- 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.