Transnational learning through local experimenting:

the creation of dynamic complementarities between economy and society

TRANSLEARN is an EU funded research project.

Workpackage 4: Case Studies Norway: Transforming localities, work systems, and corporations

Workpackage leader: Åge Mariussen, NIFU STEP Contact: age.mariussen[at]



Identifying and explaining surprising outcomes in terms of enhanced global market competitiveness in two localities, which used to be characterized by dependency on a single large company

Investigating the role of local actors and their abilities to obtain and exploit regional and national resources in the development of individual businesses.

Explaining the outcomes by exploring the importance of:

  • Actors’ regional, and national professional communities, welfare and traditions

  • Policy making tools, inter-sector and inter-level coordination, local development coalitions


Description of work

The Norwegian case study examines how two localities (Kongsberg and Glomfjord) have gone through long-term processes of industrial restructuring, from a point of departure characterized by dependency on a single company, and interlocking institutions that reinforced this path, through new path creation, including changing ownership, restructuring of firms, and diversification and innovation in terms of technologies. The study will explicate the over-all characteristics of the forms of policy coordination and bottoms-up local mobilisation that enabled these surprising outcomes, including the institutionalisation of mechanisms that enables a sustained capacity for industrial restructuring, solving emerging problems and innovating today.

























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