Curriculum Vitae of Professor Yrjö Engeström (Short Version)


Name: Yrjö Engeström

Current employer:University of Helsinki, Institute of Behavioural Sciences

Address:  CRADLE, P.O.Box 9, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland;

Personal web page:öEngeström

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10-year track record

Education: PhD in Education from University of Helsinki, 1987

Positions: Professor of Adult Education, University of Helsinki
Director, Center for Research on Activity, Development and Learning CRADLE, University of Helsinki
Director, Doctoral Program of Developmental Work Research and Adult Education, University of Helsinki
Professor Emeritus of Communication, University of California, San Diego

Employment history:   Professor of Communication at University of California, San Diego 1989-2005
Director, Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition, University of California, San Diego 1990-1995
Professor of Adult Education, University of Helsinki 1989 to the present

Academy Professor of the Academy of Finland 1995-2000

Affiliations:  I am currently affiliated as Visting Professor with University of Oslo (Norway) and Lancaster University (UK). I am affiliated as Visiting Research Scholar with Kansai University in Osaka (Japan). From 2006 to 2009, I was affiliated with University of Warwick (UK) as Visiting Professor. In 2005, I served as Visiting Professor at University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’.

Expertise: Cultural-historical activity theory, developmental work research, theory of expansive learning. I apply and develop the cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT), initiated by Vygotsky and Leont'ev, in studies of work activities and processes of learning and development associated with transformations in organizations and communities. My most well-known contribution to CHAT is the theory of expansive learning. The developmental work research methodology uses interventions, such as the Change Laboratory, to facilitate expansive learning and development in workplaces. My current work is aimed at developing the 3rd generation conceptual and methodological framework for cultural-historical activity theory, including the emergence of knotworking and other new forms of collaborative work, expansive learning and horizontal expertise in various workplaces and organizational fields. The new focus of my empirical research will be collective concept formation at work.

Collaborations: As Director of the research center CRADLE, I am actively involved in a collaboration network of research centers that build their work on sociocultural and activity-theoretical approaches; these include the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition (LCHC) of University of California, San Diego, USA; the Centre for Sociocultural and Activity Theory Research, University of Bath, UK; the Oxford Centre for Socio-Cultural and Activity Theory Research, University of Oxford, UK; the Center for Lifelong Learning and Design, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA; the Intermedia, University of Oslo, Norway; the Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society, University of Gothenburg, Sweden; the Center for Human Activity Theory, Kansai University, Osaka, Japan; and the Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Russia.
Supervision: I have supervised 31 completed PhD dissertations in Finland, Sweden, and the United States. Currently I supervise 8 PhD students within the Doctoral Program of Developmental Work Research and Adult Education in which I serve as Director.

Funding ID: At present I am PI of the project ‘Implementation Conditions of Integration Innovations in Health Care: Organizational Volition and the Voice of the Client’, funded by the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation for the period of 2010-2012 with a grant of 404 000 Euro.

My most recent past projects include the project ‘Boundary Crossing and Knotworking in Innovative Work Organizations’, funded by the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation for the period of 2009-2011 with a grant of 123 000 Euro, the project ‘New Forms of Expansive Learning at Work: The Landscape of Co-Configuration’, funded by the Academy of Finland for the period of 2003 – 2006 with a grant of  294 440 Euro, and the project ‘From Project Development to Sustainable Development’, funded by the Finnish Work Environment Fund for the period of  2005-2007 with a grant of 172 000 Euro. My most significant past external research funding was the 6-year funding for my Center of Excellence (2000-2005), with contributions from the Academy of Finland and the Ministry of Education, totaling at approximately 2,5 million Euro.

Since 2005, I have received 964 330 Euro in external research funding.            

