Driving supplier innovations towards digitalization of infrastructure projects

Anna Aminoff, Markku Kiviniemi

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Digitalization offers huge possibilities in the infrastructure industry, and there is an increasing need for rapid development of digitalization. Innovation collaboration with suppliers and other external organisations is an important means to complement an organisation's knowledge base. The aim of this study is to explore how a public client can drive supplier innovations towards digitalization of infrastructure projects. To research the phenomenon empirically, an in-depth single-case study was conducted. Based on the data, a three level framework to drive supplier innovations was developed. The client should be active in influencing the supplier market by early interaction with potential suppliers. Innovation can also be procured. As the whole industry is built up in a project-based mode of delivery, it is important to understand how to enhance innovations developed as part of infrastructure projects. Here, the results directly support the investment project's goals.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Proceedings of The XXVII ISPIM Conference 2016
Number of pages13
PublisherInternational Society for Professional Innovation Management ISPIM
Publication date2016
ISBN (Print)978-952-265-929-3
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeB3 Article in conference proceedings
EventXXVII ISPIM Innovation Conference: Blending Tomorrow's Innovation Vintage - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 19.06.201622.06.2016


  • 512 Business and Management
  • open innovations
  • buyer-supplier relationship
  • procurement
  • digitalization


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