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Bitstream II

Research project This Swedish-Norwegian project is funded by Botnia-Atlantica, a cross-border program funded by the EU Regional Development Fund. The project is also co-financed via the County Administrative Board in Västerbotten, Umeå University and Norsjö, Umeå and Åsele municipality.

BitStream II builds on the results of the Botnia Atlantica project BitStream: Capacity Building for Innovation, in which business modeling was a central activity. The experiences from BitStream show that innovation in public service requires detailed knowledge of ones own business, and good internal competence of both business modeling and the opportunities the on-going digital transformation of society offers. Therefore, the main purpose of BitStream II is to meet the challenges public service faces through offensively, proactive and bordercrossing research and development. The main goal of the project is to meet the rising digitalization through close co-operation over borders in order to develop sustainable innovation capacity, more effective organization, and challenge driven business development in public service.

Head of project

Mikael Söderström
Associate professor

Project overview

Project period:

2016-06-01 2019-05-31


Sweden: Botnia Atlantica and the European Regional Fund, County Administrative Board of Västerbotten, Umeå University, Norsjö Municipality, Åsele Municipality and Umeå Municipality.

Norway: County Council of Nordland, Bodø Municipality, State Deposit Center, Hemne Municipality, North University.

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Informatics

Research area

  • Project members
    Ulf Hedestig
    Associate professor
    Daniel Skog
    Associate professor

    External project members

    Norsjö Municipality, Contact Person: Inger Johansson

    Umeå municipality, contact person: Dan Gideonsson

    Åsele municipality, contact person: Robert Borgén

    County Administrative Board in Västerbotten, contact person: Kennet Johansson

    Nord University, Center for Business Architecture and Information Systems, Terje Fallmyr

    Hemnes municipality, contact person: Amund Eriksen

    Bodø municipality, contact person: Bjørn-Inge Furunes

    State Revenue Center, Mo i Rana, Contact Person: Widar Aakre

Project description

To reach the main goal the following sub goals need to be fulfilled:

1. Further development of the prototypes of methods and tools for challenge driven innovative business development in public service that were developed in BitStream.

2. Development and evaluation of two ways of organizing innovative business development in public organizations.

3. Development of methods and structures for a border-crossing innovation environment based on digital citizen centric development.

4. Development of knowledge for public service regarding challenge driven innovative business development, especially service and process innovation based on digitalization, lean philosophy and process thinking.

The expected results are:

1. Organizational forms, methods and tools, including a Dashboard, for challenge driven innovative business development adapted to public service.

2. Hands-on guidelines for organization of innovative business development in public organization when using business modeling.

3. An evaluation method to judge the value of potential e-services.

4. A method for social and participant challenge driven innovation where different stakeholders participate in digitally based co-design of public services.

5. Knowledge of challenge driven innovative business development in public service.

The focus of the activities of BitStream II is on business modeling and innovation, which means that they interoperate with the phases of equal opportunities promotion that are presented in JämStöds Praktika Metodbok för jämställdhetsintegrering. This implies that these phases can easily be integrated when the participating organizations perform business modelling of their business.

Project work will be conducted as action research in which staff from participating public organizations will work together with researchers in hands-on problem solving and development work. The main advantage with action research is that it combines: 1. Hands-on problem solving in participating organizations with, 2. Development of generic knowledge based on common experiences and collective learning. In this way we can make sure that the results of the project is of use in creating a more effective public service in Botnia Atlanticas programme area, and that the knowledge, methods and tools that are developed during the project can be implemented and used by public organizations in the whole area.

Project website: www.bitstreamproject.org



Latest update: 2018-11-15