Organisational Ethics, Leadership and HRM (ETHOS)

The group focuses on ethically sensitive issues in and of organizations from the viewpoint of leadership and human resource management (HRM). We concentrate on factors that support and, on the other hand, restrict the opportunities of diverse people and groups (such as gender, ethnicity and so on) in organizational context. Demographic changes, work and family relationship, as well as HRM and leadership practices, all affect these opportunities. Additionally, we are interested in (un)ethical leadership, managers’ ethical decision-making and ethical organisational culture. We are interested in studies in different business, cultural and intercultural contexts.

Mostly, we do empirical research and apply mainly qualitative but to some extent also quantitative and mixed methods. We collaborate with international partners and various stakeholders to promote knowledge which have societal impact. In line with the research strategy of the Jyväskylä School of Business and Economics we increase knowledge and understanding of responsible leadership.

We aim

  • to facilitate research on organisational ethics in connection to leadership and HRM as well as research on capabilities of diverse people to participation and wellbeing in various work life contexts,
  • to produce high quality analyses particularly from an empirical viewpoint that place organizational ethics, leadership and HRM and capabilities of diverse people to participation and wellbeing in various work life contexts in the centre,
  • to develop international and national scientific research and cooperation with partners which place organizational ethics, leadership and HRM and capabilities of diverse people to participation and wellbeing in various work life contexts 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 and capabilities of diverse people to participation and wellbeing in various work life contexts in the centre and
  • to participate in and promote social discussion and impact of research that place ethics, leadership and HRM and capabilities of diverse people to participation and wellbeing in various work life contexts in the centre.

Research output

Recent publications in journals:

Journal of Business Ethics; Gender, Work and Organization; International Journal of Human Resource Management; Business Ethics: A European Review; Scandinavian Journal of Management; Baltic Journal of Management; Gender in Management; Leadership & Organization Development Journal; Journal of Global Mobility, International Journal of Human Resource Development and Management; International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies; Transformations in Business and Economics; European Journal of Innovation Management; Työelämän Tutkimus – Work Research Journal; Hallinnon Tutkimus – Administration Studies; Psykologia.

Group members

  • Anna-Maija Lämsä (Ph.D., Professor; Group Leader)
  • Suvi Heikkinen (Ph.D., Post Doctoral Researcher, Group Co-Leader)
  • Elina Riivari (Ph.D., University Teacher) - Responsible for Communication
  • Päivi Aalto-Nevalainen (PhD)
  • Erika Heiskanen (Doctoral Student)
  • Minna Hiekkataipale (Ph.D.)
  • Jaana Holappa-Girginkaya (Doctoral Student)
  • Heli Häyrynen (Ph.D.)
  • Emilia Kangas (Doctoral Student)
  • Marke Kivijärvi (PhD, Post Doctoral Researcher)
  • Satu Koskinen (Doctoral Student)
  • Piia Leppämäki (Doctoral Student)
  • Virpi Malin (PhD, Lic.Sc., MBA, Director of Pedagogical Development, University Teacher)
  • Dan Nie (Ph.D., Post Doctoral Researcher)
  • Merle Ojasoo, (Ph.D., Post Doctoral Researcher)
  • Raminta Pučėtaitė (Ph.D., Associate Professor, Adjunct Professor)
  • Virva Rasmussen (Doctoral Student)
  • Irina Shatilova (Doctoral Student)
  • Shabnam Shaijk (Doctoral Student)
  • Soilikki Viljanen (Doctoral Student)

Doctoral dissertations from 2011

Päivi Aalto-Nevalainen 2018. Vertaileva tutkimus nais- ja miesjohtajien uramenestyksestä liikunta-alalla.

Minna Hiekkataipale 2018. Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Middle Managers' Ethical Decision Making and Behaviour in the Organizational Context. 

Heli Häyrynen 2017. Sotilaita vai seikkailijoita? Varusmiespalveluksen johtajakoulutuksen merkityksiä naisille uran ja johtamisosaamisen kannalta (Soldiers or daredevils? The meanings of military leadership training to women from a career and leadership competency viewpoint).

Tiina Martelius-Louniala 2017. Siinä pitää olla vähä teflonii. Tunnekokemuksia johtajana irtisanomistilanteessa (You do need to develop a non-stick surface. Leaders’ emotional experiences in severance situations).

Dan Nie 2016. Culture matters. The leader-follower relationship in the Chinese organizational context.

Elina Riivari 2016. Virtues for Innovativeness: A Mixed Methods Study of Ethical Organisational Culture and Organisational Innovativeness.

Suvi Heikkinen 2015. (In) Significant Others: The Role of the Spouse in Women and Men Managers` Careers in Finland.

Janne Laukkala 2015. Third party in workplace conflicts: the mediator's conflict management and intercultural competences.

Marianne Ekonen 2014. Keskijohdossa toimivien naisten ja miesten tarinat uristaan korkean teknologian alalla (Women and men middle managers’ career narratives in the high technology sector).

Kare Norvapalo 2014. The quality and development of the leader-follower relationship and psychological capital: a longitudinal case study in a higher education context.

Henna Tomperi 2014. Ethical Team Leadership - As construed by Finnish managers.

Katlin Omair 2011. Women´s managerial careers in the context of the United Arab Emirates.

Research projects

  • Social and Economic Sustainability of Future Working life: Equalities and Intersectionalities in Finland WeAll http://weallfinland.fi/en/home/

    2015-2020 Academy of Finland, Strategic Funding, in cooperation with Helsinki University and Hanken School of Economics, international partners University of Vilnius, St. Mary’s University and University of Edinburgh

  • Evaluation of Socio-Economic Impact of Social Business: comparison between Lithuania and Finland SOCImpact

    2017-2020 Lithuanian Research Council, in cooperation with University of Vilnius and Helsinki University

  • MORE: Moraalinen intensiteetti ja yhteiskuntavastuu huippu-urheiluorganisaatiossa

    2016-2019 with Corporate Environtal Management and LIKES, https://www.jyu.fi/jsbe/fi/tutkimus/hankkeet/more, https://morehanke.wordpress.com

  • Ethics and Innovation in For-Profit Social Enterprises Eetti & Inno

    2016-2018 The Finnish Work Environment Fund in cooperation with Arvo-liitto, https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=eettisyys%20ja%20innovaatiot-%20hanke

  • Ethical Strain in Expatriation, 2014-2016

    Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation and Marcus Wallenberg Fund, in collaboration with University of Vaasa

  • NaisUrat-hanke 2013-2015

    Euroopan sosiaalirahasto

  • Realizing Aspirations, Interests and Brilliance of Young Women (RAINBOW), 2018 - 2021

    European Commission

Supporting organisations

Eben Suomi ry, European Business Ethics Network Finnish Chapter

Yritysetiikka-lehti

Co-operation partners

GODESS Institute