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.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the School of Business
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.
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 (EDI) Committee at the School of Business
The School of Business Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee is committed to fostering and coordinating the work of equality, diversity and inclusion within the school. The mandate period of the current EDI Committee lasts until December 31, 2024.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Aalto
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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 and tasa-arvo. Read more about MONTA here:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.