Viinikainen, M (2018) Intrapersonal emotional responses to the inquiry and advocacy modes of interaction: a psychophysiological study, Group Decision and Negotiation, 27(6), pp.933-948.
  • Leppanen, I (2017) Evolutionarily stable conjectures and other regarding preferences in duopoly games, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 28(2), pp.347-364.