Marileena Mäkelä

Marileena Mäkelä
University of Jyväskylä | JYU · Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics

Doctor of Business Administration

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March 2019 - present
University of Jyväskylä
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  • Researcher
March 2007 - February 2019
University of Turku
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  • Researcher

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Publications (31)
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This collection of essays brings together discussions arguing that the circular economy must be linked to society and culture in order to create a viable concept for remodelling the economy. Covering a diverse range of topics and regions, including cities and living, food and human waste, packaging and law, fashion, design and art, this book provid...
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Business is a significant cause of various global sustainability challenges addressed by the Circular Economy (CE), making companies instrumental in the transition from a linear economic model to a circular one. While drivers and challenges in corporate CE implementation have been researched on an organisational level, a more detailed understanding...
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A transition from a linear to a circular economy (CE) is one of the key solutions to the sustainability crisis. A CE requires new mental models and insights, especially of a desirable future towards which to move. A CE aims at making better use of resources and jointly considers economic, environmental and social sustainability aspects in the long...
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The circular economy is proposed as a company-driven means to further sustainability transitions. Top managers have a critical role in fostering the circular economy as they are responsible for shaping and implementing a company's sustainability strategy and performance. In this paper, we adopt a microfoundations perspective to enhance our understa...
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The aim of the study was to explore futures images of collaborative sustainability enhancement within a cruise ship building network. Addressing collaborative sustainability at the organizational level rather than at the macro (regional or planetary) level, the paper explores socially constructed and shared futures images, which are less widely stu...
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Purpose Although emotional tensions related to organizational sustainability have been identified, little is known about how employees aim to resolve such situations. This study aims to explore how employees use sensemaking to resolve emotionally tense situations concerning organizational sustainability. Design/methodology/approach The authors stu...
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Activism has long driven sustainability, but lately it has developed into new forms where various new actors such as shareholders, employees and chief executive officers (CEOs) engage in the phenomenon. We aim for a broad understanding of the current state of sustainability activism by reviewing 30 leading journals in the fields of accounting, mana...
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Työntekijät ovat keskeinen yhteiskuntavastuun sidosryhmä. Työntekijöistä ja yhteiskuntavastuusta tehtyä tutkimusta ovat hallinneet varsin rajalliset näkökulmat työntekijöistä yhteiskuntavastuun toimeenpanijoina ja hyödyistä, jotka liittyvät heidän osallistamiseensa yhteiskuntavastuuseen. Viime aikoina tutkimuksessa on alettu lisääntyvästi kiinnittä...
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Purpose The paper explores processes associated with the adoption of corporate sustainability communication in a B2B context. It employs a combined action research and sensemaking approach to document moments that precede the initiation of external sustainability communication. Design/methodology/approach The paper is the outcome of an action rese...
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There is a need for a transition from unsustainable linear business models to a more sustainable circular approach, called the circular economy. To promote this need, a deeper understanding of which issues hinder organizations’ transition to the circular economy and which ones catalyse it is needed. A systematic literature review was performed on t...
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Environmental reports are companies’ public statements of their past, present and future environmental performance. In Finland, the forest industry companies have been among the first companies to start to publish their environmental data. The thesis is in the fields of futures research and environmental management. The aim of futures research is t...
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Wood is the most widely used renewable energy source in the world. However, there are competing views on how wood should be used in the future. The objective of this study is to examine conceptions related to alternative futures for the use of woodchips as an energy source in Finland. We construct futures images based on two data sources describing...
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Interest towards sustainability in cruise industry has increased during recent years. This article focuses in the ship design and construction phase and what sustainability indicators can be collected – and adapted - from certification systems in other sectors. Certificates in land-based construction and hospitality sectors, as well as a general re...
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Although researching emotions is not a new topic, they have not received much attention in the literature on sustainability. We add to this narrow field by addressing a research question: ‘what emotions do employees have when they describe the sustainability work of their employer?’ We interviewed 19 employees of a large manufacturing company. Our...
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Sustainability reporting has recently faced increasing criticism. In particular, the legitimacy and accountability of the reports have been questioned. Despite these questions, there has been little further study on how stakeholders’ expectations are influenced by assumptions of a social contract. In this study we examine stakeholders’ views on sus...
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This study examines employee sensemaking processes in order to understand the role of sustainability reporting in organizational identity change. Through an analysis of 52 interviews with employees in two Finnish companies, we develop sensemaking frames for understanding the role of sustainability reporting in organizational identity change. The th...
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Despite its good environmental track record, the Finnish forest industry nonetheless causes harmful environmental impacts. This paper studies corporate environmental reports within the Finnish forest industry to determine the environmental performance of the industry at large. Fifteen years of environmental reports from the three biggest Finnish fo...
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Previous content analyses of corporate reporting have typically focused on annual reports of one reporting year of board samples. This paper focuses on one industry (the forest industry) and on its environmental performance reporting over a 15-year period from 1998 to 2012. The aim of this research is to analyse the reporting trends. The research i...
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There is a current lack of research on occupational health and safety (OH&S) reporting as a part of corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports. The aim of this paper is to analyse the OH&S reporting in (CSR) reports. Five years of CSR reports from three companies representing different business sectors are here used as research material. The res...
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This study demonstrates how three Finnish companies constructed their stakeholder relationships with environmental NGOs (ENGOs) in terms of social proximity in their sustainability reports between 2003 and 2012. The study identifies five types of stakeholder relationship between ENGOs and corporations constructed in the reports: monetary, managemen...
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The aim of this paper is to discuss the measurement of eco-efficiency in the Finnish forest industry from three perspectives. First, the paper introduces a way to measure eco-efficiency in the Finnish forest industry. Second, the paper evaluates the suitability of public data for calculating eco-efficiency in the Finnish forest industry. Third, the...
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Corporate environmental reports are increasingly viewed as products of the managerial framing of responsibility and stakeholders. This notion encouraged us to conduct a multiple case study on how stakeholders are framed in environmental reports. We show how interaction between companies and stakeholders is described in the environmental reports of...
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espite decades of environmental reporting, quality problems remain and hinder reporting comparability between companies and reliability among stakeholders. To assess the problem, a Delphi panel on the measuring and reporting of the environmental impacts and aspects of the Finnish forest industry was arranged, of which one round focused on the futur...
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Environmental reporting is a tool of corporate environmental management that can also be used as research material. The aim of this paper is to produce a comprehensive definition of eco-efficiency based on the literature and then compare it with definitions identified in the environmental reports published by selected companies. In addition, this p...
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The number of virtual learning environments (VLEs) is increasing. Already a few case studies claim that VLEs are more effective as a learning method than traditional lecturing. Many of these case studies are in the area of information and communication technology (ICT). Therefore, the good learning results are not surprising. The aim of this paper...
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The paper argues that corporate environmental management should be based on significant environmental aspects that result in significant environmental impacts. The Finnish forest industry has substantially reduced its emissions but, being heavy industry, it still causes significant environmental impacts. This paper presents expert views on environm...

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The joint project of Finnish universities, Circular Economy Catalysts: From Innovation to Business Ecosystems (CICAT2025) aims to facilitate the transition from linear to circular economy. The project supports Finland’s strategic objective to become a global leader in circular economy by 2025. The project will work to identify measures hampering and supporting circular economy and search solutions for companies and regulators to support the transition to a circular economy.
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The goal is this research project is to 1) expand the use of sustainability arguments in shipbuilding business from operational use to the whole life-cycle starting from raw materials and 2) generate new business through opening the sustainability data. To achieve this, the shipyard as a system integrator and its subcontracting network have to cover larger part of the value chain with sustainability and transparency.