Digital Transformation Roundtable

Digital Transformation Roundtable is a series of seminars organised by the Aalto Digi Platform and the Aalto Industrial Internet Campus initiatives. The seminars aim to gather people from different Aalto units and fields of research who are interested in the role of digital transformation in the broad scope of industry, retail, communications, finance, and media. Relevant topics include the nature, scope, and paths of progress of the digital transformation; its economic, design, societal and legal impacts; its business and management models; and its enabling technologies and methodologies.


The seminars are held every 2-3 weeks in Open Innovation House, Maarintie 6, 2nd floor open area at EIT Digital. Coffee is served from 9.30 onwards. No registration is needed. Welcome! 

Upcoming talks

Thursday 8 February, 2018 at 10-11.30

Digital transformation in financial services: "The Day after Fintech"

Ilkka Lähteenmäki, post-doctoral researcher, Aalto University


Do you want to give a talk? 
Feel free to send your suggested topic and abstract together with your short bio to suvi.lavinto [at] aalto [dot] fi ( )

Subscribe to Digiroundtable mailing list and you will receive information of upcoming talks. 


Past talks

Mikko Dufva
The Future of Work in the Digital World

Thursday 23 November, 2017

Future of work in the digital world

The future of work is a currently a hot topic. Digitalisation, platform thinking, and technological development disrupt existing industries, make many tasks obsolete, change the nature of work and create new opportunities. While much of the discussion is focused on how many jobs will disappear, what is perhaps more interesting is how jobs are reshaped. Some tasks will be automated, new ones will appear and new combinations of tasks create whole new professions. This presentation explores the changes to work brought by artificial intelligence, blockchain and digital platforms. In addition to describing trajectories of change, the focus is on the images of futures guiding the change and the assumptions about the skills and agency of workers in the future. Some possible policy actions to respond to the new challenges are also proposed. The presentation is based on research carried out in the Platform Value Now project funded by the Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland, and the Tulevaisuuden työn tahtotila project funded by the Prime Minister’s Office.


Mikko Dufva is a Research Scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland working in the field of foresight. He has completed projects and research related to the futures of work, the platform economy, synthetic biology, forestry, mining, and the use of renewable energy. He holds a Doctor of Science degree in Technology, and his dissertation was about knowledge creation in foresight from a systems perspective. He has broad methodological expertise ranging from systems thinking, decision analysis, and optimization to interactive planning, scenario analysis, and participatory methods.

Kimmo Karhu
Dimensions of Digital Space and Market

Thursday 9 November at 10-11.30 

Dimensions of Digital Space and Market
Where to grow in digital market? One can always go up and down the stack to integrate in the vertical dimension. Another dimension is to go horizontally. But what does horizontal mean for digital market? One can always reach to new platforms and submarkets inside existing business sector. On the other hand, one can expand digital assets to completely new business sectors and new customers. What are the other dimensions of digital space?

Kimmo’s presentation will explore the fundamental nature of digital stack and other dimensions of digital space. It will also discuss their implications to business from platform strategy perspective.


Kimmo is a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Computer Science at the Aalto University School of Science. His recent doctoral dissertation analyzed open platform strategizing in mobile ecosystems. Currently, he is the project coordinator for the Digital Disruption of Industry –project, a six year project funded by the Strategic Research Council (SRC) at the Academy of Finland.

Zhouyu (Joy) Wu
Effects of Rights, Contracts, and Access in IP: Experiments on behavioral mechanisms and licensing structures

Wednesday 25 October at 10-12 

The Effects of Rights, Contracts, and Access in IP: Experiments on behavioral mechanisms and licensing structures 


Data, a sub-category of information goods, requires particular study as wide-scale data-sharing is a new and growing market. It is a digital good that is costly to collect and curate, challenging to trade due to potential spillovers, and nearly impossible to protect under existing intellectual property (IP) laws. This market is affected by behavioural challenges when decisions are made to create, evaluate, protect, and disseminate data goods.

Empirical evidence of behavioural anomalies is vital in considering current and future inefficiencies in the IP market. Experimental studies can test for the presence of endowment and creator effects; the influence of contract structures on data spillovers; and the sensitivity of innovation outcomes due to data access types. 


Joy is a 3rd year PhD student at Cornell University’s Applied Economics and Management department. Her research areas are at the nexus of (1) innovation, technology, and intellectual property and (2) behavioural and experimental economics. Prior to joining Cornell in 2015, she was an economic consultant in Chicago, focusing on patent infringement in telecommunications litigation cases. She received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 2012.


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