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Engaging Networks and Stakeholders

Engaging Networks and Stakeholders is a three-day module in the Diploma in Leading People program and can also be taken as a stand-alone program.

Business leaders deal with strategic issues in a fast-changing environment. The best leaders stand out in their ability to understand the ecosystem they are operating in and how to benefit from different strategic networks.

In the Engaging Networks and Stakeholders program, you will acquire an understanding of how modern networks form, their characteristics and challenges, and how to lead them most effectively. You will learn to use tools and frameworks to map your strategic network. A simulation exercise will help you to better understand the role of the different stakeholders, which all have their own motives, interests, and concerns that affect their behavior. You will reflect on your performance and plan how to lead your network better and where to target your efforts for smooth cooperation in achieving your strategic goals.

4.5 ECTS credits can be transferred from this program to the Aalto Executive MBA or Aalto MBA program.

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October 23, 2024


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Map your stakeholders and learn strategies for engaging and managing them effectively.

Gain insights into best practices and emerging trends in network leadership and stakeholder management.

This program is fully online; you can participate from anywhere.


The best leaders and professionals know the different stakeholders in their network, their needs, and motivations. They also know how to efficiently lead and benefit from stakeholders to achieve strategic goals.

Analyze and profile stakeholder maps and identify challenges and strategies for more effective cooperation.
Practice dealing with complexity and uncertainty in fast-changing and cross-functional work environments.
Improve your prioritization of conflicting needs and develop the confidence to push back when needed.


This program is for leaders and professionals at all levels of an organization who operate with different stakeholders and need to understand the factors affecting cooperation and how to interact in various situations with greater impact.

This program is suitable for:

  • Managers at all levels who need to build consensus between internal and external stakeholders to achieve their targets
  • Project managers, project sponsors, and project team members
  • Sales consultants and executives
  • Professionals with broad stakeholder connections

Contents and Schedule

The Engaging Networks and Stakeholders program covers the fundamentals of ecosystem management, identifying and prioritizing stakeholders, and planning for effective actions for smooth cooperation in achieving strategic goals.

The program is delivered online. Interactive and engaging learning methods are used to ensure a fun and insightful learning experience, including a fast-moving mix of theory, case studies, storytelling and class discussions, workshopping with frameworks and canvases, and a highly engaging and hands-on simulation.



Ville Eloranta

Dr. Ville Eloranta is currently working as a Senior University Lecturer at Aalto University School of Business.

He is also Director of the IDBM Master's Program (the Aalto International Design Business Management program for future transdisciplinary professionals) and involved in developing Network University Fitech (a transformative education endeavor of the seven biggest Finnish universities, Technology Industries of Finland, and TEK, the trade union for academic engineers and architects in Finland).

Dr. Ville Eloranta is an expert in design management (connecting design paradigms to management practice), business model innovation (especially platform business models), and distributed ledger technologies (especially open blockchain implementations). He has a solid track record of publications in top-level management journals.

Besides a strong academic track record, Dr. Ville Eloranta has 20 years of experience in design and entrepreneurship solving digitalization challenges, especially for big B2B customers.

Ville Eloranta holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering and Management from Aalto University School of Science and Technology.

Stephen Carver

Stephen Carver is a Senior Lecturer at Cranfield University. 


Carver is an internationally renowned teacher and consultant in the field of project and program management. He started his career as an oil engineer and later at Virgin and then onto a global company as head of change. Stephen has a reputation for taking complex management concepts such as Project, Program, and Crisis Management and being able to distill them down, into highly informative and fun lectures – often using “storytelling” techniques. His attitude is, “if you haven’t done it – you shouldn’t be teaching it!”

Unusually, for an academic, he has actually has spent most of his working life in real business. Stephen is an unusual blend of Academic, Businessman and Teller of Tales. He has taught in UK, US Holland, Germany, France, Portugal, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia and has appeared on National Radio and TV.

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Other Diploma in Leading People Modules

You can register for individual stand-alone Diploma in Leading People modules or take the complete Diploma in Leading People program, including all three core modules and one elective module of your choice.