Professor of Practice Pekka Mattila of Aalto University lectures on the Gothenburg Executive MBA programme

28 April 2016

PRESS RELEASE, 27-04-2016

The partnership between Aalto University Executive Education (Aalto EE) in Finland and GU School of Executive Education (GUSEE) in Sweden signed in late 2015 aims at delivering joint customized programmes, as well as open enrollment programs, and deepening cooperation between Executive MBA programmes.

Dr. Pekka Mattila, Professor of Practice, Aalto University and Group Managing Director, Aalto EE lectured in the Change Management module of the Gothenburg Executive MBA programme April 21-23.

Dr. Pekka Mattila lecturing in the Change Management module of the Gothenburg Executive MBA programme

Wrapping up the 21 months of extensive part-time studies with this final module of the programme, the participants will understand the key parameters and phenomena of change and resistance to change and they will utilize and apply practical tools and frameworks for analyzing, planning and preparing for change as well as for implementing change in a sustainable manner.

­– The Gothenburg Executive MBA is among the leading Nordic programs. It has a crucial role in educating new generations of leaders also from a number of globally well-known brands, who are in the process of reinventing themselves in the midst of intensifying international competition. I have high expectations of the collaboration between our institutions. Something that propels this is the fact that our capabilities are complementing each other and we have a shared understanding of what both quality and ambition take, says Dr. Pekka Mattila.

Dr. Pekka Mattila, Professor of Practice, Aalto University and Group Managing Director, Aalto EE

– We are truly pleased to have Dr. Pekka Mattila share his extensive knowledge on change management theories and practices with our participants. In this way the Change Management module becomes the capstone of their entire learning experience, as it aspires to tie together virtually all of the Executive MBA programme and prepare each participant to skillfully drive sustainable change in their respective home organisations, says Håkan Ericson, Managing Director of GU School of Executive Education.

Another imminent joint activity between Aalto EE and GUSEE will be the opening up of “electives basket”. This means that selected modules of our respective Executive MBA programmes will be opened for exchange to students from the other school’s programme.

Link to interview with Dr. Pekka Mattila:

For further information, please contact 

Pekka Mattila
Group Managing Director, Professor of Practice,
Aalto University Executive Education Ltd
Tel.: +358 40 738 7221 
Håkan Ericson
Managing Director
GU School of Executive Education AB
Tel. +46 70 950 6335 

Aalto University Executive Education Ltd offers high-quality leadership development services (Aalto EE), professional development services for specialists and managers (Aalto PRO) and creative solutions covering the whole life cycle of entrepreneurship (Aalto ENT). Aalto University brings to our offering a multidisciplinary approach, together with innovative learning methods; this provides a unique combination of practical expertise with the latest research.

Aalto University Executive Education’s strengths lie in its global operating model and diverse offering. In addition to Finland and Singapore, Aalto University Executive Education offers education programs in China, Indonesia, Iran, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Sweden and Taiwan. As a part of Aalto University, it holds three respected business university accreditations – AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS – which places it among the top 0.5% of institutions in the world.

GU School of Executive Education delivers an Executive MBA program with a Nordic-Asian focus, and custom programs for the private and public sectors. Program deliveries take place in Sweden and globally. By designing programs to always combine academic rigor and lasting practical relevance, GU School of Executive Education develops leaders and executives.

The School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg holds AMBA and EQUIS accreditations, and is in the final stage of its AACSB accreditation process.