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Building and managing an innovation hub: A case study of the challenges and opportunities faced by a Northern Swedish innovation hub
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The concept of innovation hubs are increasingly being adopted by different sectors as a

means to accelerate innovation. Previous research on innovation hubs have focused on

large-scale and trans-regional hubs on its managerial practices instead of its geographical

situation. This paper studies an innovation hub in the Northern Swedish city of Skellefteå,

in a region historically relying on heavy industry trying to transform into a high

technology economy. The study aims to answer the research question: “what are the

challenges and opportunities in building and managing an innovation hub to foster

innovation in a geographically isolated region with a relatively small population?” To

answer this question, interviews with stakeholders in the innovation hub has been

conducted as part of a qualitative case study. The results indicate that the region’s large

heavy industry companies provide a fertile ecosystem for startups in the digital industry

by enabling the necessary supporting industries and infrastructure. Meanwhile, the lack of

certain important elements needed in the startup process, most prominently private

funding in the form of angel investors and venture capital, pose challenges to the

development of the digital startup community in the region.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 29 p.
Series
Informatik Student Paper Master (INFSPM), SPM 2017.15
Keyword [en]
innovation hub, regional innovation, clustering, network management, open innovation, incubators, accelerators, challenges, opportunities
National Category
Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-137355OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-137355DiVA: diva2:1118192
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an innovation hub in the Northern Swedish city of Skellefteå
Educational program
Master's Programme in IT Management
Presentation
, Umeå University, Umeå (English)
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Available from: 2017-07-03 Created: 2017-06-30 Last updated: 2017-07-03Bibliographically approved

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