Jan Hermes

Jan Hermes


Assistant Professor


I'm intrigued by societies in change. My main research focus is on the praxis of seemingly mundane human work and how this work affects/is affected by a society's institutional framework. What comes to the consequences of societal change, I center my research and teaching efforts on the economic, social and environmental responsibility of corporate actors. The education of future business experts with a responsibility mindset is to me a matter of personal importance.

Research interests

  • Practices in institutional change
  • Responsible management education
  • Business responsibility


Social media

Selected publications

  • Haapanen, Lauri; Hurmelinna-Laukkanen, Pia; Hermes, Jan (2018) Firm functions and the nature of competitive advantage in internationalizing SMEs. - International journal of innovation management 22 (3), 1850022 . [Original]
  • Hermes, Jan W. S.; Mainela, Tuija (2014) Mobilizing crisis management networks - entrepreneurial behavior inturbulent contexts. - Industrial Marketing Management 43 (6; SI), 967-976
  • Hermes, Jan (2016) Rendezvous in turbulent times : about the becoming of institution-changing networks in Myanmar/Burma. - Acta Universitatis Ouluensis. Series G, Oeconomica 81. Oulu. Artikkeliväitöskirja. 118. [Original]
  • Hermes, Jan; Rimanoczy, Isabel (2018) Deep learning for a sustainability mindset. - International journal of management education 16 (3), 460-467 . [Original]

Thesis supervisions

Keep Others in mind: A way to proceed with ethical decisions under uncertainty

Research visits

  • Institutional work for peace in Myanmar/Burma
    3.7.2017 to 31.10.2017

    4-month research visit at Copenhagen Business School, Department of Organization, Denmark.
    Topic: heterogeneity of intentionality in institutional work

  • Practice-based institutional work
    16.7.2018 to 30.9.2018

    2.5-month research visit at Faculty of Applied Social Sciences and Resocialization, University of Warsaw, Poland.
    Topic: institutional work as multimodal, unintended practice of meaning translation

  • Sustainability agency
    1.3.2020 to 31.5.2020

    3-month research visit at Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, University of Turku, Finland.
    Topic: institutional change agency in sustainability transitions


Positive social change in organizations

PSC (positive social change in organiations) is a research project about the impact of companies' internal and external social capital on developin

Generation Z and beyond: Co-evolution of human capabilities and intelligent technologies in the 21st century (GenZ)

As new technologies are rapidly developing and becoming more intelligent, invisible and ubiquitous, the entanglement of these technologies with hum