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Philosophy of Management

Research and teaching in Philosophy of Management concentrate mainly on moral and political philosophy, business ethics, and the philosophy of social sciences.
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The teachers and researchers in Philosophy of Management have an important role to play in scholarly activities at the Department of Management Studies. Much of the research conducted in the department is informed and inspired by recent advances in moral philosophy, political philosophy and social epistemology. For curriculum development, the unit also serves as an important collaborator and sparring partner. The skills and abilities of critical thinking and ethical leadership are at the core of learning outcomes in all educational programs at the School of Business. Research in Philosophy of Management provides unique resources for developing learning modules and assignments that help students gain these skills and abilities.

Research in the unit of Philosophy of Management aims towards dialogue between ethical and political doctrines and research paradigms.

Ongoing research projects in Philosophy of Management include:

Bioeconomy and Justice (BioEcoJust) – Matti Häyry, Tuija Takala, Johanna Ahola-Launonen

  • In this project, funded by the Academy of Finland during 2017–2020, we study questions of responsibility and justice in the context of decision making concerning a potential transition from the current fossil fuel based economy to an advanced bioeconomy.
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Synthetic Biology and Ethics (SynBioEthics) – Matti Häyry, Tuija Takala, Johanna Ahola-Launonen

  • In this project, funded by the Academy of Finland during 2013–2017, we study the ethical and philosophical questions surrounding scientific attempts to produce life (living organisms or their parts) from inanimate matter. More information about the project can be found here.

Justice and Its Alternatives in a Globalizing World (OIVA) – Matti Häyry, Tuija Takala, Johanna Ahola-Launonen

  • In this Argumenta project, funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation during 2015–2017, we study the many meanings people can attach to the word “justice”, and endeavour to convey the ambiguity of the concept, and the political implications of this ambiguity, to expert and lay audiences in workshops and public lecture series. More information about the project (in Finnish) can be found here.

Political Corporate Responsibility – Jukka Mäkinen

  • This project approaches the political and socio-economic roles of businesses in contemporary societies from the perspective of the liberal theories of social justice. More particularly, the project aims towards a new conception of political corporate responsibility based on some of the key ideas of John Rawls’s political philosophy. The research from this project has appeared in journals such as Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Global Ethics, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Management and Organization Review, and Utilitas.

Unorthodox Organizations and Research Ethics of Radical Ethnography – Maarit Laihonen

  • In this post-doctoral research project funded by The Finnish Cultural Foundation, I study the nature of unorthodox organizations in a context of radical resistance. The research is based on a one-year in-depth ethnography on a protest camp. The focus is on theorizing from a peculiar organizational setting, its everyday and political context. In addition, I will contribute to the discussion of research ethics and other methodological questions in utilizing ethnographic methods in sensitive settings.

Interfaces for Empathy: Regenerative notes – Reflecting and developing empathetic practices in post-fossil world – Maarit Laihonen and working group Mari Keski-Korsu and Petri Ruikka

  • Interfaces for Empathy is an interdisciplinary research group, and also an entity that aims for pragmatic results in form of workshops, discussions and actions. The group is researching the contents and method of empathy in collaborative and collective intelligence and action, in order to apply them to creative activism and conscious action. The project funded by Kone Foundation in 2018.

The Morality of Corporate Social Responsibility – Marja Svanberg

  • Marja’s research focuses on the conceptualization and morality of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Specifically, she explores the essence of CSR and its relation to the profit motive. Additionally, she studies the general moral framing of business ethics.

Business: A Force for Peace – Tilman Bauer 

  • Tilman studies the potential for ethical business to foster holistic peace in society. The idea that peace can be seen as the substance of positive impact in the business context pertains to fundamental questions of the philosophical nature and purpose of business, as well as to corporate social responsibility and business ethics. This study asks how companies can climb the “ladder of morality” in order to move towards a new paradigm of responsible business.

