Digital Business Master Class (DBMC) is an immersive, intense, and interactive two-week course for international graduate students from Aalto partner universities.
Digital Business Master Class
Included in the Master Class
Digital Business Master Class is an interactive and fast-paced graduate-level course (6 ECTS) focusing on digital technologies as tools for building businesses. During the Master Class, we learn how companies transform their processes and systems by implementing digital technologies.
During the intense 2 weeks, we build a project, planning a digital solution for a real-life company problem. Concepts covered include mobile and social technologies, service design, data analytics, platforms and ecosystems, business models, working in virtual teams and project management frameworks.
In addition to on-site learning, the course includes pre- and post-work periods. We learn in virtual, classroom, teamwork and corporate environments.
- Explore and implement key topics in digital business
- Differentiate between digital transformation and digital optimisation
- Evaluate the constantly evolving digital business landscape both locally and globally
- Gain theoretical and practical knowledge on digital strategies
- Work in international multidisciplinary teams
- Apply project management in virtual and on-site projects
- Develop recommendations for real-life case
- The class-preparation exercise
Welcome to Finland and Project Case Introduction
Project Management Frameworks and Tools
Orientation to Project Work and familiarizing with teams
Afterwork at Allas Sea Pool
- Megatrends in the Digital World
- Advantages Through Technologies
- Platforms in Business
- Company visit
- Demo Day
- Sits Party
- Business Design Thinking
- Trip to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress
- Creating Digital Value
- Company visit
- Sustainable Digital Business
- Project Presentations
- Farewell evening event
- The case project post exercise
The total course workload of 160h (6 ECTS) is divided as follows:
- 10h Pre-work exercise
- 40h Contact hours and exercises in classroom
- 40h Class preparation
- 60h Project work
- 10h Post-work
The Master Class (6 ECTS) includes viewpoints to the Finnish digital business landscape and companies through industry lecturers and company visits. Lectures are held by Aalto faculty, visiting faculty, and industry professionals.
We arrange various social and cultural activities including welcome and farewell events, company excursions, and visits to local gems.
Deborah Flannery, Digital Business Master Class student 2019
The DBMC experience surpassed my expectations and transformed me by building on what I had already learned in the MBA digital module
Study experience at DBMC
The Master Class welcomes people from all around the world to the course. The international setup provides unique opportunities for exchanging views and improving cross-cultural communication skills while growing your international professional networks.
At the Master Class, students work in teams to create digital solutions for problems provided by our real-life partner companies. We inspire our students to take responsibility and ownership of learning. The teams are encouraged to research their topic, and brainstorm strategies and concepts to address the challenge.
Spending two weeks in Finland exploring a new country and making friends from all over the world creates memories for a lifetime. We at Aalto do our best to make the students feel welcome and to help them make the most of their experience.
In order to apply, you must be an enrolled student at a partner university of Aalto University School of Business and nominated for exchange by your home university exchange coordinator. We also have a limited number of spots available for Aalto students.
Applications should include:
- Study transcript
- CV + LinkedIn profile
- Motivation letter
International students: contact your home university about the nomination and application for the course.
Aalto students: fill in your application here.
DBMC Course Fees
There is no tuition fee for students who are nominated for exchange from a partner institution of Aalto University School of Business.
Service fee: 480€
All DBMC students face a service fee which is to be paid at the time of confirming participation to the course.
The service fee includes:
- Course materials
- Tickets to public transportation (during 9-20 March 2020)
- Events and trips organised by the course (as listed in the course program)
The service fee does not include:
- Living costs such as lunch and other daily meals
- Transportation from airport to accommodation
- Any damage caused by a student to the accommodation provider
Accommodation options can be optionally added to the service fee.
The Aalto University School of Business reserves the right to adjust the service fee up to confirmation of participation if external costs change materially. The tuition fee and service fee are non-refundable. The service fee and tuition fee are to be paid by bank transfer. If the invoice is not paid by the due date, the application will be considered lapsed.
The student is responsible for arranging his/her travel insurance.
We offer two hotel options for the students who would like to reserve their accommodation through Aalto University. Both hotels are located in the centre of Helsinki, with excellent public transportation connections to the Aalto University campus.
The price of the accommodation is added to the service fee.
Address: Hietaniemenkatu 14, Helsinki, https://chooseboth.fi/
Accommodation in a single room during March 8 - 21, 2020 (13 nights)
Room facilities include a single bed, private bathroom, kitchenette, towels and bed linen, free wifi, morning sauna at the hostel.
Address: Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 23, Helsinki, https://www.hotelhelka.com/
Accommodation in a smart single room during March 8 - 21, 2020 (13 nights)
Price includes breakfast buffet at the hotel, Nordic Swan Ecolabel awarded single bed, private bathroom, air conditioning, 49” Smart LED TV with Chromecast, free wifi, kettle, hairdryer, use of hotel sauna.
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