Tanja Leppäaho

Tanja Leppäaho
Full professor (tenured)
Business Studies
LUT Business School
Research areas
Business and International Management


Currently, I work as Research Fellow, a prestigious grant (with a 4-percent acceptance rate in 2019) funded by the Academy of Finland; hold a tenured Professorship in Growth entrepreneurship and act as Vice Director for LBM Doctoral SchoolLUT University, Finland. 

I also work as a distinguished international research affiliate at Bhavan’s SP Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai, INDIA.

Previously I worked in a tenure track in international business and entrepreneurship at the University of Jyväskylä in between 2014 and 2017 and as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh Business School, UK in between 2012 and 2016. In line with my current IFE project “Building Theory on the family business internationalization process” running in 2017-2023, my core areas of interest are the internationalization process of firms through times, networking and family ownership. According to Pukàll and Calabro (2014), I am the leading scholar on family firm internationalization on a global scale. 

My list of publications can be found through OrcidGoogle Scholar and the project pages. I have published in various journals including Journal of International Business Studies, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, British Journal of Management, Family Business Review, Journal of Small Business Management, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, and International Business Review.

I have supervised five doctoral theses, visited several leading universities, given speeches in recognized societal-level organizations and events, and among others been granted, together with Professor Sarah Jack, the best paper award by the leading conference in entrepreneurship, Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference. I have also co-edited the first ever Handbook, Palgrave Handbook of Family Firm Internationalization (published early 2021). I am in the editorial review board of Entrepreneurship and Regional Development. Please see information on the academic outcomes of the project on the Outcomes section.

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