Department of Management Studies

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

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Innovation for sustainability

Innovating new sustainable products, services, business models and forms of consumption can help tackle global challenges.

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Sustainability transitions

Our research looks at several dimensions of the transition toward sustainability societies.

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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

Cross-national governance of businesses make ethical issues urgent.

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SUB 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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Seminar Schedule

Spring 2024

Thursday 11.1., 11:30-12:30
Ekonominaukio 1, U213

Iqra Khan, Aalto University School of Business
Minna Halme, Aalto University School of Business

Customer-enforced sustainability as a means of outsourcing corporate responsibility: Contemporary colonialism in supply chain management 
 

Thursday 11.1., 12:30-13:30
Ekonominaukio 1, U213

Dr. Justine Loizeau, Université Paris Dauphine

Organizing the commons with humans and with the forest: The case of the zad of Notre-Dame-des-Landes
 

Thursday 25.1., 11:30-12:30
Ekonominaukio 1, U213

Meri Löyttyniemi, Aalto University School of Business

Organizational study on sustainability, hypocrisy and Finnish universities
 

Thursday 8.2., 11:30-12:30
Ekonominaukio 1, U213

Johanna Ahola-Launonen, Aalto University School of Business

The dualistic nature of techno-optimism in sustainability transitions
 

Thursday 7.3., 11:30-12:30
Ekonominaukio 1, U213

Matti Pihlajamaa, VTT
Riina Bhatia, VTT

VTT Innovation policy and sustainability transitions
 

Friday 1.3., 12.30-13:30
Ekonominaukio 1, U213 & online

Laura Albareda, LUT University Business School
Oana Branzei, Ivey Business School, Western University

Biocentric work in the Anthropocene
 

Friday 15.3., 13:00-16:00
Ekonominaukio 1 & online

Sofia Villo, Aalto University School of Business 

How environmental irresponsibility is maintained in Russian MNEs through their interactions with the Russian national and global institutional contexts
 

Thursday 30.5., 11:30-12:30
Ekonominaukio 1, U213

Annukka Näyhä, University of Jyväskylä
Romana Rauter, University of Graz
Venla Wallius, University of Jyväskylä & European Forest Institute

Collaborative business models in the Finnish forest-based companies


Thursday 6.6., 11:30-12:30
Ekonominaukio 1, U213

Emilia Eräpolku, Aalto University School of Business
Tiina Ritvala, Aalto University School of Business
Inês Peixoto, University of Vaasa

Field-configuring events and the environmental upgrading of global value chains

Awards and highlights

Samuli Patala and Minna Halme

“Responsible Research in Management” Distinguished Winner for article: “Polycentric governance of privately owned resources in circular economy systems.” Journal of Management Studies, 59(6), 1563-1596. With Laura Albareda. 2023. Sponsored by the Academy of Management Fellows & Responsible Research in Business and Management. Read the announcement here.

Minna Halme

Academy of Management, Social Issues in Management Division Best Paper Award of 2023. With Jennifer Goodman and Jouni Juntunen.

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Alfred Kordelin Prize for key future actors who have created the conditions for a stronger, diverse, and sustainable society as well as a better future, 2022

Minna Halme, Leena Lankoski and Mika Kuisma

Article "When Is There a Sustainability Case for CSR? Pathways to Environmental and Social Performance Improvements" (co-authored with Jukka Rintamäki and Jette Steen Knudsen) received Business & Society’s 2020 Best Paper Award

Inês Peixoto

Finalist for the EGOS Best Student Paper Award with the paper “Risk organization and moral multiplexity in the EU biofuels market” (presented at EGOS Edinburgh 2019)

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HSE Support Foundation Societal Impact Award, 2019

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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), 2018

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.

Kestävyysmurroksen pyhä kolminaisuus (external link)

Kestävyyden ajan tavoitteiksi pitäisi nostaa eko-sosiaalinen hyvinvointi, pitkän aikavälin taloudellinen kannattavuus ja resilienssi.

