Dr Pasi Ahonen

Senior Lecturer
EBS - Management and Marketing
Dr Pasi Ahonen
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I joined Essex Business School at the University of Essex in November 2014, and since then it has been my academic home. Currently, I serve as a Senior Lecturer in Management and Cultural Theory in the Management and Marketing Group on the Colchester campus. Before Essex, my academic path led me to work at Swansea University in Wales, the University of the West of England, and Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland. These experiences have granted me a broad perspective on business education. In my research, I explore how individuals become managed subjects and their managers. My focus includes diversity management, examining the intricacies of diversifying workforces and management practices and the knowledges that that inform those phenomena. Currently I am working on understanding the history of viewing people as a resource in modern management. I also have a longstanding interest in understanding how media shapes our perceptions of organisations. My educational journey spans continents, with a doctorate from Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland and degree level studies at the University of Victoria in Canada and the University of Turku in Finland. I also also spent a rewarding year as a visiting student both at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada (1993-1994) and at the University of Georgia in the USA (1991-1992). From 2009-2010, I had the opportunity of being a Visiting Scholar at Laurentian University in Canada. Beyond academia, I have had the privilege of working for a Finnish location technology SME in London and a regional development agency in Finland on EU-funded projects. These roles have offered valuable insights into the challenges of business and management. I welcome PhD proposals related to diversity and inclusion, particularly exploring racialization and whiteness in management. I am equally interested in projects examining the media's relationship with organizations and the historical and cultural dimensions of management as a phenomenon.


  • DSc (Economics and Business Administration), School of Business, Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland)

  • Phil Lic, Department of History, University of Turku (Finland)

  • MA, Department of History, University of Turku (Finland)


University of Essex

  • Associate Director of Research and Impact (Management/Marketing), Essex Business School, University of Essex (20/2/2023 - present)

  • Associate Director of Postgraduate Research (Management/Marketing), Essex Business School, University of Essex (1/9/2021 - 9/5/2023)

  • Associate Director of Research (Management/Marketing) (Acting), Essex Business School, University of Essex (1/9/2021 - 16/1/2022)

  • Associate Director of Education (Management/Marketing and Organisation Studies/HRM), Essex Business School, University of Essex (15/1/2018 - 25/4/2021)

  • Assistant Undergraduate Programme Director (Organisation Studies/HRM), Essex Business School, University of Essex (15/8/2016 - 31/8/2018)

  • Undergraduate Programme Director (Management/Marketing and Organisation Studies/HRM) (Acting), Essex Business School, University of Essex (21/3/2016 - 14/8/2016)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Management of diversity and difference in organisations

Open to supervise

History, memory and temporality in and of organisations

Open to supervise

Leadership, power and ways of leading

Open to supervise

Organisations, the media and representation and mediatisation of organisations

Open to supervise

Current research

History and memory in organizational restructuring and change

Situatedness and ethico-politics of knowledge on diversity and its management

Coloniality in management and organization studies

Roles of language, culture and power in leadership

Historiographical theories and methodologies in management and organization studies.

Conferences and presentations

Involved professional fathers: An investigation of work-family balance dynamics. Paper presented at 11th International Critical Management Studies Conference, 27-29 June 2019

11th International Critical Management Studies Conference, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, 29/6/2020

Beyond ordering Others: A postcolonial feminist framework for diversity and its management

Gender, Work and Organisation International Interdisciplinary Conference, 13-16 June 2018, Sydney, Australia, 16/6/2020

Who does the work?: Epistemology and representation in inclusion

Invited presentation, ‘Gendered Inclusion in Contemporary Organisations’ ESRC Funded Seminar Series 2015-2018, Seminar 7: Drawing conclusions and setting research agenda for Critical Inclusion Studies, London, United Kingdom, 1/6/2020

Organisational death and remembering: Newspapers as mediators of organizational memory and makers of mnemonic communities

The 33rd EGOS Colloquium, 6-8 July 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark, 7/7/2017

Caveman meritocracy: Misrepresenting women managers online

Invited presentation, Challenging Gendered Media Mis(s)Representations of Women Professionals and Leaders, Seminar 5: Multi-disciplinary Approaches: Analysing Media Text and Visual Methods, an ESRC Funded Seminar Series 2014-2017, Bradford, United Kingdom, 15/3/2016

Emma Watson, HeForShe and the discontents of feminist organizing

The 9th Critical Management Studies Conference 2015, 8-10 July 2015, Leicester, United Kingdom, 2015

The culturally different subject in management knowledges

The 31st EGOS Colloquium, 4-6 July 2015, Athens, Greece, 2015

Imagined bodies: Reflections on leadership and embodiment of globalization

The 29th EGOS Colloquium EGOS Colloquium, 4-6 July 2013., Montreal, Canada, 2013

Whats the difference? Postcolonial interventions in diversity and its management

The 15th Asia-Pacific Researchers in Organisation Studies Conference, 15-17 February 2013., Tokyo, Japan, 2013

The Voikkaa Case and politics of history: Historyless futures, selective memories and news of a towns death

Organizational Death, Memory and Loss Workshop, 4-5 October 2012, Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom, 2012

Realignments of leadership, gender and embodiment in organizational death

British Academy of Management 2012 Conference, 11-13 September 2012, Cardiff, United Kingdom, 2012

Leadership, ethics and modalities of power

28th EGOS Colloquium EGOS Colloquium, 5-7 July 2012, 2012

Strategy in the Public: Mediation of strategy in public debate

The 7th Critical Management Studies Conference 2011, 11-13 July 2011, Naples, Italy, 2011

