The free seminar series, organised in cooperation between Tallinn University of Technology and Tallinn City Enterprise Department, help a starting entrepreneur with the necessary knowledge in a modern business environment. Lectures started in January and take place once a month at TalTech Mektory Innovation and Business Center.
January 23 from 10 a.m. to 11:30
a.m. TalTech Mektory Innovatsiooni HUB, 0-floor,
room Mek-031 at Raja 15
„The Estonian success model of
Juhana Ainamo, Professor of International Business
at TalTech School of Business and Governance
What is the Estonian model of entrepreneurship? It is well
known in research that entrepreneurship has tended to be
different from one country to another in the same way as it has
been from one industry to another. The French have historically
been good at setting up hierarchical models in the model of
luxury fashion, Italian entrepreneurs have built their business
around their family, friends, and neighbors. The Americans are
good at global outsourcing to the extent that has sometimes
gone as far as that little else is integrated than the
product brand. Swedes have made large "market investments"
rather than investments in production capacit. The Finnish tend
either often to be go for "business as usual", unless there has
been a very creative entrepreneur. Against this background,
what is the Estonian model of entrepreneurship. In this
presentation, based on extensive research into Estonian
startups, Antti Ainamo argues that the Estonian entrepreneur is
marked by a hybrid or mix of two kinds of particular
competences: those related to "logistics", on the one hand, and
those related to "digitalization", on the other hand. Cases
including those of Tallink, Skype, Playtech, Starship
Technologies, Sorainen Law are discussed.
Antti Ainamo is Professor of
International Business at TalTech School of Business and
Governance since 2019 and Research Director of the
International Entrepreneurship and Innovation research group.
Internationally well known especially for his research on
institutional entrepreneurship, new and temporary forms of
organizing, as well as fashion and other design business.
Research and work experience at e.g. Stanford University,
London Business School, Oxford University, Gothenburg
University, Swedish School of Textiles, Aalto University, St.
Petersburg Polytechnic University, and Tongji University.
The seminar is free, but pre-registration is required
Tel: 640 4225
Tel: 620 4102