Ville-Veikko Piispanen

Ville-Veikko Piispanen
University of Eastern Finland | UEF · Business School

D.Sc. in Economics and Business Administration

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Introduction
Ville-Veikko Piispanen, D.Sc. (Econ. and Bus. Adm.) is a Research Manager and Postdoctoral Researcher, whose research focus is on circular economy, strategic entrepreneurship, business opportunity creation and business models. He has worked in several multidisciplinary research and business development projects. Current project is CICAT2025 (Circular Economy Catalysts: From Innovation to Business Ecosystems) which aims to facilitate the transition from linear to circular economy.

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Publications (26)
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This study aims to explore the main drivers of recognizing a circular economy business opportunity. In this multiple case study with six entrepreneurs from the wood construction industry is a relevant part of the circular economy because its essential component is a sustainable and renewable material (trees/wood) that reduces carbon emissions. This...
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The aim of this study was to explore employee-driven circular economy innovations in the context of waste management. The study investigates the role of waste management employees in innovation processes and shows how the innovative practices of waste management employees can accelerate sustainability. Previous research on employee-driven circular...
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In this review, we develop the idea of social entrepreneurship as sustainability agency. We review literature on social entrepreneurship and examine what it means as a contested concept and hybrid logic, how it implicates the sustainability space, and how that makes the social entrepreneur a change agent in sustainable economy. As a result, we arti...
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Circular economy (CE) entails a radical change in companies because new ways of thinking and doing business are required for value-creation opportunities. There is a lack of empirical studies on how companies themselves see and develop the CE business. Furthermore, the dynamics between the changes required when pursuing a circular business model (C...
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Purpose-The purpose of this study is to add to discussion on conceptualising social entrepreneurship. This paper contributes to the cluster concept of social entrepreneurship proposed by Choi and Majumdar (2014) by drawing on an empirical case study, a Finnish start-up specialized in cricket farming technology and food made from crickets. The case...
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The purpose of this case study is to explore the transforming of business from linear to circular. More specifically, we ask, what internal changes were needed for that change? The circular economy logic entails for re-designing business. The previous literature has concentrated on business model innovation but not so much on how companies manage i...
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The purpose of this study is to add to the existing momentum of contextualizing social entrepreneurship in Finland. This research explores social entrepreneurship in the Finnish context with a case study of a start-up, EntoCube, developing cricket farming technology and offering food made from crickets as an easy alternative food for solving world...
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This article focuses on the relationship between entrepreneurs' human capital and business competences and their growth orientation in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Previous research has acknowledged that growth orientation is important in creating and developing a business. However, the research has been inconsistent and limited. Thus...
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This article explores how the business skills that small and medium-sized entrepreneur possesses and value affect growth orientation in the context of business development. It focuses on the topic through a theoretical framework an entrepreneur and growth orientation. These two elements are key factors in growing and developing business and in stra...
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This research focuses on strategic entrepreneurship in the small business context. Previous research on strategic entrepreneurship has focused on large companies and public sector organisations, providing fewer empirical results on small businesses. This study answers the question of how strategic entrepreneurship can be executed in small businesse...
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This article considers the balance between entrepreneurial and strategic actions in business development. Entrepreneurial action focuses on creating new business opportunities, and strategic action focuses on developing effective everyday business actions related to a firm’s existing business opportunity. The article employs a longitudinal multiple...
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This paper considers the balance between strategic and entrepreneurial actions in business development. Strategic action focuses on developing effective everyday business actions related to the firm's existing business opportunity, and entrepre-neurial action focuses on creating a new business opportunities. The paper employs on a longitudinal mult...
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This article considers how entrepreneur utilizes Strategic Entrepreneurship, strategic and entrepreneurial actions, in business development. The domination of strategic management as advantage –seeking activity is widely accepted as an accurate perspective to the business development in context of established firm. Our focus, however, is on entrepr...
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This article considers how entrepreneurs utilise strategic entrepreneurship, or strategic and entrepreneurial actions, in business development. The domination of strategic management as advantage-seeking activity is widely accepted as an accurate perspective to the business development in the context of established firms. Our focus, however, is on...
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The purpose of this paper is to examine small-to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) partnerships and co-operation utilization within innovation processes. Industrial firms are gaining ideas for innovation from various sources and their innovative performance depends, besides their internal knowledge resources, also on how successful they are at approp...

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Projects (3)
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Circular economy transition catalyst research.
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The objective of the project is to find and develop new, financially profitable applications for the use of recycled material. The processed materials may include different secondary flows of fibres, minerals or plastics in industry, or similar material that has already been categorised as waste, such as construction or municipal waste. The project enables the significant reduction of carbon footprints.