CIRCLE Seminar with Dr. George Tsekouras, dir. of CENTRIM, on Connecting SMEs to the research base: An agency-approach to policy making

Dr. George Tsekouras currently leads the research centre CENTRIM (Centre for Change, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management), University of Brighton, UK. He leads research in diverse aspects of knowledge sharing such as organisational development of the pertinent processes IT capabilities, learning George-Tsekouras-1-Cropped-260x320.jpgnetworks in less developed regions, knowledge sharing in the context of emerging sectors. George has also worked in various other innovation management fields such as benchmarking, business processes, mobile services and regional development. He has a first degree in mechanical engineering, a DPhil from SPRU. He has presented his work to various international conferences, has delivered several executives seminars and university lectures in the UK and overseas. He is also reviewer for international journals such as Research Policy, Organization Science and Industrial and Corporate Change.

The title of the seminar: “Connecting SMEs to the research base: An agency-approach to policy making”.
Date: 24th of October: 13.30-14.30
Place: Sölvegatan, 16, MNO-huset, CIRCLE, M213

Practical: The seminar is held in CIRCLE Seminar Room, it is open for everyone and there is no need to register. In case you don’t have the access card to our building, please let us know (or simply ring us on the entrance doorbell). Contact: Claudio Fassio ( 


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CIRCLE Seminar with Prof. Wolfgang Sofka on international and innovation strategy of firms

Dr. Wolfgang Sofka is Professor in Strategic and International Management at the Department of Strategy and Innovation at Copenhagen Business School. He currently also holds a professorial appointment as Chair in International Business (part time, permanent) at the University of Liverpool Management School. sofka

Wolfgang’s research focuses on topics in international and innovation strategy. He investigates how firms search for innovative ideas and commercialize them successfully. This includes the strategic choices of multinational companies (MNCs), the hiring of strategic human capital as well as value capturing strategies. Wolfgang’s research has appeared in leading journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Research Policy or the Journal of Product Innovation Management.

Date: 16th of October: 15.00-16.00
Place: Sölvegatan, 16, MNO-huset, CIRCLE, M213

Practical: The seminar is held in CIRCLE Seminar Room, it is open for everyone and there is no need to register. In case you don’t have the access card to our building, please let us know (or simply ring us on the entrance doorbell). Contact: Claudio Fassio ( 


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CIRCLE 2.0 Kick-off in Brighton: Joint workshop with research centers CENTRIM and SPRU

As the start of the new term CIRCLE leadership had arranged an inspiring kick-off for all colleagues. It was held in Brighton and was a combination of important strategic internal discussions and a joint workshop with two of the leading research centers: The Centre for Change, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management (CENTRIM) and Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU). Collaborations have been going on for many years between specific researchers from all three institutes and this time it was a great opportunity for all to meet in a joint workshop, present their ongoing research and actively look for possibilities for new and stronger collaborations. Earlier this year letters of intent were signed by the institutes as a promise to build up stronger research connections.


About the research centers:
Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) is a research centre based at University of Sussex in Falmer, near Brighton, UK. Founded in 1960s. It focuses on long term transformative change, science policy and innovation across different sectors, societies and structures. With over 50 years of experience, SPRU is internationally recognized as a leading centre of research on science, technology and innovation policy. The director is Professor Johan Schot
The Centre for Change, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management (CENTRIM) is a Centre for Research and Enterprise Excellence within the Brighton Business School. It is a multidisciplinary research group that originated in the 1980s, working with partners in industry, academia and government, they strive to produce groundbreaking concepts to explain, harness and improve innovation, entrepreneurship and change management. The director is Dr George Tsekouras.

The workshop was received very well among all three research centers and the common research areas were discussed with energy both during the day and at the joint dinner. The direct outcomes right now are a booked visit from the director of CENTRIM Dr George Tsekouras to CIRCLE in Lund for a seminar later this term and a planned doctoral visit by one of the CIRCLE PhD Students, Janna Alvedalen, to SPRU in the coming spring term.




Panel discussion with the directors of the research centers, sitting from left Dr. George Tsekouras, prof. Åsa Lindholm-Dahlstrand and Prof. Johan Schot
. Moderator (standing) prof. Howard Rush.


It was a great opportunity to visit Brighton for so many important reasons and thank you for hosting us, CENTRIM!

New PhD position at CIRCLE on the implications of multi-scalar transition dynamics for transformative innovation policy

Dear network,
We would like to announce a new PhD position at CIRCLE, Lund University, in Innovation Engineering on the implications of multi-scalar transition dynamics for transformative innovation policy. We wish to recruit a PhD student within the broad theoretical fields of innovation and transition studies, with a focus on innovation and transition policy. The position is part of the recently formed Swedish Transformative Innovation Policy Platform (STIPP) and fully funded by Vinnova (the Swedish Innovation Agency).

Some of the assessment criteria

  • Knowledge and skills relevant to the thesis project and the subject of study.
  • An assessment of ability to work independently and to formulate and tackle research problems.
  • Written and oral communication skills.
  • Other experience relevant to the third-cycle studies, e.g. professional experience.

Application deadline is November 1, 2018. More information can be found here. 

For questions please contact: Dr. Lea Fünfschilling, postdoctoral researcher and lecturer, +46 46 222 14 01,

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We are looking forward to welcome this new doctoral student to Circle!




