MMTC is engaged in a number of collaborative research projects including, but not limited to, the following:
SIRU 2.0 – Social innovation för regional utveckling
A collaboration between Coompanion External link, opens in new window. and MMTC, Jönköping International Business School
The vast majority of companies in the world are small!
According to the EU, 99% of all European companies can be categorized as 'small and medium-sized enterprises' - or SMEs. This means that they have less than 250 employees and an annual turnover of less than 50 million Euros. Despite their small size, SMEs together have an enormous significance for the development of society. For example, 80% of all new jobs in the EU are created by the region's 23 million smaller companies. And of course, all these enterprises together create a great social and ecological imprint. So, it is very important that all these organisations operate in a sustainable manner!
Social innovation and social entrepreneurship are integrated into local and regional processes linked to business, academia, the public sector and civil society in order to help solve societal challenges in the Jönköping region. The project’s goal is to develop an effective support system and tools for social innovation, with societal challenges and issues of SME sustainability in particular focus.
The project is financed by Tillväxtverket with EU funding, and Region Jönköpings län.
Project Coordinator - MMTC : Duncan Levinsohn
ScreenME stands for screen media entrepreneurship.
ScreenMe is an international network of universities across Europe that aim to improve research into and teaching of entrepreneurship for the screen media industry. Together, we organise events for academics and other stakeholders. As part of the project and network output, we have developed a corresponding teaching course and will kick off research initiatives and projects on entrepreneurial activities in media organisations as well as in start-ups that offer products and services relevant to screen media.
The network is led by the Centre of Excellence in Media Innovation and Digital Culture (MEDIT)
The partner universities are:
- JÖNKÖPING UNIVERSITY (MMTC), Sweden
- TALLINN UNIVERSITY, Estonia
- AARHUS UNIVERSITY, Denmark
- ILMENAU TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY, Germany
- LUT UNIVERSITY, Finland
- MUNSTER TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY, Ireland
- VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL, Belgium
Women in Retail
A paradox constrains the growth of retailing in Sweden and worldwide. While more than half of the new firms in retail are started by women, these firms tend to be smaller and grow less than those started by men. To address this paradox, the project focuses on three equally critical issues.
First, it examines why women decide to start a retail firm and how their family situation affects and is affected by this decision.
Second, the project explores what characterizes the retail firms started and run by women in terms of location, size, and growth prospects.
Third, it explores what distribution channels (online, physical store, or combinations of the two) women entrepreneurs choose and what are the growth implications of these choices.
The project addresses these issues using a multi-method approach, which combines a longitudinal quantitative study of Swedish matched employer-employee panel data and a multiple case study that follows 20 women entrepreneurs and their retail firms over three years.
The project will result in a final report, papers in highly ranked academic journals, digital material (comprising shorter videos and podcasts) as well as teaching material
that is to be integrated into courses. In addition, the project team will organize multiple activities to co-produce and share knowledge based on the project’s results. The project will contribute with new empirical knowledge on women entrepreneurs in Sweden and how they approach and manage firm growth in the context of the recent digital transformations driving innovation in the retail industry.
Women in Retail project financed by Hakan Swenson Stiftelse.
Hakan Swenson Stiftelse has approved financing of the 3 year project for a total of
3 625 274 SEK.
Project manager: Lucia Naldi