Past Scholars

Nishant Kumar

Nishant Kumar

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (spring 2020). Associate Professor, Stockholm Business School, Stockholm University, Sweden.
Vivian Anette Lagesen

Vivian Anette Lagesen

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2019). Professor, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
Vivian Anette Lagesen is a sociologist and Professor in Science and Technology Studies (STS) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Her current research is a study on gender balance and diversity in academia, with a particular focus on department heads, management and inclusion strategies. Previous research has been a study of knowledge management, learning and policymaking in urban sustainability in national and local governments; a qualitative comparative study of gender, knowledge management and home-work balance in the software engineering industry in Norway, Malaysia and the US; a study of environmental knowledge management and learning in engineering consultant companies, and studies of inclusion of women to higher education in computer science. Lagesen is mainly working with qualitative studies.
Maarit Laihonen

Maarit Laihonen

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (spring 2018). Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Business, Aalto University, Finland.
I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Aalto University School of Business in the discipline of Philosophy, in the Department of Management Studies. In my doctoral thesis, I studied the politics of nuclear energy in Finland. I have also written about the politics of sustainable development, university activism, and artistic knowledge creation in the context of contemporary political debates. My current research projects include ethnography of unorthodox organizations, political bioeconomy strategies, and the relation of human-forest relationships and forest policies.
Markus Latzke

Markus Latzke

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2017). Programme Director of Business Administration for the Public Health Sector, IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems, Austria.
Before my current position, I worked as Assistant Professor at the Interdisciplinary Institute for Management and Organisational Behaviour at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business. My research focuses on two main areas: Health Care Management and Career Studies. Regarding the former, my focus has been on patient safety, which has led me to investigate the role of safety climate, error reporting systems, patient engagement as well as teamwork on the occurrence of adverse events. Theoretically, I draw on literature about organizational learning, sense-making and high reliability organizations. Concerning my research in Career Studies, I have used longitudinal data for investigating changes in careers, like the number and consequences of job transitions. Furthermore, by using a Bourdieuan lense which allows me to consider relationality and power relations, I studied career capital in various social fields for various groups such as business school graduates, teachers and refugees. A recent paper, applying signaling theory and convention theory, illustrates the role of social media in the recruitment process. In my ongoing projects, I focus on sustainable careers of health care professionals and the role of rules in relation to safety.
Jon E. B. Lervik

Jon E.B. Lervik

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2019-spring 2020). Associate Professor, Department of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour, BI Norwegian Business School.
Juho Lindman

Juho Lindman

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (spring 2019-fall 2019). Associate Professor; Director, Blockchain Lab, Applied IT, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Juho Lindman is an associate professor at the Department of Applied IT and the director of the University of Gothenburg Blockchain Lab. Before joining the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, Lindman was an assistant professor of information systems science at the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland.

Lindman received a PhD from the Aalto University School of Economics, Helsinki, and holds the title of Docent of Openness in Systems Development and Use in Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at the University of Oulu, Finland. Lindman was a visiting scholar at SCANCOR (Stanford) in 2012 and 2015. His research focuses on blockchain, open source software development, open data, open access, and organizational change.

Jukka Mäkinen

Jukka Mäkinen

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (spring 2019-fall 2019). Professor of Business Ethics, Department of Marketing and Communication, Estonian Business School.
Jukka Mäkinen, PhD is a professor of Business Ethics in the Estonian Business School, Department of Marketing and Communication (Estonia) and a docent of Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility at the Aalto University School of Business, Department of Management Studies (Finland). Mäkinen approaches the political and socio-economic roles of businesses and civil society associations in a society from the perspective of the contemporary theories of social justice. His research appears in journals such as Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Global Ethics, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Management and Organization Review, Utilitas, and Politics and Governance. Mäkinen has co-edited books and written several chapters in books on globalization, business ethics, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and political theory.
Christina Öberg

Christina Öberg

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2018). Chair and Professor in Marketing, School of Business, Örebro University, Sweden.
Christina Öberg is Professor and Chair in Marketing at Örebro University and also associated with the Ratio Institute, the University of Exeter, and Leeds University. She has a background from Linköping University and Lund University, and has also been a visiting scholar at Stanford University, the University of Bath, and Manchester University. Her research interests concern mergers and acquisitions, customer relationships, innovations and new ways to pursue business, including the sharing economy and the effects of additive manufacturing. Current projects inlude the spread of the sharing economy; business models in 3D printing; and newly established firms' development of business networks. Internationalisation becomes an integrated part in the ‘borderless’ creation of business, platforms erasing geographical distances, but also the counter trend of local production and consumption, which may effectively redefine distance, where focus rather becomes on individual self-employed parties in borderless structures. Christina's research is published in such journals as the Journal of Business Research, Industrial Marketing Management, International Marketing Review, the European Journal of Marketing, and Production Planning & Control.
Samuli Patala

