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Artistic and research interests

My research focus is on cross-sector collaboration between corporations, nonprofits and governments in transnational contexts. Much of my empirical research concerns contexts of high institutional complexity such as transnational environmental issues and emerging fields. My research intersects organizational theory (mainly institutional theory), international business and social purpose.

Prior to joining academia I worked ten years in business consulting and took also part in volunteer work in the largest child welfare organization in Finland.

I earned my D.Sc. (Econ.) at Helsinki School of Economics in 2008, and was a Visiting Scholar at SCANCOR/Weatherhead (Harvard) and at Queen's University (Canada) during 2016.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science (Economics and Business Administration), Business Economics

Master of Science (Economics and Business Administration)


  • Cross-sector networks
  • MNC and sustainability
  • Institutional change

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Research Output

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  • The internationalization of early stage social enterprises

    Ritvala, T. & Riikkinen, R., 2019, International Business in a VUCA World: The Changing Role of States and Firm. van Tulder, R., Alain, V. & Jankowska, B. (eds.). Vol. 14. (Progress in International Business Research).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

  • Energy Transition of Multinational Energy Utilities: A Configurational Study

    Patala, S., Juntunen, J., Lundan, S. & Ritvala, T., 2018, International Sustainability Transitions Conference.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionProfessional

    Greenpeace, Gazprom, Russia: Toward Theory of NGO-MNE-Government Conflict in State-Capitalist Context

    Vilo, S., Halme, M. & Ritvala, T., 9 Jul 2018.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractScientificpeer-review

  • Prizes

    Best Paper Award

    Tiina Ritvala (Recipient), Rebecca Piekkari (Recipient), Nina Granqvist (Recipient) & Henrika Franck (Recipient), 16 Dec 2017

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

  • Activities

    Managing societal interactions in the context of changed legal status of Estonian public cultural organisations

    Tiina Ritvala (Examiner)
    8 Dec 2017

    Activity: Examination typesPre-examination of dissertation or acting as opponent to doctoral students

    Queen's University, Centre for Social Impact

    Tiina Ritvala (Visiting researcher)
    6 Jun 20167 Sep 2016

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisit abroad

    Harvard University

    Tiina Ritvala (Visiting researcher)
    8 Sep 201631 Dec 2016

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisit abroad

    Research Network on Social Value Creation in MNCs (External organisation)

    Tiina Ritvala (Member)

    Activity: Membership types Regular membership of a society or network

    International Business Review (Journal)

    Tiina Ritvala (Reviewer)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesReviewer of scientific journal