Aalto Executive DBA

Riitta Lumme-Tuomala

The first Aalto DBA is fresh from the oven! Elina Kukkonen defended her dissertation: ”Gaining more value from Customer Relationships in the Digital Business Environment” on April fools’ day. But our stellar candidate was nobody’s fool; an excellent work! Elina certainly fulfilled all the requirements, both academic and managerial. Aalto EE congratulates its first DBA!

Riitta Lumme-Tuomala

Quite a while has passed since I last updated you on my academic adventures. This is definitely not due to lack of issues to write about, nor is it a sign of a standstill. On the contrary! This article has been waiting to be published for a while in the abyss of the cloud, or my computer... The next one will not wait that long, I promise.

Joanna Sinclair

Accreditations and rankings help you make a wise choice about where to get a degree, attend executive programs or find the best customized training solutions for your company. “A degree is like a tattoo, it follows you for life,” says Aalto EE's Academic Director Dr. Mikko Laukkanen.

Riitta Lumme-Tuomala

I am writing this in the library where, at the pace of a snail, (or is there a creature slower than a snail I could use as a metaphor) I am rewriting my first paper, my first “submission”.

Aalto Executive DBA candidate Margit Suurnäkki recently returned to Finland after her posting in China. Here she talks about some of the turning points of her career, and why she has wanted to study throughout her working life.  

Riitta Lumme-Tuomala

According to my study plan I should be much further with my writing than what the present situation is. But I guess this is how it will be until the final goal is reached. Presumably I should add “hopefully” to “reaching the goal”…

Joanna Sinclair

“When an executive decides to take on a top-level academic challenge and obtain a business doctorate at Aalto University Executive Education - a DBA - the decicion creates a ripple effect of benefits for the entire company. This is an important motivator for the individuals enrolling in our DBA program. Another selling point is the fact that the Aalto Executive DBA makes research and methodology fun. This is no small matter for the top business leaders we attract with our DBA program,” says Sami Kajalo, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer at Aalto University School of Business. Kajalo is in charge of quantitative methodology courses for DBA and master’s students.

Riitta Lumme-Tuomala

The weeks and months since the DBA seminar, my focus in view of advancing my research, (embryonic stage research, I might add…) has been on qualitative research, or more precisely reading books and articles on the topic. “Qualitative business research methods” is namely one of the compulsory courses we all DBA students need to take.

Riitta Lumme-Tuomala

The first blog post from February ended with a promise, and I quote “Next time, I will write the post together with my supervisor just to test the thickness of my academic skin.” So be it. I have invited Professor Henrikki Tikkanen to answer some questions and to share his views on what has happened so far on my academic path. In his world, this fascinating world of academic research, I am, after all, a dilettante.

Riitta Lumme-Tuomala

”Aalto University offers a global DBA program especially tailored for executives and other top-level business professionals, who desire a high-quality doctorate in business administration and are committed to conducting doctoral level research in strategic management, marketing or other business disciplines.” This is a quotation from the Aalto University Executive Education DBA brochure.

An exciting opportunity definitely worth dreaming about, to channel one’s ambitions towards and to contemplate: Am I ready and able? Will I find the time to do it and am I committed enough? These are quotations from my head.

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