Organisational Culture as the Mechanism for Internationalising Innovation Platforms

DS 81: Proceedings of NordDesign 2014, Espoo, Finland 27-29th August 2014

Year: 2014
Editor: Miko Laakso, Kalevi Ekman
Author: Oinonen, Paivi
Series: NordDESIGN
Institution: Aalto University, Finland
Section: Collaboration, communication and co-creation in design and development
Page(s): 183-192
ISBN: 978-1-904670-58-2


Aalto University Design Factory (ADF) is a passion-based co-creation platform, which aims to change the paradigm of industry collaboration in universities. Simultaneously the ability to respond to innovation challenges of globalized industries creates a demand to develop an international network on innovation platforms. Therefore, in the light of the theory that supports culture as means of achieving change objectives, this study explores the key factors for creating a global network and to establish the parameters to help it succeed. This case study of ADF indicates that its culture is focused on platform thinking providing a conceptual and physical operational environment for a diverse range of stakeholders. Based on the findings Design Factory culture can be characterized as one to embrace diversity. This suggests the culture could lend itself to be used as a governing mechanism as it can act as an umbrella culture for the global network, in which local factories develop their own identities.

Keywords: Internationalization, innovation, organisational culture, global network, education


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