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Bergquist, Ann-KristinORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-1087-9656
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Bergquist, A.-K. (2019). Business and sustainability. In: Teresa Da Silva Lopes, Christina Lubinski and Heidi J.S. Tworek (Ed.), The Routledge companion to the makers of global business: (pp. 546-563). Routledge
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2019 (English)In: The Routledge companion to the makers of global business / [ed] Teresa Da Silva Lopes, Christina Lubinski and Heidi J.S. Tworek, Routledge, 2019, p. 546-563Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter provides a long-term business history perspective on sustainability. The twentieth century is unique in history, not only because of its enormous technological progress and rise in the standard of living, but because no other century in human history can be compared with the twentieth century for its growth in energy use, depletion of natural resources and an overall growth of problems related to global environmental sustainability (McNeill, 2000; UNEP, 2016). It has often been asserted that industrial capitalism, globalization and multinational companies have been central actors in this development (Wright and Nyberg, 2015).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2019
Series
Routledge companions in business, management and accounting
National Category
Economic History
Research subject
Economic History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-158922 (URN)10.4324/9781315277813-35 (DOI)9781138242654 (ISBN)9781315277813 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-05-15 Created: 2019-05-15 Last updated: 2019-09-24Bibliographically approved
Adman, P., Bergquist, A.-K., Bonnedahl, K. J., Eckerberg, K., Eimermann, M., Enlund, D., . . . Örestig, J. (2019). DN Debatt. 171 forskare: ”Vi vuxna bör också klimatprotestera”. Dagens Nyheter
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2019 (Swedish)In: Dagens Nyheter, ISSN 1101-2447, , p. 1Article in journal, News item (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Abstract [sv]

Vuxna bör följa uppmaningen från ungdomarna i Fridays for future-rörelsen och protestera eftersom det politiska ledarskapet är otillräckligt. Omfattande och långvariga påtryckningar från hela samhället behövs för att få de politiskt ansvariga att utöva det ledarskap som klimatkrisen kräver, skriver 171 forskare i samhällsvetenskap och humaniora.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: , 2019. p. 1
Keywords
klimatpolitik
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
political science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-163587 (URN)
Note

Debattartikel som 171 human- och samhällsvetenskapliga forskare har undertecknat.

Alla som undertecknat har inte listats som författare i denna post

Available from: 2019-09-26 Created: 2019-09-26 Last updated: 2019-10-08Bibliographically approved
Söderholm, P., Bergquist, A.-K. & Söderholm, K. (2019). Environmental Regulation in the Pulp and Paper Industry: Impacts and Challenges. Current Forestry Reports
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2019 (English)In: Current Forestry Reports, ISSN 2198-6436Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Purpose of Review In this article, we review existing research addressing how environmental regulations have influenced the pulp and paper industry. These regulations appear in different forms and designs and address air and water pollution as well as climate change. The paper devotes particular attention to how various regulations have affected sustainable technological change and the prospects for inducing deep emission reductions without jeopardizing industrial competitiveness and future investments.

Recent Findings Experiences from key pulp and paper regions, not least the Nordic countries, suggest that gradually tightening performance standards have contributed to radical reductions in emissions, e.g., chlorine compounds and biological oxygen demanding agents, and without imposing excessive compliance costs. This outcome can largely be attributed to how the regulations have been designed—and implemented—in practice, as well as to the presence of efficient and legitimate institutions. Long-termemission reduction targets, in combination with extended compliance periods and trustful firm-regulator relationships, contributed to radical technological innovation and permitted radical emission reductions without excessive compliance costs. The development of alternative bleaching technologies is an apt example. In contrast, the impact of carbon pricing schemes, including the EU emissions trading scheme, on carbon dioxide emissions reductions and related technological change in the pulp and paper industry has however been modest. Self-regulation, certification, and community pressure have exerted relatively modest influences on the environmental performance of the industry.

