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Åkesson, M., Sörensen, C. & Ihlström Eriksson, C. (2018). Ambidexterity under digitalization: A tale of two decades of new media at a Swedish newspaper. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 34(3), 276-288
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ambidexterity under digitalization: A tale of two decades of new media at a Swedish newspaper
2018 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387, Vol. 34, no 3, p. 276-288Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The digitalization of the newspaper industry represents a significant challenge for incumbent companies to engage new technologies. Many companies in the industry have had to seek new markets through digital technologies to survive. This paper explores how one of the largest Swedish newspapers, Aftonbladet, has strategically embraced new media and new markets. We report a decade of engaged scholarship based on interviews and archival analysis that covers 20 years of strategic acts at the company. We consider this effort as a case of organizational ambidexterity under digitalization. The analysis seeks to extend theoretical understanding of the interrelationships between strategic intent and technological choice. The paper contributes to the understanding of ambidexterity under digitalization by theoretically framing it in terms of strategic acts. The research suggests that digitalization implies a more complex ambidexterity interrelationship between old and new markets and technologies. As digitalization enables the loosening of previously tight couplings, the clear theoretical distinction between old and new, and critically, the unproblematic transition, is brought into question. The paper suggests replacing the notion of an orderly shift from the old to the new with ambidexterity under digitalization as a duality of both old and new undergoing continual reconfiguration. © 2018 Elsevier Ltd

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kidlington: Pergamon Press, 2018
Keywords
Digitalization, Organizational ambidexterity, Strategy, News publishing, New media
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-37839 (URN)10.1016/j.scaman.2018.06.004 (DOI)2-s2.0-85050082796 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Knowledge Foundation
Available from: 2018-08-30 Created: 2018-08-30 Last updated: 2018-08-31Bibliographically approved
Åkesson, M. & Thomsen, M. (2018). Designing an educational curriculum for the digital future: an international master in "Digital Service Innovation”. In: L. Gómez Chova, A. López Martínez & I. Candel Torres (Ed.), EDULEARN18 Proceedings: . Paper presented at 10th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULEARN18), Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 2-4 July, 2018 (pp. 6317-6323). IATED
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Designing an educational curriculum for the digital future: an international master in "Digital Service Innovation”
2018 (English)In: EDULEARN18 Proceedings / [ed] L. Gómez Chova, A. López Martínez & I. Candel Torres, IATED , 2018, p. 6317-6323Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper presents the design of an international master’s curriculum in Digital Service Innovation. Digitalization and the rapid development in information technology (IT) are fundamentally reshaping society. This development brings with it an increasing need for mastery of digital service innovation. The international master's program Digital Service Innovation addresses this need by studying digitalization, digital resources for value creation, and educating students in how to design innovative digital services. Digital Service Innovation is a two-year master’s program focused on sustainable value creation. Year one focuses on the concept of innovation and design driven problems solving. Year two focuses on conceptualization, design of digital services. The final degree project gives students the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge in a design study, interacting with companies and public authorities. This is expected to improve the students' ability to understand how digital service innovation is connected to business requirements, and identify new digital services or applications. All to prepare students for working professionally in the field of digital service innovation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IATED, 2018
Keywords
Master’s curriculum, digital service innovation, sustainability, critical thinking, ethics
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-37840 (URN)978-84-09-02709-5 (ISBN)
Conference
10th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULEARN18), Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 2-4 July, 2018
Funder
Knowledge Foundation
Available from: 2018-08-30 Created: 2018-08-30 Last updated: 2018-08-30Bibliographically approved
Johansson, J., Holmquist, M., Thomsen, M. & Åkesson, M. (2018). En god digital arbetsmiljö: Slutrapport. Halmstad
Open this publication in new window or tab >>En god digital arbetsmiljö: Slutrapport
2018 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Halmstad: , 2018. p. 27
National Category
Public Administration Studies Information Systems, Social aspects
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-38170 (URN)
Funder
AFA Insurance
Available from: 2018-10-17 Created: 2018-10-17 Last updated: 2018-10-26Bibliographically approved
Holmquist, M., Johansson, J., Thomsen, M. & Åkesson, M. (2018). IT-utveckling för hållbara arbetsplatser:  Rapport I - Analysseminarium. Halmstad
Open this publication in new window or tab >>IT-utveckling för hållbara arbetsplatser:  Rapport I - Analysseminarium
2018 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Halmstad: , 2018. p. 31
National Category
Public Administration Studies Information Systems, Social aspects
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-38172 (URN)
Projects
IT-utveckling för hållbara arbetsplatser, AFA-försäkring
Available from: 2018-10-17 Created: 2018-10-17 Last updated: 2018-10-26Bibliographically approved
Johansson, J., Holmquist, M., Thomsen, M. & Åkesson, M. (2018). IT-utveckling för hållbara arbetsplatser: Rapport II - Analysseminarium. Halmstad
Open this publication in new window or tab >>IT-utveckling för hållbara arbetsplatser: Rapport II - Analysseminarium
2018 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Halmstad: , 2018. p. 65
National Category
Public Administration Studies Information Systems, Social aspects
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-38173 (URN)
Projects
IT-utveckling för hållbara arbetsplatser (AFA-försäkring)
Funder
AFA Insurance
Available from: 2018-10-17 Created: 2018-10-17 Last updated: 2018-10-26Bibliographically approved
Thomsen, M. & Åkesson, M. (2018). Master Curriculum in Digital Service Innovation. In: American Conference on Information Systems 2018: . Paper presented at Twenty-fourth Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2018), New Orleans, USA, 16-18 August, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Master Curriculum in Digital Service Innovation
2018 (English)In: American Conference on Information Systems 2018, 2018Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

