Sustainability in Business (SUB)

Our mission is to provide knowledge about innovative business models and transition paths that enhance sustainable development. As complex sustainability challenges call for multi-disciplinary knowledge and societally impactful research, we co-create solution proposals together with partners from different sectors of society.
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Research areas

Energy transitions

Renewable energy production and storage technologies change the way we produce and use energy, do business with it, and innovate.

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Innovation for poverty alleviation

Frugal innovations by businesses in resource-scarce environments are one promising approach to poverty alleviation.

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Innovation for sustainability

The innovation of new sustainable products, services, business models and forms of consumption can help tackle big problems like climate change and resource depletion.

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Circular economy

Circular economy keeps materials in use longer using strategies like reuse, remanufacture, recycling, and replacing ownership with rentals

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Corporate responsibility

Ethical issues are urgent in our globalized world where the public and civil governance of businesses is often underdeveloped and firms are located in different national regulatory systems.

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New economy

Broader descriptions of economy, work and money are being developed that can help our economy function better.

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Publications

The latest publications from SUB researchers

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Sustainability teaching

Sustainability course offerings in the School of Business

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SUB seminar series

The SUB lunchtime seminar series provides a monthly forum for all interested to discuss topical research in social and environmental issues in management.

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Upcoming seminars

Spring 2019

Friday 15.2, 12.00-13.30
Väre (Otaniementie 14), F101

Professor Jeremy Hall, Centre for Social Innovation Management, Surrey Business School. From the ‘Eroom’ Effect (Moore’s Law Backwards) to Borlaug’s Paradox: Emerging Challenges and Unintended Consequences of Sustainable Development Innovation.

Co-hosted by the Aalto Sustainability Hub.

Monday 18.2., 10.00-12.00
Väre (Otaniementie 14), L208

Dr. Stelvia Matos. Surrey Business School. Crafting papers for publication in the field of sustainable development innovation.

Friday 1.3. 12.00-13.00
Väre (Otaniemientie 14), M102

Prof. Myrto Chliova. Moving from small to big wins: Tensions in the evolution of participatory organizing within the context of a displacement crisis.

Friday 5.4. 12.30-13.30
Väre (Otaniementie 14), M102

Cecilia Bayas, Autonomous University of Madrid. Sustainable development in the Spanish universities campuses from a stakeholder approach.

Awards and highlights

Elizabeth Miller

Thesis "Trash to Treasure: A Multiple Case Study of Finnish Companies That Create Economic Value from Waste Materials" received award for top university master's thesis, Association for Environmental Management (Ymparistöjohtamisen yhdistys ry)

Samuli Patala and Minna Halme

Article "Polycentric Governance of Privately Owned Resources in Circular Economy Systems" received Carolyn Dexter Award for international papers, Academy of Management 2018

Jouni Juntunen, Minna Halme, Angelina Korsunova and Risto Rajala

Article "Powering sustainable innovations: Strategies for collaborating with deviant partners" won Best Academic Paper at R&D Management Conference 2016, University of Cambridge

Minna Halme, Sara Lindeman and Paula Linna

Article "Innovation for Inclusive Business: Intrapreneurial Bricolage in Multinational Corporations", Journal of Management Studies, 2012 received the Emerald Citations of Excellence for 2015

The latest from SUB

Dive deeper into SUB's work through our blog posts and news articles.

SUB researchers lead new sustainable textiles consortium

Researchers from the Sustainability in Business (SUB) research group are leading one of Aalto’s three consortia funded in the latest round of grants from the Academy of Finland’s Strategic Research Council.

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Many Shades of Cocreation: Research Designs for Collaboration

When academics and practitioners work together on research, there’s no standard template to follow. Aalto researchers provide a model.

Nanomaji water filters in East Africa

'The solutions for circular economy are not achieved alone'

A circular economy workshop series develops new collaborations between engineers and business researchers.

Circular economy workshop Dilemmas of disassembly Photo: Outi Puukko

How to accelerate the circular economy

It sounds simple — one business’s waste becomes another’s input. But the reality is challenging. Three case studies provide best practices.

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Aalto sustainability news

DigiEduHack 2019 - co-create the future of digital education
Cooperation, Research & Art, University Published:

DigiEduHack 3 October 2019 - become a change-maker in digital education

50 hackathons in 50 locations engaging more than 2.500 pupils, students, teachers and educators, researchers, innovators and education professionals.
Rolls of fabric in warehouse
Research & Art Published:

SUB researchers lead new sustainable textiles consortium

Researchers from the Sustainability in Business (SUB) research group are leading one of Aalto’s three consortia funded in the latest round of grants from the Academy of Finland’s Strategic Research Council.
Aalto koordinoi kolmea uutta STN-konsortiota, kuva Aino Huovio
Research & Art, University Published:

Aalto to coordinate three new SRC consortia

Aalto University received EUR 9.2 million or 18 percent of the funding allocated.
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Press releases, Research & Art Published:

Estimating the wear and tear of ice on physical structures over coming decades or even centuries

To face the challenges of a warming climate, a new technique determines the long-term effects of moving Arctic ice on bridges or wind turbines

Events

Digital Business Master Class
Lectures and seminars

Apply now for Digital Business Master Class

Discover the advantages of digital trends, emerging technologies, business design thinking and data-driven business, while enjoying the nightless summer nights, sauna with locals, beautiful beaches, buzzing start-up scene and Nordic superfoods in Finland's innovation capital Espoo.​
APV Summer School 2018
Lectures and seminars

Aalto Ventures Program Summer Course - Creating Multidimensional Experiences

There's still time to register for this unique summer course organized by AVP and Flow Festival!
Aalto EIT Services
Conferences and workshops

Join the RACE (Raw & Circular Economy Expedition)

A 2-week learning journey across Europe and along the raw materials value chain.
Registration Deadline - 20 Apr 2019

Who we are

Minna Halme

Minna Halme

Department of Management Studies
Professor
Patrick Shulist

Patrick Shulist

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor
Samuli Patala

Samuli Patala

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor
Armi Temmes

Armi Temmes

Department of Management Studies
Professor of Practice
Leena Lankoski

Leena Lankoski

Department of Management Studies
Senior University Lecturer
Jouni Juntunen

Jouni Juntunen

Department of Management Studies
Professor of Practice (Sustainable Production and Consumption)
Sara Lindeman

Sara Lindeman

Department of Management Studies
Project Manager
Olli Sahimaa

Olli Sahimaa

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher
Angelina Korsunova-Tsaruk

Angelina Korsunova-Tsaruk

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Salvatore Ruggiero

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher

Maria Joutsenvirta

Department of Management Studies
Ewald Kibler

Ewald Kibler

Department of Management Studies
Academy Research Fellow
Tiina Ritvala

Tiina Ritvala

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor
Galina Kallio

Galina Kallio

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher
Heli Nissilä

Heli Nissilä

Department of Industrial Engineering and Management

Marleen Wierenga

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Riikka Poukka

School Services, BIZ
Elizabeth Miller

Elizabeth Miller

Department of Management Studies
Project Employee

Get in touch

Address

Lapuankatu 2 (Arkadia building, 3rd floor)
00100 Helsinki

Contact

Elizabeth Miller
[email protected]

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