Research Done in Executive Programs on Competitive Dynamics and Managerial Cognition Results in an International Award

Every year, Aalto EE’s customized collaborative training sessions and development programs help the senior management of dozens of organizations delve deep into competition strategy and success recipes. Cooperation with several leading global companies has also enabled the collection and analysis of exceptional research material.


The Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management currently taking place in Boston showcases “Study Consequences of Competitor-Based Thinking: Evidence from Participant Observation of Wargaming”, based on the work of Aalto University School of Business’ researchers Jukka Luoma, Mikko Laukkanen and Pekka Mattila. The study explores how gamified working and assuming the role of a competitor will help the top management of European and Asian organizations build and strengthen their strategy. The article was awarded as one of the best in the conference.

The Academy of Management is the most prestigious international publishing and discussion forum in the area of management research. This time, the annual meeting brings together over 11 000 researchers and experts. Aalto University is represented by over 60 experts this year. In total, there are nearly 130 participants from Finland. Of Finland’s neighboring countries, Russia is represented by over 10 researchers and Sweden by over 100 researchers.

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Link to research article

Link to Aalto Leaders’ Insight story on wargame

Dr. Pekka Mattila
Group Managing Director, Professor of Practice 
Aalto University Executive Education Ltd 
Telephone +358 40 738 7221 

Mikko Laukkanen
Academic Director, D.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.), Aalto University Executive Education
Telephone +358 10 837 3732

Aalto University Executive Education Ltd 

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