An open seminar in Helsinki with INSEAD professor Yves Doz

What can we learn from the legacy of Nokia? This is a question that will be addressed not only by reviewing the past, but also by looking into the future.

Members of INSEAD Alumni were invited to an open seminar in which Professor Yves Doz (INSEAD) organised by Aalto University School of Business on Thursday November 22nd 2017. Professor Doz has a long-term relationship with Nokia’s senior management, and thus a privileged position to study the evolution of Nokia in the mobile phone industry in depth, from its very beginnings to 2013.

The evening opened with a short presentation by Professor Doz, highlighting some of his key findings, followed by a panel discussion on the lessons that can be drawn from Nokia’s recent history and the implications of its legacy for Finland today and in the future. The panel featured:

  • Rebecca Piekkari, Professor, Aalto University, School of Business
  • Juha Äkräs, Executive-in-Residence, Aalto University, School of Business
  • Eero Vaara, Professor, Aalto University, School of Business
  • Heli Helanummi-Cole, Doctoral researcher, University of Oxford, Saïd Business School, UK

This was a very exciting and very high profile presentation. It turned out to be the most popular alumni event we organised in 2017. It was  very popular event  also among Aalto alumni. The Aalto School of Business big lecture hall was booked to last seat.


Visit to Marimekko 7th December 2017

A group of INSEAD alumni participated in a visit to Marimekko, an iconic fashion, textiles and home furnishing provider, on 7th December 2017. The visit was hosted by Mr. Kari Härkönen, Chief Digital Officer and an INSEAD MBA from December 2010.

The visit started with a tour of Marimekko’s Helsinki textile printing factory where the visitors learned interesting facts about textile printing technology, supply chain management as well as Marimekko’s unique approach of combining art, craftmanship and modern production technology.

Interesting discussions over a dinner led visitors to the highlight of the visit – Mr. Härkönen’s insightful presentation of e-commerce and its growing importance in Marimekko’s business and in the fashion industry in general. There was a lot of questions and diverse debate over the topic, keeping the atmosphere warm and energetic. It certainly felt that all the visitors were truly inspired and very happy to have participated!

Once again thanks Marimekko and Kari!