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RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden is a network of research and technology organisations. In global co-operation with academia, enterprise and society, we create value, growth and competitiveness through research excellence and innovation.

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden is a network of research and technology organisations (RTOs), wholly or partly owned by the Swedish state. The RTOs within RISE perform industrial research and innovation. Some of the RTOs also perform testing and certification.

RISE consists of four corporate groups with a total of 16 RTOs and their subsidiaries. Two of the parent companies are also RTOs in themselves. In 2014, the RISE RTOs had altogether 2400 employees and a total turnover of appr. 3 000 MSEK.

The Company

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB, in everyday speech RISE AB, is the Swedish state’s company for ownership of the RTOs of RISE. RISE AB's task is to gather, develop and renew the RTOs of RISE into an internationally competitive and efficient Swedish force for industrial research and innovation.

RISE AB was originally founded in 1997 under the name Ireco Holding AB by the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications and the government agency The Knowledge Foundation. The company became wholly state-owned in 2007. In 2009, the company changed its name to RISE Research Institutes of Sweden Holding AB and received an expanded mandate and significantly increased resources. In August 2013, the company changed its name to RISE AB.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF RISE - A STRONGER SWEDISH INSTITUTE SECTOR

In the autumn of 2014, an extensive analytical and strategic project was initiated amongst the co-owners of the RISE institutes, the purpose of which was to analyse the market share and business services of the RISE Group, along with its strengths and the challenges it faces in order to identify improvement potential, achieve a more unified vision of the company and its future and goals, and begin to develop strategies connected to achieving these goals. Swerea’s owners elected to not participate in this project. This section is updated continually.

Updated December 14, 2016:

SP, Swedish ICT, and Innventia have merged, with the aim of together creating a more united institute sector and becoming a stronger innovation partner for both the Swedish business community and broader society. In 2017 we will officially change our name to RISE. Pia Sandvik is the MD of the new macro-institute.

– What is most inspiring about this role is that I have the opportunity to develop the potential of the new RISE. We really have an opportunity to increase our ability to fulfil the needs of clients, Pia Sandvik says.

New services

The new RISE will develop more services that will benefit clients in the long term. In particular, this will be carried out through a broadening of the range of services offered and the development of a system that facilitates better access to the various operations. These developments are in response to feedback we have received, primarily from small- and medium-sized companies.

– Small- and medium-sized companies are incredibly important for Sweden’s economic growth, but often struggle to access research and development. RISE’s experience with assisting clients in defining their problems, together with our wide range of expertise, allows us to work with almost any technology readiness level. In other words, we are better prepared than many other organisations in the field to provide excellent support for the development of small- and medium-sized companies, Pia Sandvik says.

Six divisions

The process of creating the new RISE will take place gradually, over the course of the years to come. In 2017 all of the institutes* will change their name to RISE. The headquarters will be established in Gothenburg.

The new RISE will be organised as six divisions:

RISE Bioeconomy

RISE Built Environment

RISE ICT

RISE Life Science

RISE Safety & Transport

RISE Certification

Trans-boundary business and innovation areas

In addition to the divisions, a number of business and innovation areas will be established across the boundaries of the divisions.

Their purpose is to ensure that RISE is prepared to meet societal challenges on the global scale that are related to, for example, climate, energy, environment, safety, and demography, as well as health and education. Such challenges require a trans-boundary approach, which is achieved through the work carried out within RISE’s business and innovation areas, in combination with our expertise in innovation management and R&D and experience in working in close collaboration with the industry.

All clients who are affected by any aspect of this change, for example regarding agreements, will be contacted in good time.

Footnote:

*Some institutes will continue to be part-owned subsidiaries and retain their current names. This concerns, for example, Processum, Asta Zero, Fire Research AS, and PFI AS.

*The institutes of Swedish ICT – SICS, Acreo, Viktoria, and Interactive Institute – are companies and will retain their names, but will operate under the umbrella of the RISE ICT division. This is also true for the CBI Swedish Cement and Concrete Research Institute within the RISE Built Environment division.

