About Lars-Goran Larsson :

Lars-Göran Larsson, Senior Advisor in Bearing, resides in Sweden and consults internationally. He has spent most of his career in executive positions in the private corporate sector and in the cross-roads of public-private partnerships.

The last ten years he has specialised in assignments that involves design and implementation of holistically coherent national, regional and local innovation based growth systems. At present, implementation of Europe´s innovation strategy Horizion 2020 is high on his agenda.

His work includes assignments for national and regional governments and Innovation Hubs in Europe, Middle East and Africa with establishment of innovation systems for incubators & accelerators and science parks & clusters integrated with extensive SME development programs and funding. The methodology applied is anchored in the Quad Helix model, which constitutes an extension and refinement of the traditional Triple Helix model. It coordinates context management in collaboration between the public and private sectors, academia and civil society.

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Östergötland – prepared to meet the global hyper competition

January 13, 2015

Bearing has since 2009, in many different projects and roles, been involved in local and regional development projects in the Swedish county of Östergötland. The last 2-3 years our focus has been on supporting the region with expertise and methodology in development and implementation of an enhanced quad-helix based innovation environment and definition and implementation […]

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The Value of Science Parks

November 17, 2014

On November 5th. I had the opportunity to attend the international symposium The Value of Science Parks at Mjärdevi Science Park in Linköping. Swedish and international speakers contributed to forming The Linköping declaration together with other attendees. In the declaration six factors that contribute to a successful science park are described. These factors also constitutes […]

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China embarks on the route of Design as driver for Innovation and Sustainable Growth

June 20, 2014

Last week I was invited by the Dragon Design Foundation in Beijing, People’s Republic of China (PRC), to attend and give a speech at the 2014 World Green Design Forum Summit in Yangzhou. I have for the last ten days had the opportunity and great pleasure to take part in and exchange thoughts, ideas and […]

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Regenerative design – The key to environmental driven business development

May 15, 2014

Regenerative design, as basis for circular economy, can be applied to all systems, even beyond agriculture.[1] Circular Economy is a generic term for an industrial economy that is, by design or intention, restorative and in which material flows are of two types, biological nutrients, designed to re-enter the biosphere safely, and technical nutrients, which are […]

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East Sweden Region – the county of Östergötland’s adaptation of RIS3

January 20, 2014

Yesterday I published a brief article about what we mean with RIS3. Today I will tell you a bit about the implementation of RIS3 in the East Sweden Region, where we are working on developing and now implementing smart specialisation since more than one year. Strategic governance and operationalisation There is currently extensive work within […]

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RIS3 – What is it?

January 19, 2014

The Global Financial Crisis It is six years ago now, since the global financial crises hit us. It is considered by many economists the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s and it resulted in the collapse of large financial institutions, the bailout of banks by national governments, and downturns in stock […]

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Regional Development for Growth and Smart Specialisation in East Sweden

January 18, 2014

Strategic governance and virtual cooperation structure to stimulate regional growth The Region of Östergötland in Sweden has for the last few years worked with development and implementation of a new, unique virtual organisation and Quad-helix based cooperation structure for governance and execution of its Regional development plan and Regional innovation strategy. Bearing is in this […]

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Britta and Kent – Entrepreneurs and genuine place developers through creative innovation

November 6, 2013

Imagine, a tiny village with some 500 inhabitants’ way up north in Sweden, just some 40 miles south of the Polar Circle. During winter it gets dark around 3 o’clock and the light does not get back until nine next morning. In the summer it’s the other way around – it never gets really dark! […]

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Innovation driven local and regional growth

May 18, 2012

Innovation as driver for business development and growth is undisputable. Why shouldn’t it also be a fundamental key to development of societal prosperity? Of course it is! The mechanisms of innovation are as valid and adaptable to public sector development as it is to the private business life. Then, what does development by innovation mean? […]

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Are you confident with your business’ innovation readiness?

November 2, 2011

Could innovation readiness be the key to long term business survival? In the cross roads of commodity and niche markets opportunities arise for turning a business into new dimensions by simply remake your business model. Do you really want to see your company become a commodity business player with slim margins where only volumes are […]

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Coordinated innovation management – the bridge to prosperity

October 9, 2011

Today’s world of global hyper competition demands ability to change, adapt to new demands, differentiate and most important, to innovate and execute. Innovation – this way too often misused word – is the key to sustainable growth and prosperity in the context of the wider society. Having worked with innovation management for the last few […]

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Croatia next European contry to embark upon the Place Management roller coaster!

September 27, 2011

After two intense days on-site in northern Croatia, it is evident this region will become a vital new player and contributor to the development of regional innovation and place excellence in Europe. Rarely have I experienced a more determined and committed engagement than the one sparkling from the Regional Economic Development Agency of the Medimurje region, also acting […]

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How to ensure sustainability in a regional or local growth system built on innovation

September 19, 2011

Regional and local growth would substantially benefit from early adaptation of a true outside-in strategy – meaning, early engagement of trade and industry and other commercial actors present in the local society. Why is it so hard when establishing a regional or local growth project to start the journey by engagement of the commercial sector? […]

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