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Seinäjoki University of Applied science is a local municipality-owned Finnish institution of higher education based in six municipalities of Southern Ostrobothnia.The Finnish higher education system is divided into traditional research universities, which focus more on academic research, and universities of applied science, which emphasize more working life connections. Seinäjoki UAS is a university of applied science. See Finnish educational system. Wikipedia.

Imppola J.,Seinajoki University of Applied Sciences
Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST | Year: 2016

This paper will give an overview of the logistic situation in Finland, especially on the sustainability viewpoint. Finland has quite extraordinary logistical situation in both international and national logistics. The need for transportation is significantly higher than any other EU country mostly because the geographical position and national economic structure. Because of these handicaps our transportation performance in both materials and persons is high comparing to other EU countries. This is a significant challenge for sustainable development, which is today one of the cornerstones in EU policies. How to cut down the energy consumption and emissions created in Finland by everyday logistics without distracting the holistic functionality of our society?. © ICST Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering 2016. Source

Aho A.-M.,Seinajoki University of Applied Sciences
Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing | Year: 2015

Manufacturers are using data obtained from sensors embedded in products to create innovative after-sales service offerings. Service offers companies significant opportunities to create and capture economic value. Firms are increasingly focusing on how they can deliver services that help their customers deliver value. Service providers are shifting from being ‘doers’ to becoming ‘problem solvers’, capable of orchestrating the delivery of complex services. ABC, a product manufacturing company is moving from a product manufacturer to a product-service system (PSS). However, the shift from a product to a PPS system is not trivial. This case study shows how the use of the product data analytics service (PDAS) model can help companies who are contemplating using Big Data to provide competitive services. Understanding what is happening in the shift to services is vital to the future success of all product companies. Keywords: Servitization, Data analytics, Big data, Product-service system (PSS) © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015. Source

Lansiluoto A.,Seinajoki University of Applied Sciences | Lansiluoto A.,University of Vaasa | Jarvenpaa M.,University of Jyvaskyla
TQM Journal | Year: 2012

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to investigate how and why a case company integrated an environmental management system (EMS) into a performance management system (PMS), specifically a balanced scorecard (BSC). Design/methodology/approach - This interpretative case study utilized qualitative methods in semi-structured interviews, internal documents and e-mails. Findings - The company integrated its environmental measures into the process perspective in its BSC. The integration centralized its fragmented PMS, stimulated its strategic control and complemented its financial reporting. This integration also crystallized the causality between the company's environmental actions and financial performance. Therefore, the integration enabled improvements to environmental performance and strengthened the finance-oriented culture of the company. Research limitations/implications - The study has general limitations associated with the qualitative methods used. Originality/value - The paper shows that environmental measures are worthwhile elements to integrate into the process perspective of a PMS if a company is in an industrial sector. Environmental measures can be worth selecting due to the way the measures affect a company's financial performance, if the company has a very finance-driven culture. BSC can be useful for different purposes, such as for centralizing a fragmented information system, legitimizing environmental actions and for strengthening corporate culture. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Source

Pasila A.,Seinajoki University of Applied Sciences
Agronomy Research | Year: 2013

One of the biggest challenges in using bioenergy has been the problem of logistics; that is how, in many cases, to process and transport these low density and bulky raw materials. Finnish forestry technology is advanced and the same machinery which is used in timber harvesting is often used in energy wood harvesting. A change in the forest industry has however caused some new expectations concerning the wood energy supply chain. One of the basic requirements for woodchips is low moisture content. In the transportation of wood chips high moisture content, and therefore a high weight, may limit the carrying capacity of vehicles and roads. Also in syngas and charcoal production dry raw material is needed to be able to control the combustion process. The reduction of moisture content under natural drying conditions means an extended storage time. With Finnish climate conditions this normally means a storage period of at least one year. The various types of energy wood: stems, whole tree harvested stems, logging residues or stumps are piled in storage sites and covered. The raw material is chipped or crushed at these intermediate storage sites and after that transported to bio-refineries. In the measurement of the energy wood's quality and quantity there are some differences compared to timber measurements. Normally the timber measurements are based on solid volume in cubic metres. The forest harvesters are equipped with on-line measurement systems. This on-line measurement is more complicated to carry out in the case of energy wood. Especially difficult are the volume measurements in whole tree and stump harvesting. A new method used in the measurement of energy wood is weight. Source

Zechner M.,Seinajoki University of Applied Sciences | Valokivi H.,University of Tampere
European Journal of Ageing | Year: 2012

Negotiation is an integral part of all elder care, which by definition involves a relation between at least two people. In this article, we analyse negotiations concerning elder care in the context of Finnish and Italian elder care policies. At the macro level negotiations on elder care are shaped by elder care policies and at the micro level by individual skills and resources. Our focus is on the negotiations on eligibility that take place when elders attempt to access care. The data consist of qualitative interviews with Finnish and Italian elders in need of care. The analysis of individual experiences of care negotiations reflects the practical consequences of elder care policies to older people. The results indicate that the most negotiated eligibility criteria when seeking access to elder care are need, money and social relations. These criteria are negotiated when seeking eligibility to different sources of care: informal care, grey market, market-based, non-profit and public services. In Italy, negotiation is particularly crucial when accessing grey market care. Cash as the main Italian elder care policy tool tends to enhance the role of and need for negotiation. In Finland, a greater part of elder care is provided by the public sector and therefore the process of negotiation is more standardized than in Italy. © 2012 Springer-Verlag. Source

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