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Vlasov, M., Bonnedahl, K. J. & Vincze, Z. (2018). Entrepreneurship for resilience: embeddedness in place and in trans-local grassroots networks. Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, 12(3), 374-394
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Entrepreneurship for resilience: embeddedness in place and in trans-local grassroots networks
2018 (English)In: Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, ISSN 1750-6204, E-ISSN 1750-6212, Vol. 12, no 3, p. 374-394Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

This paper aims to contribute to the emerging entrepreneurship research that deals with resilience by examining how embeddedness in place and in trans-local grassroots networks influences proactive entrepreneurship for local resilience.

Design/methodology/approach

Three theoretical propositions are developed on the basis of the existing literature. These propositions are assisted with brief empirical illustrations of grassroots innovations from the context of agri-food systems.

Findings

Embeddedness in place and in trans-local grassroots networks enables proactive entrepreneurship for local resilience. Social-cultural embeddedness in place facilitates access to local resources and legitimacy, and creation of social value in the community. Ecological embeddedness in place facilitates spotting and leveraging of environmental feedbacks and creation of ecological value. Embeddedness in trans-local grassroots networks provides entrepreneurs with unique resources, including globally transferable knowledge about sustainability challenges and practical solutions to these challenges. As result, entrepreneurship for resilience is explained as an embedding process. Embedding means attuning of practices to local places, as well as making global resources, including knowledge obtained in grassroots networks, work in local settings.

Research limitations/implications

Researchers should continue developing the emerging domain of entrepreneurship for resilience.

Practical implications

The objective of resilience and due respect to local environment may entail a need to consider appropriate resourcing practices and organisational models.

Social implications

The critical roles of place-based practices for resilience deserve more recognition in today’s globalised world.

Originality/value

The specific importance of the ecological dimension of embeddedness in place is emphasised. Moreover, by combining entrepreneurship and grassroots innovation literatures, which have talked past each other to date, this paper shows how local and global resources are leveraged throughout the embedding process. Thereby, it opens unexplored research avenues within the emerging domain of entrepreneurship for resilience.

Keywords
Resilience, Place, Grassroots innovations, Social and sustainable entrepreneurship, Social-cultural and ecological embeddedness
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies; sustainability
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-150438 (URN)10.1108/JEC-12-2017-0100 (DOI)000441017800006 ()
Available from: 2018-08-08 Created: 2018-08-08 Last updated: 2018-09-11Bibliographically approved
Vlasov, M. & Vincze, Z. (2018). Re-learning with permaculture: exploring knowledges of innovation for strong sustainability. In: Karl Johan Bonnedahl, Pasi Heikkurinen (Ed.), Strongly sustainable societies: organising human activities on a hot and full Earth (pp. 249-268). Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Re-learning with permaculture: exploring knowledges of innovation for strong sustainability
2018 (English)In: Strongly sustainable societies: organising human activities on a hot and full Earth / [ed] Karl Johan Bonnedahl, Pasi Heikkurinen, Routledge, 2018, p. 249-268Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

It is often claimed that humanity needs more innovation in order to depart from unsustainable practices that degrade ecosystems, although opinions as to what may constitute such innovation diverge. The starting argument of this chapter is that sustainable value of innovation essentially depends on the knowledge, on which this innovation is based. Inspired by Permaculture, an ecological design framework and a trans-local grassroots movement, several moves from Weak to Strong Sustainability Innovation are suggested. The first move is re-learning – from the universal knowledge of global markets, science and technology towards place-based and alternative knowledges that are found, for example, in many indigenous cultures or grassroots movements for sustainability. Other moves include mindful recombining of these different knowledges, embedding of human activities in local places, regenerating ecosystems, and frugalising – making do with less resources. As long as Strong Sustainability can be considered as a viable objective for humanity to strive for, we can conclude that innovation is necessary in its pursuit. Such innovation would involve reinvention of age-old methods and technologies that were used "before oil", and importantly, social innovation that enables transition to less resource-intensive and less technological-dependent practices.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2018
Series
Routledge studies in sustainability
Keywords
ecological knowledge, grassroots innovation, permaculture, strong sustainability
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
sustainability; Ethics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-150163 (URN)9780815387213 (ISBN)9780815387220 (ISBN)9781351173643 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-07-14 Created: 2018-07-14 Last updated: 2018-09-28Bibliographically approved
Tesar, G. & Vincze, Z. (Eds.). (2017). Motivating SMEs to cooperate and internationalize: a dynamic perspective. New York: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Motivating SMEs to cooperate and internationalize: a dynamic perspective
2017 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Motivating cooperation among and internationalization of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Northern Europe is a challenging task. SMEs in Northern Europe are typically located in small remote towns or villages, over large geographic areas, with limited resources. Although in theory, they create employment opportunities, stabilize local socio-economic conditions, and contribute to tax revenue they often require significant managerial knowhow and assistance. Their typical local orientation often prevents them looking beyond their perceived boundaries. In order to extend their inherent capabilities, they need to be entrepreneurial, innovative, and international in their managerial abilities.

