Nikolas Käkelä

Assistant Professor Logistics


Nikolas Kakela, PhD

Nikolas Kakela's research focuses on customization in manufacturing companies - from module-based product offerings to customer unique solutions - and the organizational challenges that customization entail. Particular focus is on learning in organizations and how customization can serve as a trigger for learning and knowledge development.

Nikolas was part of the three-year research project The Whispering Game where management of customer order specific information was studied. Lessons learned from the research project can be read about here. (Swedish)

His doctoral dissertation was defended in 2022. A news article about the dissertation can be read here

Nikolas is program manager for the bachelor programme Sustainable Supply Chain Management, as well as responsible for the courses Leading and Organizing, Research Methods and Communication, and Inquiry Methodology. 


Engström, A., Käkelä, N., Wikner, J. (2022). Ambidextrous learning in a customer order–based context Learning Organization, 29(2), 116-128. More information
Engström, A., Käkelä, N. (2019). Early steps in learning about organizational learning in customization settings: A communication perspective Learning Organization, 26(1), 27-43. More information

Doctoral thesis

Käkelä, N. (2022). A solution space perspective on customization (Doctoral thesis, Jönköping: Jönköping University, School of Engineering). More information

Conference paper

Bäckstrand, J., Käkelä, N. (2019). Sharing knowledge for customization: a triadic perspective. 26th International Annual EurOMA Conference, Helsinki, Finland, 17-19 June 2019. More information
Engström, A., Käkelä, N. (2018). Learning to make a difference in customization settings. Organizational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities OLKC 2018, 26th - 28th April, 2018, Liverpool, UK. More information
Käkelä, N., Wikner, J. (2018). Defining solution spaces for customizations. Cham: Springer, IFIP WG 5.7 International Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems, APMS 2018; Seoul; South Korea; 26 - 30 August 2018. More information
Käkelä, N., Bäckstrand, J., Engström, A. (2017). Viskleken. 17th Research and Application Conference on Logistics and Operations Management [PLANs forsknings- och tillämpningskonferens], Chalmers, Göteborg, 25-26 October 2017. More information

Other publications

Käkelä, N., Wikner, J. . Conceptualization of solution spaces for customization. More information
Käkelä, N., Wikner, J. . Evaluating tendering invitations in engineer-to-order environments. More information


Käkelä, N., Engström, A., Lennartsson, M., Bäckstrand, J. (2020). Viskleken: Samlade lärdomar från ett kollaborativt forskningsprojekt. Jönköping: Tekniska högskolan i Jönköping More information

Licentiate thesis

Käkelä, N. (2019). Customization-based interaction in ETO (Licentiate thesis, Jönköping: Jönköping University, School of Engineering). More information