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Borglund, T., Prenkert, F., Frostenson, M., Helin, S. & Du Rietz, S. (2019). External facilitators as ‘Legitimizers’ in designing a master's program in sustainable business at a Swedish business school: A typology of industry collaborator roles in RME. The International Journal of Management Education, 17(3), Article ID 100315.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>External facilitators as ‘Legitimizers’ in designing a master's program in sustainable business at a Swedish business school: A typology of industry collaborator roles in RME
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2019 (English)In: The International Journal of Management Education, ISSN 1472-8117, E-ISSN 2352-3565, Vol. 17, no 3, article id 100315Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article offers new knowledge on the role of industry as external facilitators in the case of designing responsible management education (RME). Drawing on a case of a Swedish business school that developed a two year master's profile in sustainable business, we find that industry partners acted as external facilitators in the form of ‘Legitimizers’. This type of external facilitator, Legitimizer, complements Vazquez-Brust and Yakovleva’s (2017) existing categories: ‘Guides’, ‘Monitors’, ‘Enablers’, and ‘Networkers’. Based on the findings, we propose that business can take on four types of legitimizing roles in academia – business collaboration: The Visitor, The Planner, The Co-operator, and The Co-educator. We further identify various forms of legitimacy, particularly cognitive and pragmatic, that the corporate activities and interactions generate. Interestingly, in the case of RME, companies are instrumental to legitimizing the education, rather than being the ones seeking legitimacy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2019
Keywords
Education, Industry-academia collaboration, Legitimacy, RME, Sustainability
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-76404 (URN)10.1016/j.ijme.2019.100315 (DOI)000493924300007 ()2-s2.0-85072012438 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-09-20 Created: 2019-09-20 Last updated: 2019-11-22Bibliographically approved
Prenkert, F., Hasche, N. & Linton, G. (2019). Towards a systematic analytical framework of resource interfaces. Journal of Business Research, 100, 139-149
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Towards a systematic analytical framework of resource interfaces
2019 (English)In: Journal of Business Research, ISSN 0148-2963, E-ISSN 1873-7978, Vol. 100, p. 139-149Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we posit that current Industrial Marketing and Purchasing literature on resource interaction and resource interfaces is hampered by fragmentation and conceptual imprecision, hindering scholars to build systematically on each other's works. To rectify this, a systematic analytical framework acknowledging the empirical variation of resource interfaces along a coherent conceptualization of resources and resource interfaces is suggested to enable further scholarly development. A case study focusing on a central product and the network surrounding the product is used to illustrate the analytical framework. We employ the analytical framework to show how interaction through resource interfaces of a European rail logistics network play out. Our findings suggest that the analytical framework has the capacity to fruitfully distinguish between the multitude of empirical manifestations and the need for a coherent conceptual framework. It also enables explanations of what may seem paradoxical by exploring the deeper cores of the phenomena.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2019
Keywords
IMP network economics, Resource combining, Resource interfaces, Heaviness, Variety, Logistics
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-73584 (URN)10.1016/j.jbusres.2019.03.027 (DOI)000470942500013 ()2-s2.0-85063365793 (Scopus ID)
Projects
Future Rail
Funder
Knowledge Foundation, 20140152
Available from: 2019-04-08 Created: 2019-04-08 Last updated: 2019-11-12Bibliographically approved
Harrison, D., Hoholm, T., Prenkert, F. & Olsen, P. I. (2018). Boundary objects in network interactions. Industrial Marketing Management, 74, 187-194
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Boundary objects in network interactions
2018 (English)In: Industrial Marketing Management, ISSN 0019-8501, E-ISSN 1873-2062, Vol. 74, p. 187-194Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the mediating role of boundary objects in interaction processes within business networks. From a single case study in the grocery retail industry, we find that such objects are used within interaction processes for collaboration, but are also used extensively for handling conflict, facilitating economic negotiations, and power execution. As such, network-level boundary objects do not require broad consensus by all the involved actors, but instead narrow consensus in a particular interaction process.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2018
Keywords
Boundary objects, Business networks, Collaboration, Conflict, Interaction
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-70150 (URN)10.1016/j.indmarman.2018.04.006 (DOI)000449894200016 ()2-s2.0-85045425070 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-11-17 Created: 2018-11-17 Last updated: 2018-12-05Bibliographically approved
Swahn, M. & Prenkert, F. (2018). Effects of greening measures in transport logistics systems. In: Proceedings of 7th Transport Research Arena TRA 2018, April 16-19, 2018, Vienna, Austria: . Paper presented at 7th Transport Research Arena (TRA 2018), Vienna, Austria, April 16-19, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Effects of greening measures in transport logistics systems
2018 (English)In: Proceedings of 7th Transport Research Arena TRA 2018, April 16-19, 2018, Vienna, Austria, 2018Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In order to test the greenhouse gas reduction measures from the EU funded project Swiftly Green, the Swedish Transport Administration initiated Get Greener evaluating three measures in the Scan-Med transport corridor;

  • 34m trucks between Gothenburg-Malmö and Stockholm-Malmö fuelled by HVO or biogas (LBG)
  • 730m electric trains between Malmö–Hallsberg fuelled by hydro power generated electricity
  • Environmental and climate considerations in the construction of the Varberg rail tunnel.

