Maria Elo


Dr., Research Fellow

Academic Degrees

  • Doctor of Science in Economics, Åbo akademi, Finland, 2005
  • Master of Business Administration, European University, Belgium, 1993
  • Master of Art, European University, Belgium, 1993
  • Bachelor of Arts, European University, Belgium, 1992
  • Undergraduate degree in Marketing, Turku, Finland, 1991

Research Interests and Current Research

Maria's research interests focus on diaspora resources and networks in international business, economy and entrepreneurship, but also on international business, business networks, cooperation, SMEs, internationalization processes, remanufacturing, and technological innovation in services. In addition, her work addresses international trade, particularly stocklot business and other non-prime businesses. German and Greek markets as well as Post-Soviet transition economies represent her focal areas. Maria teaches courses such as Perspectives to the Finnish Innovation System, Diaspora resources, Innovation and International Business, Cross-cultural Management, Perspectives on Transnationalism and Diaspora in the Global Innovation Management Master's Degree Program and she co-teaches the main seminar in Diaspora Entrepreneurship at the University of Bremen and is a visiting Erasmus-lecturer at the University of Patras. She also supervises Bachelor and Master thesis. Maria is the founder and leader of the Diaspora Networks in International Business research platform and the project leader of the Diaspora Business Project. She leads and coordinates also related research projects, workshops and events.


  1. Elo, Maria (2005) SME Internationalisation from a Network Perspective- Empirical Study on a Finnish-Greek Business Network, Doctoral Dissertation, ?bo Akademi University Press, 2005, Turku, Finland, ISBN 951-765-235-6
  2. Elo, Maria, Halinen, Aino and Törnroos, Jan-Åke (2010) Process Research in Business Networks - An Event-based Method for Qualitative Analysis. Proceedings of the 26th IMP Conference, Budapest, September 2010.
  3. Halinen, Aino & Törnroos, Jan-Åke & Elo, Maria (2013) Network process analysis: an event-based approach to study business network dynamics, Industrial Marketing Management, 42(8), 1213-1222.
  4. Elo, Maria (2013) Diaspora entrepreneurs in and from an emerging market - Narratives from Uzbekistan, 2013 International Business Conference Vaasa
  5. Elo, Maria (2014) Diaspora networks in international business and international entrepreneurship - A literature review, ZenTra Working Papers in Transnational Studies, No. 40 / 2014,
  6. Harima, A., Freiling, J., Elo, M. (2014). Rich-to-Poor Diaspora Ventures - How Do They Survive? 13th International Conference of the Society for Global Business & Economic Development (SGBED 2014), 16-18 July 2014, Ancona, Italy (Best paper award)
  7. Elo, Maria, Benjowsky, Christiane & Nummela, Niina (2015) Intercultural competences and interaction schemes - four forces regulating dyadic encounters in international business, Industrial Marketing Management, Special Issue, available online, 1-APR-2015, DOI information: 10.1016/j.indmarman.2015.03.007
  8. Elo, Maria (fortcoming, 2015) Diaspora networks in international business: A review on an emerging stream of research, in Larimo, J. Nummela, N. & Mainela, T. (eds.), Handbook on International Alliance and Network Research, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, Northampton, MA, USA
  9. Elo, Maria & Juntunen, Arla (forthcoming 2015) SECURITIZATION AND DIASPORA NETWORKS, THEIR EVOLVING SOCIO-ECONOMIC ROLE AND IMPACT, in Participation, Integration, and Recognition: Changing Pathways to Immigrant Incorporation, by Auvo Kostiainen, Ismo Söderling, Elli Heikkilä & Johanna Leinonen (eds.), Institute of Migration, Turku, p.58-74
  10. Elo, Maria, Harima, Aki & Freiling, Jörg (forthcoming 2015) To try or not to try? A story of diaspora entrepreneurship in Series: Progress in International Business Research, Vol. 10, Volume title: The Future of Global Organizing, by Alain Verbeke, Rob van Tulder, Rian Drogendijk (eds.), Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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