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Winkler, C., Perez Vico, E. & Widén, K. (2024). Challenges to business ecosystem alignment when implementing solar photovoltaic systems in the Swedish built environment. Building Research & Information, 52(5), 497-514
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Challenges to business ecosystem alignment when implementing solar photovoltaic systems in the Swedish built environment
2024 (English)In: Building Research & Information, ISSN 0961-3218, E-ISSN 1466-4321, Vol. 52, no 5, p. 497-514Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Implementing solar photovoltaic systems in the built environment (BEPV) is critical for the construction sector’s contribution to mitigating climate change. While previous studies give various insights into innovation implementation, the challenges to value co-creation by construction actors remain underexplored. By studying the alignment of business ecosystems implementing BEPV in the Swedish built environment, we address this need. Drawing on the cumulative experience of construction actors, this study demonstrates how knowledge mislocation, knowledge deficits, cultural discrepancies, insufficient building codes, frequently changing regulations, and implementing a highly embedded innovation can disturb ecosystem alignment. The study contributes to the ecosystem literature, scholarly discussions of innovation implementation in complex construction projects, and the PV diffusion literature by offering insights into the realignment of ecosystems involving value co-creation by actors from previously unconnected industries. The study links PV diffusion research to the construction management literature by exploring the cumulative experience of implementation at the micro level. We highlight the significant industry reconfigurations required to accommodate a deeply embedded technological innovation, reconfigurations going beyond the challenges of implementing systemic innovations encumbered by fewer material dependencies. We also emphasize the critical importance of industrial interaction, coordination, and learning to accelerate the sustainability transition. © 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Taylor & Francis, 2024
Keywords
Business ecosystem; innovation implementation; solar photovoltaic; construction
National Category
Construction Management
Research subject
Smart Cities and Communities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-51624 (URN)10.1080/09613218.2023.2256435 (DOI)001064674100001 ()2-s2.0-85170654269 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Energy Agency
Available from: 2023-09-12 Created: 2023-09-12 Last updated: 2024-06-26Bibliographically approved
Jonsson, A., Perez Vico, E. & Politis, D. (2024). Engaging in Societal Collaboration Through Reflexivity: Experiences from a Cross-Disciplinary Pilot Course for Faculty (1ed.). In: Mattsson, Pauline; Perez Vico, Eugenia; Salö, Linus (Ed.), Making Universities Matter: Collaboration, Engagement, Impact (pp. 11-32). Cham: Springer, Part F2013
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Engaging in Societal Collaboration Through Reflexivity: Experiences from a Cross-Disciplinary Pilot Course for Faculty
2024 (English)In: Making Universities Matter: Collaboration, Engagement, Impact / [ed] Mattsson, Pauline; Perez Vico, Eugenia; Salö, Linus, Cham: Springer, 2024, 1, Vol. Part F2013, p. 11-32Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

