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How can knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship contribute to sustainable development in the maritime cluster?


Ethan Gifford, researcher in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, at the Department of Economy and Society has received SEK 660 000 in research funding from the Adlerbertska Research Foundation. The funding goes towards the project ”Knowledge intensive entrepreneurship and smart specialization in the maritime cluster: Innovation strategies for sustainable development”.

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Ethan Gifford
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The aim with this project is to enrich the theory and practice of knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship (KIE) and how it contributes specifically to the future fulfillment of sustainable development goals. The research will address different strategic possibilities for the KIE firms and for policy actors to enhance smart specialization and sustainability-related outcomes. This is done by conducting qualitative interviews with new and emerging firms in the West Swedish Maritime Cluster, as well as with policy actors and multinational corporations, which are active in this area.

The Adlerbertska Research Foundation funded in total SEK 2 313 000 to the School of Business, Economics and Law, at the University of Gothenburg, towards scientific research within the theme: Sustainable development in a holistic perspective.