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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.

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.

Bales of paper and cardboard waste

Aalto sustainability news

Nanomaji water filters in East Africa
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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.
Post doc tutkija Michael Lettenmeier Kuva: Sanna Lehto
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What can you do for the climate?

Within the next ten years, Finns need to cut down more than 75% of our carbon footprint. The change is enormous, and will be based on new lifestyles, says Michael Lettenmeier.
fragile waters infographics endangered rivers page 1 design: Lin Pei-Yu
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How can we use rivers sustainably?

Humans have long altered the natural state of rivers. Now nature’s own methods can help us to manage rivers more sustainably.
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The Polaris study project visualizes climate change anxiety

Finnish Broadcasting Company’s mobile story tries to capture how young adults experience climate change.

Events

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Lectures and seminars

World Circular Economy Forum – Aalto University side event

Combating climate change by circular economy and systemic change:
closing the material loops and creating new business possibilities
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Exhibitions and fairs

Graduation Party exhibition 12 June 2019

Student works reflect environmental issues and sustainability as well as collaboration of science and arts.
Aalto Social Value
Conferences and workshops

Organizing to Deliver Social Value

This interactive seminar brings together academic researchers, social entrepreneurs, and leaders in the non-profit sector. Using real-life case studies and current academic research, we explore and share observations and insights on processes and practices that help organizations deliver social value. With companies looking to create value beyond economic benefits, and increasing competition among non-profit organizations, there is a renewed attention to finding innovative ways for organizations to address societal challenges and the pressing needs of marginalized communities.



The purpose of this first practitioner workshop held by Aalto University’s Organizing for social value research group (https://aaltosocialvalue.net) is to start a dialogue among practitioners and researchers and share actionable knowledge. We hope to see you on June 12th!


Sincerely yours,

The Organizing for Social Value team
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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
Researcher, Project Manager
Olli Sahimaa

Olli Sahimaa

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher
Angelina Korsunova

Angelina Korsunova

Department of Management Studies
Project manager at EU-InnovatE Aalto

Salvatore Ruggiero

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher
Maria Joutsenvirta

Maria Joutsenvirta

Senior Research Fellow
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 Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Marleen Wierenga

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate
Tatu Lyytinen

Tatu Lyytinen

Sustainability in Business

Riikka Poukka

School Services, BIZ
Elizabeth Miller

Elizabeth Miller

Department of Management Studies
Project Employee

Get in touch

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00100 Helsinki

Contact

Elizabeth Miller
[email protected]

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