Our strategy

Our plan: School of Business

Here you can explore the strategic plans for 2023-2026 of the School of Business. These plans are reviewed and updated annually as part of the living strategy process.
School of Business

Our mission

We strive for better business and better society. We excel in education and research with a multidisciplinary approach and in collaboration with our partners.

Our vision

To attract and cultivate global leaders in business research, education, and practice.

Our key strategic initiatives

Educational renewal with lifewide learning

We will have a globally attractive program portfolio that addresses needs of society and business community. We make an impact through a lifetime with a program portfolio and curricula that simultaneously serve degree education and lifewide learning. We run a manageable number of high-quality courses which allows for the growth of both degree student intake and lifewide learning activities. We use technology to reach our learning audience efficiently.

Cutting-edge research and infrastructure

We encourage research that pursues grand challenges through cooperation within academia and beyond. Our access to national and international business and societal data will become a strategic infrastructure hub.

Community wellbeing

We care for the mental and physical wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff. We enhance diversity and inclusion as well as a sense of community and a sense of place – both physical and virtual – among our members. Our belief is that community wellbeing is founded on good leadership at all levels.


We promote ‘Better business - better society’ throughout our activities. Our faculty, staff and students have a mindset and skills that enable cross-disciplinary research, teaching, impact work and stakeholder collaboration for United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and Principles for Responsible Management Education. We offer dedicated courses focused on general and discipline-specific sustainability topics, and integrate sustainability  considerations into our ordinary courses in a non-add-on fashion. We continuously improve our sustainability research and education based on critical self-reflection and feedback from our key stakeholders. We enhance and develop the sustainability research and education capabilities of our faculty by active recruitments.

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Educational renewal with lifewide learning is one of the four key strategic initiatives at School of Business

Multidisciplinary degree programs, digital education, Sustainable Development Goals, and holistic wellbeing are in focus when the School’s educational offering is developed further.

The picture shows Associate Dean of teaching and education Tomas Falk. Photo: Aalto University.

Cutting-edge research and infrastructure is one of the four School of Business key strategic initiatives

The aim is to help researchers to succeed in their research even better.

The photo shows Associate Dean of research and international cooperation Virpi Tuunainen, and the photo was taken by Mortti Saarnia.

Community wellbeing is one of the four School of Business key strategic initiatives

The first actions aim at enhancing the wellbeing of students, faculty, and staff during the pandemic.

Kuvassa näkyvät professori Rebecca Piekkari ja HR-päällikkö Eliisa Lassila. Kuvan otti Roope Kiviranta Aalto-yliopistosta.

Sustainability is one of the four School of Business key strategic initiatives

Professor Minna Halme: Business schools play a key role in solving sustainability challenges.

Professor Minna Halme. Photographer: Veera Konsti.


Driving excellence

Long-term direction (2030)

We continue to do academically and societally impactful research in business and economics, with three guiding principles:

  • We address grand challenges related to sustainability (understood through United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)).
  • We encourage research that crosses borders, both disciplinary, organizational and geographical.
  • We always give our researchers freedom to choose which research is interesting and relevant.

Our disciplinary focus covers the fields of accounting, business law, communication, entreprenurship, finance, information systems science, international business, logistics, management and organization, management science, marketing, and microeconomics, and we encourage inter-disciplinary research in order to better address the grand challenges and to pursue the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).​

We participate actively in academic discourses in these and related domains and academic disciplines. We focus on the present and seek to address questions that are relevant in business and society, with a particular emphasis on the grand challenges as well as implications of new technologies.

The disciplines offer different perspectives, tools and solutions to sustainability, radical creativity and entrepreneurial mindset, individually and in combination, contributing to the focus on driving excellence in research and focus on the cross-cutting themes.

Our publication strategy is based on a T-shaped approach that reflects our aim to conduct deep, state-of-the-art research within our core fields, but at the same time to encourage our faculty to explore other relevant domains and to collaborate with other disciplines to create impactful research.

Our actions

Education: Future-led learning


Future-led learning

Long-term direction (2030)

Sparking the game changers of tomorrow implies two goals for us. First, we globally seek for talents that share our idea of better business, better society. Second, we create an inspiring learning environment that supports students in acquiring the required theoretical and practical skillset for making our mission happen. This applies to our BSc, MSc, PhD and lifewide learning students alike.​

​While–and since–knowledge work is rapidly changing, we expect a healthy and increasing demand for business graduates. Digitalization will change many traditional jobs our graduates typically have had. At the same time, competences such as critical and analytical thinking to assess big data, the ability to co-work in (virtual) teams and the courage to identify new business opportunities will become more important than ever to succeed in a digitalized world. The global sustainability issues challenge some business fundaments and call for new knowledge and skills from business experts and executives.​

​Similarly, we expect a steady increase in demand from our alumni and others to update and upgrade their knowledge and skills with continuous education. Finally, our core fields Accounting and Business Law, Economics, Finance, Information and Service Management, Management Studies, and Marketing are also relevant for a growing group of non-business students and graduates in an increasingly entrepreneurial world.​

​We will respond to the depicted developments by critically reviewing our current education. We will have a multidisciplinary program portfolio that has a global and national appeal. We ensure all our courses provide blended learning and cover SDG. International exchange will remain a core component of our degree education. We run a manageable number of high-quality courses which allows for the growth of student intake.​

Our actions



Inspiring ecosystem

Long-term direction (2030)

We seek to follow our goal of better business - better society. We believe that our researchers’ freedom to choose which research is interesting and relevant will create societal impact. Global changes, trends and transformation already greatly motivate the research interests. Aiming at high quality outlets advocates relevance.

We encourage our researchers to:

  • Have constant interaction and discussion on the relevant global challenges with industry.
  • Apply for external funding, which forces us to think about the impact and address relevant challenges
  • Involve in research projects stakeholders from scientific communities, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and the industry.
  • Provide and publish not only theoretical but also managerial implications of their research, also with a focus on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Communicate their research in different internal and external media 

We generate a great societal impact through our graduates: how they lead firms and other organizations and what responsibility they take in the society. Our educational activities are key for their learning whether it is about the knowledge, capabilities or attitudes. Through lifewide learning our educational impact extends to our alumni and beyond.

Our actions

Enabling our success

Enabling our success

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