This report is a follow-up study on what has happened in the area of Entrepreneurship policy in the Nordic countries over the past five years. The results presented are mainly based upon changes observed from a previous report published in 2003 (See link below). In brief, the situation in the different countries as described in the 2003 report has been compared with how it can be seen in 2008. The objective is to give a brief overview of the most important changes that have taken place in the area of Entrepreneurship policy.
- Politicians are questioning the efficiency of existing policy measures mainly due to lack of proper evaluations
- Nordic countries have a high share of their budget in R&D related activities
- There is a lack of policy relevant research and communication between researchers and politicians
- There is an increasing interest in quantitative objectives and benchmarking
- We can see a top down approach
- Create a policy based upon real needs from entrepreneurs rather than myths
- Create a policy based upon a Nordic perspective
- Integrate Innovation and Entrepreneurship policy measures
This is a proposition that has already been stressed. The problem has been dealt with, to a large extent, in Lundström, Almerud and Stevenson, 2008. It is both about the question of technology transfer and innovative development in existing companies, not least SMEs. It is also about how to integrate measures taken to develop innovation systems and entrepreneurial behaviour.