Renewal is the key to our survival

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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?

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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

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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

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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

Platform Crafters are here now

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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?

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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?

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”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