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Jacobsson, Mattias, Associate Professor (Docent)ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-2495-9676
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Jacobsson, M. & Linderoth, H. (2024). A technological niche perspective on the dissemination of results from strategic innovation programs. In: : . Paper presented at the 15th IRNOP Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, June 11-14, 2024.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A technological niche perspective on the dissemination of results from strategic innovation programs
2024 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper investigates the challenges of disseminating results from a Strategic Innovation Programme (SIP) in the Swedish built environment sector. The study takes on a technological niche perspective and combines document analysis, semi-structured interviews, and focus group interviews to increase the understanding of what might hamper sector-wide dissemination of results from SIPs. Analyzing the dissemination practices from a technological niche perspective, it is shown how the dissemination of results is dependent on two preconditions (ambition and capacity) and how clarity of target group(s) in combination with the alignment between RDI logic and the target group's frame of reference (which is anchored in the socio-technical regime) further inhibits or enables dissemination. It is concluded that ensuring these preconditions and strengthening the alignment is critical to improving sector-wide dissemination. However, an inherent dilemma must be dealt with in terms of not necessarily prioritizing dissemination at the expense of norm-challenging ideas. Given that the overarching goal of technological niches is to achieve socio-technical change, merely promoting incremental (norm-aligned) change – or “lame ducks”— is not enough.

National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-226417 (URN)
Conference
the 15th IRNOP Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, June 11-14, 2024
Available from: 2024-06-17 Created: 2024-06-17 Last updated: 2024-06-18Bibliographically approved
Musrepova, B., Biedenbach, T. & Jacobsson, M. (2024). From parallel existence towards synergistic potential: Combination of digital ambidexterity mechanisms. In: : . Paper presented at The 12th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation, CREON, Trondheim, Norway, 30–31 May, 2024.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>From parallel existence towards synergistic potential: Combination of digital ambidexterity mechanisms
2024 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

For construction firms to prosper, digital ambidexterity in terms of the organisational capability to both exploit existing digital technologies and explore new ones is found critical. In this regard, research suggests that construction firms must have the ability to employ various mechanisms to achieve digital ambidexterity. However, there is a limited understanding of whether mechanisms and not just their elements can be combined to achieve digital ambidexterity. Therefore, this paper explores this gap with the purpose of investigating how various digital ambidexterity mechanisms coexist and are integrated. Using a qualitative research methodology, this study draws on insights from 36 semi-structured interviews conducted in two large construction projects, complemented by five days of on-site observations and secondary data. The material is analyzed using a systematic grounded theory-inspired approach. In the results, the two cases are juxtaposed, and the unfoldment of the mechanism is outlined over time. It is observed how the main contractor's exploitation efforts in utilizing digital technologies can lead to an exploration effort for subcontractors, which challenges the common assumptions about ambidexterity where exploration is succeeded by exploitation. Additionally, it is shown that the combination of digital ambidexterity mechanisms could vary from parallel existence to integration, with the potential for synergy. In conclusion, this research highlights the multifaceted nature of digital ambidexterity in construction projects and broadens the understanding of how digital ambidexterity unfolds in an inter-organisational setting. Through that, the finding provides construction project actors with valuable insights for improved digital strategy formulation.

Keywords
Digital ambidexterity, Construction firm, Mechanisms, Digital technologies, Dual case study
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-225665 (URN)
Conference
The 12th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation, CREON, Trondheim, Norway, 30–31 May, 2024
Available from: 2024-06-05 Created: 2024-06-05 Last updated: 2024-06-10Bibliographically approved
Rosales, V., Harryson Näsholm, M. & Jacobsson, M. (2024). Making routines meaningful in primary healthcare. In: : . Paper presented at European Health Management Conference, Bucharest, Romania, June 5-7, 2024.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Making routines meaningful in primary healthcare
2024 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-226418 (URN)
Conference
European Health Management Conference, Bucharest, Romania, June 5-7, 2024
Available from: 2024-06-17 Created: 2024-06-17 Last updated: 2024-06-18Bibliographically approved
Svensson, M. & Jacobsson, M. (2024). Managing inconsistencies in medical decision-making: an eight-fold typology. European Management Journal, 42(1), 130-141
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Managing inconsistencies in medical decision-making: an eight-fold typology
2024 (English)In: European Management Journal, ISSN 0263-2373, E-ISSN 1873-5681, Vol. 42, no 1, p. 130-141Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper serves to deepen the understanding of how inconsistencies between feeling, thinking, and doing are managed by decision-makers in emergency settings. We use a practice approach and investigate the emergency physicians in an Emergency Department (ED), by means of 200 h of observations, 12 in-depth interviews, and organizational documentation. Data are analyzed using an abductive template-based approach. The configuration of three different decision-making modes, namely an experiential-based mode, an ostensive-based mode, and an action-based mode, provide an eight-fold typology of emergency physicians' decision-making praxis. "Weak" signals are the starting point for clinical assessment, and inconsistencies among the modes are strategically used and surprisingly often associated with positive treatment outcomes. The praxis perspective used in this article bridges literature on choice and interpretation—processes usually separated in organizational and decision-making literature. Inconsistency between the modes allow physicians to create an action space where decision-making is about more than providing the "right" answer. Making use of the eight-fold typology helps physicians identify "blind spots" improve practice in both mundane and medically rare cases, as well as aid in revision of existing routines. This awareness also provides for high-quality care, an increased acceptance of inconsistencies by the public, with a potential to reduce litigation issues.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2024
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-200567 (URN)10.1016/j.emj.2022.09.008 (DOI)2-s2.0-85139649299 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Ragnar Söderbergs stiftelse, E54/11
Available from: 2022-10-31 Created: 2022-10-31 Last updated: 2024-03-13
Musrepova, B., Biedenbach, T. & Jacobsson, M. (2024). On the nature of digital ambidexterity in construction firms. In: : . Paper presented at The 12th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation, CREON, Trondheim, Norway, 30–31 May, 2024.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>On the nature of digital ambidexterity in construction firms
2024 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

