A research team in business economics at University of Gävle in Sweden – under the leadership of professor Aihie Osarenkhoe – has been awarded eight million SEK from the Structural Fund Partnership (Region Gävleborg and the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth) for studies on sustainable business relationships, aiming at regional innovative business development.
Sustainable business relationships entail business development that focuses on strategic networks, sustainable development, and risk management. The multidisciplinary character of business and economic disciplines is utilized in a joint research theme and context to create synergistic effects.
– We have since 2013 been striving to streamline the research profile of researchers in the department of business and economic studies, and this has resulted in the development of a research theme that we call: “Sustainable business relationships”, Aihie Osarenkhoe says.
– In this study, we will, in collaboration with the regional innovation centres and their partner companies, identify innovative environments endowed with growth potential, and thus contribute to regional business development.
There is a need for a joint platform, where innovative ideas of academia and practice are exploited, developed, and spread to various parts of the region in order to contribute to innovative development and competitiveness.
A prioritized area in the project is to link ongoing research and development in sustainable business relationships to the needs of relevant stakeholders in the regional, thus promoting a sustainable business practices and entrepreneurship and reinforcing regional growth.
– We have observed a need for to create a cross-sectorial organization that supports and leads sustainable regional growth. Through this project, the cluster organizations and their partner companies enhance their knowledge and capability to:
For more information, please contact:
Aihie Osarenkhoe, professor of business economics, University of Gävle
Tel: +46 (26) 64 85 84, +46 (70) 191 45 26
Text: Douglas Öhrbom
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