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Bergquist, Ann-KristinORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-1087-9656
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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
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sober business: shared value creation between the insurance industry and the temperance movement
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
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Understanding and Overcoming Roadblocks to Environmental Sustainability: Past Roads and Future Prospects
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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.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Natural Resources Curse in the Long Run? Boliva, Chile and Peru in the Nordic Countries´Mirror
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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
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Business and Sustainability: New Business History Perspectives
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
Bergquist, A.-K. (2017). Profits and Sustainability. A History of Green Entrepreneurship [Review]. Business History
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Profits and Sustainability. A History of Green Entrepreneurship
2017 (English)In: Business History, ISSN 0007-6791, E-ISSN 1743-7938Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2017
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Economic History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-139188 (URN)10.1080/00076791.2017.1371433 (DOI)881253 (Local ID)881253 (Archive number)881253 (OAI)
Available from: 2017-09-08 Created: 2017-09-08 Last updated: 2019-02-15
Bergquist, A.-K. (2017). The Swedish nonferrous mining industry and the environmental issue: The case of Boliden business archives. Entreprises et Histoire, 1(86), 157-159
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Swedish nonferrous mining industry and the environmental issue: The case of Boliden business archives
2017 (English)In: Entreprises et Histoire, ISSN 1161-2770, E-ISSN 2100-9864, Vol. 1, no 86, p. 157-159Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Paris: , 2017
National Category
Economic History
Research subject
Economic History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-138061 (URN)10.3917/eh.086.0157 (DOI)881253 (Local ID)881253 (Archive number)881253 (OAI)
Projects
Guld och arsenik. Miljörisker, ansvarstagande och företagsstrategier i Boliden 1924-1945
Funder
The Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation, P2014-0044:1
Available from: 2017-08-03 Created: 2017-08-03 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
Söderholm, K., Bergquist, A.-K. & Söderholm, P. (2017). The transition to chlorine free pulp revisited: Nordic heterogeneity in environmental regulation and R&D collaboration. Journal of Cleaner Production, 165, 1328-1339
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The transition to chlorine free pulp revisited: Nordic heterogeneity in environmental regulation and R&D collaboration
2017 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 165, p. 1328-1339Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the development paths leading to the transition to cleaner bleaching technologies in the pulp industry. It devotes particular attention to the key features of the Swedish transition, but also compares this to the Finnish experiences. The empirical investigation builds on an analytical framework highlighting the conditions under which pollution regulations can provide efficient incentives for deep emission reductions at industrial plants. Existing and new archive material, including not least comprehensive license trial acts for Swedish pulp mills over an extended time period, are studied. Based on this historical analysis our findings contradict previous literature, the latter emphasizing that pressures from consumers and the public were the most significant driving forces behind the adoption ofeand innovation inealternative bleaching technologies during the late 1980s. Instead, this paper asserts, the green pulp transition was characterized by regulation-induced technological change and was made possible by long history of industry-wide cooperation in environmental R&D. Furthermore, while previous research has emphasized the leading role of the Nordic countries in green pulp innovation, we identify a number of profound differences between Finland and Sweden. These emerge from various national contexts in terms of, for instance, industry structures and strategies, political cultures, and regulatory styles. Finally, at a more general level the paper provides a few policy implications for supporting the ongoing transition towards a forest-based bioeconomy.

Keywords
Environmental regulation, Technical change, Pulp industry, Bleaching technology
National Category
Economic History
Research subject
Economic History; Economics; sustainable development
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-138060 (URN)10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.07.190 (DOI)000411544400113 ()881253 (Local ID)881253 (Archive number)881253 (OAI)
Projects
Klimatpolitikens komplexitet: en framkomlig reglering av industrins koldioxidutsläpp. /Climate Policy Complexity: Second-best Regulation of Carbon Dioxine Emissions in Industrial Sectors.Förutsättningar för grön strukturomvandling. Den svenska miljösektorns utveckling 1970-2015Bio4Energy
Funder
Swedish Energy Agency, 42329-1Swedish Research Council, 2016-03024
Available from: 2017-08-03 Created: 2017-08-03 Last updated: 2019-09-06Bibliographically approved
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