Ecosystem Handbook

The ART of Leading and Creating IMPACT


The Ecosystem Handbook describes the ART of leading and creating impact.

In this context the “art” is in the spirit of Sun Tsu’s the Art of War. It is about solving problems that a single company or organization cannot solve alone. It is about becoming faster, stronger, more resilient and innovative. And by doing that creating value for all ecosystem partners and broader society and economy. But above all, it is about developing organizational empathy – the ability to understand other organizations and people.

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The Book

The Ecosystem Handbook provides a fresh and engaging insight to everyone collaborating within ecosystems and to those who wish to build and lead them successfully — with an impact. Impact can be improved by aligning organizations and people rationally but above all, it is about empathy and caring organizational culture. It is about developing the capabilities to understand and lead other organizations and people with different professional and cultural backgrounds. The book provides new and practical tools to ecosystem partners for solving grand challenges together.


The Ecosystem Handbook is a hands-on guide combining rational and emotional elements of leadership, followership, understanding the context, learning, and managing yourself and others. The authors have all global experience in leading people, organizations and self – in the context of global organizations and ecosystems.

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Sari Kola

Sari Kola

Sari is an entrepreneur with passion to growth strategy, open innovation, ecosystems and digitalization. Researcher focusing on organizational culture and leadership Board member and advisor to start-ups and author of blog. Read more

Ulla Koivukoski

Ulla Koivukoski

Ulla is passionate about developing a collaborative mindset for customer delight, employee and partner engagement and wellbeing of people and societies. With this attitude she has built industry firsts in number of technology areas. Read more

Laura Koponen

Laura Koponen

Laura leads a team of innovation management professionals, tackling global challenges through innovations evolving from ecosystems. She is passionate about education, an angel investor and board member. Read more

Markku Heino

Markku Heino

Markku has wide substance expertise, communication and people leadership skills. He has been in a key role in building ecosystems and multi-party projects with real impact and creating the trust and enthusiasm needed to lead them to results. Read more


Keynotes and Lectures

Tailored “Ecosystem essentials” keynotes and lectures for executives and academics.


Cultural Transformation

Purpose discovery. Competence development for teams and individuals.


Ecosystem Building

Help in building impactful Ecosystems: From understanding why one should to scoping, partner search and orchestration. For project managers, ecosystem partners, management teams, and board members.


N2: Digital Solutions

Partner mapping and digital platforms for your ecosystems. Purpose visualisation and communications.

Organizing for Impact

Since the Ecosystem Handbook was published a lot has happened in multiple fronts: Acedemia, Business and Consulting. In the academic front, I was accepted to the Turku School of Economics Doctoral Program in the end of November, and have been slowly getting to work towards my second Doctorate. As far as Business is concerned, there […]

Sustainable Growth Together

Most of us are getting ready to close the 2020 and setting targets for 2021 with glimpses of hope in sight with the COVID-19 vaccinations starting as we speak. The discussion on ecosystems has been vivid over the past weeks and months, and we are extremely happy to be part of that discussion. Here comes […]

Putting superpowers to work

Complexity and diversity are an opportunity – if ecosystem partners recognize them and are able to put them in a good use. In this blogpost Ulla reflects the importance of superpowers and shares insight of how they can be harnessed for the ecosystem’s or team’s benefit! COVID-19 has forced us to face challenges that some […]

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