Organisational culture as the mechanism for internationalising innovation platforms

Päivi Oinonen*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Aalto University Design Factory (ADF) is a passion-based co-creation platform, which aims to change the paradigm of industry collaboration in universities. Simultaneously the ability to respond to innovation challenges of globalized industries creates a demand to develop an international network on innovation platforms. Therefore, in the light of the theory that supports culture as means of achieving change objectives, this study explores the key factors for creating a global network and to establish the parameters to help it succeed. This case study of ADF indicates that its culture is focused on platform thinking providing a conceptual and physical operational environment for a diverse range of stakeholders. Based on the findings Design Factory culture can be characterized as one to embrace diversity. This suggests the culture could lend itself to be used as a governing mechanism as it can act as an umbrella culture for the global network, in which local factories develop their own identities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of NordDesign 2014 Conference, NordDesign 2014
EditorsMiko Laakso, Kalevi Ekman
PublisherThe Design Society
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781904670582
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventNordDesign Conference - NTNU, Espoo, Finland
Duration: 27 Aug 201429 Aug 2014
Conference number: 10


ConferenceNordDesign Conference
Abbreviated titleNorddesign
Internet address


  • Education
  • Global network
  • Innovation
  • Internationalization
  • Organisational culture


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