The study shows that the two transport solutions fulfil the Swedish 2045 GHG-emission targets already today. Thus it does not seem to be significant technical obstacles to achieve transport climate targets. The results indicate that by implementing measures it is possible to reach the ambitious 2045 GHG-emissions targets already by 2030. A European or global perspective may challenge this conclusion since availability of biomass and green electricity could become a bottleneck. Therefore, the challenge lies in how to scale this up in a sustainable way. 

Keywords
greening; transport; logistics; greenhouse gas; high capacity transport, biofuels; infrastructure
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-61399 (URN)
Conference
7th Transport Research Arena (TRA 2018), Vienna, Austria, April 16-19, 2018
Projects
Get GreenerORULOG
Available from: 2017-10-10 Created: 2017-10-10 Last updated: 2017-10-11Bibliographically approved
Kask, J. & Prenkert, F. (2018). From small and generalized to big or specialized: A historical analysis of sports retail forms in Sweden. Journal of Management History, 24(3), 340-358
Open this publication in new window or tab >>From small and generalized to big or specialized: A historical analysis of sports retail forms in Sweden
2018 (English)In: Journal of Management History, ISSN 1751-1348, E-ISSN 1758-7751, Vol. 24, no 3, p. 340-358Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: Retail has evolved over the past century alongside megatrends such as urbanization, consumerism and digitalization. To contribute to existing knowledge on patterns of retail form evolution, the purpose of this paper is to investigate when and how novel retail forms have evolved in the Swedish sporting goods market.

Design/methodology/approach: An evolutionary approach that encompasses population thinking is used to interpret the history of sporting goods retailing in Sweden from the interwar era onwards. Drawing on archival data and interviews, the focus in the historical analysis is on the evolution of retail form variation in terms of size, strategy, product range and retail channel (online/offline).

Findings: The paper suggests that evolutionary mechanisms cumulatively have changed the sports retail population from a rather homogenous set of smaller generalist stores toward a larger variety and specialization in mainly two directions: one trajectory toward small and service-focused niche specialists and the other toward high-volume sales outlets.

