Jarna Heinonen

Professor, Entrepreneurship (Department of Management and Entrepreneurship)

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Areas of expertise
entrepreneurship; entrepreneurship education; corporate entrepreneurship; family business; innovation; organizational renewal; entrepreneurship and innovation policies


Jarna Heinonen is a Professor of Entrepreneurship. She is senior professional in global arena with excellent knowledge and solid experience in entrepreneurship, particularly corporate entrepreneurship, corporate venturing
and organizational renewal, family business, start-ups, innovation, changing
work, entrepreneurship education, and related practices and policies.

Currently Jarna serves also as a Visiting Professor at the Kingston
University, Small Business Research Centre (2017-2019).

She is an appreciated policy advisor on entrepreneurship for European
Commission, OECD, ministries and associations. Board member in several
scientific foundations. She has conducted research for such bodies and is well
connected to entrepreneurship stakeholders nationally and internationally.

She is highly experienced in building bridges between academia and
business life – ‘pracademic’ collaborating with businesses e.g. as a teacher
and facilitator in executive education; serving as an Academic Director of the
Executive MBA programme of the University of Turku, School of Economics;
leading and conducting development and research projects in close collaboration
with private and public organisations.

She holds numerous positions of trust in scientific community as well as
in business and society. Jarna is also Board professional and she has Board
positions in Turku District Co-operative Bank (Turun Seudun Osuuspankki, Chair
of the Board) and OP Group Co-operative.


Jarna’s research interests in the field of entrepreneurship include
corporate entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship and enterprise education,
organizational renewal, family business and entrepreneurship and innovation
policies. Jarna is interested in multidisciplinary entrepreneurship research
and has therefore worked as a project leader, principal investigator and/or
researcher with researchers from different scholarly fields in a number of
projects, such as

  • with economists and social scientists in Developing Inclusive and Sustainable Creative Economy (DISCE) (Horizon2020, 3 million €, 2019-2021) together with three other researcher partners from the UK, Italy, and Latvia and two stakeholder partners from Sweden and Belgium.
  • with historians in Gender and growth in family firms: from 1750 to the present (Academy of Finland, 550k€, 2011-2015) together with the Department of Finnish History in the University of Turku.
  • with natural scientists in Unlocking the value of Nordic bioresources – NordAqua (NordForsk through the Nordic Bioeconomy Programme, 2017-2022). NordAqua is a Nordic Centre of Excellence led by Academian Eva-Mari Aro at the Faculty of Technology and Natural Sciences, University of Turku. Project and Work Package leader in the School of Economics with an aim to encourage and study commercialization and entrepreneurship within the NCoE.
  • with medical doctors in Secure Ageing Innovation (Tekes, 419k€ 2012-2014) together with the Faculty of Medicine in the University of Turku.

Over years Jarna has been involved in numerous research projects as a
Principal Investigator, Project Leader and/or researcher and collaborated in
many established, international research networks, such as ENSR (The European
Network for Social and Economic Research), the IPREG (Innovative Policy
Research for Economic Growth: Analysis of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Policy in European Countries) and the GEM (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor).

Jarna has published over 200 scientific publications and about 70 text books or popular research publications (including also 2 TV-programmes about Entrepreneurship).


As a Head Teacher in Entrepreneurship (2012-2018) Jarna has been responsible
for curriculum planning and a principal lecturer in a number of different
courses at bachelor, masters’ and doctoral level within entrepreneurship
studies in TSE, UTU. Her courses range from basic entrepreneurship studies, and
corporate entrepreneurship to contemporary and advanced readings of
entrepreneurship. In addition, she has run several tailor made entrepreneurship
courses to different audiences, such as ‘Entrepreneurship – an interesting
opportunity?’ launched by the Academy of Finland for Graduate School
researchers, and ‘Entrepreneurship awareness raising seminars’ for the
researchers of the European Joint Research Centre (EU Commission) in 2008,
2009, 2011.

Jarna has also launched several entrepreneurship courses for
non-business students within the University of Turku (the Faculty of Medicine
and Faculty of Humanities) in the spirit of the Entrepreneurial University. In
addition, she is a programme facilitator of an annual programme ‘Entrepreneurship
for research professionals’ within the University of Turku graduate school,
UTUGS in 2013, 2014, 2017 jointly with Research Director Ulla Hytti and Docent
Pekka Stenholm.

Jarna has conducted research on her entrepreneurial teaching and
learning experiences of which she has published widely in scholarly journals.

