DSc (Econ) Seija Kulkki is a Professor (Emerita) of Management and Organization at Aalto University School of Business, Helsinki, Finland. Her doctoral thesis (1996) argues for Knowledge Creation of Multinational Corporations: Knowledge creation through action. From 2000-2010, she was a director (and founder) of the Center for Knowledge and Innovation Research (CKIR) at Aalto University School of Business. In 2006, during the Finnish EU Presidency, she acted on behalf of the Prime Minister’s Office of Finland and European Commission, DG: Information Technology and Media for the launching of European Network of Living Labs. The network was launched as a first step towards European Innovation System were industrial, city-based or regional innovation ecosystems may become connected to form a European-wide large-scale RDI infrastructure for collaborative experimentation and piloting of firms, academia, cities, citizens and developer communities for new information society services, technologies and businesses.
Kulkki has recently published Cities for New Growth and Socio-economic Dynamism? The Case of Smart Cities and RDI Driven Participative Democracy and Governance in a Special Issue of the International Journal of Public Administration in Digital Age (2016). She has also addressed social issues related to digitalization and open innovation with D.Sc. (Tech) Petra Turkama: Challenges of Open Innovation, in the Open Innovation Yearbook 2016 of European Commission DG: Connect. Currently, Kulkki is working with an experienced team on a book on Philosophy and Methodology of Large-scale Experimentation in Social Sciences and Humanities. During her stay at SCANCOR/ Weatherhead, her research interest relates to the changing firm-society relationship in the global economy: (i) what are the emerging collaborative strategies, structures, processes and governance that shape today’s firm-society relationships, and (ii) what are the consequent collaborative mechanisms of value and wealth creation. Kulkki has been a visiting scholar at INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France), the Center for Innovation Research, Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo, Japan), and SCANCOR, Stanford University (California, US).