Niina Koivunen received her PhD at the University of Tampere in 2003. She also worked there as a postdoctoral researcher before joining University of Vaasa in 2006. Koivunen holds a Docent position in Turku School of Economics and has made longer research visits to Stocholm University Business School (1998-99), GRI Gothenburg Resarch Institute at Gothenburg University Business School (March 2004) and to Saïd Business School, University of Oxford (April-July 2009).
She is an editorial board member of Scandinavian Journal of Management and Organizational Aesthetics, board member of Nordic Academy of Management, and Censor for the LAICS Programme (Leadership and Innovation in Complex Systems) in Copenhagen (2009-2014, 2015-2020) She has organized (and taught at) several doctoral courses, the 3rd Qualitative Research Conference in Vaasa (2010) and convened subthemes and sessions in various conferences.
Koivunen's research focuses on creative and expert organizations from the perspectives of leadership, collective expertise and leadership development. Her research methods include discourse analysis, ethnography and aesthetic analysis.
She is teaching JOHT3016 Qualitative research, JOHT3072 Leadership and leadership development, Master's thesis seminar and TOFO4032 Qualitative research methods for doctoral students. She also teaches at Levon Insitute's management education courses.
In her free time, Niina takes care of her cockerspaniel dog Rilla, experiments with gardening, enjoys winter swimming, yoga, meditation and good crime stories, particularly the ones produced by the BBC and the Danish TV.