Innovation Research

Achieving, monitoring and forecasting system-level changes and innovations


ACSI as an Accelerator for System Level Changes
Aalto University: Petra Turkama

The ACSI 2.0 project studies emergence of self-renewing innovation ecosystems and focuses on societal innovations. The aim of the project is 1) to find means to support emergence of innovative flows and dynamics, 2) to identify their systemic patterns and bottlenecks, and 3) to develop follow up and evaluation methods for output, outcomes and impacts of innovation initiatives. ACSI 2.0 benefits from the research results of the first phase of ACSI and continues to develop ACSI as a new generation innovation agenda, global platform for societal innovations and a novel research instrument for both the university and multidisciplinary research communities. The ACSI 2.0 project builds on a micro level perspective of innovation systems.

Secure Ageing Innovation
Turku University: Jarna Heinonen

The Secure Ageing Innovation (SAGE) takes a multidisciplinary approach on ageing, the opportunities it provides for business and system innovation, and the challenges it poses on the healthcare system. This research project combines key strategic research areas of University of Turku across the scientific spectrum, namely those of entrepreneurship and gerontological healthcare research, in a unique way to promote system innovations for secure ageing in a way that benefits the elderly, their relatives and the society as a whole. The study focuses on whether secure ageing could create new opportunities for businesses and for municipalities responsible for organising elderly care. The project brings together actors and points of view from local, regional, national and international levels. Ageing is a global issue with great societal relevance and international research collaboration is, thus, an important and integral part of the project.

Monitoring and forecasting

The 6th Wave and Systemic Innovations for Finland
Turku University: Markku Wilenius

Finland is currently going through period of transformation, where old industrial structures and businesses are partly disappearing. This is time to create new fields of businesses that are based on emerging needs in Finland as well as in global markets. 6th wave -project explores, analyzes and makes use of the next big wave of economic and social development known as Kontratieff cycle, which is a framework used in futures studies. It is based on the theory explaining that modern societies develop in 40-60 year cycles. Starting from the birth of industrialization, we are entering now the 6th wave which is assumed to take place between 2010–2050. The coming wave will be radically different to the previous cycle (1970-2010), driven by ICT. The upcoming era will be based on the rise of environment-, bio- and nanotechnologies as well as health services. The new wave will produce number of grave challenges to Finnish industries as well as to the carrying capacity of the welfare society. Together with private sector partners, project will study the implications of this cycle for Finland and draw some practical conclusions and policy recommendations in terms of how to support systemic innovations to emerge and flourish in Finland. Furthermore, we want to build a toolkit that companies and public sector can use in their strategic work. Eventually, 6th wave project supports Finnish industries and investors to enter those prospective markets

Co-evolution of Knowledge Systems and Innovation Pipeline
VTT: Hannes Toivanen

Significant system level transitions of innovation environments unfold long periods of time, consisting of co-evolution of knowledge creation systems, innovation implementation, demand structures, and policy regimes. We take a holistic approach to analyze progressive system-transitions with economy and society wide impacts in Finland in 1970-2014, and to develop specific scientometric foresight tools. Using bibliometric and patent data, we map the evolution of S&T capabilities, analyzing systemic changes and on how hot areas leading to innovation emerge. Sub-level (ICT) mapping is done to link different data sets with cases. In addition, one work package looks at policy learning and utilization of project results.


The Outlier Initiative
Aalto University: Liisa Välikangas

The Outlier Initiative explores the uniqueness of organizations that are able to achieve "10 times more" (10x) than their peers (comparative organizations or competitors). Such 10x change drives systemic transitions in most innovation environments. Thus the goal of the project is to understand the role that such highly impactful frontrunners (or positive deviants) play in system-level change and how such organizations can be strategically employed to induce innovation environment transitions. The project has a strong international presence and world-leading research partners. It uniquely combines three methodologies: scientific research, senior executive and grassroots engagement and the esthetic, or artistic, methods.