The Strategy Work Program focuses on processes, practices, and dynamics of strategy making in and across organizations, particularly from the viewpoint of language, discourse, and narratives. The concept of strategy work – referring to what strategists in organizations do when they do strategy – is central to the research program, which comprises a variety of activities in terms of research, teaching, and societal impact.

In recent years, we have seen a growing research interest in the activities that constitute strategic management as practice and discourse. This has helped to understand the discursive bases of strategic management, how strategizing develops in social interaction, and how discursive and other social practices may impede or promote participation in strategy work.

This research program is led by Aalto BIZ Professor Eero Vaara. Eero and his collaborators represent the cutting edge in this novel and expanding approach to strategy and strategic management. Professor Vaara is supported by Aalto BIZ professors Henri Schildt, Janne Tienari, and Johanna Moisander as well as other top scholars in Finland and across the world. Numerous junior scholars and PhD students are also affiliated with this program.

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Research areas


Discourse and strategy work

Professor Eero Vaara is the leader of this research initiative and network, which is interested in the role of language in strategy and strategizing. A three-year Academy of Finland project was concluded in May 2015, which generated numerous publications... [Read more]

Data analytics and strategy work

Professor Henri Schildt is the leader of this research project, which is funded by the Academy of Finland and concluded in 2018. The Digitalization of Management (DoM) research group at Aalto University studies the ways... [Read more]

Entrepreneurial and virtual strategy work

This topic led by Dr. Henrika Franck (entrepreneurial strategy work) and Dr. Mikko Vesa (Hanken / virtualization). The interest in entrepreneurship is first and foremost in the discursive and and narrative study of entrepreneurial ... [Read more]

Embodiment, identities and strategy work

Organizational strategy can be said to be embodied in the managers who rose to, or stayed at, the top while pursuing a particular set of strategic initiatives. What is the nature of such embodiment? How are strategies embodied, and... [Read more]