During the spring term of 2014 I was on exchange in The Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Germany that is one of Europe’s oldest universities. I am grateful to Oulu Business School and FMA programme for providing an opportunity to go on exchange that gave me a valuable international experience coupled with enjoying the life of Southern Germany.
The renewed EMBA OULU programme was launched for this autumn’s intake in September 2014. From now on, the programme will follow the highest international standards in assurance of learning and quality under supervision of the international accreditation body, AACSB.
My name is Mari Kursukangas and I work for a global construction material company in Helsinki. In our organization, I‘m responsible for the implementation of the operational management and lean quality systems.
My doctoral dissertation, publicly defended on November 1st 2013 at Oulu Business School, Department of Marketing, examined the contextual nature of launching industrial new products. The starting point for the study was the question, why new product launches so often fail? Sometimes the product is at fault, but in many cases, the launch itself is conducted poorly.
It was summer 2012 when the idea of participating in a MBA program first crossed my mind. I was working at a German steel company at that point. In September that same year I could experience first contact with the Oulu Business School – for the sake of formality in the beginning, but it became clear rapidly that the professionalism of this university did leave an impression.
Doctoral dissertation, publicly defended on February 7th 2014 at Oulu Business School, Department of Marketing examined one of today’s buzzwords in business – business models. A lot of weight has been given on business models both in business research and practice – failures in commercializing technological innovations are often explained by unsuccessful business models.
All students receive the alumni pin of the University of Oulu upon graduation. Graduation makes you a member of the UO alumni community spread all over the world: 16 000 graduates with a Bachelor’s degree, 38 000 graduates with a Master’s degree and 5000 graduates with a Licenciate or Doctoral degree.
On 12th of December 2013 took place the Graduation ceremony organized by Oulu Business School and the student organization Finanssi Ry for all of the Oulu Business School’s graduates from the fall semester 2013, and I was proudly present as one of them. The event was cozy and nicely organized; a string quartet livened up the ceremony where speeches, toasting for graduates and general socializing were part of the program. The graduates were joined by family and close friends to share with them the accomplished goal.
Oulu Business School joins the ranks of the highest-regarded business schools of the world as one of the first Nordic business schools to earn AACSB International business accreditation.
About one year ago, in September 2012, Business Kitchen opened its doors in the center of Oulu. We asked everyone to join by bringing a cup for drinking coffee or by painting Kitchen Art canvases. We were about to build an entrepreneurship center, which would be a joint effort by the Universities in Oulu; University of Oulu and Oulu University of Applied Sciences.