School of Business

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the School of Business

At Aalto University School of Business we aspire to have a diverse and inclusive student pool and faculty. We actively work towards supporting current and future professionals with diverse backgrounds. When diverse talents are celebrated, we are able to conduct better business which in turn leads to a better society.
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Aalto University School of Business is actively integrating equality, diversity and inclusion into the everyday operations of the School. We are committed in supporting all D&I work to the best of our capabilities. For instance, starting 2021, the School is a member in the National Gender Studies Network Hilma. We believe that it is integral to raise awareness regarding D&I matters and continuously work to develop the competence levels of our staff, students, and partners. There is still a lot of work ahead of us and we recognize the need for adequate personnel resources in order to create widespread positive change among D&I matters.

School's EDI committee 

Aalto University Schools each have an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) committee, led by the Development Manager or equivalent. The EDI committees prepare School Equality action plans and are responsible for implementation and follow-up of equality, diversity and inclusion matters at the School level. 

The School of Business EDI committee members can be found here. The predecessor of the School's EDI committee was an equality, diversity and inclusion committee called the MONTA group. MONTA stems from the Finnish words for monimuotoisuus (diversity) and tasa-arvo (equality).

If you have any questions on Diversity and Inclusion at Aalto University, you may contact your school's equality, diversity & inclusion contact persons or the Equality committee coordinator and University Diversity Officer Ida Salin.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Aalto

Read more on EDI work at Aalto University

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Equality, diversity and inclusion at Aalto

We aim to be a diverse and inclusive community where all students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders feel a sense of belonging and where they can fulfill their professional, educational, and social aspirations

Published work relating to equality, diversity and inclusion

Many students at the School of Business have made their MSc theses on topics related to diversity, equality, and inclusion. Below is a list of some of these exciting, recent theses. The works can be accessed through Aalto University’s Learning Center.

  • Erkko, E. (2020). Permanent guests or committed settlers? Sense of belonging and return intentions among European migrants in Denmark.
  • Heikkinen, T. (2020). Effects of Social Support on Identity Construction and Relocation Outcomes of Academic Expatriates.
  • Lin, K. (2020). Seeing Finnish culture through the glasses of Eastern culture: Describing comparative perception of Asian Expatriates towards different cultural dimensions between Finland and their home countries.
  • Nieminen, M. (2020). Exploring the talent boost index: management and leadership of skilled migrants in SMEs.
  • Polanco, R. (2020). A Global Comparison of Diversity Assessment Tools.
  • Pudas, A. (2021). Family Background, STEM Education, and the Gender Gap in Inventing - A Study. 
  • Ruuhilahti, R. (2020). Investors' Expectations for a Feasible Pitch in the 2020s. Pitching During Covid-19 Pandemic and the Role of Gender Identification in Pitching.
  • Virta, J. (2020). The Role of International Professionals in Firm Internationalization – A Case Study of Finnish SMEs.
  • Wikberg, E. (2020). Critical Visual Discourse Analysis of Diversity and Differences on Finnish Company Websites. A Case Study of Wolt and Freska.

Community actions for diversity and inclusion

Events, activities and initiatives taking place at Aalto University School of Business.

Kristallikukat-näyttely. Kuva: Aalto-yliopisto / Mikko Raskinen

School of Business Diversity and Inclusivity Fund

The School of Business is funding projects that foster and encourage diversity, inclusivity and equality

School of Business
Ylhäältä otetussa kuvassa opiskelijat istuvat pöydän ääressä Oppimiskeskuksen värikkäissä tiloissa

All Aalto students have access to gender studies

Hilma network offers courses for the students and training for teachers.

KAUTE talks x Aalto University on diversity

KAUTE talks x Aalto University: Diversity and inclusion in organisations

Aalto University and KAUTE Foundation invite you to an online event on Tuesday 2 February at 9–10.30. The morning is hosted by Professor Rebecca Piekkari. Join us for an insightful and inspiring morning!

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School of Business student Katja Toropainen: What keeps me inspired is the hope that we can make an impact

Katja Toropainen, the founder of Inklusiiv, talks about her studies in Information and Service Management (ISM) and her entrepreneurial career.


Read EDI-related news

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University Published:

Think of and implement ways to support equality and diversity in the School of Business in 2024

The members of our community can now propose how our values can be reflected in our activities more extensively than before
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University Published:

Panu Savolainen: I wish we would have a day when we remove the power dynamics completely

‘In many indigenous cultures, there are such periods, when leaders relinquish their power. Either that power is given to someone, maybe the poorest or most oppressed community member, or then the power isn’t used by anyone.’
Paneeli IUPAC Global Womens Breakfast -tapahtumassa
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‘If we make informed and thoughtful choices, it can catalyse diversity in our community’

On 27 February 2024, Assistant Professor Jaana Vapaavuori hosted a breakfast event to catalyze all kinds of diversities, in conjunction with the U.N. Day of Women and Girls in Science. Different diversities can be, for example: ideas, identities, representations, backgrounds, experiences, and bodies.
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Campus Published:

Guide dog Niksi: It's always amazing and fun to come to campus

'As difficult as it is, we can't say hello when I'm wearing my guide dog harness. I'm responsible for moving safely, and it's really important to focus on that. I do try to catch people’s eyes every now and then, but it's not something you should respond to.'

Welcome to EDI-related events

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Aalto Readers' Club

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Academic events, Lectures and seminars, Languages and multiculturality

Workplace diversity and inclusion - Making Waves Thu 16/5/2024

What factors contribute to employee inclusion in the workplace? Post-doctoral researcher Daria Kautto and doctoral researcher Hilla Back will share preliminary findings from a large study on workplace diversity and inclusion conducted at Aalto University.
Aalto Readers' Club

Aalto Readers' Club

Join our dynamic book club at Aalto University!
Aalto Readers' Club

Aalto Readers' Club

Join our dynamic book club at Aalto University!
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