There is limited understanding of how education initiatives geared toward faculty and support staff can foster a capacity for long-term and integrated societal engagement and collaboration within higher education institutions. Using the experiences from a cross-disciplinary pilot course in Sweden, the current study aims to identify features that explicate how skills and academic rigor for engaging in societal collaboration can be developed toward a “reflexive scholarship of societal collaboration.” Based on a case study of the course, we identify the need for (i) theoretical orientation, (ii) collective reflections among diverse participants, and (iii) application of gained knowledge in real-world contexts. Building on the experiences from the pilot course, we explore and discuss the participants’ reflections on how their partaking in the course may support a reflexive scholarship of societal collaboration. Our study is relevant to managers and policymakers interested in nurturing long-term and integrated collaborations between academia and various societal actors. © The Author(s) 2024.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cham: Springer, 2024 Edition: 1
Series
Innovation, Technology and Knowledge Management, ISSN 2197-5698, E-ISSN 2197-5701
Keywords
Faculty course, Reflexivity, Scholarship development, Sweden
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-52425 (URN)10.1007/978-3-031-48799-6_2 (DOI)2-s2.0-85180841475 (Scopus ID)978-3-031-48798-9 (ISBN)978-3-031-48799-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2024-01-18 Created: 2024-01-18 Last updated: 2024-01-18Bibliographically approved
Perez Vico, E., Joelsson, E., Mattsson, P. & Nelhans, G. (2024). How Promotion Guidelines Reflect Swedish Higher Education Institutions’ Societal Collaboration Strategies (1ed.). In: Mattsson, Pauline; Perez Vico, Eugenia; Salö, Linus (Ed.), Making Universities Matter: Collaboration, Engagement, Impact (pp. 99-122). Cham: Springer, Part F2013
Open this publication in new window or tab >>How Promotion Guidelines Reflect Swedish Higher Education Institutions’ Societal Collaboration Strategies
2024 (English)In: Making Universities Matter: Collaboration, Engagement, Impact / [ed] Mattsson, Pauline; Perez Vico, Eugenia; Salö, Linus, Cham: Springer , 2024, 1, Vol. Part F2013, p. 99-122Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter explores the alignment between the stated intention of Swedish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to matter and the assessment of individuals to matter. To achieve this aim, HEIs collaboration strategies are compared with the criteria for the guidance for merits regarding docentship. Our analysis reveals a notable disparity: the societal collaboration visions outlined in strategies were rarely reflected in promotion guidelines. There is a substantial degree of variability in how these guidelines address collaboration merits. Despite the prevalence of ambitious strategies among HEIs, only a minority align these aspirations with guidelines that encompass the breadth and depth required for effective, high-quality collaboration. © The Author(s) 2024.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cham: Springer, 2024 Edition: 1
Series
Innovation, Technology and Knowledge Management, ISSN 2197-5698, E-ISSN 2197-5701
Keywords
Academic engagement, Associate professor, Docent, Guidelines, Higher education, Promotion, Societal collaboration, Strategies, Universities
National Category
Learning
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-52423 (URN)10.1007/978-3-031-48799-6_5 (DOI)2-s2.0-85180912469 (Scopus ID)978-3-031-48798-9 (ISBN)978-3-031-48799-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2024-01-18 Created: 2024-01-18 Last updated: 2024-01-18Bibliographically approved
Mattsson, P., Perez Vico, E. & Salö, L. (2024). Introduction: Universities and the Matter of Mattering (1ed.). In: Mattsson, Pauline; Perez Vico, Eugenia; Salö, Linus (Ed.), Making Universities Matter: Collaboration, Engagement, Impact (pp. 1-10). Cham: Springer, Part F2013
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introduction: Universities and the Matter of Mattering
2024 (English)In: Making Universities Matter: Collaboration, Engagement, Impact / [ed] Mattsson, Pauline; Perez Vico, Eugenia; Salö, Linus, Cham: Springer, 2024, 1, Vol. Part F2013, p. 1-10Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this introductory chapter, we provide insights into the debates that inspired this volume. Our aim is to extend the boundaries of the concept societal interaction and discuss the conditions for universities to undertake such endeavors. Within this context, we introduce the matter of “mattering” which serves as the central theme that runs through this volume. Mattering, we posit, can be comprehended through three key concepts: collaboration, engagement, and impact. We outline how each concept contributes to an increasing understanding of the manifold ways in which mattering can be grasped and achieved. Furthermore, we provide an overview of the coherent set of individual chapters that, separately or jointly, deal with the three concepts. Through these chapters, this volume aims to make a valuable addition to the evolving literature that explores how universities can expand their impact beyond conventional higher education missions. Collectively, these chapters cover the context of the mattering of universities and draw on various empirical data sources, mainly from Sweden but also internationally. Within this compilation of inquiries, we shed light on the multifaceted impact of universities on societies, exploring the mechanisms, contexts, and temporal dimensions of their contributions to advancing knowledge and addressing societal challenges. © The Author(s) 2024.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cham: Springer, 2024 Edition: 1
