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Marte Cecilie Wilhelmsen Solheim

Solheim is Associate Professor and Head of Stavanger Centre for Innovation Research, at the University of Stavanger Business School, Norway.

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Marte Cecilie Wilhelmsen Solheim

Innovation and Diversity

Solheim is Regional Studies Association (RSA) Ambassador to Norway

Solheim is member of the prestigious Academy of Young Researchers in Norway. See her profile at the Academy here.

Solheim is on the steering committee of Smart Cities at the University of Stavanger, and currently supervising PhD Candidate Xiangyu Quan on Smart Cities, Innovation and Policy.

Solheim carries out research on diversity and innovation, combining insights from organizational theory, innovation studies and economic geography. She is particularly interested in understanding how innovation is inspired when a variety of diverse knowledge intersect, and the contextual factors affecting this association.

Solheim has studied the nexus between various forms of diversity and different types of innovation, and has particularly focused on the role of foreign-born workers and innovation & export, experience-based and educational diversity and innovation, diversity management and global business.

Overarching, her research interests encompass firm-level diversity of knowledge, innovation processes and strategies, and the role of the contextual surroundings.

Her most recent publications are:

"Learning through urban labour pools: collected worker experiences and innovation in services", published  in Environment and Planning A (Herstad, Solheim & Engen).

"Collected worker experience and the novelty content of innovation", published in Research Policy (Solheim, Boschma & Herstad).

Solheim is actively engaged in the public debate on migration-and innovation- related issues in Norway and is invited to speak at national diversity conferences as well as to national policy makers, political spheres and other institutions.

Solheim has written pieces for national newspapers in Norway, such as Aftenposten, VG, Dagbladet, Aftenposten Viten as well as for regional newspapers: Stavanger Aftenblad, Bergens Tidende, and Magazines: Innomag, Ukeavisen Ledelse to mention some. Solheim has appeared on national television (NRK), national radio and on local television (TV VEST) on several occasions discussing her research as well as written pieces for international magazines, such as for regions.

She has contributed to national debates on migration, such as for the NHO (the largest organization for employers in Norway), and at national economics festival on migration, see you-tube video (in Norwegian), as well as for Chamber of Commerce in various cities. Solheim presented her work in a pecha kucha (in Norwegian): now seen more than 16.000 times.

Young leaders and talents

Based on her involvement, she was, in 2018 and 2019, invited by H.R.H. Crown prince of Norway to his conference (SIKT) in which 200 young leaders and talents across Norway, are invited.

For more information on her publications, please see her researchgate - profile.

Selected Op-Eds in English:

Fostering Innovation through work place diversity

Disseminating your research does carry risks and can leave you vulnerable, but it is vital to developing the courage to use your voice

Immigrants help Norwegian companies to think differently

Solheim defended her PhD thesis: "Innovation, Space, and Diversity" on January 20th 2017. Opponents were Professor Ron Boschma and Ass.Professor Abigail Cooke.

Her main supervisor for the PhD was Professor Rune Dahl Fitjar and co-supervisor was Professor Ragnar Tveterås, both at the Centre for Innovation Research, UiS Business School, University of Stavanger, Norway.

Solheim has been involved in teaching the master-course "Perspectives of Innovation" since 2016. From 2019 she is teaching "Organisation of Innovation, "The creative approach to innovation", and "Sociological and institutional factors of innovation". Solheim also gives guest-lectures on Diversity to the master - courses "Management of Innovation", and "Diversity Management and Globalization".

Solheim completed the official mandatory teachers training "UNIPED" in 2019.

Solheim is involved in several international research projects. In 2019, she completed the 100-hour training course "Research Management".

Marte C. W. Solheim

Faculty: UiS Business School

Department: Department of Innovation, Management and Marketing

Research centre: Centre for Innovation Research

Contact information

+47 51 83 37 64 + 47 97 00 22 35 marte.solheim@uis.no

Research areas

Diversity (Work force composition, Collected worker experiences, Knowledge diversity, Skill structure, Human Capital), Work force segregation, Foreign-born workers, Migration, Innovation (Innovation outcomes, Innovation Management), Internationalization, Organizational Structures and Strategy, Regional Development, Governance, Global business and Management.

Mangfold, mangfald, innovasjon, regional utvikling, migrasjon, diversitet, erfaringsmangfald, utdanningsdiversitet, kunnskapsmangfald, utanlandsk-fødd arbeidskraft, internasjonale relasjonar, leiing.


PhD-thesis: Innovation, Space, and Diversity

Solheim, M.C.W., Boschma, R., and S.J.Herstad (2020): "Collected worker experience and the novelty content of innovation", Research Policy.

Herstad, S.J., Solheim, M.C.W. and M.Engen (2019): "Learning through urban labour pools: collected worker experiences and innovation in services", Environment and Planning A.

Solheim, M.C.W., and Herstad, S.J. (2018): "The Differentiated Effects of Human Resource Diversity on Corporate Innovation", International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management.

Solheim, M.C.W., and Fitjar, R.D. (2018): "Samanhengar mellom utanlandskfødd arbeidskraft og innovasjon: er det kjønnsmessige og geografiske skilnader? (The relationship between foreign-born workers and innovation: Are there gender and geographical differences?)". Søkelys på arbeidslivet.

Brenna, L.R., and Solheim, M.C.W. (2018): "Hvordan lede mangfold?" (How to manage diversity?). Praktisk Økonomi og Finans.

Solheim, M.C.W, and Tveterås, R (2017).: "Benefitting from co-location? Evidence from the upstream oil and gas industry". 

Solheim, M. C.W. and Fitjar, R.D.(2016): "Foreign Workers Are Associated with Innovation, But Why? International Networks as a Mechanism".

Solheim, M.C.W. (2016): "Foreign workers and international partners as channels to international markets in core, intermediate and peripheral regions".

Selected in the media:

(For a full list, please see Solheims Facebook-page  or see CRISTIN-list below).

"De er regionens unge ledertalenter": https://www.dagsavisen.no/rogalandsavis/de-er-regionens-unge-

Utvalde populærvitskaplege bidrag/kronikker:

Migrant eller flyktning i Dagbladet

Med mot til å meine i Forskarforum

Erfaringsmangfald fører til nyskaping i Aftenbladet

Den viktige arbeidskrafta i VG

Ulik erfaring gir nye patent i Dagens Perspektiv/Ukeavisen Ledelse

Ulike barn innoverer best i INNOMAG

Mangfold fremmer innovasjon i Dagens Perspektiv/Ukeavisen Ledelse

Innvandring og Innovasjon på forskning.no

Innvandring og eksport på Aftenposten Viten

Innvandrere gjør norske bedrifter mer innovative i INNOMAG

Innvandring aukar innovasjonsevna i Aftenposten

Farmor-effekten i Rosenkilden, Næringsforeningen i Stavanger

Innvandring bra for distrikta og i Aftenbladet

Flyktning, eg? i Aftenbladet

På Nebo Bjerg i Sunnmørsposten

Hevnen frå stadane vi forlot på forsking.no

On-going research

Solheim is doing research concerned with diversity and innovation. To stay updated, see her researchgate - profile.

Solheim is also active on Twitter: follow her on @MarteCWSolheim.

Solheim has a Facebook-page dedicated to sharing Op-Eds, upcoming events/talks: See @MarteCWSolheim

Work experience

Postdoctoral researcher: "Diversity and Innovation", Centre for Innovation Research, UiS

PhD Candidate "Innovation, Space and Diversity", University of Stavanger

Communication Coordinator at ODIM/Rolls-Royce

Internship Ulstein Group Communication (2008)