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Katharina Schilli

Affiliated research fellow - Department of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology

Katharina Schilli is a doctoral researcher at Turku School of Economics with a focus on digital transformation, design-driven change, and innovation. She draws on 15+ years’ work experience in architecture, service and strategic design, entrepreneurship, and organizational development, working across central Europe. This background contributes to her research, which lies at the intersection of theory and practice. 

In her doctoral study, Katharina explored digital transformation and new ways of working during a two-year action research case study at Finland’s biggest media company, Sanoma Media Finland. Here, she actively engaged in cross-domain work with data, business, and management units, striving to scale an interdisciplinary and design-driven work culture. Additionally, she served part-time as a strategic designer. 

The theoretical lenses for her investigations are primarily based in Organization Theory with a specific interest in Process Research and Routine Dynamics.Contributing to the community, Katharina co-founded the Practice and Process Reading (PPR) Group in 2020, which encourages dialogues between leading and early-stage scholars.

Katharina incorporates her passion for collective change also in education. As a co-founder of the `Nordic Rebels´ movement and visiting lecturer at Aalto University she creates challenge-based learning experiences, empowering future changemakers to tackle the grand challenges of today and tomorrow.