It is often emphasised that construction firms need to improve their ability to draw benefits from new digital technologies. Simultaneously, with generally tight deadlines, resource constraints, and low margins, construction firms must make the most of their existing digital technologies. This tension between exploring the new and exploiting the existing is in organisation theory captured by the concept of “ambidexterity”. Studying the ambidextrous tension of digital technologies implies delving into what can be referred to as “digital ambidexterity”, which seems to be a pervasive challenge for construction firms as they operate in an inter-organisational project-based setting where digital technologies often must serve as a bridge between different actors. As is well-established, staying competitive and innovative is crucial in today’s dynamic work environment. By taking the starting point in studies on organisational ambidexterity, and with the purpose of improving the understanding of how to tackle the challenges of digitalisation in construction, we explore what digital ambidexterity is, why it is challenging, and how it could be enabled.  The paper follows a so-called “theory adaptation research design” in that we apply an organisational ambidexterity perspective as a “method theory” to a “domain theory” in terms of the construction digitalisation literature. As the paper is a first step towards a complete integrative review, the research design is further enriched by a structured literature review following a narrative review approach. Consequently, this research sheds light on innovative strategies for construction firms to succeed in the digital age while maintaining operational efficiency.

Keywords
Ambidexterity, Construction firm, Digital technologies, Inter-organisational setting, Projects
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-225664 (URN)
Conference
The 12th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation, CREON, Trondheim, Norway, 30–31 May, 2024
Available from: 2024-06-05 Created: 2024-06-05 Last updated: 2024-06-10Bibliographically approved
Jacobsson, M. & Harryson Näsholm, M. (2023). A two factor-model of the meaningfulness of routines. In: : . Paper presented at 39th EGOS Colloquium, Cagliari, Italy, July 6-8, 2023.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A two factor-model of the meaningfulness of routines
2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This study takes its starting point in the question of what makes routines meaningful. Despite the well-established understanding of the importance of both well-functioning routines in primary health care, and the benefits associated with meaningful work, research to date has not integrated the two streams of research. Therefore, the purpose is to increase the understanding of meaningful routines. Based on interviews with three different professional categories in primary healthcare, and a thematic analysis on a latent level, the notion of a two-factor model for meaningful routines is proposed. In the analysis, the two-factor notion is used as a sensitizing concept, and nine factors explaining practitioners' sense of non-meaninglessness and six factors explaining meaningfulness in routines are identified. Thereby, the paper contributes to a better understanding of both what enables a sense of meaningfulness in routines and how different professional roles in the workplace differ in their perceptions. Practically, the results also open for improved routine practices that should consider the individual-collective dichotomy of meaningful routines and the challenge resulting from the fact that what enables meaningfulness in routines for one profession might be what erodes meaningfulness for another.

National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-214641 (URN)
Conference
39th EGOS Colloquium, Cagliari, Italy, July 6-8, 2023
Available from: 2023-09-21 Created: 2023-09-21 Last updated: 2023-09-22Bibliographically approved
Musrepova, B., Biedenbach, T. & Jacobsson, M. (2023). Orchestrators, ambassadors and brokers: understanding informal roles for the enabling of digital ambidexterity in construction firms. In: : . Paper presented at the 39th ARCOM Conference, Leeds, UK, September 4-6, 2023.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Orchestrators, ambassadors and brokers: understanding informal roles for the enabling of digital ambidexterity in construction firms
2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Much of the research on digitalisation in construction has been devoted to understanding the challenges and potentials of new digital technologies on an industry or firm level. Less attention has been devoted to the underlying micro-foundations needed to successfully exploit existing and explore new digital technologies, so-called digital ambidexterity. More specifically, the practices and actions of individual project practitioners and their roles in enabling digital ambidexterity needs further attention. Therefore, this article aims to increase the understanding of practitioners’ roles in enabling digital ambidexterity. Empirically, the study is based on 15 semi- structured interviews, 5 days of on-site observations, and other secondary data. The study identifies three key practitioner roles: orchestrators, ambassadors, and brokers. Also, a process model is developed that connects these practitioners and their practices and explains how digital ambidexterity is enabled. Thereby, the paper offers new insights into the micro-foundations of enabling digital ambidexterity in construction firms. 

