Att leda för tillväxt och välmående

Att leda för tillväxt och välmående är ett av Hankens styrkeområden.

Inom styrkeområdet Att leda för tillväxt och välmående fokuserar forskarna på ledning av mänskliga resurser och entreprenörskap och intresserar sig framförallt för hur välmående kan ses som en väg till bättre resultat för såväl individen, gruppen som organisationen.

Gruppens kärnkompetenser handlar om hur ledarskap och HR praxis påverkar olika former av välmående och hur välmående i sin tur påverkar hur anställda och entreprenörer presterar. Gruppens medlemmar fokuserar framförallt på psykologiskt välmående (till exempel stress, engagemang och passion) och socialt välmående (till exempel personrelationer och arbetsklimat) som mekanismer som påverkar resultat och tillväxt.

  • Vetenskapliga delområden: ledarskap, personalledning (HRM), organisationsbeteende, entreprenörskap
  • Vetenskapliga forskningsområden: ledarskap, högpresterande arbetspraktiker, välbefinnande, inkludering, meningsfullt arbete, talangledning, engagemang, företagarpassion, medveten närvaro, stress, entreprenörers stressorer, mobbning på arbetsplatsen, organisatorisk rättvisa, organisatorisk identitet, personalens arbetsattityder, entreprenörsprocesser, karriärvägar, könsdiskriminering, personalomsättning, ’people analytics’, prestationsledning
  • Vetenskapliga forskningsmetoder: kvantitativa metoder, enkäter, tillväxtmodellering, kvalitativ forskning, kvasi-experimentell design, laboratorieexperiment, interventionsstudier, blandade metoder

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Employee well-being, attitudes, stress and (employee/organizational) performance
  • High-performance work practices and effects on well-being
  • Leadership, leadership development and well-being
  • Talent management and employee reactions
  • Financial benefits of employee well-being
  • Social entrepreneurship and poverty alleviation
  • Creating meaningful careers and work practices
  • Passion and compassion
  • Identification, social categories (gender, ethnicity) and processes of inclusion/exclusion
  • Workplace bullying, harassment, and discrimination

Faculty members doing research on well-being

Professor, Head of Subject (Management and Organization)

Denise's work centers mostly around the dark side of organizational behaviour. Her research interests include antecedents and outcomes of workplace bullying, organizational (in)justice, and mistreatment. She has also done work on gender and leadership and bullying as a gendered phenomenon. Ongoing research also centers around how high performance work practices affect employee well-being and social relationships.

Denise is currently responsible for the Academy of Finland projects: "Preventing Workplace Bullying and Mitigating its Consequences: The Role of Human Resource Practices". The project examines the role of different HR practices and their relationship to bullying and its prevention. Her former Academy of Finland-project "Global Perspectives on Workplace bullying: Implications for Human Resource Management" involved, among other things, leading a 14-country project exploring HR managers’ perceptions of what bullying is and how it can be prevented.

Professor, Head of Subject (Entrepreneurship)

Joakim Wincent is a Professor in Entrepreneurship and Management. His current research focus largely on  entrepreneurs and innovation processes in new and existing organizations. Joakim is interested in the psychological challenges of entrepreneurs and how to improve their individual conditions, but also the general challenges with developing high potential and highly innovative start-ups. He is identifying factors that promote entrepreneurship in new and existing organizations and future challenges for companies that aim to be innovation leaders during the next ten-year period. Methodological interest in research is directed to develop new measurements such as calculations of the amount and value of entrepreneurial opportunities in different sectors and industries. In addition, Joakim has conducted highly cited research on entrepreneurial work passion and entrepreneurial work stressors.

Joakim leads and participates in several multidisciplinary research projects with international basis and international participants. His research  (150+ peer-review journal papers) is published in leading management journals such as Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies and Organizational Research Methods, but also in leading entrepreneurship journals such as Journal of Business Venturing and Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice.


