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Innovation systems and innovation policy

Competence

VTT supports industrial and social renewal with research on innovation systems and innovation policy. Operating in a multidisciplinary manner, we integrate a broad range of competencies, including economics, social sciences, business studies, and industrial management. The core competence of VTT’s experts in this area is understanding the nature of research and innovation activities, business processes, and public policy-making. Research on innovation systems takes stock of VTT’s large pool of technology and business experts as well as its connections to extensive international networks.

Our research-based services support strategic decision-making at various levels of innovation systems: firms, industries, regions, national governments and international organisations.

VTT innovation studies include three distinct areas of expertise:

Challenges

New patterns of innovation challenge the existing research and development models. Globally distributed open innovation processes call for new approaches to innovation strategies and policy design. Novel solutions are also needed to support enhanced user involvement in product and service development.

Emerging and converging technologies create opportunities for new business models. Changing customer needs and shifting economic cycles impose changes on innovation strategies. Strategic foresight at all levels of innovation systems is necessary for sustained corporate competitiveness as well as regional and national performance.

As systematic innovation is becoming commonplace also in services, there is a need for a renewed knowledge base associated with service development. What is needed are more sophisticated methods for monitoring and analysing innovation patterns in industrial services, knowledge-intensive business services, and public services.

Innovation policy is currently being transformed so that it has a demand-oriented focus. The potential of new innovation policy instruments, such as regulation, standardisation, and public procurement, are currently being examined.

Changes in the European as well as national research and development infrastructures create the need for better models for assessing the social, economic and environmental impacts of R&D activities. New performance indicators and evaluation methods are needed to capture the changing dynamics of science, technology and innovation.

Solutions

  • Technology and business foresight
  • Studies on innovation and industrial renewal
  • Support for adoption and social embedding of new innovations
  • Innovation policy analysis
  • Impact assessment of R&D programmes and research organisations

Benefits

  • Foreseeing opportunities created by new technologies
  • Understanding patterns of industry evolution through innovation
  • Building supportive environments for innovation activities
  • Effective innovation policies

References and merits

  • Our multidisciplinary team comprises 20 experts.
  • We integrate the broad VTT technology expertise of 2,000 research scientists with our expertise in innovation systems.
  • We work with companies, industry associations, governments, funding agencies, cities, regional development agencies, European Union organisations and other international bodies.
  • We are a part of JIIP, Joint Institute for Innovation Policy, a European alliance of research on innovation policies


Additional information

Janne Lehenkari
Research Team Leader
+358 20 722 5902

Johanna Kohl
Research Team Leader
+358 20 722 4549

Additional information

Janne Lehenkari
Research Team Leader
+358 20 722 5902

Johanna Kohl
Research Team Leader
+358 20 722 4549

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