My research aims to gain further insight into the processes and dynamics of professional teams in approaching ill-defined problems. My current research focuses on the micro-organizational behavior where I seek to advance our theoretical and managerial knowledge on creative teams in the early stages of innovative initiations and on the dynamics and practices influencing the collective engagement in innovation work.
Currently, I am teaching design thinking, multidisciplinary collaboration and entrepreneurial mindset in different programs, such as TU-C1021 Kestävä arvonluonti and MEC-3999 Design thinking in innovation projects. I have extensive experience of facilitating and coaching teamwork in the context of creative problem-solving, including the development of a tool for team feedback (I like, I wish) that has been acknowledged with an award by Aalto University in 2014. The method has since been adopted as a standard practice in several courses at different schools in Aalto University as well as at other universities across the world.
I have engaged in international collaboration as a visiting scholar at Stanford University in California, ESADE Business School in Barcelona and Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.
Read more about my work:
Aalto University 19.12.2019: Toward a team that is able to achieve its potential
Aalto University 9.1.2020: Ambiguous problems require new kind of leadership
Aalto University Magazine 17.4.2020: Fail faster, succeed sooner
Sitra 18.10.2021: Rakentava vuorovaikutus ratkaisee pelin etätiimeissä
Aalto University 19.10.2021: Constructive interaction a key factor in remote teams seeking solutions to societal problems
Links to tools I use in facilitating teamwork:
Satu's, Lic.Sc. (Tech.), M.Sc. (Econ.), research focuses on managing explorative innovation projects and on the dynamics of teamwork along innovative projects. She's passionate in exploring how to maneuver with the ambiguity and diversity that innovative interdisciplinary projects bring forth for the team. In order to support student teams to utilize all the potential it has, Satu has been organizing facilitated feedback sessions in several interdisciplinary courses since 2011. She was granted the Aalto University School of Engineering Award for Achievement in Teaching 2014 for the developed feedback method: ilikeiwish.org.
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