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Cardoso Chrispim, M., Mattsson, M. & Ulvenblad, P. (2023). The underrepresented key elements of Circular Economy: A critical review of assessment tools and a guide for action. Sustainable Production and Consumption, 35, 539-558
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2023 (English)In: Sustainable Production and Consumption, ISSN 2352-5509, Vol. 35, p. 539-558Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The measurement of progress towards Circular Economy (CE) within a company is crucial for identifying opportunities and designing circular practices. However, most of the existing tools do not consider the systemic view and principles of CE. The aim of this paper is to assess the contributions and limitations of CE assessment tools regarding the key elements: social dimension, stakeholder engagement, R-imperatives and industrial symbiosis. Also, the aim is to offer guidance for improvements towards a CE transition. The methodology was an integrative literature review; then based on the critical assessment of tools a guide was created. Thirty-eight tools were thoroughly analysed and our results show that there is a limited number of multidisciplinary tools (only 10), that is including all CE key elements, and in some cases partly. Social dimension is not fully explored; only 6 tools have indicators related to society, local community, customers, and workers. Recommendations for future tools development include to offer training for possible users of the tools and to develop tools for the service sector. Finally, we conclude that all the key elements of CE are interconnected. The proposed guide-ACTION (Assessing Circular Transition In Organisations Now)- includes the key elements, databases, tools, and indicators, and is aligned with the CE principles to help the assessment. © 2022 The Author(s)

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2023
Keywords
circularity, review, social dimension, stakeholder participation, industrial symbiosis, R-imperatives
National Category
Environmental Management
Research subject
Smart Cities and Communities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-49035 (URN)10.1016/j.spc.2022.11.019 (DOI)000913058500001 ()2-s2.0-85144015969 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Halmstad University
Available from: 2022-12-22 Created: 2022-12-22 Last updated: 2023-08-11Bibliographically approved
Mattsson, S., Palmquist, A. & Ulvenblad, P. (2023). Using Analogue Game Mechanics to Reduce Gender Inequality and Exclusion in Technology Education. In: Escudeiro, Paula et al. (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Implementing Inclusive Educational Models and Technologies for Equity and Diversity: (pp. 380-402). Hershey, PA: IGI Global
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Using Analogue Game Mechanics to Reduce Gender Inequality and Exclusion in Technology Education
2023 (English)In: Handbook of Research on Implementing Inclusive Educational Models and Technologies for Equity and Diversity / [ed] Escudeiro, Paula et al., Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2023, p. 380-402Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Technology education has traditionally been male dominated, and many educator providers struggle to both attract and keep females related to education. Gamification, the use of game elements in a nongame context, has been shown to increase student engagement and inclusion in the learning environment. However, the gamification design and development process has been declared resource-demanding, which has reduced the more tailored approaches resulting in more generic ones. This is contradictory to the findings that gamification designs, especially in instruction, are context dependent. Therefore, this chapter displays an analogue gamification approach that is applied in a real-life environment, a technology vocational school, supporting the teachers’ combat of gender inequality and expediting diversity and inclusion. © 2023 by IGI Global. All rights reserved.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2023
National Category
Pedagogy
Research subject
Smart Cities and Communities, PROACTS
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-52043 (URN)10.4018/979-8-3693-0453-2.ch019 (DOI)2-s2.0-85170991912 (Scopus ID)9798369304556 (ISBN)9798369304532 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-11-15 Created: 2023-11-15 Last updated: 2023-11-16Bibliographically approved
Barth, H., Ulvenblad, P., Ulvenblad, P.-O., Esmaeilzadeh, A. & Blanco Rojas, H. (2022). Biomass – a Resource for Sustainability? A Literature Review of Business Models. In: Giovanni Schiuma; Antonio Bassi (Ed.), Proceedings IFKAD: Knowledge Drivers for Resilience and Transformation Distribution IFKAD 2022 – Lugano, Switzerland 20-22 June 2022. Paper presented at 17th International Forum on Knowledge Asset Dynamics (IFKAD 2022), Lugano, Switzerland, June 20-22, 2022 (pp. 289-311). Insitute of Knowledge Asset Management (IKAM)
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2022 (English)In: Proceedings IFKAD: Knowledge Drivers for Resilience and Transformation Distribution IFKAD 2022 – Lugano, Switzerland 20-22 June 2022 / [ed] Giovanni Schiuma; Antonio Bassi, Insitute of Knowledge Asset Management (IKAM) , 2022, p. 289-311Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The research on business model innovation in certain business energy sectors is limited. This paper, which reviews the business model literature in the biomass energy sector, identifies trends as well as challenges and complications in the use of biomass. We used seven data bases to search for relevant international, peer-reviewed research on business models and biomass. In our initial database search, we identified 287 relevant articles published in the years 1990 to 2020. After elimination of duplicate articles, we had a collection of 170 articles. We used Zotero software to refine our search. After application of our criteria, 146 articles remained. Further analysis reduced our review to 95 articles that had a theoretical focus on business models and biomass. Our review presents various data for the articles including author affiliation by country, article publication date, article title, journal of publication, journal impact factor, country of empirical data, unit of analysis. research methodology, and topics addressed. Additionally, our review reveals trends (e.g., research/practice challenges and implications) in the study of business models and the biomass energy sector as reflected in the reviewed articles. To our knowledge, this is the first literature review of peer-reviewed journal articles on business models and the biomass industry. By limiting our final review to the 95 theoretical articles we identified, we provide researchers and practitioners with sources of recent discussions and analyses on the trends, challenges, and implications related to the use of biomass in energy production.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Insitute of Knowledge Asset Management (IKAM), 2022
Series
Proceedings IFKAD, E-ISSN 2280-787X
Keywords
Business model, value building blocks, biomass, literature review
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-52238 (URN)001071382200017 ()978-88-96687-15-4 (ISBN)
Conference
17th International Forum on Knowledge Asset Dynamics (IFKAD 2022), Lugano, Switzerland, June 20-22, 2022
Available from: 2023-12-15 Created: 2023-12-15 Last updated: 2024-01-23Bibliographically approved
Durst, S., Dinler, E. & Ulvenblad, P. (2022). Crisis Leadership: What Do We Know by Now?. In: Marco Valeri (Ed.), Tourism Risk: Crisis and Recovery Management (pp. 21-38). Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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2022 (English)In: Tourism Risk: Crisis and Recovery Management / [ed] Marco Valeri, Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2022, p. 21-38Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter reviews extant research on crisis leadership to establish the current body of knowledge and, on this basis, suggest some promising avenues for future research on crisis leadership in general and crisis leadership in tourism in particular. The focus in this chapter has been put on crisis leadership as it is the leadership of an organization that is normally in charge of the existence and execution of crisis management in general and thus also the possible effects of this crisis management. The chapter applies a systematic literature review covering 66 articles published in peer-reviewed journals. Given the purpose of the book, this chapter tries to learn from extant research to propose someavenues the tourism sector may find useful for addressing the current pandemic and its consequences. © 2022 by Emerald Publishing Limited

