A researcher studying the digitalization of talent acquisition. I’m part of the wonderful Technology × Social Interaction research group, led by Prof. Thomas Olsson.

Feel free to reach out!

Contact: sami {dot} koivunen {at} tuni {dot} fi


Digitalization of talent acquisition from the perspective of HRM professionals. Relevant research communities include Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)

  • Explore professionals’ experiences and practices with digital elements, such as applicant tracking systems, career sites, chatbots, and interviewing tools. This includes understanding how they use tools to support their decision-making, and how they experience the design and user interface of these tools.
  • Analyze opportunities and challenges related to the use of digital elements. Special interest in analyzing relevant digital ethics considerations related to values such as fairness, and autonomy.

Interesting questions include (in the context of talent acquisition):

  • How professionals’ experience new digital elements?
  • How can digital elements support decision-making?
  • How new digital elements (e.g., technologies, new features etc.) are deployed?
  • How digital elements shape organizations’ practices and processes?
  • What are possible value tensions or pitfalls related to digitalization?
  • What kind of considerations are introduced when various user groups or stakeholders are involved?
Project Work history

Academic project TRUST-M 2023 at Tampere University

  • Included supervising a master’s thesis.

Personal grant from Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation 2022

  • Included giving a lecture for the master’s course ”Technology-Mediated Sociality and Communication”.

Academic project FairMatch 2020-2021 at Tampere University

Academic project Intelligent Society 2020 at Tampere University

Academic project Big Match 2017-2020 at Tampere University

Selected Publications






Other Texts Online (In Finnish)

Väitöksen esittely: Sami Koivunen: Digitalisaatio hyödyttää ja haastaa rekrytointialan ammattilaisia (Tampereen yliopisto, 2.2.2024)

Tiivistelmä tieteellisestä artikkelista: Rekrytoinnin tutkiminen koskettaa jossain vaiheessa lähes jokaista (Tampereen yliopisto, 4.4.2023)

Algoritmit rekrytoinnin tukena yhdenvertaisuutta vai epätasa-arvoa? (Politiikasta.fi, 21.2.2022)


It’s a match! (Suomen Kuvalehti, 16.3.2023)

Reviewer activity


Rekrytointi 2024 event, ”the role of AI in recruitment”