Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning research (CIEL)
CIEL’s main purpose is to develop research, knowledge and expertise within innovation, business enterprise and regional learning from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Research into small and medium-sized companies’ business activities focuses on innovation and product development work, strategy and management, business enterprise, marketing, financing and internationalisation. Within regional development, research is carried out into organisation, management, learning and equal opportunities in regional developmental initiatives.
Business Model Innovation (BMI)
Shaping Business Opportunities and Sustainable Growth for Tomorrow.
Research projects at Halmstad University explore how business model innovation could help businesses make innovation happen, while contributing to growth and sustainability.
Firms face challenges
Innovation is when ideas have been developed, commercialized and successfully create value for users and customers.
An increasing amount of research evidence shows hat business models are seen as a key to companies’ innovation capability, competitiveness, renewal and sustainable growth. Since the mid-1990s there has been an increasing interest in business models by both academics and practitioners. The business model concept is multifaceted and puts focus on processes for value creation at system level. It is a holistic approach towards explaining how companies do business and is used to communicate strategic choices, explain how companies create, deliver and capture value a well as facilitate identification of sources of competitiveness.
A business model is nothing else then a simple representation of how a company makes money!
Business model innovation
If a business model is “the fundamental structure for how companies capture, create, and deliver value”, then business model innovation is to "innovate the very theory of the business itself ”.
Business model innovation is the process aiming to create and deliver new forms and levels of value, develop new skills, new strengths, and new ways to make money in the process of identifying and capturing new business opportunities as a result of external and\or internal drivers of change.
Business model innovation is one way to create competitive advantage, if the new model is sufficiently differentiated and hard to replicate for existing companies and new entrants alike.
Business model innovation for sustainability
A holistic vision is required in order to address the challenge of the future for sustainable development. Responding to environmental changes will need to be in parallel with economic and social changes.
Business model innovation is more and more recognized as an important concept approach for delivering greater social and environmental sustainability throughout the industrial system.
Business model innovations for sustainability are:
”innovations that create significant positive and/or significantly reduced negative impacts for the environment and/or society, through changes in the way the organization create, deliver and capture value”.
Case study approach method
Following the tradition in business model innovation research, our group is using case studies to address our research questions. More specifically, we follow an interactive and integrated approach which is appropriate to capture the complexity of business model innovation where multiple players are involved and no clearly evident boundaries to their context exist.
Particularly useful is the multiple-case study approach that has exploratory and explanatory applications and is based on on-going comparison between relevant enterprises.
We have extensive experiences of collaboration with enterprises in our research, empirical “clinical” implementation as well as education and training activities stemming of our research.
Centre for International Marketing and Entrepreneurship Research (CIMER)
Increased globalization (with reduced trade barriers, new transport and communications, the importance of emerging markets) means that internationalization (in terms of sales, purchasing, production and knowledge exchange) becomes an important issue for enterprises and other actors in society.
In order to ensure sustainable economic development is knowledge of internationalization, marketing, entrepreneurship and growth necessary building blocks. Internationalization can lead to greater prosperity through Earth's common resources can be used in a better way. Imbalance of power relationship can mean that the value creation can be distributed in an unequal way. More knowledge is needed to understand globalization positive and negative effects on both the corporate and societal levels.
The group's specific conditions and opportunities
Halmstad University has over ten years built a strong position in the research field of International Marketing and Entrepreneurship. The research group has built up a publishing capabilities that has led to publications in reputable journals, books and bokkapitetel of known publishing house, dissertations, etc. The researchers have built a strong international network and are highly cited in the field. Research is an important base for the bachelor's program and Master's degree program in international marketing and for graduate study in Innovation Studies. The research mainly focuses on the commercialization part of the innovation process.
Purpose and Goals
The purpose of this research is to study how and why companies grow internationally and how their internationalization affects society?
International Entrepreneurship, International Marketing, and related topics.
