Methodology for Transnational smart specialisation strategy. Policy paper

Smart specialisation has become the buzzword of recent years, especially among those working in the areas of innovation, regional competitiveness and development, SMEs development, etc. The question is whether this attractive term will also become an effective policy concept and be equipped with appropriate instruments to take regions and their economies to higher, more productive and competitive levels. In this light, we have decided to add to the many efforts of turning smart specialisation into better policy and practice.

By identifying the underlying essence smart specialisation as ‘becoming globally competitive in selected combination of sector/technology/theme/knowledge domains’, we have engaged several regions of the Baltic Sea Region from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, to work out their common smart specialisation priorities and specific domains which are considered ‘opportunity areas’ of establishing joint, globally competitive positions. This, we believe, will be possible only by practical and business-driven innovative projects of key economic actors, specifically small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) which are forced to compete not by scale but by ‘smartness’, and which need wise, structured policy support. (more…)

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…)