Anne Kankaanranta Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesAnne Kankaanranta is Senior University Lecturer of Organizational Communication at the Department of Management Studies of 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 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.

Leena Louhiala-Salminen Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesLeena 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).

Iris I. Varner Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesIris I. Varner is Professor Emeritus for International Business at Illinois State University where she was a professor and the Director of the International Business Institute.

Varner is a past President of the Association for Business Communication (ABC). She has won the ABC’s Outstanding Teaching Award and was named Fellow of ABC, and Distinguished Member of ABC. She received several departmental research and teaching awards. She is a native of Germany. She earned the Staatsexamen at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet in Freiburg, Germany. She received her Ph.D., an M.A. in German literature and an MBA from Oklahoma University.

Varner’s research interests focus on the interaction between business management, culture, and communication. Varner is co-author of the book, Intercultural Communication in the Global Workplace. Varner has done research on expatriation, cultural adjustments for successful expatriation, and criteria determining expatriate success. She has also examined the composition of corporate boards in Asia, Europe and North America, focusing on gender representation and international preparedness. Varner is an adjunct professor at the University of Lugano, Switzerland and a visiting professor at the University of Dresden, Germany. In addition, she has given lectures and seminars in New Zealand, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Belgium, France, Russia, and Poland. She serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Business Communication, and the Business Communication Quarterly.