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Digital transformation in rurale areas in cooperation between SME`s and the municipality


The ongoing digital transformation, i.e. adopting digital technologies in enhancing processes, activities and competencies of companies (Bohnsack et al. 2018; Pesch et al. 2018), not only improves the companies’ resilience under drastic economic change but also enhance companies’ competitiveness for sustainable growth and outreach to new market segments. Digital technologies and devices such as smartphones, smart products, the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence, and deep learning are significant elements in the transformation. Digital transformation of rural businesses is a special theme due to the complex combinations of geographical, cultural, social, technical and personal attributes, such as location, business culture, business domain, education, age, digital skills, etc., which can influence the adoption of digital technologies. In this context, the business environment of the regional business plays a vital role in supporting and enabling the stable operations and sustainable growth of the business. This includes local authorities, i.e. multicipalities, local investor network, research and development institutes and other governmental units. In any geographical case, it is important to understand the digital transformation under the influence of these contextual factors. In this proposed project, we focus: a) on an interdisciplinary theoretical development of digital transformation process for rural businesses, b) iteratively develop a conceptual framework mapping ecosystem-level and business-level factors for performing the transformation, c) empirically evaluate the approach in a longitudinal case study.

Project leader: Anders Sandvik

Started: 2020

Ends: 2024

Category: Øvrige offentlige

Sector: Øvrige

Budget: 1790000

Institution: VINJE KOMMUNE

Address: Vinje