Publications: I have produced 302 scientific publications. The H-factor for all my publications (Publish or Perish, April 1, 2011) is 48. Click here to see Engeström's publications


Recent Publications

  • Kaatrakoski, H., Littlejohn, A. & Hood, N. Learning challenges in higher education: an analysis of contradictions within open educational practice. High Educ (2016). doi:10.1007/s10734-016-0067-z Publication>>

  • Kaatrakoski, H., & Lahikainen, J., "What We Do Every Day Is Impossible": Managing Change by Developing a Knotworking Culture in an Academic Library, The Journal of Academic Librarianship (2016), Publication>>

  • Kajamaa, A. & Lahtinen, P. (2016). Carnivalization as a new mode of collaboration. Journal of Workplace Learning, Vol. 28 Iss 4 pp. 188 - 205. DOI Publication>>

  • Sannino,A., Engeström, Y. & Lemos, M. (2016). Formative Interventions for Expansive Learning and Transformative Agency, Journal of the Learning
    DOI: 10.1080/10508406.2016.1204547 Publication>>
  • Sannino, A., Engeström Y. & Lahikainen, J. (2016). The dialectics of authoring expansive learning: tracing the long tail of a Change Laboratory. Journal of Workplace Learning, Vol. 28 Iss 4 pp. 245 - 26 Publication>>
  • Engeström, Y. & Sannino, A. (2016). Expansive learning on the move: insights from ongoing research / El aprendizaje expansivo en movimiento: aportaciones de la investigación en curs. Journal for the Study of Education and Development/ Infancia y Aprendizaje Publication >>
  • Rantavuori, J., Engeström, Y., & Lipponen, L. (2016). Learning actions, objects and types of interaction: A methodological analysis of expansive learning among pre-service teachers. Frontline Learning Research, 4(3), 1-27. Publication >>
  • Korpela, J., Miettinen, R., Salmikivi , T., & Ihalainen, J. 2015. The challenges and potentials of utilizing building information modeling in facility management. The case of the Center for Property and facilities of the University of Helsinki. Construction Management and Economies 33(1), 3-17. Publication >>
  • Kerosuo, H., Miettinen, R., Paavola, S., Mäki, T. & Korpela, J. 2015. Challenges of the expansive use of Building Information Modeling in construction projects. Production 25(2), 289-297.Publication >>
  • Miettinen, R., Tuunainen, J. & E.   Esko (2015).  Epistemological, Artefactual and Interactional–Institutional Foundations of Social Impact of Academic Research. Minerva 53(3), 257-277 Publication >>
  • Sannino, A. (2015). The principle of double stimulation: A path to volitional action. Learning, Culture, and Social Interaction, 6, 1-15. Publication >>
  • Sannino, A. (2015). Double stimulation in the waiting experiment with collectives. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science. DOI: 10.1007/s12124-015-9324-4 Publication >>
  • Sannino, A. & Vainio, J. (2015). Gendered hegemony and its contradictions among Finnish university physicists. Gender and Education. DOI:10.1080/09540253.2015.1045455 Publication >>
  • Kerosuo H., Miettinen, R., Paavola S., & Mäki T., (2015). Challenges of the expansive1 use of Building ­Information Modeling (BIM) in construction projects. Production Journal, vol.25, n.2, p.289-297, 2015 Publication >>
  • Engeström Y., Kajamaa A., Lahtinen P. & Sannino A. (2015). Toward a Grammar of Collaboration, Mind, Culture, and Activity, 22:2, 92-111, DOI:10.1080/10749039.2015.1024326 Publication >>
  • Schulz, K-P., Kajamaa, A. & Kerosuo, H. (2015). Creating innovative work practices through reflexive interventions. International Journal of Work Innovation 1 (2): 143 - 160. DOI: 10.1504/IJWI.2015.071193 Publication >>
  • Seppänen, L. (2015). Review of 'Collaborative projects: an interdisciplinary study'. Book edited by Andy Blunden. Outlines - Critical Practice Studies, 16(1), 93-97. Publication >>
  • Vänninen I., Pereira-Querol M., Engeström Y. (2015). Generating transformative agency among horticultural producers: An activity-theoretical approach to transforming Integrated Pest Management Original Research Article. Agricultural Systems, Volume 139, October 2015, Pages 38-49 Publication >>
  • Kerosuo, H. (2015). BIM-based collaboration across organizational and disciplinary boundaries through knotworking. 8th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization. Procedia Economics and Finance, 21, 201-208.Publication >>
  • Mäki, T. (2015) Multi-disciplinary discourse on design-related issues in construction site meetings. 8th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization. Procedia Economics and Finance, 21, 231-238. Publication >>
  • Mäki, T. and Kerosuo, H. (2015) Site managers' daily work and the uses of building information modelling in construction site. Construction Management and Economics, published on line 5 May, 2015. Publication >>

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