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2022
Keywords
Crisis, Crisis Leadership, Crisis Management, Crisis communication, Systematic Literature Review
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-48528 (URN)10.1108/978-1-80117-708-520221003 (DOI)978-1-80117-709-2 (ISBN)978-1-80117-710-8 (ISBN)978-1-80117-708-5 (ISBN)
Funder
Interreg Baltic Sea Region
Available from: 2022-10-25 Created: 2022-10-25 Last updated: 2022-10-26Bibliographically approved
Ulvenblad, P. & Barth, H. (2022). Safety challenges when managing shift work in the Swedish forest industry: solutions based on more than 700 years of work experience. In: Garzia S. Hernandez; Fabbri A. Lombardi (Ed.), WIT Transactions on the Built Environment: . Paper presented at 13th Conference on Risk Analysis, Hazard Mitigation and Safety and Security Engineering, RISK/SAFE 2022, Rome, Italy, 12-14 October 2022 (pp. 167-176). Ashurst: WIT Press, 214
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2022 (English)In: WIT Transactions on the Built Environment / [ed] Garzia S. Hernandez; Fabbri A. Lombardi, Ashurst: WIT Press, 2022, Vol. 214, p. 167-176Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to explore the safety challenges managing shift work in the Swedish forest industry. There are several factors that can affect safety in working life. In general, previous research shows that managerial and leadership behaviours affect safety and well-being regardless of the type of industry. A leadership with a focus on safety affects the safety climate and the outcome in the form of accidents in an organisation. The interaction between managers and employees regarding safety issues also has a positive effect on safety. Leaders who are instead passive regarding safety issues have significant negative effects on safety, contribute to an increased number of accidents and reduce safety-related behaviour in the organisation. This means that employees with passive leaders themselves become less interested in engaging in safety activities. Shift work has also been shown to affect the health and safety of employees. For example, studies show that higher sickness absence is associated with three-shift rotation compared to two-shift rotation and that fatigue and insomnia may be an effect of shift work. Further, research also shows a link between fatigue and a higher frequency of accidents. In this paper, we use a co-creation approach to capture the safety challenges related to shift work. The overall methodological approach in this study is action-oriented research. The empirical data is collected with interviews and focus groups which altogether include 56 respondents with more than 700 years of joint work experiences from shift work in the forest industry. Preliminary results show the importance of creating a safety culture where both the management and the employees take active part and responsibility in solutions. The managers have the formal responsibility, including law and regulation related to safety aspects. The employees in turn have the responsibility for their own choices and behaviours not least related to food, sleep, and training. © 2022 WIT Press.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Ashurst: WIT Press, 2022
Series
WIT Transactions on the Built Environment, ISSN 17433509
Keywords
forest industry, safety challenges, shift work
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-50031 (URN)10.2495/SSR220141 (DOI)2-s2.0-85147882680 (Scopus ID)9781784664831 (ISBN)
Conference
13th Conference on Risk Analysis, Hazard Mitigation and Safety and Security Engineering, RISK/SAFE 2022, Rome, Italy, 12-14 October 2022
Funder
AFA Insurance
Available from: 2023-03-06 Created: 2023-03-06 Last updated: 2024-02-22Bibliographically approved
Ulvenblad, P. & Barth, H. (2021). Liability of smallness in SMEs – Using co-creation as a method for the ‘fuzzy front end’ of HRM practices in the forest industry. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 37(3), Article ID 101159.
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2021 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387, Vol. 37, no 3, article id 101159Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study explores the co-creation part in the early stage of need analysis and the formation of work towards formal HRM practices in the forest industry. While SMEs are shown to be of great importance for the development in society they often suffer from Liability of Smallness (LoS) especially in the area of HRM. In smaller firms, HRM practices are characterized by ad hoc and idiosyncratic solutions and less formality. In this paper, we show how co-creation can be used to develop HR practices in an SME. The overall methodological approach in this study is action-oriented research. The empirical data is collected with a mixed-method approach including documents, interviews, focus groups, observations, pulse meetings and feedback on the process and results. The co-creation process benefits from using co-creation activities to drive the process forward as well as consolidate the results during the process. Dialog, access, risk, transparency, and openness have been valuable in this process. © 2021 The Authors

