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Process-SME Project: Exceeded Expectations
Lapin AMK.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Signals and Systems. Luleå tekniska universitet. (ProcessIT Innovations)
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Signals and Systems. Luleå tekniska universitet. (ProcessIT Innovations)
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering. (Entreprenörskap och innovation)
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Abstract [en]

This publication, ‘Process-SME Project - Exceeded Expectations’, is a collection of articles describing the work and results achieved in the Business Model Innovation and Internationalization of Process Industry SMEs project, which was conducted under the Interreg Nord programme from 1 September 2016 to 30 August 2019.The main objective of the project was to improve the competitiveness of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) whose customers are from the process/mining/energy/oil/gas industries, by supporting them in discovering needs and opportunities, developing new business models, building European partnerships, applying for EU-level funding for project proposals, as well as developing products, services and other offerings.The participating Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) organisations were Lapland University of Applied Sciences (project leader), the Kerttu Saalasti Institute at the University of Oulu, Luleå University of Technology and NORUT Narvik AS. Additionally, several business development organisations brought in their SME networks and business development capabilities: NIHAK and Nivala Industrial Park Ltd from Finland, IUC Norr AB from Sweden and Forskningsparken I Narvik AS from Norge. After the last organisation was shut down during the project, their role was taken over by NORUT.Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish project partners worked together with over 100 SMEs in activities that led to about 25 SMEs developing their business models or participating in EU-level project proposals. Over 40 SMEs took part in sectoral cross-border workshops with process industries using the Matchmaking Workshops model developed in national workshops in Finland. The companies’ motivation and commitment to the project were the most important factors for their success. We would like to express our appreciation to them for all their efforts. 

Other expected effects and results:•the creation of methods and tools related to advanced business models;

•an updated ProcessIT.EU Roadmap that will impact policy/decision-makers on national and international levels;8

• Leena Parkkila & Kyllikki Taipale-Erävala (ed.)•increased cross-border cooperation within the region among SMEs, larger process industry companies, networks and academies in order to enable the creation of advanced business models;

•dissemination of knowledge and best practices on a continuous basis on the project’s web pages (see www.process-sme.eu);

•development of new methods used by SMEs when commercialising advanced business models globally; and

•an increased internationalisation of SMEs concerning business/research/development activities.

As part of the Interreg Nord programme, the project was financed by this programme through the EU, as well as Norrbottens läns landsting, Länsstyrelsen i Norbotten, Lapin Liitto, Troms fylkeskommun, Nordlands fylkeskommun, Norwegian IR and the participating organisations. Without their support, we would not have been able to conduct the project.The project activities involved several types of know-how and capabilities. Because of this, a total of over 40 specialists in the participating organisations gave their input to the work being conducted. Thank you all very much.All partners put their hearts into the project and are very proud of what was achieved and the forthcoming results. The title of this publication originates from the words of the manager of a large company who participated in a Nordic workshop. The manager, as is usual for those in such a position, had participated in several workshops, but his comment after the event was stunning and summarised the whole project: This exceeded all expectations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Luleå, 2019. , p. 52
Keywords [en]
business model, SME, competetiveness, RDI, Interreg, innovation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-76840ISBN: 978-952-316-318-8 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-76840DiVA, id: diva2:1372651
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