Anna-Kaisa Ikonen: “Cities need to change themselves, and they need to lead the change”

How do complex challenges appear from the perspective of city leadership? This was the topic of the LFC Lecture by Dr. Anna-Kaisa Ikonen, Professor of Practice in the UTA Faculty of Management and former Mayor of the City of Tampere. Dr. Ikonen shared the insider’s point of view with the audience presenting her ideas on leadership in the public sector and the role of the mayor in city leadership. At the end of the lecture, Dr. Markku Sotarauta, Professor in the Faculty of Management, commented on Dr. Ikonen’s lecture from the perspective of current academic research.

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Tuuli Kaskinen: “Good leaders must be thankful for their employees”

Tuuli Kaskinen, Executive Director of Demos Helsinki, visited the Faculty of Management at the University of Tampere as a guest lecturer for the Leadership for Change lecture series. Kaskinen discussed the role of systemic modeling and shared value thinking in leading complex change processes. She gave the audience advises on what modern leaders should keep in mind during decision-making process.

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Lauri Veijalainen: People have a lot to say on Stockmann and I absolutely love it!

Lauri Veijalainen, the CEO of Stockmann Group, visited the Faculty of Management at the University of Tampere as a guest lecturer on the Leadership for Change (LFC) lecture series on 23 November 2017. The lectures are organized and facilitated by the LFC master’s students. Here, you can read a report of the event written by Team Veijalainen.

LFC Student Iida Jokinen and Lauri Veijalainen preparing for the lecture

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Esko Aho: Leadership should be conceptual rather than personalised

The first Leadership for Change Lecture in 2017 was given by Esko Aho. Mr. Aho explained that during his time in the prime minister’s office, Finland was in a state of crisis. Since such incident had not occurred before, he had to take many steps and actions without a guideline or legacy. He also emphasised the importance of conceptual rather than personalised leadership.

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11 talking points on knowledge, leadership and management

On Friday 8 September 2017, Dr Antti Lönnqvist, Dean of the Faculty of Management, gave a lecture entitled “Knowledge, leadership and management” at the University of Tampere. Dr Lönnqvist’s lecture was the first key concept lecture in the introductory course of the Master’s Degree Programme in Leadership for Change (LFC). We are publishing 11 short memoranda written by the LFC students on the basis of the lecture.

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MDP in Leadership for Change

Dealing with Change in Complex Societies

Leadership for Change programme is a unique combination of Administrative Sciences, Business Studies and Politics. The programme enables developing the kind of knowledge and expertise that is needed to explain and understand complex phenomena, become a visionary leader, and to change the world.

The three specialisations of the programme give students an excellent opportunity to focus on their area of interest while gaining a broader understanding of the central topics of the programme. Students from all specialisations take part in joint courses focusing on cross-disciplinary perspectives on leadership in complex societal processes.

The School of Management at University of Tampere seeks novel ways to lead, govern and study across boundaries. The combination of the three adjacent fields is internationally rare and one of its kind in Finland.