Business Informatics on the Ground


University of Eastern Finland

Contact detailsDr. Jarkko Suhonen, jarkko.suhonen(at)
Prof. Erkki Sutinen, erkki.sutinen(at)
Budget€95 000
Duration 6/2014 - 12/2015
Academic field Computing
Funding since 2014


College of Business Education, University of Iiringa. Tanzania
Makerere University Business School, Uganda
Nong Lam University, Vietnam
North-West University, South Africa
University of Helsinki. Finland

Brief Description:

The Business Informatics on the Ground (BIG) project aims to set up a sustainable learning environment where participants of the network learn to design and apply mobile technologies, including games, for practical business uses in the context of emerging economies. A key component of the design process is to collect real life design stories related to good practices and lessons learned of various business informatics projects emerging in different contexts. A concrete example of a BIG initiative is a street business school, where street vendors are trained to use mobile technologies in their daily lives. The approach used in the street business school is a living lab approach where the vendors, students, researchers and designers of technologies work in close collaboration.

Funded Activities

Number of Teacher Exchanges: 6
Number of Student Exchanges: 7
Number of Administrative Visits and Network Meetings: 2
Number of Intensive Courses: 1