Summary Important avenues for future research are identified. These include the following: (a) comparative research on how policy mixes in various countries have influenced environmental compliance and innovation; processes; (b) future studies of environmental regulations, their design and implementation, in emerging pulp and paper producing countries, not least China; and (c) research on how environmental regulations can affect ongoing restructurings in the industry towards a broader palette of products in biorefineries.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2019
Keywords
Environmental regulation, Pulp and paper industry, Competitiveness, Innovation, Pollution, Climate change
National Category
Economic History
Research subject
Economic History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-164829 (URN)10.1007/s40725-019-00097-0 (DOI)000493764700001 ()
Funder
Swedish Energy Agency
Available from: 2019-11-03 Created: 2019-11-03 Last updated: 2019-11-26
Bergquist, A.-K. (2019). Renewing Business History in the Era of the Anthropocene. Business history review, 93(1), 3-24
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Renewing Business History in the Era of the Anthropocene
2019 (English)In: Business history review, ISSN 0007-6805, E-ISSN 2044-768X, Vol. 93, no 1, p. 3-24Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge University Press, 2019
Keywords
sustainability, business and the environment, green business, environmental history, the Anthropocene
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Economic History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-158918 (URN)10.1017/S0007680519000369 (DOI)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2016-03024
Available from: 2019-05-15 Created: 2019-05-15 Last updated: 2019-05-16Bibliographically approved
Bergquist, A.-K. & Eriksson, L. (2019). Sober business: shared value creation between the insurance industry and the temperance movement. Business History, 61(2), 322-342
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2019 (English)In: Business History, ISSN 0007-6791, E-ISSN 1743-7938, Vol. 61, no 2, p. 322-342Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study examines how the Swedish insurance company Ansvar established and expended an international business from the 1930s to the 1990s with the motives to insure total abstainers while battling against alcohol abuse in society. Anvar represented a for-profit business that aimed at addressing social issues. The case provides a historical example of how shared value was created between the company and the temperance movement for the joint goal of improving society through temperance. The article argues that the company’s decline was due to changing values, where alcohol was no longer seen as a threat to society.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon: Routledge, 2019
Keywords
Temperance movement, insurance industry, shared value, responsibility, Sweden, international business, religion
National Category
Economic History
Research subject
Economic History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-140361 (URN)10.1080/00076791.2017.1380627 (DOI)000461628200005 ()881253 (Local ID)881253 (Archive number)881253 (OAI)
Available from: 2017-10-06 Created: 2017-10-06 Last updated: 2019-04-23Bibliographically approved
Bergquist, A.-K., Cole, S. A., Ehrenfeld, J., King, A. A. & Schendler, A. (2019). Understanding and Overcoming Roadblocks to Environmental Sustainability: Past Roads and Future Prospects. Boston: Harvard Business School
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2019 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This working paper examines key barriers to business sustainability discussed at a multidisciplinary conference held at the Harvard Business School in 2018. Drawing on perspectives from both the historical and business literatures, speakers debated the historical success and future opportunities for voluntary business actions to advance sustainability. Roadblocks include misaligned incentives, missing institutions, inertia of economic systems, and the concept of sustainability itself. It appears that overcoming these roadblocks will require systematic interventions and alternative normative concepts.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Boston: Harvard Business School, 2019. p. 34
Series
Harvard Business School Working Paper Series ; 19-067
National Category
Economic History
Research subject
Economic History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-155421 (URN)881253 (Local ID)881253 (Archive number)881253 (OAI)
Available from: 2019-01-15 Created: 2019-01-15 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
Bergquist, A.-K., Cole, S. A., Ehrenfeld, J., King, A. A. & Schendler, A. (2019). Understanding and Overcoming Roadblocks to Environmental Sustainability: Past Roads and Future Prospects. Business history review, 93(1), 127-148
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2019 (English)In: Business history review, ISSN 0007-6805, E-ISSN 2044-768X, Vol. 93, no 1, p. 127-148Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines key barriers to business sustainability discussed at a multidisciplinary conference held at the Harvard Business School in 2018. Drawing on perspectives from both the historical and business literatures, speakers debated the historical success of and future opportunities for voluntary business actions to advance sustainability. Roadblocks include misaligned incentives, missing institutions, inertia of economic systems, and the concept of sustainability itself. Overcoming these roadblocks will require systematic interventions and alternative normative concepts.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge University Press, 2019
Keywords
environment, sustainability, externalities, business voluntary action, climate change, systematic interventions
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Economic History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-158920 (URN)10.1017/S000768051900031X (DOI)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2016-03024
