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

Impact of home market on business development and internationalization of demand response firms

Salla Annala, Salvatore Ruggiero, Hanna Liisa Kangas, Samuli Honkapuro, Tiina Ohrling 2022 Energy

Employee exit and constructive voice as behavioral responses to psychological contract breach in Finland and Russia

Evgeniya Balabanova, Mats Ehrnrooth, Alexei Koveshnikov, Azer Efendiev 2022 International Journal of Human Resource Management

Boundaries, roles and identities in an online organization

Saara Bange, Rita Järventie-Thesleff, Janne Tienari 2022 Journal of Management Inquiry

Handbook for a Data-Driven Circular Economy in Finland: Data Sources, Tools, and Governance for Circular Design

Annukka Berg, Helena Dahlbo, Pasi Eilu, Pirjo Heikkilä, Ari Hentunen, Katja Hilska-Keinänen, Susanna Horn, Hannu Ilvesniemi, Samppa Jenu, Marjaana Karhu, Tiina K.M. Karppinen, Sari Kauppi, Päivi Kivikytö-Reponen, Sonja Lavikko, Eeva Lehtonen, Sari Luostarinen, Sami Majaniemi, Päivi Malmi, Mika Naumanen, Jukka-Pekka Ovaska, Liisa Pesonen, Janne Pesu, Henri Pitkänen, Jussi Pokki, Milja Räisänen, Jani Salminen, Svetlana Sapon, Eero Siivola, Jaana Sorvari, Hannu Tanner, Hannamaija Tuovila, Teuvo Uusitalo, Kristiina Valtanen, Tommi Kauppila 2022

Unpacking “Sense of Place” and “Place-making” in Organization Studies: A Toolkit for Place-sensitive Research

Mélodie Cartel, Ewald Kibler, M. Tina Dacin 2022 Journal of Applied Behavioral Science

Data-induced Rationality and Unitary Spaces in Interfirm Collaboration

Katharina Cepa, Henri Schildt 2022 Organization Science

Dogmatic, instrumental and paradoxical frames: A pragmatic research framework for studying organizational sustainability


The Measurement and Communication of Effect Sizes in Management Research

Carl F. Fey, Tianyou Hu, Andrew Delios 2022 Management and Organization Review

A discourse of virtue: how poor women entrepreneurs justify their activities in the context of moderate Islam

Carmelita Ginting-Carlström, Myrto Chliova 2022 Entrepreneurship and Regional Development

Giving colour to emotions in entrepreneurship

Bernadetta Ginting-Szczesny 2022 Journal of Business Venturing Insights
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database


Esko Aho

Executive in Residence

Nina Granqvist

Professori (Associate 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

Gregory O'Shea

Executive in Residence

Farah Kodeih

Visiting Assistant 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

Patrick Shulist

Assistant professor 2nd term

Sofia Villo

Doctoral Researcher

Seonyoung Hwang

Postdoctoral Researcher

Lin Chen

Doctoral Researcher

Ali Sadeghi

Doctoral researcher

Baolin Yang

Doctoral researcher
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