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Elsevier, 2021
Keywords
Co-creation, Forest industry, Human resource management (HRM), SME
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-45923 (URN)10.1016/j.scaman.2021.101159 (DOI)000696799100004 ()2-s2.0-85107286257 (Scopus ID)
Funder
AFA Insurance
Available from: 2021-11-23 Created: 2021-11-23 Last updated: 2022-03-08Bibliographically approved
Durst, S., Temel, S. & Ulvenblad, P. (2021). The Future of Organizations in the Age of Digital Transformation – A Critical Discussion Beyond Marketing and Buzzword. Management Revue, 32(2), 106-107
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Future of Organizations in the Age of Digital Transformation – A Critical Discussion Beyond Marketing and Buzzword
2021 (English)In: Management Revue, ISSN 0935-9915, E-ISSN 1861-9908, Vol. 32, no 2, p. 106-107Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The need for preparing for the digital transformation has been a recurrent theme in public and academic debates, and the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed considerably to actions as well. © 2021, Management Revue. All Rights Reserved.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 2021
National Category
Information Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-46739 (URN)10.5771/0935-9915-2021-2-106 (DOI)000704489700002 ()2-s2.0-85111295134 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2022-05-16 Created: 2022-05-16 Last updated: 2022-05-16Bibliographically approved
Barth, H., Ulvenblad, P., Ulvenblad, P.-O. & Hoveskog, M. (2021). Unpacking sustainable business models in the Swedish agricultural sector – the challenges of technological, social and organisational innovation. Journal of Cleaner Production, 304, Article ID 127004.
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2021 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 304, article id 127004Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The  global  challenges  of  today  are  many,  and  one  of  the  most  concerning  aspects  relates  to food production for an increasing global population. The sustainability of doing ‘more of the same  thing’  is  being  increasingly  called  into  question.  Several  sustainable  business  model frameworks  have  been  presented  in  recent  years  to  address  these  challenges,  but  our knowledge is limited about the change processes of the agricultural sector. This paper aims to increase  our  understanding  of  how  sustainable  business  models  have  developed  in  the agricultural  sector  in  Sweden.  It  maps  eight  archetypes  of  sustainable  business  models, clustered  in  three  groups,  with  a  focus  on  the  technological,  social,  and  organisational innovation    components    at    agri-food    companies.    The    study    takes    a    quantitative, methodological approach, conducting a telephone survey with owners and managers of 1143 agri-food  companies  in  Sweden,  and  using  analysis  of  variance  (ANOVA)  for  the  analysis. The paper provides empirical evidence on the various options for sustainable business models that  Swedish  agri-food  companies  use.  No  major  differences  were  found  with  respect  to technical or social innovation components in the three regions: East, south, and north Sweden. However,  significant  differences  were  found   between  the  regions   with  respect  to  the organisational  innovation  component.  The  organisational  innovation  component  is  based  on two  sustainable  business  model  archetypes,  namely, repurpose  for  society/environment  and develop  scale  up  solutions.  North  Sweden  had  a  higher  degree  of  organisational  innovation than  both  south  and  east  Sweden.  The  reason  for  this  could  be  the  larger  environmental, economic, and organizational challenges in north Sweden compared to the rest of the country, which  makes  the  need  for  innovation  stronger.  The  paper  also  suggests  new  areas  for researchers  and  practical  avenues  for  stakeholders in  the  agricultural  sector  (and  other industries)  to  translate  social  and  environmental  value  creation  into  economic  profit  and competitive  advantage.  To  our  knowledge,  this  is  the  first  study  to  use  sustainable  business model archetypes in an empirical setting in the agricultural sector. © 2021 The Authors

