Department of Management Studies

International Business - cutting edge in research and teaching

The unit of International Business focuses on developing strategic and managerial capabilities needed to succeed in an increasingly complex and culturally diverse global environment.
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Our Mission

The unit of International Business focuses on developing strategic and managerial capabilities needed to succeed in an increasingly complex and culturally diverse global environment.

We strive to be the leading International Business unit in Europe.

Our Past and Present

Since 1989 our faculty has pioneered business education in Finland by offering a full-fledged M.Sc. programme taught entirely in English with real life teaching cases and engagement of international business professionals.

We continue this pioneering spirit by developing cutting-edge teaching and research in International Business. Combining strong research with the multicultural background of our faculty and students enables us to educate professionals with competences and skills needed to anticipate and respond to global challenges in a creative and responsible manner.

Our international network

We work in close cooperation with leading international companies and other public, private and non-profit organizations. We encourage strong international cooperation among scholars, and an open, cooperative atmosphere within the community of IB faculty and students.

We have several international scholars visiting and working with us every year. Furthermore, our own faculty and doctoral students are active in international research networks, such as:

Multidisciplinary research in global context

Research in the International Business Unit focuses on international management, cross-boundary collaboration and methodology.

Our current research areas include:

  • people management in international context
  • language sensitive research in international business
  • cross-sector and cross-border collaboration
  • international entrepreneurship
  • research methodology
  • sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

Our faculty hosts regular international research seminars and is actively engaged in research collaboration with other top international scholars.

Cutting-edge research

Our faculty is well known for their cutting-edge contributions to international human resource management, led by Kristiina Mäkelä, to language in IB research, led by Rebecca Piekkari, and to cross sector collaboration between corporations, nonprofits and governments, led by Tiina Ritvala.

Furthermore, our expertise is world class in the field of qualitative methods, particularly the use of case studies in IB research, led by Rebecca Piekkari.

Publications in top journals

Our unit is one of the leading International Business units in Europe which reflects in awards given to our faculty, as well as in publications in top journals, such as:

  • Academy of Management Review
  • Human Resource Management
  • Human Resource Management Journal
  • International Business Review
  • Journal of International Business Studies
  • Journal of Management Studies
  • Journal of World Business.

Latest publications

Process innovation in small- and medium-sized enterprises

Omid Aliasghar, Arash Sadeghi, Elizabeth L. Rose 2023 Journal of Small Business Management

Liminality and developmental process of learning advantage of newness of early internationalizing firms

Emmanuel Kusi Appiah, Tamara Galkina, Peter Gabrielsson 2023 International Business Review

The power implications of the shift to customer reviews: A field perspective on jobbing platforms operating in France

Anne Sophie Barbe, Jean-Pascal Gond, Caroline Hussler 2023 Organization Studies

Boundary spanners

Wilhelm Barner-Rasmussen, Kristiina Mäkelä 2023 Encyclopedia of International Strategic Management

Less and more: Conceptualising degrowth transformations

Hubert Buch-Hansen, Iana Nesterova 2023 Ecological Economics

What to do about "The Human" in Organization Studies? : Thinkingsayingdoing with the Anthropocene, pandemics, and thereafters

Marta B. Calás, Linda Smircich, Michela Cozza, Silvia Gherardi, Saija Katila, Ari Kuismin, Pauliina Jääskeläinen, Pikka-Maaria Laine, Susan Meriläinen, Joonas Vola, Janet Sayers, Alice Wickström, Anu Valtonen, Tarja Salmela, Alison Pullen 2023 A Research Agenda for Organization Studies, Feminisms and New Materialisms

Data-induced Rationality and Unitary Spaces in Interfirm Collaboration

Katharina Cepa, Henri Schildt 2023 Organization Science

What to teach when we teach digital strategy? An exploration of the nascent field

Katharina Cepa, Henri Schildt 2023 Long Range Planning

Do They Mind the Gap? : The Role of Founders in Organizational Pay Dispersion

Myrto Chliova, Gabriella Cacciotti, Teemu Kautonen 2023 Business and Society
More information on our research in the Aalto research portal.
Research portal


Steffen Farny

Visiting Assistant Professor

Alexei Koveshnikov

Associate Professor
E706 Dept. Management Studies
Johanna Moisander

Johanna Moisander

E706 Dept. Management Studies

Ville Eloranta

Senior University Lecturer
E706 Dept. Management Studies

Riku Oksman

Hourly paid Teacher

Kalliopi Platanou

Doctoral Candidate (Self Financed)

Eero Vaara

Visiting Distinguished Professor

Philip Gylfe

Research Development Coordinator

Lauri Laine

Postdoctoral Researcher
E706 Dept. Management Studies

Valentina Arrieta

Research Development Coordinator

Leena Lankoski

Senior University Lecturer
E706 Dept. Management Studies

Anna Leinonen

Doctoral Student (self-financed)

Marjukka Klippi

Doctoral Candidate (Self-financed)

Patrick Shulist

Assistant professor 2nd term

Priit Tinits

Doctoral Student (self-financed)

Sarianna Lundan

Visiting Distinguished Professor

Johanna Maria Niskavaara

Doctoral Student (self-financed)

Sofia Villo

Doctoral Researcher

Lauri Horelli

Doctoral Candidate (self-financed)
Paula Schönach

Paula Schönach

Senior Advisor
E706 Dept. Management Studies

Lin Chen

Doctoral Researcher

Saku Ora Tapio Mantere

Visiting Distinguished Professor

Ali Sadeghi

Doctoral Researcher
Yian Chen

Yian Chen

Doctoral Researcher

Vladimir Pucik

Visiting Emeritus Professor

Dina Myllymäki

Postdoctoral Researcher

Igor Podoliev

Visiting Senior Research Fellow
Paula Koskinen Sandberg

Paula Koskinen Sandberg

Assistant Professor
E706 Dept. Management Studies

Baolin Yang

Doctoral Researcher

Heejae Jun

Doctoral Researcher

Canan Keles

Doctoral Researcher
Jiayin Yu

Jiayin Yu

Doctoral Researcher
E706 Dept. Management Studies
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