Anne Kankaanranta is Senior University Lecturer, Organizational Communication, Department of Management Studies, Aalto University School of Business (Aalto BIZ) in Helsinki, Finland. 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 research interests focus on the concept of English as the business lingua franca (BELF) and global corporate communications. In particular, her interests include the concept of ‘corporate language’ in multinational organizations, Chinese-Finnish BELF communication and various aspects of intercultural communication. Her PhD focused on internal email communication in BELF in a Finland-based MNC. She has published in, e.g. Journal of Business Communication, Business Communication Quarterly, Public Relations Review, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, Journal of Business and Technical Communication, and English for Specific Purposes.
She has worked as a researcher 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. Largely based on the findings of these projects, the School of Economics established new graduate programs in International Business Communication, which were later developed to the Master’s Program in Corporate Communication and the PhD Program in Organizational Communication. Currently Kankaanranta is involved in a study examining the competencies required for a profession in international corporate communication and a project on strategy communication in Finnish-Russian corporations.
She has worked as a visiting researcher/lecturer in, for example, Centre for Global Englishes, University of Southampton (UK); School of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University (Denmark); Universitat Jaume I, Castellón (Spain) and University of Michigan (USA).
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.