Aleksi Aaltonen

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Biography

I am an Assistant Professor at the Fox School of Business at Temple University, where I study data-based innovation and organizing using both quantitative and qualitative methods. My research has been published in top academic journals such as Management Science, MIS Quarterly, Journal of Management Information Systems, Organization Studies and Journal of Information Technology.

At the moment, my projects focus on a number of exciting themes:

I moved to the Fox School of Business in 2018 from Warwick Business School, where I held an Assistant Professor position since 2014 after selling my company to Facebook in 2014 and completing my PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2012.

My teaching draws from my experience as an entrepreneur and from working for private and nonprofit organizations. I have designed, built, and managed digital services for organizations such as Nokia, and the Crisis Management Initiative founded by the Nobel Peace Prize winner and former President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari. In 2012, I cofounded and helped to raise 1.7 million euros funding for an activity tracking app Moves. Apple chose Moves as the Best App of 2013 in the Fitness Revolution category, and the company was acquired by Facebook in April 2014.

From 2009 to 2016, I was the Chairman of the Board at Demos Helsinki think tank. The organization more than doubled its turnover; established itself as an influential actor in the Finnish society, and expanded its operations abroad during my tenure.

I am available to give talks and to write about my research for broader audiences as much as being a father of a seven-year-old boy allows.