1993 …2024

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Minna Halme is professor of Sustainability Management at Aalto University School of Business, where she heads Sustainability in Business Research. Her research focuses on co-creation of sustainability innovations, sustainable business models, circular economy and organizing for poverty alleviation in low-income emerging market contexts. She leads strategic multi-disciplinary research projects on sustainability transitions and has co-led several European research projects. She teaches Sustainability Management at Aalto’s Master programmes, and executive education. She is Associate Editor of Organization & Environment, and member of editorial boards of Business Strategy and Environment, Technovation, and Scandinavian Journal of Management.

She is member of Finland’s Sustainable Development Expert Panel advising the Finnish Government and of Advisory Boards of Finland’s largest retailer SOK, the Central Chamber of Commerce, and Sustainability Centres of University of Helsinki (HELSUS) and Stockholm School of Economics (MISUM). She is co-founder of Aalto University’s cross-disciplinary Creative Sustainability Master programme and Aalto Global Impact. Her work has been acknowledged international recognitions such as the Responsible Research in Business and Management (RRBM) Distinguished Winner award, Best Paper annual award of the journal Business & Society, Academy of Management (AOM) All-Academy Best International Paper award, the ONE Unorthodox Paper award and three AOM Best Paper awards. She has received the Academy of Finland and Kordelin Foundation awards for the societal impact of her research.

sub.aalto.fi/ Sustainability in Business Research Group

finix.aalto.fi/ Co-creating sustainable textile systems

https://fortran.fi/ Just and resilient transitions in forest systems

http://acs.aalto.fi/ Creative Sustainability Master programme

http://newglobal.aalto.fi/ Co-creating poverty alleviation


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctoral degree, Business and Economics, University of Tampere

Award Date: 11 Sept 1997

Licentiate degree, Business and Economics, University of Tampere

Award Date: 15 Dec 1993

Master's degree, Business and Economics, University of Tampere

Award Date: 19 Sept 1990


  • Sustainability in business
  • Sustainable innovation
  • Circular Economy
  • Corporate responsibility
  • Sustainable business models
  • Vastuullinen liiketoiminta
  • Kestävä kehitys


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