Master's Programme in International Design Business Management - M. Sc. Degree in Economics and Business Administration

Alumni Stories


Juho_Kinnunen_IDBM.jpgJuho Kinnunen, Business Designer, Futurice

"Are you anxious to break free from traditional business siloes and learn about service design, design thinking, innovation management, business models and multidisciplinary co-creation? These are the key themes that IDBM taught me, and not just in theory. Various team projects, interactive lectures and intense study pace with real-life problem solving provide exciting and valuable hands-on learning experiences. Combined with entrepreneurship studies, IDBM supported me in my career ambitions to strive with digital business design after graduation – first at Fjord, and now at Futurice. Curious for more insights? Just give me a call: +358 503066244."



Jemina_Lehmuskoski_IDBM.jpgJemina Lehmuskoski, Senior Service Designer, Valuemotive

"Studies in IDBM help you build a solid theoretical toolbox for tackling complexity in design and innovation activities. You also gain practical experience in interdisciplinary teams on real-life problems — a skillset useful on any path you might end up on. I got my first R&D position through our Industry Project, and have both worked and stayed friends with fellow students. The program is an intensive deep-dive into bringing the best of your background and knowledge into multidisciplinary teamwork, but also an exciting opportunity to explore the other domains less familiar to you beforehand!"



Thomas Abrell IDBM.jpgThomas Abrell, Volkswagen, Germany

"IDBM was an interesting learning journey from me. I met incredibly skillful and motivated people who soon became a very close-knit community. Interesting for me was to tailor the master program towards my interests, being able to choose courses from all parts of Aalto, together with hands-on global projects. IDBM taught me to think global, and this international mindset and network is something I draw on. I found particularly remarkable how the faculty encouraged initiatives, taught a "can do“ mentality, allowed students to experiment, to fail and succeed. It was a lot of work, but pretty fun!"

Why choose Aalto University?



Aalto spirit

The most distinguishing factor is the Aalto spirit: passion, curiosity, and the courage to do something that hasn’t been done before. Aalto Spirit is alive at campuses, workshops, events and parties. It stays with you even after graduation as you see old friends in the alumni meetings.


Innovation power

The innovation power stems from the unique profile combined with close collaboration with hundreds of business partners on top of their field. Aalto offers world-class facilities, connections and resources to successfully conduct research on business, technology and art along with multidisciplinary opportunities.


Game changer community

At Aalto, the support for entrepreneurship is available for anyone, at any time, and at any place. Students from Aalto are very much in demand at the labour market. The powerful global network of alumni and influencers is something you can get only from Aalto. You can meet inspiring people – true game changers – and grow together.



Fall in love with Finland

Finland is safe, relaxed, equal and organised society, and has a world-famous education system.

Almost all Finns speak English, so you can conduct a normal daily life, study, and even work in Finland completely in English.

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