Department of Management Studies

Research in International Business

International Business - cutting edge in research and teaching
Aalto BIZ researchers, photo Aino Huovio

Our Past and Present

The unit of International Business focuses on developing strategic and managerial capabilities needed to succeed in an increasingly complex and culturally diverse global environment.

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 strive to be the leading International Business unit in Europe. We continue this pioneering spirit by developing innovative research and teaching 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.

Cutting-edge research

Research in the International Business Unit focuses on international management, cross-boundary collaboration, and methodology. Our current research areas include:

  • Language sensitive research in international business
  • Cultural and institutional differences
  • People management in the international context
  • Sustainability and corporate social responsibility
  • Cross-sector and cross-border collaboration
  • International mergers and acquisitions
  • International entrepreneurship
  • Research methodology

Our faculty hosts regular international research seminars and is actively engaged in research collaboration with other top international scholars.Our faculty is well known for cutting-edge contributions to:

Publications in top journals 

Our unit is one of the leading International Business units in Europe – it reflects in awards given to our faculty, as well as publications in top-ranked academic 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.

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:

Academy of International Business (AIB)

Academy of Management (AOM)

European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS)

European International Business Academy (EIBA)

Nord-IB Doctoral Programme.

Headquarters Location Research Project

Contact information

School of Business

Ekonominaukio 1

Kauppakorkeakoulu, jonka edustalla istuu neljä opiskelijaa. Kuva: Unto Rautio / Aalto-yliopisto


Head of Department: Johanna Moisander

Unit Coordinator: Rebecca Piekkari
Secretary: Tiia Melander

Recent publications

Process innovation in small- and medium-sized enterprises

Omid Aliasghar, Arash Sadeghi, Elizabeth L. Rose 2023 Journal of Small Business Management

Boundary spanners

Wilhelm Barner-Rasmussen, Kristiina Mäkelä 2023 Encyclopedia of International Strategic Management

The Measurement and Communication of Effect Sizes in Management Research

Carl F. Fey, Tianyou Hu, Andrew Delios 2023 Management and Organization Review

Entrepreneurial decision-making in start-up location choice: The role of founder’s cognitive process and decision-making heuristic

Daria Kautto, Perttu Kähäri, Anna-Riikka Smolander 2023 Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research (FER)

The Role of Social Capital in Location Perceptions of Startup Founders: Information Asymmetry in Early-Stage Location Decisions

Daria Kautto, Perttu Kähäri, Anna-Riikka Smolander 2023 The Role of Social Capital in Location Perceptions of Startup Founders: Information Asymmetry in Early-Stage Location Decisions

A fifth wheel? : Local language skills and work-related outcomes among foreign employees

Alexei Koveshnikov, Ingmar Björkman, Perttu Kähäri 2023 International Journal of Human Resource Management

Digital empowerment: A routine dynamics perspective on HR transformation

Dina Myllymäki, Kathrin Sele 2023 Academy of Management Proceedings


Kristiina Mäkelä 2023 Design Education Across Disciplines

Africa rising: Opportunities for advancing theory on people, institutions, and the nation state in international business

Lilac Nachum, Charles E. Stevens, Aloysius Newenham-Kahindi, Sarianna Lundan, Elizabeth L. Rose, Leonard Wantchekon 2023 Journal of International Business Studies
More information on our research in the Aalto research portal.
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