First Students Graduate from the LFC Programme

The first intake to the Masters’s Degree Programme in Leadership for Change was in 2017. In Spring 2019, the first LFC students are graduating from Tampere University. Congratulations!

The LFC students graduate from three different tracks according to their chosen specialization – business studies (BUS), politics (POL), or governance (GOV). However, the multidisciplinary approach of the LFC programme is visible in the versatility of master’s thesis topics.

A ceremony is organized at the end of each semester for students graduating from Tampere University.

The theses cover a wide range of topical issues, including the EU-Turkey Statement on migration, value propositions in mobile payments, the development of foreign policy consensus in Estonia, celebrity endorsements in marketing, legitimization of the Nord Stream2, sport as a tool of immigrant integration and much more. You can access and read the theses by clicking on the title.

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Timo Ritakallio: “One must continue to learn new things”

On the last Leadership for Change (LFC) Lecture of the academic year 2018–2019, we had the honor to host Timo Ritakallio as our guest. Timo Ritakallio, President and Group Executive Chairman at OP Financial Group, has been working in the banking industry for the last 20 years, and he is an expert of his field. The banking sphere is something that affects people’s everyday lives, which emphasizes its social relevance. The field has been facing changes in its operational environment, and thus it is important that the companies are agile and leaders keep learning actively. In this blog post, we have gathered some of the key takeaways of Mr. Ritakallio’s LFC Lecture.

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Kirsi Henriksson: “Everyone is guilty of the past, and thus everyone is needed for reaching a better future and solving the situation”

 The world is full of crises – caused by wars, hunger, water scarcity and poverty – and humans need leaders who can deal effectively in complex situations and who obtain the required leadership skills for resolving the issues. Peace operations are, however, always based on collectivism and not on the actions of a few individuals. Passion and care for fellow humans is necessary. Leadership in peace operations was discussed on Tuesday, March 12th when the Master’s Degree Programme in Leadership for Change had the pleasure of hosting a guest lecture ‘Leadership in International Peace Operations: Managing the Changes and Challenges’ by Kirsi Henriksson, Director of Crisis Management Centre (CMC) Finland.

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Anna-Kaisa Itkonen: “It is significant to speak out at the right time in order to be heard”

Climate change, one of the largest environmental threats today, is among the issues that can’t be solved on a small scale. It needs to be combated collectively, which requires international negotiations and agreements. Climate change is not only a political, but also an economic agenda, and it is not solely owned by the politicians. How to reach a consensus with such a heterogeneous group of various actors? The Master’s Degree Programme in Leadership for Change had the pleasure of hosting a guest lecture titled ‘After Paris – Communicating Climate Policy in the EU’ with Anna-Kaisa Itkonen, the European Commission Spokesperson for Climate Action and Energy.

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Eila Kreivi: “Revolutionising the future with sustainable, transparent financing

People are increasingly interested in sustainability and worried about the effects of climate change. Funding and investing in sustainable projects is one of the solutions on the road towards a more sustainable future. The role of finance in solving sustainability challenges was discussed by Eila Kreivi from the European Investment Bank at her LFC lecture at Tampere University.

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Structuration as a theory of social change

Social theories are important when considering how change happens – or does not happen – in complex societal settings. As part of their studies, first year students in the Leadership for Change Master’s Programme are writing short memos on various social theories. We are publishing some of the memos here, on the LFC blog. This set of memos deals with structuration theory.

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