Areas of expertise
In terms of teaching, her experience spans the domain of management and organizations, at undergraduate, postgraduate, PhD, and executive levels. Within this remit, she has instructed courses on organizational management, leadership, the management of change, the management of inter-firm partnerships, international management, and research methods. In terms of highlights, the undergraduate program that she contributed to was voted among the five best undergraduate programs at University College London in 2014, receiving a full 100% satisfaction score in the National Student Satisfaction Survey published by Times Higher Education. In September 2015, the Times Higher Education scored the program the United Kingdom’s best undergraduate program in its disciplinary area.
She currently teaches on the following courses:
JOS4 Managing Change
JOS8 Advanced Strategic Management in the Digital Era
JOS9 Readings in Management & Organization
JOPG1 Master's Thesis Seminar in Management & Organization
YLJ7 Qualitative research methods for PhD students
EMBA classes and executive teaching
Satu’s research centers on the management of strategic change, a research theme set at the frontiers of strategic management and organization theory. Her focus in the study of strategic change has centered on the management of mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Within this remit, Satu’s empirical and conceptual contributions relate to the sociocultural dynamics of M&A, change agents enabling M&A, and research methods. She has authored over 120 publications, including academic articles, special issues, books, book chapters, managerial articles and international conference papers. Her international academic journal publications appear in e.g. Journal of Management, British Journal of Management, Human Resource Management, International Business Review, European Management Review, European Journal of Management, and Management International Review.
As an academic, her approach to scientific inquiry is collaborative. She is co-editor of the Handbook of Mergers and Acquisitions (2012) published with Oxford University Press (744p.), a first to combine financial, strategic and sociocultural perspectives to the study and practice of M&A; and co-editor of special issues on M&As in Scandinavian Journal of Management, and European Journal of International Management. Together with international colleagues, she initiated and chaired the M&A track at the annual conference of the European Academy of Management (2008-2014), and regularly co-chairs the M&A track at the annual conference of the European Group of Organization Studies. She is member of the editorial review boards of Journal of Management Studies and International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management. In 2014, she was awarded the Emerald Publishing Outstanding Contributor Award. Her review of the cultural challenges in M&As featured in Forbes (2016). She is co-instructor of four PhD candidates graduated from University College London and Aalto University, and has acted as external examiner of PhD theses completed at e.g. HEC Montreal, University of London, and University of Oxford.
research engagement is closely tied to industry and the daily practice of work,
in particular as regards Nordic multinationals. She is principal investigator
in research project grants awarded e.g. the Finnish Academy's Strategic Research Council 2019-2021, by the Finnish Work Environment Fund 2018-19,
Mercuri Urval Global, City of Turku 2018-2019, and co-investigator in research project
grants previously awarded e.g. by the Finnish National Technology Agency, and Finnish
Ministry of Education. Paralleling teaching and research engagements, she is
actively involved in community service roles at department, faculty and