related to health, the environment, societal safety and economy. In short, we live in a society that is in need of innovation and new ways of thinking. In this context, information technology (IT) and digital service innovation have important roles to play. This is reflected in the work done with national and international agendas for digitalization as a path to offer citizens new types of services. This includes digital services that make the work of health professionals easier, raise patient safety, improve health care, make vehicles safer, lower maintenance costs and the impact on the environment. To meet the challenges of the future with innovation, there is an increased need for expertise in sustainable digital service development.

In this talk we report from the work of designing a curriculum for an international master program “Digital Service Innovation”. The program addresses the need for digital competence in tomorrow’s society. The curriculum fronts digital innovation and digital services as fundamental concepts (Fichman et al., 2014). In short, a digital service innovation, for example, can lead to new experiences, distribution methods, business models, types of interaction, and digital services that enhance the value of physical products. The meaning of digital service innovation in this context is the design of new, significantly improved or previously untested combinations of digital services; services that create new and sustainable values. Thus, there is an emphasis on value creation (Henfridsson et al., 2018) meaning that the proposed education draws on sustainability (economic, social and environmental) as a framework for value creation and progression of critical thinking (Ågerfalk et al., 2017).

For students, formal higher education is a valuable investment for a career in the IT labor market (Setor and Joseph, 2016). The curriculum is designed, through the introduction of new pedagogical approaches, and through sustainability as a perspective on digital service innovation, to contribute to future competence provision. Digitalization is an important driver companies’ competiveness. The developments in digital technology alter the labor market’s competence requirements and causes a complex and multifaceted services sector. In Europe, it is at present estimated that one million people with IT skills are missing in the European labor market. The curriculum is designed in collaboration with companies, engaging in the planning, development and implementation of the curriculum, in order to help to ensure its relevance to the students and the industry.

Keywords
Master Curriculum, Digital Service Innovation, digital competence, sustainable values
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-37841 (URN)
Conference
Twenty-fourth Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2018), New Orleans, USA, 16-18 August, 2018
Funder
Knowledge Foundation
Available from: 2018-08-30 Created: 2018-08-30 Last updated: 2018-08-31Bibliographically approved
Åkesson, M. & Thomsen, M. (2018). Work-Integrated Learning: Visualizing Research as Professional Practice. In: ICERI2018 Proceedings: . Paper presented at 11th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, 12-14 November, Seville, Spain, 2018 (pp. 9608-9612). The International Academy of Technology, Education and Development
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Work-Integrated Learning: Visualizing Research as Professional Practice
2018 (English)In: ICERI2018 Proceedings, The International Academy of Technology, Education and Development, 2018, p. 9608-9612Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In higher education work place practice through work placement or internships can be integrated as part of the education, especially when educating for professions such as teachers, medical professionals or law practitioners. The overall purpose of integrating work placement in the higher education is for students to experience and learn through engaging in practice with those already educated and experienced within the respective work domain. However, on masters level in higher education we seldom allow students the same opportunity related to the researcher profession. Students are commonly invited to do project or thesis work in research projects or relating to research work. Less common is to actually invite students to participate in research professional practice as a work placement. With work placement we here refer to the student being engaged during a period of time, in full working days, together with research professionals in their everyday practice. Learning to become a researcher through work experience has been described in a case study of a Ph.D. student by e.g. Eames (2003). The study showed that work placement can provide significant learning opportunities. The learning through research everyday work was different form being educated about research, and provided a view of what it means to practice in a research profession. We propose that the same opportunity for learning can be provided in masters education.

In this paper we report from an initiative of integrating research work practice in an informatics master program. At Halmstad University we are starting a new international master program in Digital Service Innovation (starting September 2018). The master program educates students to design sustainable digital services through design research. With the aim to inspire students for future careers as researchers we offer the students the opportunity for 8 full weeks of “Research Placement” to visualize research as professional practice. The purpose is to provide hands-on experience of research to develop their awareness, skills and abilities to practice as design researchers. It also provides the opportunity to engage with research professionals and the stakeholders involved in the research. Moreover, the students are provided the opportunity to discuss their own career paths and the social and ethical implications of their work for society. The “Research Placement” can be in an academic institution, a research institute or a research and development department in an organization. The student examination assignment is a self-study and reflection of their “Research Placement” (see e.g. LaBoskey, 2004; Schön, 1983).

