Hanken offers a Finnish Business Culture course for non-degree students

In March, Hanken will offer a course in Finnish Business Culture for exchange and non-degree students

Course syllabus

The aim of the course is to provide non-Finnish citizens a general overview of factors influencing business operations in Finland (history, political, legal and economic systems, culture), in particular, the operations of companies. The focus of the course is on business legislation, Finnish consumer behavior, marketing to Finns, Finnish negotiation style and management styles, and hands-on guidelines how to establish a company in Finland.

The themes of the course will be approached through various methods including seminars, cases, individual and group assignments as well as in class discussions. 

Non-degree students can sign up for the course here.

Exchange students can sign up to through Sisu.

Sign up closes 28th of February 2022.

The course will take place at Hanken on Wednesdays at 14.15-15.45 and on Fridays 10.15-11.45 with a mandatory first class on the 23rd of March.

Please contact Cia Leinonen, (cia.leinonen@hanken.fi) if you have any questions regarding the course.


Course syllabus

Gyöngyi Kovács, Professor, Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility at Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki.


The aim of the course is to provide an opportunity for exchange and non-degree students to learn about the Finnish business culture through guest speakers sharing their experience and hands-on assignments.


The students will have an understanding of the Finnish business culture and Finnish society including the Finnish leadership and negotiation styles.

After completing the course, you will be able to 

  • Identify cultural characteristics that are typical for marketing and management in Finland –in international comparison
  • Critically examine the Finnish business environment and the society it is embedded in
  • Apply the above theoretical knowledge and understanding to practical case/report

Target group

This course is for non-degree students, especially refugees and incoming exchange students.

Degree students at Hanken: You cannot include this course in your major or minor subject studies.


A maximum of 40 participants, due to that there are no prerequisites for participation and the knowledge level will vary much more than usually, in order of enrolment.

Quota for non-degree students: 20
Quota for incoming exchange students: 20

Total hours of work: 

134 hours divided into 
Scheduled contract hours: 26 h
Non-scheduled work: 108 h 

Learning methods:

Seminars, cases, team work in form of term papers and class discussions 


Class participation 25%, Case report (in pairs) 15%, Business plan report/term paper (teamwork) 60%. 

The course is graded pass/fail.


Gyöngyi Kovács. Other teachers for example,  Mika Wartiovaara and Matti Kukkonen will also participate in the course.


Period 4 14.3.-6.5.2022