Sweden may not be nr 1 in innovation – the EU Innovation ranking is flawed, says CIRCLE prof. Charles Edquist

For many years, including in the 2018 edition, Sweden has, by the Summary Innovation Index (SII), been ranked number 1 in the EU with regard to innovation performance. However, because the SII uses simple average measure, it seems to miss that the large amount of investments in the Swedish innovation system are not transformed into innovation outputs. This should not be considered as high performance and should be acknowledged when innovation policy in Sweden is designed, according to the researchers Charles Edquist and Jon Mikel Zabala Iturriagagoitia. They point out that there is a widespread SII-based misbelief that Sweden is number 1 in terms of innovation performance in the EU.


Charles Edquist describes the news further: “On June 22, the 2018 edition of the European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) was published by the European Commission. The summary innovation index included in the EIS misleads politicians, policy-makers, researchers and the general public. This is argued in a contribution by Charles Edquist and Jon Mikel Zabala Iturriagagoitia in the website Science Business published on June 22, 2018. On June 26, the same article was also published in the Science Business Newsletter. That very short piece is based on a recent scientific article published in Research Evaluation, where the methodological and statistical details are provided.

Large resources are invested in producing and communicating the EIS annual reports – the 2017 edition was available in 23 languages. The 2018 edition is launched in a large event on June 25, 2018 in the Breydel auditorium in Brussels. The results are widely diffused in most EU member states.

A major constituent of the EIS is the Summary Innovation Index (SII). It claims to provide a ”comparative assessment” and ranking of “innovation performance” in the EU member states. However, it does not, because it is methodologically inferior.

The underlying problem is that the SII interpretation of “innovation performance” does not relate outputs to inputs, which has to be done in any meaningful measure of “performance”, “productivity” or “efficiency”. Instead the SII mixes inputs and outputs into a simple arithmetic average, which is meaningless. This is remarkable. And it means that the SII cannot be used for innovation policy purposes, which is an explicit objective of the EIS.”

At a conference June 25th, Commission officials were defending their methodology.

New knowledge platform: Workshop on Sweden’s position in Global Value Chains

For invited guests the new Vinnova funded knowledge platform on Global Value Chains, coordinated by CIRCLE, was presented at a workshop held at Lund School of Economics and Management. The participants were presenting and discussing the main research areas that will be investigated by the project team and related work of researchers from various faculties at Lund University. From Vinnova’s side Lennart Stenberg and Rolf Nilsson were leading feedback, discussion and presenting “hot topics” at Vinnova.


Topics on the agenda:

  • Claudio Fassio and Lina Ahlin: Trends and Dynamics in the Swedish business sector
  • Jasna Pocek and Torben Schubert: The integration of innovative firms in Sweden into global corporate structures, global knowledge networks and global value chains
  • Martin Andersson and Trudy-Ann Stone: Multinational companies as breeding grounds for new entrepreneurs and new international start ups
  • Johan Klaesson and Lars Pettersson: MNEs in Sweden and their Importance for Functional Urban Regions
  • Åsa Lindholm Dahlstrand and Jing Xiao: The acquisition of small technological companies by foreign and Swedish MNEs
  • Eugenia Perez Vico: the Research Policy knowledge platform
  • Fredrik Sjöholm: Off-shoring and employment dynamics in Sweden
  • Lea Funfschilling: The Sustainability and Transition knowledge platform
  • Lennart Stenberg and Rolf Nilsson: latest “hot topics” at Vinnova


Have a good day!

What happened when CIRCLE hosted the EU-SPRI Winter School on Geography of Innovation?

Just now CIRCLE hosted a Winter School targeted at state-of-the-art training in the Geography of Innovation for the 22 international PhD candidates. This was part of the series by European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation, EU-SPRI Forum. This series focuses on current research and debates on innovation studies and associated fields, with emphasis on policy and pressing societal challenges.


Each day was dedicated to a specific topic with presentations and useful and open discussions long into the coffee breaks. Here is the outline of the one-week course and the presenters coming both from very far and close.

  • Geographies of innovation by Richard Shearmur
  • Innovation and the city by Martin Andersson
  • Innovation and the Periphery by Richard Shearmur
  • Territorial Innovation Models by Josephine Rekers
  • Agency and Regional Innovation Systems by Markku Sotarauta
  • …..more below
  • Global and local innovation networks & trust by Magnus Nilsson
  • Migration, heritage and regional persistence of entrepreneurship by Olof Ejermo
  • Regional Innovation Policy by Markus Grillitsch
  • New path development in regions by Markus Grillitsch
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation policy levers for regional economic resilience and diversification – linking academia and policy practice by Sandra Hannig (OECD)


  • Geography of transitions by Lea Fuenfschilling
  • A Holistic Innovation Policy and the Practice of the Swedish National Innovation Council by Charles Edquist
  • Long term structural change and growth in a regional system by Lars-Olof Olander
  • Models of innovation: Development and policy applications by Merle Jacob
  • Management of Global Innovation Processes: Creating Modular Organizations by Torben Schubert
  • Making a Contribution: Constructing Mystery by Dan Kärreman
  • Successful research application workshop by Magnus and Marcus
  • To get to know each other better and strengthen the network, social events were arranged containing dinners and game activities.


It was a great pleasure for CIRCLE to host the EU-SPRI Winter School, we hope to meet and collaborate again soon!