Department of Industrial Engineering and Management

Policy Rationales in the Shift to Digital Platform Economy

Finland needs new innovation policy measures to succeed in digital platform economy.
Alustaloudessa menestyminen vaatii Suomelta uudenlaisia politiikkatoimia.

Digital platforms are creating completely new markets with substantial impact on the Finnish society and economy. Digital platform economy is a profound economic and technological disruption having an effect on innovation, market competition, and firm value creation and capture. In the shift to digital platform economy, innovation policy measures can improve the competitiveness and growth of Finnish firms.

Our research project "Policy Rationales in the Shift to Digital Platform Economy" (Aalto University) studies the impacts of digital platform economy to the business and competitiveness of firms and the current state of the Finnish innovation funding. We focus on the following sectors: health and wellbeing, mobility, learning and manufacturing.

We formulate actionable strategies and policies together with practitioners and policy makers to facilitate business, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the shift to digital platform economy.

Our key research questions include: 

  • How do digital technologies and the platform economy change the rationales for policy intervention in business, innovation, and entrepreneurship support?
  • What are the rationales for policy interventions in business, innovation, and entrepreneurship support in the shift in different industry sectors and markets?

The project is funded by Business Finland.

Policy briefs

Liikenne / kuva: Adolfo Vera

How should the platform economy be promoted in the mobility sector?

Can Finland take its place in the global growth market of smart mobility? The platform economy offers mobility sector companies a significant new opportunity for growth, internationalisation and finding solutions to the societal and environmental challenges of mobility. In this policy brief we present three recommendations related to innovation policy that support the development and growth of the platform economy in the mobility sector.

Department of Industrial Engineering and Management
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How to accelerate the platform economy in the education sector?

We make recommendations related to innovation policy aiming to accelerate the development and growth of the platform economy in the education sector. The key themes of the recommendations are cooperation, common rules and openness.

Department of Industrial Engineering and Management
Ambulance

How can the platform economy be accelerated in the health sector?

While the quality of healthcare is high in Finland, innovative and scalable platform-based solutions are not emerging.In this policy brief, we present three challenges and recommendations related to innovation policy for accelerating the development of the platform economy in the healthcare sector.

Department of Industrial Engineering and Management
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How will innovations fare in the platform economy? Four challenges and solutions for the manufacturing industry

This policy brief focuses on the innovation challenges of the platform economy in the manufacturing industry. We discuss four innovation challenges facing the manufacturing industry and the key reasons for them. We present recommendations related to innovation policy that can accelerate the development and growth of the platform economy in the manufacturing industry.

Department of Industrial Engineering and Management

Facts and myths about the platform economy -podcast in Finnish

The facts and myths about platform economy podcast has already reached its second production season - and the pace is accelerating. We will now continue to surface deeper on current topics with interesting guests. So is data the modern black gold? How should municipalities build their own digital services? Can artificial intelligence really think? What does Wolt's success teach us? What are the superpowers of platforms? How has the platform economy shaped the world's most prestigious Nordic school system? Can healthcare benefit from sports data?

The host William von der Pahlen is accompanied in turn by Aalto University professors Robin Gustafsson and Timo Seppälä.

Alustatalouden faktat ja myytit -podcastin isäntinä toimivat Aalto-yliopiston apulaisprofessori Robin Gustafsson ja yliopistolehtori Timo Seppälä. Podia juontaa William von der Pahlen.

Alustatalouden faktat ja myytit

Sarjassa pistetään luulot ja tiedot oikeaan järjestykseen ja pureudutaan asiantuntijavieraiden kanssa kohti alustatalouden hohtavan kuumaa ydintä.

Podcastit
Politiikkatoimet alustataloudessa uusimmat ETLA raportit

Other publications

Export Promotion Rationales and Impacts – A Review

We review the extant research on the government export promotion policy interventions, concentrating on export promotion agencies (EPA). Based on the research literature, the review synthesizes export promotion policy intervention rationale and economic justifications for the intervention, impact evaluations of the export promotion interventions, and current forms of export promotion. ETLA Raportit - Reports 100

Innovation Promotion Rationales and Impacts – A Review 

We review the extant research on the government innovation promotion rationales and impacts. Based on the research literature, the review synthesizes innovation promotion rationales, economic justifications for the intervention, impact evaluations of innovation promotion interventions, and current forms and mechanisms of innovation promotion. ETLA Raportit - Reports 99

Team

 Robin Gustafsson

Robin Gustafsson

Associate Professor
 Eero Aalto

Eero Aalto

Researcher, project manager
 Niko Lipiäinen

Niko Lipiäinen

Researcher
 Suvi Lavinto

Suvi Lavinto

Communications manager
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