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Board of Directors

Cultivate Your Board's Global Mindset

Board of Directors is a high-level director and executive program with a truly global and strategic perspective.

The program will develop board members’ abilities to evaluate a company’s strategy in a constantly changing business environment. The focus is on strengthening the boards’ capability to direct the company. Participation in the program requires commitment to evolving as a team member in order to make personal board performance more effective.

The main objective of the Board of Directors program is to provide participants with a view of the global economy and its impact on organizations and the way strategies are built. Tools are provided for assessing an organization's strategy from a board perspective, together with new insights on how to build a board with dynamics that will facilitate good decision making.

After the program the participants:

  • Have enhanced their ability to contribute to the success of the organization as a board member,

  • Have enhanced their ability to assess the strategy of the organization,

  • Have enhanced their ability to understand and contribute to the dynamics of the board in a positive manner in order to make the best possible decisions as a board, and

  • Have a view on means to support the CEO and the executive board.

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The 2017 program received excellent customer feedback with an overall rating of 5.2 out of 6; 100% of participants would recommend the program.

"The ability to act as a strategic board member" was rated the key competence developed during the program.

Benefits

The Board of Directors program offers ways for a board to develop a global mindset to sense and interpret transformation in the global economy. It strengthens the ability of a board to direct company strategy, and supports company performance when developing more effective board dynamics.

Offers new frameworks to develop a truly global mindset
Strengthens your strategic thinking in the global market place
Provides you with the tools to give high performance on the board you serve on

For

The Board of Directors program is designed for people with experience in, or aspirations towards, working on a board.

  • Board members in publicly held and privately owned companies seeking growth
  • Executives preparing to serve on a board
  • Executives working closely with boards

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Contents and Schedule

The next Board of Directors program will be held in May–August 2018.

Program structure

Pre-module Period of 2-3 Weeks

Individual preparation

1-1.5 day Module

Intensive face-to-face session with instructor and peers

Modules

Instructors

Sixten Korkman

Professor of Practice in Economics, Aalto University School of Business

Sixten Korkman is Professor of Practice in Economics at Aalto University School of Business since 2012. 

Previously he has worked as managing director of the Finnish research institute ETLA and the associated think tank EVA. Also he has international experience through his role as Director General at the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers in Brussels, heading the department assisting the Ecofin Council and the Eurogroup. He has also worked as Director General for the Economics Department at the Ministry of Finance in Helsinki, as Head of Office at the Bank of Finland  and as Principal Administrator at the OECD in Paris.  

He has published articles in journals and books. He writes regularly columns for a weekly magazine. His main focus of interest is currently the EMU. 

Sixten Korkman has a doctorate from Helsinki University. 

Matti Suominen

Professor of Finance, Aalto University School of Business

Matti Suominen specializes in information economics in financial markets, market microstructure and corporate finance.

Matti Suominen specializes in information economics in financial markets, market microstructure and corporate finance.

Suominen is Professor of Finance at Aalto University School of Business.

Matti Suominen has previously worked as a consultant at the European Corporate Finance Practice of McKinsey & Co. and as a Chief Dealer in the Options and Futures Markets in Finland. From 1997 until 2006 he was in the full time faculty at INSEAD, working first as an Assistant Professor and later as an Associate Professor of Finance. Although already also at the Aalto University, between 2006 and 2015 he has continued to work with INSEAD as an Adjunct Professor of Finance or as a Visiting Professor of Finance.  

Suominen is actively involved in management consulting to financial institutions                                and executive education. He has taught in the MBA, PhD and executive education programs. He has also taught in several company specific programs worldwide.  

Matti Suominen did his PhD in Financial Economics in 1997 at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has also worked as a Visiting Associate Professor at Wharton.

Jouni Juntunen

Post-doctoral researcher, Aalto University School of Business

Jouni K. Juntunen is a post-doctoral researcher in Aalto University School of Business. His current research interests are user driven innovation and crowdfunding.

Jouni studied Industrial Engineering and Management in University of Oulu, Finland and holds Dr.Sc (Econ.) from Aalto University School of Business. Prior to coming Aalto University, he was working 15 years in telecommunication business in Finland, China and Japan.

Dr. Timo Seppälä

Timo Seppälä works as Professor of Practice, Digital Operations at the Aalto University and as Research Associate at The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy, ETLA. Seppälä’s research interest lie in contemporary global phenomena like digitalization, platform economy and global value chains as well as strategic management and internationalization of firms.

Seppälä's areas of expertise include Business Intelligence and Analyses, Global Business Unit and Account Management, Strategic and Operative Business Development, Supplier and Customer Relationship Management and Contract Negotiations. Dr. Seppälä has over 15 years of business experience in several Finnish and international companies for example Metso, OMG Kokkola Chemicals, Oracle, Elcoteq and SAP.

Dr. Tomi Laamanen

Chaired Professor for Strategic Management, Director, Institute of Management of St. Gallen University

Dr. Tomi Laamanen specializes in strategic management, mergers & acquisitions and strategic processes.

He is a Chaired Professor for Strategic Management and Director at the Institute of Management of St. Gallen University.

Previously Dr. Laamanen has served as a Chair of Strategic Management of Aalto University (1998-2011) and Director of the Institute of Strategy of Aalto University (until 2011). He is a strategy consultant and member of the board to firms from different industries.

Dr. Laamanen’s previous experience also includes being an Associate Editor at Strategic Management Journal, Editorial Board Member at Journal of Management and Co-chair at SMS Finland Special Conference 2010.

Dr. Tomi Laamanen holds two D.Sc. degrees; one in Strategy and one in Finance.

Pekka Mattila

Dr. Pekka Mattila serves as a Professor of Practice at the Aalto University School of Business. He works frequently with European, Asian, African and North-American executive audiences on themes of strategic management and agility, strategy co-creation, business model innovation, executive leadership, top team dynamics, change management, organizational culture and strategic marketing.

Since spring 2011 he has served as the Group Managing Director and Associate Dean of Aalto University Executive Education.

In addition to his academic activities Dr. Mattila has conducted an active business career. Currently he serves as the Chairman of the Board or as a Member of the Board at a number of innovative companies. Previously he served in executive, management and senior staff positions in the Nordic financial services industry. Currently he serves as a Member of the Board of The Finnish National Gallery. From 2009 till 2017 he served as the Chairman of the Board of the Helsinki Festival. He is a Founding Member of Nordic Institute of Business and Society.

Dr. Mattila holds a doctorate and masters in sociology at the University of Helsinki and an Executive MBA at London Business School. Over the years, he has frequently visited a number of prestigious European and Asian universities teaching management, organizational behaviour, marketing and sociology. Dr. Mattila has authored a number of managerial books on leadership, change management and strategic marketing and sales.

Dr. Mattila’s consulting and coaching career started in 2003, and his corporate clients comprise over 270 Nordic and international companies, entrepreneurial ventures as well as prominent public sector institutions and NGOs.

Program Fee and Registration

Program Fee

The fee for the Board of Directors program is € 4,800 (+ VAT).

Please note that the program fee does not include travel expenses or accommodation. VAT is applicable to private persons and Finnish companies.

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