Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  1. understand the criticality of defining and choosing an appropriate leadership communication style for the given management context
  2. employ relevant theoretical frameworks to analyze, plan and implement effective managerial communications
  3. construct sound, compelling and convincing arguments targeted at internal corporate stakeholders

Credits: 3

Schedule: 11.01.2023 - 15.02.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Kirsi Eräranta, Aleksi Soini

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

Aleksi Soini

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This course helps you to learn how to approach internal managerial communications strategically. The course will provide a set of managerial communication best practices derived from both research and experience, and give you an opportunity to implement these guidelines in a communication project. Feedback from the teacher and peers will help you to enhance your performance as a managerial communicator.


  • applies in this implementation

    Teaching language:; english

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Assignments 90%
    Class contribution 10%

  • applies in this implementation

    Group project (project presentation & executive summary), 50 %
    Reflection paper (individual work), 50 %
    Other compulsory assignments (e.g. case analyses; peer feedback on other students work), pass/fail

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Contact teaching: 9h (mandatory attendance)
    Independent work: 71h
    Total 80h (ECTS)


  • applies in this implementation

    Contact teaching on 11.1., 25.1., and 15.2.2023.


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring III
    2022-2023 Spring IV
    2022-2023 Spring V
    2023-2024 Spring III
    2023-2024 Spring IV
    2023-2024 Spring V

    Enrollment :

    Minimum number of students per group: 50.

    For Aalto University School of Business students.

Details on the schedule
  • applies in this implementation

    Preliminary schedule (including main assignments only; subject to change)

    Week 1. Session 1 (11.1.): Introduction to course (course practicalities; key theoretical frameworks and case analysis; starting the group work), mandatory attendance

    W2. Submission 1:  Proposal for group project

    W3. Session 2 (25.1.): Bad news messaging

    W4. Submissions 2 & 3: Draft executive summary; preview slide / structure of presentation 

    W5. Submission 4: Peer feedback on draft executive summaries and presentation plans. Peer feedback session with selected groups (online/live)

    W6. Session 3 (15.2.): Final presentations & peer feedback, mandatory attendance. Submissions 5, 6 & 7: Final executive summaries and presentation slides; peer feedback on final presentations

    W7. Submission 5: Reflection paper