Latest publications

Department of Management Studies

Abandoning the concept of renewable energy

Publishing year: 2019 Energy Policy
Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, Department of Management Studies, Sustainability in Business

Promoting sustainable energy

Publishing year: 2019 Energy Research and Social Science
Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, Department of Management Studies, Sustainability in Business

The approaches of strategic environmental management used by mining companies in Finland

Publishing year: 2019 Journal of Cleaner Production
Department of Management Studies

The Mothers in Me

Publishing year: 2019 MANAGEMENT LEARNING
Department of Management Studies

Gender in international business journals

Publishing year: 2019 Journal of World Business
Department of Management Studies

Towards wise management : wisdom and stupidity in strategic decision-making

Publishing year: 2019
Department of Management Studies, Sustainability in Business

Mindfulness and taking action to start a new business

Publishing year: 2018 Journal of Small Business Management
Department of Management Studies

Segways and segues: humour as a lens to exploring expatriates’ language proficiency and cross-cultural awareness in Japan

Publishing year: 2018
Department of Management Studies, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management

Implementation intentions in the entrepreneurial process: concept, empirical findings, and research agenda

Publishing year: 2018 Small Business Economics
Department of Management Studies

The cross-cultural variation in the effects of transformational leadership behaviors on followers' identification

Publishing year: 2018 Management and Organization Review
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Researchers

Esko Aho

Department of Management Studies
Executive in Residence
Johanna Ahola-Launonen

Johanna Ahola-Launonen

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Suzanne Altobello

Department of Management Studies

Karoliina Auvinen

Department of Management Studies
Project Manager
Michael Baker

Michael Baker

Department of Management Studies
Lecturer

Tilman Bauer

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate
Ingmar Björkman

Ingmar Björkman

Department of Management Studies
Professor

Mickaël Buffart

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher
Katharina Cepa

Katharina Cepa

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate
Myrto Chliova

Myrto Chliova

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor

Marcio De Oliveira Mota

Department of Management Studies

Terhi Elomaa

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Ville Eloranta

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Jarmo Eronen

Department of Management Studies
Kirsi Eräranta

Kirsi Eräranta

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor

Steffen Farny

Department of Management Studies
Researcher
Carl Fey

Carl Fey

Department of Management Studies
Visiting Professor

Johannes Gartner

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Amber Geurts

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Bernadetta Ginting

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate
Nina Granqvist

Nina Granqvist

Department of Management Studies
Professor (Associate Professor)

Philip Gylfe

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher
Minna Halme

Minna Halme

Department of Management Studies
Professor

Jukka-Pekka Heikkilä

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher
Kristiina Herold

Kristiina Herold

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Oona Hilkamo

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate
Matti Häyry

Matti Häyry

Department of Management Studies
Professor
Kirsti Iivonen

Kirsti Iivonen

Department of Management Studies
University Lecturer

Young Ji

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Maria Joutsenvirta

Department of Management Studies

Paulina Junni

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor
Jouni Juntunen

Jouni Juntunen

Department of Management Studies
Professor of Practice
Rita Järventie-Thesleff

Rita Järventie-Thesleff

Department of Management Studies
Professor of Practice
Galina Kallio

Galina Kallio

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Laura Kangas-Müller

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate
Anne Kankaanranta

Anne Kankaanranta

Department of Management Studies
Senior University Lecturer
Toni-Matti Karjalainen

Toni-Matti Karjalainen

Department of Management Studies
Research Manager
Saija Katila

Saija Katila

Department of Management Studies
Senior University Lecturer
Olli-Pekka Kauppila

Olli-Pekka Kauppila

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor
Teemu Kautonen

Teemu Kautonen

Department of Management Studies
Professor
Daria Kautto

Daria Kautto

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Derin Kent

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher
Ewald Kibler

Ewald Kibler

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor

Carol Kiriakos

Department of Management Studies
Researcher

Farah Kodeih

Department of Management Studies
Visiting Assistant Professor

Joona Koistinen

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Tomi Koljonen

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate
Angelina Korsunova-Tsaruk

