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Elina Mäkinen

Associate Professor, New Social Research

About me

I am an organizational sociologist whose research bridges the fields of organization studies and science, technology, and society (STS). I study institutions, knowledge production, work, and careers in academia. My research agenda delves into the organization and management of interdisciplinary research, collaboration at disciplinary and professional boundaries, academic entrepreneurship, and, most recently, ethical regulation in science. I publish my research in leading academic journals at the intersection of organization studies and STS such as Management Learning, Science, Technology, & Human Values, Science as Culture, and Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Policy.

I have a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in sociology from the University of Helsinki and a Ph.D. in organization studies from Stanford University. I am a docent at the Faculty of Social Sciences at University of Helsinki. I am a tenure track associate professor at the Faculty of Management and Business and the Academy of Finland funded interdisciplinary New Social Research (NSR) program at Tampere University. I am the principal investigator of The Emergence of Health and Life Science Innovations (HeLSI) project and a new research project titled Competing Imaginaries of Ethical Science (IMAGES) which will begin in early 2023.

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Main positions of trust

Member on the editorial advisory board of Journal of Organizational Change Management

Research topics

Interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary and translational science; Team science; Academic careers; Knowledge making practices; Academic entrepreneurship; Commercialization of scientific findings; Research ethics and ethical regulation

Research unit

Management and Organizations & New Social Research -program.

Research fields


Project funding from Foundation for Economic Education (2020-2023) and Emil Aaltonen foundation (2023-2025).

Research career

2018–ongoing: Associate Professor (tenure track), Tampere University, Faculty of Management and Business and New Social Research.

2017–2018: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Tampere, Institute for Advanced Social Research.

2015–2017: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Tampere, Faculty of Management.

2010–2015: PhD Student Researcher, Stanford University, Graduate School of Education, Stanford, CA.

Selected publications

Elina I. Mäkinen & Terhi Esko (2022): Nascent academic entrepreneurs and identity work at the boundaries of professional domains. The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, in press and available online.

Elina I. Mäkinen (2022): Power and knowledge negotiations in a collectivity of practice: From peripheralization to epistemological suspicion. Management Learning 53(3): 502–524.

Elina I. Mäkinen (2020): A new paradigm for research organization: Academic leadership in transdisciplinary science teams. In Transdisciplinary Teams and Communication (eds. Gaetano R. Lotrecchiano and Shalini Misra). Santa Rosa, CA: Informing Science Press.

Elina I. Mäkinen (2019): The power of peer review on transdisciplinary discovery. Science, Technology, & Human Values 44(6): 1020–1047.

Arja Ropo, Elina I. Mäkinen & Inka Seppä (2019): Online company blogs as narrations of plural leadership. Journal of Organizational Change Management 33(4): 609–621.

Elina I. Mäkinen (2018): Tuning clinical recruitment around cultural taboos in a human microbiome study. Science as Culture 27(4): 464–487.

Elina I. Mäkinen (2018): Action in the space between: From latent to active boundaries. Science, Technology, & Human Values 43(2): 349–374.