Browsing by Subject "Innovation"

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  • Steiner, Bodo; Brandhoff, Moritz (2021)
    Purpose This paper aims to explore the role of configurations of relationship quality dimensions for explaining sources of behavioral outcomes in the globalized manufacturing industry. Design/methodology/approach A joint analysis of behavioral and objective performance data from globalized manufacturing links perceptual customer metrics that relate to dimensions of relationship quality (i.e. attitudinal loyalty, perceived customer orientation, customers’ perceived innovativeness of the supplier and perceived customer influence on supplier innovation) with behavioral outcomes (i.e. share of wallet (SOW) and customer account profitability). Using data from a global business-to-business (B2B) customer survey together with archival performance data from a multinational mechanical engineering firm, a fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA) is performed.
  • Kontio, Lisa (Helsingin yliopisto, 2018)
    In this research paper, I discuss a philosophy of teaching I refer to as “Applied Nonsense.” I highlight that this teaching philosophy is of great significance in the field of education and that is it one influential way to prepare modern students with the creativity and creative problem solving skills needed for an evolving world which holds many pressing and critical global challenges. Furthermore, I highlight the benefits it likely has for the student learning process. I developed Applied Nonsense (AN) teaching philosophy because I needed a way to better define my own teaching style as an educator. I needed a way to describe my method of interaction, engaging, and influencing students. As well, my ideas about effective pedagogy through the implementation of AN are backed by an endless amount of research in the fields of education and psychology. With my research, I give this teaching style an appropriate name, and I help define what I believe encompasses this teaching technique. Additionally, I have given some examples of how the teaching technique can be used to better teach English as a Second Language (ESL). Through a two part survey process, I collected data from both students and teachers on their thoughts and feelings about AN theory techniques used in the classroom environment. I aimed to find whether or not the average person is open to the style of AN teaching methods and whether they feel that AN is helpful to their learning process. Furthermore, my aim was to share my ideas with fellow educators and those unfamiliar with the teaching techniques to encourage them to implement this teaching technique as part of their teacher tool kit. In my opinion, AN is a teaching technique that is implemented by some of the most skillful, knowledgeable, and effective professionals in the field of education and my research finding greatly suggest that most teachers and students agree that AN is an effective aid for the teaching-studying-learning process.
  • Viholainen, Noora; Kylkilahti, Eliisa; Autio, Minna; Pöyhönen, Juho; Toppinen, Anne (2021)
    Lowering environmental impacts by material choices is proposed as a way to promote urban sustain ability transition, and one solution is building more wooden multi-storey constructions (WMCs). In the construction industry, however, there is a strong path dependency towards applying well-established construction materials and methods, as well as partnerships. To gain understanding of network-based collaboration, learning and end-user involvement in novel wooden construction business, the study uses qualitative methods and employs business ecosystem approach in the analysis. The studied WMC business case revealed that barriers of collaborative business ecosystem development include both the lack of clarity in the shared goals between actors and weak end-user involvement. Moreover, neither companies nor end-users fully recognize sustainability aspects around WMC. Enabling factors such as smooth communication and building trust among business actors during planning and building were recognised. The study suggests that a broader business ecosystem approach, including the living and use of the building, offers a mindset shift for developing sustainability-driven logic alongside profitable construction business and creating value for consumers. (c) 2021 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (
  • Lehtisaari, Katja Marleena; Villi, Mikko; Grönlund, Mikko; Linden, Tommy Carl-Gustav; Mierzejewska, Bozena; Picard, Robert; Röpnack, Axel (2018)
    The article focuses on innovation and social media strategies in newspaper companies in the US and three Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Norway and Denmark). Many previous studies have focused on the state of journalism and media industry in single countries, although media have distinct features in different countries. Through the comparative setting, it is possible to examine the differences in media innovation strategies and study what factors affect innovation in media production, business models, sources of funding, and social media strategies. The qualitative part of the paper consists of semi-structured in-depth interviews (N = 65) with media managers and experts, which were carried out in Scandinavia in 2016 and in the US in 2017. The quantitative market data covers the years 2006–2016; this timespan corresponds well with the accelerating digital transition in the newspaper business. According to the results, new business models are mostly new combinations of existing revenue streams, while adaptation of new technology is slow, with few exceptions.
  • Haapasaari, Arja; Engestrom, Yrjo; Kerosuo, Hannele (2018)
    Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to examine the generation of innovations by employees and the creation of initiative paths, and to discover which factors contribute to the implementation of an initiative. Design/methodology/approach - Based on longitudinal qualitative research, the study explores the profiles of initiative paths and the types of innovations and relationships among the generated innovations. Findings - It was found that, to become an innovation, an initiative followed different paths along which the processing and outcomes varied, as did the time needed for experimentation. The creation of initiative paths required the transformative agency of the actors involved. Power relations had an impact on the generation of initiatives and implementation of innovations. Originality/value - Innovations research has concentrated on the generation of ideas and the implementation of innovations. This study focuses on the process path along which ideas become innovations and on the role of power relations in the innovations process.
