Methodology for Transnational Smart Specialisation Strategy. Abbreviated Version

This document is an abbreviated version of the upcoming publication “Methodology for Transnational Smart Specialisation Strategy – Policy Paper” (final version planned for distribution in April 2019).

Smart specialisation strategies (S3) are considered a new and promising policy tool for building more knowledge-based and more competitive economies. There are some initial indications that elaborating and implementing these strategies can benefit regional (and national) economic structures by more business and research community interactions, increased investments, attracting talent to innovation centres, and more intensive collaboration among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), leading to stronger economic performance.

Although created within the GoSmart BRS project context, the proposed Trans-S3 methodology can be widely used in any situation when multiple regions attempt to intensify their collaboration based on the smart specialisation concept.

Identification of needs related to increase of innovativeness of internationalisation among SMEs

The aim of this study was to identify needs and barriers related to increasing the innovativeness of internationalisation.

Review and analysis of programmes and tools of public support in smart specialisations, innovation and internationalisation available in Baltic Sea Region

The main aim of GoSmart BSR is to increase capacity of innovation actors (innovation intermediaries, authorities, research institutions, enterprises) to apply smart specialisation approach. To reach that aim many activities are carried out, including reviewing the existing support system for internationalization, smart specialisation and innovation, as well as understanding the barriers and interests for development straight from SMEs themselves. (more…)


The review and analysis of applicable theoretical concepts is the first step for designing and developing the Transnational Innovation Brokerage System (TIBS). This is the report of analysis of the following concepts: Uppsala Model, Value Chain, Supply Chain/Supply Web, Business internationalization models and factors, Business Model, Innovation transfer and Quadruple Helix. Additionally, review of business case studies is included. (more…)