Center for Knowledge and Innovation Research (CKIR)

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CKIR, founded in 1999, is an academic and multidisciplinary research center at the Aalto University School of Business. CKIR’s main research focus is on innovation ecosystems, ICT enabled service platforms and thus enabled new business dynamics. CKIR conducts its research with international network of firms, universities, cities and public agencies like the European Commission.

CKIR research focuses mainly on societal and economic impact of innovations and their diffusion mechanisms. Research topics include business models, institutional logic, policy implications and market change dynamics. Research methods are human-centric and multi-disciplinary, emphasizing the use of open data, open source technlogies and open scince.

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    BF/Neutral Host Pilot

    Tukiainen, T., Paavola, L., Heikura, T., Turkama, P. & Lakaniemi, I.


    Project: Business Finland: Other research funding


    Turkama, P., Siponen, V. & Tuokko, P.


    Project: EU: Framework programmes funding

    Smart Otaniemi Pilot /E72000

    Lehtonen, M., Paavola, L., Turkama, P., Ikävalko, H. & Lakaniemi, I.


    Project: Business Finland: Other research funding

    Research Output

    Building Inclusive Digital Societies Through the Use of Open Source Technologies

    Turkama, P., 2019, ICT for a Better Life and a Better World: The Impact of Information and Communication Technologies on Organizations and Society. Vol. 30. p. 35-50 16 p. (Lecture notes in information systems and organisation; vol. 30).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

  • Innovation contests, routine dynamics and innovation management

    Ikävalko, H. & Lempiälä, T., 1 Jun 2019, In : Creativity and Innovation Management. 28, 2, p. 191-202 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Uutta kansalaistaitoa oppimassa: Tekoälyosaamisen äärellä

    Ikävalko, H. & Raiskio, S., 1 Oct 2019, In : Aikuiskasvatus. 39, 3, p. 222-228

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

    Open Access
    25 Downloads (Pure)


    Best paper nomination at HICSS-51

    Heini Ikävalko (Recipient), 2 Jan 2018

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

  • Edvinsson / Saint-Onge Best Student Paper Award

    Anssi Smedlund (Recipient), 2004

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

  • Fimecc Oy Idea Prize

    Anssi Smedlund (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work


    Tietoyhteiskunnan kehittämiskeskus ry (Finnish Information Society Development Centre) (External organisation)

    Ilkka Lakaniemi (Chair)
    2018 → …

    Activity: Membership typesPosition of trust in the private sector


    Petra Turkama (Visiting researcher)
    19 Apr 201824 Apr 2018

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisit abroad

    The mechanisms for business model innovation in IoT ecosystems

    Heini Ikävalko (Speaker)
    17 Jun 201820 Jun 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesConference presentation

    Press / Media

    EU:n digiverossa on paljon riskejä: kaksinkertainen verotus, alustatalouden hidastuminen, kiistat

    Ilkka Lakaniemi, Ahti Salo & Totti Könnölä


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance

    Winners of Khalifa Fund Techno-preneur Competition awarded 45,000 AED

    Petra Turkama


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance