Digital Business is a challenge-based course focusing on digital technologies as tools for building businesses. During the intensive course, students work in international teams to plan digital solutions for real business cases from partnering companies.
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, students learn how companies transform their processes and systems by implementing digital technologies.
During the intense 2 weeks, student teams build a project, planning a digital solution for a real-life company problem. Concepts covered include data-intensive business, service design, platforms and ecosystems, business models, digital marketing, working in international teams and project management frameworks.
In addition to intensive weeks, the course includes independent pre- and post-work periods. Learning experiences range from insightful discussions in class to multidisciplinary teamwork and corporate collaboration.
- 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 course includes three phases: self-paced pre-work and post-work and two intensive weeks of lectures and project work in teams.
5-18 June 2023: Pre-work (online)
- Self-paced course orientation
- Individual research for the team project
3-14 July 2023: Intensive weeks (on-site at Aalto)
- Daily lectures (Monday-Friday)
- Company meetings
- Teamwork on a company project
- Commitment to full-time studies during the intensive weeks is required
15-21 July 2023: Finishing project work and course reflection (online)
- Finishing touches on the project work
- Individual reflection assignments on key takeaways, teamwork and course experience
- Project report deadline Friday 21 July
The total course workload of 160h (6 ECTS) is divided as follows:
- 10h Pre-work exercise
- 40h Contact hours
- 40h Class preparation
- 60h Project work
- 10h Post-work
The course is graded on a scale of 0-5, where
0 = fail, 1 = poor, 2 = satisfactory, 3 = good, 4 = very good, 5 = excellent
Summer at Digital Business Master Class
Participating in the Digital Business Master Class in the summer gives students an excellent opportunity to enjoy Finland at its best. Visitors can enjoy the surrounding nature in full bloom, take advantage of the countless hours of daylight and experience the vibrant Helsinki city life. Digital Business Master Class organises cultural excursions as a part of the program, and participants are encouraged to take full advantage of the Aalto Summer School social program as well.
ITP alumnus from 2019, Tyler Spring, shares his tips for making the most of your time at the Master Class: "Make sure you take the time to explore all of the great things that Helsinki has to offer – especially the restaurants and nightlife. The program provides ample time on the weekend to explore outside of Helsinki, and I’d highly recommend taking the short ferry to Tallinn."
Ángela Velásquez Bellido, Digital Business Master Class student 2022
Finland and Aalto have given me a whole new view on digital business
Read about our previous courses
With 35 students from 16 different countries, this summer’s Digital Business Master Class by Aalto University Summer School taught the students all things digital business and allowed them to collaborate on real-life business cases by partnering companies.
With a background in Marketing and Brand Management, Cordelia Blanchard was looking for short-term exchange possibilities and found the Digitial Business Master Class by Aalto University Summer School.
International students experienced the Finnish spring and deepened their knowledge of digital business at the Aalto University Summer School’s Digital Business course in March.
Digital Business Master Class – exactly the course that is needed to keep up with today's business landscape
Shane McMahon attended the DBMC in the summer of 2021 and was particularly happy about working with environmental solutions during the course company project.