Title: Place-Based Innovation Ecosystems: Volvo companies in Gothenburg (Sweden)
Authors: SÖRVIK JENSZINGMARK ANNAARDENFORS MATILDA
Editors: RISSOLA GABRIEL JULIO
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2019
JRC N°: JRC114384
ISBN: 978-92-79-98180-7 (online),978-92-79-98181-4 (print)
ISSN: 1831-9424 (online),1018-5593 (print)
Other Identifiers: EUR 29494 EN
OP KJ-NA-29494-EN-N (online),KJ-NA-29494-EN-C (print)
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC114384
DOI: 10.2760/95731
10.2760/49708
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: There is a revival in the automotive sector in West Sweden, whereby several new companies set around the vehicle industry are attracting fresh capital and expertise into the region. An increasingly dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem is generating new innovation intermediaries who provide added-value functions. The emergence of these innovation intermediaries is being driven by political, market-related, socio-cultural, relational and technological factors. These include societal challenges and trends that drive political interest, such as environmental issues and climate change. There is also a political interest in adapting to globalisation, to secure regional competitiveness and resilience. New technology developments include the electrification of vehicles, automation and connected vehicles. This is driving an interest from industry and academia in attracting talent and securing competences. There is also a tradition and experience of collaboration in the region. Volvo Group (AB Volvo) and Volvo Cars are very interested in continuing to nurture the regional ecosystem, by attracting other companies to the region. Civil society is eventually involved in the innovation ecosystem as user of technology, where user behaviour is analysed as an input to development processes. A common view among respondents is that it should be the needs of the stakeholders to drive the setting-up of innovation support actors or collaborative projects. These initiatives should support not only single companies but also many actors in the system, and be conducive to collaborative activities.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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