Rita Järventie-Thesleff

Visiting Professor
Visiting Professor
E706 Dept. Management Studies

My doctoral dissertation on building a corporate brand (2011) fueled my subsequent interest in studying more closely the challenges related to corporate identity, individual professional identity, and identification. Over the years, I have also studied change, roles as mediators of identity work, self-directed teams and organizations, strategy work, collective leadership and the importance of emotions in organizations. I consider myself to be an easily motivated critical management scholar with relatively eclectic interests.

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Roles, Identities, Change, Leadership, Emotions, Branding


Candidate for the Best Paper Prize: “Sense-making as the Basis for Doing the Corporate Brand - A Practice Perspective” at Strategic Management Society, Special Conference Finland 2010

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Management Studies Jan 2010

Candidate for the Best Paper: “Strategic wayfinding during emergent changes in media organizations – a narrative approach” at the EMMA conference 2015

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Management Studies Jan 2015

AoM Best paper proceedings publication 2010

Best Paper Proceedings Publication at the 70th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Boston, USA
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Management Studies Aug 2010


Boundaries, roles and identities in an online organization

Saara Bange, Rita Järventie-Thesleff, Janne Tienari 2022 Journal of Management Inquiry

Less-hierarchical organizing constituted within power-resistance dynamics

Rita Järventie-Thesleff, Pikka-Maaria Laine 2021

Brand co-creation in multichannel media environments

Saara Bange, Johanna Moisander, Rita Järventie-Thesleff 2020 JOURNAL OF MEDIA BUSINESS STUDIES

Entrepreneurial identity development through digital media

Sven-Ove Horst, Rita Järventie-Thesleff, Francisco Perez-Latre 2020 JOURNAL OF MEDIA BUSINESS STUDIES

Teaching strategy work to business students

Rita Järventie-Thesleff, Janne Tienari 2020 Teaching Strategic Management

‘We did it ourselves!’ - remedial resistance

Rita Järventie-Thesleff 2020

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

Sven-Ove Horst, Rita Järventie-Thesleff, Pekka Pälli 2019