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 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

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
Department of Management Studies

Re-Storying the Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Concepts

Publishing year: 2019 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT REVIEWS
Department of Management Studies, Sustainability in Business

Collective Emotions in Institutional Creation Work

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

Adaptation of Compensation Practice in China

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

Living on the slopes: entrepreneurial preparedness in a context under continuous threat

Publishing year: 2019 Entrepreneurship and Regional Development
Department of Management Studies

Power in Sensemaking Processes

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

“Rhetoric Mix” of Argumentations

Publishing year: 2019 Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
Sustainability in Business, Department of Management Studies, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management

Strategies for Integrating Stakeholders into Sustainability Innovation

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

Researchers

Esko Aho

Department of Management Studies
Executive in Residence
Johanna Ahola-Launonen

Johanna Ahola-Launonen

Department of Management Studies
Researcher

Annamari Huovinen

Department of Management Studies
Armi Temmes

Armi Temmes

Department of Management Studies
Professor of Practice

Karoliina Auvinen

Department of Management Studies
Project Manager
Michael Baker

Michael Baker

Department of Management Studies
Lecturer
Anton Beletskiy

Anton Beletskiy

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher
Ingmar Björkman

Ingmar Björkman

Department of Management Studies
Professor
Katharina Cepa

Katharina Cepa

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate
Myrto Chliova

Myrto Chliova

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor

Christa Uusi-Rauva

Department of Management Studies
University Lecturer
Emma Nordbäck

Emma Nordbäck

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher
Kirsi Eräranta

Kirsi Eräranta

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor
Carl Fey

Carl Fey

Department of Management Studies
Visiting Professor
Henrika Franck

Henrika Franck

Department of Management Studies
Galina Kallio

Galina Kallio

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher
Nina Granqvist

Nina Granqvist

Department of Management Studies
Professor (Associate Professor)
Minna Halme

Minna Halme

Department of Management Studies
Professor
Matti Häyry

Matti Häyry

Department of Management Studies
Professor

Jukka-Pekka Heikkilä

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher
Hannu Seristö

Hannu Seristö

Department of Management Studies
Professor

Iiris Saittakari

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher
Kirsti Iivonen

Kirsti Iivonen

Department of Management Studies
University Lecturer
Rita Järventie-Thesleff

Rita Järventie-Thesleff

Department of Management Studies
Professor of Practice

Jukka Mäkinen

Department of Management Studies

Jukka Mattila

Department of Management Studies

Paula Kilpinen

Department of Management Studies

Niina Erkama

Department of Management Studies
Miikka Lehtonen

Miikka Lehtonen

Department of Management Studies
Visiting Assistant Professor
Jouni Juntunen

Jouni Juntunen

Department of Management Studies
Professor of Practice
Rilana Riikkinen

Rilana Riikkinen

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Steffen Farny

Department of Management Studies
Researcher
Anne Kankaanranta

Anne Kankaanranta

Department of Management Studies
Senior University Lecturer
Saija Katila

Saija Katila

Department of Management Studies
Senior University Lecturer
Teemu Kautonen

Teemu Kautonen

Department of Management Studies
Professor
Ewald Kibler

Ewald Kibler

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor

Carol Kiriakos

Department of Management Studies
Researcher

Kari Lilja

Department of Management Studies
Angelina Korsunova-Tsaruk

Angelina Korsunova-Tsaruk

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher
Alexei Koveshnikov

Alexei Koveshnikov

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor
Keijo Räsänen

Keijo Räsänen

Department of Management Studies
Professor
Ari Kuismin

Ari Kuismin

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate
Arto Lahti

Arto Lahti

Department of Management Studies
Maarit Laihonen

Maarit Laihonen

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher
Sara Lindeman

Sara Lindeman

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher
Raimo Lovio

Raimo Lovio

Department of Management Studies

Marketta Majapuro

Department of Management Studies
University Lecturer
Kristiina Mäkelä

Kristiina Mäkelä

Department of Management Studies
Professor
Marja Svanberg

Marja Svanberg

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate
Meri Jalonen

Meri Jalonen

Department of Management Studies
Visiting Scholar, Postdoc
Johanna Moisander

Johanna Moisander

Department of Management Studies
Professor
Hertta Vuorenmaa

Hertta Vuorenmaa

Department of Management Studies
Research Manager

Niina Nurmi

Department of Management Studies
Professor of Practice

Ville Eloranta

Department of Management Studies
University Lecturer

Oona Hilkamo

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate
Riku Oksman

Riku Oksman

Department of Management Studies
Olli-Pekka Kauppila

Olli-Pekka Kauppila

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor
Erkki Ormala

Erkki Ormala

Department of Management Studies
Pekka Pälli

Pekka Pälli

Department of Management Studies
Senior University Lecturer
Rebecca Piekkari

Rebecca Piekkari

Department of Management Studies
Professor
Tiina Ritvala

Tiina Ritvala

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor

Piyali Rudra

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Virva Salmivaara

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher
Fernando Pinto da Silva Santos

Fernando Pinto da Silva Santos

Department of Management Studies

Paul Savage

Design Factory
Doctoral Candidate
Henri Schildt

Henri Schildt

Department of Management Studies
Professor
Taija Turunen

Taija Turunen

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor

Risto Tainio

Department of Management Studies

Tuija-Maija Takala

Department of Management Studies
Research Manager
Toni-Matti Karjalainen

Toni-Matti Karjalainen

Department of Management Studies
Research Manager

Taina Tukiainen

Department of Management Studies
Professor of Practice

Sampo Tukiainen

Department of Management Studies
Eero Vaara

Eero Vaara

Department of Management Studies
Professor
Liisa Välikangas

Liisa Välikangas

Department of Management Studies
Professor of Practice
Daria Kautto

Daria Kautto

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher
Sari Yli-Kauhaluoma

Sari Yli-Kauhaluoma

Department of Management Studies
Kristiina Herold

Kristiina Herold

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Heli Koski

Department of Management Studies
Research Director

Barbara Edwards

Department of Management Studies

Emma Nkonoki

Department of Management Studies
Research Assistant

Farah Kodeih

Department of Management Studies
Visiting Assistant Professor

Maria Joutsenvirta

Department of Management Studies

Kathrin Sele

Department of Management Studies
Visiting Assistant Professor

Hanna Maula

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Marleen Wierenga

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Allu Pyhälammi

Department of Management Studies
Research Assistant

Samuli Patala

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor

Olli Rappe

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Virpi Outila

Department of Management Studies

Juha Äkräs

Department of Management Studies
Executive in Residence

Maria Minniti Koppl

Department of Management Studies

Philip Gylfe

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Cvijeta Miljak

Department of Management Studies
Project Employee

Emma Sandström

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Johannes Gartner

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Subhadra Ganguli

Department of Management Studies

Suzanne Altobello

Department of Management Studies

Lauri Laine

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Tomi Koljonen

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Valentina Arrieta

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate
Riku Reunamäki

Riku Reunamäki

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate
Leena Lankoski

Leena Lankoski

Department of Management Studies
Senior University Lecturer

Josiane Peltier

Department of Management Studies

Laura Kangas-Müller

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Anna Leinonen

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Tilman Bauer

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Bernadetta Ginting-Szczesny

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Xiaoshi Xu

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Aleksi Soini

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Derin Kent

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Paulina Junni

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor

Stefan Raschbacher

Department of Management Studies
Project Employee

Salvatore Ruggiero

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Joona Koistinen

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Alice Wickström

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate
Patrick Shulist

Patrick Shulist

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor
Elizabeth Miller

Elizabeth Miller

Department of Management Studies
Project Employee

Priit Tinits

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Hilla Polvinen

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Terhi Elomaa

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Arne Kroeger

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor

Young Hun Ji

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher
Olli Sahimaa

Olli Sahimaa

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Mickaël Buffart

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Dale Fodness

Department of Management Studies

Samuli Skurnik

Department of Management Studies

Lotta Walden

Department of Management Studies

Gloria Kutscher

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Sheila Killian

Department of Management Studies

Carole Parkes

Department of Management Studies

Srdan Zdravkovic

Department of Management Studies

Sarianna Lundan

Department of Management Studies

Bin Jiang

Department of Management Studies

Maurice Patterson

Department of Management Studies

Gesa Zinn

Department of Management Studies

Michael Lapke

Department of Management Studies

Ana Monterde Rey

Department of Management Studies

Rita Buckley

Department of Management Studies

Rustin Greene

Department of Management Studies

Sanjit Sengupta

Department of Management Studies

Dominika Mironska

Department of Management Studies
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