Innovation Research

Intangibles, value creation and policy

Theme for 2012

In the midst of an economic crisis, it is particularly important to find new sources of long-term growth for Finland. Earlier growth drivers included a high level of education and investments in research and development activities. Finland is already a world leader in these areas. On the other hand, innovation activities and sources of growth are increasingly dependent on intangible factors and different types of assets – such as business and marketing expertise and design – the utilisation of which still needs development. From the perspective of innovation policy, we need a diverse understanding of intangible factors and their impacts on value creation and growth.

The research projects funded in 2012 are grouped according to the following sub-themes:

1. Intangible assets: valorizing hidden opportunities

2. Intangible assets: management and policy

3. Drivers and indicators for intangible value creation