Juha Laurila


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


Juha 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 a Master’s degree in Management and Organization from
the Helsinki School of Economics in 1990 and a Master’s degree in Social
Psychology from the University of Helsinki in 1993 and Doctoral degree in
Management and Organization from Helsinki School of Economics in 1995. During his
post-doctoral career, he has obtained the Junior Research Fellow (from 1995 to
1998) and Senior Research Fellow (from 2000 to 2005) positions. From 1998 to
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
research 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 leading journals (e.g. Journal of Business Ethics,
Journal of Management Studies, Organization, 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.


Throughout 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.


Professor Laurila has extensive teaching
experience at all academic levels. In addition to numerous visiting lectures,
this experience consists of teaching of mass courses for first year
undergraduate students as well as various types of Master’s and Doctoral level
courses covering both substantial and methodological issues. 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
fifty Master’s and eight Doctoral theses. Moreover, several of his doctoral
students with whom he has also written joint papers have become professional researchers
and obtained permanent and internationally visible academic positions.
Currently, he supervises three Doctoral and seven Master’s level students and,
in addition to his activities at doctoral courses and as a visiting lectures to
other courses, teaches one Master-level course on his own every year.


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