Research Group

Professor Anu Sivunen

Sivunen_Anu_1_pikku2Anu Sivunen (PhD, @asivunen) is a professor of communication in the Department of Language and Communication Studies at University of Jyväskylä. Her research focuses on communication processes in global teams and organizations, flexible work arrangements, workspaces, as well as affordances of communication technologies, such as enterprise social media. She is also interested in the role of ICTs in employees’ work-life boundary management and constant connectivity. Currently, she is in charge of a 4-year research project funded by Academy of Finland (PARIS) studying employees’ social media use as well as a research project GloBound focusing on employees’ boundary management in global organizations. She has spent two years as a visiting scholar in the USA, at University of California, Santa Barbara and at Stanford University.

Professor Mikko Villi

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Mikko Villi, PhD, @mvilli, is professor of journalism in the Department of Language and Communication Studies at the University of Jyväskylä. He serves as the President of the Finnish Association for Media and Communication Studies. An emphasis in his work is on the contemporary context for journalism, especially new media platforms and social media. Among his interests is also the study of media organizations and media management, thereby joining the study of organizational communication with journalism and media studies. Media management is of increasing relevance for media studies, due mainly to the disruption experienced by legacy media organizations. Currently, Villi is leading three research projects: “SOMEDIA – Innovation work and enterprise social media (ESM) in Finnish media organizations”,  “Incidental Media Consumption – A comparative study of how consumers access media content in social media”, and “Media Work 2030 – An interdisciplinary approach to media work in the age of digital disruption.” Villi has made several research visits to the University of Tokyo and Fordham University in New York.

Post Doc Researcher Ward van Zoonen

profile pictureWard van Zoonen, Ph.D., is post-doctoral researcher at the University of Jyväskylä in the Department of Language and Communication Studies, where he works in PARIS and GloBound projects. He is also affiliated with the Amsterdam School of Communication Research at University of Amsterdam as assistant professor in corporate communication. Broadly, his scholarly interests are related to communication technology use in organisations, examining the causes, content, and consequences of technology use. His research focuses on questions about how workers connect, communicate, and how they coordinate their work through different technologies. Ultimately, investigating how new technological realities in contemporary workplaces affect occupation wellbeing of workers. 

Doctoral Student Kaisa Laitinen

KaisaLaitinen_2_pieniKaisa Laitinen (M.A.) is a Communication PhD Candidate and a researcher at the University of Jyväskylä, Department of Language and Communication Studies. Her research interests entail technology-mediated interpersonal and organizational communication, virtual teams, work life communication, and ICT (such as enterprise social media) use in organizations. Laitinen has previously worked in a research project called Interpersonal Communication Competence in Virtual Teams funded by the Academy of Finland. She is currently working towards completing her doctoral dissertation on technology-mediated communication in expert organizations while working as a researcher in a research project funded by Academy of Finland (PARIS) studying employees’ social media use. She also acts as the Young Scholar Representative of Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction division of European Communication Research and Education Association, and has spent a semester as a visiting scholar in United States, at University of Texas at Austin.

Doctoral Student Jonna Leppäkumpu

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Jonna Leppäkumpu is a PhD student in the Department of Language and Communication Studies at University of Jyväskylä.  Currently, she is working in the research project SOMEDIA, where the interest lies in the use of enterprise social media (ESM) as tools for innovation work in Finnish media organizations. As the boundaries between work and private life are becoming more and more blurred especially in knowledge-intensive work, her doctoral thesis focuses on the boundary work and the different ways in which people manage and negotiate the boundaries between work and private life.

Doctoral Student Marika Paaso

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Marika Paaso is a PhD Student of Communication in the Department of Language and Communication Studies at University of Jyväskylä. She also has extensive experience as a journalist for the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle. In her PhD thesis she is focusing on privacy, publicity and impression management of journalists on social media.

 

 

Research Assistant Minna Markkanen

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Minna Markkanen is an MA student and research assistant at the Department of Language and Communication Studies at the University of Jyväskylä. She is currently working in the SOMEDIA research project which is interested in technology-mediated creativity and innovation in media organizations. Her research interests include innovation and creativity in journalism as well as future directions for journalism and media work.

Project Researcher Anniina Huusko

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is omakuva.pngAnniina Huusko is a project researcher in the Department of Language and Communication Studies at University of Jyväskylä. She is currently working in GloBound project which examines global workers’ information sharing on social media platforms, and boundaries between professional and private life. Her research interests include the changes that communication technologies have brought about communication, and individual experiences of those positive or negative consequences. 

 

 

Affiliated Researchers:

Post Doc Researcher Salla-Maaria Laaksonen, University of Helsinki

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Salla-Maaria Laaksonen (D.Soc.Sc. @jahapaula) is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Consumer Society Research, University of Helsinki. Her research focuses on technology, organizations and new media; including organizational reputation in the hybrid media system, the organization of online social movements, and the use of data and algorithms in organizations. She has also gained expertise in digital and computational research methods.

 

International Collaborators:

Professor Jennifer Gibbs, University of California Santa Barbara

Associate Professor Claartje ter Hoeven, University of Amsterdam

Professor Ronald E. Rice, University of California Santa Barbara

Associate Professor Jeffrey W. Treem, University of Texas at Austin