UC SPARK - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Dr Sanna Malinen

Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship

Fields of Research

  • Employee attitudes, engagement and retention
  • Employee resilience
  • Organisational resilience
  • Volunteer worker management
  • Coaching Psychology
  • Implicit attitudes, attitude measurement
  • Diversity & discrimination in the workplace

Researcher Summary

I research in the fields of organisational behaviour/psychology and human resource management. Some of my ongoing research projects focus on attitude measurement, volunteer worker management, wellbeing in the workplace, and employee resilience and engagement.

Subject Area: Disciplines

Research Projects

Research Groups

Key Methodologies

  • Quantitative methodologies
  • Qualitative methodologies

Affiliations

Prizes and Awards

  • Early Career Researcher Award ( 2013 )

Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

  • Eskelinen K., Tervala V., Mankkinen T., Malinen SK. and Hamilton-Skurak H. (2017) Fire service volunteers in Finland: Barriers, motivations and attitudes (Vapaaehtoiset palokuntalaiset Suomessa: esteet, motivaatiot ja asenteet). In Why does fire brigade activity cease to exist or get revitalised? (Miksi palokunta hiipuu tai viriaa?), Finnish National Rescue Association (Suomen Pelastusalan Keskusjärjestö SPEK). Commissioned by SPEK tutkii. (Reports)
  • Keeman A., Naswall K., Malinen SK. and Kuntz J. (2017) Employee Wellbeing: Evaluating a Wellbeing Intervention in Two Settings. Frontiers in Psychology 8: 505-505. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00505. (Journal Articles)
  • Kuntz JRCP., Malinen. and Naswall. (2017) Employee Resilience: Directions for Resilience Development. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research (Journal Articles)
  • Malinen S. and Lotta H. (2017) Volunteer engagement: Exploring the distinction between job and organizational engagement. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11266-016-9823-z. (Journal Articles)
  • Malinen SK. and Mankkinen T. (2017) Finnish firefighters’ barriers to volunteering. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly Forthcoming (Journal Articles)
  • Naswall., Malinen., Kuntz J., Goodwin T., Keeman A. and Kuntz J. (2017) Improving Wellbeing at Work using the Five Ways to Wellbeing: What works and why. Dublin, Ireland.: EAWOP, 1 Jan 2017 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Hall CM., Malinen S., Nilakant V., Vosslamber R., Walker B. and Wordsworth R. (2016) Undertaking business, consumer and organisational research in a disaster setting. In Hall CM; Malinen S; Vosslamber R; Wordsworth R (Ed.), Business and Post-disaster Management: Business, organisational and consumer resilience and the Christchurch earthquakes: 251-268. Abingdon: Routledge. (Chapters)
  • Hall CM., Malinen S., Vosslamber R. and Wordsworth R. (2016) Introduction: the business, organisational and destination impacts of natural disasters - the Christchurch earthquakes 2010-2011. In Hall CM; Malinen S; Vosslamber R; Wordsworth R (Ed.), Business and Post-disaster Management: Business, organisational and consumer resilience and the Christchurch earthquakes: 3-22. Abingdon: Routledge. (Chapters)
  • Kuntz JC., Näswall K. and Malinen S. (2016) Resilient Employees in Resilient Organizations: Flourishing Beyond Adversity. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice (Journal Articles)
  • Kuntz JRCP., Malinen S. and Naswall. (2016) Employee Resilience in the Public Workplace: A study from New Zealand. The Hague, Netherlands: Public Administration Symposium Seminar, 1-1 Jan 2016 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Kuntz JRCP., Malinen. and Naswall. (2016) Employee Resilience: Flourishing Beyond Adversity. Seminar presented at the Department of Psychology, University of Canterbury. (Oral Presentations)
  • Kuntz JRCP., Naswall. and Malinen. (2016) Building Inherent and Adaptive Resilience through Employee Resilience Development. Christchurch: Invited presentation delivered to a Disaster Recovery Japanese Delegation. (Oral Presentations)
  • Kuntz., Malinen. and Naswall. (2016) Enhancing Wellbeing through Resilience. Christchurch: CDHB’s People and Capability Forum. (Oral Presentations)