Mats' research focuses on HRM (Human Resource Management), leadership and organizational behavior. He has worked extensively in the broad area of international management with a focus on international HRM. However, Mats' primary area of interest and expertise remains in HRM theory and organizational behavior, where a big part of his work-in-progress also lies. An important part of this research focuses on work-related stress and employee well-being. In addition, but very much related to this, recently Mats has increasingly delved into the area of the joint and unique importance of leadership and HRM for various employee-level outcomes such as stress, exhaustion, engagement, feelings of strength and relatedness. He also works on both cross-cultural and indigenous research with a specific focus on Russia.

Mats has recently been Principal investigator of the Hanken-based research part of a consortium project (together with Aalto Business School and Vaasa University) financed by the Academy of Finland: Influence without authority: Examining the agency and actions of Human Resource professionals. He is also very much engaged with the research-output phase of a project financed by the Wallenberg foundation: Beyond single explanations in management studies. Mats is also involved in several collaborative projects with partner organizations on the topic of people analytics, an exciting new area where practitioner interests and academic interests truly can meet.

Professor of Practice

Christina Dahlblom is an entrepreneur, board member and chair, with 20 years of experience working as a consultant, coach and manager in various organisations. She defended her Ph.D. at Hanken in 2004 at the department of marketing, on the topic of customer loyalty. After that, her focus turned to human behavior within organizations. She has been responsible of large scale leadership, culture, strategy and organizational development projects in various organizations, and has chaired the compensation and corporate governance committee of one stock listed company. Her interests upon returning part-time to academia lie in projects relating to development of culture, leadership, employee engagement and wellbeing.

Associate professor

Jennie’s research interests lie in the fields of International Management and Human Resource Management with a specific focus on people issues in multinational corporations (IHRM). Her current work includes a focus on employee perceptions of talent management, dual organizational identification, and the role, influence, and authority of the HR function. Jennie has led a large-scale Academy of Finland funded research projects on the digitalization of people management, more specifically how HRM is influenced by technological developments that change the nature of white collar work. Jennie is also affiliated with the Stockholm School of Economics and has held visiting positions at Uppsala University, University of Melbourne and University of New South Wales.

Assistant Professor

Emma is Assistant Professor of Management and Organisation at Hanken. She has a multi-disciplinary background in technology, organizational behaviour, and design. Her research focuses on virtual work arrangements ranging from globally distributed teams to remote work, with a special emphasis on leadership, well-being, and team dynamics. Recently she has studied how Covid-19 has altered work practices and well-being among knowledge workers who have been forced to shift to remote work during the pandemic. She is also eagerly following future work trends, including hybrid work, where office work and telework is blended. Finally, Emma studies challenge-driven innovation practices and self-managed ways of organizing, always striving to produce knowledge that can improve business and society in addition to theory.

Assistant Professor

Since 2013, Violetta acts as an Assistant Professor in Management and Organization at Hanken. Her principal research interests lie in the fields of international human resource management and organizational behavior. Her research has been published in journals such as Corporate Governance: An International Review, Career Development International, Journal of Managerial Psychology, Personnel Review, Employee Relations and others.

At the moment Violetta examines the role of talent management in light of the gig economy; the trade-offs between HPWS, employee well-being and performance; and the role HR in the digitized economy. She works closely with her colleagues from California Lutheran University, Munster University and the UNSW Business School. She also holds a Business Development Manager position at Hanken & SSE Executive Education.

Postdoc Researcher

Anton’s research interests lie in the areas of Strategic and International Human Resource Management (HRM). More specifically, Anton focuses on contradictions and paradoxes in HRM; organization and capabilities of the HR function; professionalization and occupational status of HR; and the relationships between HRM practices, well-being, and performance. His current research employs paradox theorizing to identify HRM practices that produce synergistic effects for employee well-being and performance. He is also interested in methodological aspects of measuring HRM practices as well as in machine-learning-based approaches to textual analysis.

Postdoc fellow

Katja’s research interests are closely related to her previous career in international program, project and resource management in a multinational company. Presently, she studies drivers for team success and participant satisfaction in expert organizations, as well as team dynamics and leadership from a relational perspective. How and why do teams become (or not) a team and how and why do leader-follower relations unfold the way they do?
Her other interests are related to research methodology, philosophy and higher education. She holds a research stipend from Handelsbankens forskningsstiftelser (Sweden). Katja has held a visiting position at Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology and is currently affiliated with Lund University.

