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Successful bid for external funding

Business economist Fredrik Tell has received notification of an MSEK 3.4 grant from Vinnova, the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems. The money is earmarked for research on innovation processes.

"We look closely at how business enterprises with complex products and systems go about injecting external knowledge into their innovation processes. One method of technology transfer is through business alliances, often even as joint development projects with companies in an entirely different branch," says Fredrik Tell.

Leading international companies such as ABB, Ericsson, Saab and Scania participate in the study.

Fredrik Tell is an associate professor in Business Management and Economics, and has deputy responsibility for the research team KITE (Knowledge integration and innovation in transnational enterprise), which only last year received from the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation an MSEK 29 grant with an eight-year horizon.

The KITE team is made up of thirteen PhD researchers working under the leadership of Professor Christian Berggren. The team pursues three research threads; 1) project organization and knowledge integration; 2) outsourcing and knowledge integration; 3) innovation and integration of external knowledge.

"The additional resources will allow us to strengthen and expand the third thread.

"This shows," says Fredrik Tell, "that financial backers regard us as being in the forefront of innovation research. The Vinnova funds will make it possible to recruit a postgrad and a postdoc to our team."


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Last updated: 2009-06-03