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Holmén, M., Gullbrand, J., Barth, H. & Florén, H. (2019). Additive manufacturing and industrial transformation: evidence from the literature. In: : . Paper presented at 7th European conference on corporate research and development (R&D) and innovation (CONCORDi 2019), Seville, Spain, September 25-27, 2019.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Additive manufacturing and industrial transformation: evidence from the literature
2019 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-40851 (URN)
Conference
7th European conference on corporate research and development (R&D) and innovation (CONCORDi 2019), Seville, Spain, September 25-27, 2019
Funder
Knowledge Foundation, 220018
Available from: 2019-11-06 Created: 2019-11-06 Last updated: 2019-11-07
Barth, H. & Zalkat, G. (2019). Busniess values and motives of immigrant agricultural entepreneurs in Sweden. In: Anita Auzina (Ed.), Proceedings of the 2019 International Conference "Economic science for rural development 2019" No 50: 9-10 May 2019, Jelgava, Latvia. Paper presented at 20th International Scientific Conference "Economic Science for Rural Development", Jelgava, Latvia, May 9-10, 2019 (pp. 21-28). Jelgava: University of Latvia Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Busniess values and motives of immigrant agricultural entepreneurs in Sweden
2019 (English)In: Proceedings of the 2019 International Conference "Economic science for rural development 2019" No 50: 9-10 May 2019, Jelgava, Latvia / [ed] Anita Auzina, Jelgava: University of Latvia Press, 2019, , p. 7p. 21-28Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The agri-food sector in Sweden, as in much of Europe, faces dramatic pressure to promote entrepreneurship, especially in rural areas where population aging and population decline pose grave economic threats to local communities. One solution is the government policy of supporting the entrepreneurial ambitions of newly arrived immigrants. The policy is seen as doubly beneficial: support for rural areas and support for immigrants not yet prepared to enter the regular workforce. Immigrant entrepreneurship seems to have the potential to lessen the harmful effects of current socio-economic challenges. This paper examines the immigrant entrepreneurship experience in the agri-food sector in Sweden. A qualitative research approach is used to evaluate interviews with 25 immigrant entrepreneurs on the various factors that motivated them to become self-employed entrepreneurs. The main factors are the lack of other employment opportunities, the desire for work autonomy and flexibility, and the chance for a better standard of living. The results show that personal characteristics and previous entrepreneurship experience are the best predictors of business success. The paper concludes with a call for a model for immigrant entrepreneurship and for more government reforms and policies aimed at supporting the immigrant entrepreneur.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Jelgava: University of Latvia Press, 2019. p. 7
Series
Rural Development and Entrepreneurship Production and Co-operation in Agriculture ; 50
Keywords
Immigrant entrepreneurs, Agri-food sector, rural area, motivation factors, business value
National Category
International Migration and Ethnic Relations
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-40989 (URN)10.22616/ESRD.2019.002 (DOI)978-9984-48-320-7 (ISBN)
Conference
20th International Scientific Conference "Economic Science for Rural Development", Jelgava, Latvia, May 9-10, 2019
Available from: 2019-11-19 Created: 2019-11-19 Last updated: 2019-11-27Bibliographically approved
Barth, H. (2019). Fabrication Laboratory as the Learning Environment for Higher Education. In: Nagib Callaos, Heing-Wei Chu, Jeremy Horne, Suzanne K. Lundford, Belkis Sánchez & Michael Savoie (Ed.), The 10th International Multi-Conferences on Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics. March 12-15, Orlando, Florida, USA: Proceedings Volume II (Post-Conference Edition). Paper presented at 10th International Multi-Conferences on Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics, (IMCIC 2019), Orlando, Florida, USA, March 12-15, 2019 (pp. 194-196). Orlando: International Institute of Informatics and Systemics, 2
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Fabrication Laboratory as the Learning Environment for Higher Education
2019 (English)In: The 10th International Multi-Conferences on Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics. March 12-15, Orlando, Florida, USA: Proceedings Volume II (Post-Conference Edition) / [ed] Nagib Callaos, Heing-Wei Chu, Jeremy Horne, Suzanne K. Lundford, Belkis Sánchez & Michael Savoie, Orlando: International Institute of Informatics and Systemics , 2019, Vol. 2, p. 3p. 194-196Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

There is a growing trend of using digital production, such as additive manufacturing, in direct consumer markets. Digital production enables new and advanced tools, which provide shorter development time and lower cost for manufacturing. In this paper we focus on the education and learning environment for digital production and prototyping at a fabrication laboratory (FabLab). FabLab (Fabrication Laboratory) is a small-scale innovation space offering digital fabrication and production. A FabLab is, among many things, a platform for learning and exchanging experience when experimenting and developing new solutions. FabLabs bring together students, researchers and teachers as well as industrial partners in a single physical location for the purposes of designing, prototyping, and do-it-yourself manufacturing. This explorative and creative environment provide insights to knowledge creation, based on the constructive learning theory, which address active involvement by the participants. To take full advantage of this creative learning environment, aspects such as student characteristics, the nature of the subject matter, and the teaching carried out by the staff, also needs to be addressed. © 2019 International Institute of Informatics and Systemics

