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Tampere Leadership Symposium 2018

Thank you for everyone participating in the 2018 Tampere Leadership Symposium!

The Tampere Leadership Symposium 2018 was held on 6th September at the University of Tampere.


The Tampere Leadership Symposium 2018 brought into discussion questions related to analytics and knowledge-based management. We were  introducuced to this theme in our main seminar by the world’s leading expert on the theme, Tom Davenport. We were overjoyed to see that the theme of the main seminar had gathered over 600 intrested listeners to the audience!


This year our Tampere Leadership Symposium was bigger and more international than it has ever been before. We want to thank everyone who participated for making this event such a succes; our speakers, partners and everyone in the audience – we could not have done this without you!


On this site you will be able to find information  of the seminars and their speakers. In the gallery you will find pictures from the 2018 Tampere Leadership Symposium.

In partnership with

Pohjola rakennus
Tampereen kauppakamari
Business Tampere
Pirkanmaan liitto

The growing amounts of data require skills to analyze and manage knowledge
The Tampere Leadership Symposium 2018 seeked ways to make strategic organizational decisions using analytics and knowledge-based management. The theme was very current, as digitalization has made it possible to collect incedible amounts of data. However, collecting data isn’t enough in it’s own, as you have to also be able to analyze it, communicate about it and use it to make strategic, knowledge-based decisions.
Leading expert Tom Davenport gave a lecture on knowledge-based management at the main seminar
Tampere Leadership Symposium offers yearly an opportunity to come and hear leading experts talk about society, business and management. This year we had the honor to have the one and only Tom Davenport speaking in our main seminar. Davenport is a distinguished professor of Technology and Management from Babson college. He is known as a pioneer of data and analytics based management and knowledge management.
Johtajuussymposium A meeting place for the experts of today and tomorrow
Besides seminars, Tampere Leadership Symposium offers also more light-hearted program as the student associations of the Faculty of Management arrange activities like competitions and debates. Students had also the opportunity to participate to workshops in Y-kampus. As usual, the event also offered a Business Market, where businesses and students got to know each other and discuss possible co-operations for the future.

Programme in English

As a whole, the Tampere Leadership Symposium is open for everyone, free of charge and does not require pre-registration. To see the Finnish-speaking parts of the programme too, click here.

Programme in English

Seminars and Panels




The morning starts with breakfast and innovation!


8.00 Good Morning! Coffee, tea and sandwich


8.30-8.40 Opening of the seminar. Research Director Kirsi Heikkilä-Tammi, University of Tampere


8.40-9.25 How to manage open innovation? Professor Tim Minshall, University of Cambridge


9.25-9.50 The role of organizational culture in open innovation, SVP Lassi Kurkijärvi, Solita Oy


9.50-10.00 Discussion. Kirsi Heikkilä-Tammi


At 10:15-12


The main seminar of Tampere Leadership Symposium 2018 will tackle the current issues on analytics and knowledge-based management. The purpose of the seminar is to understand the managerial potential of the state-of-the-art analytics practices and to explore their applicability in the Finnish context.


The keynote speaker of the seminar is Tom Davenport, the world’s leading expert on the issue. He will introduce us the Four Eras of Analytics.


Comments will be made by Nina Helander, Professor of Knowledge Management from the Tampere University of Technology, and Olli-Pekka Heinonen, the Director General of the Finnish National Agency for Education. The discussion will be led by Antti Lönnqvist, Dean of the Faculty of Management, University of Tampere.




This internationally top level seminar cuts into the role of mutual insurance industry and to the possibilities in the digital economy. The focus is also in strengthening the dialogue between an academic community and mutual companies. The keynote speaker is the CEO of International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF) Shaun Tarbuck. The seminar is organised in cooperation with COOP Center Pellervo, Finnish Association of Co-operative Research and the University of Tampere’s Research and Education Centre Synergos. The seminar is in English.




Welcoming words
Mr. Petri Pitkänen, president, COOP Center Pellervo, director, LähiTapiola Mutual Insurance Company


Opening of the seminar
Mr. Pasi Tuominen, president, Finnish Association of Co-operative Research Kooperatiivi ry



Mr. Shaun Tarbuck, CEO, International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF)


Panel discussion


Chair of the panel: Mr. Hannu Saarijärvi, professor, University of Tampere, Finland



Mrs. Minna Metsälä, CEO, Mutual Insurance Company Turva, Finland

Mr. Jakša Krišto, professor, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Mr. Antti Talonen, Ph.D. researcher (insurance science), University of Tampere, Finland

Mr. Tommi Tulisalo, IBM

Programme in English

Other Programme




The Business Market offers students and businesses an opportunity to meet and discuss possible co-operations! It brings together the professionals of today and tomorrow. For students, it can be an opportunity to find an internship or a business-oriented theme for one’s thesis. Then again for businesses it is an opportunity to get to know the multidisciplinary experts of the future.


