Huhtala Mari, Tutkijatohtori / Postdoctoral Researcher

Huhtala Mari, Tutkijatohtori / Postdoctoral Researcher
Short number:
KÄRKI Aa260.3.


MA in Psychology, University of Jyväskylä, 2007
PhD in Psychology, University of Jyväskylä, 2013
Adjunct professor (title of Docent), special field “work and organizational psychology”, University of Jyväskylä, 2017

See more: https://fi.linkedin.com/in/marihuhtala

Areas of Interest

Work and organizational psychology, especially organizational values and culture, and well-being at work. Antecedents and processes of moral (work) identity development.

Research Areas

Ethical organizational culture, ethical dilemmas and ethical strain, and their well-being outcomes. Moral work identity and its development.


The Relevance and Benefits of Research

Sustainable and responsible practices in business and organizations are increasingly important in today’s working life. Unethical behavior at work can range from single acts of deviance (e.g., the inappropriate use of company time and resources, the abuse of sick leave) to major corporate scandals (such as the Volkswagen's emissions scandal). Such acts can result in a range of undesirable consequences for both the organization and the individual: financial loss, reputational damage, and reduced employee commitment and performance, for example. Huhtala’s research focuses on different aspects related to ethical decision making at work and ethical values at the work place. By studying ethical organizational culture, ethical strain experiences, and personal work-related values we can get insight on how to predict and explain (un)ethical behaviors in organizations. Further contributions include investigating how organizational ethics can contribute to several important outcomes, such as employee well-being, ethical leadership, and organizational commitment.

Recent Publications

Huhtala, M. & Feldt, T. (2016). The path from ethical organisational culture to employee commitment: Mediating roles of value congruence and work engagement. Scandinavian Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 1(1), 1–14. doi: 10.16993/sjwop.6

Huhtala, M., Kaptein, M., & Feldt, T. (2016). How perceived changes in the ethical culture of organizations influence the well-being of managers: A two-year longitudinal study. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 25(39), 335–352. doi: 10.1080/1359432X.2015.1068761

Hyvönen, K., Rantanen, J., Huhtala, M., Wiese, B., Tolvanen, A., Feldt, T. (2015). Conflicting personal goals: A risk to occupational well-being? Journal of Managerial Psychology, 30(8), 1034–1048.

Rantanen, J., Feldt, T., Hakanen, J., Kokko, K., Huhtala, M., Pulkkinen, L., & Schaufeli W. (2014). Cross-national and longitudinal investigation of a short measure of workaholism. Industrial Health, 53(2), 113–123. doi: 10.2486/indhealth.2014-0129

Huhtala, M., Tolvanen, A., Mauno, S., & Feldt, T. (2014). The associations between ethical organizational culture, burnout and engagement: A multilevel study. Journal of Business and Psychology, 30(2), 399–414. doi: 10.1007/s10869-014-9369-2

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