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Du Rietz, S. & Kremel, A. (2023). Consumer Behavior as a Challenge and Opportunity for Circular Food Packaging: a Systematic Literature Review. Circular Economy and Sustainability
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Consumer Behavior as a Challenge and Opportunity for Circular Food Packaging: a Systematic Literature Review
2023 (English)In: Circular Economy and Sustainability, ISSN 2730-597X, E-ISSN 2730-5988Article, review/survey (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The food sector has been targeted as a potential site for the implementation of circular economy strategies. Food packaging, in particular, has caused concern due to its high production volume, short usage time, and problems related to waste management and littering. Circular economy strategies could potentially address these concerns if there is consumer acceptance and participation in circular systems. The present review seeks to inform future studies of the need for further research in this area by reviewing current knowledge of consumer behavior in relation to circular food packaging. When doing so, the study finds that studies have primarily focused on recycling, foremost in the European and American setting. However, less is known about consumers and circular packaging in developing countries. While reuse strategies were more prevalent in studies from the 1970–1980s, the review finds that such initiatives are yet again researched, which is promising given their generally favorable environmental footprint.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2023
Keywords
Circular economy, Food packaging, Food container, Consumer, Literature review
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-107671 (URN)10.1007/s43615-023-00290-1 (DOI)2-s2.0-85171267518 (Scopus ID)
Projects
Konsumentbeteenden som hinder och möjlighet för cirkulära förpackningar i livsmedelssektorn– en kunskapssammanfattning.
Funder
Örebro UniversitySwedish Research Council Formas, Dnr: 2020:03130
Available from: 2023-08-17 Created: 2023-08-17 Last updated: 2023-12-08Bibliographically approved
Kremel, A. (2023). Consumer Behaviour in a Circular System – How Values Promote and Hinder the Participation of Young Adults in the Swedish Deposit-Refund System for Beverage Packaging. Circular Economy and Sustainability
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Consumer Behaviour in a Circular System – How Values Promote and Hinder the Participation of Young Adults in the Swedish Deposit-Refund System for Beverage Packaging
2023 (English)In: Circular Economy and Sustainability, ISSN 2730-597X, E-ISSN 2730-5988Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This study contributes to the understanding of how values promote and hinder circular consumer behaviour by examining and learning from the Swedish deposit-refund system for beverage cans and PET bottles. We have used the consumption value theory in our analysis, building on the concepts of circular economy, sustainable consumption and recycling. Data was collected from focus group interviews with young adults in order to identify and explore the ways that values promote and hinder participation. Functional values were found to be at the core of sustainable consumption as a result of financial incentives and the fact that consumers value convenience. The study also highlights the importance that young adults place on emotional values, in particular embarrassment, which hinders them from recycling. When it comes to sustainable consumption, young adults are driven by selfish behaviour, prioritising personal comfort. Social settings were also found to promote and hinder participation in the deposit-refund system. The study finds that an understanding of the reasons why different social groups and age groups approve or disapprove of participation in circular solutions may help design solutions to increase participation in circular solutions and circular economies. The results show that it is important to study the combinations of value dimensions to understand consumer behaviour in a circular system fully.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2023
Keywords
Sustainable consumption; Consumer behaviour; Circular economy; Deposit-refund; Recycling; Young adults
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-110467 (URN)10.1007/s43615-023-00333-7 (DOI)2-s2.0-85180197629 (Scopus ID)
Projects
Deposit-refund system in a circular economy - understanding social values
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2019-02233Örebro University
Available from: 2023-12-20 Created: 2023-12-20 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved
Kremel, A. & Nilsson, A. (2023). Studenter som fuskar – Varför fuskar de och hur hanterar vi det?. In: : . Paper presented at FEKIS 2023: Reimagining relevance, Stockholm, Sweden, October 11-12, 2023.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Studenter som fuskar – Varför fuskar de och hur hanterar vi det?
2023 (Swedish)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Keywords
Fusk, student, Högre utbildning
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-109369 (URN)
Conference
FEKIS 2023: Reimagining relevance, Stockholm, Sweden, October 11-12, 2023
Available from: 2023-10-23 Created: 2023-10-23 Last updated: 2023-10-23Bibliographically approved
Kremel, A. & Holmgren, C. (2023). What Do We Know About Training in SMEs? A Systematic Literature Review. In: Policy, support systems and ecosystems: . Paper presented at RENT XXXVII: "Taming uncertainty", Gdansk, Poland, November 15-17, 2023.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>What Do We Know About Training in SMEs? A Systematic Literature Review
2023 (English)In: Policy, support systems and ecosystems, 2023Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Objectives: This study seeks to synthesize academic knowledge about training in SMEs. 

