Domenico Dargenio's career is characterised by step after another towards a broader business outlook. Armed with two masters degrees in engineering, he first joined Wärtsilä to work in Project Management and Supply Chain Planning in Trieste, Italy. Next, he took on a global role in volume planning, after which he was given responsibility within LEAN excellence. Today, he is based in Helsinki and is responsible for Operational Excellence at Wärtsilä.
“During my career I tried to constantly expand my perspective. My current job is stimulating: one day I might be supporting our business plan renewal and the next envisioning how to improve our market position. It is fast-paced, and one of the best aspect of my job is that I am asked to genuinely challenge the status quo and think outside the box,” Dargenio says. He decided to pursue an EMBA around the same time as he started his current job. Dargenio confirms that in his books, Aalto EE was the only real alternative for someone aspiring to obtain an EMBA in Finland.
“I felt it was time I continue developing myself. I wanted to expand my theoretical proficiency in business and grow both personally and professionally. Aalto Executive MBA program is very clearly structured, the professors are excellent, Aalto EE has triple accreditation – and I had heard highly positive feedback from people who had an EMBA from Aalto EE. For me, Aalto EE was a clear choice,” Dargenio emphasises.
The key benefit Dargenio describes having received from the EMBA is the enhanced holistic perspective with which he now approaches his work.
The program opens your eyes to see the complete picture – essentially, the EMBA connected the dots.”
“The program builds bridges between the academic and business worlds, and above all it gives you a holistic view. Most often people look at a business from their own field of expertise: accounting, engineering, finance and so on. The program opens your eyes to see the complete picture – essentially, the EMBA connected the dots,” he says.
Dargenio admits that upon starting the program he had expected it to be very focused on main stream business approach based purely on financial return. He ended up getting more than he expected.
“Aalto EE has a mission of creating a better world through better leadership, which was tied into the program in many ways, as also emphasized during our study trip to Singapore. For me, this was a very positive surprise. Sustainable business is never driven by profit alone. The added human touch in the EMBA curriculum was very refreshing and highly useful – I believe that this kind of view is a prerequisite to all businesses wishing to move forward.”
The EMBA group is a place where executives feel comfortable taking away any business masks and openly discussing their ideas, challenging each other, and also speak about their development areas and weaknesses.”
Time management is a common challenge most EMBA participants face. Dargenio was no exception: “During a two-year period, I started my new job, got married and we had a child – all while I was working towards the EMBA degree. At a certain point, I admit schedules were near overwhelming, but in the end it was definitely worth it. Looking back, the EMBA experience was absolutely positive,” he affirms.
Dargenio emphasises the strong bond formed between Aalto EMBA participants. “The EMBA group is a place where executives feel comfortable taking away any business masks and openly discussing their ideas, challenging each other, and also speak about their development areas and weaknesses. This is one of the reasons why it is worthwhile participating in modules that require you to be physically present, instead of studying online. The support and insights you gain from others enrich the learning experience a great deal.”
“The weekend modules of two to three days each month were in a way a world of their own. It was time set aside specifically to learn and develop, which was very rewarding,” Dargenio reflects. “Throughout the program, I was continuously looking forward to going to class and diving into the new topics and discussions. There was always something exciting to learn, and sharing this journey with everyone in the group was thoroughly enjoyable. I made some lifelong friends – now that the program is finished I find myself missing our stimulating discussions during Aalto Executive MBA.”