Pirjo Ståhle is Professor (Emerita) of Intangible Capital and Innovation Management. She worked at Aalto University School of Engineering in 2014-2019; at the University of Turku in 2004-2013; and at Lappeenranta University of Technology School of Business in 2001-2005. Her main areas of expertise are knowledge and innovation management, the measurement of intellectual capital and self-organizing systems.

Pirjo Ståhle has occupied a bridge-building position between business, academia and public institutions for more than 20 years. The models and measures she has developed have had practical application in both business companies and public organizations. At the Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku, Professor Ståhle took charge of a major project which used long time series and extensive statistical datasets to develop methods for measuring the effects of intangible capital on GDP.

Pirjo Ståhle is widely recognized as a pioneer of Finnish knowledge management. She was the country's first-ever Chief Knowledge Officer (Sonera 1998-2001), first Professor of Knowledge Management (Lappeenranta University of Technology 2001-2005), and her book on Knowledge Management was the first Finnish title on this subject.

Professor Ståhle has published several books and more than 100 articles in popular and scientific publications and given numerous lectures and presentations on themes related to self-directive teams and organizations, innovation ecosystems and knowledge-intensive economy. She has also served as a reviewer on numerous national and international expert panels and as a board member of many organizations and companies.

Pirjo Ståhle is currently head of the Finnish Cultural Foundation’s Supervisory Board; Vice Chair of the Society of Scientists and Parliament Members Tutkas; a member of the board of World Vision International and chair of World Vision Finland. World Vision is one of the world’s biggest development and relief organizations that is active in about 100 countries.

Selected publications


Ståhle, P., Ståhle, S, & Lin, C. 2015. Intangibles and national economic wealth - a new perspective on how they are linked., Journal of Intellectual Capital, Vol. 16 Iss: 1, pp. 20-57.
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Ståhle, S. & Ståhle, P. 2012. "Towards measures of national intellectual capital: an analysis of the CHS model", Journal of Intellectual Capital, Vol. 13, Issue 2, pp.164 - 177.

Ståhle, P. (2008): The dynamics of self-renewal: A systems-thinking to understanding organizational challenges in dynamic environments. A. Bounfour (Ed.) Organisational Capital: Modelling, measuring and contextualizing. London, Routledge.
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Ståhle, P. & Bounfour, A. 2008. Understanding Dynamics of Intellectual Capital. Journal of Intellectual Capital, special issue of Intellectual Capital of Communities: The Next Step. Vol 9, No. 2, 164-177. Download pdf