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The New Sustainability in Business online course strengthens knowledge of sustainable business

How can companies create sustainable value for the economy, the environment and society?

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SUB scholars win Business & Society’s 2020 Best Paper Award

SUB scholars Minna Halme, Leena Lankoski and Mika Kuisma have won Business & Society’s 2020 Best Paper Award.

Business & Society best paper award

Sustainability in Business (SUB) group awarded funding to research transition risks for low-carbon shipping and aviation

The newly funded T-Risk research project aims to shed light on transition risks in the maritime and aviation sectors, crucial for global trade and transportation.

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Jouni Juntunen nominated to Network for Business Sustainability Sustainability Centres Community (SCC) Advisory Board

Jouni Juntunen has been nominated to Network for Business Sustainability Sustainability Centres Community (SCC) Advisory Board for a three year period starting from 2021.

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Aalto sustainability news

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Campus for people, plants and pollinators

The Otaniemi campus nature is managed with respect to biodiversity and the characteristic species of habitats.
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Key Skills for Sustainability Experts: Collaboration and Communication

As industries increasingly focus on sustainability, the demand for sustainability expertise is growing. But what specific skills do employers seek in sustainability experts?
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How to prepare our students to be professionals in an uncertain future?

Our graduates need various skills to navigate in the future of working life
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Introducing three new professors at the School of Electrical Engineering

Assistant Professors Gopika Premsankar and Johannes Arend and Associate Professor (tenured) Marko Kosunen were appointed to the career path of professors during January-June 2024.

Events

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Public defence in Mechanical Engineering, M.Sc. Nurul Anwar

Inorganic foundry binders for sustainable sand molding (Title of the Thesis)
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Lectures and seminars

Summer school: Measuring the Sustainability Potential of Your Research​

Aalto University Bioinnovation Center organizes a summer school: Measuring the Sustainability Potential of Your Research (5 ECTS). Join us in the legendary Haikko Manor & Spa in the beautiful seaside location in Porvoo, southern Finland. The course is targeted to doctoral students interested in sustainability aspects of bio-based materials and products.
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Exhibitions

Using satellites to save our peatlands – how and why?

Monitoring peatland rehabilitation from space.
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Exhibitions

Transforming Education to Reach Global Impact

An exhibition on the Aalto journey through case-based teaching and learning in Africa, South Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Who we are

 Minna Halme

Minna Halme

Professor
 Mikko Jalas

Mikko Jalas

Associate Professor
 Patrick Shulist

Patrick Shulist

Assistant Professor
 Samuli Patala

Samuli Patala

Assistant Professor
 Jukka Rintamäki

Jukka Rintamäki

Assistant Professor
 Leena Lankoski

Leena Lankoski

Senior Lecturer
 Ewald Kibler

Ewald Kibler

Academy Research Fellow
 Tiina Ritvala

Tiina Ritvala

Associate Professor
 Inês Peixoto

Inês Peixoto

Postdoctoral Researcher
 Heli Nissilä

Heli Nissilä

Academy Research Fellow
 Iqra Khan

Iqra Khan

Postdoctoral Researcher
 Linda Turunen

Linda Turunen

Postdoctoral Researcher
 Sofia Villo

Sofia Villo

Doctoral Candidate
 Jukka-Pekka Ovaska

Jukka-Pekka Ovaska

Doctoral Candidate
 Kaja Kirstine H. Lilleng

Kaja Kirstine H. Lilleng

Doctoral Candidate
 Karelia Dagnaud

Karelia Dagnaud

Doctoral Candidate
 Juliana Rodrigues

Juliana Rodrigues

Doctoral Candidate
 Emilia Eräpolku

Emilia Eräpolku

Doctoral Candidate
 Martta Nieminen

Martta Nieminen

Doctoral Candidate
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Member of the Sustainability Centres Community

SUB is a member of the Sustainability Centres Community (SCC), hosted by the Network for Business Sustainability (NBS).

Get in touch

Address

Väre, Otaniementie 14
02150 Espoo

Contact

Elizabeth Miller
[email protected]

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