Grønn Innovasjon - en studie av innovasjonsprosessen til to spin-off foretak fra forskningsmiljøet i Bergen
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This master thesis is based on an analysis on some aspects concerning the innovation process in two different university spin-off enterprises in Bergen-region. The cases concerns ecofriendly technologies compared to conventional solutions. These technologies address highly relevant products that lead to more sustainable production, processes and areas of use.
The attempt to analyse the innovation process will especially focus on the influence of other important organizations and institutions and how they interact. This includes inter-firm links, collaboration with other research institutions and governmental institutions. Learning processes, feedback from customers, funding systems and the importance of knowledge and information flows are some key issues that are addressed. The theoretical approach for this study includes literature within economic geography, including theories around innovation systems and technology transfer. The empirical findings based on semi-structured interviews by the founders and other key informants in other organizations like the regional technology transfer office were conducted fall 2011. I have also used secondary sources such as company reports, websites, media articles, governmental reports and secondary statistics.
The major findings have reviled several complexities concerning motivation, structures, systems and geographies around these processes.