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Sten A Olssons Foundation for Research and Culture

Sten A Olsson Foundation for Research and Culture allocates funds to both our master’s programmes and our research.


The Master’s students in the Master of Science programmes Innovation and Industrial Management (IIM) and Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship (KBE), at the School of Business, Economics and Law can apply for a scholarship to do their thesis work abroad. These scholarships arise thanks to a generous donation from the Sten A Olsson Foundation for Research and Culture. The Foundation allocates one million SEK per year for travel grants, over a ten year period, starting in 2012.

The scholarships will enable students in the programme to visit foreign universities and create their own international networks. The recipients of the scholarships should essentially operate within the priority research areas set by the foundation. These areas are culture and health, and innovation and entrepreneurship.

Students in IIM and KBE practice their skills on projects and cases, in relation to specific learning objectives in courses. They can thereby combine theoretical and practical skills and deepen their understanding of the key processes and mechanisms of entrepreneurship through practice. Sten A Olsson Foundation for Research and Culture supports our MSc in Entrepreneurship through a work-package in our research grant ‘Radical innovation for enhancement of the Swedish economy’.

Find out more about our master's programmes here:


The Sten A Olsson Foundation for Research and Culture also allocates funds towards our research, particularly ‘Radical innovation for enhancement of the Swedish economy’.

Professor Maureen McKelvey is the principal investigator, with Assistant Professor Rick Middel as programme coordinator. The involved researchers are employed at the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE), Department of Economy and Society, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg.

In order to facilitate continuous stimulation of the Swedish economy, a structural transformation, where focus in society is shifted from the current knowledge-based view to one where innovation is the center of attention. To achieve this goal, radical innovations are essential, a phenomenon proven difficult to both enable and implement for societies, organizations and individuals alike.

These issues show that extensive research on the topic is needed. Our research addresses how and why structural transformation occurs, as well as how it stimulates change in society. Firms, universities, NGOs and policy makers must find ways to stimulate the conditions enabling more radical changes. Through collaboration, exchange of knowledge, and a break of path-dependency set in the existing routines and organizational mindsets, both the economy at large and the individual actors are made more competitive.

The main aims of the project:

  • Contribute to the international research frontier on innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Interact with firms and practitioners on these issues
  • Inform teaching practices within the area of innovation and entrepreneurship at GU
  • Thereby, support the enhancement of Sweden’s transformation

Find out more about the project here.

Exciting research news

MeetingPoint Innovation, 27 November 2015

The event brought together 80 people, partners from companies, professors and researchers, and friends, as well as Masters and PhD students, to discuss how Globalization and Radical Innovation are Impacting West Sweden.

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The Sten A Olssons Kulturstipendieutdelning was held on 5th December, 2014, at the Concert Hall in Gothenburg. Professor Maureen McKelvey was invited speaker at the event. Her speech was called "Radical Innovations: Ett forskningsprojekt vid Handelshögskolan i Göteborg".

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InnovHealth-conference Innovation and Entrepreneurship in health care and life sciences, was held in Gothenburg in December 2014.


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