Miia Paakkanen


    Research areas

  • 999 Others - Positive organizational scholarship, Flourishing organizations, Compassionate leadership, Servant leadership, Cooperation, Social sustainability
  • 515 Psychology - Positive Psychology, Compassion, Self-compassion , Emotions, Compassionate Mindset, Social connection, Love, Motivation, Character strengths , Emotional intelligence, Courage, Vulnerability , Trust
  • 614 Theology - Values, Compassion , CoPassion , Meaningfulness
  • 3112 Neurosciences - Empathy , Compassion , Mindfulness
  • 611 Philosophy - Mind, Systems intelligence

Description of research and teaching

Miia Paakkanen studies compassion and works on her PhD on compassion as an attitude and a way of living, being and leading.The title of her PhD is In Search of Compassionate Mindset. Paakkanen studies compassion as a concept and social process on individual, relational, organizational and leadership levels. 

Paakkanen is a co-founder of the multidisciplinary, international, and pioneering CoPassion research project that studies compassion in business. CoPassion is the first project in Finland and among the first ones in the world to study the effect of compassiona interventions on the well-being and productivity of employees and organizations. CoPassion has received over million euro funding from Tekes, the Finnish funding agency of technology and innovation. Paakkanen is an economist working at the theology deparment doing research mainly in the fields of psychology, management and positive organizations. 

Description of research and teaching

5 cr University course: Good Working Life: Leading Well-Being and Success, April-May


Student understands and learns to acknowledge and analyze the key approaches and latest scientific theories of positive leadership and good working life. The course draws from Positive Organizational Scholarship and Positive Psychology. The course focuses on aspects of a humane working life and studies the elements that promote individual and organizational flourishing. The sessions focus on leading individual and organizational flourishing, strengths and virtues, emotions at work, high quality connections and positive relationships, intrinsic motivation and basic human needs, and meaning at work. After the course the student is able to evaluate the factors that affect and foster optimal states of individuals and organizations. The course assignments direct students to apply their know-how of positive leadership and good working life dynamics to their own life as well.

Course sessions focus inter alia on individual and organizational prosperity, identifying strengths and management, the role of emotions and leadership in working life, high-quality social contexts and positive relations, internal motivation, as well as the relevance of the work. The course, the student is able to assess the human and the organization's optimal state of being positively active management. tasks of the course, students are guided to apply the good work positive factors, as well as self-management and other influence in practice.

Latest publications

  1. Myötätunto tukee oppimista ja auttaa opettajaa jaksamaan

    Paakkanen, M. A. 14 Dec 2016 In : Opetin.fi-blogi.

    Publication: Contribution to journalE1 Popular article, newspaper article

  2. Column: We are next to nothing id we are alone

    Paakkanen, M. A. 21 Sep 2016 In : Helsinki Design Weekly.

    Publication: Contribution to journalE1 Popular article, newspaper article

  3. Kolumni: Yksin emme ole mitään

    Paakkanen, M. A. 21 Sep 2016 In : Helsinki Design Weekly.

    Publication: Contribution to journalE1 Popular article, newspaper article

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Latest activities

  1. Stanford University

    Paakkanen, M. (Visiting researcher)
    22 Jan 20174 Feb 2017

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionAcademic visit to other institution

  2. 2017 SPSP Convention: Personality and Social Psychology Conference

    Paakkanen, M. (Poster Presentation)
    18 Jan 201722 Jan 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  3. Positive Organizational Scholarship Research Conference 2017 (Event)

    Paakkanen, M. (Reviewer)
    Nov 2016

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review of manuscripts

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Latest projects

  1. CoPassion: The Revolutionary Power of Compassion (CoPassion)

    Pessi, A., Martela, F., Spännäri, J., Grönlund, H., Hakanen, J., Juntunen, E., Uusitalo-Malmivaara, L., Vuorinen, K., Paakkanen, M. & Seppänen, A. M.

    Filosofian akatemia Oy, Conbalance Oy, Suomen kansallisgalleria (ent. Valtion taidemuseo), MTV Oy, Devoi Oy, Espoon kaupunki, LähiTapiola Keskinäinen vakuutusyhtiö, Abbedissa Network Oy, Onesto Services Oy, Human Advice Oy, Tekes


    Project: Research project

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