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Digital Business Network

Business, Research, Practice

Digital Business Network brings together global 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 within a global company network, 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 competencies needed for success. Digital Business Network is built on six cornerstones: 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 with the help of world-class professors, researchers and keynote speakers.

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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. Additionally, limitless virtual webcast access available for all employees of the organization. Change is easier to execute when more employees have up-to-date information.

In Digital Business Network, you will get fresh insight from the latest university research knowledge combined with global company networks.


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. Training days consist of seminar chairmen and a key-note speaker.

Seminar structure


Keynotes from distinguished faculty

Practical exercises

Toolbox for managing transformation


Group exercises and Thinkathons


Seminar Chairmen

Ville Eloranta

Dr. Ville Eloranta is an expert in business model innovation (especially platform business models), distributed ledger technologies (especially open blockchain implementations), and design management (connecting design paradigms to management practice).

Dr. Eloranta is currently working as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Aalto University, School of Business. He is teaching future transdisciplinary professionals in International Design Business Management programs, and is also involved in the development of Network university Fitech (a transformative education endeavor of 7 biggest Finnish universities, Technology Industries of Finland, and TEK).

He is researching business models in decentralized business ecosystems, and has a solid track record of publications in top-level management journals.

Before joining academia, Dr, Eloranta worked nearly 20 years as a service designer and programmer, and design agency entrepreneur (founder of a 30-person company in 3 countries), solving digitalization challenges especially for big B2B customers.

Dr. Ville Eloranta holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering and Management from Aalto University School of Science and Technology.

Juuso Liesiö

Juuso Liesiö is Associate Professor of Management Science in the Department of Information and Service Management at Aalto University School of Business.

Professor Liesiö’s research interests lie in decision analysis and prescriptive analytics with a focus on modeling incomplete preference information and uncertainties in decision support. In these areas, he has developed novel theory, methods, algorithms, and computer software. This research has been published in leading journals in the field such as the European Journal of Operational Research, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, and Decision Analysis.

The application areas of Professor Liesiö’s research include, for example, R&D portfolio selection, strategy building, infrastructure asset management, procurement optimization, supply chain planning, and production planning.

Dr. Henri Schildt

Henri Schildt is a tenured professor with a joint appointment at the Aalto University School of Business (Management & Organizations) and the School of Science’s Department of Industrial Engineering and Management.

His research interests span technology strategy, organizational change, and strategy process (with specific interest in reasoning under uncertainty and the use of data analytics). He is currently heading two research programmes on data-driven management and the management of digitalization in Finnish manufacturing companies. Henri Schildt completed his PhD at Helsinki University of Technology in 2007.

Fabian Sepulveda

Fabian Sepulveda is a Senior Advisor at Aalto University Executive Education. He is actively involved in Finland’s entrepreneurial ecosystem as a startup coach and Lean Launchpad® trainer, and helps organizations understand and execute Lean Startup methodologies and customer development.

Sepulveda has more than 20 years of experience in engineering, management consulting and investment banking at companies such as Lucent Technologies, A.T. Kearney, and J.P. Morgan.

He teaches Venture Formation and other courses at the Aalto Ventures Program and Aalto University Executive Education. He cofounded eyescubed, a startup in automotive technology, and also cofounded Courage Ventures Advisory, which provides entrepreneurship training and development to leading private and public organizations. He is also a cofounding Partner of Courage Ventures Management, a fund investing in health & wellness, education, and environment verticals.

Sepulveda has a PhD in International Business (Entrepreneurship) from Aalto University, an MBA in Finance and Financial Management Services from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (Netherlands) and a BSc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from North Carolina State University (USA).

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.

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