22@Barcelona – Quad Helix by the Mediterranean

This blog post is about how the city of Barcelona during the recent decade has developed into one of the most vibrant and energetic innovation environments in the knowledge economy, and about the people who made it happen. What is the city but the people? – William Shakespeare, Coriolanus Barcelona, mythical city by the sea… Continue reading 22@Barcelona – Quad Helix by the Mediterranean

Global Innovation Index 2012

On 5 July 2012, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO, a specialized UN agency) released the annual update to the Global Innovation Index. For the second consecutive year, Switzerland, Sweden, and Singapore lead in overall innovation performance. The report ranks 141 countries/economies on the basis of their innovation capabilities and results. It benefits… Continue reading Global Innovation Index 2012

How four French Towns Compete in the 21st Century

The European perspective The European Union has a combined population of over 500 million inhabitants, which equals 7.3% of the world population. In 2011, the European Union generated a nominal GDP of 14 trillion euro (larger than any single country in the world), representing approx. 20% of the global GDP when measured in terms of… Continue reading How four French Towns Compete in the 21st Century

Demand driven science park development

In a speech at the International Association of Science Parks conference 2012, Herbert Chen from Tsinghua University Science Park (TusPark) in China presented how science parks can attract organizations and companies. The TusPark or Tsinghua University Science Park is a Chinese organization of business parks. It has buildings in Zhongguancun of Beijing, in Kunshan, Suzhou,… Continue reading Demand driven science park development

Place Branding as a Competitive Tool

Theory Place branding is the process of image communication to a target market. All places compete with other places for people (visitors, residents), resources, and business. The global competition of cities is estimated to host 2,7 million towns, 3 thousand large cities and 455 large metropolitan areas with a population over one million. All of… Continue reading Place Branding as a Competitive Tool

Current and Future Winning Places in Europe

The Greek drama This month Europe´s Greek tragedy seems to have entered its final act, with potentially fateful consequences for the global economy. There seems to be only two options left. Either a Greek exit from the Eurozone, which otherwise remains intact, or a Greek exit that triggers a complete collapse of the European Monetary… Continue reading Current and Future Winning Places in Europe

500 new jobs based on establishment of disruptive technology

During more than one year, Christer Asplund and Magnus Fransson in Bearing have been working on creating a project in a rural area of Sweden, and we can today report on the establishment of a successful project based on disruptive technology. It is increasingly important for place managers to follow the disruptive technology shifts when… Continue reading 500 new jobs based on establishment of disruptive technology

Quad Helix in practice in Tuttlingen

“The heart of the medical device industry … beats in Tuttlingen!” From Tuttlingen homepage The city of Tuttlingen is in the south west of Germany. It is a small city with only 35,000 citizens and it is built around the Honberg mountain where ruins of a fortress built in the Middle Ages still stands. Historically… Continue reading Quad Helix in practice in Tuttlingen

Quad Helix in practice in Grythyttan

Introduction In a previous post on this blog, Jörgen Eriksson and I introduced the Quad Helix model. It is a conceptual model which we have developed in Bearing to explain successful cooperation of government, academia, business and the civil sector for place management and place development, and also introducing the importance of “talents”. In our… Continue reading Quad Helix in practice in Grythyttan

Innovation driven local and regional growth

Innovation as driver for business development and growth is undisputable. Why shouldn’t it also be a fundamental key to development of societal prosperity? Of course it is! The mechanisms of innovation are as valid and adaptable to public sector development as it is to the private business life. Then, what does development by innovation mean?… Continue reading Innovation driven local and regional growth