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Tenure Track Professor in Leadership and Organizing

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our main campus is located in Espoo, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness in the future as well. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

Aalto University Department of Industrial Engineering and Management (Espoo, Finland) invites applications for:

Tenure Track Professor in Leadership and Organizing

The vacancy at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management is open to outstanding individuals with strong research and teaching interest. Ideal applicants enjoy intellectual leadership and strive for academic excellence and inspiring people around them. The call is primarily open on Assistant Professor level. However, exceptional candidates at other levels will also be considered.

Your role and goal
The tenure track position in Leadership and Organizing covers research areas in the intersection of leadership research and organization studies. The new professorship complements our department-wide strengths of studying the creation and transformation of technology-based business. The professorship advances the current understanding of organizing and leadership in contemporary work organizations, especially in the context of technology business.  

We expect that research and education of leadership in the current socio-technical reality, characterized by the digital transformation of business, and self-organizing teams, will contribute to management theories and addresses relevant societal problems. The professorship can thus complement business and management research and education in technology-intensive contexts by focusing on, for example, emergent organizing and engineering leadership in the early stages of nascent enterprises as well as in established technology-based businesses. Applicable disciplines are organizational psychology, organization studies, sociology, and philosophy, complemented by a strong understanding of technology, especially information technologies. 

Topics covered in the professorship can include, but are not limited to, the following areas of research on leadership and technology in organizations: 

  • leadership and organizing in technology entrepreneurship and startup operations 
  • the impact of information technology on organizations and leadership
  • people analytics in technology entrepreneurship, 
  • leadership in emerging organizations pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities,
  • the role of leaders, leadership styles, and culture in technology-based business. 
  • leading change and organizational transformation,
  • organizational psychology, distributed teams and remote work,
  • well-being in creative work, as well as digital transformation of work.

Your colleagues and network
The Department of Industrial Engineering and Management conducts world-class research and provides impactful education on creating and transforming technology-based business. We are one of Europe’s leading university departments in technology entrepreneurship, focusing especially on strategic management and venturing, operations and service management, and entrepreneurial leadership. In total, we are more than 120 persons working in the department, including 20 professors, over 30 senior and postdoc researchers, and a large number of doctoral students.

The faculty at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management is well known for its publications in leading management journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, as well as the leading journals in the core research areas of the department such as Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Research Policy, and Journal of Operations Management in entrepreneurship, innovation, and operations and service management. The department conducts empirical research in close collaboration with the leading technology firms in Finland and Europe. Moreover, we provide entrepreneurship education for all Aalto students and management training for business practitioners. For more information, see

Your experience and ambitions
The applicants are expected to conduct state-of-the-art research in the area and develop new research programs with international visibility. The teaching load in these positions is negotiable but is planned to include two courses per year. In addition, the tasks are planned to include participation in Master’s and doctoral thesis supervision as well as contributing to the department’s research, teaching, and outreach activities.  

The applicants should hold a doctorate in a discipline relevant for this position or receive the degree before the beginning of the contract. The applicants will be reviewed on the basis of their research, teaching, academic leadership experience and the activity in the scientific community. The evaluation of applicants will be supported by bibliometric analyses using e.g. ISI Web of Science.

What we offer
We offer the candidate the opportunity to do research in a vibrant and active international research community. We offer a broad range of opportunities for conducting cross-disciplinary research across Aalto University and in collaboration with the Finnish industry, entrepreneurial ecosystem, and government, as well as in international research projects. The position is located on the main campus of Aalto University in Espoo ( The position comes with a competitive salary, a teaching load of two courses per year, and a start-up package of research funding.

Salary and benefits
Salary is internationally competitive and Aalto University provides health care and retirement benefits. Finland is a great and safe environment, offering many excellent state-subsidized services, including affordable day care and free schools, which are consistently ranked among the best in the world. 

Ready to apply?
If you are interested to learn more about the department and would like to be considered for the position, please submit your application through our recruitment system by using the “Apply now!” link below. The application material for the position includes: 

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications (with the most significant publications highlighted)
  • Research statement describing past research and plans for future research
  • Teaching portfolio
  • Up to four letters of reference as pdf files submitted directly by the referees to the address [email protected]  

All application material should be submitted in English and addressed to the President of Aalto University. 

Closing date for the applications is December 11, 2020.  

General instructions for applicants including language requirements and guidelines for compiling teaching portfolio and CV are given at  

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period, reopen the application process, and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period. Application materials will not be returned. 

For more Information
If you wish to hear more about the position, please contact the Head of the Department, Associate Professor Risto Rajala. In recruitment process related questions, please contact HR Coordinator Saara Haggrén. E-mails: [email protected]

Espoo, 14 October, 2020

Tenure track in Aalto University
The tenure track is open to talented individuals who have excellent potential for a scientific career. Individuals placed on the Aalto University professorial tenure track have the possibility to advance in their career through regular performance assessments, which take into account their merits in all areas of their scope of duty. Launched only in 2010, the tenure track has attracted a wide range of international applicants, giving Aalto University the possibility of recruiting top experts and young research talent to join the Aalto University community. Read more about the Aalto University tenure track system at and 

Living up to our values
As a community of high ethics, we want to assure the highest international standard in research, education and teaching. We expect all our community members to respect Aalto values and follow the ethical principles of fair play and integrity in all our activities and the behavior that we expect from each other. Aalto University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty, and we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds, especially minorities, to apply. Aalto University Code of Conduct is applicable to all Aalto community members and it clarifies the values that guide us. For more information: 

About Finland
We are humble people but dare to say we have one of the very best education systems in the world. The Nordic values of equality and co-operation are rooted deeply in our society. We are one of the world’s top countries in press freedom and consider it beneficial to have many voices in our community. With high investments in R&D, an influential innovation culture, open data, and an advanced state of digitalization, we are a nation of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Gender equality, flexibility, and flat hierarchies are at the core of our Nordic working environment. In Finland, professional ambitions can be combined with personal life. We are one of the world’s most reliable and stable societies with low levels of corruption and a high level of safety and social security. In Finland, everything works. 

Having four seasons, clean air, and thousands of lakes, we are some nature-loving people and take good care of our unique environment. The Finnish language is known to be a bit on the complicated side, but don’t worry – it is hard to find a non-English speaker in Finland’s Capital area. We have an international mindset and an inclusive culture and will warmly welcome you to our renowned academic community.

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