International Organisation for Knowledge Economy and Enterprise Development
IKED - International Organisation for Knowledge Economy and Enterprise Development

About us

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..:: IKED secretariat
The main IKED Secretariat is located in Malmö, the 3rd City of Sweden. Through most of the years since its inception in 2002, IKED has had its main office located at Stortorget (first no. 29 and later at nr. 9), which is the central square. For a few years, IKED was located at Östergatan 32, a few blocks away). The City of Malmö forms part of Öresund region, a major transnational region in Northern Europe.

Öresund consists of Southern Sweden and Eastern Denmark. It is one of the most dynamic Regions in Europe and generates about a quarter of the combined GDP of Sweden and Denmark. The region is home to the largest concentration of highly educated people in Northern Europe and a range of innovative industries. It draws upon a well-developed working relationship between industry, higher education establishments and public authorities. Over the past decade, IKED organised a range of international events in Malmö and the Öresund region and contributed to shaping global linkages in areas of research, innovation, entrepreneurial ventures and development-oriented projects.
 
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..:: Establishment and Funding
Formed as a non-profit association, IKED received initial funding from the Swedish Government, the City of Malmö, the Skåne region, the Nordic Council of Ministers and some industrial sponsors. Since 2006 IKED operates as an independent organisation with a strong project portfolio, international network of partner organisations and associated experts. It is governed by a board of directors which includes representatives from different world regions and social spheres. IKED further benefits from close collaboration with a number of other organisations which have been spun off from, or supported by, IKED from their inception phase.
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..:: Background on the Knowledge based Economy
As economies move into the post-industrial era, the rise of the so-called "Knowledge-based Economy" is attracting attention around the world. New industries are being born, traditional ones are reshaped, and old barriers are torn down as economies are transformed with newly evolving technologies, innovation processes, and social practices. Knowledge is being created  and information diffused at a pace never seen before, and there is a rapid and continuous evolution in the practices of organisations and individuals to acquire new skills and managing new ways of learning doing things. Meanwhile, the processes of technical progress are intertwined with globalisation and enhanced cross-border flows spanning capital, labour, goods and services.

Millions of people are lifted out of poverty every year, consumption levels are rising, people live longer, and everywhere around the world people are gaining access to modern information and communication tools.

This era is however also associated with severe challenges, such as those associated with environmental degradation, turbulence, lack of security, transition costs and unwieldy adjustment. Progress is not a given. There are huge problems arising from traditional barriers and rigidity, lack of institutional frameworks to account for orderly conditions in new markets, growing unemployment and inequality, and continued frictions and outright conflict between opposing interests.

None of all this can be addressed through narrow approaches of traditional policy making or mature established enterprise. The solutions of today require that creativity, innovations and entrepreneurship can flourish and be put to use in partly new constellations. They require that local communities become more aware, capable and active in working out tailored solutions to address the specific issues they are confronted with. More effective, better-integrated and more inclusive policy approaches are in demand to make this possible. The challenges confronting different countries, regions and places have much in common, although the specific priorities for action and reform may differ. There is now plenty of scope for adopting new strategies of collaboration and learning in action how to turn our worst challenge into a source of opportunity. 
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..:: Issues and Areas Addressed by IKED
IKED brings together in-depth expertise on various aspects of international economics, industrial organisation, technology, innovation, enterprise development, organisational change, spatial processes, institutional dynamics and knowledge/technology transfer. It addresses, e.g., the driving forces and consequences of new technologies, such as information and communications technology (ICT) and biotechnology, as well as the conditions shaping learning, innovation, entrepreneurship, dynamic enterprise development and a healthy, living environment.

Looking across traditional boundaries, IKED's mission encompasses the broader economic & social implications related to the ascent of the knowledge economy. It combines analytical precision and a striving for maximum policy relevance, encompassing the role of key stakeholders.
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..:: Specific Features
IKED offers the ability of summoning diverse sets of experts capable of addressing the range of interrelated issues facing societies around the world at the onset of the knowledge-based society. Initiatives span policy analysis, crafting reform agendas, and engagement in various strategic collaborative projects at international, national and regional level. IKED works fluidly with international organisations, governments, regional authorities, the private sector, and civil society. The distinctive features of IKED include:
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..:: Nordic Connection
The Nordic countries belong to the most advanced in industrial development, innovation and the use of new technologies. The level of economic efficiency as well as social well-being is high in most respects. Nevertheless, in recent decades the Nordic countries have been struggling to capture the full returns from their seemingly advantageous position.

While challenges remain, the Nordic countries are widely viewed as constructive speaking partners. Their culture is marked by a deep-rooted belief in the value of open dialogue, exchange of experience, and shared insights.
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..:: International partners and contact points
While located in the Nordic region, consisting of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, IKED is a genuinely international organisation with a network of partners and experts that span the globe.

Contact points have been established with institutions in some 40 countries. Arrangements for co-operation are flexible and accommodate the special features of relations with the various partner organisations.

Apart from the Nordic countries, the network includes actors in:
Austria, Australia, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Belize Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominica, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, the European Union, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, the Netherlands, Oman, Pakistan, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
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..:: Career
[Employment opportunities]
The Organisation regularly has openings for people with strong analytical skills and good understanding of policy issues in the context of the knowledge economy, innovation policies and knowledge intensive enterprise development.

The organisation requires people with relevant working experience and excellent skills in English. Good knowledge of other languages is an asset.

A strong ability to work well in a multicultural team is a prerequisite.
Please contact us by mail: info@iked.org
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