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Janne Kettunen

Assistant Professor of Decision Sciences

  • Department: Decision Sciences
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  • Phone: (202) 994-3029
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  • Office: Funger Hall, Ste. 409 • 2201 G St. NW • Washington, DC 20052
  • MS, Helsinki University of Technology (Aalto University), 2001
  • MBA, Hawaii Pacific University, 2003
  • DSc, Helsinki University of Technology (Aalto University), 2009


Janne Kettunen is an assistant professor of decision sciences at the George Washington University School of Business. He teaches courses on risk analysis and project and program management. He has taught at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs since 2001 in various universities including London Business School. He has previously been an assistant professor jointly at the Haskayne School of Business and at the Institute for Sustainable Energy Environment and Economy. He has also served in the advisory committee for Deputy Minister of Environment Canada Paul Boothe on “Government’s GHG emissions plans, how to move forward with a regulatory approach for all major emitters.”

Professor Kettunen received MS from the Helsinki University of Technology, MBA from the Hawaii Pacific University, and DSc from the Helsinki University of Technology. The last three years of his doctoral studies 2006-2009, he spent at the London Business School as a visiting PhD student and a research fellow. Prior to engaging in the academic career, he has worked with companies and institutes including Nokia (Japan), The Board of Actuarials Standards (U.K.), Compagnie Financiere Tradition (Asia Pacific), and Institute of Strategy and International Business (Finland).


Research Summary

Professor Kettunen’s current research interests deal with decision making under uncertainty and risk focusing on two different areas: portfolio decision analysis and operational decision making. His research has been funded by several research grants and he has been a finalist for the Dennis J. O’Brien USAEE best paper award. In terms of application areas, his current research interests are in project management and new product development. He has published in scholarly journals including Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, and European Journal of Operational Research and has served as a peer reviewer for academic journals, such as Management Science, Journal of Operations Management, European Journal of Operations Research. He is frequently presenting his work in international conferences in the fields of operations management and decision analysis.


Selected Publications



  • Research Grant, Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy (ISEEE, 2012)
  • Research Grant, Carbon Management Canada (CMC, 2011)
  • Research Grant, ISEEE-Natural Resources Canada-CMC (2010)
  • Research Grant, ISEEE-Natural Resources Canada (2010)
  • Dean’s Research Grant, Haskayne School of Business (2009)
  • Research Fellow, London Business School (2008)
  • Best Paper Finalist, Dennis J. O’Brien USAEE (2008)
  • Research & Materials Development Grant, London Business School (2007)
  • Research Grant, Research Foundation of Helsinki University of Technology (2006)
  • Research Grant, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation (2005)


Professional Activities

Academic Positions

  • The George Washington University School of Business
    • Assistant Professor, Decision Sciences (2013-present)
  • University of Calgary
    • Assistant Professor, Haskayne School of Business, Operations Management (2009-2013)
    • Faculty, Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy, Energy and Environmental Systems (2009-2013)
  • London Business School
    • Research Fellow/Researcher, Management Science and Operations (2006-2009)
  • Helsinki University of Technology (now known as Aalto University)
    • Researcher, Systems Analysis Laboratory (2005-2006)
  • Hawaii Pacific University
    • Research Associate, Finance (2003)
  • Helsinki University of Technology (now known as Aalto University)
    • Research Assistant, Institute of Strategy and International Business (2001)


  • Institute for Operations Research and Management Science
  • Production and Operations Management Society
  • Decision Analysis Society

Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • Management Science
  • European Journal of Operations Research
  • Energy Journal

Non-Academic Positions

  • The Board for Actuarial Standards, London, UK
    Independent Consultant (2007)
  • Compagnie Financiere Tradition, Asia Pacific
    Business Development Analyst (2003-2005)
  • Nokia, Yokosuka, Japan
    Business Development Analyst (1999-2000)
  • Nokia, Espoo, Finland
    Research Associate (1998)