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Swedish sustainability through a Zhang and London lens
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 Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
2016 (English)In: Competitiveness Review: an international business journal, ISSN 1059-5422, E-ISSN 2051-3143, Vol. 26, no 4, 370-394 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: To describe how sustainable development has been initiated in a country (Sweden) in which sustainable development has priority and has produced observable results – essentially the definition and reshaping of contents (p. 107) referred to in the ZL paper therefore adding some validity to the model.

Method: The research is both exploratory and qualitative in nature and utilizes an in-depth case study approach to the Swedish international economy as might be reflected by Zhang and London’s modified Porter model.  Information drawn from current secondary sources is complemented by personal contemporaneous observations of individuals in the country of interest.   

Findings: The task of implementing Sweden’s strategy for sustainable development is holistic and the State has played a major role in its development.  That is, sustainability is the responsibility of the Government Offices as a whole, which produces proactive programs in each of the interactions analyzed in the Zhang and London modified model.  As an aside, the country has sustained a high level of competitiveness while producing a pleasant environment in which to live.

Practical implications: Insofar as Sweden might be a model for other countries interested in extending their efforts in sustainable development, observations here provide some insights into possible approaches and results.

Originality/value: The approach basically followed Siggelkow’s (2007) definition of the use of cases as illustrations, which is useful when the underlying development depends upon constructs.  It follows that the association of real-world observations with theory well serves the underlying foundation and cannot help but build credibility of those concepts and theory.

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2016. Vol. 26, no 4, 370-394 p.
Keyword [en]
Modified porter model, Porter’s diamond model, Sustainable development (SD), Swedish competiveness
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Business Administration
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Business Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-106683DOI: 10.1108/CR-05-2014-0014ISI: 000392738400001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-106683DiVA: diva2:843941
Available from: 2015-08-01 Created: 2015-08-01 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved

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