Digital Disruption of Industry

Digital Supply Chain

Digital Supply Chain – Systemic Value Transforming within Industrial Internet (DSC Core) –research project focuses on new value creation based on standardized business process and IoT data integration. The research focuses on how ecosystem integration can be accelerated by sharing relevant open standardized information and blockchain technology across organizations, and finding new effective methods to manage change across the supply chain. Information integration will contribute new business models to the ecosystem, which will be studied by systemic value creation perspective.

Project will also be executed as a case research where the integration pilots are executed by all stakeholders in the supply chain: buyer organizations, their suppliers, intermediator operators, transaction based financing and IT service providers.  All the stakeholders are also studied from the ecosystem perspective.

The aim of the pilots is to accelerate integration. The core companies in a supply chain are invited to the pilots to test and validate their system interfaces. Results are openly shared with the companies in the Digital Business Ecosystem (DBE). The DBE is an open development platform that aims to create new value by integrating supply chain processes and data.

The project is part of wider international research on Industrial Internet, where we cooperate with the following institutes: OASIS/UBL, GS1/RosettaNet US, RosettaNet Singapore, Technical University of Dortmund, Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics Germany sekä IBM Watson IoT US. Our research will contribute in the form of scientific articles and by providing new knowledge and new business models for integration practitioners.

The total budget is 580 000 euros where Tekes covers 60%, companies 14% and Lappeenranta University of Technology 26%. The project is governed by a steering board with representatives from Stora Enso Oyj, UPM-Kymmene Oyj, Fortum Power and Heat Oy, Metso Flow Control Oy, Sulzer Pumps Finland Oy, Ovako Imatra Oy Ab, Pöyry Oyj, Pohjola OP, Danske Bank Oyj, Collaxion Oy, Creacomp Oy. The project started 1 October, 2016 and will end 31 December, 2018.


Dr. Kari Korpela, Project management, Lappeenranta University of Technology

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