The organizations partizipating the business market this year are OP, UPM, Taloustutkimus, YKA, Kumula and BDO.




At the Main Hall, you can become familiar with the faculty and it’s many student associations: Johtamiskorkeakoulun ylioppilaat ry., Iltakoulu ry., Boomi ry., Staabi ry., Hallat ry, Fiskus ry, Ad Hoc ry, JuJu ry., Spatikka ry.,Pareto ry, Tariffi ry., VOO ry., and Shangri-La.




The beautiful dance performance by UtaDance mixes together different styles.




The theme of the workshop is innovation. What is innovation? Is it a process, a practice, a tool or something else? What kind of environment is practical for innovating? The workshop is in English.


There are also two other workshops in Finnish at 10 and at 14.


Tampere Leadership Symposium 2018 - Schedule

The seminars are open for everyone and free of charge.

This schedule only includes the parts of the Symposium that are in English. To also see the Finnish parts of the schedule, click here.

To see the schedule in PDF form, click here.


Open Innovation Breakfast

Main Building A1
Read more about the programme and speakers of the seminar here.

Business Market

Main Hall
The organizations partizipating the Business Market are OP, UPM, Taloustutkimus, YKA, Kumula and BDO.

Getting to know the student associations

Main Hall
At the Main Hall you can familiarize with the Faculty of Management and it’s student associations during the day.

Main Seminar: Analytics and Management; The Present and the Future

Main Auditorium
Read more about the programme and the speakers of the seminar here.

Workshop: Innovation

What is innovation? Is it a process, a practice, a tool or something else? What kind of environment is practical for innovating? 

Mutuals in the Age of Digitalization: Challenges, Opportunities and Role of Research

Main Building A4
Read more about the programme and the speakers of the seminar here.

This seminar requires pre-registration. Enroll to Antti Talonen via e-mail antti.talonen@staff.uta.fi  or +38 50 3085 199.


Meet our speakers!

