Paavo Ritala, D.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.), is a Professor of Strategy and Innovation at the School of Business and Management at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT). His main research themes include collaborative innovation, knowledge sharing and protection, coopetition, platforms and ecosystems, as well as sustainable value creation. His research has been published in journals such as Research Policy, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Industrial and Corporate Change, Technovation, and British Journal of Management. He is also closely involved with business practice through company-funded research projects, executive and professional education programs, and in speaker and advisory roles.