  • Pohjola, Mikko V.; Pohjola, Pasi; Paavola, Sami; Bauters, Merja; Tuomisto, Jouni T. (2011)
  • Anttila, Juhani; Jussila, Kari Pauli (2019)
    In this article, sustainability is considered as a subset of quality and as a challenging target area to innovations for the quality of society. Quality and innovation are conceptually age-old issues and significant business factors today. They represent two distinct professional disciplines, which have a lot of meaningful connections. However, their formal definitions have not been commonly established and neither have their relationships been clearly recognized. Hence in this article, their practical definitions and interactivity are discussed and highlighted regarding individuals, organizations and society. Also, the relatively new concept of sustainability is not understood unambiguously nor practiced consistently. The purpose of the article is to clarify the concepts and to present a comprehensive approach to the theory of sustainability through interactive quality and innovation management for enhancing the quality of society. Organizations play an important role in striving for sustainable development. Quality and innovation management should be considered in an integrated way in the organizations, and they should cover the area of sustainability. In the whole society, sustainability is realized through diffusion. National and regional initiatives have been launched to promote quality, innovation and sustainability measures. Ultimately, quality and innovation are based on human creativity, activity, and perception. In this article, discipline-dedicated research and development of quality and innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration and multidisciplinary integrative realization of the specific organizational solutions are highlighted and conceptualized. The ideas presented are based on the long-term practical experience of the authors and our studies from different perspectives and critical inference. When considering practical events, objects and problems, we have combined sound and justified conceptual thinking in creating objective knowledge as the foundation for the efficient doing and effective methodological means. (C) 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • Cripps, Helen; Singh, Abhay; Mejtoft, Thomas; Salo, Jari (2020)
    Purpose The purpose of this research is to investigate the use of Twitter in business as a medium for knowledge sharing and to crowdsource information to support innovation and enhance business relationships in the context of business-to-business (B2B) marketing. Design/methodology/approach This study uses a combination of methodologies for gathering data in 52 face-to-face interviews across five countries and the downloaded posts from each of the interviewees' Twitter accounts. The tweets were analysed using structural topic modelling (STM), and then compared to the interview data. This method enabled triangulation between stated use of Twitter and respondent's actual tweets. Findings The research confirmed that individuals used Twitter as a source of information, ideas, promotion and innovation within their industry. Twitter facilitates building relevant business relationships through the exchange of new, expert and high-quality information within like-minded communities in real time, between companies and with their suppliers, customers and also their peers. Research limitations/implications - As this study covered five countries, further comparative research on the use of Twitter in the B2B context is called for. Further investigation of the formalisation of social media strategies and return on investment for social media marketing efforts is also warranted. Practical implications - This research highlights the business relationship building capacity of Twitter as it enables customer and peer conversations that eventually support the development of product and service innovations. Twitter has the capacity for marketers to informand engage customers and peers in their networks on wider topics thereby building the brand of the individual users and their companies simultaneously. Originality/value This study focuses on interactions at the individual level illustrating that Twitter is used for both customer and peer interactions that can lead to the sourcing of ideas, knowledge and ultimately innovation. The study is novel in its methodological approach of combining structured interviews and text mining that found the topics of the interviewees' tweets aligned with their interview responses.
  • Ollikainen, Markku; Hasler, Berit; Elofsson, Katarina; Iho, Antti; Andersen, Hans; Czajkowski, Mikołaj; Peterson, Kaja (2019)
    Abstract This paper analyzes the main weaknesses and key avenues for improvement of nutrient policies in the Baltic Sea region. HELCOM’s Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP), accepted by the Baltic Sea countries in 2007, was based on an innovative ecological modeling of the Baltic Sea environment and addressed the impact of the combination of riverine loading and transfer of nutrients on the ecological status of the sea and its sub-basins. We argue, however, that the assigned country-specific targets of nutrient loading do not reach the same level of sophistication, because they are not based on careful economic and policy analysis. We show an increasing gap between the state-of-the-art policy alternatives and the existing command-and-control-based approaches to the protection of the Baltic Sea environment and outline the most important steps for a Baltic Sea Socioeconomic Action Plan. It is time to raise the socioeconomic design of nutrient policies to the same level of sophistication as the ecological foundations of the BSAP. Keywords Cost-effectiveness Incentives Innovation Manure Performance-based policy