Keywords
Ambidexterity, Digital technologies, Micro-foundations, Project actors
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-214497 (URN)
Conference
the 39th ARCOM Conference, Leeds, UK, September 4-6, 2023
Available from: 2023-09-19 Created: 2023-09-19 Last updated: 2023-09-19
Jacobsson, M. & Linderoth, H. (2023). The challenges of trying something new: On (in)congruence and (in)consistency of technological frames in a Swedish railway infrastructure case. In: : . Paper presented at the 39th ARCOM Conference, Leeds, UK, September 4-6, 2023.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The challenges of trying something new: On (in)congruence and (in)consistency of technological frames in a Swedish railway infrastructure case
2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper focuses on the rarely sought micro-level conditions of digitalisation for inter-organisational collaboration. Based on the “technology frame of reference” (TFR) Theory, this study aims at increasing the understanding of group-level (in)congruence and (in)consistency in the adoption and use of new digital technology in the AEC industry. The studied infrastructure case involves two actor groups currently in the process of adopting a new digital geotechnical data management system which is expected to impact both work processes and practices. Based on document analysis, semi-structured interviews, and observations of the adoption process unfolding, we analyse how the differences and similarities in technology frames influence the adoption and use of the new system. It can be concluded that, to date, no major (in)congruences or (in)consistencies exist, but different dimensions of framing spanning from operational to strategic.

Keywords
Digitalisation, Technological frames, Inter-organisational, Collaboration
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-214215 (URN)
Conference
the 39th ARCOM Conference, Leeds, UK, September 4-6, 2023
Available from: 2023-09-08 Created: 2023-09-08 Last updated: 2023-09-08
Jacobsson, M. & Söderholm, A. (2022). An essay on ‘Homo Projecticus’: ontological assumptions in the projectified society. International Journal of Project Management, 40(4), 315-319
Open this publication in new window or tab >>An essay on ‘Homo Projecticus’: ontological assumptions in the projectified society
2022 (English)In: International Journal of Project Management, ISSN 0263-7863, E-ISSN 1873-4634, Vol. 40, no 4, p. 315-319Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This essay argues that as a consequence of the projectified society there is a need to consider the individual as inherently different from what rational and administrative decision-making ontologies suggest. ’Homo Projecticus’ is introduced as a new set of ontological assumptions, and the aim of this essay is to outline its characteristics and discuss its implications. In contrast to previous assumptions, we argue that the projectified society produces action seeking individuals who are guided by the notion that life is organized within multiple temporal contexts that both follow each other and exist in parallel. Thus, a key concern is how to create boundaries, or limits, in ways that enable action. Two key mechanisms are used: ‘time bracketing’ to define time limits, and ‘scope bracketing’ to define issues or tasks. Consequently, with an aim of completing tasks through appropriate actions, the rationality guiding decision-making and actions is ‘bounded by brackets’, which means that, in contrast to previous ontologies, the limits for rationality are created by the decision-makers themselves. Through bracketing, sensible segments are created, which enables action to be reached.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2022
Keywords
Homo Projecticus, Ontology, Philosophy of science, Project studies, Project management
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-190454 (URN)10.1016/j.ijproman.2021.11.004 (DOI)000805814000001 ()2-s2.0-85120001706 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2021-12-15 Created: 2021-12-15 Last updated: 2023-06-01Bibliographically approved
Wilson, T. & Jacobsson, M. (2022). Social constructs and two factor successes: the Sydney opera house. In: : . Paper presented at Pennsylvania Economic Association (PEA) Conference, Gannon University, Pennsylvania, USA, June 2-4, 2022.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Social constructs and two factor successes: the Sydney opera house
2022 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Megaprojects are big and bold, but they almost always overshoot in costs and time. Their patterns tend to follow the ‘iron law’ of megaprojects, “over budget, over time, over and over again”. In this regard, the poster child of megaproject failures is the Sydney Opera House. That is, among alleged failures, it is one of the worst. Built in 1959-1973, it had a 1,400 % overrun in cost and ran six years behind schedule. That approach to evaluation is harsh.  Both of us has been to Sydney and have visited the Opera House. Since it opened in 1973 the Opera House has repaid its A$100 million many times over as a tourist attraction and as a cultural center, the expert evaluation report to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, 2007 asserted, “It stands by itself as one of the indisputable masterpieces of human creativity, not only in the 20th century but in the history of humankind”. Consequently, we are motivated to look at success in megaprojects. In that regard, the purpose of this paper is to continue the extended processes used for megaproject evaluations. In particular, it introduces the concepts of social construct reality and a two-factor approach to assessing success. The paper should be of interest to economists because it relates to commissioning of ultra-large projects and their eventual paybacks. 

National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-197488 (URN)
Conference
Pennsylvania Economic Association (PEA) Conference, Gannon University, Pennsylvania, USA, June 2-4, 2022
Available from: 2022-06-29 Created: 2022-06-29 Last updated: 2023-06-01Bibliographically approved
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