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Public Housing in Sweden: The Umeå Two-Step
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics. (Arcum)
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
2017 (English)In: NFF Proceedings: Bodö, 23-25 August 2017, 2017Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Comparative housing analyses often find that Swedish public housing represents an interesting story because it provides a good class of rental housing to all sections of the population. This approach has been called the “Swedish public housing model”. An in-depth case study has been used to develop a system-wide understanding of a participant’s involvement in its housing market. In this case study, the public utility/energy and water-sewage/solid waste companies played a significant role in the company’s ability to serve the local community. It thus behooves us to compare and connect the different components in the public housing company business model to complete the analysis of success in the value chain. Two-levels describe the situation. At the first level, the municipal public housing (MPH) organization is seen as functioning as a tenant-oriented, quasi-municipal utility within a value network composed of the municipality + the energy utility + the water-sewage/solid waste company. At the second level, a Shaffer analysis shows general harmony among the operations of each organization.  In particular, the MPH provides value-for-money rentals within the municipality and helps tenants turn their flats into homes. Additionally, continued appreciation of its base assets and apparent economies of scale were instrumental in the success of the operations at the tactical level. Insofar as the Swedish public housing model is undergoing a shift to be more “business-like”, this study indicates how the model successfully works at the individual company level. Because there are certain commonalities with other organizations in public management, observations may be relevant in their successful operations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017.
Keyword [en]
Swedish Housing, Municipal Public Housing, Business Models, Case Study
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Business Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-138665OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-138665DiVA: diva2:1136254
Conference
NFF Conference: Bodö, 23-25 August 2017
Available from: 2017-08-26 Created: 2017-08-26 Last updated: 2017-08-29

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