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Päivi Heikkilä
Project Manager and Researcher, M. Sc. (Psych.)

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Human-driven Design and System Dynamics

I’m working as a project manager for Eustress project and doing the research from the perspectives of psychology and human-driven design. I aim at making the research interesting also for the entrepreneurs who participate in the project.

I feel the most energetic under small pressure, and I enjoy the feeling of accomplishing tasks and working together with experts from different fields. I hope that the project creates new energy, inspiration and insights, but also an opportunity to stop for a moment, let go and find something new as a consequence. 
 

Mari Ainasoja
Researcher, M. Sc. (Econ.)

University of Tampere
CIRCMI – Research on Information, Customer and Innovation Management

I carry out the research in Eustress-project from service business perspective and specialize in combining qualitative methods with co-creation. I am also responsible for coordinating this project in University of Tampere.

I am trying to learn how to bake positive stress from productive procrastination and attitude, season it with crazy ideas, knead the dough with persistence and raise it with enthusiasm. In times of negative stress, I bake and eat the actual coffeebread.
 

Virpi Oksman
Senior Scientist, PhD

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Human-driven Design and System Dynamics 

In Eustress – project my areas of expertise are user experience, co-creation and service design. I’m interested in positive stress both as a psychophysical and as a societal phenomenon. As a Social Scientist, I’m interested in how people can strengthen their ability of problem solving and increase positive energy and creativity to solve global as well as micro level problems. I increase my positive stress levels by listening to music and cycling in beautiful landscapes.
 

Sanna Rytövuori
Researcher, M. Sc. (Econ.)

University of Tampere
CIRCMI – Research on Information, Customer and Innovation Management

I contribute to the project by bringing perspective on the development of organizations and I am in charge of both entrepreneurial and company cooperation.

My personal peaking of “eustress” takes place during the times when my schedule is fullest and deadlines are closing, as well as when I am working as part of an efficient team.

On the contrary, my worst source of discouragement is no doubt the tiny voice in my head telling me that nothing is going to work out anyway. If only I would learn how to mute it!
 

Kati Tikkamäki
Senior Researcher, D.Ed.

University of Tampere
CIRCMI – Research on Information, Customer and Innovation Management  

As an adult educator my professional expertise in this project deals with work life development, organisational learning and learning at work, as well as peer mentoring. Participatory research and development methods are also included in my professional toolbox.

I experience positive stress also as my personal development task. My aim is to strengthen and sustain positive stress in my practice during this project e.g. by self-reflection and peer-learning. I begin with reducing the “hurry-talk…”