  • Malinen S., Naswall IMK., Tonkin K. and Kuntz J. (2016) Can resilience be enhanced through focusing on wellbeing in the workplace? Wellington: New Zealand Psychological Society, 1-4 Sep 2016 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Malinen S., Tonkin K., Naswall IMK. and Kuntz J. (2016) Can resilience be enhanced through focusing on wellbeing in the workplace? Sheffield, UK: Institute of Work Psychology conference, 20-23 Jun 2016 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Malinen SK., Walker B., Nilakant V., BAird R., Kuntz J., Näswall K., de Vries H. and van Heugten K. (2016) Building organisational resilience. Christchurch, New Zealand: New Zealand Institute of Management and Leadership. (Oral Presentations)
  • Malinen., Naswall., Kuntz. and Hatton. (2016) Building Employee Resilience. Quake Core. (Oral Presentations)
  • Malinen., Tonkin., Naswall. and Kuntz. (2016) Can resilience be enhanced through focusing on wellbeing in the workplace? Invited presentation for the New Zealand Psychological Society. (Oral Presentations)
  • Naswall IMK., Keeman A., Malinen S. and Kuntz J. (2016) Evaluation of the Wellbeing Game. Sheffield, UK: Institute of Work Psychology conference, 20-23 Jun 2016 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Naswall IMK., Malinen S. and Kuntz. (2016) Staff Wellbeing: Why and How. University of Canterbury, Undercroft: South Island Tertiary Forum, 16 Nov 2016. (Oral Presentations)
  • Naswall IMK., Walker B., Nilakant V., Baird R., Kuntz J., Malinen S., de vries H. and van Heugten K. (2016) Building organisational resilience. ARA, Christchurch: CDANZ National Symposium, 03 Oct 2016. (Oral Presentations)
  • Naswall K., Malinen S. and Kuntz J. (2016) Organisational support for staff in long-term recovery: A case study from Canterbury Katharina Naswall, Sanna Malinen, Joana Kuntz. Christchurch, New Zealand: People in Disasters Conference, 24-26 Feb 2016. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Näswall K., Malinen S. and Kuntz J. (2016) Resilience development through an organisation-led well-being initiative. In Chmiel N; Fraccaroli F; Sverke M (Ed.), An Introduction to Work and Organizational Psychology: An International Perspective (3rd edition) (3rd ed.): 506-513. London: Wiley. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781119168058.ch28. (Chapters)
  • Naswall K., Walker B., Nilakant V., Baird R., Kuntz J., Malinen SK., de Vries H. and van Heugten K. (2016) Building organisational resilience. NZATD Canterbury Branch, Christchurch, New Zealand: New Zealand Association for Training and Development Canterbury Branch June Event. (Oral Presentations)
  • Naswall., Kuntz. and Malinen. (2016) Building Personal and Employee Resilience. Christchurch: Invited presentation prepared for the NZ Women in Leadership (NZWiL) Symposium. (Oral Presentations)
  • Nguyen Q., Kuntz JRC., Naswall K. and Malinen S. (2016) Employee resilience and leadership styles: The moderating role of proactive personality and optimism. The New Zealand psychologist 45(2): 13-21. (Journal Articles)
  • Nilakant V., Walker B., Kuntz J., de Vries HP., Malinen S., Näswall K. and van Heugten K. (2016) Dynamics of organisational response to a disaster: a study of organisations impacted by earthquakes. In Hall CM; Malinen S; Vosslamber R; Wordsworth R (Ed.), Business and Post-disaster Management: Business, organisational and consumer resilience and the Christchurch earthquakes: 35-47. Abingdon: Routledge. (Chapters)
  • Walker B., Naswall IMK., Kuntz J., van Heugten K., Malinen S. and de Vries H. (2016) Making Organisations Resilient. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand: University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. (Oral Presentations)
  • Wordsworth R; Hall CM; Malinen S; Vosslamber R (Ed.) Hall CM., Malinen S., Vosslamber R. and Wordsworth R. (Ed.) (2016) Business and Post-disaster Management: Business, organisational and consumer resilience and the Christchurch earthquakes. Abingdon, Oxford: Routledge. i-298. (Edited Volumes)
  • Eatwell J. and Malinen S. (2015) Coaching evaluation: a case study. Psychology Aotearoa 7(2): 126-129. (Journal Articles)
  • Hansen E., Naswall IMK., Malinen S. and Kuntz J. (2015) Does mindfulness buffer the effects of work stress on wellbeing, resilience and recovery? The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand: 4th Aotearoa New Zealand Organisational Psychology and Organisational Behaviour Conference, 27-27 Nov 2015 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Hsueh M., Yogeeswaran K. and Malinen S. (2015) Leave your comment below': Can Biased Online Comments Influence Our Own Prejudicial Attitudes and Behaviors? Human Communication Research 41(4): 557-576. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hcre.12059. (Journal Articles)
