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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. & 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
Melin, M. & Barth, H. (2018). Lean in Swedish Agriculture: Strategic and Operational aspects. Production planning & control (Print), 29(10), 845-855
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Lean in Swedish Agriculture: Strategic and Operational aspects
2018 (English)In: Production planning & control (Print), ISSN 0953-7287, E-ISSN 1366-5871, Vol. 29, no 10, p. 845-855Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this article is to present and test a framework for lean implementation in the agricultural sector, addressing challenges from an operational and strategical perspective. The article builds on the previous literature on the use of Lean and reports empirical data from a lean implementation project in the south-western Sweden, including interviews, observations, diaries and questionnaires. A framework is developed to examine strategic and operational perspectives on Lean Thinking. Using this framework, a number of challenges encountered in Lean implementation are presented. This article is limited to the study of Lean among a group of Swedish farms although its findings may have implications for the wider agricultural sectors. Many societal challenges are linked with agricultural sustainability, stressing the need for productive, resource-efficient, resilient and less wasteful food production. This article is the first to develop and test a Lean implementation framework in the agriculture sector. © 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon: Taylor & Francis, 2018
Keywords
Lean, agriculture, food, lean thinking, SMEs
National Category
Agricultural Science Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-37915 (URN)10.1080/09537287.2018.1479784 (DOI)2-s2.0-85051940048 (Scopus ID)
Funder
European Social Fund (ESF)
Available from: 2018-09-06 Created: 2018-09-06 Last updated: 2018-10-12Bibliographically 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
Rosén, B. G. & Barth, H. (2017). FabLab Halmstad – a hub and pilot plant for academia. In: : . Paper presented at 2nd International RGCS Symposium, “Coworkers, Makers & Hackers: True Opportunities to Renew Work Practices and Entrepreneurship?”, 18th and 19th December 2018 - London (UK).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>FabLab Halmstad – a hub and pilot plant for academia
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Keywords
co-creation, 3D printing
National Category
Mechanical Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-36228 (URN)
Conference
2nd International RGCS Symposium, “Coworkers, Makers & Hackers: True Opportunities to Renew Work Practices and Entrepreneurship?”, 18th and 19th December 2018 - London (UK)
Available from: 2018-02-06 Created: 2018-02-06 Last updated: 2018-02-14Bibliographically 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
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