A new partner, a research profile without parallel, two new full time researchers and an ambition to work together to create something unique – that forms the background to the research project initiated by Linnaeus University, CIL and Kalmar Mobile Equipment.
Together with the Centre for Information Logistics (CIL) and Kalmar Mobile Equipment, part of the Cargotec Group, Linnaeus University launches a research collaboration with a focus on knowledge development in the commercialization of digital services for industrial products.
– This is without parallel within research in digital business, and the donation shows that there really is a relevance and a hearing for this kind of research. The cooperation with industry is also in line with the university's research strategy to be close to the region's business and industry, says Darek Haftor, Professor of Informatics at Linnaeus University.
The overall objective of the research project is to develop new knowledge within the area of commercialization of digital services and its enabling of business models and approaches. This is accomplished by coordinating the expertise and experience of digital services for industrial machines available at Kalmar Mobile Equipment, and the specific expertise in digital business and the scientific approach to research that the Gunilla Bradley Centre for Digital Business at the Department of Informatics at Linnaeus University holds.
– Digital business is a hot area in Sweden, and of central importance for Swedish industry. The research that will be conducted is also well suited for the challenges set out in "Made in Sweden 2030" – a strategic innovation program for sustainable production in Sweden, says Magnus Hellgren, Managing Director of CIL.
The cooperation is realized by recruiting two research posts – so-called Postdoc posts – at Linnaeus University. The researchers recruited will be given the opportunity to do full-time research, which makes these posts attractive.
– The services are also directed towards international researchers, in order to enable as wide a knowledge as possible, says Pejvak Oghazi, Senior Lecturer of Marketing and a member of the Gunilla Bradley Center group at Linnaeus University.
The start of the research project is caused by a perennial contact between Linnaeus University, CIL and Kalmar Mobile Equipment. Last fall, the contact became more and more concrete – a contact that finally led to the long-term effort that this research research constitutes.
– Right now, we are compiling a development plan and deciding what we should initially focus on, says Darek Haftor.