Focus on business competitiveness and social well-being
VTT's new strategy approved in June gives greater support to impact and
benefits. The focuses selected for the strategy are the kind that will
increase the competitiveness of Finnish society and business life and bring
immediate benefits to customers and the society. During the strategy period
VTT will give up research areas that have no immediate benefit for business
and whose profiles are better suited to universities or other organisations.
VTT will also be reorganising its operations. Detailed preparation will be
carried out during Autumn 2013, before the new organisation comes into effect
on 1 January 2014.
According to the strategy VTT will target better impact through operational
focus, reorganisation and modes of operation. Other strategy starting points
include greater financial profitability, a strong scientific base and success
on the international competition field. Public and customer capital invested
in VTT must produce a healthy return.
VTT's role is to
support the development and renewal of business and society. Finland's
challenging economic situation places emphasis on the building of new
business, companies, ecosystems and networks. VTT will continue to play a
leading role in implementing these through its research and innovation
activities. VTT will also produce expertise based on technology, as well as
information in support of societal and political decision-making. According to
the strategy VTT will operate both internationally and in international
networks. VTT's internationalisation objective will be to complement national
expertise, to network Finnish companies, universities and research institutes
in international projects and, for its own part, to support international
research-intensive organisations in establishing themselves Finland. VTT will
be active in EU research and framework programmes.
The VTT strategy has three key focus areas
related to research and customer activities. These are Knowledge intensive
products and services, Smart industry and energy systems, and Solutions for
natural resources and the environment. The three focuses will also represent
VTT's business areas. In each of these focus areas VTT will strengthen
research and customer activity related to business networks, technological
foresight and innovation. VTT will use the focus areas to support the renewal
of business, industries and society and the generation of new business. One
important aspect will be the diversification of the export industry in all
areas. VTT's choice of strategic focus areas are well in line with those of
funding providers, universities and businesses.
strategy period VTT will relinquish research areas where no immediate benefit
to business has been identified and whose profiles are better suited to
universities or other organisations. Such areas will include basic research
related to fusion reaction, cancer mechanisms, and blood plasma and serum
metabolomics. VTT will also be giving up research areas for which customer
demand has weakened, for example mechanical wood-processing and graphic
printing. A number of negotiations have already been started with regard to
expertise in these areas, for example with universities.
to support strategy implementation
To implement the
strategy VTT will introduce a renewed organisational and operational model
from 1 January 2014. The new model will target flexibility, a lighter cost
structure, and the improved competitiveness of VTT. The activities of VTT
Group companies will continue under the current operational model.
of responsibility for VTT's senior management and management team members will
be as follows:
• Knowledge intensive products and services (business area): Petri Kalliokoski
• Smart industry and energy systems (business area): Jouko Suokas
• Solutions for natural resources and the environment (business area): Kari
• Strategic Research: Anne Ritschkoff
• Business Support Services and Management: Seppo Viinikainen
• HR: Riitta Tolvanen
• Legal and Governance: Matti Karhunen
• Finance: Timo Nurminiemi
• IT Management: Markus Ekman
• Communications: Olli Ernvall
Customer relationships the key
All customer and project activity will continue seamlessly during the change.
VTT's current structure will remain in place until the end of the year, with
the new organisation being introduced on 1 January 2014. VTT is seeking
greater impact through the renewed strategy and structure, for both customers
and society at large. VTT's objective will be to improve customer operations
and raise the level of customer satisfaction.