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Archived Curricula Guide 2016–2018
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TM063061 TMS43/YRS12 Innovation Ecosystems in the Global Economy 6 ECTS
Organised by
Economic Geography
Person in charge
Päivi Oinas
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2016–2017 X

Learning outcomes

The student develops the skills to analyze and evaluate how processes of knowledge creation and innovation benefit from agents and interactions amongst users and producers in supportive environments, dubbed "innovation ecosystems" to understand the local and global interconnections of such ecosystems; and to understand the differences in the operation of the ecosystems in different institutional environments around the globe.


The process of generating new knowledge and applying it in innovative activities benefits from interactions of economic and other agents in what can be called "innovation ecosystems". These systems are formed by producers and users of products and services, multiple stakeholders (such as universities, research institutes, financiers, government bodies, local development agencies, etc.), and their interactions. Innovation ecosystems are often concentrated in specific localities or regions but their key agents and processes are at the same time typically connected to related agents, processes, and other ecosystems in different parts of the world. Examples of a range of innovation ecosystems around different products, services, technologies and platforms will be discussed during the course, both in advanced service economies and in developing economies. The role of universities in innovation will be highlighted. The global connections of ecosystems, and the challenges of building bridges across institutional environments and sharing views on sustainable innovation across systems will be explored.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 24 h 0 h
Group work
Independent work

Lectures by an interdisciplinary team at UTU (Päivi Oinas & Jarmo Nikander, economic geography; Jussi Jauhiainen, geography; Jarna Heinonen, entrepreneurship) and visitors; 24 hours (4h/week).

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
  • In English
Study journal / learning diary
  • In English

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
Assignments and learning diaries.

Recommended year of study

4th or 5th year

Belongs to following study modules

Department of Management and Entrepreneurship
Department of Management and Entrepreneurship
Optional studies (Entrepreneurship)
Turku School of Economics
Department of Marketing and International Business
Valinnaiset opinnot (Economic Geography)
Department of Marketing and International Business
Vaihtoehtoiset opintojaksot (Economic Geography)
Department of Marketing and International Business
Department of Management and Entrepreneurship
Turku School of Economics
Department of Management and Entrepreneurship
Syventävät opintojaksot (Entrepreneurship)
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
Department of Marketing and International Business
Operations and Supply Chain Management
Economic Geography
International Business
Economic Sociology
Business Japanese
Business Chinese
Finnish Study Modules
Multilingual Business Communication