Nina Helander
Professor of Knowledge Management, Tampere University of Technology
Nina Helander (PhD) is Professor of Knowledge Management at the Tampere University of Technology, where she leads the Department of Industrial and Information Management. In addition, she is an Adjunct Professor of Information System Sciences at the University of Jyväskylä. Previously she has worked in various academic positions at the University of Vaasa, University of Tampere and University of Oulu, where she also earned her PhD in 2004 on the subject of value creation in business networks. Before academic career she worked as consultant and HR research manager in the private sector. Nina Helander’s research interests are related to value creation, knowledge management, business relationships and networks in different contexts. Nina Helander will speak at the Main Seminar Analytics and Management; The Present and the Future.
Tim Minshall
Professor of Innovation, University of Cambridge
University of Cambridge Professor of Innovation, Tim Minshall is the Head of the Institute for Manufacturing and the IfM’s Centre for Technology Management. His academic interests are open innovation, university-industry collaboration, digital fabrication, technology, business investment and incubation and engineering education. He is the inaugural Dr John C. Taylor Professor of Innovation, a member of the Board of St John’s Innovation Centre, a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Technology, Enterprise and Competitiveness (ITEC) at Doshisha University, and a member of the IET’s Innovation and Emerging Technologies Policy Panel. He is a member of advisory and steering committees for groups including ideaSpace Enterprise Accelerator, Cambridge University Entrepreneurs, Cambridge i-Teams and 100%Open. Tim Minshall is the keynote speaker of the Open Innovation Breakfast in Tampere Leadership Symposium.
Olli-Pekka Heinonen
Olli-Pekka Heinonen
Director General, Finnish National Agency for Education
Olli-Pekka Heinonen is Director General at the Finnish National Agency for Education. Before his current position he worked as a State Secretary at the Ministry of Finance of Finland. He was also responsible as a State Secretary of the portfolios of Ministry of Education and Culture, Ministry of Internal Affairs, and Ministry of Foreign Trade and Development. Before that he acted as a State Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office and was responsible for organising and leading the Prime Minister’s Office. Before joining the Prime Minister’s Office in March 2012, Mr Heinonen worked for 10 years as a Director in the Finnish Broadcasting Company. Mr Heinonen has been Minister of Transport and Communications (1999-2002) and Minister of Education (1994-1999). Mr Heinonen has also been a Member of the Parliament of Finland (1995-2002). He has had a number of positions of trust serving the society in a wide scale. He holds a Master’s degree in Laws. Mr Heinonen will speak at the Main Seminar Analytics and Management; The Present and the Future.
Lassi Kurkijärvi
Lassi Kurkijärvi
Senior Vice President at Solita; Digital Transformation Leader
Lassi believes that great leadership can change the world – and in the coming age of AI and human partnerships it is more crucial than ever. His goal is to create cultures where people and machines can do awesome things together: build new business, improve the lives of others and solve problems for a finer world. The increasing pace requires applying lean startup methods to business development in corporate & startup teams, organizing intrapreneur teams, setting up internal corporate & startup accelerators/incubators, and promoting an all-round entrepreneurial attitude. Lassi is an experienced leader, board member and advisor/mentor. Agile methods, smart strategies and inspirational leadership are his keys to success. A specialist in all things digital & service innovation, Lassi also understands the dynamics of online communities, professional and user-created content. Lassi will speak at the Open Innovation Breakfast in Tampere Leadership Symposium.
Shaun Tarbuck
CEO, International Cooperative & Mutual Federation (ICMIF)
Shaun Tarbuck joined the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF) in 1995 as Vice-President, Membership and Finance, and was appointed Chief Executive in 2005. He is an ex-officio member of the newly formed Insurance Development Forum (IDF) Steering Group, which brings together insurance industry leaders with global policymakers from the UN, World Bank and FSB to ensure insurance related issues are discussed at the highest level. He is also Co-Chair of the IDF Microinsurance task force. The IDF mission is ‘Understanding risk to create resilient platforms for sustainable growth and human dignity’. Shaun Tarbuck is a board member of the Climate Bonds Initiative that promotes Green Bonds and is a board member of Regis Mutual Management that sets up and runs new mutual insurers. In his spare time he is a Director of the Dunham Trust an affiliation of several local schools.
Minna Metsälä
Minna Metsälä
CEO, Mutual insurance company Turva
Minna Metsälä is the CEO of mutual insurance company Turva and the Chairman of Tampere Chamber of Commerce. Metsälä studied economics at the University of Tampere and graduated in 1990. She has worked in the insurance business first between 1990-1996 and then from 2008 to date. Metsälä holds many positions of trust. For example, she is currently a member of board in Finance Finland (FFI) and in life insurance company LähiTapiola. She is also a member of the Faculty of Management’s Faculty Council at the University of Tampere. Minna Metsälä will speak at the Mutuals in the Age of Digitalization: Challenges, Opportunities and the Role Research seminar.
Tom Davenport
Tom Davenport
Professor of Technology and Management, Babson College
Tom Davenport is a distinguished professor of Technology and Management from Babson college. Davenport is known as a pioneer of data and analytics based management and knowledge management. Currently teaching at Babson College, MIT Sloan School, Boston University and in Harvard, where he himself studied his doctorate. Davenport travels around the world to share his insights, strategies and best practices proffered in his books. Harvard Business Review's most frequently published author, Tom Davenport has been at the forefront of the Process Innovation, Knowledge Management, and Analytics and Big Data movements. In his 2007 bestseller, Competing on Analytics, Harvard Business Press Davenport first made famous his ideas on how companies can derive competitive advantage on their ability to utilize data. Davenport’s articles have been published in publications such as Sloan Management Review, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and many more. Davenport is the keynote speaker of the Main Seminar Analytics and Management; The Present and the Future.
Tommi Tulisalo
Nordic Business Unit Lead, IBM
Tommi Tulisalo leads the Nordic Business Unit, which is responsible for the sales of the IBM's industry solutions for the Financial Services sector based on IBM's AI plaform, Watson. He has worked across industries with variety of customers on their digitalization agenda, helping transform their sales, marketing and other business functions through the use of advanced analytics, cognitive capabilities and AI. He has engaged with many clients who are in different levels in utilizing data driven marketing as way to enhance their customer engagement in order to provide individualized customer service across the channels. Tulisalo has worked with many Financial Services clients to transform critical business process thru use of AI, ranging from wealth management to fraud prevention to payment solutions. In Tampere Leadership Symposium, Tulisalo speaks at the seminar Mutuals in the Age of Digitalization; Challenges, Opportunities and Role of Research.


Pictures from the 2018 Tampere Leadership Symposium

Photographer: Jonne Renvall / Tampereen yliopisto

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