Most Northern European countries offer assistance to SMEs in numerous forms on local, regional, and national levels. Government assistance is generally directed to the overall operations of SMEs and is seldom directed to improving management to their skills and knowhow. Entrepreneurial, innovative, and even international initiatives are personal. Individual managers are sources of ideas, products, programs, and cross border ventures. Northern European SMEs depend on strong managers—managers who understand local strategic dynamics and seize their advantages.

Northern European SMEs do not operate in a vacuum. They frequently cooperate strategically and operationally with other SMEs in their regions. They form industrial clusters with integrated supply chains, internal research and engineering services to develop competitive products and services, and share marketing and sales organizations among other activities. Their futures often depend on exports and on international ventures in some cases.

One of the unique characteristics of SMEs in Northern Europe, is their willingness to cooperate with regional universities and other educational institutions. SMEs managers help academics learn about their managerial styles, they respond to academic research, and open their operations to case research studies. Academics learn from direct contact with SMEs managers. And, this is not a one-way street. Managers also learn from the academics.

Academics help managers be entrepreneurial, make better decisions, and think strategically. Transfer of knowledge from academics to SMEs managers represents an important way of growing SMEs. This publication is dedicated to Professor Håkan Boter of Umeå School of Business and Economics at Umeå University. He is one academic who has been extensively involved with the transfer of knowledge from academia to SMEs in Northern Europe.

During his career, Professor Boter initiated and participated in projects designed to foster cooperation and internationalization among SMEs in Northern Europe and facilitate their growth. These projects include the establishment of the Center of Inter-Organizational Innovation Research (CiiR) and the Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Business Development (CEIB) among other initiatives. Professor Boter reached across the borders of academia to SMEs and often served as an advisor, coordinator, facilitator, mediator, and information source. His commitment to developing management expertise in eastern Africa under the auspices of the Swedish International Development Agency has been extraordinary as is his participation in a coalition of major European and North American international universities to promote management education among African universities. Professor Boter has authored and coauthored many widely recognized papers and monographs on managerial aspects of SMEs, their cooperation, and internationalization. His contributions provided an impetus for this project. We thank you, Håkan!

George Tesar, Madison, Wisconsin

Zsuzsanna Vincze, Umeå, Sweden

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Routledge, 2017. p. 232
Series
Routledge studies in small business
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-141897 (URN)9781138220577 (ISBN)9781315412603 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-11-15 Created: 2017-11-15 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Vincze, Z. & Zettinig, P. (2017). SME-MNE cooperation in a regional cluster. In: George Tesar and Zsuzsanna Vincze (Ed.), Motivating SMEs to cooperate and internationalize: a dynamic perspective (pp. 152-168). New York: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>SME-MNE cooperation in a regional cluster
2017 (English)In: Motivating SMEs to cooperate and internationalize: a dynamic perspective / [ed] George Tesar and Zsuzsanna Vincze, New York: Routledge, 2017, p. 152-168Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The paper sets out to explain how and why industrial clusters evolve to new economically viable development paths. We focus on the interplay between MNEs global strategies and their local SMEs creating important dynamics leading to cluster change. Although various mechanisms are at play simultaneously, we consider that the understanding of the dynamics and interactions between MNE and SMEs' entrepreneurial behaviours are crucial. We define the boundary conditions to put the balance of exploitation and exploration into a more applicable framework. This allows us to present propositions of mindset and behaviour in regard to (a) the perceptions and preferences for environmental uncertainty; (b) the focus on exploration and exploitation processes; and (c) the means to derive at balancing these processes. Drawing on longitudinal data from a Swedish biorefinery cluster (Örnsköldsvik) we identify archetypical firms and document their interactions between the lead MNE and local/regional entrepreneurial SMEs; we conclude on dynamic changes that drive local firms' success in such a cluster.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Routledge, 2017
Series
Routledge Studies in Small Business
Keywords
Cluster evolution, cooperation, dynamic changes, behavioural logics
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-141895 (URN)9781138220577 (ISBN)9781315412603 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-11-15 Created: 2017-11-15 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Vincze, Z. & Teräs, J. (2016). Mechanisms of innovation-based cluster transformation. In: Mario Davide Parrilli, Rune Dahl-Fitjar, and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose (Ed.), Innovation drivers and regional innovation strategies: (pp. 85-104). New York: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mechanisms of innovation-based cluster transformation
2016 (English)In: Innovation drivers and regional innovation strategies / [ed] Mario Davide Parrilli, Rune Dahl-Fitjar, and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, New York: Routledge, 2016, p. 85-104Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Routledge, 2016
Series
Routledge Studies in Innovation, Organizations and Technology ; 40
Keywords
cluster transformation, innovation, industrial renewal
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-119825 (URN)978-1-138-94532-6 (ISBN)978-1-315-67147-5 (ISBN)
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Founded by the Academy of Finland

