ETLA (The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy), started a fourth three-year round of collaborative research in 2011 to examine the Chaos or Turbulence in Digital Ecosystems as well as related national and global policy implications with an international group of researchers. The core research team includes economists and political scientists both from Europe (ETLA, University of Jyvaskylä, LMU Munich, and Scuola Superiore Sant Anna at the University of Pisa) and the United States (BRIE, the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy at the University of California at Berkeley, Georgia Tech, University of California at Davis, and Stanford University).

The fourth round builds on the research conducted during the earlier rounds: Some key findings of the first round were published in a book by Stanford University Press (Zysman & Newman, 2006). Some of the research conducted in the second round came out in a double special issue of the Review of Policy Research (an international peer-reviewed journal of Blackwell Publishing). The September 2011 special issue of the Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade (published by Springer) concludes the third round. Altogether more than one hundred scholarly articles and reports have been published in the course of the first three rounds of BRIE-ETLA collaboration in 2001–2011. Besides via written material, the findings and insights are shared with the business and research communities as well as decision-makers via formal and informal seminars, workshops, researcher visits, and meetings. BRIE-ETLA work has been and continues to be deeply interdisciplinary, international, and collaborative. The work in the past ten years has informed policy and academic debates on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

Research plan for 2011-2014

The overall research program consists of three main research themes:
  • Changing ecosystem / platform environments
  • Ubiquitous ICT
  • Creative destruction and re-allocation of human capital
  • New perspectives on intellectual property right (IPR) arrangements
  • What does the chaos/turmoil in the ICT space imply for policy?