Torger Reve, international expert on economic competitiveness, will present his research on Norwegian Global Knowledge Hubs: superclusters of knowledge-based industrial development. He will explain how nations, regions and cities must now compete to be the most attractive locations for knowledge-intensive industries. Following the presentation, a panel of Minnesotan experts will discuss the implications of knowledge hubs for Minnesota's economic competitiveness. The audience will also be asked to join the discussion during a question and answer session with Torger and the Minnesota panel.
About Torger Reve: Professor Reve has extensively researched Norway's maritime global knowledge hub and will describe how Norway developed its unique global position by combining three major factors: ocean, technology, and knowledge. Reve's Norwegian perspective will be used to present implications for Minnesota. He will explain how interaction between organizations with different specialties is essential for innovation and is a key driver for knowledge transfer among enterprises and how nations, regions, and cities must now compete to be the most attractive locations for knowledge-intensive industries. Professor Reve is the Wilh Wilhelmsen Chair in Strategy and Industrial Competitiveness at the BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo, Norway. He also heads the Center for Maritime Competitiveness. Reve has a Ph.D. in marketing from Northwestern University. He also holds two masters degrees in business administration from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration in Bergen, Norway, and a B.A. degree in liberal arts from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.