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Ulvenblad, Per-Ola
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Ulvenblad, P.-O., Ulvenblad, P. & Tell, J. (2019). An overview of sustainable business models for innovation in Swedish agri-food production. Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences, 16(1), 1-22
Open this publication in new window or tab >>An overview of sustainable business models for innovation in Swedish agri-food production
2019 (English)In: Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences, ISSN 1943-815X, E-ISSN 1943-8168, Vol. 16, no 1, p. 1-22Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Companies in the agri-food sector are under increasing pressure to adopt sustainable business models that consider not only economic but also both social and environmental aspects. This paper examines how Swedish food producers use sustainable business models to innovate their businesses. The empirical data comes from a telephone survey with 204 companies and from case studies of 4 companies. A conceptual framework regarding sustainability-oriented innovation (SOI) and a eight sustainable business model archetypes are used to map and analyse the sustainability innovation practices and the sustainable business models. The results show a surprisingly sustainable business focus taken by many companies, which is not only on optimization, but also on organizational transformation and on systems building. The results show the companies vary as far as which archetypes they match. The most common archetype matches are ‘Maximise material and energy efficiency’ and ‘Adopt a stewardship role’. Only 10% measure success solely in financial terms, while 80% measure success in financial terms as well as social and environmental terms. Another conclusion is that companies in the agri-food sector have unique characteristics and the value intention of the entrepreneurs is an important building block in sustainable business model innovation. © 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon: Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
Keywords
Sustainability-oriented innovation, sustainable business models, value intention, stewardship and agri-food companies
National Category
Business Administration Environmental Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-38566 (URN)10.1080/1943815X.2018.1554590 (DOI)000453700500001 ()2-s2.0-85058669445 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Knowledge Foundation
Note

Funding: Stiftelsen Lantbruksforskning [The Swedish Farmers’ Foundation for Agricultural Research] [350822]; Stiftelsen för Kunskaps-och Kompetensutveckling [The Knowledge Foundation] [220015].

Available from: 2018-12-13 Created: 2018-12-13 Last updated: 2019-01-14Bibliographically approved
Ulvenblad, P., Barth, H., Cederholm Björklund, J., Hoveskog, M., Ulvenblad, P.-O. & Ståhl, J. (2018). Barriers to business model innovation in the agri-food industry: A systematic literature review. Outlook on Agriculture, 47(4), 308-314
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2018 (English)In: Outlook on Agriculture, ISSN 0030-7270, E-ISSN 2043-6866, Vol. 47, no 4, p. 308-314Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The importance of business model innovation (BMI) is widely recognized. BMI is especially important in the agri-food industry that faces enormous challenges as the demand for food increases worldwide. Much of the BMI research focuses on the technology and biomedical industries. Far less attention has been paid to the agri-food industry. This article is a systematic literature review of the BMI research in the agri-food industry. The article’s aim is to identify and categorize various barriers to BMI as described in the literature (in English) published in peer-reviewed journals between 1990 and 2014. The findings show a fairly even distribution among external and internal BMI barriers. Because the main barrier is the mind-set that is resistant to change, it is recommended the researchers and practitioners should focus more on the cognitive barriers to BMI in the agri-food industry.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Sage Publications, 2018
Keywords
Literature review, agriculture, agri-food, innovation barriers, business models, business model innovation
National Category
Economic Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-38562 (URN)10.1177/0030727018811785 (DOI)
Funder
Knowledge Foundation
Available from: 2018-12-13 Created: 2018-12-13 Last updated: 2019-05-20Bibliographically approved
Ulvenblad, P., Barth, H., Hoveskog, M. & Ulvenblad, P.-O. (2018). Unpacking priorities of agri-food companies in Sweden: Insights from a survey of Sustainable Business Models. In: : . Paper presented at The 3rd International Conference on New Business Models (NBM), 27-28th June, 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Unpacking priorities of agri-food companies in Sweden: Insights from a survey of Sustainable Business Models
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-38571 (URN)
Conference
The 3rd International Conference on New Business Models (NBM), 27-28th June, 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria
Note

