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Maria Antikainen

Current position at VTT

On parental leave since June 2011.

Senior Scientist (Business and Technology Management), Leader of VTT’s open innovation research network

Research background and current research topics

Maria has been involved in various projects related to open innovation and social media. In addition she leads VTT's open innovation research network, OpenVTT.

Maria holds two PhD degrees. The latest one she got from the Tampere University of Technology in May 2011. Her doctoral thesis concerned facilitating collaborative online innovation communities.

Maria finalised her first PhD studies at the University of Tampere on marketing in March 2007. In her first doctoral thesis Maria studied the attraction of company online communities from the relationship marketing perspective.

Maria has several publications on open innovation, online communities and social media.

Current major research projects at VTT

On parental leave since June 2011

OpenVTT, leader of open innovation research network

SIM – Sustainable Open Innovation Management, TEKES project in cooperation with Lappeenranta University of Technology and Helsinki University of Technology, project manager.


PhD (technology management), Tampere University of Technology, 2011

PhD (marketing), Tampere University, 2007

Work history

February 2007 –
VTT, Business and Technology Management Knowledge Centre
Current position: Senior Scientist
Tampere, Finland

March 2006-
Tampere Polytechnic, Business Administration
Occasional part-time job: teaching relationship marketing and digital marketing for adult and whole-time students, supervising higher academic degree students
Tampere, Finland

August 2006- January 2007
Tampere University of Technology,  Institute of Business Information Management
Researcher, coordinator and board member in Tekes funded project ‘Managing Open Source Software as an Integrated Part of Business (OSSI)’. Project manager in preparing the Tekes funded project ‘Search Engines in Internet Marketing (SEMI)’
Tampere, Finland

January 2004- July 2006
University of Tampere, Department of Management Studies, Finnish Center for Service and Relationship Management
Researcher (PhD Candidate)
Tampere, Finland

July 2001- December 2003
eBusiness Research Center, Tampere University and Tampere University of Technology
Planning of international and national research and development projects
Tampere, Finland

Positions of trust and professional assignments

Leader of VTT’s open innovation research network.

Selected publications

Antikainen, M. (2011). Facilitating customer involvement in collaborative online innovation communities. Academic dissertation. Espoo: VTT Publications 760.

Antikainen, M. (2010). Towards collaborative open innovation communities, In A. Kakouris (Ed.), University of Athens, Proceedings of the 5th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ECIE 2010), Academic Publishing Limited, Reading, UK, pp. 52-60

Antikainen, M., Mäkipää, M. and Ahonen, M. (2010). Motivating and supporting collaboration in open innovation. European Journal of Innovation Management, Vol. 13, No 1, 100-119.

Antikainen, M. and Väätäjä, H. (2010). Rewarding in open innovation communities – How to motivate members? International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, Vol. 11, No. 4, 2010, pp. 440-456.

Väätäjä, H. and Antikainen, M. (2009). Member characteristics and participation in online open innovation communities. In K.R.E. Huizingh, M. Torkkeli, S. Conn and I. Bitran (eds) Proc. of the XX ISPIM Annual Conference: The Future of Innovation. Vienna, Austria 21-24, June 2009.

For complete list of publications, see Maria Antikainen’s publications in VTT Publications Register.


Outstanding Paper Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2011 - best published paper 2010 in European Journal of Innovation Management for M. Antikainen, M. Mäkipää and M. Ahonen: “Motivating and supporting collaboration in open innovation”

Additional information

Maria Antikainen
Senior Scientist
+358 20 722 3005

Additional information

Maria Antikainen
Senior Scientist
+358 20 722 3005