Available from: 2016-04-28 Created: 2016-04-28 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Akpinar, M. & Vincze, Z. (2016). The dynamics of coopetition: A stakeholder view of the German automotive industry. Industrial Marketing Management, 57, 53-63
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The dynamics of coopetition: A stakeholder view of the German automotive industry
2016 (English)In: Industrial Marketing Management, ISSN 0019-8501, E-ISSN 1873-2062, Vol. 57, p. 53-63Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In response to calls for better understanding the dynamics of coopetition, this study aims to develop a framework that explains why the levels of competition and cooperation change over time. The framework adopts the two-continua approach to coopetition and the theoretical concepts of power and stake from the stakeholder literature. Integrating concepts from the coopetition and stakeholder literatures is a promising attempt, which is justified by the fact that stakeholders are in coopetition with the firm. According to our framework the power difference affects the level of competition, and vice versa, whereas common stakes affect the level of cooperation, and vice versa. This was subject to a test with insights from the in-depth analysis of the changing coopetition between the Volkswagen Group and Porsche AG during the period 2001–2012. Our findings explain why an environmental threat on one of the firms shifted the power difference and changed the coopetition first from cooperation-dominant to balanced-strong and then ended it through a full acquisition.

Keywords
Coopetition; Stakeholder; Power; Stake; Volkswagen Group; Porsche AG
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-121182 (URN)10.1016/j.indmarman.2016.05.006 (DOI)000381591000006 ()
Available from: 2016-05-27 Created: 2016-05-27 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Lindman, M., Pennanen, K., Rothenstein, J., Scozzi, B. & Vincze, Z. (2016). The value space: how firms facilitate value creation. Business Process Management Journal, 22(4), 736-762
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2016 (English)In: Business Process Management Journal, ISSN 1463-7154, E-ISSN 1758-4116, Vol. 22, no 4, p. 736-762Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose– The purpose of this paper is to investigate the firm’s role in the value creation process. In particular, after categorizing the activities that firms carry out to facilitate the creation of value, the “value space,” an actionable framework within which different dimensions of value creation are integrated, is developed and discussed.

Design/methodology/approach– The framework is built up on process theory, an in-depth review of the literature and a multiple case study carried out on 65 European firms in the furniture industry.

Findings– The value space is both a practical and theoretically based framework which contributes to the development of a more holistic and “actionable” view on the role of firm in the value creation process; also it provides managers with a tool to support the analysis, management and innovation of the value creation process.

Originality/value– The systematic categorization of firms’ activities and their subsequent integration into a value creation framework are a missing piece in terms of understanding the value creation process carried out by firms. Also, by facilitating the analysis and innovation of the value creation process, the framework can be used to support both exploitative and explorative business process management.

Keywords
Multiple case study, framework, Business process management, Process theory, Value creation activities, Value creation process
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-121181 (URN)10.1108/BPMJ-09-2015-0126 (DOI)000382545100004 ()
Available from: 2016-05-27 Created: 2016-05-27 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Vincze, Z., Vanyushyn, V. & Boter, H. (2014). Innovation behaviour of Swedish Firms. In: : . Paper presented at The 9th international conference on Regional Innovation Policies (RIP), October 16-17, Stavanger..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Innovation behaviour of Swedish Firms
2014 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-94130 (URN)
Conference
The 9th international conference on Regional Innovation Policies (RIP), October 16-17, Stavanger.
Available from: 2014-10-05 Created: 2014-10-05 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Vincze, Z., Vanyushyn, V. & Boter, H. (2014). Uncover the Hidden Innovation: Analysis of Innovation Behaviour of Swedish Firms. In: : . Paper presented at The 5th Aalborg Conference - “Finding Solutions to the New Challenges of Internationalization”. June 4-6, Aalborg..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Uncover the Hidden Innovation: Analysis of Innovation Behaviour of Swedish Firms
2014 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-94129 (URN)
Conference
The 5th Aalborg Conference - “Finding Solutions to the New Challenges of Internationalization”. June 4-6, Aalborg.
Available from: 2014-10-05 Created: 2014-10-05 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Vincze, Z. (2013). In search of generative mechanism: the grounded theory approach to process theory building. In: Melanie E. Hassett and Eriikka Paavilainen-Mäntymäki (Ed.), Handbook of longitudinal research methods in organiation and business studies: (pp. 163-184). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>In search of generative mechanism: the grounded theory approach to process theory building
2013 (English)In: Handbook of longitudinal research methods in organiation and business studies / [ed] Melanie E. Hassett and Eriikka Paavilainen-Mäntymäki, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013, p. 163-184Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-92492 (URN)9780857936783 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-08-27 Created: 2014-08-27 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
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