Funding: Stiftelsen Lantbruksforskning

Available from: 2018-12-13 Created: 2018-12-13 Last updated: 2019-01-04Bibliographically approved
Ståhl, J., Ulvenblad, P.-O., Barth, H., Cederholm Björklund, J. & Ulvenblad, P. (2017). Barriers and challenges in agriculture business development: A study of two leadership programs in Sweden. In: : . Paper presented at 15th Rural Entrepreneurship Conference, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, 14-16th June, 2017.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Barriers and challenges in agriculture business development: A study of two leadership programs in Sweden
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2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The purpose of this empirical paper is to illustrate two leadership development programs in Swedish agriculture. Further, it is to compare the two programs related to outcomes in terms of barriers and challenges in the development process and suggest possible ways to continue the leadership development for business model innovation in the agricultural sector.

Design/methodology/approach: The data collection includes 54 interviews and a survey sent to 109 entrepreneursin Sweden. The interviews were collected with (i) entrepreneurs who participated in the Project ‘Ledarpraktikan’ (‘Leader practice’) (LP) 2013 and (ii) entrepreneurs who participated in the project ‘Lean Agriculture’ (LA) 2012. The survey was sent in the spring 2017 to 109 entrepreneurs (37 from ´LP´, 35 from ´LA´ and 37 not having participated in any of the programs called control group ´CG´). The overall response rate in the survey is 68% (51% from ´LP´, 80% from ´LA´ and 73% from ‘CG’. Content analysis and descriptive analysis have been used in the study.

Findings: From the qualitative studies, we can see that entrepreneurs having participated in ‘LP’ perceive that they have acquired deeper knowledge and understanding regarding selfleadership than entrepreneurs participating in ´LA´. The latter entrepreneurs also have described their need for more knowledge in self-leadership. The entrepreneurs participating in ´LA´ have, through analysis of the day-to-day work, acquired a more developed systematic working environment. The comparison between the three groups in the survey show that there are several similarities between the groups, for example they don´t see institutional rules to be barriers in their firm development process. We have found differences in barriers for business development in terms of (i) growth willingness, (ii) lack of employees, (iii) lack of support and (iv) lack of spare time.

Practical implications: There is a need for further leadership development knowledge in Swedish agriculture, both for entrepreneurs in the development of their business models and for agricultural advisors regarding their new role as coaches instead of traditional advisers.

Policy implications: It is important that organizations supporting financial solutions for the agricultural businesses also support leadership development programmes in the industry.

Originality/value: The originality with the paper is that there has been two large analyses regarding two leadership development programs in Swedish agriculture, which is unique in this industry.

National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-39389 (URN)
Conference
15th Rural Entrepreneurship Conference, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, 14-16th June, 2017
Available from: 2019-05-19 Created: 2019-05-19 Last updated: 2019-08-12Bibliographically approved
Ulvenblad, P.-O. (2017). Innovation på landsbygden och i dess företag – för hela samhällets bästa. In: Så här ligger landet – tankar om landsbygdsprogram och landsbygdsutveckling: (pp. 140-148). Jönköping: Jordbruksverket
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Innovation på landsbygden och i dess företag – för hela samhällets bästa
2017 (Swedish)In: Så här ligger landet – tankar om landsbygdsprogram och landsbygdsutveckling, Jönköping: Jordbruksverket , 2017, p. 140-148Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Jönköping: Jordbruksverket, 2017
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-35055 (URN)
Available from: 2017-09-21 Created: 2017-09-21 Last updated: 2017-09-21Bibliographically approved
Johansson, J., Holmquist, M., Jonasson, M., Mattsson, M., Ulvenblad, P.-O. & Weisner, S. (2017). Slututvärdering av det svenska landsbygdsprogrammet 2007–2013: DELRAPPORT IV : Synteser för en hållbar landsbygdsutveckling : Utvärdering av programmets samlade effekter (1ed.). Jönköping: Jordbruksverket
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2017 (Swedish)Report (Refereed)
Abstract [sv]

