Researcher, Positivity Booster, Problem Solver
I am extremely motivated by professional growth and seek to constantly develop my skills in academia and beyond. I am passionate about my research and have confidence in my ability to create a fun and inviting class atmosphere for under- and post-graduate as well as organizational learning. I am looking for opportunities to deepen and widen my expertise as well as strengthen my professional network.
I focus on cross-disciplinary work, particularly at the intersection of psychology and international business. Through borrowing from other fields, it is possible to greatly enrich our understanding of international business and management without having to reinvent the wheel. My primary research interests are emotions in organizations and cross-cultural management. I am particularly interested in increasing positivity in the workplace.
My path in academia started with a research assistant position in 2014. Since then, I have been a doctoral candidate, postdoctoral researcher, visiting researcher, project researcher, as well as university teacher. Each position has helped me to form a comprehensive view of the academic world in Finland and abroad.
I have guided over 40 master’s students in their theses. I have taught small seminar groups as well as large lecture audiences at the university, and been involved in organizing seminars open for the general public as well as workshops for organizations.
Apart from being a researcher, I have been a group exercise instructor since 2012. In this work, I have learned to motivate, inspire and lead others. I have also learned not to be afraid of challenges or mistakes, but grow from them.
My strengths in research include my openness to cross-disciplinary work, experience in less known research methodology such as moderate constructionist research, and active co-operation with domestic and international collaborators.
My strengths as a teacher stem from caring about good-quality teaching and students’ learning, which has driven me to learn more about pedagogy. I believe that the principal role of the teacher is to introduce the student to the appropriate tools and atmosphere for learning.
Outstanding Author Contribution2018 Emerald Literati Awards
Adam Smith Best Doctoral Dissertation WinnerAIB-UKI 2020
People’s Choice AwardUniversity of Turku 3MT
John H. Dunning Doctoral Tutorial2017 Participant
- Harikkala-Laihinen, R. (2020, forthcoming) Managing Emotions in Organizations: Positive Employee Experiences Following Acquisitions. Palgrave Macmillan.
- Harikkala-Laihinen, R. (2020, forthcoming) Rough winds? Emotional climate following a cross-border acquisition. In: Zerbe, W.J., Härtel, C.E.J., Ashkanasy, N. and Petitta, L. (Eds.) Research on Emotions in Organizations, Volume 16, Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
- Harikkala-Laihinen, R. (2019) The power of positivity: How employee emotions and interaction can benefit cross-border acquisitions. University of Turku.
- Harikkala-Laihinen, R. (2018) The triggers and types of emotions emerging in M&As. In: Raitis, J., Harikkala-Laihinen, R., Hassett, M. and Nummela, N. (Eds.) Socio-cultural integration in mergers and acquisitions: the Nordic approach. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 17–44.
- Harikkala-Laihinen, R., Hassett, M., Raitis, J. and Nummela, N. (2018) Dialogue as a source of positive emotions during cross-border post-acquisition socio-cultural integration. Cross Cultural and Strategic Management, 25(1), pp. 183–208.