Research focus of KSI is ”Operational Excellence of Micro Enterprises”. Our research aims are 1) to develop micro, small and medium-sized enterprises; 2) to investigate production engineering; and 3) to provide scientific knowledge and to promote new innovations and rapid experimentations in order to develop the operational excellence of enterprises. Impact in society and regional development are important for KSI research.

The research is mainly based on infrastructure located outside the main campus of University of Oulu: ELME Studio in Nivala (engineering works innovations), CallioLab in Pyhäjärvi (underground research infrastructure) and LivingLab of Micro Enterprises (Northern Finland). KSI is actively developing these infrastructures together with organizations in the region but also nationally.

KSI has succeeded in making remarkable increase in research activities conducted in its operational region. Furthermore, also notable international cooperation has been created in key research areas. The operation is most actively carried out in the following research and development groups:

Micro-Entrepreneurship Research, MicroENTRE

Micro-Entrepreneurship Research Group MicroENTRE was launched in 2011. The establishment of a new research group was based on a common view of the opportunities of micro-entrepreneurship research activity to generate high-level scientific research to support growth, development and vitality of the enterprises operating in the region. The research group acts in close cooperation with local enterprises, business development companies and intermediary organizations while it is also building national and international cooperation networks in the selected focus areas.

The key research themes of MicroENTRE are related to the development of the regional entrepreneurial climate, promoting enterprise growth, internationally oriented activities and financial and incentive systems, comprehending the business environment in northern sparsely populated areas and supporting research, development and innovation activity.


Future Manufacturing Technologies, FMT

The Future Manufacturing Research Group focuses on processing techniques and methods of plate type material. The specialist area is lightweight and hard structures. Research includes ultra-strength steel and their workability, short heat treatments in improving the characteristics of steel, and tailored small-series production of steels, as well as cost-effective production automation. Furthermore, the research focuses on mechanical strength of structures including impact of machining and different conditions, production technical planning and prototyping as well as fastener and tool technology.

Majority of the researchers work in ELME Studio in Nivala. The research group offers services for companies and other organizations.


Regional Innovations - develoment, internationality and new openings

Our major operations of the regional innovations are participation in regional strategy work and RDI cooperation as well as finding new possibilities together with enterprises and other organizations. Operation models are developed for both enterprise and public sector use. This strengthens the possibilities of the SMEs and other organizations to participate in international RDI projects.

Callio Lab is an underground environment for innovation, research and other activities.


Last updated: 12.3.2019