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The program is held in Finnish in 2021.

Diploma in Global Sourcing - DGS

Drive Results Towards Long-term Business Advantage

Procurement has traditionally been considered as an operational function focused on buying goods and services at the lowest price and reducing transactional costs. But procurement can be much more than this. Procurement’s unique position at the interface between the internal and external domains means that it can contribute value in a way that no other function can. Procurement teams have insights and relationships that they can leverage to promote an organization's strategic goals and develop competitive advantage. In future, procurement will not only be measured by cost savings delivered, but also by value created.

Do you and your company have the competencies needed to respond to this scenario or even to get ahead of the curve?

The Diploma in Global Sourcing program builds competencies that drive towards the best possible customer satisfaction by integrating procurement with other supply chain operations. You will acquire tools to help you and your company transform everything from sourcing strategies to processes to match the upgraded expectations.

The Diploma in Global Sourcing program was developed in cooperation with the Department of Industrial Engineering of Helsinki University of Technology (nowadays part of Aalto University) and continues to be developed in close collaboration with Aalto University.

The Diploma in Global Sourcing was first developed as a customized concept to strengthen procurement and sourcing practices in a large Finnish corporation. Since the introduction of the open Diploma program, more than 200 sourcing professionals have chosen to develop themselves and their companies with us. Procurement and sourcing have evolved considerably since the program was first introduced in 2008, and the program has developed in response. The program is delivered once a year.

 Please note that the program is held in Finnish.

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The content of the program is aligned to companies’ and individuals’ development needs.

The learning methods used enable you to develop a broad understanding of sourcing at a practical level.

World-class experts with both academic and business strengths from Aalto University and other organizations will support your journey.


After completing the program, participants will understand how to drive long-term business advantage throughout the network and supply chain in a digitalized world. The program provides fresh insights, applicable concepts and pragmatic tools that make your daily work more beneficial, effective and easier.

Develop sourcing strategies that generate value for all actors across the supply chain
Drive towards the best possible customer satisfaction by integrating sourcing with other supply chain operations
Learn to reduce costs while maximizing supplier value and opportunity


The program is for professionals in procurement, sourcing and supply management and with development responsibilities and the power to influence strategic decisions. The program is also suitable for people who act in collaboration with procurement, e.g. production, R&D or sales.

The Diploma in Global Sourcing program is especially valuable for managers, directors and chief officers in procurement, sourcing, purchasing, operations, production and sales. Participants in previous courses have worked, for example, as sourcing directors, category leads and supply chain managers.

Contents and Schedule

The Diploma in Global Sourcing – DGS program provides new insights, frameworks, tools and methods to support deeper understanding and to further encourage new points of view or even adoption of a totally new mindset.

Instead of lecturing on a broad variety of individual issues around buzzwords, our trainers focus on guiding participants to understand the key frameworks and being able to apply them effectively in their own organizations. We believe that a systematic and efficient learning process drives long-term impact in the development of professional identity.

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All instructors – both Finnish and from international networks – are hand-picked for their combination of academic and business experience.

Katri Kauppi

Associate Professor, Aalto University

Katri Kauppi got her PhD from Helsinki School of Economics in 2009, on the topic of "Challenges of purchasing centralization - Empirical evidence from Public Procurement". After her graduation, she has worked as an Assistant Professor of Operations Management at Manchester Business School, and as an Assistant Professor of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management at Nottingham University Business School.

In August 2012, Katri started in the tenure track of Aalto University. She was promoted to Associate professor and received her tenure in August 2018.

Dr. Thomas Johnsen

Professor, Audencia Business School

Thomas E. Johnsen is Professor of Purchasing and Supply Management at Audencia Business School (Nantes, France) where he is also Director of the M.Sc. programme in Supply Chain and Purchasing Management. Prior to this he was Gianluca Spina Professor of SCM at Politecnico di Milano. 

He is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management. His book (with M. Howard and J. Miemczyk) Purchasing and Supply Chain Management: a Sustainability Perspective which was first published by Routledge in April 2014 and awarded the ACA-Bruel coup de coeur prize, is now in its 2nd edition.

Max Finne

Max Finne is an Assistant Professor of Information and Service Management at Aalto University School of Business.

Max Finne is an expert in operations, projects, and supply chain management. He has specialized in servitization, Industry 4.0, service network management, professional service operations, inter-organizational collaboration, learning analytics, and flipped learning pedagogies. Finne has taught in several Warwick Business School’s prestigious Executive, Full-time, and Distance Learning MBA Programs before joining Aalto University. Even the most demanding student cohorts highly appreciate Finne’s teaching and have awarded him with the highest student feedback of the whole teaching team on many occasions.

He has carried out close research collaboration with companies such as ABB, Costain, Finnair, Fujitsu, KONE, NCC, and Skanska. He delivers innovative and engaging teaching with a high impact on learning, which is showcased through his winning the distinguished Nigel Slack Teaching Innovation Award in 2015, 2016, and 2018.

Max Finne has been awarded Postgraduate Certificate in Academic and Professional Practice with distinction (1st-class honors) from the University of Warwick. It gave him full pedagogical qualification to teach in the UK Higher Education and recognition as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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