Gunn-Turid Kvam holds a doctoral degree (dr.ing) in business organisation and management. Her research competence is connected to the development of business and industry. In recent years her research has focused on local food and small tourism firms in rural areas, mainly through qualitative studies. Theories on innovation, cooperation, networking and organizing have provided the theoretical basis for this work. Her main research interest is to explore the topic of how and in what ways development in rural areas can be organized in order to ensure value generation.