Pirjo Ståhle is Professor of Intangible Capital and Innovation Management at Aalto University School of Engineering since 2014. Her main areas of expertise are knowledge management, innovations and the measurement of intellectual capital. Pirjo Ståhle moved to her current position from the University of Turku, Finland Futures Research Centre, where she served as professor from 2004 to 2013.

Pirjo Ståhle has occupied a bridge-building position between business, academia and public institutions for more than 20 years. The models and measures developed by her have had practical application in both business companies and public organisations. At the Turku Futures Research Centre she was in charge of research projects concerned with the economic impacts of intellectual capital in 61 countries.

Pirjo Ståhle is often mentioned 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 2001-2007), and her book on Knowledge Management was the first Finnish book on this subject.

Pirjo 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-renewal in organisations, innovation management, and knowledge-intensive economy. She has also served as reviewer on numerous national and international expert panels and as a board member of many organisations and companies. She is currently a member of the board of World Vision International and a chair of World Vision Finland. World Vision is one of the world’s biggest development and relief organisations that is active in about 100 countries and improves the living conditions of 120 million children and their communities.

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.


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. Download pdf


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