Institutet för entreprenörskaps- och småföretagsforskning
– sprider kunskap om entreprenörskap, innovation och småföretag
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Annika Rickne

Namn: Annika Rickne

Titel/tjänst: Professor i Entreprenörskap och Innovation

Universitet/högskola/organisation: Göteborgs universitet

Institution/avdelning: Institutet för Innovation och Entreprenörskap

E-postadress: annika.rickne[at]


Aktuella projekt:
  1. Interactive research of Biomedical Development in Western Sweden.
Tidigare projekt:
  1. GIST: Governance for Innovation in Sustainable Technologies.

    The purpose of this project is to provide new insights and advice to policy makers and other actors concerning what may be effective governance arrangements to pursue to positively influence the development, diffusion and use of sustainable technological innovations in the field of transport.

    There is a growing recognition among policy makers, industry and analysts that the development and diffusion of technological innovations need to be governed in order to contribute to societal goals related to sustainability, such as climate change mitigation and resource efficiency.

    However, what such policy and governance should look like is still uncertain and a matter of intense debate. Existing analysis of technological change and innovation now and then touches upon policy and governance but there is relatively little systematic work on what types of governance arrangements positively affect innovation, and in what ways they work.

    To understand better how to “do” policy and governance for sustainable innovation, SEI is together with Linköping University, Stockholm School of Economics , and Institute for Management of Innovation and Technology (IMIT) implementing a research project on the topic of governance for technological innovation systems.

    The project uses an interdisciplinary framework, developed from innovation systems research, political sciences and regime-transitions analysis. The overarching question is: how do different types of governance arrangement affect the functionality of technological innovation systems? This question is addressed in empirical case studies in biofuels, hybrid-electric technology, and hydrogen/fuel cell technology.
  2. Success factors for facilitating innovation.
  3. Biomaterials Research and Innovation: a coordinated strategy. New interfaces for global links.
  4. Methods for measuring regional development.
  5. The role, position and opportunities of Sweden in the field of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine.
Publicerat, tidskrifter/konferensbidrag:
  • Hillman, K, Nilsson, M, Rickne, A and Magnusson, T. (2011): Fostering sustainable technologies – A framework for analysing the governance of innovation systems, Science and Public Policy, Vol. 38, No 5, June 2011, pp. 403-415.
  • Nilsson, A.S., Rickne, A. and Bengtsson, L. (2009): Commercialization of Academic Research – Uncovering the Grey Zone, Journal of Technology Transfer, Vol. 35, No 6, 617-636.
  • Bergek, A., Jacobsson, S., Carlsson, B., Lindmark, S. and Rickne, A. (2008) Analyzing the Functional Dynamics of Technological Innovation Systems: A scheme of analysis, Research Policy, Vol. 37, Issue 3, April 2008, pp. 407-429.
  • Jacobsson, S. and Rickne, A. (2004): How large is the Swedish 'academic' sector really? A critical analysis of the use of science and technology indicators, Research Policy, Special Issue in Honor of Keith Pavitt: What do we know about innovation?, Vol. 33, No 3, Nov, pp 1355-1372.
  • Carlsson, B., Jacobsson, S., Holmén, M. and Rickne, A. (2002): Innovation Systems: Analytical and Methodological Issues, Research Policy, Vol. 31, Issue 2, pp. 233-245.
Publicerat, böcker/rapporter:
  • Nilsson, M, Hillman, K, Rickne, A and Magnusson, T (Eds.) (2012): Paving the Road to Sustainable Transport: Governance and Innovation in Low-carbon Vehicles, Routledge (forthcoming)
  • Rickne, A., Laestadius, S. and Etzkowitz, H, (Eds.) (2012): Innovation governance in an open economy - Shaping regional nodes in a globalized world, Routledge (forthcoming)
  • Asheim, B.T., Ejermo, O. and Rickne, A. (Eds.) (2010), When is Regional “Beautiful”? Implications for Knowledge Flows, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Routledge.
  • McKelvey, M., A. Rickne and J. Laage-Hellman (Eds) (2004): The Economic Dynamics of Modern Biotechnologies: Europe in Global Trends, Edward Elgar Publishing Co.
  • Bitard, P., C. Edquist, L. Hommen and A. Rickne, (2008), Reconsidering the paradox of high R&D and low innovation: Sweden, in C. Edquist and L. Hommen (Eds.), Small Country Innovation Systems. Globalization, Change and Policy in Asia and Europe, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar.

(2000): "New Technology-Based Firms and Industrial Dynamics – Evidence from the Technological System of Biomaterials in Sweden, Ohio and Massachusetts", Doctoral thesis, Department of Industrial Dynamics, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg.   (ESBRIs artikel om avhandlingen)

entrepreneurship. innovation. Innovation governance. Innovation system. Knowledge networks. new technology-based firms. academic entrepreneurship. industrial dynamics. life science. Sustainable Transport.

Övriga meriter och information:
Annika Rickne is Professor at the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the School of Business, Economics and Law at Gothenburg University. She analyses issues of entrepreneurship and innovation at various levels – within technology-based organisations, at the sectoral level, and within innovation systems – and draws conclusions for strategy as well as for policy. Her interest is economic growth initiated by new scientific or technological knowledge, creating opportunities that reshape existing knowledge fields and industries or gives rise to the evolution of new ones. This involves issues of public policies as well as firm and university strategies and behaviour, of commercialization in the form of new firms or the diversification of established ones, and of globalization versus the role of regional arenas. Her research approach spans from, for example, case studies of researcher’s motives, through surveys of firm strategies and bibliometric studies, to interview based analysis of policy development on the European arena.

Analyzing the evolution and commercialization of new technologies and industries and the related public policies, previous projects include, for example, technology-based entrepreneurship, knowledge networks in the life science sector, how technologies and sectors emerge through global processes, and theoretical and methodological contributions to the innovation system concept. Ongoing projects involve governance of regional innovation system as well as of sustainable innovation, strategies for cluster formation, and commercialization of university based knowledge.

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