*Swerea remains an associated company of RISE, with a direct industrial co-ownership of 57%.

Updated August 25, 2016:

NEW ORGANISATION

On June 1, 2016, the new organisational structure, with a common executive management for RISE and six new divisions, became operational, following the customary negotiations required by the Employment (Co-determination in the Workplace) Act. SP, Swedish ICT, and Innventia have merged with RISE, and in so doing have achieved a greater level of coordination and now possess an increased capacity for contributing to innovation and the competitiveness of the Swedish business community and sustainable societal development.

Through the transfer of their ownership to RISE, the industrial co-owners, together with the Swedish government, have created the legal conditions necessary to build a united, strong institute group using the departments and companies that at present make up SP, Swedish ICT, and Innventia. The new RISE is owned by the Swedish government through the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, which views this as a decisive step towards being able to support the stable growth of the institutes.

Swerea IVF remains an associate company of RISE, with a direct industrial co-ownership of 57%.

Pia Sandvik, Chairperson of RISE and SP, succeeds Olof Sandén as Managing Director on July 1, 2016. Olof will continue to lead the process of change in his new role as Vice Managing Director.

From now on, all former departments and subsidiaries will belong to one of the six divisions of RISE, which will be directed by the following:

Birgitta Sundblad, RISE Bioeconomy; currently the President and Group Executive of Innventia.

Marianne Grauers, RISE Built Environment; currently the Department Manager of SP’s The Built Environment department, and CEO of Glafo.

Leif Ljungqvist, RISE ICT; currently the CEO of Acreo Swedish ICT.

Pernilla Walkenström, RISE Life Science; currently the Department Manager of Materials and Vice Managing Director of Swerea IVF.

Pether Wallin, RISE Safety &Transport; currently the CEO of AstaZero at SP.

The RISE Certification division, which works with testing and certification, will be directed by the CMO of RISE, John Rune Nielsen, currently the acting CEO and Group Executive of SP.

New HQ localisation

The management of each division will be located close to its respective operations, i.e. Borås/Gothenburg, Stockholm/Kista. The headquarters for extended group management will be situated in Gothenburg.

Pia Sandvik, Chairperson and the incoming MD of RISE had the following to say:

- The management of the new RISE aims to be closer to our clients, operations, and co-workers. Western Sweden is one of the country’s most important industrial and research clusters and, with over 1100 employees in the region, it is only natural for the new RISE to establish its headquarters in Gothenburg. The board feels that this relocation will create further opportunities for continued growth in all operational areas, and make RISE an even stronger and more competitive actor within the Swedish innovation system.

The decision regarding the date of the move and the new address in Gothenburg is expected to be made in Autumn 2016.

NEW NAME AND PROFILE

On January 1, 2017, SP, Swedish ICT, and Innventia will change their names to RISE and adopt a common graphic profile. This is a major transformation, and requires a great deal of preparation. During the autumn of 2016 we will begin this process and, until it has been completed, will continue to communicate using our current institutional identities. In the meantime, we will keep all interested parties up to date with the changes taking place, which will be fully visible next year.

Strategy and planning work is currently ongoing at many levels within the group so as to establish the new RISE and its common business and operational plans. The coordination and integration of common processes, policies, and systems is a comprehensive task, and research and development operations must continue to function well throughout the integration period. It is a priority of the management of RISE to create and maintain this balance during the coming period, and to ensure that the conditions necessary for a strong and successful launch of the new RISE are in place at the beginning of 2017.

 

Updated February 1, 2016:

The RISE Strategy Project has now presented the proposed model of a future organizing structure of the operations of SP, Swedish ICT and Innventia. The model assembles areas of competences, which are closely related to one another, in six divisions: ICT, Bioeconomy, Built Environment, Life Science, Safety & Transportation, and Certification. The divisions are expected to consist of all of the present units/institutes, and be organized in units, sections, groups, labs e t c. No operations will be closed down.

