The study focused on the needs of small business customers, for which the students sought fluid solutions from around the world.
Premium Partner - OP Financial Group
OP Financial Group is Finland’s largest financial services group, it has over 2 million owner-customers and a staff of over 12,000. The local cooperative banks (137) own the group including its subsidiaries and affiliated entities. The Group’s business is based on the cooperative principle: cooperation and shared success with customers with a focus on meeting the needs of the community. OP Financial Group's business consists of three business segments: Retail Banking, Corporate Banking and Pohjola Insurance. Their motto is: “We provide our customers with the most extensive and diversified range of banking, investment and insurance services and the best loyalty benefits in the country.” Read more about OP on their webpages.
OP and the School of Business have cooperated in various forms over the years and officially OP joined the Premium Partner program in 2013. The collaboration is diverse and we are constantly seeking for new ways to deepen the relationship, for example collaboration in research and teaching and strengthening OP’s employer brand even further. The mission of OP Financial Group is to promote the sustainable prosperity, security and wellbeing of their owner-customers and the operating region. This requires constant renewal and development and OP Group Research Foundation was founded to support this need. It’s purpose is to support economic research, with priority given to research on cooperative banking operations. The foundation supports yearly several researchers in Aalto University.
Aalto University students have had the chance to do valuable background research for OP’s business needs in Customized Student Busienss Projects. On top of this OP has participated in many courses with interesting cases and guest lectures.
In 2017 OP Financial Group and Deloitte (which is also our Premium Partner) combined their strengths to revitalise declining localities. This mission led to a competition, the Social Hackathon, where Aalto University students got to resolve a target group’s challenge. This was the very first time two partners did anything like this together and proved to be an excellent way to utilize the Premium Partner Program for the benefit of the clients and the business!
Blasts from the past
OP has actively participated Aalto University's and its predecessors Career Fairs since 1994.
More articles about our cooperation:
Students and companies partnering with the School of Business once again working together for business development
The task of the student jury is to both provide tips for developing the school’s external relationships and to offer sparring support for the activities of the school’s partnering companies.
Partnership Programme for long-term collaboration
Aalto University’s School of Business has its own Partnership Programme to build and maintain close, long-term relations with companies. The programme is the only one of its kind in Finnish universities, and also connects the partners with the other Schools and fields at Aalto University.
Ways to cooperate
From below you will find some ways to collaborate with Aalto University School of Business.