Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics

Organisational Ethics, Leadership and HRM (ETHOS)

Over the last decade an interest in ethical issues in and around organizations has risen steadily both among researchers and practitioners. Ethics has been seen to offer an alternative which makes an extension to the traditional instrumental view of a business organisation.  Furthermore, the ethical viewpoint has become a topical issue in the context of globalization and rapid changes in organizational life. Even if prior research has contributed to our understanding of ethics in organizational contexts criticism that can be raised is that more empirical studies stressing high-quality methodology are needed.

The group focuses on ethically sensitive issues in and of organizations from the viewpoint of leadership and human resource management (HRM). We study these phenomena from different levels of analysis − individual, dyadic, group and organizational ones − aiming to get a holistic understanding of the topic. Additionally, a relationship between the organization and its environment is investigated when related to HRM and leadership topics. We are also interested in studies in different socio-cultural contexts as well as comparative research between different cultures, societies and business systems. Mostly, we do empirical research and apply qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods.

Aims and Focus Areas

We aim

  • to facilitate research on organisational ethics in connection to leadership and HRM,
  • to produce high quality analyses particularly from an empirical viewpoint that place organizational ethics, leadership and HRM in the centre,
  • to develop international and national scientific research and cooperation with partners which place organizational ethics, leadership and HRM in the centre,
  • to advance teaching in higher education and executive education as well as development and interventions in organizational life that place ethics, leadership and HRM in the centre and
  • to participate in and promote social discussion and dialogue that place ethics, leadership and HRM in the centre.

Focus areas

  • Ethical culture of an organization and its relation to other organizational phenomena, such as innovativeness, occupational well-being and managers’ ethical problems
  • Relational and ethical leadership
  • Organizational trust, leadership and HRM
  • Responsibility and leadership
  • Work-family relationship
  • Gender, leadership and management
  • Alternative views to CSR such as expatriation, social enterprises and trade unions

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  • Social and Economic Sustainability of Future Working life: Equalities and Intersectionalities in Finland - Yhteiskunnallisesti ja taloudellisesti kestävä tulevaisuuden työelämä: politiikat ja toimintakäytännöt, tasa-arvo ja risteävät erot Suomessa
  • Funded by Strategic Research Council (SRC) at the Academy of Finland.

External Funding

Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland
Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland
Jenni and Antti Wihuri Foundation
Foundation for Economic Education
Jyväskylän kauppalaisseuran säätiö
Finnish Cultural Foundation
Alli Paasikivi Foundation
Finnish Concordia Fund
European Science Foundation
KAUTE-Finnish Science Foundation for Economics and Technology
Erkki Paasikivi Foundation
Nordplus Framework programme
EC Life-long learning programme (ERASMUS)
Research Council of Lithuania
European Union Social Fund
Company finance

Research Output

The members of the research group have recently published for example in journals like Journal of Business Ethics, Business Ethics: A European Review, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Scandinavian Journal of Management, Baltic Journal of Management, Transformations in Business and Economics, Gender in Management: An International Journal, European Journal of Innovation Management, Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Hallinnon Tutkimus – Administration Studies, Liiketaloudellinen aikakauskirja – The Finnish Journal of Business Economics.

Group Members

  • Anna-Maija Lämsä (Ph.D., Professor)
  • Raminta Pučėtaitė (Ph.D., Associate Professor)
  • Suvi Heikkinen (Post Doctoral Researcher)
  • Minna Hiekkataipale (Doctoral Student)
  • Emilia Kangas (Doctoral Student)
  • Satu Koskinen (Doctoral Student)
  • Dan Nie (Doctoral Student)
  • Elina Riivari (Doctoral Student)
  • Henna Tomperi (Doctoral Student)
  • Soilikki Viljanen (Doctoral Student)

Main Cooperative Partners

  • Vilnius University Kaunas Faculty of Humanities
  • Estonian Business School Business Ethics Center
  • University of Tampere, Respman Research Group
  • University of Vaasa, Management
  • Grenoble Ecole de Management
  • University of London Holloway
  • Oulu University of Applied Sciences
  • Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences

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