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Renewal is the key to our survival

by Reijo Karhinen

We live at a time in which the global forces of change challenge our societies, businesses and us as individuals to adapt. The main driving forces of change are globalization and digitalisation accelerated by automation, robotization and revolutions in technology. As a result, two pervasive shifts can be identified: the first, a transformation in work … Continued

Why (business) students need to understand the human factor?

by Pekka Stenholm

On last year’s entrepreneurship -award-winning Startup! course I have been observing how students brainstorm, test and bring to market new business ideas. At the same time, I have learned more from them in terms of human behaviour – the human factor – than about entrepreneurship. Interaction between students and understanding others often anticipates team success … Continued

The future of work demands adaptive expertise

by Kaisa Hytönen

In the future of work many professionals will face completely new challenges during their careers; challenges that do not have standard solutions. Solving these kinds of problems typically requires capabilities that combine different professional skills and academic knowledge with new ways of looking at the world. Depending on once learned skills is no longer enough: … Continued

With imagination towards a better world

by Leena Mörttinen

I’m known as something of a geek. I’ve been one since childhood. I spent my slow early years devouring every science book I could find on the shelves of Järvelä library. This choice of reading material may have been the single best investment of my life, in addition learning English. Let me tell you why. … Continued

Should I be Worried? Who’s work will adapt and who’s will stick?

by Mervi Hasu

Full-time teleworking as a part of the ongoing digital transofrmation is still a foreign concept to many, writes SWiPE researcher Mervi Hasu in a blog post for the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (in Finnish). “For more and more people work is no longer a place – that change is not new and has some … Continued

Smart Work in the Platform Economy = Competitive Advantage for Finland

by Anne Kovalainen

In the spring of 2016 the research programme of the Strategic Research Council tasked researchers to consider, and look for in their funding applications, answers and responses to rapid changes in work, skills and working life. Each project selected to join the research programme needed also to respond to questions concerning education and immigration. The … Continued

Platform Crafters are here now

by Sari Käpykangas

Agile achievers are smart workers in the platform economy age. They have many followers on social media and are asked to impart the secrets of their success. They have tied their own skills and capital to digital marketplaces. Take for example the Finnish mother who invented a new type of baby mattress; an innovation that … Continued

What’s Shared in the Sharing Economy?

by Aija Leiponen

The sharing economy is a hot topic today because firms like Uber and Airbnb have captured the attention of the markets, headlines and the banner of heroic entrepreneurship. The sharing economy means that individuals sell services that are related to underutilised resources. In other words, people may have unused goods, time or skills, which that … Continued

Academic education as a pathway to entrepreneurship – But How?

by Seppo Poutanen

”The vast majority of mundane activities constituting human life aredriven by one’s entrepreneurial spirit to create new social or material value, compete and cooperate, transform and develop […] entrepreneurship has been reacaste [sic.] as a major social force, and method of living and learning […] nowadays entrepreneurial competences are becoming as important as literacy, and … Continued

It’s Complicated; the relationship between the platform economy and work

by Petri Rouvinen

Platform economy work can be looked at from many perspectives (see e.g. Kenney & Zysman 2016, The Rise of the Platform Economy, Science and Technology, XXXII/3). For the occasional service provider Uber or Airbnb enables the conversion of idle time and underutilised capital – a car or a spare bedroom – to money. Buying the … Continued
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