Denna rapport är en del av utvärderingen av landsbygdsprogrammet 2007–2013. Fyra grupper med forskare från universitet och högskolor har gjort slututvärderingen. Den publiceras i fyra delrapporter varav detta är en. Frågor som handlar om hela programmet besvaras huvudsakligen i delrapport IV. Frågor om enskilda åtgärder besvaras i de tre andra delrapporterna. En översikt av vilka frågor som besvaras i vilken rapport finns på följande sidor.

Slututvärderingen görs för att besvara EU-gemensamma och specifika svenska utvärderingsfrågor om vilka effekter programmet har haft, i vilken utsträckning det har bidragit till att uppfylla målen och hur effektivt detta har gjorts.

Utvärderingssekretariatet vid Jordbruksverket ansvarar för att de svenska EU-programmen där Jordbruksverket är förvaltande myndighet blir utvärderade. Det innebär att utvärderingssekretariatet beställer och genomför utvärderingar av landsbygdsprogrammet, havs- och fiskeriprogrammet samt programmet för lokalt ledd utveckling inom regionalfonden och socialfonden. Programmen utvärderas dels var för sig men också tillsammans. Utvärderingarna görs i relation till målen i programmen och de övergripande EU 2020-målen.

De flesta utvärderingarna genomförs av externa aktörer. Vi tar hjälp av forskare för att kvalitetsgranska rapporterna innan de publiceras. I slutet av rapporterna finns ett utlåtande från granskarna. Rapporterna publiceras i en särskild rapportserie och rapportförfattarna är ansvariga för slutsatserna. Slutsatserna utgör inte Jordbruksverkets officiella ståndpunkt.

/Utvärderingssekretariatet vid Jordbruksverket

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Jönköping: Jordbruksverket, 2017. p. 253 Edition: 1
Series
Utvärderingsrapport 2016:5
Keywords
Utvärdering, Landsbygdsutveckling, Syntesutvärdering
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-33425 (URN)
Available from: 2017-03-08 Created: 2017-03-08 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved
Barth, H., Ulvenblad, P.-O. & Ulvenblad, P. (2017). Towards a Conceptual Framework of Sustainable Business Model Innovation in the Agri-Food Sector: A Systematic Literature Review. Sustainability, 9(9), Article ID 1620.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Towards a Conceptual Framework of Sustainable Business Model Innovation in the Agri-Food Sector: A Systematic Literature Review
2017 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 9, no 9, article id 1620Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper aims to increase our understanding of sustainable business model innovation in the agri-food sector in terms of its theoretical and practical approaches for sustainability and their degree of complexity and maturity. The paper is based on a systematic literature review of 570 journal articles on business models and business model innovation published between 1990 and 2014. Of these articles, only 21 have business model innovation as their main focus. The review shows that research interest in the agri-food sector has increased in these years. The paper proposes a conceptual framework for sustainable business model innovation in the agri-food sector that can be used to meet the challenges encountered in taking a sustainability perspective. © 2017 by the authors

