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Centre for Innovation Research

New ideas and concepts are the key to prosperity and to the wealth and wellbeing of nations, regions and individuals. As the world becomes more globalized, the advanced, high-wage economies must rely on their applied inventiveness to maintain their future prosperity. This has become an imperative for a rich country like Norway and its energy capital the city region of Stavanger.

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There is a growing expectations that a large public sector should offer improved and easily accessed services, efficiently produced by innovative processes and distribution channels. Hence the need both for radical reforms and continuous user led innovations. Not surprisingly therefore, innovation has become a major field of study in economics, management, sociology, science and technology, and history. 

About the Centre

The Centre for Innovation Research was established in 2008. It is jointly managed by the University of Stavanger (UiS) and the Norwegian Research Center (NORCE).

The center is organizationally located at the UiS Business School. Currently, there are over thirty researchers from the Business School, NORCE, and other research organizations affiliated with the center. Amongst these are a number of international renowned scholars including John Bessant, Ron Boschma, Andres-Rodriguez Pose, Björn Asheim, and Subal Kumbhakar. Since 2019, Marte C.W. Solheim is the center director and there are currently three postdocs and ten PhD candidates.

The Centre has since its inception in 2008 acquired a robust and visible international reputation within innovation studies, economic geography, economics, and entrepreneurship. When evaluated by the Norwegian Research Council in 2019 (evaluation of social sciences, SAMEVAL), it was the strongest research group in innovation studies in Norway.

The 2020 Regional Studies Association (RSA) Institutional Ambassador Award

The Centre has been awarded the 2020 Regional Studies Association (RSA) Institutional Ambassador Award. It is embedded into a wide network of interactions with industry and governments and contributes crucial insights to policy and strategy in a regional, national and international context.

Projects

The center has acquired several prestigious projects in national and international competitions. An example of this is the „RUNIN“ project, which was the first Horizon 2020 project coordinated by the University of Stavanger. Other notable projects are the “DEMOSREG“, “Digitalize or Die“,  and “Realizing the Power of Users". In addition, its researchers regularly publish in the highest-impact journals such as Research Policy and Economic Geography. Moreover, they contribute to teaching at the University of Stavanger and several Ph.D. programs.

News

Research projects

POLISS

Policies for Smart Specialisation

RUNIN

The Role of Universities in Innovation and Regional Developments

Innovasjon i krisetider

Kunnskapsoppbygging Innovasjons Norge (In Norwegian)

Responsible Innovation in the Norwegian salmon farming industry

RegReSir

Regional Resiclience and Sustainable Industrial Restructuring

The role of Universities in bulding Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystems

AFINO

Responsible Research and Innovation in Norway

QUALDIFF

Quality-based differaentiation of salmon

Digitalize or Die

Dynamic Dricers of Responsible Resarch and Innovation in Health and Welfare services

Releasing the Power of Users

Responsible innovation in the health service

OTICS

A unified framework for regulation of multi-technology salmon aquaculture

Regional utvikling og innovasjon i en global økonomi

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Researchers

Professor II
UiS Business School

Department of Innovation, Management and Marketing
Professor emeritus
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UiS Business School
Professor
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UiS Business School

Department of Innovation, Management and Marketing
Professor II
UiS Business School

Department of Innovation, Management and Marketing
Førsteamanuensis II
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UiS Business School

Department of Innovation, Management and Marketing
Professor
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Faculty of Social Sciences

Department of Media and Social Sciences
Førsteamanuensis
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EOJ 315
Faculty of Social Sciences

Department of Media and Social Sciences
Professor
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UiS Business School

Department of Innovation, Management and Marketing
Professor II
UiS Business School

Department of Innovation, Management and Marketing
Prorektor for innovasjon og samfunn
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Division of Innovation and Society
Professor
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UiS Business School

Department of Innovation, Management and Marketing
Professor
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UiS Business School

Department of Economics and Finance
Professor
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UiS Business School

Department of Innovation, Management and Marketing
IRIS
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Stavanger - Norway
UiS Business School

Department of Innovation, Management and Marketing
Professor II
UiS Business School

Department of Innovation, Management and Marketing
Professor II
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Faculty of Science and Technology

Department of Safety, Economics and Planning
Professor
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Faculty of Science and Technology

Department of Safety, Economics and Planning

PhD Candidates

Stipendiat
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Elise Ottesen-Jensens hus, 2nd floor. Kjell Arholms gate 37
UiS Business School

Department of Innovation, Management and Marketing
Stipendiat
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UiS Business School

Department of Innovation, Management and Marketing
Stipendiat
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UiS Business School

Department of Innovation, Management and Marketing
Stipendiat
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UiS Business School

Department of Innovation, Management and Marketing
Stipendiat
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UiS Business School

Department of Innovation, Management and Marketing
Stipendiat
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UiS Business School

Department of Innovation, Management and Marketing
Ekstern
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UiS Business School

Department of Innovation, Management and Marketing
Postdoktor
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UiS Business School