  • Keeman A., Naswall IMK., Malinen S. and Kuntz J. (2015) Increasing wellbeing through gamification: An evaluation of the wellbeing game. University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand: 4th Aotearoa New Zealand Organisational Psychology and Organisational Behaviour Conference, 27-27 Nov 2015 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Kuntz J., Malinen S. and Naswall IMK. (2015) What makes organisations resilient? Presentation of quantitative findings. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand: Briefing on Research results of the MBIE project to the wider business community. (Oral Presentations)
  • Kuntz J., Malinen S. and Naswall K. (2015) Employee Resilience Defined. Oslo, Norway: 7th Congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP), 20-23 May 2015 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Kuntz J., Naswall IMK. and Malinen S. (2015) High performing teams and resilience. Meeting of the managers in Community Investment, MSD. (Oral Presentations)
  • Kuntz JRCP., Malinen. and Naswall. (2015) Promoting resilience and wellbeing in the workplace. Hanmer Springs, NZ: ResOrgs Workshop and Retreat. (Oral Presentations)
  • MacDonald C., Davies B., Johnston DM., Paton D., Malinen S., Naswall K., Kuntz J. and Stevenson J. (2015) A framework for exploring the role of business in community recovery following disasters. In GNS Science Report 2015/62, Commissioned by GNS Science. 22pp. (Reports)
  • Malinen S., Naswall IMK. and Kuntz J. (2015) Organisations’ role in post-disaster recovery. Finland: FIOH, 1 Sep 2016 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Malinen S., Näswall K. and Kuntz JC. (2015) Enhancing organizational resilience through focusing on employee wellbeing. Turku, Finland: International Interdisciplinary Conference on Research on Work (WORK2015), 19-21 Aug 2015 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Malinen., Naswall. and Kuntz. (2015) Role of organisations in community preparedness and wellbeing. Wellington: Joint Centre for Disaster Studies, Emergency Management Summer Institute. (Oral Presentations)
  • Naswall IMK., Kuntz J. and Malinen S. (2015) Change from the inside: Research-informed, organisation-driven intervention to promote worker wellbeing. Westpac Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand: Presentation to the Health and Safety Officer of Westpac. (Oral Presentations)
  • Naswall IMK., Kuntz J. and Malinen S. (2015) Employee Resilience: Why and How. Hanmer Springs, New Zealand: Resilient Organisations' yearly stakeholder and member meeting. (Oral Presentations)
  • Naswall IMK., Kuntz J. and Malinen S. (2015) What makes organisations resilient? Presentation of quantitative findings. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand: Briefing on Research results of the MBIE project to the wider business community. (Oral Presentations)
  • Naswall IMK., Kuntz J. and Malinen S. (2015) What makes organisations resilient? Presentation of quantitative findings. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand: College of Business Briefing on the MBIE sponsored project. (Oral Presentations)
  • Näswall K., Kuntz J., Hodliffe M. and Malinen S. (2015) Employee Resilience Scale (EmpRes) Measurement Properties.Resilient Organisations Research Group. Commissioned by Resilient Organisations. (Reports)
  • Näswall K., Malinen S. and Kuntz J. (2015) Change from the inside: Research-informed but organization-driven intervention to promote worker well-being. Atlanta, GA, USA: Work, Stress and Health 2015, 6-9 May 2015 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Näswall K., Malinen S. and Kuntz J. (2015) Resilience in the workplace: Leading through change and challenges. Oslo, Norway: 7th Congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP), 20-23 May 2015 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Tonkin K., Malinen S., Naswall IMK. and Kuntz J. (2015) Building employee resilience through wellbeing in organisations. University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand: 4th Aotearoa New Zealand Organisational Psychology and Organisational Behaviour Conference, 27-27 Nov 2015 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Walker B., Naswall IMK., Nilakant V., Kuntz J., van Heugten K., Malinen S. and de Vries H. (2015) Building Adaptive Resilience. Christchurch City Council: Presentation to Senior Leadership Team forum. (Oral Presentations)
