To Network or not to Network? Analysis of the Finnish Software Industry – A Networking Approach

  • Katariina YrjönkoskiEmail author
  • Nina Helander
  • Hannu Jaakkola
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 240)


The purpose of this paper is to study the role of networking in the development and present situation of Finnish software companies. Although the target of interest of this study is Finland, the conclusions can also to some extent be applied to other countries with mature software industries. In Finland there is uniquely wide longitudinal material on the software business available; the software industry survey is an annual study targeted for the branch, which has already been repeated for 18 consecutive years. The study shows that networking has been a key trend in the industry and also a driver for internationalization, but as it has not been identified very well in networking literature concerning the software industry, there is a clear need for further examination of software industry networks.


Networks Software business 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katariina Yrjönkoski
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nina Helander
    • 1
  • Hannu Jaakkola
    • 1
  1. 1.Tampere University of TechnologyTampereFinland

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