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Sports Mini-MBA

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14 Dec 2022
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Programme overview

Are you eager to link your passion for sports with business? The Sports Mini-MBA programme aims to start a revolution in sports management by combining the best ideas from values-driven leadership to commercially successful management into one integrated learning journey. The world-class programme aims to provide better conditions for athletes, entrepreneurs, and sports executives to lead and grow Finnish and international sports business.

The Sports Mini-MBA also provides an ideal basis for studying in the triple-crown accredited Hanken Executive MBA programme, as the content and the programme investment is transferable into the full 2-year Hanken EMBA programme.

Programme content & structure

The programme provides better leadership skills through knowledge development and networks and the tools to optimise performance and maximise impact. The main programme themes are strategic thinking, values-based leadership, sports organisations & culture, sports financials, the legal environment and building networks as well as leading peak performance.

Module 1

14 Dec 2022
Strategic thinking
15 Dec 2022
Values-based leadership

Module 2

17 Jan 2023
Renewing sport business models
18 Jan 2023
Capturing value

Module 3

14 Feb 2023
Organisational design
15 Feb 2023
Legal environment

Module 4

21 Mar 2023
Building networks
22 Mar 2023
Leading people for the future

Who the programme is for

The Sports Mini-MBA is a leadership programme for sports executives, sports directors, operational sports managers and general secretaries, top coaches and athletes with minimum of three years of work experience, at least one year of leadership experience and at least a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. A high proficiency in English is also required.

Benefits & value

  • You get a wider “worldview” of sports - The role of sport and the value base in the future.
  • You expand the overall picture of sports management.
  • You broaden your view of strategic and value management principles and deepen your knowledge of what the competence needs are now and in the future.
  • By developing your competence, you increase your knowledge and credibility and you are better placed on the job market in the field.
  • Expand and diversify the overall picture of how you can make the most out of sports commercially - responsibly and effectively.
  • You get tools to merge management and mission-driven leadership in practice in the field of sports.

The investment

The investment is 6 500 € + VAT per participant. All costs except personal travel costs, accommodation and meals are included.

All programme modules are held at Eerikkilä Sports & Outdoor Resort.

After completing the Sports Mini-MBA you receive a certificate of completion. The programme is not a degree programme as it is not an official MBA programme. 
The content and the programme investment of the Sports Mini-MBA is however transferable into the full 2-year triple-crown accredited Hanken Executive MBA programme.


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Kimmo J. Lipponen
Programme Director, CEO of FIBS
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Janne Tienari
Professor of Management and Organisation at Hanken School of Economics
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Pia Ek
Tech Partner at Castrén & Snellman, Emerging Tech, DP, Sports Law
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Hani Tarabichi
Doctoral researcher at Aalto University in Finland
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Sari Kola
Doctor of Science (Tech.), entrepreneur, researcher
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Paula Kilpinen
Doctor of Science (Econ.), strategic advisor

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