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Sanja Smiljic

PhD Candidate

9I291 ( Universitetsveien 19, Kristiansand )


PhD Research Fellow at University of Agder and PhD candidate at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) Australia (cotutelle agreement).  Researching collaboration between competing companies (coopetition) for innovation, as a form of open innovation practices. Currently working on several qualitative studies.

Holds a Master's degree in Management and a Bachelor's degree in Financial management and accounting. Has working experience in academia and public administration in Serbia. Served as an intern in The UK Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels and Her Majesty Revenue and Customs in London. Trained for public administration reform, innovations in this sector and EU integrations, in the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK.

 Actively participating in OpenInno Train. 

Research interests

  • Open Innovation
  • Coopetition
  • Strategic Management
  • Business Model Innovation

Work experience

  • from January 2018. PhD Research Fellow, The University of Agder, Norway
  • 2011. Internship position in The UK Permanent Representation to the EU, Brussels Belgium
  • 2011. Internship position in Her Majesty Revenue and Customs, London, UK
  • 2010 -2018. Public administration, Serbia
  • 2007-2010. Teaching Assistant,  University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Economics, Serbia

Academic interests

  • Open Innovation
  • Coopetition
  • Strategic management
  • Business model innovation


Research group: Strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship

OpenInno Train 

Scientific publications

  • Smiljic, Sanja; Aas, Tor Helge; Mention, Anne-Laure (2019). Partner selection in research-intensive coopetitive innovation projects:Evidence from mature industries.
  • Smiljic, Sanja (2018). Open Innovation in SMEs - Bibliometric Literature Review.

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