Research Projects

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Global Mobility of Employees – GLOMO

“Global mobility of employees” (GLOMO) is an international research project financed by the European Union under the line “excellent science” of the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. It sees eight partners from across Europe generate knowledge about the global mobility phenomenon while training and developing a unique network of experts in the field, in order to make labour mobility more efficient and beneficial for all parties involved. The project has received total...

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Cross-Cultural Collaboration on Contemporary Careers (5C)

This research is part of a multi-country study conducted by the ‘Cross-Cultural Collaboration on Contemporary Careers’ (5C) – a collaboration of careers scholars from around 30 countries. The purpose of the project was to understand how people perceive their careers across the globe, the extent to which this differs between countries, what things are driving these differences, and the effects these career perceptions have on key outcomes. More specifically, we were interested in what...

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Art, Aesthetics and Economy

The main research objectives of this project were, 1) to produce an in-depth understanding of the art and cultural field in Finland from the perspective of management studies and to explore the potential of “creative economy” in contributing economic value and business opportunities, 2) to explore the origins of the field “organizational aesthetics” and its contribution to organization studies, and 3) to develop auditive leadership culture and the philosophy of listening within...

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The Occupational Well-Being of International Professionals in Modern-Day Working Life

Modern-day working life comprises several different kinds of international employees and in this project we study some of the main types: expatriates sent by their current employers, self-initiated expatriates, short-term international assignees and international business travellers. We are interested in the positive and negative aspects of international work and how these affect the well-being of professionals who are internationally mobile. We also study the kinds of individual- and...

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The Global Leadership Challenge: Talent Management in Multinational Corporations

This was a large-scale consortium research project involving comparative analyses of what different leading Nordic multinationals are doing in talent and HR management, how, why, and the effects on various outcomes at the individual and subsidiary level. The project entailed multi-level and multi-stakeholder data collection amongst 930 managers and professionals within 123 subsidiaries belonging to 12 Nordic MNCs. In addition, qualitative case studies were carried out in 14 subsidiaries...

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Artistic Methods in Leadership Education

This project examined the increasing use of art and artistic methods in leadership education. The data were collected by observations and interviews in one specific workshop employing artistic methods in a UK university. The research revealed how artistic methods as experiential ways of learning can be a powerful means to learn about one’s leadership abilities. The research also showed how the notion of leadership constructed in the workshops is paradoxical and places contradictory demands on...

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The Role of Language Skills in Career Mobility

This project focuses on the relationship between language skills and career mobility. The project includes both theoretical developments concerning this relationship and empirical studies. In the project, we focus on language skills as a form of career capital and examine its effects on career mobility and other career outcomes. We also develop a new concept of ‘language fit/misfit’ and its potential effects on career mobility, both theoretically and empirically. Cross-cultural comparative...

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Improving Performance via Leadership Focused on Well-Being (LÄIKE)

This project focused on leadership in organizations and provided evidence that leadership focused on increasing employee well-being leads to improved organisational performance. Coaching Leadership and Leader-Member exchange (LMX) relationships were found to be key characteristics of the kind of leadership that improved well-being. The project involved an intervention study and three different interventions were conducted in the participating organizations in order to support and develop the...