Compact CCR history year by year 2011-2021


  • CCR officially starts its operation 1.3.2011 with the staff of three persons. By the end of the year staff size is already doubled. From the first year composition three people are still working in CCR. 
  • First funded projects are built on the legacy of the Institute for Competition Policy Studies and focus on competition and regulation in car inspection and gambling. 
  • CCR kicks off first Tekes-funded project late 2011 about business models in technology exports. 
  • Internally CCR organizes first internal events: innovation seminar and department roadshows to network with TSE researchers.


  • CCR organizes together with Literary Studies and Creative Writing a course about popularizing science. Students write brief popular texts based on academic papers and research reports.
  • CCR co-produces TV-series “Research and Impact” together with TS Group (Turun sanomat). The show brought researchers and stakeholders to discuss practices and impacts of research collaboration.
  • CCR conducts economic impacts analysis of European Capital of Culture year 2011. The report is still widely used in cities applying European Capital of Culture status.
  • CCR publishes a report “The Gaming Market in Finland”. The report gains wide public interest and controversy due to its stance for license-based gambling regulation. The report has been downloaded appr. 17,000 times.
  • CCR strengthens its role in marine research and starts multidisciplinary sector research platform Meridiem together with Centre of Maritime Studies. The platform is funded by University of Turku and The City of Turku.


  • REBUS-programme (Towards relational business practices) is awarded research funding from Tekes. It is still the biggest single project by monetary value CCR has co-prepared with consortiums resulting in €2 million of research financing for the university of Turku.
  • Three persons from CCR work for Sitra and develop assessment tools for service digitalization viability.
  • Solomon Darwin from Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley) visits CCR. During his visit to Turku, Professor Darwin gives an inspirational key note speech in Turku School of Economics’ innovation seminar, guides Finnish managers in CCR’s innovation workshop and has several meetings with professors and directors of Turku School of Economics.


  • CCR starts to act as one of University of Turku’s contact point for Fimecc Oy, which later became Dimecc Oy, a co-creation ecosystem and innovation platform where UTU is now a shareholder.
  • CCR starts to chair and coordinate TSE’s Committee for Corporate and Society Relations, extending membership to external organisations starting from 2018.
  • CCR establishes Up Your Game research network. 80 researchers from every faculty of the UTU participated in the network. Network is funded by City of Turku.
  • Multidisciplinary Play for Reward research project is awarded by Tekes funding. The research group coordinated by a folklorist consists of business researchers, psychologists, neurologists, psychiatrists, and nursing scientists.
  • The first Jufo3-level article by CCR staff published in Technological Forecasting and Social Change.


  • The first TSE for the Future Forum is organized around theme of market disruptions.
  • CCR plans and organises the first ever Business Innovation Camp, and based on the experience and feedback decides to continue and expand the concept.
  • ENVISION (Empowering European SME business model innovation) –project kicks off as part of EU Horizon 2020 –program. Prepared in the collaboration with eight European partners, the project is the first research grant from the Horizon-program received in the University of Turku.
  • CCR prepares in collaboration with Finland Futures Research Centre and Brahea Centre an analysis of University of Turku research and education activities related to maritime sector and sea-related subjects. The result acts as foundation for sea and maritime studies thematic profiling area and Academy of Finland profiling application.


  • CCR kicks off the first ever TUTL (now called Research to Business, R2B) project in the School of Economics for digital gaming and user profiling. Later the project results in a start-up company Kinrate Analytics Ltd (
  • Each and every project application submitted by CCR to Tekes receives positive funding decision – something that has not happened since the year.
  • ENVISION project wins the Computable Award for ICT supplier for SME in the Netherlands. “Well done for an educational institution that makes the interactive platform available, with a collection of tools, information, networking, support and a community to help European SMEs to innovate their business models”.
  • The first research director position (professor level) starts at CCR.


  • CCR, in collaboration with University development services, prepares university’s research and development activities in relation to Climate Leadership Coalition (CLC) policy and collaboration.
  • A total of 20 researchers from the Turku School of Economics are part-financed by CCR-induced projects.
  • In January 2017 the LITO project (National basic business studies), initiated by Association of Business Schools Finland, receives three-year funding from the Ministry of Education and Culture. CCR staff is involved in the coordination of the program and provides also teaching for the business simulation course.
  • CCR becomes a member of the steering group of Sote-akatemia, participating in building a platform for education and research collaboration beyond disciplines and professions in the social and health care services and education industry.


  • CCR develops and kicks off new research laboratory - Laboratory of Business Disruption Research – in the School of Economics in collaboration with seven major corporate partners (Aller Media, Bayer Nordic, IBM Finland, OP Group, PWC, Rolls-Royce, Valmet Automotive).
  • CCR organises the first international Innovation Camp in Singapore in collaboration with Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) and corporate partners.
  • CCR achieves its best research publication scoring result (publication points per full-time equivalent person) in the School of Economics placing it to 4th position among 15 units.
  • 27 universities worldwide participate in CCR managed and coordinated VIBu (global online business simulation and learning) training sessions. Over 2500 study points (ECTS) are produced.
  • The most challenging year, annus horribilis, in CCR history as most external research financing applications do not succeed. We seem to do all things wrong…


  • New research director position (professor level position) starts in CCR in the area of industrial innovation studies funded by the Academy of Finland profiling funding.
  • CCR concepts new student co-working space called K-Lounge in collaboration with K Group (Kesko) grocery retailer, university library and facilities services. K-Lounge opens in September.
  • LITO program is awarded National Teaching Achievement of the Year prize by the The Finnish Business School Graduates (Suomen Ekonomit).


  • The accumulated external research financing (co-)planned and (co-)applied by CCR and granted for the School of Economics and other faculties exceeds 10 million euro.
  • CCR, part of the research consortium, receives funding from the Strategic Research Council (SRC) established within the Academy of Finland for the CLIMATE-NUDGE:  Using behavioural sciences for steering communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fortify carbon sinks.
  • Operating virtually for most of the year, CCR organizes or facilitates a total of 58 seminars, workshops and webinars.
  • CCR is re-organized into three research groups: Business Renewal, New Ventures, and Disruption Laboratory.


  • CCR turns from a baby to a 10-year youngster and celebrates the anniversary later in the year, should the corona situation allow that.
  • CCR has a staff of 13 persons and looks forward for new research collaborations within the university and between university and business.

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