“The industrial institute-owners are prepared to transfer their ownership of the institutes to RISE, if we in turn prepare to group our existing research areas into strong divisions, which correspond well to the ones our successful competitors offer their clients,” says Olof Sandén, CEO RISE AB.

The divisions, together with a number of transverse business and innovation areas and a common and clear strategic agenda for RISE, will attract more and larger clients, open up more opportunities to enter future markets, and strengthen our position from an EU perspective.

“Together, our group will be stronger and we will be able to offer our clients a broad range of specialized services which satisfy their need for a national innovation partner in areas which are of strategic importance,” continues Olof Sandén.

There is much work ahead, and for the implementation of the proposed organizational structure to commence it is required that the change in ownership structure takes place as planned. This is expected to be done in March. The proposal is the subject of customary union negotiations and union representatives are invited to regular meetings.

Updated December 10th, 2015:

Last Tuesday, December 8th, RISE had the first information meeting with the union representatives of the SP Group, Swedish ICT, and Innventia.  Olof Sandén called the meeting in order to provide information and discuss the strategy project which we run together with the owners, with the objective of strengthening the RISE Group and equipping it to face future challenges.

The interest was high, and some 25 union representatives registered for the meeting and were either physically present in the meeting room, or there via telephone and/or the web.

"We held a meeting which I believe was a good start. I described in general terms how the strategy process has evolved so far, the present situation, and how I view the development of the RISE Group," said Olof Sandén.

Updated November 25th, 2015:

The present work of RISE is concentrated on two main fronts. One of these is a negotiation process in which the institute owners from the industry are to agree on the details regarding precisely how they will transfer their ownership of the institutes to RISE AB, in order to ensure their continuing influence over the direction of the research and so that the collaboration continues to be of mutual benefit to both parties. This process involves the services of numerous legal and financial experts, and we expect it to continue into next year. This effort will be largely related to industrial formalities, but will result in RISE becoming the sole owner of the institutes which constitute the RISE Group.

The other front is an initiative of a practical nature which focuses on ideas and production aspects, in which the project group (the management group at RISE AB, together with the Managing Directors of SP, Swedish ICT, and Innventia) works to come up with suggestions for what a future operational structure may look like, and how we are to organise several common departmental capacities that are relevant to many or all of the institutes. Swerea's owners have elected to exist independently of RISE at this time, but remain open to maintaining a dialogue regarding continued fruitful collaboration.

Maria Khorsand, CEO of SP, recently announced that she is to move on to a new position as Managing Director at SOS Alarm.

“I wish her all the best with her new role - although we are sorry that SP is to lose such an inspiring and successful leader. Maria has been very important in putting the Swedish institute sector on the map, not least through her international work within EARTO, the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations. We will honour her legacy, and do our best to continue the work that she began within the RISE Group, says Olof Sandén, Managing Director at RISE.

RISE’s owners at the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation have a vision and a clear objective for the research institutes that constitute RISE:

“Together, we are to be an excellent, renowned, and globally competitive innovation partner to the entirety of Sweden’s business community. The need for a strong institute sector has been focused on in recent OECD reports regarding Sweden’s research and innovation capabilities. My task, as the Managing Director of RISE, is to work to achieve the owners' goals, and to create the best possible conditions to ensure that the RISE Group develops and becomes a successful player in the innovation system, and thus assists the Swedish business community in the best way possible, says Olof Sandén.

Updated November 9th, 2015:

On October 15th 2015, all institute owners from the industry who participated in the RISE project agreed to sign a declaration of intent to transfer their ownership of the institutes to RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB. SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden is already wholly owned by RISE AB. This means that the Swedish government will, through RISE, become the sole owner of the research institutes Swedish ICT and Innventia, along with SP’s subsidiaries CBI, JTI, Processum, and Glafo.