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2021
Keywords
Business model innovation, sustainable business model, archetypes, agriculture, agri-food, NUTS, sustainability
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-44153 (URN)10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.127004 (DOI)000655683900010 ()2-s2.0-85105358247 (Scopus ID)
Note

Funding: Stiftelsen Lantbruksforskning

Available from: 2021-04-14 Created: 2021-04-14 Last updated: 2024-01-23Bibliographically 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., Barth, H., Ulvenblad, P.-O., Ståhl, J. & Cederholm Björklund, J. (2020). Overcoming barriers in agri-business development: two education programs for entrepreneurs in the Swedish agricultural sector. The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, 26(5), 443-464
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2020 (English)In: The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, ISSN 1389-224X, E-ISSN 1750-8622, Vol. 26, no 5, p. 443-464Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The paper compares two government-sponsored education programs for agricultural entrepreneurs: a Leadership program and a Lean program. Methodology: The paper takes both a qualitative and a quantitative approach in its collection and analysis of data from 54 semi- structured interviews and from a survey with 109 participants. Findings: The main challenges to business and personal development are time pressure and the need for better communications. The Leadership program participants emphasize the effect of internal barriers such asfixed mind-sets. The Lean program participants emphasize the effect of external barriers such asfinancing. Both groups emphasize personal and business growth more than the control group. Practical Implications: Entrepreneur education programs can help participants, program developers, and advisory organizations identify and manage business challenges and barriers. Theoretical Implications: The paper contributes to the literature about educations for entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector with its examination of agricultural entrepreneurs’reflections on barriers and challenges in business development and their linkage to overcoming barriers focused on a resource-based perspective with different types of resources. Originality/Value: The paper encourages examination of development challenges and barriers from the perspective of participators in entrepreneur education programs. © 2020 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon: Routledge, 2020
Keywords
Self-leadership, leadership, agricultural advisors, management education programs, agricultural leadership, barrier
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-43290 (URN)10.1080/1389224X.2020.1748669 (DOI)000613501900003 ()2-s2.0-85084089036 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Knowledge Foundation
Available from: 2020-12-01 Created: 2020-12-01 Last updated: 2024-01-23Bibliographically approved
Projects
Lean Innovation - Value-added Food Production [2012-03620_Vinnova]; Halmstad UniversityReleasing the potential of ICT for sustainable milk and beef cattle value chains [2020-02729_Formas]; Halmstad UniversityFORMILL – new revolutionary biomaterial from waste material with unique scale-up process; Renewable Energies System for Cities (RES4CITY)
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ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-9584-3216

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