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Tell, J. & Hoveskog, M. (2022). Applied engineering education for soft skills in the context of sustainability and mobility. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 23(8), 324-336
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Applied engineering education for soft skills in the context of sustainability and mobility
2022 (English)In: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, ISSN 1467-6370, E-ISSN 1758-6739, Vol. 23, no 8, p. 324-336Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to address the need to rethink the traditional approach to education in the university engineering curriculum. The paper examines two engineering projects led by university students in Sweden: the design and construction of a solar-powered car taking part in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge and the creation of a business model for the ownership phase of an electric car together with Polestar.  

Design/method – An extensive literature review was conducted. Students were interviewed and surveyed on their impressions of their learning experience in the two projects and student logbooks reviewed. Problem-based learning, the CDIO approach, and the ABCD-procedure are used. Results are compared to theories from the literature.

Results – Project-based learning in real-world settings can increase engineering students’ technical knowledge and improve their technical skills as they solve complex problems or propose solutions to such problems. Such projects also strengthen students’ commitment, self-confidence, and self-esteem as well as promote co-operation and creativity. These are soft skills largely absent from traditional engineering education.  

Originality/value – This research offers a timely perspective on an issue of current interest in engineering education: student-led learning vs. teacher-led learning. The paper also provides two illustrative student-led projects that focus on sustainability and mobility. 

Practical implications – Innovative, student-led learning in the applied engineering curriculum can foster students’ soft skills in ways that teacher-led, lecture-style learning does not.

© 2022, Joakim Tell and Maya Hoveskog.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2022
Keywords
Sustainability, Mobility, Learning models, Soft skills, Engineering education, Student-led learning, Project-based learning
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Smart Cities and Communities, LeaDS - Learning in a Digitalised Society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-48550 (URN)10.1108/IJSHE-07-2022-0202 (DOI)000892568400001 ()2-s2.0-85143206296 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2022-10-31 Created: 2022-10-31 Last updated: 2023-01-11Bibliographically approved
von Kutzschenbach, M., Wyss, A., Hoveskog, M. & Tell, J. (2022). Leveraging Business Model Innovation for Sustainability: Tentative Principles to Support True Co-Creation Between Students and SMEs. In: Michelini, L.; Minà, A.; Alaimo Di Loro, P. (Ed.), Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on New Business Models: Sustainable Business Model Challenges: Economic Recovery and Digital Transformation. Paper presented at 7th International Conference on New Business Models: Sustainable Business Model Challenges: Economic Recovery and Digital Transformation, Rome, Italy, 23-24 June, 2022 (pp. 1087-1091). Rom: Lumsa University
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2022 (English)In: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on New Business Models: Sustainable Business Model Challenges: Economic Recovery and Digital Transformation / [ed] Michelini, L.; Minà, A.; Alaimo Di Loro, P., Rom: Lumsa University , 2022, p. 1087-1091Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Rom: Lumsa University, 2022
Keywords
Business Model Innovation for Sustainability, Co-Creation, Higher Education, Organizational Learning, Experiential Learning
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Smart Cities and Communities; Smart Cities and Communities, LeaDS - Learning in a Digitalised Society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-47377 (URN)9791221011883 (ISBN)
Conference
7th International Conference on New Business Models: Sustainable Business Model Challenges: Economic Recovery and Digital Transformation, Rome, Italy, 23-24 June, 2022
Projects
OSMaaS
Available from: 2022-06-24 Created: 2022-06-24 Last updated: 2022-09-16Bibliographically approved
Tell, J., Hoveskog, M., Ulvenblad, P., Ulvenblad, P.-O., Barth, H. & Ståhl, J. (2020). Business Model Innovation in the Agri-Food Sector. In: Sustainable Business: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications (pp. 1108-1122). Hershey: IGI Global
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2020 (English)In: Sustainable Business: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications, Hershey: IGI Global, 2020, p. 1108-1122Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hershey: IGI Global, 2020
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-42894 (URN)10.4018/978-1-5225-9615-8.ch050 (DOI)9781522596158 (ISBN)9781522596165 (ISBN)
Available from: 2020-07-29 Created: 2020-07-29 Last updated: 2024-01-23Bibliographically approved
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: 2024-01-23Bibliographically approved
Chhotray, S., Sivertsson, O. & Tell, J. (2018). The Roles of Leadership, Vision, and Empowerment in Born Global Companies. Journal of International Entrepreneurship, 16(1), 38-57
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Roles of Leadership, Vision, and Empowerment in Born Global Companies
2018 (English)In: Journal of International Entrepreneurship, ISSN 1570-7385, E-ISSN 1573-7349, Vol. 16, no 1, p. 38-57Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores the roles of leadership, vision, and empowerment in two Swedish born global companies. Using case studies and interviews with employees and managers, the article examines how managers can lead their companies by creating a vision and empowering their employees. The findings indicate that a company vision should reflect a culture that supports the employees’ daily activities and decisions. A leadership style that features delegation of responsibility and recognition of employee work autonomy empowers employees in a way that can advance the development and internationalization of the born global company, especially in situations when top managers are often away from company headquarters. © 2017 The Author(s)

Abstract [es]

