Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Latvia
The Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE Riga) was established in1993 in order to provide a state of the art education in business and economics to student from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In 2002 the School launched an Executive MBA program. In addition to the educational activities, research is the second cornerstone of the school's activities. Since the establishment of the school, the faculty has been involved in research - in many cases applied research with a bearing on policy relevant issues facing the new EU members.
SSE Riga’s research capacity spans several disciplines:
SSE Riga's vision is to be the region’s premier independent source of high-value applied research within the School’s fields of specialization. Research activities have been structured around the TeliaSonera Institute at SSE Riga, EU and Latvia funded projects, and joint projects with Baltic International Centre for Economic Policy Studies.
In 2004 the importance of research at SSE Riga was manifested through the establishment of the TeliaSonera Institute at SSE Riga (TSI) that is part of the school. The Institute focuses on research in entrepreneurship, telecom and information technology, and it also promotes entrepreneurship in Latvia. Research on entrepreneurship is a major theme at SSE Riga. In 2005, the TSI initiated a research program studying entrepreneurial dynamics in Latvia within the framework of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor consortium. The first report coming out of the project, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2005 Latvia Report, was released end of May 2006. The Institute has also organized a number of business days where topics such as Women and Entrepreneurship in Latvia, Entrepreneurship in Latvia, and Venture Capital in Latvia have been discussed. The basis for each of the business days was a research report produced by the TSI.
Work on the economic and social development of cities and regions was started in January 2004 when SSE Riga participated in the two-year project “Best Practice guidelines for Instrument of Regional Development and Spatial Planning in an Enlarged EU” (or GRIDS for short). The project, co-financed by the EU via the Interreg IIIc program, aimed at identifying best regional development strategies, and in cooperation with Cardiff University, the lead partner, and other academic partner institutions from Ireland, Flanders, Latvia and Lithuania, the project a book as well as good practice guidelines were developed and published. In addition, since 2003 SSE Riga has been one of the partner institutions for the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report (GCR), contributing to the production of the Growth Competitiveness Index. It serves as good research practice in providing benchmarking tools for governments in policy-making and for businesses in developing business strategies and guiding investment decisions.
Researchwise, SSE Riga cooperates closely with the Baltic International Centre for Economic Policy Studies (BICEPS), which is an independent research institute and think tank located in Riga. SSE Riga and BICEPS work on joint research projects, organize joint research seminars and jointly publish the Baltic Economic Trends (BET). BET appears three times a year and features updates on economic and political development in each of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. This material is based on original sources and written by local experts as well as key economic indicators for the three Baltic countries. Each issue also features opinion articles as well as reports of regional research on the Baltic economies.
SSE Riga organizes regular international seminars and conferences. During these events we bring together leaders in business, government, and academics to examine current policy issues and debate solutions, some of the highlights being: Transition Economics (2002) Human Development in the EU Accession Countries International (June 2003), Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Competitiveness in the Transforming and Enlarging Europe (September, 2004), New Regulatory Framework in the Field of Telecommunications (February, 2005), Future Potential for Creative Industries (October, 2006).