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Digital Business Network

Business, Research, Practice

Digital Business Network (formerly Divia) brings together key players, the latest and future topics and up-to-date information in digital business. Research conducted at Aalto University and other international universities meets the latest business cases, providing insight for taking organizations to an entirely new level of digitalization.

Digitalization brings complexity in organizations and broadens the competences needed for success. Digital Business Network is built on six corner stones: technology, innovation, organization, strategy, data and leadership. Over the course of the year, Digital Business Network members will gain a comprehensive idea of current and future trends in digital business and a framework for understanding change.

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Digital Business Network is pushing its clients to go forward. Phenomenas related to digitalization, such as  Blockchain in 2016, are discovered way before they become major players in the disruption game. 

Five places per seminar available for each member organization. Change is easier to execute when more employees have up-to-date information.

Live virtual participation in seminars and recorded sessions available for all employees of the member organization.


It seems that the most baffling question for managers and leaders is knowing which technologies to utilize for future success. And how should we manage these new combinations of machines and human beings? What kind of business advantage are we able to gain through blending the contemporary technology advantage with the best people skills? Digital Business Network is aiming to give answers to these questions.

Be forerunners in the field of digitalization and know the latest trends
Understand the potential of contemporary technology in business management
Discover new ways to utilize your organization's full potential by engaging change agents in change processes
Understand the role played by leadership and innovations in success


Digital Business Network is for change agents – directors, business managers and experts seeking new standards and innovations for their organization in a rapidly changing business environment.

The Network is organization specific – seminars can only be attended by representatives from the member organizations.


Contents and Schedule

Digital Business Network consists of six seminars held in Helsinki over the course of the year. During the day, we will always learn something completely new, and explore the themes through parctical exercises.

The goal is to give participants a practical toolbox for managing transformation. Network power will be used in the learning process through group exercises and Thinkathons. Seminars are held in Helsinki city center and run from 09:00 to 15:00.

Seminar structure


Keynotes from distinguished faculty

Practical exercises

Toolbox for managing transformation


Group exercises and Thinkathons



Dr. Pekka Mattila

Dr. Pekka Mattila is the Group Managing Director and Associate Dean of Aalto EE, and serves as a Professor of Practice at the Aalto University School of Business.

Dr. Mattila is a specialist in strategic management and agility, strategy co-creation, business model innovation, executive leadership, top team dynamics, change management, organizational culture and strategic marketing. He works frequently with both European and Asian executive audiences, and is a much-requested speaker at corporate and other events around the world. Over the years, he has frequently visited a number of prestigious European and Asian universities teaching management, organizational behaviour, marketing and sociology.

D.Sc. (Tech.) Risto Sarvas

Adjunct Professor (docent), Computer Science, Aalto SCI.

Risto Sarvas lives a triple-life as a designer, lecturer, and researcher. The common denominator between these three roles is his endless enthusiasm to figure out how technology and society are intertwined: as a culture, in politics, in business, as well as in everyday life.

Risto runs courses in Aalto University on service design and social media also he was the co-director of Futurice’s training business. His research, teaching, and service design work have received several awards and much popularity.

Strategic Design Lead in variety of innovation projects ranging from the Energy Sector to Museum experiences. Coaching and mentoring large companies, startups and students in Helsinki, Berlin, London and Tokyo. Popular speaker and author.

Risto Sarvas holds a doctorate from Helsinki University of Technology in Media Technology.

Dr. Timo Seppälä

Professor of Practice, Aalto University

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.

His 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.

Katri Saarikivi

Researcher, Team leader and co-founder of the NEMO Natural Emotionality in Digital Interaction project

Katri Saarikivi is a cognitive neuroscientist and team leader / co-founder of a research group called NEMO Natural Emotionality in Digital Interaction at the Cognitive Brain Research Unit at the University of Helsinki.

In 2015, NEMO won the grand prize of the science-based idea competition Helsinki Challenge.

In her research, Saarikivi explores the neural mechanisms behind empathy and fruitful interaction, particularly in digital environments. In general Saarikivi is fascinated about social cognition, cognitive control, and how these functions emerge from brain processes. Her interest is in moving towards a two-person point of view on cognitive processes.

As an independent consultant / speaker, she works with organizations on subjects like the future of work, digital work, connectivity, creativity, and human-centeredness. Saarikivi hopes to bring relevant neuroscientific knowledge to organizations to help in supporting human interaction, learning and thereby better value creation.

Hertta Vuorenmaa

Post-doctoral Researcher, Aalto University School of Business

Hertta Vuorenmaa is a Post-doctoral Researcher at the Department of Management at Aalto University School of Business.

Vuorenmaa is an experienced researcher and trainer. She has been working as a researcher in several large Academy of Finland funded research projects focusing on for example well being at work, people management and its various roles and gender inequalities.

Her current research focuses on changing nature of work and changing people management, HRM in public and private organizations, digitalization, gender and qualitative research methods including ethnography.

Examples of trainings for the managers and professionals: Global Strategic HRM (EMBA Korea, Poland and Helsinki Aalto EE), Strategic HRM and Changing Nature of Work(KuntaJOKO, Aalto EE), Introduction to HR skills and expertise, Culture in organizations (FEC, Aalto EE), Talent Management & Strategic HRM (Singapore, Aalto EE), Culture and SHRM (National Defence University, Finland), Strategic HRM, Essentials of management and IB (Aalto Biz), Organisational bullying & harassment, Gender and management (University of Helsinki), Business strategy, Leadership, Management, Gender management and organisations, International Business (Hanken School of economics).

PhD Teemu Roos

Adjunct Professor , University of Helsinki

Teemu Roos is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki. He received a PhD in computer science from the University of Helsinki in 2007. Prof Roos's research interests include the theory and applications of artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science.

He also teaches introductory courses on these topics with a total of up to 500 students annually. He has developed applications of AI in areas such as mobile computing, genomics, epidemiology, quantum physics, and digital humanities.

As a trainer he is inspiring and receives very good feedback from his students. He is capable of simplifying complex concepts into easily understandable frameworks.

Selected faculty from Stanford University.

Fee and Registration


The annual fee for the Digital Business Network 2018 is € 8,900 (+ VAT). The fee is for the whole organization.

It includes

  • six seminar days (from 09:00 to 15:00), with seminar places available to five employees from each member organization
  • unlimited live virtual access to the seminars for all the member organization’s employees
  • seminar archive that can be used throughout the year

A registration fee of € 600 (+ VAT) is charged if the organization was not a member of Digital Business Network (formerly Divia) in 2017.


Register your organization for the Digital Business Network 2018 by March 17, 2018.


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