Assistant Professor, International Business

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    Aalto University
    EconomicsBusiness economics
    EconomicsInternational economics
    Established Researcher (R3)
    01/09/2022 23:59 - Europe/Brussels
    Finland › Helsinki


At Aalto University in Finland business meets art and technology. We are committed to identifying and solving societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has four fundamental competence areas in research: global business dynamics, ICT and digitalisation, materials and sustainable use of natural resources, and arts and design. In the field of art and design, Aalto ranks 6th in the world (QS World University Rankings). The University also focuses on three cross-cutting multidisciplinary themes: advanced energy solutions, health and wellbeing, and human-centered living environments.

Aalto has six schools with nearly 12 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. The School of Business holds the triple crown accreditations granted to only 0.5% of the world’s business schools and is a long-standing member in the global alliance of management schools CEMS. Our main campus is located in Espoo, 10 km from the heart of Helsinki, embedded in a vibrant entrepreneurship and startup ecosystem where SLUSH originated from. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure that our community is diverse and inclusive also in the future. This is why we encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

The Aalto University School of Business invites applications for an

Assistant Professor in International Business

The position is to be filled at Assistant 1st or Assistant 2nd level of the Aalto University tenure track system and is located in the Department of Management Studies. The position is full-time and the preferred starting date is January 1, 2023 but a later date may be agreed upon. Performance evaluation for being granted tenure takes place after 3 or 4 years depending on the career stage of the applicant (https://www.aalto.fi/en/tenure-track/tenure-track-career-path).

Your role and goals

The candidate is expected to conduct and supervise high-quality academic research in International Business, to provide excellent research-based teaching, to follow the latest advances in the field of International Business, to provide service to Aalto University and the broader scientific community, and to take part in societal interaction and international collaboration in the field.

Your network and team

The International Business (IB) unit comprises a thriving and dynamic community of faculty, PhD students and staff. The four primary areas of research are: Management of internationally operating firms; International people management; Sustainability in cross-border business; and Qualitative research methods in IB. We offer a BSc degree in International Business, an MSc degree in Global Management, and a PhD degree in International Business that are internationally competitive in terms of their quality, innovativeness and timeliness. Faculty members also contribute to other programmes of the School. The IB unit has a long history, and over time members of the group have engaged in extensive research collaboration with industry and society at large. The closeness of this relationship is a distinctive advantage, as it is not easily replicated elsewhere in the world, where more arm’s length academic-practitioner relationships are often the norm.

The IB unit belongs to the Department of Management Studies that offers a dynamic environment for cutting-edge research and high-quality teaching. The field of management was rated #31 in the world in the Shanghai ranking (2021). Faculty members conduct research across a range of management disciplines including organization theory, organizational communications, and entrepreneurship, collaborating with internationally acknowledged scholars from all over the world. The department educates strategic leaders with an ethical mindset for the contemporary global business environments. The department has approximately 40 full-time faculty members and 20 post-doc researchers of whom a quarter have an international background. In addition, several distinguished international visiting professors collaborate with the faculty.

For more information about the Department of Management Studies please visit: https://www.aalto.fi/department-of-management-studies

Your experience and ambitions

The ideal candidate will have the potential to achieve excellence in research, to develop into an outstanding teacher in our programmes, and make a societal impact through their research and teaching.

The applicant is expected to have a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline and to have a fluent command of English (no Finnish is required). The applicants will be reviewed on the basis of their research, teaching, and academic activity in the scientific community. The evaluation of applicants will be supported by bibliometric analyses using e.g. Google Scholar. Evidence of ability and desire to attract grant funding is welcome. The position is open to candidates in all areas of IB.

What we offer

We offer competitive teaching loads and generous research funding for the first three years as well as excellent opportunities to attract external research funding. The selected candidate has the possibility to work within a well-resourced learning community whose students are rigorously selected and highly motivated. This results in an unusually interactive and intellectually rewarding atmosphere.

Aalto University provides a competitive salary, occupational health care services and retirement benefits. The School of Business offers relocation support for tenure track professors coming from outside Finland.

Finland is a great place to live with or without family – it is a politically stable and well-organized Nordic society. Finland is consistently ranked high in quality of life and was just listed again as the happiest country in the world: https://worldhappiness.report/news/its-a-three-peat-finland-keeps-top-spot-as-happiest-country-in-world/. Finland offers many excellent state-subsidized services including affordable daycare and education free of charge. Finnish schools and universities are consistently ranked among the best in the world.

The department is located in the Otaniemi campus of Aalto University in Espoo (Helsinki metropolitan area). Consistent with EU insurance and pension regulations, Aalto expects full-time academic employees to reside and work in Finland. For more information about living and working in Finland, please see https://www.aalto.fi/en/careers-at-aalto/for-international-staff.

Ready to apply?

If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our recruitment system Workday no later than 1 September, 2022. If you wish to hear more about the position, you can reach out to the Head of the International Business Unit, Rebecca Piekkari, Marcus Wallenberg Chair of International Business, or in questions relating to the recruitment process, HR Coordinator Elisa Utriainen. E-mails: rebecca.piekkari(at)aalto.fi; elisa.utriainen(at)aalto.fi.

To apply, please share the following application materials with us in English combined as a single file in PDF format (‘lastname_firstname_application.pdf’):

  • Cover letter

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • List of publications, with the most significant publications highlighted

  • Research portfolio - a concise (1-2 pages) reflection on the merits, long-term vision, and research plan.

  • Teaching portfolio according to Aalto University’s guidelines– see Teaching portfolio guidelines for candidate

  • Names and contact details of four referees

General instructions for applicants including evaluation criteria, language requirements and guidelines for compiling your CV are given at https://www.aalto.fi/en/tenure-track/interested-in-joining-our-tenure-track. Aalto University’s employees and visitors should apply for the position by using their existing Workday user account. Please see how to do it here.

The application material will not be returned.

We will begin reviewing applications already in June and will continue until the position is filled. We also intend to interview candidates at several conferences, including the Academy of International Business Annual Meeting in Miami (July 2022) and the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Seattle (August 2022). Based on a holistic evaluation, the Departmental Committee will choose the most suitable applicants for a site visit and a job talk in Fall 2022.

Aalto University reserves the right to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

For more information

Want to know more about us and your future colleagues? You can watch these videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5k_og_6zUJQ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUfEGVM-ZP8&feature=youtu.be

Tenure track in Aalto University

The position will be placed on the Aalto University Tenure Track. Individuals on the tenure track have the possibility to advance in their career through regular performance assessments, which take into account their merits in all areas of their scope of duty. Launched in 2010, the tenure track has already attracted a wide range of international applicants, giving Aalto University the possibility of recruiting top experts and young talent to join the Aalto University community.

For more information on the tenure track system of Aalto University, please see https://www.aalto.fi/en/tenure-track.

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