  • Kuntz JC., Näswall K. and Malinen S. (2014) Building resilient communities through resilient organisations and employees. Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand. (Oral Presentations)
  • Kuntz JC., Näswall K. and Malinen S. (2014) Building resilient communities through resilient organisations and employees. Wellington, New Zealand: Emergency Management Summer Institute, 10-14 Mar 2014 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Malinen S., Kuntz J. and Naswall K. (2014) Employee engagement, wellbeing and resilience in a post-disaster context. Paris, France: 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP 2014), 8-13 Jul 2014 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Malinen S., Kuntz J. and Naswall K. (2014) Employee wellbeing and attitudes in a post-disaster environment: A case study from the financial sector. Sheffield, UK: Institute of Work Psychology International Conference, 24-26 Jun 2014 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Malinen S., Willis GM. and Johnston L. (2014) Might informative media reporting of sexual offending influence community members' attitudes towards sex offenders? Psychology, Crime & Law 20(6): 535-552. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1068316X.2013.793770. (Journal Articles)
  • Malinen., Naswall. and Kuntz. (2014) Hazards Management Workshop. Wellington: Joint Center for Disaster Studies. (Oral Presentations)
  • Näswall K., Kuntz J. and Malinen S. (2014) Employee Resilience and Work-Related Factors: Scale Development and Some Interesting Associations. London, UK: European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology, 14-16 Apr 2014 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Naswall., Kuntz. and Malinen. (2014) Wellness intervention in the banking industry. Wellington: Workshop for large financial institution. (Oral Presentations)
  • Helton WS., Ossowski U. and Malinen S. (2013) Post-disaster depression and vigilance: a functional near-infrared spectroscopy study. Experimental Brain Research 226(3): 357-362. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00221-013-3441-4. (Journal Articles)
  • Kuntz JC., Näswall K. and Malinen S. (2013) Building resilience to promote engagement. Auckland, New Zealand: New Zealand Industrial/Organisational Psychology Conference, 2-2 Dec 2013 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Malinen S. and Mankkinen T. (2013) Motivations and attitudes of volunteers in the Finnish fire service (Vapaaehtoisten motivaatiotekijat ja asenteet suomalaisissa palokunnissa). In Mankkinen T (Ed.), 24/365 Fire Services in Finland (24/365 Palokuntalaisuus Suomessa): 53-105. Helsinki: Suomen Pelastusalan Keskusjarjesto. (Chapters)
  • Malinen S., Wright S. and Cammock P. (2013) What drives organisational engagement? A case study on trust, justice perceptions and withdrawal attitudes. Evidence-based HRM 1(1): 96-108. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/20493981311318638. (Journal Articles)
  • Malinen., Kuntz. and Naswall. (2013) Employee attitudes and wellbeing in a post-disaster environment: A case study from the financial sector. Auckland: New Zealand Industrial Organisational Psychology Conference, 2 Dec 2013 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Miles B., Dorahy MJ., Naswall K., Malinen S. and McNatty G. (2013) The Canterbury Support Line: A Review of the Literature and Evaluation of the Service.Commissioned by Ministry of Social Development. 49pp. (Reports)
  • Naswall K., Kuntz J. and Malinen S. (2013) Employee resilience and work-related outcomes: A study of Canterbury employees. University of Auckland, New Zealand: New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference (NZPsS): Building Bridges: Dialogues Across Psychology, 6-9 Sep 2013 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Naswall K., Malinen S. and Kuntz J. (2013) Employee resilience and organisational factors: The workplace as a venue for building community resilience. Rhise Group Symposium, 22-22 Nov 2013 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Richardson JJ., Kemp S., Malinen S. and Haultain SA. (2013) The academic achievement of students in a New Zealand university: Does it pay to work? Journal of Further and Higher Education 37(6): 864-882. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0309877X.2012.699517. (Journal Articles)
