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Small and beautiful

The ICT success of Finland and Sweden

Book cover Small and beautiful
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VA 2015:06
Eric Giertz, Annika Rickne & Petri Rouvinen. Jyrki Ali-Yrkkö, Niklas Arvidsson. Anders Broström, Magnus Gens, Fredrik Johansson, Annu Kotiranta, Sven Lindmark, Monia Lougui, Juri Mattila, Mika Pajarinen, Bryan Pon, Timo Seppälä, Kent Thorén & Pekka Ylä-Anttila
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In both Finland and Sweden, the ICT sector plays a predominant role as a source for economic growth, as a key employer and as a provider for solutions to societal challenges. This report is one of the most comprehensive comparisons between the ICT sectors in Sweden and Finland. The sectors have many similarities but also, as the report highlights, important differences.

In order to generate important policy learning it is essential to understand the role of policy and different policy mechanisms in relation to historical developments. The systemic, evolutionary and institutional approach taken in this thorough analysis of the development of ICT sectors in Finland and Sweden provides an ambitious and promising model for such policy learning studies. The study contributes substantially to policy learning on how to think around innovation and development processes, as well as around policy mechanisms. Such policy learning is of fundamental importance to policy making.

Last updated 15 December 2022

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