Pekka Berg, D.Sc. (Tech.), innovation leadership. His dissertation focused on measuring the performance of product development in Finnish companies and international technology-oriented programmes. Founding member of Innoman Oy.
Pekka’s main focus areas include the practices and organisational processes that are related to innovation management on both a strategic and operational level. According to Pekka, these areas are especially inspiring when the focus is on the management, customer insight, innovation activity speed and new business model development processes that are connected to the front end of the innovation process.
Pekka has also worked a lot with SMEs, where he has focused on business development, specifically from the perspective of commercialization. According to Pekka, results are reached when there is overall reflection on the company’s activities from the perspectives of customer insight, speed of development and new business models. The goal is always to design concrete measures and to put them into practice.
‘What motivates me is seeing these methods help organisations develop their innovation capabilities and competitiveness. What brings me the most joy is working with the great teams at both Innoman and our client companies,’ describes Pekka.
Pekka’s experience also spans the industrial sector and the academic world. He has researched and taught innovation activities at Tampere University of Technology, the University of Manchester, Stanford University, Aalto University and the University of St. Gallen. Over the years, he has collaborated with numerous well-known companies, both in Finland and abroad.
Pekka’s scientific career continues at an active pace. He conducts research, lectures at scientific conferences on innovation activities and leads the innovation management courses at Aalto University’s Aalto Ventures Program (AVP), Executive Education MBA programme and Diploma in Product Development (DPD) programme.
His books have been published both in Finnish and English. He has authored and co-authored approximately 100 scientific publications, the most recent of which is an article called Framing Perspectives on Entrepreneurship, that deals with the removal of obstacles to company’s growth.
‘My spare time is spent on renovating our house, tending to our garden, spending time at our summer cottage and playing badminton. I’m most passionate about stone and concrete construction, but sometimes I have to give in and fix my wife’s log and wooden houses as well.’