The determined promotion of exports and internationalisation in Finnish business life is increasingly important. An efficiently operating Team Finland network plays a key role in this. According to an assessment published by the Government’s analysis, assessment and research activities on 6 June, the operating model of the network has clearly developed but there is still room for improvement in the network activities.
Especially SMEs and midcap companies that operate on the international market have benefitted from export promotion services, in particular over the short term, and have managed to increase their exports to new markets faster than other companies. On the other hand, the analysis did not find statistically significant impacts with regard to turnover, added value and productivity. However, indications of longer-term impacts on companies’ business operations could be detected in the qualitative assessment.
The Team Finland operating model and the network’s customer guidance have clearly developed, which has improved the impacts yielded by internationalisation services. There is still room for improvement in the network’s internal division of tasks and flow of information and the service promise still needs clarification. In addition, private-sector internationalisation services are not used efficiently enough as part of the Team Finland network. According to the assessment, the challenges related to the guidance and operations of the network can nevertheless be solved on the basis of the current operating model.
In the future, it is important to continue to develop the knowledge base of the impact monitoring and assessment of internationalisation services and the Team Finland network.
The assessment recommends the following actions, among other things, for developing the Team Finland operating model. Some of the recommendations have already been promoted in the ongoing internal development work of the network:
The assessment was conducted by 4FRONT Ltd and Etlatieto Oy Ltd. Etla’s Researcher Ilkka Ylhäinen was responsible for the research project at Etla. Research Director Heli Koski and Researcher Mika Pajarinen were also part of the project.
The publication is part of the implementation of the Government Plan for Analysis, Assessment and Research for 2021.
Managing Director Vesa Salminen, 4FRONT Oy, p. 040-1252 370