Hannele Seeck
Professor, PhD



Areas of expertise
Organization Studies and Critical Management Studies (CMS). My work intersects social theory, organization studies, political science and history.


Hannele Seeck is a Professor of Management and Organization (full, tenured) at the University of Turku.

She is also the Head of the Discipline at the Pori Unit of Turku School of Economics, University of Turku. She holds positions of Adjunct Professor at the University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research (2008-) and National Defence University, Department of Leadership and Military Pedagogy (2010-). Previously she has been an Associate Professor of Management and Organization (full time) at the Hanken School of Economics (Helsinki campus) and five years a Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science at the Department of Media and Communications (2010-2015).

She conducted her graduate studies (MSc, PhD) at the London School of Economics. After obtaining her PhD (May 2004), she worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the London School of Economics (2004-2005) and the Academy of Finland (2005-2008). She also worked at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, for the most part as a Senior Researcher. She has also been a Fellow of the Finnish Business and Policy Forum (EVA) and is a current member of Management Study Group (LJT, Liikkeenjohdollinen Tutkimusryhmä). She has written 75 publications, including books and journal articles, in her fields of specialty. Her work has appeared for example in Organization, Business History, Management Learning and the International Journal of Human Resource Management.

Prof. Seeck is an organisation and management scholar, with a critical management orientation. Her research is mainly qualitative and interdisciplinary, combining social theory, political science, communications and history with Organisational Studies.

For potential PhDs and MScs / Tuleville väitöskirjantekijöille ja graduisteille

If you would want me to supervise your PhD or MSc thesis, please contact me on hannele.seeck@utu.fi. For potential PhD candidates, please first submit an extended abstract of approximately 1000 words or a whole research plan (of approximately 10 pages), if you have already written one, by email.

•Critical management studies oriented research and organizational sociology, organisational politics and organisational communications.
•Organizational studies, particularly the themes of organisational control, power, ideology and legitimacy
•Foucauldian organizational theory
•Management history: 'the' evolution, adoption, diffusion and ‘glocalisation’ of management ideas
•Finnish management, comparative perspective
•Human resources management and organizational behaviour: critical perspectives)
•Crisis management (both corporate and civil crises), and media studies in context of crisis in particular
•Critical innovation studies, particularly problematization social innovation

At MSc level, I also supervise thesis on:
•Organizational behaviour and human resources management (on both mainstream and critical perspectives)
•On topics such as relationship between innovation and well-being, human resources management and innovation, engagement, self-determination theory, etc.

Data sets that I gladly supervise MSc thesis on:
•Finnish governmental platforms (Suomen hallitusohjelmat) 1917–current
•Annual reports (vuosikatsaukset, erityisesti toimitusjohtajan katsausosiot)
•Media data: different types of professional journals, internal corporate magazines, and general magazines
•Social media discussion, particularly in a connection to crises, and EU Policy documents


I am an organization studies scholar. My work intersects social theory, organization studies, political science and history. In summary: Since I earned my PhD, the work of Foucault has been a dominant influence in my work and the themes of control and politics are central also in my empirical studies. 

Organizational Research Group: Critical Alternatives (2006-). The group researches alternative ways of organizing. The group is based in organization studies but is essentially multidisciplinary. It intersects communications, history, philosophy, political science and sociology. We are positioned in critical management studies. The members of the group study and problematize, for example, the dark sides of social innovations and creativity. Members also research, for example, health care reforms from a historical embeddedness perspective and aesthetic bodily experiences in the context of working life. In particular, research on the dissemination, glocalization and consumption of organizational ideas and ideologies throughout the last decade and the role of different institutions in these has been a core theme of the group’s research since 2006. An emerging theme of the group is responsible HRM. 

I established the group (originally called Critical Management & History Research Group) in 2006. Its founding was made possible by substantial research grants from the Academy of Finland and the  Emil Aaltonen Trust. The group was originally formed from the researchers working on these projects,  and my PhD students at the time. Founding member Anita Välikangas currently co-ordinates the group (1.1.2019-31.12.2021). Current members of the group are PhD researcher Linda Annala (Hanken), PhD Annika Blomberg (Uni of Turku), PhD Markus Kantola (Uni of Turku), PhD researcher Heidi Korin (Uni of Turku), PhD Anna Kuokkanen (Uni of Helsinki), PhD Maarit Laiho (Uni of  Turku), PhD researcher Salla Lehtonen and PhD researcher Katja Laine (Uni of Turku), PhD Essi Saru (Uni of Turku), PhD Suvi Satama (Uni of Turku), PhD Jussi Kulla, PhD Beata Segercrantz (Uni of Helsinki), PhD Harri Virolainen (Uni of Turku), PhD Maija Vähämäki (Uni of Turku) ja PhD researcher Anita Välikangas (Uni of Helsinki). Group members have published many text books and in, for example, the following journals: Organization, Journal of Business Ethics, Management Learning, Human Relations, Media, Culture & Society, Business History, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Culture and Organization, Hallinnon tutkimus, ja Työelämän tutkimus. Group members have been awarded  funding, for example, from the Academy of Finland, the Emil Aaltonen Trust, Liikesivistysrahasto, the Helsingin Sanomain Trust and the Finnish Cultural Foundation. If you are interested in joining the group, as a PhD student for example, please contact me by email and submit also a research plan and some recent publications/work in progress manuscripts.

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