Originality/value: The paper provides a detailed empirical account of sports retail history in Sweden and an application of theoretical concepts contributing to an integrated investigation of empirical issues and theoretical positions. It concludes that being able to attain closures - finding ways to close off a section of the market and avoid direct competition - has historically been a crucial capability for individual retailers to thrive.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2018
Keywords
Specialization, Evolutionary theory, Retail form, Retail history, Retail innovations
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-68341 (URN)10.1108/JMH-11-2017-0057 (DOI)000438917700005 ()2-s2.0-85049086419 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-08-02 Created: 2018-08-02 Last updated: 2018-08-02Bibliographically approved
Shahin Moghadam, S., Klügl, F. & Prenkert, F. (2018). Investigating the Cannibalizing Effect in a Two-Market Situation Using Agent-Based Simulation. In: : . Paper presented at 9th Vienna International Conference on Mathematical Modelling (MATHMOD 2018), Vienna, Austria, February 21-23, 2018 (pp. 115-120). Elsevier, 51:2
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Investigating the Cannibalizing Effect in a Two-Market Situation Using Agent-Based Simulation
2018 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper explores the potential cannibalizing effects of introducing a flexible auction marketto the traditionally established market based on long-term contracts. By means of agent-based modellingand simulation based on an empirical case of a railway logistics service provider, we investigate thepotential effects of this new market on previously established customer contracts.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2018
Series
IFAC-PapersOnLine, ISSN 1045-0823, E-ISSN 1797-318X
Keywords
Economic Systems, Agents, Market Simulation, Logistics, Industrial Networks
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-65298 (URN)10.1016/j.ifacol.2018.03.020 (DOI)000435693000021 ()2-s2.0-85046659991 (Scopus ID)
Conference
9th Vienna International Conference on Mathematical Modelling (MATHMOD 2018), Vienna, Austria, February 21-23, 2018
Projects
Future Rail
Funder
Knowledge Foundation, 20140152
Available from: 2018-03-06 Created: 2018-03-06 Last updated: 2018-07-24Bibliographically approved
Arbin, K., Kask, J. & Prenkert, F. (2018). Is there a Hierarchy among Activities, Resources, and Actors in Business Networks?: Exploring the Relationship Between the Components of the ARA-model. In: : . Paper presented at 34th Annual IMP Conference and Doctoral Colloquium: "From Business to Research and Back Again", Marseille, France, September 4-7, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Is there a Hierarchy among Activities, Resources, and Actors in Business Networks?: Exploring the Relationship Between the Components of the ARA-model
2018 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Keywords
IMP, Business Networks, ARA model, Resources, Actors, Activities
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-68616 (URN)
Conference
34th Annual IMP Conference and Doctoral Colloquium: "From Business to Research and Back Again", Marseille, France, September 4-7, 2018
Available from: 2018-08-28 Created: 2018-08-28 Last updated: 2018-08-29Bibliographically approved
Shahin Moghadam, S., Prenkert, F. & Klügl, F. (2018). Role and Position Dynamics in Business Networks: Using an Agent-Based Model to Simulate the Impact of a New Market Solution on a Focal Actor’s Role and Position. In: : . Paper presented at European Academy of Management Conference (EURAM18), Reykjavik, Iceland, June 19-22, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Role and Position Dynamics in Business Networks: Using an Agent-Based Model to Simulate the Impact of a New Market Solution on a Focal Actor’s Role and Position
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper explores the dynamics involved in the role and position transition of a focal actor in a business network as a result of introduction of a new business solution by that focal firm. Having two main classes of customer relationships due to the new business solution, the paper illustrates how the dynamics involved in the customers’ interactions can have consequences for the firm’s role and position in the network. An agent-based model based on an empirical case of a transport service provider is presented. Using agent-based simulation, the paper investigates the role/position change processes of the firm after the adoption of an online auction system. The paper illustrates how the market compositions including micro specifications of customers affect the interaction outcomes of the customers in the auction market at a macro level and hence different roles/positions emerge for the focal actor.

Keywords
Business dynamics, role, agent based modeling
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-70172 (URN)
Conference
European Academy of Management Conference (EURAM18), Reykjavik, Iceland, June 19-22, 2018
Available from: 2018-11-14 Created: 2018-11-14 Last updated: 2018-11-15Bibliographically approved
Arbin, K., Kask, J. & Prenkert, F. (2018). The Creation of Business Deals for a Sustainable Supply Chain: The Case of Rail Transportation. In: : . Paper presented at 27th IPSERA Conference, Athens, Greece, March 25-28, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Creation of Business Deals for a Sustainable Supply Chain: The Case of Rail Transportation
2018 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Keywords
Supply Chain, Business Networks, Rail Transportation, Sustainability, Business Deals
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-68615 (URN)
Conference
27th IPSERA Conference, Athens, Greece, March 25-28, 2018
Projects
Future Rail
Available from: 2018-08-28 Created: 2018-08-28 Last updated: 2018-08-29Bibliographically approved
Prenkert, F. & Swahn, M. (2017). Assessments of measures for the greening of transport logistics systems from three use cases in the Swedish section of the Scandinavian – Mediterranean corridor: Final report from the project Get Greener. Gothenburg
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Assessments of measures for the greening of transport logistics systems from three use cases in the Swedish section of the Scandinavian – Mediterranean corridor: Final report from the project Get Greener
2017 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Introduction and purpose of GET Greener

While many initiatives and measures exist that hold the potential for greener transportsand logistics systems, studies show that the relative importance of environmentalefficiency for transport purchasing managers has been on the same level since the early2000s. There seem to exist a gap between identified measures and large-scale industryimplementation.

In an attempt at closing this gap, CLOSER took the initiative to this investigation into theexisting measures from the projects Swiftly Green (Sweden-Italy Freight Transport andLogistics Green Corridor) and GreCOR in the project reported here called GET Greener.

The investigation has been financed by the Swedish Transport Administration(Trafikverket, TrV)

This report accounts for the methodologies and results of GET Greener. The aim of theproject was to identify “low-hanging fruits” among the more than 130 measuresidentified in the project Swiftly Green. These measures are also referred to as the‘toolbox’.

The purpose of the project was to identify measures from the Swiftly Green collection ofmeasures that can be implemented within a near future in the Swedish section of theScanMed corridor and contribute to significant reductions in emissions of greenhousegases.

Overall results and recommendations

Implementing measures always entail costs. One issue to manage in these circumstancesis who will bear the cost for a given measure. This issue is generic and is emphasizedregardless of modality, measure or context.

