This session, consisting of two sub-sessions, aims to problematize the strategic interplay among regional and local governments, small and medium enterprises (SME) and local indigenous and non-indigenous communities. There will be presentatons from different disciplines including but not limited to political science, economics, and business studies as well as employing different methodological approaches. The session aims to combine a macro- and a micro-perspective on the relationship between context, strategies and plans.


5.3/A The role of local and regional strategies, plans and budgets

Time 10:30-12:00

Convener: Anatoli Bourmistrov, Nord University Business School

The main interest of this session is to investigate how local politicians and administrative officers develop strategic planning and budgeting practices. Issues of changes in attitudes of local politicians and administrative officers towards transparency regarding access and use of resources will be also addressed. Contributions addressing the impact of planning and budgeting practices on the quality of and needs for local welfare production are welcome too. Presentations in this session are related to Local governments budgeting reform in Russia’s local governments – implications and tensions (2012-2016) BUDRUS project, funded by the Norwegian Research Council.


5.3/B The role of place in Northern SME-business strategies

Time: 13:00-14:30

Convener: Svein Tvedt Johansen, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

This session will focus on the different ways that Northern SMEs engage with local communities in their business strategies in order to manage place-related challenges associated with operating in rural, northern contexts. More specifically the focus is in how SMEs relationships to places or place-strategies influence the resilience of SMEs and communities over time as well as the performance and viability of SMEs over time. Some of the topics in this session look at SMEs place strategies and their effects on the development of human capital, flexibility and dynamic capabilities as demonstrated in managing major crisis and upheavals.