Success factors for data–driven service delivery networks

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Minna Pikkarainen
Tero Huhtala
Laura Kemppainen
Juha Häikiö


Data is becoming a more and more important resource for future innovations. Companies are currently considering how to leverage personal data in preventive healthcare and in other sectors. However, there are many challenges hindering the development of data-driven businesses in extant business networks. The purpose of this paper is to explore the success factors of data-driven service delivery networks in the context of preventive healthcare. The results are examples of the benefits and challenges of data availability and usage, based on a qualitative case study, in which a network of actors is integrating resources to solve the needs of their end customers. The results underline the success factors for service delivery networks, creating a baseline for human-centric, personalized and preventive healthcare solutions. The study enriches the theoretical perspective of data, services and service delivery networks by continuing discussion on how big data resources become cooperative assets not only in a firm but also on the network level. This study has multiple implications for practitioners trying to navigate the turbulent waters of the changing business environment and evolving service delivery network of preventive healthcare. Especially small and medium size of firms could use the identified success factors when planning new data-driven services in their networks. Our analysis brings new perspective between a firm and the actors in its network, particularly in the preventive healthcare sector wherein data needs to be shared between actors via consent of the individuals.

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Minna Pikkarainen, University of Oulu, Oulu Business School; Martti Ahtisaari Institute; Medical Imaging Physics and Technologies, P.O. Box 4600, 90014 University of Oulu, Finland & VTT, Technical research Centre of Finland, Kaitoväylä 1, 90570, Oulu, Finland

Minna Pikkarainen

Dr. Computer Science

Professor of Connected Health


Martti Ahtisaari Institute

Oulu Business School

University of Oulu

VTT, Technical Research Centre of Finland

Data Driven Solutions


Faculty of Medicine

Medical Imaging, Physics and Technology

University of Oulu

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