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

The practice of shared inquiry: how actors manage for strategy emergence

Publishing year: 2019 JOURNAL OF MEDIA BUSINESS STUDIES
Department of Management Studies

Becoming true to “yourself”?! Emotions and identity work in management training workshops

Publishing year: 2019
Department of Design, Department of Management Studies

Codesign for transitions governance: A Mid-range pathway creation toolset for accelerating sociotechnical change

Publishing year: 2019 Design Studies
Department of Management Studies

Sociomateriality and Affect in Institutional work: Constructing the Identity of Start-Up Entrepreneurs

Publishing year: 2019 Journal of Management Inquiry
Department of Management Studies

Giving Meaning to Everyday Work After Terrorism

Publishing year: 2019 Organization Studies
Department of Management Studies

Competing Through Categorization

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

Can prosocial motivation harm entrepreneurs' subjective well-being?

Publishing year: 2019 Journal of Business Venturing
Department of Management Studies, Department of Design, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems

Beyond the inflection point

Publishing year: 2019 ASIAN BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT
Department of Management Studies

DEALING WITH REVERED PAST: HISTORICAL IDENTITY STATEMENTS AND STRATEGIC CHANGE IN JAPANESE FAMILY FIRMS

Publishing year: 2019 Strategic Management Journal
Department of Management Studies

From Cultural Differences To Identity Politics: A Critical Discursive Approach To National Identity In MNC:S

Publishing year: 2019 Journal of Management Studies
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Researchers

Johanna Ahola-Launonen

Johanna Ahola-Launonen

Department of Management Studies
Tutkija

Tilman Bauer

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate
Matti Häyry

Matti Häyry

Department of Management Studies
Professor
Maarit Laihonen

Maarit Laihonen

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Jukka Mäkinen

Department of Management Studies

Tuija-Maija Takala

Department of Management Studies
Research Manager
Marja Svanberg

Marja Svanberg

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate
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