BENI - Tampere University of Technology


Business Ecosystems, Networks, and Innovations (BENI)

The BENI group conducts research, teach, and makes collaboration to support renewal and competitiveness of Finnish industries. The focus areas of our research are:

  • Building and managing business ecosystems and business models

  • Development of business and supply chain networks

  • Innovation and knowledge management 

  • Project management  

In addition, the group is responsible for teaching of major in industrial and engineering management, in the MSc degree programme of Business and Information Technology at Department of Pori, TUT.

Contact person: Professor Marko Seppänen (+35840 588 4080,

Current projects

Integrating Platform Competences Toward Network Effects (iPlate)
Platforms are all about ecosystems network effects, allowing for scaling and profitability. The project “IPLATE Integrating platform competences toward network effects” 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 with a concept of digital stack, presenting a list for technical, business as well as policy making capabilities. The results benefit Finnish firms in integrating their platform competences to reap the opportunities of network effects and ecosystems for platform development and management, and Finnish policy making in identifying what kinds of support in forms of processes, approaches and instruments are needed. The project is realized in close collaboration and co-creation with different direct and in-direct stakeholder groups from lead-user companies, steering group members to public decision makers and members of the scientific community.

Radical and Incremental Innovations in Industrial Renewal (RAID)
This project will support the efforts of Tekes and Vinnova to plan, analyse and implement new generation of “smart innovation policies” that target specific regional manufacturing challenges and create framework conditions for manufacturing industries to create and capture value from radical innovations. At the heart of new “Smart Policies” is a shift towards innovation in firms that are more susceptible for radical innovation, as well as able to make competitive innovation more “lasting”.

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Towards relational business practices (REBUS)
The FIMECC REBUS program aims at making scientific breakthroughs in the area of networks and business ecosystems. The program challenges the participating firms to take major leaps in developing these practices as well as fundamentally change their underlying mindsets of managerial behaviour. The particular focus is on those relational business practices that are needed to act as a member in as well as to take advantage of various networks.  Big organizational innovations are rather paradigmatic changes in managerial thinking and organizational behavior than small-scale breakthrough innovations with high speed of diffusion. As results of the new research-based practices the REBUS program aims to create a collection of verified relational business practices that are proven in practice and shown to be advantageous in terms of innovation, growth and efficiency for networked firms. BENI group conducts a sub-project on R&D networks.

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Renewal and competitiveness of industries - new business models in networks (TEUVO)
The aim of this project is to improve the business knowledge of enterprises (to develop business models for the enterprise networks) and to measure and analyse its effects on both the area and the enterprises. The project aims to create opportunities for the regeneration of the industrial enterprises’ value-chains. Secondly, the project aims to support the measurement of Smart Specialisation in Satakunta region by creating appropriate indicators/measures to analyse the trends associated with smart specialisation in the enterprise and region level. The project is conducted in co-operation with University of Turku, Turku School of Economics, Pori Unit and Department of Pori, Tampere University of Technology.

Updated by: Marika Vapaala-Riikonen, 14.02.2017 13:06.
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