Research on data sharing and data-driven business in International manufacturing companies


Taina Eriksson and Marikka Heikkilä from the Turku School of Economics' CCR unit are researching data-based business in six international manufacturing companies. The study identified the challenges of developing data-based business models and tested the effectiveness of agreements with companies to share information. The study was carried out in co-operation with Sitra, whose Fair Data Economy Code of Conduct and contract templates were found to be a good starting point for companies to agree on data sharing rules.

The research was carried out in close and fruitful collaboration with the participating companies. Juho Silmukari, innovation specialist at Konecranes says: "Our collaboration with UTU CCR in Industrial Data excellence project can be considered as a true pioneer work what comes to researching new data-based business opportunities in Finnish manufacturing industry. Despite the complexity of the topic, together with CCR we were able to discover several essential insights about future data economy and associated legal framework.”  

"Practical collaboration and research with UTU CCR was professional and smooth, and their capability to provide solutions amidst challenges helped all consortium to progress in the project. The results of collaboration will definitely help Konecranes in our near-future decision making regarding data economy and opportunities involved in it.”, Juho Silmukari continues.

The study was part of the Finnish Advanced Manufacturing Network's (FAMN) InDEx development project (2019-2022), in which the companies aimed to build an industrial data community and a common data platform in Finland.

DIMECC's InDEx (Industrial Data Excellence) program focused on digitalization in Finnish industry and building a data community and a common data platform. Konecranes, Danfoss, Elekmerk, Fastems, HT Laser, PrimaPower, Raute, SSAB and TietoEVRY participated in the program. The academic partners were Aalto University, the University of Tampere, the University of Turku, the University of Helsinki, the University of Jyväskylä and VTT. The InDEx program was co-financed by Business Finland and the participating companies.

Created 14.05.2022 | Updated 14.05.2022