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. Business is one of the most powerful ways to change the world. 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.

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 Equality Task Force MONTA

Aalto University Schools each have an Equality Task Force, led by the Development Manager or equivalent. The School Task Forces 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 Task Force members and their contact information are listed below. 

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 ED&I 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 can fulfill their professional, educational and social aspirations fully.

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Equality Task Force at Aalto University School of Business

The School of Business has an equality, diversity and inclusion committee called the MONTA group. MONTA stems from the Finnish words for monimuotoisuus and tasa-arvo. Read more about MONTA here:

Ulkokuva Kauppakorkeakoulusta. Kuva: Unto Rautio / Aalto-yliopisto

MONTA group aims at advancing diversity and inclusion at the School of Business

Katja Toropainen, the founder of Inklusiiv and graduate student of the School, also makes a call for more discussion and sharing of best practices about diversity in organizations.


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.

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!

Kuvassa näkyvät Puttonen & Vilkkumaa -podcastin juontajat, professori Vesa Puttonen ja apulaisprofessori Eeva Vilkkumaa.

New podcast: Puttonen & Vilkkumaa

The new podcast from the School of Business discusses the idea that better business builds a better society.

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School of Business Student Story: Katja Toropainen

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


Equality implementation plan

This is an overview of the school’s equality implementation plan in 2021.

More on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Aalto University

Further information, resources and tools.

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Preventing harassment and inappropriate conduct

The Code of Conduct is one way of putting our values and way of working - the foundation of our community culture - into practice.

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Learning hub on diversity and inclusion

Practical tips for fostering diversity and inclusion.

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Development agenda for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Aalto University Equality plan and Diversity & Inclusion strategic roadmap summarise the principles and goals of our work towards equality, diversity and inclusion.

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People doing group work, photo by Aleksi Poutanen

Community actions for diversity and inclusion

We all contribute to equality, inclusion and diversity of our community in our everyday life working and studying at Aalto. All of our daily encounters with colleagues, students, faculty, partners and collaborators build are opportunities to build an inclusive culture.

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Everyone Included training by Sara Salmani available for Aalto community

How can inclusion build safety and belonginess in communities? What is the difference between equality and equity? What are privileges and biases and how can we recognize them? Everyone Included training by Sara Salmani available for Aalto community during December 2021.
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Aalto neighbourhood home to waterbird oasis and forest habitat for flying squirrels

The Otaniemi campus is right next to a nature conservation area. We accompanied an expert on an outing to learn what makes it unique – and what can be done about biodiversity loss.
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Color of Science: Rethinking Inclusion and Diversity

The organisers of the Color of Science initiative discuss the project, its outcomes, and what the future holds.
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Sami Itani joins the Department of Management Studies at the School of Business as Professor of Practice

His focus areas are socio-cultural sustainability, especially diversity and inclusion.


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