Department of Management Studies

Research in Organization and Management

Organization and Management comprises a broad group of scholars. Research and teaching in the discipline is informed by the recognition of complexities that pluralist demands from multiple stakeholder groups create for management.
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Research and teaching in our discipline focus on three main areas:

  • strategy practices, managerial cognition and institutional environments of organizations
  • sustainability management, corporate social responsibility, and business ethics
  • organizational behavior and human resource management

The interests of our group members extend further to innovation processes within companies and society at large, and to the study of academic work and management education as well as philosophy of management.

Our research rests on the discipline's core strength of pluralist and multi-vocal understandings of organizational settings as sites where actions are taken and decisions are made in the face of potentially incompatible demands and rationalities. 

Our researchers’ work spans disciplinary boundaries. We aim for cross-disciplinary research collaboration in the spirit of the Aalto University mission. The empirical phenomena we study are often complex and multifaceted; for example, sustainability challenges are systemic and call for joint efforts of researchers in different fields.

Our senior faculty members are active in international research communities and networks, serving in editorial positions and as editorial board members. Our strategic research partners in Finland include Aalto SCI (Department of Industrial Engineering and Management) and Hanken School of Economics. We are active in SCANCOR at Stanford University, and collaborate with scholars from universities around the world.

Widely published research

Our discipline seeks actively to engage with the international academic community and practitioners. Members of our discipline have recently published their research in top tier journals such as:

  • Academy of Management Review
  • Academy of Management Journal
  • Administrative Science Quarterly
  • Human Relations
  • Journal of Applied Psychology
  • Journal of Business Ethics
  • Journal of Management
  • Journal of Management Studies
  • Organization Science
  • Organization Studies
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
  • Strategic Management Journal

Projects and networks

Much of the research in the discipline takes place in international and Finnish collaborative projects, funded by e.g. the European Union, the Academy of Finland, and the Finnish Innovation Agency Tekes. We design our research projects to provide actionable knowledge for our partners and to accumulate comprehensive empirical data sets that enable high quality research. On-going research projects are also an important source of teaching materials.

Our scholars’ research collaboration involves companies, non-governmental organizations, the public sector, as well as Finnish and international universities. Together these networks provide tangible benefits for our students:

1)    Our collaboration with a variety of organizations offers our master’s students opportunities to design and conduct their thesis research in collaboration with practitioners in order to create real-life impact.

2)    Our doctoral students make use of collaborative ties by gaining insight and data on problems faced by companies and the public sector. Connections with leading scholars abroad provide our doctoral students with opportunities to spend periods studying abroad and to learn by working together with international scholars.

Aalto Global Impact Research New Global Photo: Roope Kiviranta

Strong societal impact

Our discipline has always been strong in terms of its societal impact. For example, our research projects inform companies and policy-makers in areas such as:

  • transition toward environmentally sustainable energy use in society
  • sustainability innovation
  • leadership development
  • strategy work.

We seek to accomplish societal impact in our core areas through innovative research projects involving business enterprises and other organizations. Our faculty is also actively involved in delivering tailored executive education, in professional associations, and funding bodies.

The discipline hosts Aalto Global Impact (AGI), which promotes and facilitates Aalto University’s research and education for global sustainable development.

Impact Investing Research Project
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Contact Information

Postal address

Aalto University
School of Business
Department of Management Studies
Organization and Management
P.O. Box 21230

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Head of Department: Johanna Moisander

Unit Coordinator: Nina Granqvist

Secretary: Tiia Melander

Recent publications

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

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

Ecologies of Memories

Diego M. Coraiola, William M. Foster, Sébastien Mena, Hamid Foroughi, Jukka Rintamäki 2023 Academy of Management Annals

Media Review: A Routine Dynamics Perspective on the ‘Black Summer’ Bushfires

Anja Danner-Schröder, Kathrin Sele 2023 Organization Studies

Unpacking the circular economy: A problematizing review

Tulin Dzhengiz, Elizabeth M. Miller, Jukka Pekka Ovaska, Samuli Patala 2023 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT REVIEWS

(Un)Sustainable transitions towards fast and ultra-fast fashion

Tulin Dzhengiz, Teresa Haukkala, Olli Sahimaa 2023 Fashion and Textiles
More information on our research in the Aalto research portal.
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