  • Malinen S., Morrissey R. and Ng PY. (2012) Barriers to volunteer work: I'd like to do more, but... Sheffield, UK: 3rd Biennial Institute of Work Psychology International Conference (IWP), 26-29 Jun 2012 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Tuck M. and Malinen S. (2012) Employee engagement: The role of perceived investment in employee development and organisational outcomes. Sheffield, UK: 3rd Biennial Institute of Work Psychology International Conference (IWP), 26-29 Jun 2012 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Wordsworth R., Malinen S. and Sloman M. (2012) Time for a change: highlighting the Partnership Model. Development and Learning in Organizations 26(5): 14-17. (Journal Articles)
  • Dakin S. and Malinen S. (2011) The key to successful coaching? Exploring the coach-coachee relationship. Queenstown, New Zealand: New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference 2011, 20-23 Aug 2011 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Malinen S. and Johnston L. (2011) Seeking a Better Work-life Balance: Expectations and Perceptions of Work-related Practices and Attitudes of Recent Immigrants to New Zealand. Asian and Pacific Migration Journal 20(2): 233-252. (Journal Articles)
  • Malinen S., Wright SL. and Cammock P. (2011) Organisational engagement during times of change: its antecedents and influence on turnover intentions. Brisbane, Australia: 9th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference (IOP), 23-26 Jun 2011 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Ossowski U., Malinen S. and Helton WS. (2011) The effects of emotional stimuli on target detection: Indirect and direct resource costs. Consciousness and Cognition 20(4): 1649-1658. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.concog.2011.08.015. (Journal Articles)
  • Malinen S. and Johnston L. (2010) Immigrant expectations and perceptions of New Zealand work-related practices. Melbourne, Australia: 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology, 11-16 Jul 2010 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Sloman M. and Malinen S. (2010) One size doesn't fit all: The skills debate and the New Zealand economy. New Zealand Journal of Human Resource Management 10(2): 83-98. (Journal Articles)
  • Willis GM., Malinen S. and Johnston L. (2010) Dangerous predator released: the media's impact on community attitudes towards sex offenders. Phoenix, AZ, USA: Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) 29th Annual Research and Treatment Conference, 20-23 Oct 2010 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Malinen S. (2009) Implicit and Explicit Attitudes Towards Older Workers: Their Predictive Utility and the Role of Attitude Malleability. http://hdl.handle.net/10092/2849. Christchurch, New Zealand. University of Canterbury. (Theses / Dissertations)
  • Malinen S. and Johnston L. (2009) Investigating attitudes towards older workers. Oslo, Norway: 11th European Congress of Psychology, 7-10 Jul 2009 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Malinen S. and Johnston L. (2008) Ageism in a workplace context: Investigating attitudes towards older workers. Wellington, New Zealand: Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (SASP 2008), 27-30 Mar 2008 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Malinen S. and Johnston L. (2008) Investigating implicit attitudes towards older and younger workers. Opatija, Croatia: 15th General meeting of the European Association of Experimental Social Psychology (EAESP), 10-14 Jun 2008 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Malinen S. and Johnston L. (2008) Workaholism and Work-based beliefs amongst New Zealand and Immigrant workers in New Zealand. Christchurch, New Zealand: The Annual Conference of The New Zealand Psychological Society, 29-31 Aug 2008 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Malinen S. and Johnston L. (2007) The Influence of an Equity Statement on Perceivers' Implicit and Explicit Associations Between Males and Science. New Zealand Journal of Psychology 36(1): 18-24. (Journal Articles)
  • Malinen S. and Johnston L. (2006) Malleability of implicit attitudes towards overweight people. Tampere, Finland: Psykologia 2006 Conference, 23-25 Aug 2006 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Malinen S. and Johnston L. (2006) The malleability of implicit attitudes towards overweight people. Canberra, Australia: Society of Australasian Social Psychology Conference, 1-1 Apr 2006 (Conference Contributions - Other)