Jarna is also an active lecturer, teacher and facilitator in executive
education. Particularly her research and experience in corporate
entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial behaviour and organisational renewal are
highly valued in the executive education. She serves as an Academic Director of
the EMBA Programme and the Chair of the EMBA Programme Committee in the Turku
School of Economics, University of Turku (since 2012), and participates thus
actively in executive education curriculum development.

She supervises theses at the master's and doctoral level as well as
within the EMBA programme of the TSE.

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Uudistuva perheyritys: perhe, omistajuus ja liiketoiminta (2019) Krista Elo-Pärssinen, Jarna Heinonen
D5 Text book, professional manual or guide or a dictionary)

From Household Economy to Family Business (2018) Women in Business Families - From past to present Jarna Heinonen, Kirsi Vainio-Korhonen
A3 Book chapter)

He suddenly died : Unplanned succession in family firms (2018) Women in Business Families: From Past to Present Jarna Heinoinen, Elisabet Ljunggren
A3 Book chapter)

Identifying and understanding entrepreneurial decision-making logics in entrepreneurship education (2018)
International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research
Sanna Ilonen, Jarna Heinonen, Pekka Stenholm
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Introduction (2018) SAGE Handbook of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Robert Blackburn, Dirk De Clercq, Jarna Heinonen
B2 Book chapter)

Paikallisten ja kotimarkkinayritysten kasvu. Arviointiraportti. (2018) Pekka Stenholm, Satu Aaltonen, Jarna Heinonen
D4 Published development or research report or study)

The SAGE Handbook of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (2018) Robert Blackburn, Dirk De Clercq, Jarna Heinonen
C2 Edited book)

Understanding affective learning outcomes in entrepreneurship education (2018)
Industry and Higher Education
Sanna Ilonen, Jarna Heinonen
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Women in Business Families - From Past to Present (2018) Jarna Heinonen, Kirsi Vainio-Korhonen
C2 Edited book)

Does it make any difference? Students’ learning outcomes in a corporate entrepreneurship course
(2017) WORK2017 - Work and Labour in the Digital Future 2017: Conference Abstracts Sanna Ilonen, Jarna Heinonen
O2 Other)

Identifying and understanding entrepreneurial behavior in entrepreneurial education (2017) Sanna Suomalainen, Jarna Heinonen, Pekka Stenholm
O2 Other)

Inclusive Entrepreneurship Country Policy Assessment: Finland 2017 (2017) Jarna Heinonen
D4 Published development or research report or study)

Navigating the family business: A gendered analysis of identity construction of daughters (2017)
International Small Business Journal
Hytti Ulla, Alsos Gry Agnete, Heinonen Jarna, Ljunggren Elisabet
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Osaaminen luo vankan perustan alueen elinvoimaisuudelle (2017) Turun kauppakamarin juhlakirja 2017: 100 vuotta tulevaisuutta Anne Kovalainen, Jarna Heinonen
D2 Article in a professional research book)

Self-employment and independent professionals: labour market transitions and myths of entrepreneurship (2017) Exploring the Entrepreneurial Society. Institutions, Behaviors and Outcomes Dieter Bögenhold, Jarna Heinonen, Elisa Akola
A3 Book chapter)

Vammaisten henkilöiden yrittäjyys ja sen tuki (2017) Niemelä Pyry, Renko Maija, Nikoskinen Tuomas, Heinonen Jarna, Hytti Ulla, Lindberg Jukka, Ray Kaija, Kaarnasaari Anne, Savela Kati, Kallionpää Pekka, Kämäräinen Vesa, Pakarinen Jaana
D4 Published development or research report or study)

Entrepreneurship Mission and Content in Finnish Enterprise Policy Programmes (2016)
Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development
Jarna Heinonen, Ulla Hytti
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Firm Growth in Family Businesses—The Role of Entrepreneurial Orientation and the Entrepreneurial Activity (2016)
Journal of Small Business Management
Stenholm Pekka, Pukkinen Tommi, Heinonen Jarna
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor – Finnish 2015 Report (2016) Suomalainen Sanna, Stenholm Pekka, Kovalainen Anne, Heinonen Jarna, Pukkinen Tommi
D4 Published development or research report or study)

Governing the entrepreneurial mindset: Business students' constructions of entrepreneurial subjectivity (2016)
European Educational Research Journal
Laalo Hanna, Heinonen Jarna
A1 Journal article – refereed)

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