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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Seminar schedule 2019-2020

Fall 2019

Friday 6.9, 9.30-11.00
Aalto Business School (Ekonominaukio 1), room TBC

Ioannis Ioannou, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School. Corporate Sustainability: A Strategy?

Co-hosted by the Department of Management's Organizations and Management unit.

Awards and highlights

Minna Halme

HSE Support Foundation Societal Impact Award, 2019

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), 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.

SUB researchers to present at the Academy of Management conference in Boston

From August 9-13, several members of the SUB research group will participate in the 79th annual meeting of the Academy of Management in Boston, USA. They will join scholars from across the world to share and discuss the latest research on the conference theme Understanding the Inclusive Organization, examining how organizations impact communities on many different dimensions, from the psychological to the ecological.

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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.

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'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

The cover that was submitted for Energy and Environment Sciences
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Since cooling demand is primarily driven by the sun, could it also be powered by the sun?

The International Energy Agency has dubbed increased global cooling demand as one of the most critical blind spots in today’s energy debate. A new study entitled - Meeting Increased Global Cooling Demand with Photovoltaics during the 21st Century - yields critical new insight to a fundamental question: How much photovoltaics (PV) would be needed to power the world sustainably?
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EIT Festival - 2nd October @Aalto

Welcome to the EIT Festival to discover EIT Innovation Communities in Finland!
Sediment sampling in the historical centre of Venice with the Limnos sampler provided by the Finnish Environmental Institute SYKE. Image: Pauliina Purhonen
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The trip to Venice—in the words of the students

Contemporary design students spent a week in Venice setting up the exhibition and gathering soil samples for the research.
Mika Jalava – The water we eat
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The water we eat

Food production accounts for up to 70% of the global consumption of fresh water, the substance that is so essential to life. We need to change our diets to keep the Earth’s water from running out as its population increases rapidly.

Events

New Silk research project
Exhibitions and fairs

New Silk - What can we learn from spiders?

How to produce new types of silk-like materials in the context of synthetic biology
Circwood project
Exhibitions and fairs

Circwood: Recirculating wood within the built environment

In Finland, more than one-third of construction and demolition waste is wood.
Envisioning Malminkartano 2050. Photo: Andre Vicentini
Exhibitions and fairs

Urban transitions for cooler futures: Imagining Malminkartano in 2050

Cities are critical intervention points when addressing climate change and there is an urgent need to transform both how we live in cities and how cities support our needs.
Nordic Rebels illustration by Parvati Pillai
Exhibitions and fairs

Nordic Rebels: Goose bumpifying learning for societal agency

How might we create learning experiences to enable anyone to see what role they play in creating a more sustainable future for our societies and planet?

Who we are

Minna Halme

Minna Halme

Department of Management Studies
Professor
Patrick Shulist

Patrick Shulist

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor

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
Postdoctoral Researcher
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
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
Doctoral Candidate

Get in touch

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02150 Espoo

Contact

Elizabeth Miller
[email protected]

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