VTT’s Head of Information Service, Kirsi Tuominen, was awarded the
Tietojohtaja 2010 (Knowledge Manager of the Year 2010) reward in recognition
of her role in the international knowledge sector and as a pioneer in
knowledge management. The acknowledgement was awarded in connection with the
ICSTI and Tietopäivät annual conferences in Helsinki on 10 June.
Tuominen is a Master of Science in Technology and an MBA. She has also pursued
post-graduate studies at the Helsinki University of Technology (now part of
the Aalto University) and Harvard University in the United States. Tuominen
has previously worked for the Finnish Embassy in London and Teknos Maalit Oy;
she has served in roles based in Helsinki and Boston for Tekes – the Finnish
Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, and she has been the EU
representative in Brussels for the Foundation for Finnish Inventions. Tuominen
has served as head of VTT’s Knowledge Solutions since 2003.
“The aim of VTT’s Knowledge Solutions is to enhance the profitability of
research and innovation activities – relevance, speed and impact. Success in
the global competition entails absorbing knowledge and creating new knowledge
as well as new perspectives more efficiently and more quickly than your
competitors. VTT’s Knowledge Solutions draws on strong competence in the
refinement and analysis of scientific-technical, patenting and market
knowledge,” Tuominen says.
VTT’s Knowledge Solutions plays a role in utilising VTT’s internal knowledge
and enhancing its global visibility with the help of publishing services and
publication and research databases. In addition to VTT, Knowledge Solutions’
clients are technology-intensive companies and the public sector.
VTT’s CEO, Erkki KM Leppävuori, emphasises the strategic significance of
knowledge to VTT. “The key thing is to exploit existing knowledge and use it
as a base to develop new knowledge and solutions. That’s how we create a
genuine competitive advantage for both VTT and our clients. The ability to
manage and utilise information is the foundation of innovation and success.
VTT has successfully incorporated continuous international acquisition and
exchange of knowledge as part of its activities,” Leppävuori says.
“The recognition I’ve received belongs to the whole of VTT, where knowledge is
always seen as a strategic investment, and to the personnel of Knowledge
Solutions, who, with their multifaceted expertise, client-oriented approach
and enthusiasm, are making VTT a pioneer in the utilisation of knowledge,”
Each year the ICSTI conference gathers together a large group of leading names
and decision-makers in knowledge management from scientific organisations and
companies around the world. Together with the Society for Finnish Information
Specialists, VTT hosted the conference, which was held in Finland for the
first time on 10–11 June 2010. The theme of the conference this year was “From
Information to Innovation”, which emphasised the significance of knowledge as
a driver of scientific, technological and commercial development. Tietopäivät
2010 was organised in connection with the ICSTI conference.
References for VTT’s Knowledge Solutions: http://www.vtt.fi/service/inf/examples_results1.jsp
Website of the ICSTI (International Council for Scientific and Technical
Information) www.icsti.org Conference
The Society for Finnish Information Specialists is a public opinion leader in
knowledge-related activity, which gathers together the producers of knowledge,
the conveyors of knowledge, and the creators of new knowledge. It works to
promote the professional renewal and networking of its individual members, as
well as the development of the knowledge professions and sector represented by
its membership as a whole. www.tietoasiantuntijat.fi