Available from: 2019-05-15 Created: 2019-05-15 Last updated: 2019-05-16Bibliographically approved
Ducoing, C., Peres-Cajias, J., Badia-Miró, M., Bergquist, A.-K., Contreras, C., Ranestad, K. & Torregrosa, S. (2018). Natural Resources Curse in the Long Run? Boliva, Chile and Peru in the Nordic Countries´Mirror. Sustainability, 10(4), Article ID 965.
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2018 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 10, no 4, article id 965Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The new estimates of the Maddison Project show that GDP per capita ratio at purchasing power parity (ppp) between Bolivia and Finland has changed from 0.68 ca. 1850 to 0.16 in 2015; similarly, that between Chile and Norway from 0.65 to 0.28. The aim of this article is to present a review of the literature and available quantitative evidence to understand how these extreme differences became possible between countries with similarly enormous natural resource endowments. Specifically, the article seeks to: (a) identify some stylized facts that may help understand the divergence between Andean and Nordic countries; (b) identify key historical processes that explain the divergent effect of natural resource abundance in Andean and Nordic economies. In order to achieve these objectives, four topics are covered: GDPpc, population, trade and taxation. The analysis comprises three Nordic countries (Finland, Norway and Sweden) and three Andean countries (Bolivia, Chile and Peru) from the mid-Nineteenth Century to present day. The sample size, time span covered and thematic approach provide new evidence regarding previous work.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Basel: MDPI, 2018
Keywords
natural resources, economic development, long-term economic growth, Latin America, Scandinavia, trade, commodities, human capital, knowledge, taxation
National Category
Economic History
Research subject
Economic History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-146056 (URN)10.3390/su10040965 (DOI)881253 (Local ID)881253 (Archive number)881253 (OAI)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2016-05721
Available from: 2018-03-28 Created: 2018-03-28 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
Bergquist, A.-K. (2017). Business and Sustainability: New Business History Perspectives. Boston
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2017 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This working paper provides a long-term business history perspective on sustainability. For a long time, the central issues in business history concerned how business enterprises innovated and created wealth, and patterns of success and failure in that process. There now exists, after a lag, a compelling stream of research focused on the environmental consequences of that growth. This working paper reviews this new stream of research which focuses on two related but distinct themes. The earliest theme to be explored, in a literature dating from the 1990s, is the story of how and why some conventional industries sought to become less polluting. Research has dated this phenomenon back to the late nineteenth century, showed it gained momentum from the 1960s, and resulted in a mainstreaming of sustainability rhetoric , and sometimes practice, in large corporations from 1980s, primarily in Western developed countries. A more recent research theme is the story of how for-profit entrepreneurs developed new product categories such as organic food, and wind and solar energy, which were explicitly focused on sustainability. Again this process has been traced back to the nineteenth century.  With the rise in green consumerism and public policy support in some Western countries for sustainability during the 1990s, these two historical trends met, as the concept of sustainable development spread to large conventional corporations and visionary green firms scaled or were acquired by conventional big businesses. The problem was that concept of sustainability became socially constructed in a sufficiently broad fashion as to permit even the most unstainable and dirty industries to firms claim to be sustainable. The working paper concludes that the emergent business history needs to be more fully incorporated in wider management and economics literatures on sustainability, while calling for the mainstreaming of the subject in the discipline of business history.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Boston: , 2017. p. 36
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Economic History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-140834 (URN)881253 (Local ID)881253 (Archive number)881253 (OAI)
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2017-10-19 Created: 2017-10-19 Last updated: 2019-02-15
Bergquist, A.-K. (2017). Dilemmas of going green: environmental strategies in the Swedish mining company Boliden, 1960-2000. In: Hartmut Berghoff and Adam Rome (Ed.), Green capitalism?: business and the environment in the twentieth century (pp. 149-171). Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Dilemmas of going green: environmental strategies in the Swedish mining company Boliden, 1960-2000
2017 (English)In: Green capitalism?: business and the environment in the twentieth century / [ed] Hartmut Berghoff and Adam Rome, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017, p. 149-171Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017
Series
Hagley perspectives on business and culture
National Category
Economic History
Research subject
Economic History; sustainable development
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-130735 (URN)000405641700009 ()881253 (Local ID)9780812249019 (ISBN)881253 (Archive number)881253 (OAI)
Funder
The Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation
Available from: 2017-01-30 Created: 2017-01-30 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
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