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Collaborative networks

Competence

Our competencies cover models, methodologies and tools for managing and developing organisational networks, including virtual organisations, subcontracting networks, supply chains, business logistics and purchasing. In implementing changes, we use organisation development methodologies, such as the Development Cycle methodology. Our competencies also cover knowledge management and learning in distributed environments.

We research and help our customers in strategic decision making in the networked environment as well as in planning and implementing incentives and benefit sharing in company networks. We have also studied and developed models and methodologies for strategy work in companies and in company networks.

Recently, a lot of emphasis has been on research and development of solution and service business logic, extended product, information or a community as a part of a product, and networked products. We have also addressed questions related to industrial service organization, service capability and service culture. Regarding service business logic, we have done research and assignments in the area of valuation of services and technologies.

We also support our customers in their strategic decision making by means of applied mathematics and management accounting. This includes understanding the value for customer solutions; measuring business benefits and costs; open book practices; management accounting; cost accounting and managing profitability; risk management in company networks; analysing network capabilities; and measuring performance.

Challenges

Companies and other organisations are challenged by changes in the global distribution of work and market focus. Simultaneously companies are increasingly developing, offering and also buying large solutions from their partner networks instead of traditional piece-parts. In order to do well in future, companies need to consider and develop their business, partnerships and related knowledge in addition to technology.

Solutions

  • Support for developing business and network strategies
  • Models, practices and processes for new product and new service development
  • Virtual organisations
  • Partner / networking capability analysis
  • Models and practices for company network development
  • Management and development of R&D, IPR and patent portfolios
  • Modelling the value creation of industrial service business
  • Value based business models, earning logics, earning models and pricing models
  • Steering and development practices and processes for networked business
  • Management practices for organisations’ R&D projects
  • Cost analysis and/or management accounting as a part of strategic decision making
  • Incentives (benefit, risk, cost sharing) in a organisation networks

Benefits

  • Cost-efficient models and tools for managing and developing networked organisations
  • Critical review and development of company and network strategies so that they match the market or proactively create new markets
  • Information for strategic decision making

References and merits

  • One research professor, five doctors.
  • Coordination of large research projects, e.g., in Tekes’ Liito, Serve and other programmes. Examples of these projects include BeSeL I and II, Leanver, C-Understanding, Unicue, Dynamo.
  • Coordination of and participation in large research projects in EU Framework Programmes, for instance coordination of Ecolead (http://ecolead.vtt.fi/) and participation in the Coin project (http://www.coin-ip.eu/).
  • Active participation in the starting phase of FIMECC Oy (www.fimecc.fi).
  • Scientific, management and popular articles in journals and magazines.


Additional information

Raimo Hyötyläinen
Chief Research Scientist
+358 20 722 6413

Iris Karvonen
Senior Research Scientist
+358 20 722 6443

Jyrki Poikkimäki
Customer Manager
+358 20 722 3283