Leena Louhiala-Salminen is Professor and Program Director of the Master’s Program in Corporate Communication at the Aalto University School of Business (AaltoBIZ) in Helsinki, Finland.
Her PhD is in Applied Linguistics (University of Jyväskylä, Finland). In addition, she has a Licentiate degree in English philology (University of Jyväskylä), an MSc in Economics and Business Administration from the Helsinki School of Economics (current Aalto University School of Business) and studies in communication (University of Helsinki).
Louhiala-Salminen’s main research interests include the various genres of business communication, the use of English as the business lingua franca, and corporate communication in international contexts. Her PhD focused on the notion of genre in business communication, with a particular emphasis on the generic qualities of the business fax. She has worked as researcher and project director in two major research projects funded by the Academy of Finland. The first one examined communication and language use in newly merged Finnish-Swedish companies, and the second project investigated business and corporate communication as business know-how of internationally operating companies and organizations. Currently Louhiala-Salminen is involved, for example, in a study examining ‘corporate language’ and communication of strategy in multinational enterprises operating in Europe.
While serving on the Advisory Board of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, Louhiala-Salminen represented the Association for Business Communication (ABC). She is an ABC member since 1991 and has served the organization e.g. as member and chair of the Publications Board. In 2011 she was elected member of the ABC Board (Director at Large).