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

Language-based discrimination in multilingual organizations

Hilla Back, Rebecca Piekkari 2024 Journal of World Business

Global boundary spanners

Wilhelm Barner-Rasmussen, Kristiina Mäkelä 2024 Encyclopedia of International Strategic Management

Elevating Business Models to the Ecosystem Level: Evidence from Web3 and Beyond

Annika Bengts, Ville Eloranta, Esko Hakanen, Taija Turunen, Valeska Tullney 2024

Deep transformations : A theory of degrowth

Hubert Buch-Hansen, Max Koch, Iana Nesterova 2024

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

Myrto Chliova, Gabriella Cacciotti, Teemu Kautonen 2024 Business and Society

Navigating Place : Extending Perspectives on Place in Organization Studies

Tina M. Dacin, Tammar Zilber, Mélodie Cartel, Ewald Kibler 2024 Organization Studies

Western and non-western leadership styles and employee wellbeing : a case of a high-power distance context

Mats Ehrnrooth, Alexei Koveshnikov, Evgeniya Balabanova, Heidi Wechtler 2024 Frontiers in Psychology

Organisational Culture in MNEs

Carl F. Fey, Yian Chen 2024 Encyclopedia of International Strategic Management

Organizational culture in MNEs

Carl F. Fey, Yian Chen 2024 Encyclopedia of International Strategic Management

The Accelerating Disconnection of Work from Time and Place: New Questions for HR

Johannes Gartner, Kristiina Mäkelä, Jennie Sumelius, Hertta Vuorenmaa 2024 Research Handbook on Human Resource Management and Disruptive Technologies
More information on our research in the Aalto research portal.
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Researchers

Johanna Moisander

Johanna Moisander

Professor
Department of Management Studies

Ville Eloranta

Senior University Lecturer
E706 Dept. Management Studies

Lauri Laine

Postdoctoral Researcher
E706 Dept. Management Studies

Leena Lankoski

Senior University Lecturer
E706 Dept. Management Studies

Anna Leinonen

Doctoral Student (self-financed)

Patrick Shulist

Assistant professor 2nd term

Lauri Horelli

Doctoral Candidate (self-financed)
Paula Schönach

Paula Schönach

Senior Advisor
E706 Dept. Management Studies

Lin Chen

Doctoral Researcher

Ali Sadeghi

Doctoral Researcher
Yian Chen

Yian Chen

Doctoral Researcher

Sami Itani

Professor of Practice
Paula Koskinen Sandberg

Paula Koskinen Sandberg

Assistant Professor
E706 Dept. Management Studies

Baolin Yang

Doctoral Researcher

Heejae Jun

Doctoral Researcher
Canan Keles

Canan Keles

Doctoral Researcher
Jiayin Yu

Jiayin Yu

Doctoral Researcher
E706 Dept. Management Studies
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