Series
Innovation, Technology and Knowledge Management, ISSN 2197-5698, E-ISSN 2197-5701
Keywords
Collaboration, Engagement, Impact, Mattering, Societal Interaction, Universities
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-52426 (URN)10.1007/978-3-031-48799-6_1 (DOI)2-s2.0-85180831919 (Scopus ID)978-3-031-48798-9 (ISBN)978-3-031-48799-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2024-01-18 Created: 2024-01-18 Last updated: 2024-01-18Bibliographically approved
Perez Vico, E., Sörlin, S., Hanell, L. & Salö, L. (2024). Valorizing the Humanities: Impact Stories, Acting Spaces, and Meandering Knowledge Flows (1ed.). In: Mattsson, Pauline; Perez Vico, Eugenia; Salö, Linus (Ed.), Making Universities Matter: Collaboration, Engagement, Impact (pp. 211-232). Cham: Springer, Part F2013
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Valorizing the Humanities: Impact Stories, Acting Spaces, and Meandering Knowledge Flows
2024 (English)In: Making Universities Matter: Collaboration, Engagement, Impact / [ed] Mattsson, Pauline; Perez Vico, Eugenia; Salö, Linus, Cham: Springer, 2024, 1, Vol. Part F2013, p. 211-232Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Despite its proven societal value, humanities knowledge tends to be marginalized in research policy; this has been a topic of debate for some time. In this chapter, we focus on the valorization of humanities knowledge, with the aim of comprehending the way this process engenders societal impact. We argue that historical impact stories offer an effective methodological approach for a deeper understanding of such valorization and its subsequent impact. Drawing on three humanities research cases from Sweden, we propose that valorization and impacts of humanities knowledge should be seen as processual and as influenced by societal actors who determine the premises and condition the somewhat unpredictable nature of such impacts. We introduce two concepts: (i) acting space, which involves access to collaborators, audiences, and channels that enable knowledge valorization, and (ii) meandering knowledge flows, which provides insight into the uneven and hard-to-predict nature of valorization. Through these concepts, we wish to provide a better and more nuanced understanding of how knowledge valorization in the humanities unfolds. By doing so, we hope to support humanities scholars to find ways of articulating their own modes of mattering. © The Author(s) 2024.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cham: Springer, 2024 Edition: 1
Series
Innovation, Technology and Knowledge Management, ISSN 2197-5698, E-ISSN 2197-5701
Keywords
Acting Space, Humanities, Impact, Impact Story, Knowledge, Meander, Meandering knowledge, Valorization
National Category
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-52422 (URN)10.1007/978-3-031-48799-6_10 (DOI)2-s2.0-85180921817 (Scopus ID)978-3-031-48798-9 (ISBN)978-3-031-48799-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2024-01-18 Created: 2024-01-18 Last updated: 2024-01-18Bibliographically approved
Bashiri, F. & Perez Vico, E. (2023). Bridging Academia and Activism in Climate Research and Movement — Insights from Scholar Activists in Sweden. In: : . Paper presented at 4S 2023, Society for social studies of science, Honolulu, Hawaii, 8-11 November, 2023.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Bridging Academia and Activism in Climate Research and Movement — Insights from Scholar Activists in Sweden
2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-52068 (URN)
Conference
4S 2023, Society for social studies of science, Honolulu, Hawaii, 8-11 November, 2023
Available from: 2023-11-20 Created: 2023-11-20 Last updated: 2023-12-08Bibliographically approved
Hylmö, A., Karltorp, K. & Perez Vico, E. (2023). How do firm internal and external factors combine to contribute to the propensity of energy incumbents to implement radical innovations?. In: 14th IST conference 2023, Responsibility and Reflexivity in Transitions: Book of Abstracts. Paper presented at 14th IST conference 2023, Responsibility and Reflexivity in Transitions, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht, the Netherlands, 30th August - 1st September, 2023.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>How do firm internal and external factors combine to contribute to the propensity of energy incumbents to implement radical innovations?
2023 (English)In: 14th IST conference 2023, Responsibility and Reflexivity in Transitions: Book of Abstracts, 2023Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Transitioning the energy sector to meet sustainability challenges requires introducing innovative solutions for energy production, storage, flexibility, security, and consumption (Fahnestock and Karltorp, 2019). Some of these innovations will be radical compared to incumbent firms’ competence base, solutions, and market attributes (Bergek et al., 2013). Although some energy utilities embrace innovation, most of these incumbents are inert due to significant lock-in effects of infrastructures and facilities.

