Institutet för entreprenörskaps- och småföretagsforskning
– sprider kunskap om entreprenörskap, innovation och småföretag
Vem gör vad? Johan Jansson

Johan Jansson

Namn: Johan Jansson

Titel/tjänst: PhD/associate senior lecturer

Universitet/högskola/organisation: Uppsala universitet


E-postadress: johan.jansson[at]


Aktuella projekt:
  1. "Competitiveness through quality”. This project involves participants from three Nordic countries and universities. The overall aim of this research project is to investigate and conceptualize what ‘quality’ means for the industrial competitiveness of firms in high-cost countries. More specifically the aim of this project is to describe and analyze sectors where constructions of quality contribute to creating and sustaining international competitiveness. In our understanding quality is likely to have very specific spatial anchoring: i.e. that quality, just like innovation, depends upon spatial networks of industrial actors (organized in industrial systems or clusters) and spatially specific consumer groups subject to local cultures and systems of understandings. A second aim of the project is to improve and contribute to the existing body of theoretical knowledge in economic geography and related sub-disciplines (e.g. ehconomic sociology, institutional economics) by adding detailed studies of several industries from a different perspective to the stress on scientific research and technological innovation which is currently the orthodox/mainstream approach. The research project is financed by The Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (NOS-HS) and the funding of Nordic Collaborative Research Projects (NORDCORP).
Tidigare projekt:
  1. “Creativity and Innovation in the Cultural Industries”. A research programme funded by Wallander/Hedelius Fund at Handelsbanken. In recent years there has been a growing awareness that music, film, media, video games and design are important areas of economic activity. These cultural or creative industries have grown to be important and dynamic industries, competitive exporters, and thriving employers. The overall aim of this research programme is to contribute to a better understanding of the industrial functioning, innovation system and competitiveness of the cultural industries. The programme adopts an economic approach, taking its point of departure in research on industrial competitiveness and transformation in general and modern research in economic geography in particular.
  2. ”The Image of the City - Urban Branding as Constructed Capabilities in Nordic City Regions”. The project involved participants from seven Nordic universities and research institutes and the topics treated in this project has to do with the study of phenomenon related to the city as a brand. In this project I was involved in producing the final report of the research project and writing an academic article, and participate in. 2005-2006.
  3. “Creative Directions - a framework for supporting the creative industries”. This Nordic research project was funded by the Nordic Innovation Center. My work consisted in organizing meetings and conferences for the international members of the project, participate in the research and involvement in the writing of the final report of the research project. The project involved participants from eight Nordic universities, ministries and research institutes. 2005.
  4. ”Behind the Music”. Funded by the Nordic Industrial Fund this was an international research project involving academics and industry representatives from all 5 Nordic countries. The work consisted of research into the competitiveness of the Swedish music and ICT industry. Apart from involvement in the final report, several conference presentations and one article in an international refereed journal resulted. The project was completed in 2003.
  5. ”The Internet Industry in Central Stockholm” (thesis project). A Study of Agglomeration Economies, Social Network Relations, and Information Flows [Internetbranschen i Stockholms innerstad – En studie av agglomerationsfördelar, sociala nätverksrelationer och informationsflöden]”. This thesis deals with questions concerning spatial agglomeration of economic activities. The object of study is the internet industry in central Stockholm. Through the use of statistical data and an interview study the Internet industry is described, measured, and analyzed through theories concerning agglomerations, social network relations, and knowledge and information flows. These theories are interpreted through five agglomeration themes related to the customers, subcontractors and partners, competitors, financing, and labour market, respectively.
Publicerat, tidskrifter/konferensbidrag:
  • (2013) (Waxell, A. )“Sound affects. Competing with quality in the Swedish hi-fi industry”. Industry & Innovation. Vol. 20, No. 4. pp. 316-335).(2011)
  • (Waxell, A. ): “Quality and regional competitiveness” (Accepted for publication in Environment and Planning A).
  • (2011): "Emerging (internet) industry and agglomeration: coping with uncertainty". Entrepreneurship and Regional Development. Vol. 23, No. 7-8. s 499-521.
  • (2010) (Power, D.): "Fashioning a global city: global city brand channels in the fashion and design industries, the case of Milan." Regional Studies. Vol. 44, No. 7. s 889-904.
  • (2008) (Power, D.): “Cyclical Clusters in Global Circuits: overlapping spaces and furniture industry trade fairs”. Economic Geography. Vol. 84, No. 4. s 423-448.
Publicerat, böcker/rapporter:
  • (2011) (Power, D.): "Constructing brands from the outside? Brand channels, cyclical clusters and global circuits" in Pike, A. (ed.) “Brands and Branding Geographies”.
  • (2007) (Power, D.): "Outside in: Peripheral cultural industries and global markets" in Bærenholdt, J. O. & Granås B. (eds.) “Mobility and Place: Enacting European Peripheries”. Aldershot, Ashgate.
  • (2006) (Power, D. & Lorenzen M.): "Nordic Design for a Global Market – Policies for developing the design industry in the Nordic Region" Nordic Council of Ministers Department of Cultural Policy.
  • (2006) (Power, D.) (ed): "Image of the City – Urban Branding as Constructed Capabilities in Nordic City Regions". Nordic Innovation Centre.
  • (2006) (Power, D.) (ed): "Creative Directions – a Nordic framework for supporting the creative industries". Nordic Innovation Centre.

(2005): "Internetbranschen i Stockholms innerstad – En studie av agglomerationsfördelar, sociala nätverksrelationer och informationsflöden" [The Internet Industry in Central Stockholm – A Study of Agglomeration Economies, Social Network Relations, and Information Flows]. Geografiska Regionstudier nr. 63. Uppsala Universitet.  (ESBRIs artikel om avhandlingen)

economisk geografi. agglomerationer. lokala-globala länkar. kunskapsflöden. kreativitet. kvalitet. entreprenörskap. branding. kulturella och kreativa näringar. regional konkurrenskraft.