The vision for the Innovation for Growth project is for Sweden to be the world’s best environment for innovation. This requires a shift from words to actions. There is plenty of groundwork to build upon. Numerous analyses of Sweden’s position in a globalised world have been carried out.
My vision is that in the future Harvard Business School will send their MBA students to Sweden to learn and study the “Swedish miracle.”
According to Björn O Nilsson, president of IVA, the time has come to start working on very concrete actions to take Swedish businesses to a higher level.
-We don’t need any more reports or analyses on this. What we need is to convert the knowledge that we already have into concrete actions.
Innovation is an important driver of growth. And Swedish companies and organizations, as well as in many other European countries, are striving to increase innovation capabilities in order to increase growth and competitiveness. Despite this, Sweden is one of the few European countries that doesn’t have an outlined national strategy for innovation.
-I think Sweden needs a national strategy for innovation with concrete actions to increase the focus on importance of innovation. I also think that it’s important to get innovation on the agenda in the upcoming election. Politicians like to talk a lot about the importance of people having a job and being able to support themselves. But from where do all these jobs come from? They are certainly not created in the job seeking agencies. It is my firm belief that innovation is a powerful driver in creating new jobs and through that contributing to increased growth and competitiveness for Sweden.
- One big problem is that the politicians often seem to think that it’s a quick fix, but that is not the case and we have to make them understand this. We think that the government’s responsibility is to make sure that the conditions are the right ones for people and organizations that are willing start new ventures and make sure this is an ongoing process.
-I also think the level of ambition is to low. We must get better, we have a lot of very valuable knowledge intensive companies, but they have to be able to increase their growth.
Read more about the project and the steering committee who is headed by Mr Marcus Wallenberg, Chairman of SEB, Sweden:
About IVA and Björn O Nilsson
The academy’s mission is to promote technical and economic sciences and to promote industry and business growth for the benefit of society.
IVA is an independent arena for knowledge exchange. By initiating and stimulating contacts between various skills areas and over national boundaries, IVA functions as a bridge-builder between the business community, academia and the political sphere.
IVA is the world’s oldest engineering academy, founded in 1919. IVA’s activities are financed through contributions from companies, project grants and government grants.
In August 2008 Professor Björn O. Nilsson took over as President of IVA. He comes to IVA from Biovitrum where he has been Senior Vice President Corporate Development since 2007. Björn O. Nilsson has experience from both large and small biotech companies. He has been a member of IVA since 1996 and he was chairing the industry organization for biotech companies, SwedenBIO, for three years.