Orchestration of R&D ecosystem

Orchestration of R&D ecosystem

The concept behind orchestrated action is to comprehensively manage project portfolios and networks. In practice research activity is project-based, so the composition of the group and its renewal constitute a relevant component of the success of research activity. R&D work takes place in several value-related and other networks, resulting in the increased importance of orchestrating within the network. The challenge for R&D work is to utilize active and multidisciplinary networks in support of project management, and to enable networks to function as based on the so-called network of network concept.


Orchestration model focuses on depicting the new operating approach of the developed model, which facilitates the creation of a novel solution- and future-oriented culture and its establishment as part of research and teaching communities. Based on orchestrating the ecosystem theory (Wallin, 2006, 2009) already sets a demand for several parties acting within the ecosystem to perform mutual inspections of the direction for obtaining the desired goal. Even so, one of the most central questions pertaining to the competitiveness of organizations and companies involves the recognition of changes in the working environment, and rapid reactions (Eskelinen, 2011). Markkula (2013) proposes orchestration as a dynamo for the regional activation of the ecosystem and Ba is a space, where members of the network feel safe and knowledge refines.


Research projects are no longer independent. Instead, they form a single contiguous mega-project within the research programme as a whole. A shared vision with its own interests guides the independent activities of individual parties. Through collaboration, it is possible to attain a competitive advantage and to utilize novel forms of information with new partners.

Complete operation models and tolerating uncertainty are part of the process. The profits are collected by those who are capable of participating in teamwork and are aware of their own result-driven goals along the short-term, long-term and intermediate scales. Since 2007, the academic  indicators of research have included more and more degrees, publications, patents, received research funding, internationality and societal impact.

Future Opportunities

The final target has been to facilitate the integration of new information and innovative, novel expertise as part of national and international networked activities as well as  combine intangible resources human capital, organization capital, market capital, and innovation capital into the orchestration model.

RYM Program

Energizing Urban Ecosystems (EUE)


Aalto University

  • Hannu Hyyppä
  • Marika Ahlavuo
  • Markku Markkula


Finnish Geospatial Research Institute FGI

  • Juha Hyyppä

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More info

Hyyppä, H.,Ahlavuo, M., Hyyppä, J.. 2014. Innovatiivinen opetus- ja tutkimusekosysteemi. In: Rautkorpi, Tiina; Mutanen, Arto, Vahanen-Nuutinen, Liisa (toim.), Kestävä innovointi; Oppimista korkeakoulun ja työelämän dialogissa. Helsinki 2014, Metropolia Ammattikorkeakoulu, 238-258.

Hyyppä, H., Ahlavuo, M., Hyyppä, J. Knowledge-based academic and educational ecosystem. The Photogrammetric Journal of Finland, Vol. 24, No. 1, 2014, , pp. 14-30.