Angelina Korsunova-Tsaruk

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Heli Koski

Department of Management Studies
Research Director
Alexei Koveshnikov

Alexei Koveshnikov

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor

Arne Kroeger

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor
Ari Kuismin

Ari Kuismin

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate
Arto Lahti

Arto Lahti

Department of Management Studies
Maarit Laihonen

Maarit Laihonen

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Lauri Laine

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate
Leena Lankoski

Leena Lankoski

Department of Management Studies
Senior University Lecturer
Miikka Lehtonen

Miikka Lehtonen

Department of Management Studies
Visiting Assistant Professor

Anna Leinonen

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Kari Lilja

Department of Management Studies
Sara Lindeman

Sara Lindeman

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher
Raimo Lovio

Raimo Lovio

Department of Management Studies

Marketta Majapuro

Department of Management Studies
University Lecturer
Nando Malmelin

Nando Malmelin

Department of Management Studies
Professor of Practice

Jukka Mattila

Department of Management Studies

Hanna Maula

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Cvijeta Miljak

Department of Management Studies
Project Employee
Elizabeth Miller

Elizabeth Miller

Department of Management Studies
Project Employee

Maria Minniti Koppl

Department of Management Studies

Jacek Mironski

Department of Management Studies
Johanna Moisander

Johanna Moisander

Department of Management Studies
Professor
Kristiina Mäkelä

Kristiina Mäkelä

Department of Management Studies
Professor

Jukka Mäkinen

Department of Management Studies

Emma Nkonoki

Department of Management Studies
Research Assistant
Emma Nordbäck

Emma Nordbäck

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Niina Nurmi

Department of Management Studies
Professor of Practice

Gregory O'Shea

Department of Management Studies
Project Manager
Riku Oksman

Riku Oksman

Department of Management Studies
Erkki Ormala

Erkki Ormala

Department of Management Studies

Virpi Outila

Department of Management Studies

Samuli Patala

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher
Rebecca Piekkari

Rebecca Piekkari

Department of Management Studies
Professor
Fernando Pinto da Silva Santos

Fernando Pinto da Silva Santos

Department of Management Studies

Hilla Polvinen

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Allu Pyhälammi

Department of Management Studies
Research Assistant
Pekka Pälli

Pekka Pälli

Department of Management Studies
Senior University Lecturer

Javier Ramirez

Department of Management Studies

Olli Rappe

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Stefan Raschbacher

Department of Management Studies
Project Employee
Riku Reunamäki

Riku Reunamäki

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate
Rilana Riikkinen

Rilana Riikkinen

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher
Tiina Ritvala

Tiina Ritvala

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Rose

Department of Management Studies

Piyali Rudra

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Salvatore Ruggiero

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Joona Räsänen

Department of Management Studies
Keijo Räsänen

Keijo Räsänen

Department of Management Studies
Professor

Olli Sahimaa

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Iiris Saittakari

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Virva Salmivaara

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Emma Sandström

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate
Henri Schildt

Henri Schildt

Department of Management Studies
Professor

Kathrin Sele

Department of Management Studies
Visiting Assistant Professor
Patrick Shulist

Patrick Shulist

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor
Marja Svanberg

Marja Svanberg

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Tuija-Maija Takala

Department of Management Studies
Research Manager
Armi Temmes

Armi Temmes

Department of Management Studies
Professor of Practice

Priit Tinits

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Taina Tukiainen

Department of Management Studies
Professor of Practice
Taija Turunen

Taija Turunen

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor

Christa Uusi-Rauva

Department of Management Studies
University Lecturer
Eero Vaara

Eero Vaara

Department of Management Studies
Professor
Jani Vepsä

Jani Vepsä

Department of Management Studies
Project Employee
Hertta Vuorenmaa

Hertta Vuorenmaa

Department of Management Studies
Research Manager
Liisa Välikangas

Liisa Välikangas

Department of Management Studies
Professor of Practice

Russell Warhurst

Department of Management Studies

Marleen Wierenga

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Xiaoshi Xu

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Marta Zieba

Department of Management Studies

Juha Äkräs

Department of Management Studies
Executive in Residence