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Orlando: International Institute of Informatics and Systemics, 2019. p. 3
Keywords
FabLab, additive manufacturing, 3D printing, makerspace, learning
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-40990 (URN)2-s2.0-85066021509 (Scopus ID)978-1-950492-03-9 (ISBN)
Conference
10th International Multi-Conferences on Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics, (IMCIC 2019), Orlando, Florida, USA, March 12-15, 2019
Projects
Digital production
Funder
Knowledge Foundation
Available from: 2019-11-19 Created: 2019-11-19 Last updated: 2019-11-27Bibliographically approved
Barth, H., Bäckman, E. & Ellmarker, J. (2019). Sustainable Development for Food Waste: A Case Study of Catered Meal Service at Schools and Elderly Care homes. Journal of Strategic Innovation and Sustainability, 14(2), 21-34
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sustainable Development for Food Waste: A Case Study of Catered Meal Service at Schools and Elderly Care homes
2019 (English)In: Journal of Strategic Innovation and Sustainability, ISSN 1718-2077, Vol. 14, no 2, p. 21-34Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Food waste is an important topic in the context of sustainable development. Although many studies have addressed this topic, there is still limited knowledge owing to insufficient data. This study reports on food waste in two institutional settings in a Swedish municipality: schools and elderly care homes. The findings suggest it is easier to measure and reduce food waste in stable environments, such as exist at schools, than at environments characterized by change and unpredictability, such as exist at elderly care homes. Specific areas examined and compared include cooking and receiving kitchens, infrastructure, communications, and support. © North American Business Press.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
West Palm Beach, FL: North American Business Press, 2019
Keywords
Food waste, waste management, municipality, schools, elderly care
National Category
Environmental Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-39829 (URN)10.33423/jsis.v14i2.1369 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-06-18 Created: 2019-06-18 Last updated: 2019-09-10Bibliographically approved
Barth, H. (2019). The use and abuse of 3D printing - Towards a mobile business model framework. International Journal of Engineering Research and Applications, 9(11), 1-9
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The use and abuse of 3D printing - Towards a mobile business model framework
2019 (English)In: International Journal of Engineering Research and Applications, ISSN 2248-9622, E-ISSN 2248-9622, Vol. 9, no 11, p. 1-9Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Abstract [en]

The paper aim to clarify changes in user activities and behaviour across different types of actors following the development of 3D printers. It proposes a mobile business model and outlining the features of development for direct digital manufacturing.

The exploratory study show that the use of 3D printing a) lowers the knowledge and resource barriers for experimentation and entrepreneurial entry, b) increases product and concept prototyping in product development, c) provides a potential for business model innovation by expanding the boundaries of the firm upstream and downstream, and d) becomes a ticket for entrepreneurial entry

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Ghaziabad: International Journal of Engineering Research and Applications, 2019
Keywords
additive manufacturing, 3d printing, business model
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-40987 (URN)10.9790/9622-0911010109 (DOI)
Projects
Digital production
Funder
Knowledge Foundation
Available from: 2019-11-19 Created: 2019-11-19 Last updated: 2019-12-11
Melin, M. & Barth, H. (2019). Value stream mapping for sustainable change at a Swedish dairy farm. International Journal of Environment and Waste Management
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Value stream mapping for sustainable change at a Swedish dairy farm
2019 (English)In: International Journal of Environment and Waste Management, ISSN 1478-9876, E-ISSN 1478-9868Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Abstract [en]