Department of Innovation, Management and Marketing
Ekstern
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UiS Business School

Department of Innovation, Management and Marketing
Rådgiver
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Division of Innovation and Society

Innovasjonsavdelingen
Ekstern uten utbetaling
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UiS Business School
Timelønnet vit.assistent
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UiS Business School
The Board
Per Koch, Head of Board

Special advisor at NIFU and editor of Forskningspolitikk

Heidi Wiig

Professor, BI

Terje Handeland

Business developer, Validè

Ola Kvaløy

Dean, UiS Business School

Ingrid Helgøy

CEO, NORCE

Kåre Hansen

Research manager, NORCE

Bjarte Ravndal

Associate Professor, UiS Business School

Åse Lea

Secretary of the Board

Diversity facilitate innovation

Marte C. W. Solheim
Head of Centre
Marte C. W. Solheim

Associate professor Telephone (+47) 518 31 640 E-mail: marte.solheim@uis.no

"The center emphasizes interdisciplinarity and diversity by virtue of working collaboratively and interdisciplinary across organizational and institutional boundaries" - Marte C. W. Solheim

Marte Cecilie Wilhelmsen Solheim

The Gjedebo Family Donation to Innovation Research at UiS

The Gjedebo family donated in november 2007 50 million NOK to establish a Center for Innovation Research at UiS. The center is jointly managed by the University of Stavanger and NORCE.

Mayor Johan Sevland, Jon Gjedebo, Torunn Lange Gjedebo, Tore Gjedebo and Rector Aslaug Mikkelsen
Mayor Johan Sevland, Jon Gjedebo, Torunn Lange Gjedebo, Tore Gjedebo and Rector Aslaug Mikkelsen

The donation is one of the largest gifts ever made in Norway. It have made it possible to develop a research environment which is unique both in Norway and internationally. The center conducts research at a high international level within innovation and contribute to value creation and welfare.



The research provides a better basis for education and development of entrepreneurial attitudes in companies, the public sector and among students. The proximity to students and the research environment increase the catchment area for potential entrepreneurs and promote technology development and incubator activity at Ullandhaug.



University builder

Behind this donation is Mr. Jon Gjedebo, his wife Mrs. Torunn Lange Gjedebo and their two sons, Tore and Finn.



We had for some time been thinking of giving a donation to the university and looking for the right purpose and opportunity. It all came together when we heard of the Center for Innovation Research. It fit like a glove. This was just what we had been waiting for so the choice was very simple, said Tore Gjedebo, managing director of Styrbjørn AS, the family investment company.



The father, Jon Gjedebo, is one of the most successful and innovative entrepreneurs in the Stavanger region. His company Hitec was for many years one of the region's most important businesses with its high technological and innovative products linked to remote controlled drilling operations. The company was later sold to National Oilwell.



Jon Gjedebo has distinguished himself through the establishment of industrial centers at Hinna Park in Stavanger and in Asia together with large investments in real estate in Norway and abroad. He has earlier donated four million to UiS and is therefore among the university builders who played a decisive role in the establishment of the university.



Torunn Lange Gjedebo has been an enthusiast in the development of Nasjonalforeningen in Stavanger and of the senior citizen center Skipper Worse which she managed for many years. She has contributed to a renewal of senior citizen policy in Stavanger



Of great importance

The then Rector Aslaug Mikkelsen appreciated the donation from the Gjedebo family. She underlined that the center would be of great importance for research and innovation in a number of areas. It would also contribute to developing a culture of inquisitiveness and innovation at Ullandhaug founded on our applied and basic research.



Jon Gjedebo response:



Rogaland is an innovative region and there is much innovation to do research on. Stavanger has a history as Fortuna's city with industrial development from canning to printing and petroleum and then to finance industries. Stavanger is a natural place for this center.



Energy and Welfare

Technologically based innovation is decisive for creating welfare in society. Research at UiS and IRIS is a rich source for such development.



The Center for Innovation Resarch have an interdisciplinary profile and focus on solutions of important challenges in society and industry. To study the conditions necessary for success is a central topic.



There is a need for new technology to reduce the emission of climate gases, and to develop alternative forms of energy. Hence there is a need for new products and services which can support the welfare society and at the same time handle the cost of our way of life, Global challenges have to be solved regionally and that the region always has been known for innovation, entrepreneurs, go getting spirit and politicians who are willing to follow up.



The center will try to formulate what is little understood and ask questions about how understanding can become possible and contribute to comprehension. Both faculty and students play an essential role because they possess competence to be used in innovation. It all about releasing creativity in each other. Solve problems in cooperation and break down barriers, she concludes.

Contact
Administrative contact

Åse Lea Telephone (+47) 518 33 747 E-mail: ase.lea@uis.no

Visting address:

UiS Campus Ullandhaug The UiS Business School Elise Ottesen-Jensens house Kjell Arholms gate 35 4021 Stavanger

Postal address:

University of Stavanger Centre for Innovation Research N-4036 Stavanger Norway