The focus of my research is how new industries and market categories emerge and develop. The studies explore this topic from multiple theoretical perspectives, including institutional theory, symbolic management, practices of market categorization, temporality, narratives, and agency in nascent fields. Empirically, my collaborative research draws on extensive qualitative datasets on for example the development of solar technology, nanotechnology, material sciences, food trends. Additionally, I study the rapid transformation of the university sector by looking into some recent cases of university mergers, and the negotiations around the Helsinki Guggenheim project. I have received Organization Studies Best Paper Award also known as Roland Calori Prize, and EGOS Best Paper Award for the studies that examine the emergence of nanotechnology. I was also chosen as the Scholar of the Year at Aalto University School of Business in 2017.
In terms of academic service, I am the member of the Executive Committee of the Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Division at the Academy of Management. I also engage in program management in the role of the Director of the Aalto Biz and Aalto School of Sciences joint Master's Program in Strategy.
With regards to corporate projects, I engage with incubment companies to inform on aspects of commercialization of new innovations and entry to new market segments, among other tasks. Prior to my academic career I worked as a consultant for Accenture and a brief time in the media sector at Bertelsmann in Germany.
Granqvist, N., Kallio, G. & Nissilä, H. (2017). Doing Qualitative Research on Emerging Fields and Industries. In Mir, R. and Jain, S. (eds.), Routledge Companion to Qualitative Research in Organization Studies, Routledge.
Durand, R., Granqvist, N. and Tyllström, A. (2017). From Categories to Categorization. Category Studies in Sociology, Organizations and Strategy at the Crossroads. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Emerald.
Tukiainen, S. & Granqvist, N. (2017). Temporary Organizing and Institutional Change. Organization Studies, 37 (12): 1819-1840.
Ritvala. T., Piekkari, R., Franck, H. & Granqvist, N. (2017). Where Local and Global Meets Art and Business: Importing Guggenheim Museum to Helsinki. In Ibed, K. et al. (eds.), Growth Frontiers in International Business, Vol. 24, Palgrave.
Granqvist, N. & Gustafsson, R. (2016). Temporal Institutional Work. Academy of Management Journal 59 (3): 1009-1035.
Granqvist, N. & Ritvala, T. (2016). Drivers of Market Categorization in Functional Foods and Nanotechnology. Journal of Management Studies 53 (2): 210-237.
Grodal, S. & Granqvist, N. (2014). Great Expectations: Discourse, Hype and Emotion during Field Emergence, in Vol. 10 of Research on Emotions in Organizations edited by Neal Ashkanasy, Emerald Group.
Granqvist, N., Grodal, S. & Woolley, J. (2013). Hedging Your Bets: Explaining Executives’ Market Labeling Strategies in Nanotechnology. Organization Science 24 (2): 395-413. (EGOS 2010 Best Paper Award winner)
Granqvist, N. (2013). Acquisitions and Industry Development (in Finnish). Handbooks of Management, Kauppalehti.
Granqvist, N. & Laurila, J. (2011). Rage against Self-Replicating Machines: Framing Science and Fiction in the U.S. Nanotechnology Field, Organization Studies 32 (2): 253-280. (Winner of the Roland Calori Prize)
Ritvala, T. & Granqvist, N. (2009). Institutional Entrepreneurs and Local Embedding of Global Scientific Ideas – The Case of Preventing Heart Disease in Finland, Scandinavian Journal of Management 25 (2): 133-145.
Scholar of the Year Award 2017, Aalto University School of Business.
EIBA Best Paper Award 2017.
Roland Calori Prize 2013, best paper in Organization Studies chosen out of the articles published during 2011-2012. Awarded for the study Granqvist & Laurila (2011). Rage against Self-Replicating Machines: Framing Science and Fiction in the U.S. Nanotechnology Field, Organization Studies 32 (2): 253-280.
EGOS Conference Best Paper Award 2009 for the paper Granqvist, Grodal & Woolley, Executives’ Labeling Strategies in Emerging Domains of Activity (first out of 948 papers; later version published in Organization Science).
Above and Beyond the Call of Duty, ABCD Award for Excellence in Reviewing, Organization and Management Theory Division, Academy of Management Conference, 2008.