Juha Laurila

Professor, Management and Organisation (Department of Management and Entrepreneurship)

+358 29 450 2439
+358 50 529 6730

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Areas of expertise
Institutional theory; Organizational identity; Technological innovation and change; Forest industry


Laurila was appointed to his current position as a Tenured Full Professor of
Management and Organization at Turku School of Economics, University of Turku,
in 2007. Before and after that he has been qualified for a comparable position
four times in three Finnish universities. He obtained his doctoral degree in
Management and Organization from Helsinki School of Economics in 1995 and a
Master’s degree on Social Psychology from the University of Helsinki in 1993
and in Management and Organization from the Helsinki School of Economics in
1990. In his post-doctoral career he has worked for the Academy of Finland as a
Junior (from 1995 to 1998) and Senior Research Fellow (from 2000 to 2005). From
1998 and 2000 he acted as an Assistant Professor and from 2005 to 2007 as a
Full Professor at Helsinki School of Economics. His international mobility
includes short visits to Stanford University, the University of Warwick and the
University of Jena. In Finland, he has worked as a visiting scholar both at
Hanken School of Economics (2012-2013) and Aalto University School of Science
(2014 onwards).


In his
internationally-oriented research work, Professor Laurila has mostly
concentrated on technology and innovation with strong emphasis on the
institutional conditioning of all types of change processes both at the level
of individual organizations and organizational fields. His other interests
include multinational companies and the specificities of Finland both as a host
and a country-of origin for them and their subsidiaries. Whereas Professor
Laurila’s doctoral thesis appeared as a monograph published by Routledge in
1998, he thereafter has concentrated on publishing his research in prominent
journals (e.g. Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management Studies,
Organization Studies) and edited volumes. Out of his four co-authored papers in
Organization Studies one (2011, with Nina Granqvist) won Roland Calori Prize
for the best paper published in the journal between 2011 and 2012.

his career, Professor Laurila has been an active reviewer of papers submitted
to prominent international academic conferences and journals. The latter
include journals such as AMJ, AMR, Human Relations, JIBS, JMS, Organization
Studies and SMJ. Since the mid-1990s he has also been an active member of both
EGOS and AOM. In addition, between 2005 and 2008 he served as an Associate
Editor for the Scandinavian Journal of Management. Professor Laurila also has
acted as an external examiner for several academic posts and as an examiner or
opponent for thirteen doctoral theses. He has also obtained funding for and
headed several large-scale research projects not to mention the large number of
research grants and projects in which he has taken part as a collaborator or a
member of their governing bodies.


Laurila has extensive experience of teaching at all academic levels. In
addition to numerous visiting lectures this includes teaching of mass courses
for first year undergraduate students as well as various types of Master’s and
Doctoral level courses. He has also headed and participated in the development
of curricula on several occasions during his career. As a part of his
educational role, he has sole-supervised more than forty Master’s and seven Doctoral
theses. Moreover, he has co-supervised seven Doctoral theses. It may be
mentioned that several of his doctoral students have become professional
researchers and obtained a permanent and internationally visible position among
the academia. Currently, he supervises two Doctoral and seven Master’s level
students. One of the mechanisms of transferring knowledge between him and his
students has been writing of co-authored papers at both of these levels.


Continuity of organizational identity through the passage of time
(2017) WORK2017 - Work and Labour in the Digital Future 2017: Conference Abstracts Juha Laurila, Anni Paalumäki
O2 Other)

Institutional Path Dependence in Competitive Dynamics: The Case of Paper Industries in Finland and the USA (2017)
Managerial and Decision Economics
Juha-Antti Lamberg, Juha Laurila, Tomi Nokelainen
A1 Journal article – refereed)

What the shared industry and country of origin bring: Analogous sequences in the internationalization of Finnish paper MNCs (2017) Multinational Corporations and Organization Theory: Post Millennium Perspectives Juha Laurila
A3 Book chapter)

Learning to navigate under managerialism: The case of a cross-disciplinary research initiative (2016) Jaakko Siltaloppi, Juha Laurila, Karlos Artto
O2 Other)

Novelty in the flow of time – Taking a view from nowhere in an on-going present (2013) EGOS 2013 Tor Hernes, Juha Laurila, Anni Paalumäki, Ida Danneskiold-Samsøe, Ansgar Ødegård
A4 Article in conference proceedings)

Involved ethnography in the study of embodied agency – Capturing movement that evades the eye (2012) European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Satama S, Laurila J
A4 Article in conference proceedings)

Finland: Innovating the Global Positioning of Flagship Companies and Foreign-Owned Subsidiaries (2011) Nordic Capitalisms and Globalization Lilja, Kari;Laurila, Juha;Lovio, Raimo
A3 Book chapter)

Rage against self-replicating machines: Framing science and fiction in the US nanotechnology field (2011) Granqvist, Nina;Laurila, Juha
A1 Journal article – refereed)

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