While a larger body of research focuses on incumbents as developers of innovation (Klepper, 1997; Christensen, 1997/2013), less attention is paid to the factors that influence incumbents’ ability to implement radical innovation. A review of the comparatively few existing studies reveals that a) a combination of firm internal and external factors needs to be accounted for, b) factors are interdependent and form complex causal relations, and c) the same outcome related to adoption may result from different combinations of conditions as revealed by contradictions (Karltop and Perez Vico, forthcoming). Yet, no existing studies examine the complex casual relationships as configurations of factors that combine to contribute to incumbents’ propensity to implement radical innovations. Thus, we study how incumbent firms’ internal and external characteristics contribute to implementing radical innovation in the form of configurations of factors, using regional energy firms as empirical case.

We explore this question using a qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) that enables us to consider the effects of multiple causal factors and their complex causal relationships on a particular outcome, such as the propensity to implement radical innovation (Ragin, 2008). We use a comparative case study of eight Swedish public regional energy firms to explore the influence of factors derived from a recent literature review (Karltop and Perez Vico, forthcoming) that include external landscape, financial, technology, and industry conditions, as well as firm internal structural conditions, absorptive capacity and alignment with innovation. We base the analysis on semi-structured interviews with firm representatives and qualitative and quantitative data from media, annual reports, economic databases, and funding agencies.

Our analysis generates multiple solutions in the form of configurations of different factors contributing to incumbents’ propensity to implement radical innovations. These solutions reveal how factors amplify or offset each other and provide insight into different development paths for incumbents seeking to implement radical innovation. This paves the way for building a coherent theoretical frame for understanding incumbents in the light of radical innovation that accounts for multiple causes related to the firm’s structure, strategy, and external conditions.

Our findings have several management and policy implications. To implement radical innovation necessary for energy transitions, firms and policy makers must simultaneously pay attention to the multiple ways in which internal and external conditions may interact. Although some factors are beyond the firm’s control, managers could focus on the factors that moderate others, as these represent an opportunity for compensation. With this study, we also contribute to the field of transition studies by exploring a configurational approach to understanding the role of incumbents in meeting sustainability challenges.

National Category
Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-51710 (URN)
Conference
14th IST conference 2023, Responsibility and Reflexivity in Transitions, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht, the Netherlands, 30th August - 1st September, 2023
Funder
Swedish Energy Agency, 2021-200750
Available from: 2023-09-26 Created: 2023-09-26 Last updated: 2023-12-08Bibliographically approved
Jonsson, A., Perez Vico, E. & Politis, D. (2023). Initiating and Anchoring an Academic Course on Societal Collaboration: A Story About ‘Someotherism’ and a Need for Reflexivity. Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration, 27(1), 75-98
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Initiating and Anchoring an Academic Course on Societal Collaboration: A Story About ‘Someotherism’ and a Need for Reflexivity
2023 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration, ISSN 2001-7405, E-ISSN 2001-7413, Vol. 27, no 1, p. 75-98Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Collaboration between academia and society has become a key priority for many higher education institutions (HEIs). In Sweden, this is partly driven by political calls to secure the long-term provision of knowledge, innovation and competitiveness. At the system and institutional level, responses to this are reflected in governance structures and strategic documents. However, those strategic responses often fall short and attempts to organise for collaboration are often met with scepticism, and, in practice, micro-level changes are slow. This paper asks why that is the case by reflecting on the experiences gained from initiating and anchoring a course on societal collaboration at a Swedish HEI. We analyse the experiences from this bottom-up initiative by building on the notion of reflexivity. Our study contributes to research on managing and organising collaboration at HEIs by highlighting and illustrating the need to adopt a scientific approach – to use scientific knowledge – and engage (more) in reflexivity when organising to ensure societal collaboration. Efforts to produce collaboration cannot be expected to be solved by ‘someother’, but require strategy to be aligned with practice. We conclude our reflexive inquiry with implications for research and practice. Copyright (c) 2023 Anna Jonsson, Eugenia Perez-Vico, Diamanto Politis

