Human Resource Management

About the research group

Management comes with great responsibility, and the effective management of people issues is a responsibility that lies at the heart of any successful organization.

Comprising 13 faculty and around 20 active doctoral students, the Human Resource Management (HRM) research group is Finland’s largest scientific research group dedicated to examining people management issues in organizations. The group produces high-quality academic research on a variety of HRM-related topics that companies can utilize to improve their competitiveness – through the creation of a skilled and more committed workforce, and via more effective HRM processes that support strategic objectives. The main focus areas of the group’s research are international HRM, strategic HRM, and leadership.

The research group also carries out research-based development programmes in collaboration with companies and public sector organizations. The group actively participates in joint research initiatives with other prestigious domestic and international partner universities, as well as with leading partner companies and professional development networks. These projects leverage both the group’s scientific expertise in HRM and a focus on practical relevance.
 

Connections to HRM education:

The HRM research group is engaged in different forms of HRM education, most notably the following:

- Henkilöstöjohtamisen maisteriohjelma (University of Vaasa, Vaasa)
- Master’s Degree Programme in International Business (University of Vaasa, Vaasa)
- HR MBA (Levón Institute, Vaasa)
- Doctoral Programme in Business Studies (HRM as a major subject)

Doctoral studies within the HRM research group aim at providing cutting-edge and relevant knowledge for work organizations and the scientific community in Finland as well at the international level. Each doctoral student is assigned two supervisors, attends internal research seminars arranged twice a year, and has a key role in tailoring their own study plan to fit their specific needs and interests. Our doctoral students follow the Doctoral Programme in Business Studies. More information about this programme (study guide, how to apply) can be found here.

The HRM research group is headed by Professor Liisa Mäkelä.

Research projects

Project Duration Actors
Brothers from a different mother? How businesses and public sector organizations develop leadership competencies and change processes for blockchain implementation (BizPub) - InnoLab, Technology and Innovations, Management, Marketing and Communication, Networked value systems NeVS, International business and marketing, Human resource management
Global mobility of employees - GLOMO - Human resource management, Management

Research group members

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Jussi Tanskanen

Jussi Tanskanen

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Seppo Penttilä

Seppo Penttilä

Research Assistant
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Laura Urrila

Laura Urrila

Doctoral Student
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Susanna Kultalahti

Susanna Kultalahti

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Tiina Leino

Tiina Leino

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Samu Kemppinen

Samu Kemppinen

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Mireka Caselius

Mireka Caselius

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Jenni Kantola

Jenni Kantola

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Rodrigo De Melo

Rodrigo De Melo

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Maria Pajuoja

Maria Pajuoja

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Heidi Saarinen

Heidi Saarinen

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Mikko Luoma

Mikko Luoma

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Olivier Wurtz

Olivier Wurtz

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Vesa Suutari

Vesa Suutari

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Hilpi Kangas

Hilpi Kangas

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Joel Järvensivu

Joel Järvensivu

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Niina Koivunen

Niina Koivunen

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Tomi Kallio

Tomi Kallio

Professor
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Liisa Mäkelä

Liisa Mäkelä

Professor
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Dina Myllymäki

Dina Myllymäki

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Katjalina Jyllilä

Katjalina Jyllilä

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Maarit Laiho

Maarit Laiho

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Riitta Viitala

Riitta Viitala

Professor
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Maria Järlström

Maria Järlström

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Ines Escobar Borruel

Ines Escobar Borruel

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Ville Sihto

Ville Sihto

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Paula Naumanen

Paula Naumanen

Research Director
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Tania Biswas

Tania Biswas

Doctoral Student
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Sniazhana Sniazhko

Sniazhana Sniazhko

Doctoral Candidate
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Heini Pensar

Heini Pensar

Project Manager
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