"My perspective on business, leadership, and strategy is much more profound. I am able to discuss all financial matters on an entirely new level, and I also believe that I am a better leader.”

Teemu Liukkonen
Managing Director, Tikomet Oy

Tikomet Oy's Managing Director Teemu Liukkonen is proud of the work that Tikomet does. The company conserves limited resources and helps protect the environment by recycling hardmetal scrap and processing it into tungsten carbide-cobalt powders, which are used as raw material for new hardmetal products. Based in Jyväskylä, Finland, Tikomet Oy is part of Global Tungsten & Powders (GTP), which in turn is a corporate division of the Plansee Group.

Liukkonen is a graduate of Aalto EE’s EMBA program. He says the idea of business studies had always intrigued him, even back when he was studying for his master’s degree in technology.

“When I finally had the opportunity to start studying, I seized it immediately,” he explains and says that the Aalto EMBA was an easy choice.

“I wanted the best program in Finland, that’s why I chose Aalto EE. Living and working in Jyväskylä, this naturally meant quite a commute, and it also meant spending a lot of time away from my family. It was taxing, definitely, but worth it. The Aalto EMBA gave me everything I wanted, and even more than I expected,” he affirms.

I wanted the best program in Finland, that’s why I chose Aalto EE."

Liukkonen describes his EMBA studies as extremely rewarding, high-quality, and demanding. He mentions case studies and the discussions he had both in and out of the classroom with cohort members as definite highlights of his experience.

“Our group had great dynamics and I learned a lot from my peers; both about successful business moves and mistakes to avoid,” he points out.

“Group works and simulations were also marvelous, not to mention the lectures. The entire EMBA was marked by exceptionally good learning experiences and great instructors, with very concrete examples that made implementing things back at work much easier,” he notes.

Liukkonen depicts the Self Development Process as both meaningful and memorable. He also brings up Management Communication as an exceptionally enjoyable and rewarding topic, but he underlines that every module was beneficial.

The thing that made the Aalto EMBA so outstanding was the whole."

“You get a thorough outlook on strategy and leadership during the Aalto EMBA, and for a Managing Director, that’s perfect. Some modules were more demanding than others. Financial Accounting, for example, was so tough it verged on exhausting – but it was also one of the most beneficial learning experiences I have ever had,” he reminisces.

“But the thing that made the Aalto EMBA so outstanding was the whole. Every module was useful and interesting, everything was relevant, and put together, the modules give you an entirely new level of understanding,” he states.

In his work at Tikomet, Liukkonen has been making good use of the lessons he learned during his EMBA.

“I was Operations Manager at Tikomet when I started my EMBA and became Managing Director during my studies. Everything I learned has influenced my work, from the way I aspire to empower my management team, and the way I communicate with our Group’s top management, all the way to strategy work,” he points out.

“My perspective on business, leadership, and strategy is much more profound. I am able to discuss all financial matters on an entirely new level, and I also believe that I am a better leader. In addition to this, my understanding in areas such as self-development and empowering people is considerably enhanced. All of this is evident in my day-to-day work at Tikomet,” he remarks.

My perspective on business, leadership, and strategy is much more profound."

Liukkonen says he is pleased to endorse the Aalto EMBA program. He has a few pieces of advice for people considering studies:

“Firstly, Aalto EE encourages participants to talk with their families to ensure everyone knows that it is a time-consuming and difficult journey. Do that, you need all the support you can get,” he underlines.

“Second, make sure you will be able to implement what you learn. You don’t want to be in a position where you have all this new perspective and competence, but your employer does not give you the opportunity to make the most of it,” he adds.

“And lastly, if you can tick off items one and two from this concise list of advice, then don’t wait, just go for it. You will learn more than you thought possible, gain an incredible network – and it’s also a great deal of fun,” Liukkonen concludes with a smile.

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