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Jan Ole Rypestøl



A236 ( Jon Lilletuns vei 3, Grimstad )

Jan Ole Rypestøl is employed in a combined position as a researcher and postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Working Life and Innovation at the University of Agder (UiA) in Grimstad. Rypestøl holds a doctorate (PhD) in International Management from UiA, a Master (Ms) in Innovation and Knowledge Development from UiA, as well as an interfaculty Canddatus Magisterii degree (Cand Mag) from KLH, NHH and UIB.

Jan Ole Rypestøl researches regional industrial restructuring and publishes his research in highly ranked journals like Regional Studies (Tayor & Francis), Geoforum (Elsevier), Entrepreneurship and regional development (Routledge) and Industry and Innovation (Routledge).

In addition to his academic position here at UIA, Rypestøl also holds a part-time position as a senior researcher for NORCE Norwegian Research Centre. At NORCE he is the project leader of the team which provides The Central bank of Norway its analysis concerning regional industrial development in Southern Norway.

Rypestøl`s most recent external research assignments were Regional Report 3/2021 ordered by The Central bank of Norway and his latest scientific publications are a journal article in Regional Studies; Kyllingstad, Rypestøl, Schulze-Krogh & Tønnessen (2021), and a book chapter; Rypestøl (2020), Regional industrial Restructuring (https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-47697-7). 

Research interests

The main focus of Rypestøl's research is regional business development with an emphasis on regional restructuring. This field of interest combines several disciplines, such as economic geography, entrepreneurship, innovation and institutional economics. In his research, Rypestøl seeks to combine system and actor perspectives to increase understanding of the role of various change agents in restructuring processes.

Courses and teaching

Rypestøl has no teaching obligation at the University. Even so, he occasionally teaches on an hourly basis when needed. For the past five years, Jan Ole Rypestøl has lectured the topics of Innovation and Entrepreneurship to engineering graduates (TFL 200).

Work experience

Outside academia, Rypestøl has extensive experience from business life. This experience includes ten years as an international serial entrepreneur and business leader, as well as ten years as a supervisor and consultant in entrepreneurship and innovation.

Academic interests

Jan Ole Rypestøl`s research interest covers regional industrial restructuring, entrepreneurship research and innovation studies.


Rypestøl is a member of:

  • RIS research group 
  •  NORSI http://norsi.no/ 

Selected publications

In addition to the scientific publications (see below), Rypestøl has also published about 40 different research reports. Most of these are exempt from public access, but some are available at www.norceresearch.no

Scientific publications

  • Kyllingstad, Nina; Rypestøl, Jan Ole; Schulze-Krogh, Ann Camilla; Tønnessen, Maria (2021). Asset modification for regional industrial restructuring: digitalization of the culture and experience industry and the healthcare sector. Regional studies. ISSN: 0034-3404. 55 (10-11). s 1764 - 1774. doi:10.1080/00343404.2021.1878126.
  • Rypestøl, Jan Ole; Isaksen, Arne; Eriksen, Anna Maria Emelie Langemyr; Iakovleva, Tatiana Aleksandrovna; Sjøtun, Svein Gunnar; Njøs, Rune (2021). Cluster development and regional industrial restructuring: agency and asset modification. European Planning Studies. ISSN: 0965-4313. doi:10.1080/09654313.2021.1937951.
  • Isaksen, Arne; Trippl, Michaela; Kyllingstad, Nina; Rypestøl, Jan Ole (2020). Digital transformation of regional industries through asset modification. Competitiveness Review: an international business journal. ISSN: 1059-5422. doi:10.1108/cr-12-2019-0140.
  • Rypestøl, Jan Ole (2020). Regional Industrial Restructuring. Regional Helix Ecosystems and Sustainable Growth. ISBN: 978-3-030-47696-0. Springer. 8. s 125 - 146.
  • Isaksen, Arne; Eriksen, Anna Maria Emelie Langemyr; Rypestøl, Jan Ole (2020). Regional industrial restructuring: Asset modification and alignment for digitalization. Growth and Change. ISSN: 0017-4815. 51 (4). s 1454 - 1470. doi:10.1111/grow.12444.
  • Trippl, Michaela; Baumgartinger-Seiringer, Simon; Frangenheim, Alexandra; Isaksen, Arne; Rypestøl, Jan Ole (2020). Unravelling green regional industrial path development: Regional preconditions, asset modification and agency. Geoforum. ISSN: 0016-7185. 111s 189 - 197. doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2020.02.016.
  • Isaksen, Arne; Kyllingstad, Nina; Rypestøl, Jan Ole; Schulze-Krogh, Ann Camilla (2019). Entrepreneurial discovery processes in different regional contexts: A conceptual discussion. The Entrepreneurial Discovery Process and Regional Development. New Knowledge Emergence, Conversion and Exploitation. ISBN: 978-1-138-57455-7. Routledge. Chapter 2. s 35 - 53.
  • Johnsen, Hans Christian Garman; Rypestøl, Jan Ole; Schulze-Krogh, Ann Camilla (2018). Coping with economic policy: Innovation policy in times of disruption. Coping with the Future: Rethinking Assumptions for Society, Business and Work. ISBN: 978-1-138-55932-5. Routledge. Chapter 4,. s 69 - 83.
  • Johnsen, Hans Christian Garman; Rypestøl, Jan Ole; Berge, Marianne (2018). Coping with methodology: Validity and knowledge about the future. Coping with the Future: Rethinking Assumptions for Society, Business and Work. ISBN: 978-1-138-55932-5. Routledge. Chapter 8. s 126 - 148.
  • Isaksen, Arne; Kyllingstad, Nina; Rypestøl, Jan Ole; Schulze-Krogh, Ann Camilla (2018). Differentiated regional entrepreneurial discovery processes. A conceptual discussion and empirical illustration from three emergent clusters.. European Planning Studies. ISSN: 0965-4313. 26 (11). s 2200 - 2215. doi:10.1080/09654313.2018.1530143.
  • Rypestøl, Jan Ole; Aarstad, Jarle (2018). Entrepreneurial innovativeness and growth ambitions in thick vs. thin regional innovation systems. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development. ISSN: 0898-5626. s 639 - 661. doi:10.1080/08985626.2018.1444104.
  • Kyllingstad, Nina; Rypestøl, Jan Ole (2018). Towards a more sustainable process industry: A single case study of restructuring within the Eyde process industry cluster. Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift. ISSN: 0029-1951. 73 (1). s 29 - 38. doi:10.1080/00291951.2018.1520292.
  • Martin, Roman; Rypestøl, Jan Ole (2017). Linking content and technology: on the geography of innovation networks in the Bergen media cluster. Industry and Innovation. ISSN: 1366-2716. 25 (10). s 966 - 989. doi:10.1080/13662716.2017.1343132.
  • Rypestøl, Jan Ole (2017). Regional industrial path development: The role of new entrepreneurial firms. Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. ISSN: 2192-5372. 6 (3). s 1 - 19. doi:10.1186/s13731-017-0064-1.

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