Professor of Management, Innovation Management

My research examines sustainable innovation and renewal with theoretical frameworks on strategic management, leadership, stakeholder theory and networks. My current research interests are three-fold. First, I am interested in future-in-the-making. This involves studying disruptive and enabling innovations and looking into sensemaking, narratives and storytelling in anticipating the future. Second, I am interested in humanist views in business and strategic management. This involves new leadership paradigms, social and start-up entrepreneurship, appreciative inquiry, appreciative intelligence and arts-based-methods in sustainability transition.
Third, I have been studying networked strategizing in innovative emerging markets such as circular economy and personalized medicine. What drives me in my work is a passion to seek deeper understanding about societal and business phenomenon and the possibility to do that with people who share the same passion.

Contact info


Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies, Business School




+358 50 573 2742


Teaching Activities

Innovation Cultures
Innovation Management Research
Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility
Master’s thesis supervision
Doctorate thesis supervision
Post Doc supervision

Societal Activities

Member of Board, LähiTapiola Pirkanmaa, (2014-)
Member of board, Sports Education Institute Varala, (2011-2019)
Coordinator in Charge, Innovative Business Competence and Management – LIITO, Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes), designing and organizing activities for collaboration between academic research and business (1.11.2007–31.12.2011)

Research groups and research projects

UEF Research Community, Vice PI, Minerals-Energy-and-Circular-Economy-in-Sustainability-Transitions
Consortium VicePI, UEF project leader, “Circular Economy Catalysts: From Innovation to Business Ecosystems”, UEF, Strategic Research Council – Academy of Finland (1.1.2019-31.12.2020)
Sub-project leader, “Good(s) for Health: Personalized Health Services and Flexible Appropriation of Bioinformation”, (GOHE), UEF, Academy of Finland, (1.1.2016-31.12.2019)
Host to Fulbright Specialist, professor Tojo Thatchenkery, George Mason University, USA, visit to University of Eastern Finland and University of Tampere, Fulbright (21.5.-3.6.2016)
Co-leader, Research project, “Innovation Empathy”, UEF, Tekes, (1.11.2012-31.09.2014 )
Leader, “Social and Intellectual Capital in Sustainable Value Creation (Connections), University of Tampere, Tekes (1.9.2010-31.8.2012)

Research groups - UEF