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Knowledge-Intensive Entrepreneurship and S3: Conceptualizing Strategies for Sustainability

Conference contribution
Authors Ethan Gifford
Maureen McKelvey
Published in 22nd Uddevalla Symposium 2019 Conference, L'Aquila Italy, June 27-29
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Economy and Society, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE)
Department of Economy and Society
Language en
Keywords Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Knowledge-intensive sectors, Smart specialization, Sustainable development goals.
Subject categories Food Engineering, Research on Europe, European research cooperation, Technology and social change, Research policy, Economic Geography


The aim with this paper is to enrich the theory and practice of smart specialization strategies (S3) by integrating the conceptualization of knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship (KIE) to the discourse on S3, and illustrating how this integration can be beneficial to fulfillment or furthering of specific sustainable development goals. For this purpose, we derive a conceptual model based on previous research on governance routines involving knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship by linking to previous research on KIE, as well as through an illustrative case example using the Swedish maritime cluster. We end by proposing three different strategic roles for the KIE firm to enhance S3 and sustainability-related outcomes.

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