Innovation analysis tool for SMEs

Project Skills

  • business & concepts
  • coding
  • design & art
  • governance
  • media & communications
  • social science

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The brief

The aim of this proposed project is to develop a web based innovation analysis tool concept for SMEs. The online tool aims at facilitating the development of SMEs’ innovation capabilities and activities in an inspiring and engaging way.

The background

The initiator of this project is University of Tampere, School of Management, Research Group for Urban and Regional Studies SENTE. Consequently, the analysis tool is based on a theoretical model developed within academic research (Kolehmainen 2016). So, the challenge is to “commercialize”, i.e. to turn the theoretical model into an analysis model that can be used by various SMEs in Finland and beyond. This kind of work should be done in close collaboration with companies, and having it started prior to any engagement with businesses will provide us a running start. Thus, this Demola project aims at providing us with the 0.9 version of the analysis tool. Our aim is to continue its development with SMEs. For this purpose, the aim is to launch a project involving parties both from Finland and Sweden. The development process with the SMEs is much easier to start with working demo on hand that can be refined and augmented with features that will actually add value to SMEs’ innovation.

The problem

The main target of the analysis is to facilitate the innovation of SMEs. This will increase companies’ operational efficiency and enables them to optimize allocation of resources. Systemization of SMEs’ innovation activities is expected to speed up the commercialization of new products and services. Additionally, the idea is to gather empirical data on SMEs’ innovation via the use of the analysis tool. The interactive nature of the analysis tool is based on the accumulation of the data. In addition to the actual analysis, the data could be used for the research and development purposes. In terms of research, the data increases our understanding concerning the actual innovation activities of SMEs. In terms of development work, the data helps the involved development organizations to direct and reshape their policy measures and services. The main problem is how to make the online analysis tool rigorous, modular and informative, but still easy, and even fun to use. How would SMEs to use this tool? What services could we provide for companies by utilizing this tool? In this respect, great attention should be paid to the user-friendliness and easy access of the analysis tool. Consequently, the principles of gamification could be applied to improve the user engagement, efficiency and the applicability of the analysis tool. We are looking for students with interest in business and innovation studies, knowledge management, web / graphical design, digital games & gamification, data bases and on-line education.