Department of Economic History

Lund University School of Economics and Management


A Database of Swedish Innovations, 1970–2007

The SWINNO database has been produced as part of a VINNOVA- funded project, primarily by Karolin Sjöö and Josef Taalbi, with Astrid Kander and Jonas Ljungberg as advisors and project leaders. SWINNO presently covers the years 1970-2007. After completion, VINNOVA decided to continue to support the development of the database through the SWINNO 2 project. Currently an update for the years 2008 to 2014 is being prepared. After that, it will continuously be updated. Finally, an extension that is going further back in time is under construction as well.

Sjöö and Taalbi wrote their PhD theses on the basis of SWINNO. They both graduated in 2014.

From 2015 until spring 2017, the SWINNO data is also further developed as part of a collaborative project called Understanding Diverging Innovation Trends (UDIT) in Finland and Sweden. As the title suggests, researchers from VTT in Finland and the Department of Economic History compare trends in innovation output between the two countries. The project is headed by Juha Oksanen and Astrid Kander, and jointly funded by VINNOVA and Tekes.

An important question that the SWINNO project wants to address is the societal significance of the SWINNO innovations. What have been the effects of the innovations on the innovating firms, their clients and users of the innovation and society at large? What did the effects mean to the different actors? As of early 2017, an explorative project is investigating this issue for a small number of cases through interviews with inventors, innovators, users and other actors. The project will guide the development of a method to investigate these question on a bigger scale.

Description and Documentation

Sjöö, K., Taalbi, J., Kander, A. and Ljungberg, J. (2014) SWINNO: A Database of Swedish Innovations, 1970–2007.  Lund Papers in Economic History, 2014:133. pub. details pdf

Publications using SWINNO data

Axelsson, Mats (2016) The geography of Swedish ICT innovation. (Bachelor thesis). pub. details pdf

Johansson, Mathias. (2016) Detecting Important Swedish Innovations By Text Mining Articles From the 1970s. (Master thesis) pub. details pdf

Karlsson, Linnea. (2016) Actors in innovation. (Bachelor thesis). pub details pdf

Larsson, Johan P. (2015) Innovation utan entrprenörskap. Näringspolitiskt Forum Rapport #10. Örebro & Stockholm: Entreprenörskapsforum. pdf

Sjöö, Karolin (2014) Innovation and transformation in the Swedish manufacturing sector, 1970-2007(PhD thesis). Lund Studies in Economic History, 2014:65  pdf

Sjöö, Karolin (2016) Innovation and industrial renewal in Sweden, 1970–2007. In Scandinavian Economic History Review. pub. details

Taalbi, Josef (2014) Innovation as Creative Response. Determinants of Innovation in the Swedish Manufacturing Industry, 1970-2007 (PhD thesis). Lund Studies in Economic History, 2014:67. pdf

Taalbi, Josef (2015) Development Blocks in Innovation Networks. The Swedish Manufacturing Industry, 1970-2007. MPRA Paper No. 64549. University Library of Münich. pub. details pdf

Taalbi, Josef (2017) Development blocks in innovation networks. In Journal of Evolutionary Economics. doi:10.1007/s00191-017-0491-y. pub. details + pdf

Taalbi, Josef (2015) Development blocks and structural analysis. In Ljungberg, Jonas (Ed.) Structural analysis and the process of economic development. London & New York: Routledge. pub. details

Taalbi, Josef (2016) Origins and Pathways of Innovation in the Third Industrial Revolution: Sweden, 1950-2013. Paper presented at International Schumpeter Society Conference, Montréal, 6-8 July 2016. pub. details

Taalbi, Josef (2016) What drives innovation? Evidence from economic history. Unpublished paper. pub. details

Taalbi, Josef & Ljungberg, Jonas (2015) Innovations and Economic Growth in the Swedish Engineering Industry, 1914 - 2013. Paper for the Eleventh Conference of the European Historical Economics Society, Pisa 4-5 September, 2015. pdf

(Please inform us of other publications and of broken links.)

New releases and news

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Frank Van Der Most
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