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Postdoctoral Researcher in Management, Aalto University

I am a postdoctoral researcher in organization and management at Aalto University School of Business, Finland. I earned my PhD in Management at Smith School of Business, Queen's University at Kingston, Canada.

My research examines group and organizational processes in extreme contexts, i.e., those that are isolated, confined, and have the potential to cause severe physical or psychological harm to participants. In these settings, I study small-scale interactions like sensemaking, group tradition, and work engagement to understand how people flourish under adversity. To explore these topics, I have studied physicians responding to lethal viruses (SARS-1), storm chasers hunting tornadoes, and people restoring their workplaces after terrorism, embedding as an ethnographer wherever possible.

My research has been published in Organization Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, and Academy of Management Annals, and has appeared in Harvard Business Review and The Conversation, among other outlets. In addition to research, I have experience as a university instructor for undergraduate and MBA programs, teaching subjects like organizational behavior, career management, and research methods.

Research areas: ethnography; extreme contexts; group culture; identity; sensemaking; work meaningfulness

Experience

  • –present
    Postdoctoral Researcher in Management, Aalto University

Education

  • 2017 
    Queen's University at Kingston, PhD