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#19 Innovative Sweden – a governmental innovation strategy

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The Serious Innovation Newsletter #19

The power of innovation is transforming the way we think of business worldwide. Now the time has come for the nation states to understand their part of the innovation system and following the Lisbon treaty each country in the EU are told to produce nation based innovation strategies. Hence follows the questions: How can nation states engage in innovation initiatives and what does a nation based innovation strategy look like? Sweden, who was pronounced the most creative nation in the world by Richard Florida 2003, released its manifest late 2004 called Innovative Sweden . Let’s take look…

The Swedish initiative is a colorful little booklet with leafs growing out of a seed. The four leafs are the areas that the government wants to put focus on to reach the goal of becoming “Europe’s most effective, dynamic and knowledge based economy […] Sweden should have the world’s highest educational level”. The four areas are:

INNOVATIVE PUBLIC INVESTMENTS

  • The government wants public institutions – and this is really interesting – to be tough customers who cherishes proposals that have innovative and foresighted solutions at hand.
  • To improve the effectiveness and development of the public sector and promote the commercialization of products in for example the defense (for civil use) and health care sector.
  • To enhance the infrastructure of transport, logistics and IT.

THE INNOVATIVE HUMAN

  • To stimulate entrepreneurship –  Sweden is ranked very low when it comes to number of startups. The government wants to change the attitudes towards entrepreneurship and facilitate the bureaucracy (though the company climate is one of the best in Europe , so the problem is more an attitude one than a bureaucracy one).
  • To let people fully use their competencies. By promoting new forms of organization of work and increase the flow of people between the business, public and academic sectors the government hope to achieve a more vivid innovative human.

A KNOWLEDGE BASE FOR INNOVATION which will be built by:

  • Securing that Swedish education and research is world-class. The government wants to continue to invest a large percent of the GDP in the basic research and increase the possibilities for international knowledge exchange programs.
  • Build strength in Swedish profile areas. These are not decided but one of the actions is to prioritize which areas within industry and research that should be the strategic choices for Sweden . Another action is to increase the cluster building in different areas between education, public institutions and the business world.
  • Use the possibilities of the globalization. More hours for language studies in schools, an competitive company tax and develop the image of Sweden as an innovative country is some of the steps that will be taken in this area.

AN INNOVATIVE BUSINESSWORLD which will be created through:

  • Strengthening the innovative capacity of existing SME’s. The government talks about developing the support for product development and design, increasing the capacity for small enterprise leaders to act on a global arena, as well as stimulating tighter knowledge sharing forums between research and SME’s.
  • Increasing the commercialization of research results and ideas. Sweden has a poor history when it comes to putting great ideas and inventions to the market and strategy text puts focus on making the systems easier for researchers to gain access to the market, increase the public seed funding and promote the use of intellectual property rights.

Pretty vague and not so innovative one might think, but this is of course the short version and it is a big step to start formulating nation based innovation strategies. Next one might hope that there will be an innovation minister that will follow up and measure the results of the fuzzy initiatives that are put forth in the strategy.

We are happy for this first step… but we, and the rest of the Swedish state, will not stay happy if the next step is not taken soon!

Bring home your own pdf-copy of the Swedish innovation strategy at: http://www.regeringen.se/sb/d/283/a/26652

Innovative Sweden – a governmental innovation strategy

The power of innovation is transforming the way we think of business worldwide. Now the time has come for the nation states to understand their part of the innovation system and following the Lisbon treaty each country in the EU are told to produce nation based innovation strategies. Hence follows the questions: How can nation states engage in innovation initiatives and what does a nation based innovation strategy look like? Sweden, who was pronounced the most creative nation in the world by Richard Florida 2003, released its manifest late 2004 called Innovative Sweden . Let’s take look…

The Swedish initiative is a colorful little booklet with leafs growing out of a seed. The four leafs are the areas that the government wants to put focus on to reach the goal of becoming “Europe’s most effective, dynamic and knowledge based economy […] Sweden should have the world’s highest educational level”. The four areas are:

INNOVATIVE PUBLIC INVESTMENTS

  • The government wants public institutions – and this is really interesting – to be tough customers who cherishes proposals that have innovative and foresighted solutions at hand.
  • To improve the effectiveness and development of the public sector and promote the commercialization of products in for example the defense (for civil use) and health care sector.
  • To enhance the infrastructure of transport, logistics and IT.

THE INNOVATIVE HUMAN

  • To stimulate entrepreneurship –  Sweden is ranked very low when it comes to number of startups. The government wants to change the attitudes towards entrepreneurship and facilitate the bureaucracy (though the company climate is one of the best in Europe , so the problem is more an attitude one than a bureaucracy one).
  • To let people fully use their competencies. By promoting new forms of organization of work and increase the flow of people between the business, public and academic sectors the government hope to achieve a more vivid innovative human.

A KNOWLEDGE BASE FOR INNOVATION which will be built by:

  • Securing that Swedish education and research is world-class. The government wants to continue to invest a large percent of the GDP in the basic research and increase the possibilities for international knowledge exchange programs.
  • Build strength in Swedish profile areas. These are not decided but one of the actions is to prioritize which areas within industry and research that should be the strategic choices for Sweden . Another action is to increase the cluster building in different areas between education, public institutions and the business world.
  • Use the possibilities of the globalization. More hours for language studies in schools, an competitive company tax and develop the image of Sweden as an innovative country is some of the steps that will be taken in this area.

AN INNOVATIVE BUSINESSWORLD which will be created through:

  • Strengthening the innovative capacity of existing SME’s. The government talks about developing the support for product development and design, increasing the capacity for small enterprise leaders to act on a global arena, as well as stimulating tighter knowledge sharing forums between research and SME’s.
  • Increasing the commercialization of research results and ideas. Sweden has a poor history when it comes to putting great ideas and inventions to the market and strategy text puts focus on making the systems easier for researchers to gain access to the market, increase the public seed funding and promote the use of intellectual property rights.

Pretty vague and not so innovative one might think, but this is of course the short version and it is a big step to start formulating nation based innovation strategies. Next one might hope that there will be an innovation minister that will follow up and measure the results of the fuzzy initiatives that are put forth in the strategy.

We are happy for this first step… but we, and the rest of the Swedish state, will not stay happy if the next step is not taken soon!

Bring home your own pdf-copy of the Swedish innovation strategy at: http://www.regeringen.se/sb/d/283/a/26652

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