About us
Program Leader

Eero Vaara (Ph.D. Econ) is a Professor of Organization and Management at Aalto University School of Business, Helsinki, Finland. He is a permanent Visiting Professor at EMLYON Business School, France, and a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Lancaster University, UK. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Copenhagen Business School, Hanken School of Economics, Jyväskylä University, and Lappeenranta University of Technology. Eero Vaara has previously served as the Chair of European Group of Organizational Studies (EGOS) and as representative-at-large of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Management. He is now a board member of the European Institute for Advanced Studies of Management (EIASM) and Scandinavian Consortium of Organizational Research (SCANCOR) at Stanford University.

Eero Vaara’s research interests focus on organizational, strategic and institutional change, strategic practices and processes, multinational corporations and globalization, management history, management education, and methodological and philosophical issues. He is well known for his work on discursive and narrative approaches. His research has been published in leading journals He has also authored books and edited volumes (e.g., the Cambridge Handbook of Strategy as Practice 2010/2015 and Language and Communication at Work: Discourse, Narrativity and Organizing 2014).

Eero Vaara has received several awards for his contributions, including the first Roland Calori Prize for the Best Paper published in Organization Studies (2002) and the Academy of Management OMT Best Published Paper Award 2014 (with Joep Cornelissen and Saku Mantere). He has received an honorary doctorate from Estonian Business School, and he is a member of the Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters. Vaara now serves on the Editorial Board of Academy of Management Discoveries, Organization Studies, Organization, Nordiske Organisasjonsstudier, Scandinavian Journal of Management, Strategic Management Journal and Strategic Organization. He has also been a guest editor for special issues (e.g., SI on strategy and discourse in JMS in 2004, and STF on communication, cognition and institutions in AMR 1/2015).