El presente artículo explora la influencia que ejercen el liderazgo y la visión compartida sobre el empoderamiento en empleados de empresas nacidas globales. Estudios de caso, basados en entrevistas con empleados y gerentes, examinaron la manera como los directivos pueden dirigir y desarrollar sus empresas, a través de la definición de una visión compartida y el empoderamiento de sus empleados. Este estudio indica que una visión compartida de la empresa debe verse reflejada en una cultura que apoya las actividades cotidianas y las decisiones de los empleados. En una empresa nacida global, donde el gerente se encuentra ausente gran parte del tiempo, el estilo de liderazgo debe estar orientado a la delegación de responsabilidades y la autonomía en el trabajo de los empleados, que los empodere para contribuir al desarrollo e internacionalización de la empresa.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York, NY: Springer-Verlag New York, 2018
Keywords
Born globals, Vision, Leadership, Empowerment, empresas nacidas globales, visión compartida, liderazgo y empoderamiento
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-36299 (URN)10.1007/s10843-017-0201-8 (DOI)000429418600003 ()2-s2.0-85019670419 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-02-15 Created: 2018-02-15 Last updated: 2024-02-15Bibliographically approved
Halila, F., Tell, J., Hoveskog, M. & Lu, Q. (2017). The diffusion of green innovation technology in the construction industry: European passive house knowledge transfer to China. Progress in Industrial Ecology, An International Journal, 11(2), 164-181
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2017 (English)In: Progress in Industrial Ecology, An International Journal, ISSN 1476-8917, E-ISSN 1478-8764, Vol. 11, no 2, p. 164-181Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The booming Chinese construction market has created both economic growth and environmental problems. Some 65 000 buildings in Europe have been constructed in accordance with the voluntary construction standard called Passive House that aims for energy efficiency. In China, however, by 2015, only twenty such projects were planned and only two Passive House projects were completed. In this paper we identify and describe the barriers to the diffusion and adoption of Passive House construction in China. We review the relevant literature (Chinese and Western) and conduct two case studies of Passive House construction in China. Two broad groups of barriers the bounded rationality of construction developers/managers and the high transaction costs of green innovation are found to be most responsible for the slow diffusion and adoption of the Passive House concept in China. Unless these barriers are overcome, prospects for the advance of green technology in the Chinese construction market are unfavourable. © 2017 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Olney: InderScience Publishers, 2017
Keywords
innovation, barriers, bounded rationality, transaction costs, passive house, construction industry, china, technical risk
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-35815 (URN)10.1504/PIE.2017.088867 (DOI)2-s2.0-85039912464 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-12-12 Created: 2017-12-12 Last updated: 2018-01-19Bibliographically approved
Tell, J. (2016). An informal approach to management development at small and medium-sized manufacturing companies. International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education, 6(2), 135-146
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2016 (English)In: International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education, ISSN 1744-2303, Vol. 6, no 2, p. 135-146Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Considerable debate and discussion exist on the effectiveness and relevance of various management development models/approaches/methods intended to support companies and their managers. In recent years management researchers have described successful network collaborations among companies that increase managerial capability, effect positive change, and promote beneficial development. However, the literature has not fully explored the fundamental principles and learning outcomes of learning networks in this context. As a result, organisers (or providers) of management development courses and programs lack the needed resources that help them create effective learning environments. This paper describes an informal management development approach known as the learning network in which SME managers share experiences and ideas in a learning network characterised by mutual trust and purposeful collaboration.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Olney, Bucks: InderScience Publishers, 2016
Keywords
management development methods, experiential learning, education, network collaboration, trust, informal approach, small and medium-sized enterprises, manufacturing SMEs, learning outcomes, learning networks
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-30763 (URN)10.1504/IJIOME.2016.076047 (DOI)
Funder
Knowledge Foundation
Note

This paper is a revised and expanded version of a paper entitled ‘Organising principles of learning networks in HEI-based management training’ presented at the IAMOT 2015, Cape Town, South Africa, 8–11 June 2015.

Available from: 2016-04-18 Created: 2016-04-18 Last updated: 2016-05-16Bibliographically 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: 2024-01-23Bibliographically 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: 2024-01-23Bibliographically approved
Sivertsson, O. & Tell, J. (2015). Barriers to Business Model Innovation in Swedish Agriculture. Sustainability, 7(2), 1957-1969
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Barriers to Business Model Innovation in Swedish Agriculture
2015 (English)In: Sustainability, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 7, no 2, p. 1957-1969Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Swedish agricultural companies, especially small farms, are struggling to be profitable in difficult economic times. It is a challenge for Swedish farmers to compete with imported products on prices. The agricultural industry, however, supports the view that through business model innovation, farms can increase their competitive advantage. This paper identifies and describes some of the barriers Swedish small farms encounter when they consider business model innovation. A qualitative approach is used in the study. Agriculture business consultants were interviewed. In a focus group led by the researchers, farmers discussed business model innovation, including the exogenous and endogenous barriers to such innovation. The paper concludes many barriers exist when farmers consider innovation of agricultural business models. Some barriers are caused by human factors, such as individuals’ attitudes, histories, and traditions. Other barriers are more contextual in nature and relate to a particular industry or company setting. Still other barriers, such as government regulations, value chain position, and weather, are more abstract. All barriers, however, merit attention when Swedish agricultural companies develop new business models. © 2015 by the authors.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Basel: MDPI, 2015
Keywords
barriers, business model innovation, agriculture
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-28200 (URN)10.3390/su7021957 (DOI)000350217700046 ()2-s2.0-84923167415 (Scopus ID)
Projects
Lean Innovation (KK)
Funder
Knowledge Foundation
Available from: 2015-05-04 Created: 2015-05-04 Last updated: 2022-02-10Bibliographically approved
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-7139-7338

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