Pekka Mattila

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    Dr. Pekka Mattila serves as a Professor of Practice at the Aalto University School of Business. From May 2011 till December 2021 he served as the Group Managing Director and Associate Dean of Aalto University Executive Education.

    In addition to his academic activities Dr. Mattila has conducted an active business career. Currently he serves as the Chairman of the Board or as a Member of the Board at a number of innovative companies: e.g. media, publishing, construction technology, learning, as well as food and fashion. Previously he served in executive, management and senior staff positions in the Nordic financial services industry. From 2012 till 2014 he served as a board member at a leading Finnish bank.

    Dr. Mattila holds a doctorate and masters in sociology at the University of Helsinki and an Executive MBA at London Business School. Over the years, he has frequently visited a number of prestigious European and Asian universities teaching management, organizational behaviour, marketing and sociology.

    Dr. Mattila has authored a number of managerial books on leadership, change management and strategic marketing and sales. Currently he serves as a Member of the Board of The Finnish National Gallery. From 2009 till 2017 he served as the Chairman of the Board for the foundation operating the renowned Helsinki Festival. He is a Founding Member of Nordic Institute of Business and Society and the Chairman of the Board for Helsinki Advanced Interaction Studies Institute.

    Dr. Mattila’s consulting and coaching career started in 2003, and his corporate clients comprise over 410 Nordic and international companies, entrepreneurial ventures as well as prominent public sector and academic institutions.

    He works frequently with European, Asian, African and North American executive audiences on themes of strategic management and agility, strategy co-creation, business model innovation, executive leadership, top team dynamics, change management, organizational culture and strategic marketing.

    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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

    Education/Academic qualification

    Master's degree, Business and Economics, London Business School

    Award Date: 30 Jul 2010

    Doctoral degree, Social Sciences, University of Helsinki

    Award Date: 31 Dec 2006

    Master's degree, Social Sciences, University of Helsinki

    Award Date: 28 Feb 2003


    • Business models
    • Open innovation
    • Service business management
    • Services marketing
    • Media business
    • Marketing communications
    • Brand
    • Pricing
    • Strategic marketing
    • Leading Change
    • NextMedia
    • Executive Education
    • Aalto EE
    • Fashion Marketing
    • MediaMark
    • Organizational development
    • Organizational behavior
    • Strategic leadership
    • Top teams
    • Executive boards


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