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Description of research and teaching

Frank Martela received his Ph.D. in Applied Philosophy and Organizational Research from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management of Aalto University, Finland in 2012. His dissertation focused on caring and compassion between employees and clients in a nursing home. After that he spent the year 2013 in Human Motivation Research Group of University of Rochester, looking at what makes human beings intrinsically motivated to help other people. Currently, he works as a post-doctoral researcher in University of Helsinki. He operates both within social psychology and organizational research and his research interests include intrinsic motivation, altruism, compassion, meaning in life, and pragmatic philosophy of science.


  • 614 Theology
  • 611 Philosophy
  • 515 Psychology
  • 512 Business and Management

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 2010 2018

Meaningfulness as Satisfaction of Autonomy, Competence, Relatedness, and Beneficence: Comparing the Four Satisfactions and Positive Affect as Predictors of Meaning in Life

Martela, F., Ryan, R. M. & Steger, M. F., Jun 2018, In : Journal of Happiness Studies. 19, 5, p. 1261-1282 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Self-determination theory

Martela, F., 2018, (Accepted/In press) The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences: Vol. I. Models and Theories. Carducci, B. J. & Nave, C. S. (eds.). Wiley Blackwell

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia / dictionaryScientificpeer-review

Significant Work Is About Self-Realization and Broader Purpose: Defining the Key Dimensions of Meaningful Work

Martela, F. & Pessi, A. B., 26 Mar 2018, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 9, 15 p., 363.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Adaptive self-organizing: The necessity of intrinsic motivation and self-determination

Martela, F. & Kostamo, T., 2017, Knowledge Management and Complexity. Eskola, A. (ed.). Abingdon: Routledge, (Routledge Advances in Management and Business Studies).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Can good life be measured? The dimensions and measurability of a life worth living

Martela, F., 2017, Metrics of subjective well-being: Limits and improvements. Brulé, G. & Maggino, F. (eds.). Berlin: Springer, p. 21-42 22 p. (Happiness Studies Book Series; no. 4).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Projects 2015 2017

Activities 2013 2017

  • 6 Organisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars
  • 3 Invited talk
  • 2 Academic visit to other institution
  • 1 Public Talks

IPPA2017, World Congress on Positive Psychology

Frank Martela (Speaker: Presenter)
13 Jul 201716 Jul 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, Australian Catholic University

Frank Martela (Visiting researcher)
7 Feb 201730 Mar 2017

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution