Erika has a multidisciplinary background having studied both Strategy and Venturing in Aalto School of Science and Finance in Aalto School of Business. Currently, she is involved in the DesignBites research project delving into research on design processes, ecosystems and creative collaborations.
In addition to her research work, Erika plays a role in communicating about Design Factory’s research – intriguing findings, new projects, and upcoming events.
Translating insight and creating tools for understanding
Social aspects of innovating design thinking
Teo is a social scientist with a background in social psychology, economic sociology and behavioural economics. His past research has involved group decision making, attitudes and behavioural patterns linked to identity including issues of trust, wellbeing, risk assessment, accountability and social tie effects among others. His research at the Design Factory focuses on mapping contextual factors that influence motivational, performance and cooperative aspects of organisational decision-making that can be enhanced by the design thinking approach.
In terms of Design Factory projects, Teo contributes primarily to Design+, DesignBites and DRIVE, studying how the design thinking approach and nuanced group dynamics can be leveraged for innovating business strategy.
In the private sector, Teo has been involved with building cooperative strategies between corporations and start-ups in addition to studying corporate experiences of innovating and integrating start-up expertise within complex and well-established companies.
Teo has a PhD in Economic Sociology from the University of Turku (2016).