Digital Disruption of Industry

Multidisciplinary research project DDI

The Digital Disruption of Industry (DDI) -project studies the impacts of digitalization to the Finnish society through the lens of the industry. The next industrial revolution has already started with digitalization making it possible to create intelligent and networked products and produce significant added value. Over 40 professors and researchers are working together across disciplines and organisations to provide a holistic view on the change. The research is funded by the Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland. The project started late 2015 and will finish by spring 2021. 

Check out our research teams at AaltoETLALUTUTU and VTT .

Industry 4.0
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Policy Brief proposes solutions for increasing productivity
11 January, 2021

Digitalisation did not increase productivity as expected - researchers propose solutions for increasing productivity. There are large sector-specific differences in productivity with room for improvement, especially in manufacturing and construction.

Link to the news article in English
Link to the policy brief in Finnish

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Policy Brief recommends reporting obligations for the ICT sector's energy consumption
7 Jan, 2021

The majority of Finland's ICT emissions are generated outside our borders. It's difficult to obtain information on the environmental impact of IT. Digital Disruption of Industry researchers recommend unified, cross-boarder reporting obligations for the ICT sector. The policy brief is available in Finnish, but you can read the news in English.

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Finns’ use of data is growing rapidly and increasing electricity consumption in the entire ICT sector

The use of mobile data is growing fast in Finland, compared to other countries, reveals a recent report

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Four Tactics for Implementing a Balanced Digital Platform Strategy

Digital platforms, such as Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, face two major challenges in maintaining their competitive positions. First, the ever-increasing variety of third-party apps risks fragmenting a platform and requires the platform owner to use controls to maintain platform unity. Second, a too-open approach may invite competitors to exploit a platform. A balanced digital platform strategy requires a platform owner to deploy four tactics—leverage, control, exploit, and defence—to make the necessary trade-offs between variety and unity, and open and closed.

Check out a recent MISQ Executive article by Kimmo Karhu, Robin Gustafsson, Ben Eaton, Ola Henfridsson and Carsten Sørensen. 

Research focus

The Digital Disruption of Industry -project aims to model the digital disruption and to strive for active measures for influencing the direction and speed of the change. Based on the research the project will provide policy proposals that support the success of Finland and Finnish companies.

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Digital Disruption of Industry studies how digitalisation changes industry

News

Professor Kari Tammi
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Professor Kari Tammi’s group develops digital twins for industrial use

A digital twin refers to a virtual model of a machine, equipment or even a whole production plant.
Risto Ojala
Honoured, Studies Published:

Best student paper award for Risto Ojala for an innovative way of improving traffic safety with pedestrian localisation

IEEE Finland Section awarded Risto Ojala, a student at Aalto University, with the best student journal paper award 2020
A magician is waving his wand and hype terms big data, 5G, IoT appear from his hat
Research & Art Published:

Digitalisation did not increase productivity as expected - researchers propose solutions for increasing productivity

There are large sector-specific differences in productivity with room for improvement, especially in manufacturing and construction.
Drawing of people using their smart phones.
Research & Art Published:

The majority of Finland's ICT emissions are generated outside our borders – So our reporting must be adjusted

It is difficult for companies and consumers to obtain information on the environmental impact of information technology. Researchers recommend unified, cross-boarder reporting obligations for the ICT sector.
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