Visit to MIT Sloan School of Management 2009-10
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a
word-class educational institution. From its establishment in 1986, its
primary purpose has been to contribute to practical world through
teaching and research, in fields ranging from science and technology to
social sciences, economics and business, humanities and arts. MIT
employs 10 500 individuals on campus and has more than one thousand
professors. Of its current faculty members, seven have won the Nobel
prize. In 2008–2009, MIT hosted almost two thousand international
scholars from 95 countries.
Jari Kuusisto had a visiting scholar status at one of
the MIT’s five schools, the Sloan School of Management, for four months
(10/2009 – 01/2010). Jari worked closely with professor Eric von Hippel
during his visit. Eric von Hippel’s research on the patterns in the
sources of innovation has been highly influential in innovation theory
and in the development of new innovation processes in business (e.g.,
Democratizing Innovation, MIT Press, 2005). His leading edge work in
user-driven innovation is contributing to the development of innovation
processes in various industries world-wide, as well as is influencing
the modification of governmental policies in the area.
During the visit at MIT Sloan, Jari and Arja Kuusisto
were able to deepen the on-going research co-operation with the Sloan
School of Management. This visit was most fruitful for the development
of the new ‘Demand and user-driven innovation policy approach and
action plan’ in cooperation with the Finnish Ministry of Employment and
Economy. New policy programme, ‘Demand and User-Driven Innovation
Policy Framework and Action Plan’ was published in February 2010. www.tem.fi/?l=en&s=2382
In addition to existing policy related work Prof. Hippel
and Jari are also working on new research initiatives that are planned
to commence later this year.
During their stay at the MIT Jari and Arja were able to
attend high quality research seminars, innovation lab events hosting
leading edge corporations around the world, as well as events promoting
public sector innovations. Among other things MIT Media Lab was one of
the most impressive places that we could get introduced during our stay
in Boston area.
In addition to MIT related activities Jari and Arja
prepared case studies and made interviews that are part of work for the
Finnish business partners in on-going CEOS-project.