Maija holds the position of Coleman Chair of Entrepreneurship and Professor at DePaul University. She received her two doctorate degrees in business from Turku School of Economics (Finland) in 2006, and Florida International University (USA) in 2008. Between 2007 and 2019, she researched and taught entrepreneurship as a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

Maija’s research and teaching interests are focused on the early stages of the entrepreneurial process, societal barriers to entrepreneurship, and social entrepreneurship. Her research has been published in leading management and entrepreneurship journals, including Journal of Management, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Small Business Management, and International Small Business Journal. Maija is a member of the review boards for a number of academic journals, and she is an editor for Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and International Small Business Journal.

Maija has received numerous grants to support her research activities, and students at UIC voted her to be their Favorite MBA Professor. Her teaching and research contribute to a better understanding of how entrepreneurs build successful businesses that not only generate financial rewards for those involved, but also contribute to positive social change.