“Hang on, I’ll just run up to the car”, Kai Rönnberg answers the call in the same situation as so many other times before. However, this time he’s running to his car on the other side of the world, in Sydney, Australia, where he has relocated. His employer Outotec offered him a new position in early spring that comes with more responsibility, and a chance to see the world and the mining industry from a new angle.
“It was a really good module – the whole group digged it.” Aalto MBA student Kai Rönnberg’s account on the change management course flows with praise although he’s still halfway into the last assignment for the course, which has a deadline the same evening.
January is quickly nearing its end, and Kai Rönnberg is heading towards a busy springtime of studies. But first let’s glance back to December, and see how the MBA module New Ventures Workshop went.
“Hang on, I’ll just back up my car.” A beeping sound carries down the phone line, as Kai Rönnberg sets for his journey to work. He has promised to talk about the fall semester at the same time, which he has found interesting but busy. A business trip to Australia messed up his calendar, and it has taken some time to get back to normal.
”Be present, enjoy and learn from others!” “Learn decision-making skills and applying knowledge in practice!” “Find ways of coping in the changing business environment.” “Get a theoretical foundation for business.”
“I anticipate new winds, new thinking.” Kai Rönnberg’s supervisor Ari Numminen, Vice President Service Mineral Processing at Outotec summarizes his expectations for his employee’s MBA training, as Rönnberg nods on and adds his comments when needed.
Aalto MBA Journal will be following Kai Rönnberg’s studies until his graduation. Over the next year and a half, Kai Rönnberg will be giving regular updates on his studies, as he reflects on interesting, amusing, and also difficult moments along the way in these interviews for Aalto MBA Journal. His aim is to graduate at the end of 2017, but there is still plenty to do before hitting that milestone.
In January 2014 David Schär set out to achieve a courageous quest. His plan was to obtain an MBA at Aalto University Executive Education in record schedule and finish 20 modules in 12 study months – and pick up the bill for his own studies.