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European Touch Ltd.


European Touch Ltd works in the leading edge of innovation pushing forward the frontiers of innovation management. We are operating as a networked operation in Boston, MA, USA and Finland. These bases provide an ideal access to leading academic knowledge around MIT, Harvard University and numerous other leading knowledge organizations. Our global network links us to leading innovation policy developers in Europe and USA.

Over the 25 years time we have consolidated position as a trusted partner in the development of public sector policies and business enterprises. Our practical capabilities have accumulated in the projects that have been carried out in numerous countries and with leading international organisations.

Our core competences are based on leading edge research and in-depth understanding of the socio-economic developments. Our consultants are actively engaged in research in the leading research institutions such as MIT Sloan School of Management, University of Sussex, University of Leuven, Durham University, Kingston University, Helsinki School of Economics and Lappeenranta University of Technology.

Company

European Touch Est. 1987

European Touch Ltd. was established by Dr. Jari Kuusisto and his businesassociates in 1987. Business started in Helsinki as an international enterprise that promoted Nordic businesses, technology and services for the booming Japanese markets.

Since then European Touch has developed into high level adviser for public administration in Europe, Australia and North America. It has completed projects fore more than 10 national governments OECD and European Commission are among the clients.

In the private sector European Touch Ltd. has designed and implemented internationalization strategies for its business clients. Outcomes of practical business projects include setting up of a global sales network for the 12 key markets.

European Touch Ltd. is a member of IP Commission at the International Chamber of Commerce based in Paris. It has accumulated international expertise on intangibles creation, commercialization and capitalization. In this context IPR represents only one aspect of the comprehensive set of IP management skills.

News


June 2015 – Eine Open-Innovation-Strategie für Österreich – Grundlagen, Handlungsfelder and Masssmahmen June 17, 2015 - During the first part of 2015 Julius Raab Stiftung organised a number of expert workshops in Vienna with the aim to develop an open innovation strategy and action plan for Austria. The report can be downloaded from the link below. http://www.juliusraabstiftung.at/unsere-ideen/open-innovation/128,eine-open-innovation-strategie-fuer-oesterreich.html Read more
March 2015 – Midway evaluation of Center for Service Innovation commissioned by The Research Council of Norway March 25, 2015 - Center for Service Innovation (CSI) is a coordinated effort by the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) to focus on the innovation challenges facing the service sector. CSI aims to enhance the innovation capabilities of its business and academic partners. It is one of the 21 Norwegian Centers for Research-based Innovation (SFI), funded by the Research...

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March 2015 – Evaluation of Tekes international offices – Reaching for Knowledge, Innovation and Markets March 17, 2015 - The evaluation analyses the outputs and impacts of Tekes international offices work. The recommendations have already been utulised in the development of Tekes international offices network as well as in the new Tekes strategy. The work is carried out in cooperation with Technopolis Group Eesti. Report can be down loaded from the link: http://www.tekes.fi/globalassets/julkaisut/1_2015_reaching_out_for_knowledge_innovation.pdf Read more

Expertise

European Touch Ltd provides knowledge and services for its clients helping them to develop new improved solutions in public administration and business. With over 20 years of experience serving as a trusted and established consultant to international policymaking organisations and governments throughout Europe in the areas of innovation policy research and development, We are proud of the contributions that we have made to thought leadership and expertise affecting innovation policy on an international scale.


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Our core competences include innovation studies

Our core competences include innovation studies, innovation management, and innovation policy development. Intangibles management from creation to commercialization and capitalization represent another key competence area closely related to emerging IPR field.

Specific topics include:
  • innovation process development,
  • Intangibles management beyond the traditional IPR
  • innovation policy design, development and renewal
  • open and user innovation management,
  • innovation indicator development
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Our specialised expertise is both deep and broad

Our specialised expertise is both deep and broad, spanning intellectual property policy, business and service innovation, and demand- and user-driven innovation on a global scale. A selection of my notable contributions to the field includes:

  • Acting as principal consultant for African Innovation Index development for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
  • Partnered with MIT and EIM in innovation indicator development project for end-user / consumer innovations.Overseeing policy framework development for demand- and user-driven innovation promotion commissioned by the Ministry of Employment and Economy, Helsinki, Finland.
  • Acting as principal consultant for a service innovation / policy development think tank commissioned by EPISIS Innonent.
  • Managing a Customer Excellence research project focused on R&D services, commissioned by Tekes SERVE Innovative Services Programme.
  • Leading a study into Implications for Innovation Policy as a key contributor to the Innovation Policy Review of the Commonwealth of Australia.
  • Orchestrating a high-profile Services and Innovation international conference in partnership with Tekes and the Finnish EU Presidency.
  • Acting as research coordinator and editor of an 11-country OECD KISA project investigating the role of knowledge-intensive services in innovation.
  • Elsewhere on this website we provide a more comprehensive account of our professional and publication history. We always welcome the opportunity to discuss our potential contribution to your organisation in further detail.
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References

2014 – Evaluation of Tekes international offices

2014 – International assessment of service innovation and business model model innovation supports

2013 – Data Innovation based business model renewal for Finland based engineering firm.

2012-2013 Scalable business model development for a Finnish legal firm.

2012-2013 Innovation Index for Development (AIID), a joint initiative of UN ECA and African Innovation Foundation (AIF)

2011-2012 Service Innovation Policy Benchmarking in 11 EU member states, South Korea, China and USA.

2010-2011 Study and business model development for the Nordic User Driven Competence Centres, Nordic Innovation Centre / Nordic Council of Ministers

2010-2012 Scientific coordinator for the EPISIS project that facilitates transnational cooperation between policy-makers and innovation agencies in the field of services innovation through parallel policy, strategic and operational level activities, European Commission DG Enterprise / Tekes

2009 Policy framework development for demand and user-driven innovation promotion, commissioned by the Ministry of Employment and Economy, Helsinki, Finland

2009 Service innovation promotion programme development for the Austrian Innovation Agency FFG

2008-2010 Customer Excellence on services R&D (CEOS), research project under Tekes SERVE innovative services programme

2008-2009 Discontinuous Innovation in services, DIP-FI, research project under Tekes Liito programme

2006-2009 Modular set of instruments for the support of service innovations in the field of business related services (SERVNET), EUREKA / Tekes research programme

2007-2008, Project leader; Towards High Performance Services – Implications for Innovation Policy, contribution to the Innovation Policy Review of the Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra, Australia

2006-2008 Conceptualising Service Innovation Process (SCR-06) for TEKES under SERVE innovative services programme

2007 Impact evaluation of publicly funded R&D projects: Differences between service- and industrial sectors, evaluation assignment for Tekes.

2007-2008, Project leader; Services and Innovation – Policy Best Practice Study – Forfás – Services Strategy Group (SSG), Dublin Ireland.

2007-2008 Research and development activities in services, DG Research / CREST Working Group, analysis of R&D activities in services, cases and policy implications.

2006-2007 Coordinator and contributor to the Innovation Policy Project on Services, project with 13 European Countries and regions, Inno-Net SSA, Tekes / European Commission

2006 Scientific coordinator of the high level international conference – Services and Innovation. Tekes, in connection with the Finnish EU presidency

2002- 2006 Research coordinator and editor of the 11 country OECD KISA-project on the role of knowledge intensive services in innovation