Vesa Harmaakorpi

Vesa Harmaakorpi
Lappeenranta University of Technology · School of Industrial Engineering and Management

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D.Sc, (Tech.)
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Introduction
My current research interests are innovation systems and ecosystems.
Education
Feb 1998 - Apr 2004
Helsinki University of Technology
Field of study
  • Industrial management
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The digital transformation is forcing organizations to change towards more data-driven business models. In this paper, we propose a conceptual framework that explains the role of innovation capabilities as a mediator between big data and business model. Using the design science research method approach, we built the framework based on the existing...
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This study lays the foundations for a theory of broad-based innovation and its potential role in innovation policy. The concept of broad-based innovation and its use in policy documents is discussed, followed by a discussion of the components of such innovation. This article proposes a re-categorization of modes of knowledge production in innovatio...
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The aim of this conceptual paper is to explore the business ecosystem concept in innovation policy context, and question whether it has something new to bring to the innovation policy field compared to previous theoretical discussions. A comparative study was conducted where three widely utilized policy approaches were examined together with the bu...
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Changes in the global operational environment have had an effect on the way firms cooperate and compete, howinnovations are created, and how new businesses are born and grow. Lead firms build ecosystems around them in whichdifferent companies cooperate to create more value for end customers. Traditional value chains have changed to valuenetworks, a...
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The growing importance of “practice-based innovation models” has challenged the current consensus on the role of universities as main drivers of regional innovation systems. New models are needed to ensure the efficiency of co-operation between the region and universities. In this article, we present and analyse the effects of one practice-based in...
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This article focuses on the co-construction of a reflexive practice in a public health-care organisation. We study how the reflexive methods of applied drama and theatre facilitate ‘collective voicing’, specifically in the context of dental health-care professionals’ reflections on their own practices in perplexed situations. Our emphasis is on res...
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Purpose ‐ The purpose of this paper is to explore a possible way for service providers to learn from their customers' experiences and bridge gaps between their and their customers' perspectives. The research question is as follows: how can users' experiences be transformed through research-based theatre, in particular Forum Theatre, into a utilizab...
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Alueellisesti kattava koulutusverkosto on suomalaisen osaamisen perusta. Sen avulla turvataan osaamis- ja lahjakkuusreservien mahdollisimman tehokas käyttö ja alueilla tarvittava osaaminen. Kansallisesti ja kansainvälisesti verkottuneiden innovaatioyhteisöjen lisäksi Suomeen ollaan luomassa vahvoja alueellisia innovaatiokeskittymiä. Suomalaisella k...
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The emphasis of Finnish innovation policy has very much been on promoting actions that can be labelled as science–technology–innovation mode of innovation, which is based on the production and use of codified scientific and technical knowledge. However, recent research has emphasized also the importance of more experienced-based mode of learning an...
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Users and customers are becoming increasingly important sources of knowledge due to changes in innovation policies and paradigms. Simultaneously innovation is becoming more of a networking activity. New methods are needed for processing information and ideas coming from multiple sources more effectively. For example, the whole personnel of an organ...
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User-driven innovation is an essential part of practice-based innovation. This study, which belongs to user-driven service innovation research, attempts to find out what kinds of challenges there are pertaining to a municipal resident-involving service innovation approach in the public sector. This research question is approached from the points of...
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This book contains many different kinds of views concerning practice-based innovation and various issues related to it. It touches upon many ‘levels’ in the discussion of innovation. This was a deliberate choice; it reflects our view and experience that innovation policies and activities suffer from a lack of bridging of structural holes and of uti...
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The mainstream economic development policy in Europe has until recently relied on a cluster approach and on the power of knowledge and research as the sources of innovation. Innovation policy has been to a great extent equivalent to science and technology policy, and cluster policies have aimed at building competitive advantage with strong regional...
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Abstract Foresight and innovation are activities closely linked with each other, the former providing inputs for the latter. However, there have been few attempts to build conceptual and theoretical bridges between these two activities. In this chapter, we present a conceptual model depicting the connections between foresight and innovation activit...
