This endeavor to uncover the factors behind industry growth and corporate success in the Swedish video game industry is led by Dr. Kent Thorén, researcher within Industrial Economics and Management at the Royal Institute of Technology – KTH. It is a part of a larger Vinnova-backed study of the whole ICT sector in Sweden and Finland. The Swedish part has the aim to understand mechanisms contributing to the historical development of the ICT sector over the time period 1985- 2015. It is lead by professors Annika Rickne and Eric Giertz.

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Sweden is among the highest rated countries in information and communications technology (ICT), and was an early entrant to the ICT sector, and has stayed a global leader. This is partly due to the competitiveness of Ericsson, world class engineering research and education, a good infrastructure, early and high penetration of PC:s and smartphones and very early adoption of ICT solutions in all parts of society. This has laid the foundation for strong ICT clusters. The position today is that Sweden has deep competencies in ICT and a broad based development and utilization of ICT in various sectors and society at large.

Overall the program involves analysis of

  • Global trends
  • Sweden’s structure & performance in ICT
  • The role of university milieus
  • Overall analysis of the dynamics in the ICT hardware sectors
  • Overall analysis of the dynamics in the ICT service sectors
  • Case: Video Games, Software & net services
  • Case: IT Consultants
  • Mergers & Acquisitions in the Swedish ICT service sector
  • Overview of ICT as enabling for other sectors (including E-health, media)
  • The case of the engineering products & the role of IT consultants

The ICT sector as a whole is characterized by structural changes, sectorial shifts and large dynamics. As ICT is also impregnating every single business and represent an important component and a driving force of the development of many other industries and public enterprises, the scope, when describing the development of the whole ICT sector in Sweden, will be broader. The technological innovation system (TIS) approach is well suited for studies of systems in transition. Therefore, to understand the dynamics of the ICT sector the overall research program uses the analytical framework of technological innovation systems (TIS). In particular, we will map the systems technologies and artefacts, as well as its actors (firms, research organizations, financiers, customers, policy organizations, etc.), and on an overall level their networks. Moreover, the system’s underlying institutions such as regulations, norms etc. are important.

Relevant links

Kent Thorén, LinkedIn profile

Industrial Ekonomics and Management – KTH




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