Innovation and entreprenurship

Our research on innovation and entrepreneurship investigates how value creation and profitability can be realized in parallel with a green shift and a continuation of the welfare society.

This research is also the foundation for the Mohn centers work on facilitating for and teaching about innovation, entrepreneurship and regional development.

Our research on responsible innovation, entrepreneurship and regional development aims for both excellence and relevance. We have a specific regional focus in our research, and example of research questions are:

  • What are the drivers and obstacles for responsible regional industry restructuring?
  • What are the main challenges for introducing sustainable technology?
  • How is responsible innovation enacted in different geographical contexts?
  • How can we promote good innovation management? 
  • When will investors and entrepreneurs venture into new industries, and what affects the survival and growth of new firms?
  • Which type of policy is needed to promote sustainable industry transformation?

Key research topics

A) Innovation Systems

  • Regional and technological innovation systems, industry clusters, value chains
  • Sustainable transformation 
  • Innovation policy

B) Innovation Management and Product Development

  • Development and implementation of technological and non-technological innovations
  • Innovation management and organization of innovation processes
  • Marketing of innovations
  • Digitalization

C) Entrepreneurship and Business Development

  • Start ups, sustainable business models
  • Commercialization of research
  • Entrepreneurial learning

Current Research Projects

Most of our research projects are connected to the Mohn Centre for Innovation and Regional Development at HVL. Read more about our projects at the Mohn Centre's website.

Head of Research Group

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Stig Erik Jakobsen

Center Manager