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Small companies became interested in research
Ivar Renngård, active nowadays at the Movexum business incubator, and Lars Löfqvist, Researcher at CLIP, the Centre for Logistics and Innovative Production at Gävle University, have together written a conference article about how academies and small businesses can generate mutual benefit from research.
Tell us more Ivar Renngård:
But we do not have any innovations here?
In 2007 I was a partner 2007 in an IT company in Söderhamn and was asked if we could receive a doctoral student, Lars Löfqvist, who would be involved with small companies and the development of innovation.
“But we do not have any innovations here?”
“You do have a product that is developing all the time?”
“Yes we do..”
”With a new version every year and data versioning?”
”Yes that is the case..”
“Then you have an innovation product!”
Interesting to see the pattern
Lars sat in on our meetings, observing, and he described how we worked. It was very interesting that someone could see a pattern in our work.
The researcher is very clever at describing things; he described how we, at every point, could improve the process, like a LEAN system. Lars discovered before long that the process was designed for large companies. He designed a process for small companies.
Became project manager
Ivar Renngård swapped jobs, became project manager and continued his cooperation with Lars Löfqvist.
“I became a theoretically-interested practitioner and now work at Movexum, a business incubator.
Lars backed up the interest I had in these theoretical procedures and process improvements, a method that can also be used in other established small businesses.”
Article for the research conference
“Our paper describes the methodology and the results that Lars obtained. My contribution has been that of a sounding partner, considering the situation from both sides.
We have worked mostly with new businesses, but would like to do more with existing established companies.”
Great interest around the globe
There is great interest around the world to inform small companies about the relevant ongoing research that exists.
Lars Löfqvist, researcher at CLIP, the Centre for Logistics and Innovative Production, at Gävle University, and Ivar Renngård, former small business entrepreneur, currently active at Movexum
Business Incubator, have written a joint article about how the academic community and small companies can generate mutual benefit from research. The conference article is based on joint research between Lars, Ivar and his former company, as well as collaborative seminars together with small and medium-sized enterprises.
The article gives both perspectives – that of the researchers and the entrepreneurs – and describes how valuable collaboration can be created, but also shows how cooperation between academic institutions and the business sector can develop in such a way that entrepreneurs themselves can contribute towards the research process and write research papers.
The conference article is called 'The creation of mutual benefit within innovation management
research on small companies' and will be presented at the 16th Continuous Innovation
Network (CINet) Conference on the 13th -15th September 2015, at KTH Stockholm.
For further information please contact:
Ivar Renngård, Lean Startup Coach Movexum
Tel: 070-783 07 54
Lars Löfqvist, university lecturer in Industrial Engineering at Gävle University
Tel:070-00 51 530
Text: Douglas Öhrbom