References:

  1. Eames, C. (2003). Learning to Work: Becoming a Research Scientist Through Work Experience Placements. Education, 4(2), 7-15.
  2. LaBoskey, V. K (2004). The Methodology of Self-Study and Its Theoretical Underpinnings. In International Handbook of Self-Study of Teaching and Teacher Education Practices, Eds Loughran, J. J., Hamilton, M. L., LaBoskey, V. K. and Russell, T., Springer.
  3. Schön, D. A. (1983). The reflective practitioner: how professionals think in action. Basic Books.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
The International Academy of Technology, Education and Development, 2018
Series
ICERI Proceedings, E-ISSN 2340-1095
Keywords
work-integrated learning, research placement, digital service design
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-38124 (URN)10.21125/iceri.2018.0777 (DOI)978-84-09-05948-5 (ISBN)
Conference
11th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, 12-14 November, Seville, Spain, 2018
Projects
AVANS International master in digital service innovation
Funder
Knowledge Foundation
Available from: 2018-10-09 Created: 2018-10-09 Last updated: 2019-04-26Bibliographically approved
Johansson, J., Holmquist, M., Thomsen, M. & Åkesson, M. (2017). IT-utveckling för hållbara arbetsplatser: Rapport I - Analysseminarium.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>IT-utveckling för hållbara arbetsplatser: Rapport I - Analysseminarium
2017 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Publisher
p. 32
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-36522 (URN)
Projects
IT-utveckling för hållbara arbetsplatser
Funder
AFA Insurance
Available from: 2018-04-23 Created: 2018-04-23 Last updated: 2018-06-01Bibliographically approved
Åkesson, M. & Thomsen, M. (2016). A blended model for student-centered supervision of thesis work in higher education. In: ICERI2016 Proceedings: . Paper presented at 9th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Seville, Spain, 14-16 November, 2016 (pp. 906-914). Valencia: IATED
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A blended model for student-centered supervision of thesis work in higher education
2016 (English)In: ICERI2016 Proceedings, Valencia: IATED , 2016, p. 906-914Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Thesis work is challenging to both students and supervisors. The traditional model of supervision is that one supervisor individually supervises thesis work. In higher education this model has been challenged with new approaches such as blended group supervision to make the process more interactive and to provide support for students to complete the thesis work on time. In this paper we report from an effort to design a model for blended group supervision with the aim to provide structure and support for students as well as supervisors. The model is discussed in relation to the theoretical concepts zone of proximal development and scaffolding. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Valencia: IATED, 2016
Series
ICERI Proceedings, ISSN 2340-1095 ; 9
Keywords
Supervision, thesis work, student-centered, blended group supervision
National Category
Didactics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-32303 (URN)10.21125/iceri.2016.1206 (DOI)978-84-617-5895-1 (ISBN)
Conference
9th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Seville, Spain, 14-16 November, 2016
Available from: 2016-10-25 Created: 2016-10-25 Last updated: 2016-12-06Bibliographically approved
Ihlström Eriksson, C., Åkesson, M. & Lund, J. (2016). Designing Ubiquitous Media Services: Exploring the Two-Sided Market of Newspapers. Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research, 11(3), 1-19
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Designing Ubiquitous Media Services: Exploring the Two-Sided Market of Newspapers
2016 (English)In: Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research, ISSN 0718-1876, E-ISSN 0718-1876, Vol. 11, no 3, p. 1-19Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The two-sided market of newspapers with its two customer groups, readers and advertisers, is changing due to digitalization. This former stable and profitable market has lately suffered from both decreasing subscription and advertiser revenue. In this paper we use the term ubiquitous media environments to represent the vision of future media environments enabling device independent mass-scale distribution of ubiquitous media services in integrated infrastructures. We build upon a two-year action research project where researchers worked together with the Swedish newspaper industry to envision future ubiquitous media services and explore the following research question: how can ubiquitous media services be designed to leverage and balance value in a two-sided market? Five examples of ubiquitous media services were developed in collaboration and thereafter evaluated. These services were then illustrated in movie clips to trigger discussions on how ubiquitous media services can be designed. Drawing on the value aspects of ubiquitous media services from an advertiser and reader point-of-view and the platform owner role of the newspapers in a future ubiquitous media environments, we describe and discuss how ubiquitous media services can be designed to leverage value for advertisers and readers, and how newspaper organizations can strategize ubiquitous media environments. © 2016 Universidad de Talca - Chile

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Curico: University of Talca, Faculty of Engineering, 2016
Keywords
Ubiquitous media services, Design, Digital platform, Two-sided markets, Newspapers
National Category
Media Studies Human Aspects of ICT Design Media and Communication Technology Information Systems, Social aspects
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-32044 (URN)10.4067/S0718-18762016000300002 (DOI)000393592400002 ()2-s2.0-84987797060 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2016-09-19 Created: 2016-09-19 Last updated: 2018-03-22Bibliographically approved
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