Prior Work: Within the area of training and SMEs research has taken an interest in the effects of training, employee and or management training and implications for policy to foster growth. Literature reviews have taken different focus. A systematic literature review of this comprehensive area is still missing.  

Approach: This study uses a systematic literature review model to synthesize this area of research. 

Results: The study finds that the debate about training outcomes has interested research over the years and continues to interest scholars and policy. The field has been dominated by research from Europe and the UK. During the last few years, the research field has grown as researchers have taken an interest in empirics from countries in Asia. There are few studies using empirical data from the US or Canada. Studying training, researchers have taken an interest in government policy measures and initiatives. The study finds that EU funds have had a great influence on the research field of training and SMEs.  

Implications and value: With this study we will contribute to research by making visible what has been studied, to paint the big picture of training in SMEs, so to speak. The study outlines how the field has developed over the years and finds research gaps in literature which are valuable for future research, practitioners and policy. 

Keywords
Training, SME, Policy, Systematic literature review, managers, employees
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-109819 (URN)
Conference
RENT XXXVII: "Taming uncertainty", Gdansk, Poland, November 15-17, 2023
Available from: 2023-11-21 Created: 2023-11-21 Last updated: 2023-11-21Bibliographically approved
Du Rietz, S. & Kremel, A. (2022). Consumer behavior as a challenge and opportunity for circular food packaging: A systematic literature review. In: : . Paper presented at 26th Biennial Nordic Academy of Management Conference, Örebro, Sweden, August 24-26, 2022.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Consumer behavior as a challenge and opportunity for circular food packaging: A systematic literature review
2022 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The food sector is a potential site for the implementation of circular economy strategies. Food packaging cause concern due to high production volume, short usage, problems of waste management and littering. Circular economy strategies could address these concerns if there is consumer acceptance and participation in systems with food packaging. We seek to review current knowledge of consumer behavior in relation to circular food packaging. The study finds that circular economy in terms of the recycling strategy, are found foremost in European and American setting. While reuse strategies were more prevalent in studies from 1970-80s, such initiatives have been renewed.  

Keywords
circular economy, food packaging, food container, consumer, literature review
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-101567 (URN)
Conference
26th Biennial Nordic Academy of Management Conference, Örebro, Sweden, August 24-26, 2022
Projects
Konsumentbeteenden som hinder och möjlighet för cirkulära förpackningar i livsmedelssektorn– en kunskapssammanfattning
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2020-03130
Note

Track: 10.5 Towards Circular Economy in Organisations and Consumption

Available from: 2022-09-30 Created: 2022-09-30 Last updated: 2022-11-15Bibliographically approved
Kremel, A. & Nilsson, A. (2022). Creating (un)ethical management for sustainable economy: – dimensions from a literature review. In: : . Paper presented at 9th International Conference on Social Responsibility, Ethics and Sustainable Business (ICSR 2022), Östersund, Sweden, September 15-16, 2022.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Creating (un)ethical management for sustainable economy: – dimensions from a literature review
2022 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Much have been published about students cheating in higher education. Studies presented cover different theoretical areas, from psychology and criminology to philosophy and pedagogy. Some of these studies suggest that cheating students tend to develop into workforce with various kinds of unethical behaviour. For a sustainable working life, it is important that managers and workforce have a compass that leads them to behave ethically. This study, therefore, takes a deeper look into the area of ethics to find different aspects of ethics related to students cheating, working life and organisations. The contribution aims at creating academic knowledge about (un)ethical management in working life. We do this by conducting a systematic literature review about what cheating in higher education entails for working life and management. We use literature that has been initiated covering academic research published in peer-reviewed journals.

