Executive training in Place Management for SISP

by Jörgen Eriksson on March 22, 2012

March 21-22, Bearing has given an executive training course in place management for the Swedish incubators and science parks organization. The venue was Lindholmen Science Park in Gothenburg.

The executive training was attended by the science parks in western Sweden and focused on the importance of place management. During the two-day session, we have had a very active auditorium engaged in dialogue and thoughts on the place management factors for the attendees respective places.

We at Bearing believe that Successful Place Management is a cornerstone of the process to achieve place excellence and therefore it is a key competence to have in the leadership of a science park. This can be challenging, as Place Management is much more demanding today than it has ever ben before.

Place Management has developed during the past decades away from simple quantifiable elements into complex attraction development. This means that besides hard factors, a number of subtle soft factors have gained in importance.


Place Excellence is always based upon a complex combination of hard and soft attraction factors. Successful place development is consequently generating new attraction values in a dialogue between business and various public entities.

The consequences for the place manager is that you need to have basic competence in business intelligence, an understanding of new trends, an understanding of new disruptive technologies and their implications and a number of personal competencies such as negotiation skills. Also, good leadership skills to create collaborative environments are crucial.

The hard factors are quantifiable and they reflect infrastructural factors and figures which can easily be benchmarked using statistical data. On the other hand the soft factors are of a more qualitative nature and have become more important in the recent two decades.

Successful cluster development is increasingly dependent on talent attraction and retainment. This means that a pro-active recruitment and retainment strategy must be secured and measured toward local competitiveness and talent market capability, compared with similar places.

About Jörgen Eriksson :

Jörgen Eriksson is the founder of Bearing and is the Chairman of the firm since it was created. He has successfully expanded Bearing into covering projects on four continents. He is also Adjunct Professor of Innovation Management at the International University of Monaco and at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona and he is an active member of the Founders Alliance organisation.

Working with consulting engagements across Bearings practices, he has over the past fifteen years participated in and supervised a large number of client projects, from innovation system development and place development and branding, to merger and acquisition assignments and leading edge research and business development activities for key clients.

His new book, Branding for Hooligans, will be published in 2015. It is about how innovation and branding are key survival factors in our modern times of hyper competitive markets.

Prior to Bearing, he was Director of Europe, Middle East, and Africa for Trema Treasury Management, a technology and consulting services provider, supplying financial software solutions for the global financial industry, Clients included The European Central Bank, Citibank, SEB, South African reserve Bank, Deutsche Bank, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), as well as many other large financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies.

Early in his career Eriksson was educated at the Stockholm School of Economics, where he studied economics, financial economics and philosophy. He then worked in Scandinavian investment banks and also for the Swedish Institute of National Defense Research.

You can contact Jörgen on e-mail jorgen.eriksson@bearing-consulting.com, connect on LinkedIn on http://fr.linkedin.com/pub/jörgen-eriksson/0/38/8a0/ and follow him on twitter on joreri508.

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