Samuli Patala

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (spring 2017). Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Business, Aalto University, Finland.
I am an assistant professor of organization and management at Aalto University School of Business in Finland. My research interests are focused on environmentally sustainable business and cross-sector collaboration. I am especially interested in the empirical contexts of circular economy and renewable energy, and theoretically my research interests include institutional theory, cross-sector partnerships, and polycentric governance. In my previous research have studied for example the legitimation work and FDI activities of multinational energy utilities and the governance of circular economy. I am currently working in two broader research projects. One is a large cross-industrial project focused on circular economy and sustainability transition in the textile sector, and the second one focuses on impact investing.
Anne Reff Pedersen

Anne Reff Pedersen

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2017). Professor MSO, Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School.
Anne Reff Pedersen is Professor MSO at Department of Organization at Copenhagen Business School. Her research field is public organizations and innovation, with a particular interest in organization science, ethnography, narratives, and health care management and organization. She has published articles in Organization, American Review of Public Administration and Management Learning and she has published several books about Health Care Management, organizational change, and organisational ethnography. She works currently in a research project about health care innovation.
Seppo Poutanen

Seppo Poutanen

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2018). Senior Research Fellow and Docent, University of Turku, Finland.
Seppo Poutanen is Senior Research Fellow and Docent of sociology at the School of Economics at the University of Turku, Finland. Seppo is trained both in philosophy and sociology, and his areas of expertise include metaethics, social epistemology, social theory, sociology of science and technology, gender studies, methodology of social sciences, and economic sociology. Seppo has acted as Visiting Professor and Visiting Scholar at several universities (e.g. Stanford University, London School of Economics, University of Essex, UTS Business School Sydney). Seppo’s current research projects, associated mainly with the international research project SWiPE (www.smartworkresearch.fi), focus on the rise of entrepreneurial university, professionalism and entrepreneurship, and work and education in the new platform economy. He has published his research in Social Epistemology, Critical Public Health, Journal of Critical Realism, Sociological Research Online, International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship and in several edited volumes. Seppo’s latest publications include Poutanen, S., Kovalainen, A. & Rouvinen, P. (eds.) (2020) Digital Work and the Platform Economy: Understanding Tasks, Skills and Capabilities in the New Era. New York & Abingdon: Routledge, and Poutanen, S. & Kovalainen, A. (2017) Gender and Innovation in the New Economy - Women, Identity, and Creative Work. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. At SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center, Seppo mainly worked on a monograph with Professor Kovalainen (Routledge 2021) and the previously mentioned edited volume with several authors (Routledge 2020).
Elena Raviola

Elena Raviola

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2016). Associate Professor, Department of Business Administration, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden; Senior Lecturer, Department of
Organization, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.
Elena Raviola is an Associate Professor at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, and works also at the Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School. Her research focuses on media industries, with particular interest in news organizations and the transformation of news production and journalism in relation to digitization in different European countries. She has conducted ethnographic studies in several news organizations in Italy, Sweden and France. During the time at Scancor Harvard, she works on a study investigating the negotiations between professional (journalistic) and managerial judgement in organizing online news production. Her theoretical interests lie at the intersection of institutional theory, actor-network theory and sociology of conventions. Her research has been published in Organization Studies, Journal of Change Management, Information, Communication and Society, Journal of Media Business Studies, International Journal of Media Management as well as in several edited volumes.
Tiina Ritvala

Tiina Ritvala

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2016). Associate Professor of International Business, Department of Management Studies, Aalto University School of Business, Finland.
Tiina Ritvala is an Associate Professor of International Business at Aalto University, School of Business. Her research focuses on the role of business in sustainability and the dynamics between multinational corporations, non-profits, and governments. She studies these topics from multiple perspectives, including institutional theory, organizational stigma, and stakeholder theory. She has published in leading international business and management journals including, for instance, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of International Business Studies, International Business Review and the Journal of World Business. Ritvala serves on the boards of Aalto Sustainability Hub and Aalto University Junior.
Guro Refsum Sanden

Guro Refsum Sanden

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (spring 2017). Senior Lecturer, Department of Applied IT, University of Gothenburg.
Guro R. Sanden is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Applied Information Technology at the University of Gothenburg. Her research focuses on the role of language strategies in multinational corporations and the relationship between national language policies and corporate law. Before entering academia, Guro held various industry positions, including management trainee in the Danish insurance company Tryg. Her work has been published in outlets such as Applied Linguistics, European Journal of International Management, and Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development.
Torkel Strömsten

Torkel Strömsten

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2018-spring 2019). Associate Professor, Stockholm School of Economics; Professor, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.