Liisa Mäkelä


Ph D (Philosophy, main subject Psychology), Ph.d (Economics and Business Administration)
School of Management, Human Resource Management (normalise scandinavian characters)
+358 29 449 8447
Wolffintie 34, 65200 Vaasa
Tervahovi C310

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I am Professor in the University of Vaasa and I am Docent in the Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics. I have been a visiting scholar in Monash University (Melbourne).

I received my first Ph.D in 2009 (Economics and Business Administration) from the University of Vaasa and my second Ph.D in 2016 (Philosophy, main subject Psychology) from the University of Tampere.


I have a long-term teaching experience. Currently I am involved in the courses on Organizational Behaviour, and Group Dynamics and Work Well-being (in Finnish). I am also supervising Master's Thesis and Doctoral Thesis. My teaching is based on the idea of collaborative learning.


I am a leader of the  Human Resource Management Research Group at the University of Vaasa which is Finland's largest scientific research group dedicated to examining people management issues in organizations.

With LEADIS-team we study management of remote work and well-being in the challenging era of Corrona pendemic.

My research interests focus on the occupational well-being and work-life interface among different types of employees, for instance, supervisors and internationally mobile employees. Leadership and career related issues are also part of my areas of interest as well as development interventions supporting well-being and leadership. I have published my research in international journals and as book chapters.

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The most recent publications:

Mäkelä, L., Kangas, H. & Suutari, V. (2019) Satisfaction with an expatriate job: The role of physical and functional distance between expatriate and supervisor. Journal of Global Mobility, 2019, vol. 7, issue 3, 255-226.

Tanskanen, J., Mäkelä, L., Viitala, R. (2018). Linking Managerial Coaching and Leader?Member Exchange on Work Engagement and Performance. Journal of Happiness Studies.

Suutari, V., Dickmann, M., Brewster, C., Mäkelä, L., & Tornikoski, C. (2017)  The long-term effect of international assignments on the careers of assigned and self-initiated expatriates: A follow-up study. Human Resource Management.

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