 “I am delighted that the industrial co-owners of Innventia, Swedish ICT, and the subsidiaries of SP have all chosen to support our efforts to create a united RISE Group, on the shoulders of which they wish to place more and larger responsibilities in the future,” says Managing Director Olof Sandén.

RISE’s owner, the Swedish government (through the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation), has a vision and a clear goal for the research institutes that constitute RISE: They are to be an excellent, renowned, and globally competitive research and innovation partner which contribute to sustainable growth in society and support the industry’s move towards sustainable development.

“My task, as the Managing Director of RISE, is to work to achieve these goals, and to create the best possible conditions to ensure that the RISE Group develops and becomes a successful player in the innovation system”, Olof continues.

Together with the owners and managements of SP, Swedish ICT, and Innventia, the RISE project identified seven areas which could be enhanced through collaboration and combination, rather than isolation and separation, and which would lead to better business and improved workflows.

The project showed that the RISE Group can take on a more distinct and strong public perception by means of:

*possessing a joint strategic agenda

*developing strategically coordinated funding

*an increased and sharper focus on customer service throughout the institutes

*improved widespread awareness across relevant target groups

*operating using clear cooperation and partnership

*consolidating and developing relevant departmental functions together

*maintaining its status as an attractive employer  

”The improvements can for example include how we can package our services towards industrial clients in order to ensure the most efficient and fruitful utilisation of research, become better-known and attract the best researchers and innovators, and handle ethical challenges or project coordination in a systematic manner across all of the constituents of the RISE Group. This is obviously not yet settled, but we’re now in the process of starting that work,” says Olof.

If you have questions regarding the future of RISE, please contact us at info [at] ri.se, or telephone +46(0)8-56 64 82 50.

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Background to the RISE Strategy Project, from autumn 2014 to the present

RISE AB’s overarching mission from its owner, the government, is to establish the prerequisites necessary for international competitiveness and sustainable growth in Sweden, by means of promoting the business sector’s renewal and strengthening its standing abroad. A strong Swedish institute sector is needed in order to strengthen the business community, which is the goal of the owner’s core funding of the RISE Group.

The RISE Group has the qualities necessary to hold a unique position at the centre of the Swedish innovation system, and to focus on promoting an accelerated innovation process in which research is made commercially viable faster than it is at present.

In the autumn of 2014, an extensive analytical and strategic project was initiated amongst the co-owners of the RISE institutes, the purpose of which was to analyse the market share and business services of the RISE Group, along with its strengths and the challenges it faces in order to identify improvement potential, achieve a more unified vision of the company and its future and goals, and begin to develop strategies connected to achieving these goals. Swerea’s owners elected to not participate in this project.

The RISE project has conducted an analysis of the Group’s present situation, developed goals and strategies in connection with the identified improvement areas, and, on behalf of the owners, produced organisational models during the last phase of the project. The analysis examines to what degree the different organisational models address the seven areas for potential improvement, the risks involved in implementing one of the organisational models, the complexity as relates to daily operations, and the ability to carry out continual improvements. In addition, the aspect of influence from the industry/owners has been assessed for the various alternatives.

The project has produced a joint vision as regards mission and strategies. For the identified improvement areas, specific initiatives have been created, which include goals and planned activities. The foundation for the analysis was assembled using a vast quantity of interviews with stakeholders and international comparisons. The work has been conducted in close dialogue with institute managements, with a strong regard for the need to observe confidentiality requirements. Representatives from the institutes were involved in various forms of working groups and committees, and when collecting information material.

RISE AB employed McKinsey & Company, who presented the strongest bid in the exploratory stages of the process, as consultants in the analysis process until the summer of 2015, at which point RISE AB formed a project office which is now responsible for the operation of the strategy work.

The SP Group, Swedish ICT, and Innventia are part of the project. Swerea's owners have elected to exist independently of RISE at this time, but remain open to maintaining a dialogue regarding continued fruitful collaboration and participating in discussion meetings with the other institutes.

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