Managing postcolonialism: Towards disciplinary revolutions

The 2nd Biennial Conference of Postcolonial Studies Association, 7-8 July 2011., Birmingham, United Kingdom, 2011

Shifting roles of media and politics of history: A comparison of two industrial shutdown cases in the pulp and paper industry in Finland

The 24th EGOS Colloquium, 10-12 July 2008, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2008

Framing Voikkaa: A media discourse perspective on a corporate shutdown

The 19th Nordic Academy of Management Meeting, 9-11 August 2007, Bergen, Norway, 2007

On the discursive construction of industrial shutdowns: A discursive perspective on the Voikkaa case

The 5th Critical Management Studies Conference, 11-13 July 2007., Manchester, United Kingdom, 2007

Industrial shutdown and discursive realignments of gender, race and class in the global economy: A case from Finland

The 23rd EGOS Colloquium, 5-7 July 2007, Vienna, Austria, 2007

Regional open innovation system as a platform for SMEs: A survey

Paper presented at the International Association for Management of Technology IAMOT, 13-17 May 2007., Miami, United States, 2007

Canned diversity: Transnational cooperation in an EU project

EURODIV Conference on Qualitative diversity research: Looking ahead, 19-20 September 2006, Leuven, Belgium, 2006

A pre-racist society in a postcolonial world? An analysis of contemporary Finnish racial discourse in the pages of Helsingin Sanomat

Racism, Postcolonialism, Europe Conference, 15-17 May 2006, Leeds, United Kingdom, 2006

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Management and Strategy (BE485)

  • The Management of Innovation and Organizational Change (BE885)

  • Independent Study Project: Management/Marketing (BE938)

  • Research Evaluation (BE950)

Previous supervision

May Thet Nwe
May Thet Nwe
Thesis title: Exploring the Meaning of Leadership in Myanmar Through Identity and Ideal: A Study in a Public Sector Organization
Degree subject: Management Studies
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 21/6/2024


Journal articles (7)

Greedharry, M., Limki, R., Johansson, M., Johnson, JL. and Ahonen, P., (2023). Race difference and power: Recursions of coloniality in work and organization. Gender, Work and Organization. 30 (2), 457-468

Ahonen, P., Blomberg, A., Doerr, K., Einola, K., Elkina, A., Gao, G., Hambleton, J., Helin, J., Huopalainen, A., Johanssen, B., Johansson, J., Jääskeläinen, P., Kaasila-Pakanen, A-L., Kivinen, N., Mandalaki, E., Meriläinen, S., Pullen, A., Salmela, T., Satama, S., Tienari, J., Wickström, A. and Zhang, L., (2020). Writing resistance together. Gender, Work and Organization. 27 (4), 447-470

Schedlitzki, D., Ahonen, P., Wankhade, P., Edwards, G. and Gaggiotti, H., (2017). Working with Language: A Refocused Research Agenda for Cultural Leadership Studies. International Journal of Management Reviews. 19 (2), 237-257

Ahonen, P., Tienari, J., Merilainen, S. and Pullen, A., (2014). Hidden contexts and invisible power relations: A Foucauldian reading of diversity research. Human Relations. 67 (3), 263-286

Ahonen, P. and Tienari, J., (2009). United in Diversity? Disciplinary Normalization in an EU Project. Organization. 16 (5), 655-679

Ahonen, P., (2009). ‘The World Has Changed’: Discursive Struggles over an Industrial Shutdown in the Media, a Case from the Finnish Pulp and Paper Industry. Competition & Change. 13 (3), 289-304

Torkkeli, M., Kotonen, T. and Ahonen, P., (2007). Regional open innovation system as a platform for SMEs: a survey. International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy. 3 (4), 336-336

Book chapters (6)

Greedharry, M., Ahonen, P. and Tienari, J., (2021). Colonialism as Context in Diversity Research. In: Routledge Companion to Organizational Diversity Research Methods. Editors: Nørholm Just, S., Risberg, A. and Villesèche, F., . Routledge. 13- 23. 9780367211486

Greedharry, M., Ahonen, P. and Tienari, J., (2020). Race and identity in organizations. In: The Oxford Handbook of Identities in Organizations. Editors: Brown, AD., . Oxford University Press. 654- 668. 9780198827115

Tienari, J. and Ahonen, P., (2016). Caveman Meritocracy: Misrepresenting Women Managers Online. In: Gender, media, and organization: Challenging mis(s)representations of women leaders and managers. Editors: Elliott, C., Stead, V., Mavin, S. and Williams, J., . Information Age Publishing. 133- 151. 9781681235332

Greedharry, M. and Ahonen, P., (2015). Managing Postcolonialism. In: What Postcolonial Theory Does Not Say. Editors: Bernard, A., Elmarsafy, Z. and Murray, S., . Routledge. 49- 66. 9780415857970

Ahonen, P. and Tienari, J., (2015). Ethico-politics of Diversity and its Production. In: The Routledge Companion to Ethics, Politics and Organization. Editors: Pullen, A. and Rhodes, C., . Routledge. 271- 287. 978-0-415-82126-1

Ahonen, P. and Tienari, J., (2011). There is no alternative–or is there? A critical case study approach for international business research. In: Rethinking the Case Study in International Business and Management Research. Editors: Piekkari, R. and Welch, C., . Edward Elgar. 85- 106. 0857933469. 9780857933461

Thesis dissertation (1)

Ahonen, P., (2014). Between Memory and Strategy: Media Discourse Analysis of an Industrial Shutdown

Grants and funding


Reorganizing race: Racialization and organization

British Academy

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