A small university and knowledge-based development: a case of Northern Iceland

Ingi Runar Edvardsson

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The aim of this paper is to outline the progress of the University of Akureyri and its effect on regional development in Northern Iceland during the period of 1987–2012. A case study methodology was used, drawing upon historical material, official sources, and interviews. The main findings are that the university has greatly stimulated knowledge-based development in Northern Iceland. It has enhanced regional innovation dynamism by strengthening human, relational, structural and social capital of the area. This paper has drawn attention to diverse positive effects of a small university with regard to regional- and knowledge-based development. As such, it might serve as a catalyst for further research in this area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131–151
JournalInternational Journal of Knowledge-Based Development
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Other keywords

  • Small university
  • Knowledge based development
  • Regional innovation dynamism
  • Case study
  • Northern Iceland
  • Háskólar
  • Norðurland
  • Tilviksrannsóknir
  • Þekkingarstjórnun


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