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Systematic Leadership and Innovative Management - SLIM II

The SLIM II project aimed to promote cluster development by linking clusters, universities and regional authorities to stimulate innovation in the companies involved.  The companies were encouraged to intensify and widen their networking in order to develop new products and services and increase employment.  Research on the performance of the companies and communication of the results was an important element of the project.  The project was implemented in the regions of Dalarna, Gävleborg and Värmland in Northern Central Sweden.  The regions are large but sparsely populated with a total population of 820,000.  

SLIM II resulted from a process initiated by the Region of Värmland a decade ago.  A gradual economic decline followed by the closure of some major economic activities prompted different actors to join forces to overcome the decline by transforming the sites vacated into test centres for local industries.  This accelerated the development of partnerships between the developing clusters, universities and regional authorities.  The SLIM I project implemented in 2007-2008 built on these experiences and SLIM II carried on the work in 2009-2010.  The neighbouring regions Dalarna and Gävleborg were involved in both projects.

SLIM II had three sub-projects.  'Process support for cluster initiatives' targeted cluster leaders, process leaders and other key people involved in cluster development.  'Power Measurement' evaluated the impact of regional investments at company and cluster level.  Company leaders were surveyed on whether being part of a cluster had increased the growth of the company.  'Policy learning ' provided a basis for co-operation integrating the 'Triple Helix model' and experiences gained from the project.  Positive results from the survey demonstrate the benefits for participating companies and have attracted the attention of politicians and other decision-makers.

SLIM II got the relevant actors together.  Following the first SLIM project, the role of SLIM II became increasingly to carry out research on results, to learn and to disseminate the information and use it in other contexts. 

The project created new contacts and increased mutual trust and social capital between different actors.  It provided ideas for joint cross-sector activities between the cluster companies and the university faculties.  The project greatly benefitted the Karlstad University which has become an important player in the development of the region.  As a concrete result, the University of Karlstad established a Research Institute of Innovative Leadership (RIIL) to provide research knowledge to companies in the region.

The project transferred knowledge between the participating regions.  Gävleborg prepared an innovation strategy and established a Regional Board on clusters and innovation.  In Dalarna, "synchronised" views were created among the relevant actors on future development needs.  Participating regions believe that SLIM II increased their attractiveness.

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Total Investment

EUR2 100 000

EU Investment



Region Värmland
Project Manager
Box 1022
S-651 15, Karlstad
Staffan , Bjurulf
Tel.: +46 54 701 10 32
Fax: +46 54 701 10 01


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