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: University of Gothenburg, 2023
Keywords
organizing, societal collaboration, higher education, learning, reflexivity, universities, someotherism
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-50124 (URN)10.58235/sjpa.v27i1.11209 (DOI)2-s2.0-85151429809 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Vinnova, 2019-00753Vinnova, 2019-03679
Available from: 2023-03-16 Created: 2023-03-16 Last updated: 2023-08-11Bibliographically approved
Bashiri, F. & Perez Vico, E. (2023). Tracing the Threads of Academic Activism - A conceptual literature review. In: : . Paper presented at 4S 2023, Society for social studies of science, Honolulu, Hawaii, 8-11 November, 2023.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Tracing the Threads of Academic Activism - A conceptual literature review
2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-52069 (URN)
Conference
4S 2023, Society for social studies of science, Honolulu, Hawaii, 8-11 November, 2023
Available from: 2023-11-20 Created: 2023-11-20 Last updated: 2023-12-08Bibliographically approved
Karltorp, K. & Perez Vico, E. (2022). Factors conditioning incumbent firms’ implementation of radical innovations: A systematic literature review. In: : . Paper presented at 13th International Sustainability Transition, Stellenbosch, South Africa / Melbourne, Australia / Washington DC, USA (Hybrid), 21-25 November, 2022.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Factors conditioning incumbent firms’ implementation of radical innovations: A systematic literature review
2022 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Meeting the urgent climate challenge will require that incumbent firms implementinnovations, of which some are radical compared to firms’ competence-base or market solutions.To support this development, a thorough understanding of the prerequisites for implementationis needed. The body of literature on conditioning factors for incumbent firms’ innovationimplementation is vast and informative but also scattered in a diversity of fields, such asinnovation management, industrial dynamics and transition studies. Further, findings aresometimes contradictory. It is thus difficult to get a coherent understanding of which factorsinfluence implementation and how. We therefore set out to conduct a systematic literature reviewon factors influencing the propensity of incumbents to implement radical innovation. Our studyrevealed 8 firm-external factors related to the landscape pressure, the maturity of the innovationand related infrastructure as well as external network fit, and 11 firm-internal factors related tostructural conditions, responsive capacity and the internal alignment with the innovation. We alsofound extensive interdependence between these factors within and across the firm internal andexternal level. We thus conclude that reaching a thorough understanding of the prerequisites forimplementation requires simultaneously paying attention to a wide variety of conditioning factorson firm internal and external level, and their interconnectedness. @ 2022 The Authors.

Keywords
incumbents, radical innovation, implementation, literature review, industry
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-48601 (URN)
Conference
13th International Sustainability Transition, Stellenbosch, South Africa / Melbourne, Australia / Washington DC, USA (Hybrid), 21-25 November, 2022
Funder
Swedish Energy Agency
Available from: 2022-11-11 Created: 2022-11-11 Last updated: 2023-02-23Bibliographically approved
Projects
Universitet som samhällsbyggare [2019-03679]Configurations for energy transitions - How firm internal and external factors combine to contribute to the propensity of energy incumbents to implement radical innovations [P2021-00360]VERSAM: Effective regional cooperation for a fossil-free societyAcademic climate activism - Navigating values, knowledge production and credibility on the science-society boundary [2023-01207_Formas]; Halmstad University
Organisations
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ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0001-8918-7411

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