Current Projects

Current Projects

Digitally supported informing, advising and guiding practices for occupational health care to serve mobile and multi-locational workers and their organizations – DigiTANO (2016-2018)

Occupational health cares have the need to modify and develop some of their informing, advising and guiding practices (prescribed in the Finnish Occupational Health Care Act) to reach and serve mobile multi-locational workers in distributed organizations and project groups. The goal of provision of information, advice and guidance is to improve and support employees’ knowledge and skills in matters concerning the healthiness and safety of the work. These issues affect not only individual employees’ behavior but also the overall well-being at work in their customer companies and organizations. The project focuses on studying new practices by using on-line coaching tool for healthcare professionals. The themes under study cover how to manage mobile and multi-locational work specific workload factors individually as well as collectively in distributed teams and organizations.

The project will be conducted in collaboration with Aalto University, Turku University of Applied Sciences and the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. The research project is funded by the Finnish Work Environment Fund and partner organizations.

Contact information:

Doctoral student Johanna Koroma and prof. Matti Vartiainen
Tel. +358 50 435 8087

MatchDesign – Collaborative designs for value creation beyond boundaries (2015-2017)

The increasing dynamism, digitalization, and globalization of business challenges organizations to respond by creating new types of professional collaborations that are fluid and linked with customers and external partners. According to the latest research, as much as 70 % of inter-organizational partnerships fail to meet their objectives. Similar numbers have been estimated for global teams alike. Yet, researchers have paid scant attention to the design of intellectual capital to manage the demands of boundary-spanning collaborations.

MatchDesign project aims to unravel how the 30% – 40% of organizations who succeed in boundary-spanning design their intellectual capital for value-creating collaboration with partners, suppliers and/or customers. By utilizing different theoretical (international management, work psychology, and information systems) as well as methodological (qualitative, quantitative, and social network analysis) approaches, this research project will provide new theoretical understanding and applicable strategies, practices, and tools for practitioners’ use to develop boundary-spanning collaborations in global and inter-organizational settings.

Research partners:
Aalto School of Science: Niina Nurmi, Ph.D., Emma Nordback, Johanna Koroma, Merit Morikawa
Aalto Business School: Professor Kristiina Mäkelä, Tuuli Hakkarainen
UC Berkeley: Brandi Pearce, Ph.D.
Santa Clara University: Professor Terri Griffith
American University: Professor Alberto Espinosa

Contact information:

Dr. Niina Nurmi


POP-UP Knowledge work productivity research project
Social media: #PopUpResearch

The goal of the project is to create new research information and practical solutions to solve the productivity and wellbeing crisis of the current work life. The unit of analysis is human doing knowledge work in a physical, virtual, social, and emotional dimensions of a work environment. Aalto researcher concentrate on developing LifeScope methodology that has a role in measuring changes in the daily working life. LifeScope methodology utilizes mobile sensors and smartphones to better capture the relevant data. Vigofere Oy provides their product Mood Metric (a ring & an app) to be used in the project. The project also utilizes a POP-UP method developed in Tampere University of Technology to study and develop company partners. The method allows fast iterations of experimenting of changes in the practices and habits of workers and measuring the productivity and wellbeing effects of those interventions.

The developed concept is utilizable in many environments bringing the impact of the results significant. The project combines expertise and experience of relevant fields to solve problems central to Finland’s economy in a way that is repeatable also after the project.

Tekes funds this project in cooperation with the universities. The project is scheduled to run 1.1.2015-31.12.2016. The researcher consortium is multidisciplinary consisting of researchers from Performance Management team, Human-Centered Technology unit, and the Department of Architecture from Tampere University of Technology; and the Virtual and Mobile Work Research Unit from Aalto University.

The companies participating in the project are: Arkkitehtitoimisto Helamaa & Heiskanen Oy, Suomen Yliopistokiinteistöt Oy, Tampereen kaupunkiseudun elinkeino- ja kehitysyhtiö Tredea Oy, Martela Oy, and Vigofere Oy.

Contact to:

Ph.D. Student Eero Palomäki,

tel. +358-40-5654024



Smart and Flexible Work and Living in Metropolitan Areas (2013-2015) – CityWorkLife

As globalization, ICT development and environmental issues have increased the needs and enabled new types of work arrangements they have also multiplied the number of work locations. Public spaces (e.g. coffee houses, libraries), telecenters, and private homes have become common places of work. The project focuses on these new workspaces to develop flexible working and living in metropolitan areas. We explore how employees as citizens mix and melt work and living in and out of the ‘main office’, and how places and technologies integrate into working and living practices. We examine the other ways and places of work both from the perspective of organizations, supervisors, work groups, and employees as well as from the point of view of urban planning. The main goals of the project are: 1) to study different public and private places as flexible work environments and 2) to explore organizational, leadership and employee perspectives on flexible work in detail. Project’s partner organizations include TeliaSonera Finland, Finnair, Helsinki City Library, Workspace, Café Köket and Regus Finland.

The project will be conducted in collaboration with Aalto UniversityUniversity of California Santa Barbara and Santa Clara University. The research project is funded by Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation and partner organizations.

Contact information:

Dr. Anu Sivunen

tel. +358-40-7354279


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