First the material was collected. This was done by conducting a search in Scopus which resulted in a total of 673 articles. For this search we used the search string; ethic* AND (work* OR student*) AND (dishonest* OR cheat*). In a first sorting out, these articles were narrowed down to 352 articles about ethics and cheating from the perspective of the student or workforce. A second reading of the articles resulted in a reduced sample of articles studying cheating in higher education and working life, management, workforce, and co-worker including. Including words were student, professional, organization, company, authority, and leader. To sort the articles from the search we used Zotero as a tool. 

In the study we present descriptive data about the selected literature and categorize different perspectives used in the review literature. The article concludes with suggestions on policy recommendations and suggestions for future research. 

Keywords
Ethical management, working life, cheating, sustainable economy
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Ethics; Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-101224 (URN)
Conference
9th International Conference on Social Responsibility, Ethics and Sustainable Business (ICSR 2022), Östersund, Sweden, September 15-16, 2022
Available from: 2022-09-13 Created: 2022-09-13 Last updated: 2022-09-14Bibliographically approved
Kremel, A. (2022). Ett projekt om ökad samverkan vid Örebro universitet: rapport från följeforskaren. Örebro: Örebro universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ett projekt om ökad samverkan vid Örebro universitet: rapport från följeforskaren
2022 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Under projektets gång har det funnits ett behov av att studera hur samverkan i forskning fungerar och hur forskare vid Örebro universitet ser på samverkan i forskningen. I uppdraget har därför jag intresserat mig för forskningssamverkan eftersom detta var särskilt prioriterat i projektet. Forskare på Örebro universitet har intervjuats liksom samverkanspartner till projektet för att förstå deras syn på samverkan i relation till universitet. Projektet har haft som mål att identifiera en ”Örebromodell” och avsikten var därför att bistå projektet och initiera en diskussion kring utvecklingen av sådan modell. 

Några av resultaten är att det finns ett behov av att skapa en gemensam förståelse för varandra och förväntningar som parterna kan ha på varandra. Samverkan kräver tid och engagemang och för att lyckas behövs resurser. Liknande projekt som detta är betydelsefullt för forskare, lärare och annan personal på Örebro universitet liksom för aktörer i regionen.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro universitet, 2022. p. 21
Keywords
Forskningssamverkan, Örebro universitet, Region Örebro län
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-109367 (URN)
Projects
Ökad samverkan mellan Örebro universitet och Örebroregionen
Funder
Region Örebro County, 1906-3502
Available from: 2023-10-23 Created: 2023-10-23 Last updated: 2023-10-24Bibliographically approved
Kremel, A. (2022). Moving the interaction from classroom to online teaching - example from an entrepreneurship course. In: NIBES network research workshop: . Paper presented at 4th NIBES Research Workshop: “Educational Practices in Business Education: What have we learnt and how do we move forward? - Education in the post-pandemic era”, Örebro, Sweden, March 22, 2022.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Moving the interaction from classroom to online teaching - example from an entrepreneurship course
2022 (English)In: NIBES network research workshop, 2022Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Entrepreneurship has traditionally been taught about entrepreneurship. However, teaching entrepreneurship requires practice and learning by doing. In entrepreneurship education students practice entrepreneurship by feeling the real life of being an entrepreneur. The process of Design Thinking offers a method for teaching through entrepreneurship (Kremel & Wetter-Edman, 2019).

Teaching Design Thinking requires interaction and in our entrepreneurship class we have used classroom workshops to attain interaction. With the pandemic we were faced with the challenge to interact using online teaching. 

A quick adaptation with the transition to distance education was an equality argument for me where I wanted to give all students the same opportunity to participate in education, regardless of whether you were in a risk group or not. It should not be decisive for the students to be able to assimilate the teaching, I thought. I absorbed learning in various online forums and lectures from Harvard education to be able to handle the new classroom that zoom then became. Something I learned in these forums was the importance of planning a lesson with more short steps to increase student engagement. Participating in zoom is particularly tiring and therefore working with shorter intervals of different nature, such as reviews, work in break-out rooms and reunions, I have understood contributes to commitment and thus students' learning (Roberto, 2021).

