School of Business - Leading the Way
The Aalto University School of Business – formerly the Helsinki School of Economics (HSE) - was established in 1911. Today, the School of Business is the leading business school in Finland and one of the top schools in Europe.
The Aalto University School of Business is the first business school in the Nordic countries to have received all three labels of excellence from the world’s leading business school accreditation bodies: AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. This “Triple Crown” status is an honor held by only 1 % of the business schools worldwide.
The School of Business is an innovative and lively community of about 4,000 students and over 500 faculty and staff. The main campus is in Helsinki and another campus in Mikkeli, Finland.
The School is part of Aalto University, a new multidisciplinary community in the fields of science, business, art and design. Founded on Finnish strengths, the University aims to become one of the world's top universities.
School of Business key figures 2012
Figures in parenthesis refer to 2011.
Undergraduate and doctoral students: 3 927 (3856)
Bachelors' degrees: 381
Masters’s degrees: 390 (313)
Doctorates: 26 (24)
Total number of personnel: 550 (540)
Professors: 70 (67)
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Applicants / accepted students
Bachelor's admission (Kauppatieteellisen alan yhteisvalinta):
applicants 3 468
BScBA programme, Mikkeli
applicants 1 311
School of Business strategy – World-class full-fledged business school by 2020
The School of Business aims to be a world-class full-fledged business school by 2020. The main action items that represent our high priority improvement efforts will be:
- Strengthening and supporting high-quality research, among others through the recruitment of highly competent researchers and through the strengthening of the incentives for high quality and impact research publications
- Strengthening and developing globally competitive business programmes surpassing traditional boundaries, among others by focusing on the opportunities for synergies within Aalto University and by focusing on the pedagogical development of faculty
- Internationalization of our faculty and student body, among others through investments in strengthening the brand and international recruitment efforts
- Improving the faculty/student ratio (the aim being 1:10 in 2020), among others by increasing the number of faculty and reducing the number of B.Sc. students.
Management / Deans
Dean Ingmar Björkman
D.Sc. (Econ.) Ingmar Björkman (born 1959) received his PhD from the Hanken School of Economics (Finland) after having done parts of his studies at Stanford University. Prior to joining Aalto University he was Professor of Management and Organization at the Hanken School of Economics, where he served as Dean of Research and Internationalization during and Head of the Department of Management and Organization.
Having taught at a number of business schools in Europe and Asia, Björkman has received teaching awards from Hanken School of Economics, Fudan University (Shanghai), and INSEAD (Singapore). Ingmar Björkman’s research area is International Management, with a particular focus on people management issues in multinational corporations.
Vice Dean (teaching and learning) Seppo Ikäheimo
D.Sc. (Econ.) Seppo Ikäheimo (born 1963) is Professor of Accounting, with a particular focus on Corporate Governance and Executive Compensation. Seppo Ikäheimo is the Director of the Aalto University School of Business Bachelor´s Programme based in Helsinki. He has been engaged in Aalto University School of Business (formerly Helsinki School of Economics) since 1999.
Ikäheimo has visited a number of foreign universities as a visiting teacher and researcher.
As Vice Dean, Professor Seppo Ikäheimo is responsible for teaching and learning.
Vice Dean (research and international cooperation) Rebecca Piekkari
D.Sc. (Econ.) Rebecca Piekkari has been engaged in Aalto University School of Business (formerly Helsinki School of Economics) as the Professor of International Business and in particular international management since 2004. She has previously acted as the Vice Head of the Department of Marketing and Management and the leader of the CEMS Master's degree programme.
Rebecca Piekkari has visited a number of foreign universities as a teacher and researcher.
As Vice Dean, Professor Rebecca Piekkari is responsible for research and international cooperation.
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