Forfatterarkiv: erikaabyholm

From success to failure, the disappearance of clusters: a study of a Norwegian boat-building cluster

The article analyses the decline and disappearance of regional clusters, with an empirical investigation of why a boat-building cluster in Norway failed after the 2008 financial crisis. The article combines insights into lock-in processes that take place at the cluster and regional innovation system level with lock-in processes at the entrepreneur and firm level. The latter level focuses on the development of local conventions of how production activities should occur as a potential key lock-in process. The failure of the boat-building cluster is explained by a convention supporting artisan craft production and little support from the regional innovation system.

Isaksen, A. (2018). From success to failure, the disappearance of clusters: a study of a Norwegian boat-building clusterCambridge Journal of Regions  Economy and Society.



Visit from Kingston Business School

This week the Master program in innovation and knowledge development, at School of  Business and law have been visited by a group of students from Kingston Business School, London headed by Lecturer, Dr. Pauline Olivia Parker. Together with the Norwegian master students they have attended lectures and visited businesses. The students have visited the MIL lab and been introduced to Industry 4.0 by the leader of the MIL lab Bernt Inge Øhrn. The group also attended the Eyde symposium om Industrial Symbiosis organised by Christophe F. Pinck, responsible for international relations in the Eyde Cluster. Finally, the students were received by REC Solar (formerly Elkem Solar) and the Production manager Jorunn Gislefoss and HR manager Eirin Vige Fidje, and give a presentation of the strategy of REC Solar, and a tour through the production facilities in Kristiansand.


Tirsdag 10. oktober var studenter med Innovasjon og kunnskapsutvikling og Indøk på besøk hos Eyde for få inspirasjon om fremtidens industri.

Det var en spennende program som engasjerte studentene.

9.15 – 11.00: Professor NTNU Gjøvik, Halvor Holtskog: Fra Lean production til Industri 4.0

11.15 – 12.00: Forretningsutvikler i Eyde, Gunnar Kulia: Prosjektutvikling i Eyde

12.00 – 13.15: Lunsj

13.15 – 14.00: Leder Eyde Innovation Centre, Lars Petter Maltby: Overgang til sirkulær økonomi

14.15 – 15.00: Førsteamanuensis UiA, Stina Torjusene: Industriens bærekrafts-utfordring

15.00 – 15.30: Professor UiA, Hans Chr. Garmann Johnsen: Oppsummering: Den industrielle framtid