Geography of innovation: Innovation systems and clusters

Coordinator/course organizers

Professor Bjørn T. Asheim, University of Stavanger and professor Arne Isaksen, University of Agder.

Course Faculty

Professor Bjørn T. Asheim, University of Stavanger, Norway
Professor Ron Boschma, Utrecht University and Lund University
Professor Rune Dahl Fitjar, University of Stavanger
Professor Sverre Herstad, Lillehammer University College, Norway
Professor Arne Isaksen, University of Agder, Norway
Professor Stig-Erik Jakobsen, Bergen University College, Norway
Associate professor Dieter Kögler, University College Dublin, Ireland
Professor Jerker Moodysson, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden
Professor Michaela Trippl, University of Vienna: Austria
Professor Andres Rodriguez-Pose, London School of Economics, UK and University of Stavanger, Norway

Course information

The course will take place at University of Stavanger, Monday 13th February – Friday 17th February 2017. The course gives 7,5 ECTS. The course will be held at University of Stavanger but the University of Agder will award the ECTS and issue your transcript.


Please apply before 1 February by email to Birte Horn-Hanssen ( registration/application email has to include:

Your Name, Norwegian personal number/ Date of birth , Home address, Gender, Name of Academic Institution you belong to, phone number, and confirmation of Admittance(lleter) to a PhD program.For PhD students not part of NORSI a short motivation and presentation of the topic of the PhD dissertation should accompany the application.

Course Program

Download detailed program: NORSI Course_Geography_of_innovation_at University of Stavanger February_ 2017_final

Please download this newly published article by Sverre HerstadUS Herstad 2017 innovation strategy choices_preproduction – addition to reading list.

Evaluations and Paper Assignment

To obtain 7.5 ECTS points active participation during the course, presentation of outline of PhD dissertation as well as an accepted paper is required. The papers should if possible be based in both the course literature and your doctoral project. A written essay of about 4 000 – 5 000 words (incl. references) must be submitted after the course and is due on May 2nd 2017. Your essay will be evaluated by Bjørn T. Asheim and another NORSI Faculty.

If you have any questions please contact Bjørn T. Asheim. Your essay/assignment should be submitted to Bjørn T. Asheim ( in either word or pdf format, with 1,5 line spacing. Please make sure you include your name and the title of the course on the front page of the essay/paper.Essay deadline: 2 May 2017. On email to Bjørn T. Asheim with cc to Birte Horn-Hanssen, NORSI Coordinator. Your essay may be written in English or Norwegian.


As this course is considered a NORSI course all travel expenses etc. will be covered for NORSI students. Same procedure as for other NORSI courses. NORSI students’ refund is dependent upon completion of course work and their status as a NORSI student. All NORSI students make their own travel arrangement (Economy). PhD students registered for the course that are not part of NORSI will have to cover their own expensens.


NORSI has reserved a block of room at the Scandic Forum Hotel in Stavanger. If you would like to reserve a room, please send Birte an email. For all NORSI students and faculty the hotel expenses will be billed directly to NORSI.

Travel Refund

NORSI covers all travel expenses for NORSI students and Faculty. Please not that NORSI does not issue per diem (diett penger) but will refund your food expenses, so save your receipts. In order to receive your travel refund mail/scan in all your original tickets and original receipts (plane, taxi, bus etc.) to NORSI/Birte. More information here.

However, if your “home” institution has temporarily covered your travel costs, your institution may send NORSI/BI/Birte and invoice (faktura) asking NORSI to cover your outstanding travel costs with copies of your receipts. (Norwegian: Hvis ditt lokal studiested legger ut for deg så kan det lokale studiestedet fakturerer BI totalt for alle sine NORSI studenter med en totalsum for reisekostnadene. Legg ved kopi av vedlegg). Please ask your institution to specify who (your name) the invoice/travel refund is for and write NORSI on the invoice. If you have any questions about this, please email Birte Horn-Hanssen.

Date & Location

Start date: 13/02/2017
Date physical: 13 - 17 February 2017
Location: University of Stavanger; ECTS granting institution: University of Agder