This case study increases our understanding of Lean implementationin which value stream mapping (VSM) is used to create an action plan at asmall dairy and cattle farm in southwest Sweden. The researchers, thefarmer-owner, and farm employees followed a step-by-step approach thatresulted in ideas for operational improvements for the dairy activity. Data werecollected in interviews with the farmer/owner, researcher participation inworkshops, and researcher observations. The results reveal that VSM is aneffective way to create a culture of collaboration among the farm staff and tobetter define their roles and responsibilities as well as improve routines,communications, and task completion. In the two-to-three year periodfollowing the VSM project, specific improvements were observed in milkproduction/quality and animal health. The results also reveal that while Leanprinciples are relevant given the repetitive nature of agriculture routines andtasks, the VSM element of lead-time reduction is less relevant owing to theunique value adding biological processes in the agriculture sector. © 2019 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Olney: InderScience Publishers, 2019
Keywords
Lean, value stream mapping, agricultural production, productivity, farmers
National Category
Work Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-40988 (URN)
Available from: 2019-11-19 Created: 2019-11-19 Last updated: 2019-12-10Bibliographically approved
Barth, H. & Melin, M. (2018). A Green Lean approach to global competition and climate change in the agricultural sector – A Swedish case study. Journal of Cleaner Production, 204, 183-192
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Green Lean approach to global competition and climate change in the agricultural sector – A Swedish case study
2018 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 204, p. 183-192Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Increased global competition in the agricultural sector is rapidly changing the structure of farms and farming. As the number of small and diversified farms (often family-owned) decreases, the number of large and specialized farms (often corporate-owned) is increasing. In this transformation, the agricultural sector is more and more concerned with strategy, innovation, and competition in the effort to be more productive and more profitable. At the same time, the sector faces demands that it become more environmentally responsible in its policies and practices. This paper proposes a Lean Implementation Framework that small and mid-size farms can use as they aim to increase production and profit and yet support environmental sustainability. This case study takes an action-oriented research approach that focuses on the implementation of a Green Lean approach at 34 Swedish farms using various Lean tools. The paper describes how training sessions, farm visits, workshops, and counseling were used to introduce the farmers to the benefits and risks of the implementation of a new business model that added Green elements to the traditional business model design. The paper concludes with recommendations for adaptations to the Framework and suggestions for future research. © 2018

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2018
Keywords
Green Lean, Lean tools, 5S, Value stream mapping, Agriculture
National Category
Environmental Management Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-38567 (URN)10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.09.021 (DOI)000448092500017 ()2-s2.0-85053074060 (Scopus ID)
Funder
European Social Fund (ESF)
Note

Funding: The European Social Fund and The Rural Economy and Agricultural Societies in Halland, Sweden, funded this research and program.

Available from: 2018-12-13 Created: 2018-12-13 Last updated: 2018-12-14Bibliographically 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
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Barriers to business model innovation in the agri-food industry: A systematic literature review
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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
Barth, H. (2018). Diversity as a competitive advantage? A case study of Immigrant Labour in Swedish Agriculture. Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics, 15(4), 130-137
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Diversity as a competitive advantage? A case study of Immigrant Labour in Swedish Agriculture
2018 (English)In: Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics, ISSN 1913-8059, Vol. 15, no 4, p. 130-137Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper investigates cultural diversity as means to business sustainability and competitive advantage for entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector. 80 agricultural entrepreneurs have been addressed in this study, which include face-to-face meetings between entrepreneurs and candidates for employment.

While supportive of the idea of cultural diversity as a beneficial element of business sustainability, most farmers stated they lacked both the time and the resources to manage the issues associated with immigrant workers. However, lack of organisational changes and managerial skills can also be a potential barrier for integration when the farm address growth and employment ambitions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
West Palm Beach, FL: North American Business Press, 2018
Keywords
Diversity, competitive advantage, immigrant, integration
National Category
Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-38570 (URN)
Funder
Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth
Note

Funding: The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, and Region Halland

Available from: 2018-12-13 Created: 2018-12-13 Last updated: 2019-04-12Bibliographically approved
Barth, H. (2018). Immigrant Labour in Swedish Agriculture: A Sustainable Business Model Innovation. In: : . Paper presented at Academy of Management, 10-14 August, 2018, Chicago, Illinois, United States.. Birmingham, Alabama: Academy of Management
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Immigrant Labour in Swedish Agriculture: A Sustainable Business Model Innovation
2018 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper investigates cultural diversity as means to business sustainability and competitive advantage for entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector. The paper focuses on challenges and barriers in immigrant workforce integration as revealed by a year-long project conducted among farmers in the region of Halland (on Sweden’s southwest coast). The paper reports on a matchmaking project between farmers seeking employees and job seekers (immigrants) seeking employment. The project began with interviews with 80 farmers and continued with an exploratory meeting with 42 farmers, four discussion meetings with 16 farmers, and face-to-face meetings between farmers and candidates for employment. The project concluded with follow-up interviews with the 42 farmers. While 42 of the 80 farmers were interested in exploring the benefits of immigrant workforce integration, the others (53%) declined further participation in the project. Ultimately, one farmer hired three immigrants. While supportive of the idea of cultural diversity as a beneficial element of business sustainability, most farmers stated they lacked both the time and the resources to manage the issues associated with immigrant workers such as their lack of technical and mechanical skills, and the language differences.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Birmingham, Alabama: Academy of Management, 2018
Series
Academy of Management Proceedings, ISSN 0065-0668, E-ISSN 2151-6561 ; 1
National Category
Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-38572 (URN)10.5465/AMBPP.2018.14282abstract (DOI)
Conference
Academy of Management, 10-14 August, 2018, Chicago, Illinois, United States.
Available from: 2018-12-13 Created: 2018-12-13 Last updated: 2019-01-03Bibliographically approved
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