Strategy for development and financing
We focus on the research question of how and why companies grow internationally, and how their internationalization affects society? Our research is the basis of education because, graduate and research level in international marketing and innovation studies. We strive to expand our international cooperation with strategic partners. Our experience is that international cooperation and enables the building publications with data from different countries, and also provide the necessary skills enhancement, both of which lead to more opportunities to publish in high-ranking journals.
We have built our funding from the Foundation, the Swedish Research Council, Lundberg Foundations, stint, Linneus-Palme.
We are looking for funds from the above funders and The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, Handelsbanken's research foundations, FCA, EU.
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Knowledge Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Research (KEEN)
KEEN is a platform within the CIEL research milieu that organizes and supports research on entrepreneurship and innovation within economics and management studies.
The name of the platform reflects the general perspective that the quantity and quality of entrepreneurship and new enterprising efforts in society is largely dependent on: 1) available business opportunities based on new knowledge, and 2) the organization and functionality of the broader innovation ecosystem where these knowledge-based business opportunities are created and exploited. Based on this overall perspective the research conducted within KEEN focus on entrepreneurial efforts aimed at business creation in new and established firms, which include studies such as the identification and exploitation of new business opportunities, the organization of R&D and new technology, new product and market offerings, entrepreneurial processes of change and learning, and the management and economics of innovation.
Reflecting the multidisciplinary character of research on entrepreneurship and innovation at Halmstad University, members of KEEN come from various sub-disciplines such as organization and leadership studies, accounting, finance, marketing, strategic management and economics. The research is to a large extent funded through external grants and the group has a particularly strong track record of conducting projects and publishing in the following areas:
- Corporate innovation
- Entrepreneurial finance
- Entrepreneurial learning
- Entrepreneurship and gender
- Knowledge intensive entrepreneurship
- Innovation and entrepreneurship policy
- Corporate growth and fast growing firms
- Incubators and business support systems
- Internationalization of R&D and new technology
- Accounting and corporate governance in entrepreneurial contexts
- Academic entrepreneurship and the commercialization of public R&D
The research group includes members from junior to senior academic ranks and consists of fourteen active researchers. Building on theories and models in entrepreneurship and innovation research, the members are disseminating expertise and research results through their teaching as well as through other third task activities such as giving policy advice, popular writing and consulting.
- Social innovation
Sustainability, Innovation and Management in Building (SIMB)
The building sector in Sweden constitutes some 10% of the GNP. The building sector heavily exploits our natural resources and thus has a strong impact on our environment. There is a heavy demand on growth in the sector as there is lack of infrastructure and residential buildings in our society. However, the sector has received a bad reputation because of high costs and problems with damp and quality faults in newly built houses.
The SIMB research group has an ambition to work in areas which are important for the sector´s future success:
- Innovation in construction
- Cooperative forms in the building process
- Sustainable building
The goals of the research group are also to design and implement research projects in accordance with these areas. The intention in the first area is to study how company processes impact on the ability of the construction companies to innovate and develop. A special interest is devoted to the relationship between the project specific construction companies and the process specific supply companies — an interesting cooperative model to study is the strategic alliance between the two. Other perspectives which are worthy of exploration include the different cooperative forms within the building process.
The group has especially studied functional contracting forms, which can give the contractor incentives for development and innovation and also encourage the contractor take more responsibility for quality perspectives in the projects. The group has a focus on energy in terms of sustainable building and there is an ongoing cooperation with one of the most important real estate companies in the region. Finally, a new theme, Customer demand in the building process has been initiated in the group in which a doctoral student is currently working.
Regionally and locally the group has well established relations with companies, organisations and authorities and has carried out cooperative research projects on for example logistics on the building site and weather protection systems in construction. There is also an on-going discussion with Chalmers University of Technology to set up a research school in the field of “Industrialised construction". A different project in the group will study sustainable low-cost housing in Ethiopia. A pilot study has been made and depending on financing a project will be carried out in Ethiopia.