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New Center for small enterprise development

A new Center for applied management for small and medium-sized enterprices (CAM) will work with an eye toward putting the know-how to work.

A spin-off advantage will be the possibility for LiU to snap up real-life problems of interest for research.

The Center will target companies with between 10 and 250 employees.

"We intend to translate research findings into understandable and practical solutions. We will work on a shop floor level," says Ronny Mårtensson, President of Åtvidaberg Savings Bank and Chairman of the Board at the Center.

The operative head is Anna Öhrwall Rönnbäck, Ph D in Industrial Economics. Dr. Öhrwall serves as Associate Professor at LiUs Department of Managemant and Engineering.

"The Swedish government and the European Union both encourage the development of small and medium-sized enterprises. They are the financial backbone of Europe," declares Anna Öhrwall Rönnbäck.

The platform for the new Center is the university course Integrated Business Planning (IFP) which for the past 30 years has been an integral part of the fourth year of studies in the Industrial Engineering and Management program. This course provides an opportunity for students to evaluate and comment real-life industrial situations. The companies who open their doors to LiU students gain an independent analysis that considers both engineering and economic factors and results in improvement plans.

"Our university has high expectations of this dedicated initiative," says Rector Mille Millnert. "It will strengthen our position in Swedish research and education within the important business sector of small and medium enterprises."

The new Center has an initial funding of MSEK 4.2 for a three-year activity plan. The actors are LiU, the Savings Bank Foundation Alfa, Östsam Regional Development Council, Linköping Municipality, and the Åtvidaberg Savings Bank.


2008-01-22




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