Development of Future Center: A Case Study

  • Timo Rossi
  • Lorna Uden
  • Marja Naaranoja
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Complexity book series (SPCOM)


Innovation is vital if companies are to survive. This is particularly so when it comes to energy innovation. Companies and government as well as universities are actively seeking to develop and adopt of renewable energy technologies. Effective innovation requires collaboration between different types of companies (big companies, small and medium-sized companies, start-ups, customers, suppliers, consultants, manufacturers, service providers etc.) and other organizations (universities, research institutes, think tanks, public sector etc.) as well as consumers. To provide collaboration among the different stakeholders, the Future Center project is created to promote energy technology innovation in Vaasa. Future Center can be described a collaboration-based, future-oriented, creative and sustainable innovation environment for the companies and other organizations in Vaasa region’s energy technology cluster. This paper describes the development of the future center through the co creation of value and the lessons learned. It especially focuses on explaining the challenges and opportunities using knowledge management, value creation theories.


Open Innovation Small Company Future Centre Energy Innovation Service Dominant Logic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of VaasaVaasaFinland

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