Institutionen för ledarskapsstudier

Ledarskapsfilosofi

Forskning och undervisning vid enheten för ledarskapsfilosofi fokuserar främst på moral- och politisk filosofi, företagsetik och filosofi för de sociala vetenskaperna.
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Lärarna och forskarna vid enheten för ledarskapsfilosofi har en viktig roll i forskningsrelaterad kontext vid institutionen för ledarskapsstudier. En stor del av den utförda forskningen har fått inspiration från de senaste framstegen i moralfilosofi, politisk filosofi och social epistemologi. Enheten är aktivt involverad inom läroplansarbetet. Förmågor och kunskaper i kritiskt tänkande och etiskt ledarskap är några av de främsta lärandemål i alla program vid handelshögskolan. Forskning vid ledarskapsfilosofi erbjuder unika resurser för utveckling av studiemoduler och inlärningsuppgifter som stödjer studeranden att förvärva dessa kunskaper och förmågor.

Forskning inom enheten för ledarskapsfilosofi har som syfte att skapa dialog mellan etiska och politiska doktriner mellan olika forskningsparadigm. 

Pågående forskningsprojekt inom ledarskapsfilosofi inkluderar (på engelska):

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.

Ongoing doctoral research projects

Business: A Force for Peace – Tilman Bauer

  • Tilman started under Matti Häyry’s supervision in 2017 and 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.

Meaningful encounters in the construction of relational leadership. An ethnographic study in a Scandinavian hospital organizations - Leni Grünbaum

  • Leni started her doctoral studies in 2019. In her research, she investigates how relational leadership is constructed in a multidisciplinary organization operating in a radically changing environment. More specifically, she examines what makes organizational members experience an encounter as meaningful; how sensory experiences impact experienced meaningful encounters; and how meaningful encounters are related to practices of relational leadership.

The Morality of Corporate Social Responsibility – Marja Svanberg

  • Marja’s research, started under Matti Häyry’s supervision in 2014, 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.

Senaste publikationer

Employee exit and constructive voice as behavioral responses to psychological contract breach in Finland and Russia

Evgeniya Balabanova, Mats Ehrnrooth, Alexei Koveshnikov, Azer Efendiev 2022 International Journal of Human Resource Management

Community Energy in the Eastern Baltic Sea Region: From Standstill to First Steps

Salvatore Ruggiero, Henner Busch, Aljosa Isakovic, Teis Hansen 2022 Renewable Energy Communities and the Low Carbon Energy Transition in Europe

The Social Imaginary of Emancipation in Entrepreneurship

Lauri Laine, Ewald Kibler 2022 Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice

Enabling Knowledge Broker Analysis through Actor Clusters in Organizational Structures in Enterprise Social Media

Mia Leppälä, Jukka Huhtamäki 2022 Proceedings of the 55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences 2022

Bridging divergent institutional logics through intermediation practices

Jarkko Levänen, Sara Lindeman, Minna Halme, Matti Tervo, Tatu Lyytinen 2022 Technological Forecasting and Social Change

From Templates to Heuristics

Jacqueline Mees-Buss, Catherine Welch, Rebecca Piekkari 2022 Organizational Research Methods

Polycentric governance of privately owned resources in circular economy systems

Samuli Patala, Laura Albareda, Minna Halme 2022 Journal of Management Studies

Practical and Theoretical Wisdom in Management Scholarship

Tuomo Peltonen 2022 Philosophy of management

The Challenge of the Multinational Corporation to Organization Theory: Contextualizing Theory

Rebecca Piekkari, Catherine Welch, D. Eleanor Westney 2022 Organization Theory

Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Social goals and Sustainability in developing countries

Daria Podmetina, Ekaterina Albats, Federico Rosei, Daria Kautto 2022 Proceedings of the 55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences 2022
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Recently completed research projects

Unorthodox Organizations and Research Ethics of Radical Ethnography – Maarit Laihonen

  • In this post-doctoral research project 2017-2018, I studied the nature of unorthodox organizations in a context of radical resistance. The research was 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 contribute to the discussion of research ethics and other methodological questions in utilizing ethnographic methods in sensitive settings. This study was funded by Finnish Cultural Foundation. The project included one year visitor position in Harvard University (funded by Foundation for Economic Education and HSE Foundation).

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 was and 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 was funded by Kone Foundation in 2018. Further funding has been applied for.

Hijacking responsibility: Philosophical studies on health distribution – Johanna Ahola-Launonen

  • In this PhD thesis (conducted at the University of Helsinki 2013-2018, Social and Moral Philosophy), I examine the theoretical background of a political trend, the responsibilization of the individual. The trend turns complex societal issues like poverty and sickness into simple questions of individual responsibility. I look the issue especially from point of view of distribution of health and argue that discussions on responsibility have been hijacked by a simplified backward-looking desert-based view. My main claim is that responsibility should not have a role in the distribution of primary goods. The work was funded mainly by Kone foundation, together with the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Academy of Finland, the Aalto Business School, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

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 studied 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 studied the many meanings people can attach to the word “justice”, and endeavoured 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. 

Political Corporate Responsibility – Jukka Mäkinen

  • This project approached 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 aimed 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.
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