At a general level, it is a question of how costs, benefits, responsibilities, ownership,maintenance and investments are distributed among a set of heterogeneous actors in acomplex socio-technical-economic matrix. In this case it has to do with transports andtransport systems and the initiatives, measures and attempts that exist to make thesemore sustainable. However, if these issues can be overcome, our results indicate someconsiderable potential.

Our results indicate that by systematically and persistently implementing two or threemeasures from the toolbox it is possible to reach the ambitious GHG-emissions targetsfrom transports set by the Swedish government already before 2030.

Combining HCT-road measures such as longer trucks to allow for 34m1 vehicles fuelledby HVO with long and heavy 730m-trains (LHT) on the core relation Malmö – Hallsbergof the ScanMed corridor alone creates reductions in GHG-emissions on a scale thatenables the transport sector to reach its emission targets.This leads us to conclude that there are no significant technical obstacles hinderingachieving the targets. Although considering the results of this report from an EU-wideperspective changes this somewhat. Especially the availability of biomass for biofuelssoon becomes a bottleneck if the entire EU choses to go in that direction (whichprobably is unlikely, but nevertheless, it must be considered). We need to find holisticsolutions, while letting some countries take a leading role in certain areas. This is anexample of where Sweden can lead the way in bio-based fuels such as HVO aiming atreducing the level of palm oil content etc. From a strictly Swedish national perspective,the obstacles that exist are more of legal, regulative, organisational and economiccharacter. To fully harness the potential identified in this report, issues such as EUregulationconcerning HCT-road, the development of open business models, neglectedinfrastructure maintenance and investments, and the harmonizing of railwayregulations and control across Europe must be dealt with.

• We recommend that TrV take a leading role in ensuring maintenance andinfrastructure investments to enable more HCT-road as well as LHT. Road andrail are not opposing parties in a zero-sum game in this, but complement eachother in moving towards a green transport system.

• We recommend business actors in the sector to work on developing more openbusiness models that enables cooperation and more systematic synchronizationand coordination of cargo flows.

• We recommend policy institutions and regulators to create long-termsystematic regulations that ensures that he rules of the game are coherent, stableand geared towards creating a fossil free transportation system in 2050 at latest.In addition, the following more specific recommendations are given.

Recommendations for TrV as the infrastructure owner:

• Secure competence and knowledge on what mechanisms that can be used todistribute benefits and responsibilities and use these strategically to green thetransport system• Prioritize investments in rail infrastructure to enable an acceleration of theutilization of LHT• Prioritize investments in rail infrastructure that enables a further and smoothershift from road to rail transports – for example by making Hallsberg shuntingyard a state-of-the-art node in Scandinavia and Sävenäs shunting yard inGothenburg an ocean gate, and Malmö shunting yard capable of managing LHTfrom the continent.• Use the methodology from this report to identify potential measures and assesstheir TRL and MRL.

Recommendations to shippers and service providers in the sector:

• Learn how to become an efficient network actor in the Swedish transportationsector• Learn how to open up your business model to other actors in the sector, withoutunacceptable increases of business risk• Ensure that your business model is aligned with the development towardsgreener transport systems• Ensure that you are an important actor for others – for example by enhancingyour business model or through strategic collaboration• Cooperate and collaborate with other actors in order to realize potentials andrevenues that are otherwise inaccessible• Become a wizard at understanding the mechanisms by which rewards andresponsibilities are distributed among actors in your particular network• Learn how to leverage the sustainability-aspects of your role in the transportsystem

Methods:

This project is based on a case-study methodology and comprises three cases each onewith its individual characteristics, issues and contexts, but with the commondenominator that they all relate to the cargo flows in the ScanMed corridor in Sweden.The three cases chosen are that of a road use case; a rail use case and an infrastructureuse case. For each use case some lead-users were identified. Lead-users are actors thatare on the forefront of developments in its respective field, and that can be consideredforerunners regarding technologies, organisation, volumes or responsibilities. They areactors that have a say in the sector in which they operate. These lead users and the usecases serve as contexts against which measures in the toolbox are assessed for ease ofimplementation. The table below summarizes the use cases and the lead users of thisproject.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Gothenburg: , 2017. p. 99
Keywords
Logistics, Supply Chain Management, Sustainable Transports, CO2-emmissions, SWFITLY-Green, Measurees
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-61397 (URN)
Projects
Get Greener
Funder
Swedish Transport Administration
Note

CLOSER encourage using the material in this report for personal and research use as long as the source is acknowledged. Commercial use and/or reproduction in any form prohibited without prior written consent from the copyright holders.

Available from: 2017-10-10 Created: 2017-10-10 Last updated: 2017-10-31Bibliographically approved
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