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Collaboration in Knowledge-intensive Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: An analysis of KIE firms in land-based and sea-based transportation in West Sweden

Research project
Active research
Project owner
Unit for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Department of Economy and Society

Financed by Maureen McKelvey's Research Programme: “Knowledge- intensive Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Transforming society through knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurship”, VR DNR 2017–03360. Swedish Research Council Distinguished Professor’s Programme.

Short description

My PhD dissertation explores how and why knowledge-intensive entrepreneurial (KIE) firms can significantly contribute to their ecosystem for the ultimate goal of addressing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), using the case of transportation sector in the West Sweden region. KIE firms represent a distinct type of entrepreneurship, highly dependent upon various forms of advanced knowledge and on collaboration in their ecosystems. Empirical analysis will focus on the land-based and sea-based mobility-transportation within the regional context of Västra Götaland county/western Sweden.

Doctoral student: Hani Elzoumor
Supervisor: Daniel Ljungberg
Assistant supervisor: Ethan Gifford

In particular, I will be investigating entrepreneurs in relation to these two types of mobility as well as collaboration in their knowledge-intensive entrepreneurial ecosystems. Moreover, a comparison of land-based and sea-based mobility, as well as between KIE firms and general SMEs in these sectors, will be undertaken in order to understand issues related to: collaboration dynamics, collaboration platforms, and the role of knowledge in creating niche technologies and products within such sectors.