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The Role of Competence Brokering in Regional Innovation and Development


Competence brokering and knowledge transfer plays an important role
in innovation and development of regions within a country. The Research Council
of Norway administrates an innovation programme named VRI (Program for Regional
R&D and Innovation) to facilitate this kind of development. VRI has duration
of 10 years from 2007, and covers the whole country divided in 15 regions.
Two of the instruments in VRI are competence brokering and company specific
projects. The basic idea of competence brokering in VRI is to improve collaboration
between companies and research and development (R&D) institutions in order
to facilitate innovation and value creation in regions. The major characteristic
of competence brokering is to assist companies to obtain and apply R&D
knowledge. The aim is also to initiate and carry out company specific projects. The companies are responsible for and are the owner of the projects. However, the
projects are conducted under supervision of a competence broker. R&D personnel
are hired to work in the project. Each region applies for funding from the Research
Council of Norway and Innovation Norway. Companies can participate as a
single firm or in network with more firms. The paper presents the Norwegian approach
and experiences of competence brokering in regional innovation and development,
and focus on describing aspects like (1) Working methods and experience
from different programme for regional R&D and innovation (2) Challenges,
constraints and obstacles that are related to this collaboration, (3) How the challenges
and obstacles can be dealt with effectively. The paper is based on action
research, reflection and experiences from competence brokers' point of view, and
literature studies. The paper also presents a description of a case ("Region VRIInnlandet").


Academic chapter/article/Conference paper





  • SINTEF Digital / Technology Management
  • SINTEF Community / Mobility and Economics




Academic Conferences Publishing


Proceedings of the 15th European Conference on Knowledge Management






311 - 320

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