Her PhD is in Applied Linguistics (University of Jyväskylä, Finland). In addition, she has an MSc in Economics and Business Administration from the Vaasa School of Economics and an Executive MBA from the Helsinki School of Economics (since 1 Jan 2011 Aalto BIZ).
Kankaanranta’s main research interests focus on the concept of ‘corporate language’, identity and multilingualism in the global workplace. In particular, her long-time interest has been the use of English as shared language in business (English as Business Lingua Franca, BELF) Her research has been published in, e.g., Journal of Management Studies, Multilingua, Corporate Communications, International Journal of Business Communication, Public Relations Review, and IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication.
She has worked as a researcher in projects funded by the Academy of Finland examining communication and language use in newly merged Finnish-Swedish companies and communication as business know-how of internationally operating companies. Currently Kankaanranta is involved in investigating Englishization of global knowledge work and the use of English as an academic lingua franca in a Russian business school.
She has worked as a visiting researcher/lecturer at the University of Michigan, USA; Southampton, UK; and Aarhus, Denmark; with shorter scholarly visits to, e.g., WU Vienna University of Economics and Business; Takachiho University, Japan; NHH Norwegian School of Economics; and Ural State University of Economics, Russia.
Kankaanranta has been a member of the Association for Business Communication since 1996 and serves the organization on the Editorial Boards of both the International Journal of Business Communication and Business and Professional Communication Quarterly.