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Foresight and innovation are activities closely linked with each other, the former providing inputs for the latter. However, there have been few attempts to build conceptual and theoretical bridges between these two activities. In this chapter, we present a conceptual model depicting the connections between foresight and innovation activities and l...
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The book describes and analyses the new environment for innovation, it does this with an emphasis on yet uncharted regions within the field of practice-based innovation, coming up with guidelines for innovation policy measures needed in order to realise this. While it focuses on these policies it also takes into account multi-actor innovation proce...
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The study focuses on building a regional innovation policy tool that takes into account the demands of the present techno-economic and socio-institutional paradigms. Regions are seen to be strongly dependent on their history. The competitiveness of a region is based on the regional resource configurations. In a turbulent world these resource config...
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Purpose – The purpose of this study is to examine the ongoing dynamics of the public service sector reform through an embedding process of a municipal enterprise from the field of basic social and health care services – a pilot model in Finland. Design/methodology/approach – The framework of a multi-level perspective on transitions is used to descr...
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The recent theories of innovation suggest that there is great potential for innovation in the structural holes and weak links of the innovation system. Higher absorptive capacity enables an easier crossing over of structural holes in the innovation system, aided by social capital that is located in the social relationships of actors. However, the l...
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Several regional technology and innovation strategy documents have been written covering every region within Finland in recent years. However, the approaches, methods and semantics used in those documents vary considerably. This variation has made it difficult to compare them with each other. The purpose of this report is to present and analyze alr...
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Alongside theories of innovation, different measures of innovativeness and innovative capability have been developed. However, there are problems with the existing evaluation tools, especially when considering the dynamics of innovation processes. The measurement of the innovativeness of regions is particularly challenging. This paper describes rec...
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This paper raises the importance of the built environment and aesthetic matters in the debate on the competitiveness of cities. The quality of a living environment is an important factor in creating competitiveness and the reputation of places. Cities compete for the favours of inhabitants, companies and visitors, and an attractive urban milieu cou...
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An innovative milieu - a view on regional reputation building: case study of the Lahti urban region, Regional Studies. This article examines regional innovation strategies and their relationships in building regional reputation. The article studies whether it is possible for a region to build its reputation as an innovative milieu squeezed in-betwe...
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Purpose – The purpose of this article is to investigate data, information and knowledge in regional innovation networks. Emphasis has been put recently on regional innovation systems, where various actors are involved in innovative processes. The article responds to the need to study matters related to knowledge management and information quality i...
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Innovations emerge increasingly in practice-based processes combining both practical and scien-tific knowledge. The innovation processes are typically cooperative non-linear processes where knowledge production is triggered by different kinds of sources. Innovation based on a scientific theoretical approach is an exception rather than the rule as s...
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Several regional technology and innovation strategy documents have been written covering every region within Finland in recent years. However, the approaches, methods and semantics used in those documents vary considerably. This variation has made it difficult to compare them with each other. The purpose of this report is to present and analyze alr...
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A shift in the techno-economic paradigm will affect regions; regions, however, are path-dependent units. This path-dependency often leads to considerable socio-institutional inertia in the process of transformation whereby regions aim to remain competitive in the face of worldwide competition. The present article assesses the role of the dynamic ca...
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Purpose – The aim of the study was to assess the effectiveness of network leadership in meeting the requirements for regional development networks imposed by the network society. Design/methodology/approach – A new framework of three different archetypes of regional development networks was devised. The characteristics of the different networks an...
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Foresight can have a significant role in supporting innovation activities and breaking for example path-dependence tendencies connected to regional development trajectories. However, according to many recent studies one major challenge facing foresight activities is that the results of those activities are not fully utilized in regional decision-ma...
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Regional development strategies should be based on the sound assessment of regional resources, as well as on forming dynamic capabilities aiming to develop the resource configurations in order to form regional competitive advantage. In this study, the concept “regional development platform” is used as a tool for assessing the regional potentials on...
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In the present study, regional visionary capability is seen as a crucial factor in building regional competitive advantage under the present techno-economic paradigm. Regions are considered as strongly path-dependent entities needing to create new, even radical, paths to stay competitive in a rapidly changing world. The Regional Development Platfor...
