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

Research group members

Tania Biswas
Tania Biswas
Project Researcher

School of Management, Human Resource Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8415
  • Tervahovi D302
Mireka Caselius
Mireka Caselius
Doctoral Student

School of Management, Human Resource Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8401
  • Tervahovi D306
Ines Escobar Borruel
Ines Escobar Borruel
Project Researcher

School of Management, Human Resource Management

  • ines.escobar.borruel
  • +358 29 449 8568
Shaghayegh Ghaffaripour
Shaghayegh Ghaffaripour

School of Management, Human Resource Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • Tervahovi C323
Katjalina Jyllilä
Katjalina Jyllilä

School of Management, Human Resource Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi (normalise scandinavian characters)
Maria Järlström
Maria Järlström
University Lecturer

School of Management, Human Resource Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi (normalise scandinavian characters)
  • +358 29 449 8436
  • Tervahovi C308
Anu Järvensivu
Anu Järvensivu
Assistant Professor

School of Management, Human Resource Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi (normalise scandinavian characters)
Hilpi Kangas
Hilpi Kangas
University Teacher

School of Management, Human Resource Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8597
Jenni Kantola
Jenni Kantola
University Lecturer

School of Management, Human Resource Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8502
  • Tervahovi C322
Niina Koivunen
Niina Koivunen
Associate Professor

School of Management, Human Resource Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8490
  • Tervahovi C306
Maarit Laiho
Maarit Laiho
Researcher

School of Management, Human Resource Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8510
Toni Lehtimäki
Toni Lehtimäki
Project Researcher

School of Management, Human Resource Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi (normalise scandinavian characters)
  • +358 29 449 8329
Tiina Leino
Tiina Leino
Doctoral Student

School of Management, Human Resource Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8518
Mikko Luoma
Mikko Luoma

School of Management, Human Resource Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
Rodrigo Mello
Rodrigo Mello
Project Researcher

School of Management, Human Resource Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8361
  • Tervahovi D302
Dina Myllymäki
Dina Myllymäki
Project Researcher

School of Management, Human Resource Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi (normalise scandinavian characters)
  • +358 29 449 8292
  • Vaasan Yliopisto Helsingin toimipiste
Liisa Mäkelä
Liisa Mäkelä
Professor

School of Management, Human Resource Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi (normalise scandinavian characters)
  • +358 29 449 8447
  • Tervahovi C310
Paula Naumanen
Paula Naumanen
Senior Researcher

School of Management, Human Resource Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
Maria Pajuoja
Maria Pajuoja
University Teacher

School of Management, Human Resource Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8402
  • Tervahovi D332
Heini Pensar
Heini Pensar
Project Researcher

School of Management, Human Resource Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8540
Hanna Salminen
Hanna Salminen
Assistant Professor

School of Management, Human Resource Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
Ville Sihto
Ville Sihto
Project Researcher

School of Management, Human Resource Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8517
Ausrine Silenskyte
Ausrine Silenskyte
University Teacher

School of Management, Human Resource Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8295
  • Tervahovi C214
Vesa Suutari
Vesa Suutari
Professor

School of Management, Human Resource Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8433
  • Tervahovi C321
Jussi Tanskanen
Jussi Tanskanen

School of Management, Human Resource Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
Laura Urrila
Laura Urrila
Doctoral Student

School of Management, Human Resource Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • Vaasan Yliopisto Helsingin toimipiste
Mika Vanhala
Mika Vanhala
Assistant Professor

School of Management, Human Resource Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
Riitta Viitala
Riitta Viitala
Professor

School of Management, Human Resource Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8431
  • Tervahovi C304
Monika von Bonsdorff
Monika von Bonsdorff
Professor

School of Management, Human Resource Management

  • monika.von.bonsdorff
  • +358 29 449 8409
Olivier Wurtz
Olivier Wurtz
Assistant Professor

School of Management, Human Resource Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8676
  • Tervahovi C325