It was a challenge to plan for the interactions and workshops that we were expected to deliver to the students in the entrepreneurship course. I took plenty of time to plan all the steps in the smallest detail. Part of the work consisted of preparing the teaching and using the so-called flipped classroom, where I recorded a series of short lectures that the students watched before the lessons. It is important to keep the films short with a specific focus to create engagement (Roberto, 2021). We could then use the time efficiently when we were seen in zoom and the students had great opportunities to be well prepared. The zoom format also facilitated collaboration in teaching such as guest lectures. I was therefore able to invite guest lecturers who deepened the material for the students. During the course, we also found a new program that worked well for interacting online, Miro. Miro is specially created to make it easier for creative teams who want to interact on a common White board and where members can work remotely to each other. The result of our efforts was good. The students were committed and showed interest in their projects and education. It was especially fun to see pretty much all the students on the course participated regularly in our workshops and that we received good reviews in the course evaluation. 

The experiences from moving the interaction from the classroom to online teaching are multiple and we don’t want to go back. Online teaching opens new ways of teaching and engaging students and we like develop and refine our pedagogical tools for interaction online.   

References: 

Kremel, A., Wetter-Edman, K. (2019). Implementing design thinking as didactic method in entrepreneurship education, the importance of through. The Design Journal, 22 (Suppl. 1), 163-175. doi:10.1080/14606925.2019.1595855.

Roberto, M. (2021), Getting - and Then Keeping - Students Engaged, Webinar recording, Harvard Business Publishing Education. 

 

Keywords
online-teaching, Universal Design for Learning, engagement
National Category
Pedagogy
Research subject
Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-101221 (URN)
Conference
4th NIBES Research Workshop: “Educational Practices in Business Education: What have we learnt and how do we move forward? - Education in the post-pandemic era”, Örebro, Sweden, March 22, 2022
Available from: 2022-09-13 Created: 2022-09-13 Last updated: 2022-09-19Bibliographically approved
Kremel, A. (2022). Om jämställdhetsfrågan som en illusion i regional tillväxtpolitik. Organisation & Samhälle (1), 22-27
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Om jämställdhetsfrågan som en illusion i regional tillväxtpolitik
2022 (Swedish)In: Organisation & Samhälle, ISSN 2001-9114, E-ISSN 2002-0287, no 1, p. 22-27Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Föreningen Företagsekonomi i Sverige (FEKIS), 2022
Keywords
kvinnors företagande, innovationssystemet, hållbar tillväxt, regional politik
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-101215 (URN)
Available from: 2022-09-13 Created: 2022-09-13 Last updated: 2022-09-14Bibliographically approved
Kremel, A., Boter, H. & Lundström, A. (2022). Pandemic Effects on SMEs: Heterogeneity across Industries. In: : . Paper presented at 26th Biennial NFF Conference, August 24-26, 2022, Örebro, Sweden.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Pandemic Effects on SMEs: Heterogeneity across Industries
2022 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The study seeks to understand how small firms manage innovation and business development during the Covid-19 pandemic. The empirical data consists of telephone interview with 1 200 SMEs and nine in-depth interviews with firms from the high technology and restaurant/hotel industry. The analysis revealed that the basic conditions for firms are strikingly different in the service sector compared to the manufacturing industry. The restaurant and hotel actors were instantly and severely affected by Covid-19 and the negative effects of the pandemic applied for a longer time despite intensive innovation work. The situation in high-technology firms were radically different.

Keywords
business development, innovation, SME, industry, heterogeneity
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-101219 (URN)
Conference
26th Biennial NFF Conference, August 24-26, 2022, Örebro, Sweden
Note

Track 2:2 Entrepreneurship in turbulent times – New opportunities?

Available from: 2022-09-13 Created: 2022-09-13 Last updated: 2022-09-14Bibliographically approved
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