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Regional innovative capability is a crucial factor in building regional competitive advantage under the present techno-economic paradigm. Defining and promoting the multi-actor innovation networks that form the regional innovation system is essential. In the present study, the Regional Development Platform Method and core process thinking are prese...
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Motivated by concerns about the organizational and institutional conditions that foster research creativity in science, we focus on how creative research can be defined, operationalized, and empirically identified. A functional typology of research creativity is proposed encompassing theoretical, methodological and empirical developments in science...
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The present study focuses on two important dynamic capabilities in regional innovation systems: visionary capability and innovative capability. Visionary capability is based on the ability to acquire and assimilate future-oriented knowledge, and innovative capability on the ability to transform and exploit the acquired knowledge in the actual innov...
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This article focuses on future-oriented knowledge within regional innovation networks. Concrete regional tools and institutional settings aiming to enhance knowledge creation and management in such networks are needed. To enable planning for the future, there is a need for regional visionary capability. Resource-based futures research may make an i...
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Regional innovation environment has experienced remarkable changes in the recent decades. Innovativeness at regional level is seen as a consequence of networked co-operation in a regional innovation system, which sets demands for new kinds of regional innovation policy applications. The current article presents network-facilitating innovation polic...
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This article focuses on knowledge creation and management in regional innovation networks. A knowledge management system for a regional innovation network is designed. Besides explicit and tacit knowledge, self-transcending knowledge is taken into account within the knowledge management system. In addition, considerations of knowledge vision as wel...
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Tura T. and Harmaakorpi V. (2005) Social capital in building regional innovative capability, Regional Studies 39 , 1111–1125. The paper focuses on the relation of social capital and regional innovative capability. It examines the social nature of the innovative processes placing demands on the regional innovation environment and underlining the imp...
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During the 1900?s we first lived thorough shift from the agricultural era to the industrial era. Nowadays, we are in the middle of the shift from the industrial era to the information era. The new era has several definitions based on different theories. At the same time, we talk about information society (knowledge is forming the main productivity...
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Regional development strategies should be based on sound assessment of regional business potentials and on possibilities to develop the defined potentials in order to gain competitive advantage on other regions. The assessment of the business potentials should include for example, an audit of regional industrial and institutional structures that fo...
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Innovative capability is widely seen to be the driving force in building regional competitive advantage. The present paradigm emphasises the interactive nature of the innovative processes, which sets demands on building regional innovation environment. There are certain theoretical frameworks and concepts that are considered to help in analysing th...
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During the last century, we lived through the change from the agricultural era to the industrial era. Nowadays, we are in the middle of the change from the industrial era to the information era. In the present study, the emerging techno-socio-economic paradigm is examined through several theory lenses. The basic questions defining regional competit...
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The shift of techno-economic paradigm and European unification have radically changed the development environment of European regions. The regions are part of the worldwide network competing of essential flows to enable economic wellbeing. In the information era the regions in Finland have converted into subjects of regional development whereas in...
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European regions have to direct their innovation and technology policies in the world of ever increasing competition. Right kinds of policy decisions aiming towards sustainable futures are essential in achieving competitive advantage for a region. The strategic choices are especially important because of the often very scarce resources in a region....
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In a network society different areas and cities are forced to compete with and against each other. The success of urban districts is partly dependent of the people`s level of know-how and the districts` capability to create, process and spread out knowledge. Although Lahti Region has been considered a declined industrial region, it is full of poten...
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satu.parjanen@lut.fi; vesa.harmaakorpi@lut.fi Abstract The centres of collective creativity tend to be at the intersections of different domains. Based on this, distances between innovating partners can be considered as sources of innovation. However, the literature usually emphasises the advantages of proximity. Proximity may, however, also have n...
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Regional development strategies should be based on the sound assessment of regional resources, capabilities, competences and core competences, as well as on dynamic capabilities aiming to develop the resource configurations in order to form regional competitive advantage. In this study, the concept "regional development platform" is used as a tool...
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This paper makes a connection between learning, innovation and pedagogy in the context of vocational adult education in Finland 2009-2011. The paper identifies the social dimension of organisational learning in practice-based innovation. The action planning phase of the action research process involved the Finnish association for vocational adult e...