Why NORSI? Key impact and added value of NORSI

Key impacts and added value for students, faculty and institutions for being part of NORSI.

The impact and added value of NORSI is presented below in insections with focus on impact and added value from PhD candidates’ perspectives, faculty, member institution and Nordic policy-maker positions. Some of the impacts are immediate such as possibility to take courses, and others are more long term as potential increased Nordic research collaborations and synergies.

What is certain is that NORSI and its international collaborations will have a positive impact and benefit the participaiting research milieus.

NORSI students Barbara R. Lappalainen and Jo Anders Sollien, both Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (Lillehammer) attending NORSI Conference 2018.

Impact and added value for the PhD candidates

Opportunity to take high-quality courses: The most apparent impact of being part of NORSI for PhD candidates is the unique opportunity to take high-quality academic courses in innovation and entrepreneurship research. Several students underline that NORSI is where they are able to take specialization courses as their home institutions have limited course portfolios.

NORSI gives a sense of disciplinary focus and a stronger research identity: Several students have emphasized that being part of NORSI given them a meeting place where their research is the main focus but also serves an important role of giving them a sense of a disciplinary focus and stronger research identity in a multi-disciplinary research field.

Research educational activities: The possibility of participating in educational activities such as writing seminars and conferences enhance the quality of research are viewed as essential.

Develop international network: By being part of NORSI candidates start building their international research network from the beginning of their studies and meet faculty members and other PhD candidates at partner institutions and international faculty involved in courses and activities.

Academic exchanges and placements: Taking part in research school activities results in relevantacademic exchanges and placements emerge at good universities during or after completion of PhD.

Research disseminations and knowledge network: For the candidates one should not underestimate, the undeniable positive effect for NORSI alumni of being part of a knowledge network is an added benefit when the candidates take on employment. Therefore the NORSI course portfolio serves not only as an education for PhD students and future researchers, it is also a way of disseminating recent findings to current and future organizations within the public and business sectors as some PhD candidates move beyond academia after graduating.

Opportunities for research collaborations: NORSI provides unique opportunities for future research collaboration for the candidates. NORSI has recently seen a large alumnus initiated research collaborative spin-off emerge.

Internationalization of the candidates: NORSI students get an opportunity to take part in courses, activities and conferences that are international in nature. While many of the courses and activities take place in Norway, about half of the participants and lectures are international.

Impact and added value for faculty

NORSI a faculty meeting place: Faculty involved in NORSI have developed a closer relationship with other researchers in the Nordic countries as well as internationally.

Internationalization of participating institutions: Increased collaboration results in an increased internationalization of participating NORSI institutions and manifests itself as lecturers become adjunct professors and initiate exchanges with NORSI partners and are part of external reviews and committees.

Faculty and students exchanges of articles on emerging research: Several faculty members involved in NORSI are editors and/or Editorial Board Members in the leading journals within innovation and entrepreneurship. Students benefit from getting first-hand insights and recommendations for writing, publishing, and emerging trends as well as access to identifying research gaps in the field. Additionally faculty interact with students and get first hand access to emerging research trends within the research fields of innovation and entrepreneurship. This result in articles published in leading journals.

Impact and added value for institutions

NORSI connects fragmented research milieus: The research milieus are not only thematically dispersed but also geographically at various small and large institutions throughout the Nordic countries. NORSI functions as a communication accelerator between its partner institutions and connects the widespread research milieus in the Nordic countries.

Economic and efficient access to a specialized course portfolio: NORSI’s network structure is a financially sustainable and efficient way for institutions to provide their candidates with a large specialized course portfolio. A full PhD program in innovation and entrepreneurship requiresresources. NORSI provides resources that enable member institutions to carry out or be part of these programs, which cannot be accomplished alone due to cost or limited access to experts in the field. Instead of each institution striving to develop their own course portfolio within innovation and entrepreneurship, students may select from a plethora of high-quality courses drawing on some of the best resources in the field at a fraction of the cost.

International institutional benchmarking: NORSI will also serve as a friendly benchmark for other institutions in the Nordic area when it comes to both quality of courses and PhD thesis something that is important for building institutional capacity and creating research aims.

Impact and added value for the policy makers in the Nordic region

Generating relevant high quality research: Long term societal/system-related influences the projectmay affect are increased quality and more relevant research within the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation within the Nordic countries. Strong cooperation among Nordic institutions could potentially result in more and higher quality research applications to national and international research programs. The various national innovation models and research finding systems are themselves exciting opportunities for learning and discussion.

Increased Nordic research collaboration: As a result of NORSI’s collaborative academic nature, faculty and students have to visit or host other institutions. Consequently, their institutions experience more research collaboration among Nordic institutions. Despite the various innovation and research funding models, the common interest of the research field provides room for developing insights into other Nordic countries’ research and innovation systems and accelerates synergies for learning.

Benefiting the future: Finally, NORSI contributes to the next generation of researchers having a deeper and broader knowledge of innovation and entrepreneurial incentives and processes in all sectors. Students will execute rigorous and systematic investigations to establish facts and reach new conclusions within innovation and entrepreneurship that will hopefully solve some of our current and future global challenges.