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Basel: M D P I AG, 2017
Keywords
business model innovation, agri-food, farmers, systematic literature review, entrepreneurship, sustainability
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-35594 (URN)10.3390/su9091620 (DOI)000411621200121 ()2-s2.0-85029529624 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-12-04 Created: 2017-12-04 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved
Tell, J., Hoveskog, M., Ulvenblad, P., Ulvenblad, P.-O., Barth, H. & Ståhl, J. (2016). Business Model Innovation in the Agri-food Sector. International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development, 7(2), 1-13
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2016 (English)In: International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development, ISSN 1947-8402, Vol. 7, no 2, p. 1-13Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this article is to deepen our understanding of what we know about business model innovation in the agri-food sector, both from a theoretical as well as a practical perspective. The methodological approach used in the paper is built on interviews, focus groups and observations of agricultural entrepreneurs and agricultural advisors in the agriculture sector and a review of over 500 peer-reviewed research papers for the period 1990-2014. The findings of the study indicate that entrepreneurs within the agri-food sector ought to shift focus from only a producer perspective to also include an entrepreneurial perspective, e.g. to focus on business model innovation. Based on this knowledge the authors present implications for research and practice. The research field is young and broad, but developing, and in need of stronger theoretical foundations. This article is based on a combination of a systematic literature review of a new emerging field as well as empirical in-depth interviews, focus groups and observations. © 2016, IGI Global.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2016
Keywords
Agricultural Advisors, Agricultural Entrepreneurs, Agri-Food Sector, Business Model Innovation
National Category
Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-30884 (URN)10.4018/IJSESD.2016040101 (DOI)2-s2.0-84969765298 (Scopus ID)
Projects
Lean Innovation
Funder
Knowledge Foundation
Available from: 2016-05-13 Created: 2016-05-13 Last updated: 2018-03-22Bibliographically approved
Tell, J., Hoveskog, M., Ulvenblad, P., Ulvenblad, P.-O., Barth, H. & Ståhl, J. (2016). Business model innovation in the agri-food sector: a literature review. British Food Journal, 118(6), 1462-1476
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2016 (English)In: British Food Journal, ISSN 0007-070X, E-ISSN 1758-4108, Vol. 118, no 6, p. 1462-1476Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

Because the business model is a fairly new concept, research is lacking on business model innovation in certain industry sectors. One such sector is the agri-food sector. Using a systematic literature review of peer-reviewed journal articles published from 1990 to 2014, this paper examines the where, when, and how of the use of business models and business model innovation in the agri-food sector.

Design/methodology/approach

A web-based search was conducted to identify peer-reviewed journal articles that contained a combination of “business model” or “business model innovation” with agriculture-related and food-related terms (e.g., “agri-food sector”). After winnowing out irrelevant and duplicate articles, 505 articles were chosen for analysis.

Findings

Using categories, the paper analyses various data about the selected articles. The categories include research settings, units of analysis, methodologies, and theories. Based on this analysis, the paper finds that these agri-food sector articles are primarily qualitative, empirical studies that focus on one or a few companies (i.e., case studies). The paper also finds that theory is not yet well developed in the research on the agri-food sector.

Originality/value

Systematic literature reviews of various concepts, theories, and models are common in many fields (e.g., information/software technology, healthcare, and organizational management). However, no such review is available for the agri-food sector, in particular in its use of business models and business model innovation. This paper addresses that gap with its review of relevant articles published in more than 300 journals in recent years. Based on this review, the paper draws conclusions about business model innovation in the agri-food sector and offers suggestions for future research. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2016
Keywords
Innovation, Literature review, Business model, Agri-food sector
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-30811 (URN)10.1108/BFJ-08-2015-0293 (DOI)000379015200010 ()2-s2.0-85012891029 (Scopus ID)
Projects
Lean Innovation
Funder
Knowledge Foundation
Available from: 2016-04-27 Created: 2016-04-27 Last updated: 2018-03-22Bibliographically approved
Ståhl, J., Ulvenblad, P.-O., Ulvenblad, P. & Cederholm Björklund, J. (2016). Leadership Development and Sustainable Business Model Innovation in the Agricultural Sector. In: : . Paper presented at The 6th International Leuphana Conference on Entrepreneurship, Lüneburg, Germany, January 14-15, 2016.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Leadership Development and Sustainable Business Model Innovation in the Agricultural Sector
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Keywords
Leadership development, agriculture, rural entrepreneurship, sustainable business model innovation
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-39392 (URN)
Conference
The 6th International Leuphana Conference on Entrepreneurship, Lüneburg, Germany, January 14-15, 2016
Available from: 2019-05-19 Created: 2019-05-19 Last updated: 2019-10-25
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