Previous page

Digital Business Network

Business, Research, Practice

Digital Business Network 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 new perspective and insight for taking organizations to an entirely new level of digitalization.

Digitalization brings complexity within organizations and broadens the spectrum of 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 view of current and future trends in digital business and a framework for understanding change.

Download Brochure  Contact Us

Digital Business Network is helping its clients to move forward. Phenomena related to digitalization 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 practical 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



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.

Risto Sarvas

Risto Sarvas is professor of Practice and Head of the Information Networks program at Aalto University. Risto has a colourful history overlapping design, business, technology, and society.

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.

His research, teaching, and service design work have received several awards and much popularity.

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

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. His 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.

Katri Saarikivi

Katri Saarikivi works as a researcher at University of Helsinki. She is a cognitive neuroscientist, researcher, team leader and co-founder of the NEMO project (Natural Emotionality in Digital Interaction), which won the grand-prize in the science-based idea competition, Helsinki Challenge.

In her research, she explores the neural mechanisms behind empathy and fruitful interaction, particularly in digital environments. She is fascinated by social cognition, cognitive control, and how these functions emerge from the brain processes.

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

Katri Saarikivi holds a Master’s in Psychology from the University of Helsinki.

Hertta Vuorenmaa

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

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.

Teemu Roos

Teemu Roos is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki.

Roos' 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.

Teemu Roos received a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Helsinki in 2007.

Fee and Registration

Program start