• The effects of deepening digitalisation on the quantity, quality and content of human work
  • Taking into account the effects of digitalisation in business strategies and policy
  • The impact of global value chains on the competitiveness of Finland
  • The role of startup companies in economic renewal

The research programme deals with the impact of the creation, emergence and application of new knowledge on businesses, industries and society. The focus is often on the discontinuities and changes related to technological development. Many of the programme’s projects are strongly interdisciplinary. Almost every project involves cooperation with companies or other stakeholders.

The studies examine, among other things, the impact of the latest forms of digitalisation on the content, quality and quantity of human work and the impact of digitalisation on Finnish society, mainly through changes in the private sector. An example of the digital revolution is the emergence of a digital labour market. Among other things, the programme examines the motives and income generation of people working on a platform called Upwork.

Etla continues its research cooperation with Berkeley University on the commercial and social effects of digitalisation; the collaboration started in 2001.

The programme also examines the functioning of global value chains, through, e.g., a Brexit-related study on the indirect links between Finland and the UK generated through value chains.

Researches of the program

Research began 2019 Research ends 2020
This research plan comprises a comprehensive impact study on how Business Finland (BF) has succeeded in achieving the objectives associated with innovation and business subsidy funding and global network services. The data will be analyzed by the two-stage method:
Research began 2019 Research ends 2019
Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have long been studied as a form of business investment. Data sharing is a newly popular type of collaboration between industrial companies. For the first time a research is focusing on the impact of
Research began 2019 Research ends 2022
Shaping the Future in the Era of Intelligent Tools: AI and Beyond Over the past decades, information technology has driven societal development and economic growth. The continuing advance of digitalization has enabled individuals and organizations to leverage more and
Research began 2019 Research ends 2021
The objective of the TRIGGER research project is to provide EU institutions with the competence and the tools required to address global challenges through international collaboration and global governance. A part of the project focuses on examining the possibilities
Research began 2018 Research ends 2019
A consortium has been established between VTT Technical Research Center of Finland Ltd, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (ETLA), Aalto University, University of Helsinki, University of Jyväskylä, Silo.AI, and TMikko with a research focus on artificial intelligence,
Research began 2015 Research ended 2018
Work and Wealth in the Era of Digital Platforms (acronym: BRIE-ETLA 2015-2018) studies implications of digital platforms on business strategies and national policies. It consists of international scholarly, business and policy relevant, research joint effort of BRIE, The Berkeley
Research began 2016 Research ended 2019
Smart Work in Platform Economy (acronym: SWiPE) is the Academy of Finland and Strategic Research Council funded strategic research consortium, which studies how recent advances in digitalization changes content, quality, and quantity of human-performed work and implications of these
Research began 2015 Research ends 2020
The Digital Disruption of Industry -project acronym: DDI, http://ddi.aalto.fi/en/) 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
Research began 2014 Research ended 2018
Etla participates in Salwe Ltd’s Get It Done -program by conducting cost-benefit analyses of new forms of health diagnostics and care in collaboration with the participating companies. The program creates new technologies and practices for healthcare professionals to provide
Research began 2016 Research ended 2018
Finnish blockchain ecosystem consisting of public sector, research organisations and companies fully exploits the potential of blockchain technology in their research, business and technology portfolio. Finnish blockchain development and solutions are internationally competitive and well-known. The overall objective of
Research began 2016 Research ended 2017
The project studies the amount, quality and economic impact of startup entrepreneurs and their ventures. Even though large incumbent corporations are the cornerstone of the Finnish economy, startups are a necessary “feed” into longer-term creative destruction and thus economic
Research began 2016 Research ended 2017
Integrating platform competences toward network effects -project (acronym: iPlate) focuses on companies looking to tap into the network effects – using ecosystem and platforms value creation. The project identifies and strives toward unleashing platform competences that can be addressed