Understanding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Source of Sustainable Competitive Advantage

The societal and cultural shifts in the last few years have made the business case for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) stronger than ever before. Indeed, DEI has emerged as a vital question for organizations, regardless of size, industry, or geographical location. In organizations, there is a growing need for practices and solutions to develop and manage DEI in the workplace. This program gives you the tools to assess and develop your own organization´s diversity, equity, and inclusion practices and ambitions.

Where can you personally start to build an inclusive and respectful organizational culture into a resource that supports the organizational strategy? In this program, you will get to reflect on yourself as an individual and leader and, among others, learn to better understand unconscious biases versus culturally smart attitudes and make conscious adaptations in your own communication and behavioral style. During the Understanding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program, your will work on your personal Emotional Intelligence development plan.

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World-class facilitated learning sessions designed to accelerate change in the individual, and in the organization

Aligning diversity, equity, and inclusion thinking with business goals

Participants will engage in deep discussions exercises to open new ways of thinking


The program is both action and reflection based. During the program, you are challenged to think of questions such as how does diversity, equity, and inclusion play out in daily organizational interactions, and what kind of culture and values would best support diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in the organization. You will get to reflect on yourself as an individual and leader and acquire tools to assess and develop your own organization's diversity, equity, and inclusion practices and ambitions.

Open communication
Identifying bias
Reflecting behaviors and practices
Learning together and individually


The Understanding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program is designed for HR professionals, managers and business leaders who need to better understand the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace, and who aim to create actionable plans to develop the practices in their organizations.

It is also relevant for managers, leaders, experts, and specialists who aspire to develop their emotional intelligence and self-awareness in order to grow as active organizational members of diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplaces.

Contents and Schedule

The Understanding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program consists of a blended setup of self-paced study and interactive live online sessions. It includes the online course Fundamentals of Emotional Intelligence and has two interactive live webinars with distinguished faculty from Aalto University.

The program begins with an orientation on the topic. Pre-material and a self-reflection assignment will prepare you for the first live online session, which focuses on diversity, equity, and inclusion in organizations. After the first module, you will complete the Emotional Intelligence online course at your own pace and start to work on your personal Emotional Intelligence Workbook. In the second live online session, you will learn how knowing yourself better contributes to the well-being and success of an inclusive, equitable, and diverse organization.

Pre-module period of 2-3 weeks

Orientation, individual preparation, Emotional Intelligence asynchronous online course

Two half-day modules

Intensive live online contact learning sessions with instructor and peers

Post-module period

Emotional Intelligence workbook in action


Rebecca Piekkari

Rebecca Piekkari is a Marcus Wallenberg Professor of International Business at Aalto University, School of Business in Finland.

Professor Rebecca Piekkari has extensive experience in studying management of large multinational corporations, with a particular focus on internal communications, organization design & architecture, and corporate culture & diversity management.

Since 2004, she has been a Professor of International Business at Aalto University School of Business. Between 2011 and 2014, she was the Vice-Dean of Research and International Relations. She teaches ‘Managing in a Global Context’, ‘People Management in Multinational Organizations’ and ‘Case Studies in Business & Management Research’ in the M.Sc. and Ph.D. Programs at Aalto University.

Prior to joining Aalto University, Piekkari was a Research-Fellow at the Hanken School of Economics (Finland), a Lecturer at the University of Bath (UK), and at the University of Sheffield (UK). She has held many visiting positions at foreign universities and business schools such as INSEAD, at Copenhagen Business School (Denmark), and at Stanford University (USA).

Piekkari devotes 50% of her time teaching and supervising M.Sc. students who are majoring in International Business. In addition, she focuses on language and careers. She is interested in the use of qualitative-methods, particularly in International Business. Rebecca Piekkari has a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in International Business from the Helsinki School of Economics.

Timo Vuori

Timo O. Vuori is a strategy consultant and Associate Professor of Strategic Management at Aalto University.

His research on the psychological aspects of strategic management has been published in the leading international journals and won several international awards. He has taught and presented his research in leading universities, such as Harvard and INSEAD.

Timo’s research and teaching focus on how companies formulate and execute strategies. He has written two books with senior business executives on these topics. “Living Strategy” describes scenario-based strategy making in an ever-changing world. “Platform Strategy” describes how incumbent firms should and can renew themselves in the digital era. Both books detail both the “hard” factors, such as technology and business models, and “soft” factors, such as people and psychology, influencing strategy and renewal.

Timo works extensively with companies, often in collaboration with a leading strategy consulting firm. In strategy formulation projects, Timo helps the client organization formulate and evaluate several strategic options. He uses advanced psychological techniques to help leaders unleash their strategic creativity and overcome thinking myopias and personal biases. This approach is based on his cutting-edge international research, also described in the Platform Strategy.

In strategy execution projects, Timo specializes in helping the client firm optimize the psychological engagement of the whole organization. He analyses the psychological impact of the intended strategy execution program and modifies it to maximally leverage organization members’ emotions for effectiveness.

Platform Strategy: https://intelligentplatforms.ai/the-platform-strategy-book/
Living Strategy: https://shop.almatalent.fi/elava-strategia

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