Affiliated Researcher

Sofia's research interests are in the field of international human resource management and international business. Her work takes a micro-level perspective as she is particularly interested in the experiences and perceptions of the individual. Sofia's most recent research has touched on issues relating to diversity, organizational identification, and performance appraisals in the MNC context.

Affiliated Researcher

Catarina’s research falls within the frames of positive organizational scholarship and human sustainability in organizations. Within this, her primary focus is on mindfulness and compassion in the workplace. Mindfulness and compassion has received extensive attention during the past years in the fields of psychology, medicine and neuroscience and research has found numerous beneficial outcomes at the individual level. Catarina draws on this research and explores the effects of these practices on team and organizational level outcomes in an organizational context.

Post-doc Researcher

Mikaela is interested in how new media in internal communication affects followership. She is focusing on top management videoblogging from an employee perspective. More specifically how the employees in large organizations receive "leadership" through this new internal communications medium.

Doctoral students

Nana started her PhD studies at Hanken in August 2019. Her background is in Human Resource Management and Management and Organisation. She is interested in how worker values, motives and individual differences impact on HRM practices and subsequently influence employee well being and performance. 

Natalia’s primary area of the research is at the intersection of organizational behaviour and international human resource management. Her PhD work focuses on multicultural leadership development in multinational organizations in different cultural contexts. More precisely, she studies the developmental processes and the developmental trajectories of multicultural leaders in organizations in an increasingly global VUCA-business environment.

Natalia is fascinated by the potential of coaching in organizations, and she studies the role of coaching and other developmental methods in enhancing multicultural leadership capacities in modern organizations. She is aiming to contextualize coaching and other developmental methods for particular developmental trajectories of multicultural leaders. She is applying mixed methods and reflexive methodology in her work.

Ira’s research aims to explain what it takes to implement successful and sustainable social change through entrepreneurship. Her current work examines the processes and practices involved in changing values and, taking a dynamic and interactive perspective, how resources of psychological capital lead to varying psychological well-being outcomes for female entrepreneurs.  

Daniela started her PhD studies at Hanken in September 2020. She is interested in organizational psychology, hierarchy and power structures, organizational change, and communication. Further she has a profound interest in critical research and questioning underlying assumptions. She is currently focusing on sensemaking processes related to changes in leadership structures in the public health care sector. Daniela has a long working background as a nurse and a master´s degree in health and a strong drive to improve the wellbeing of health care organizations. 

Philippe is a doctoral researcher with over 20 years of experience in family entrepreneurship. His research interests focus on entrepreneurship education, migrant entrepreneurship, and the role of entrepreneurship in tackling Grand Challenges.

Stefan has a background in applied psychology and started his doctoral studies at Hanken in 2019. He is interested in how high performance work practices and goal setting affect employee well-being.

Christina started her PhD studies at Hanken in September 2020. She is interested in organizational behaviour, leadership and human resource practices, more specific in prolonging working life; employee well-being and social well-being in organisations; leadership and leadership development; age management; meaningful work; engagement; lifelong learning; and, quality & strategic development.

Christina has before her study leave for doctoral studies, worked part of upper echelon level for nearly 20 years in the areas of quality & strategic development, leadership, and HR practices e.g., leadership development, employees' social & psychological wellbeing, occupational health, and development & training.

Inkeri’s research focuses on occupational gender segregation in Finland. Inkeri’s study analyses how students’ interest in different subjects has developed, and how this nuances what we know about the causes of occupational gender segregation. In addition to gender, the analysis focuses on the role that language skills and migration background play in occupational choices. This double focus on both gender and migration background further nuances the theory creation on the causes of occupational gender segregation. Before starting her PhD, Inkeri worked as a Gender Equality and Diversity Specialist and thus has extensive experience of practical equality work in organizations.