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  • 1.
    Arbuthnott, Andrew
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business.
    Eriksson, Jessica
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business.
    Wincent, Joakim
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business.
    When a new industry meets traditional and declining ones: An integrative approach towards dialectics and social movement theory in a model of regional industry emergence processes2010In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387, Vol. 26, no 3, p. 290-308Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper takes an integrative approach towards dialectics and social movement theories in a model of regional industry emergence processes. Based on an inductive qualitative investigation we describe how a new industry emerges in a declining and peripheral region dominated by struggling and traditional local industry. The emanating model of regional industry emergence is based on four main processes; framing processes, movement mobilisation processes,inter-industry relational processes and dialectical processes, which together shape the emerging regional industry. This exemplifies how new regional industry mobilisation efforts provide an ‘anti-thesis’ to traditional industry, and how established industry actors respond with contestation to protect their business concepts. Furthermore we illustrate how new industry actors reframe their concepts to complement dominating traditional industry and to overcome tensions and conflicts. Following dialectic interaction between new and traditional industry wenoticed signs of acceptance and synthesis between the newly formed and old industry actors; ultimately resulting in a revitalisation of the region’s traditional industry. As such, this article makes a point of accounting for agency and productive conflict when understanding regional industry renewal and emergence.

  • 2.
    Corvellec, Hervé
    et al.
    Lund University.
    Stål, Herman
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE).
    Qualification as corporate activism: How Swedish apparel retailers attachcircular fashion qualities to take-back systems2019In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper explains how corporations can develop market-based activities to influence environmental policies. The empirical focus is on how Swedish apparel retailers qualify take-back systems for used clothes and textiles assteps toward creating circular fashion. An analysis of the qualities that retailers attach to take-back systemsshows how qualification helps corporations feature fashion as potentially sustainable and able to develop circularmaterial flows, with the aim to enroll staff, customers, and other stakeholders in new behaviors andpatterns of responsibility. We apply the notion of corporate activism to demonstrate how corporations usequalification to engage in market-based activities with the aim of influencing the regulatory agenda.

    The full text will be freely available from 2021-04-01 16:49
  • 3.
    Eriksson, Jessica
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
    G. Patriotta ; Organizational knowledge in the making.: How firms create, use, and institutionalize knowledge. Oxford University Press, Oxford, (2003)2006In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387, Vol. 22, no 1, p. 84-86Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 4.
    Gaim, Medhanie
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
    Wåhlin, Nils
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
    In search of a creative space: A conceptual framework of synthesizing paradoxical tensions2016In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387, Vol. 32, no 1, p. 33-44Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We examine paradoxes in organizations and the organizations’ ability to deal with the resulting paradoxical tensions. Paradoxes constitute contradictory yet interrelated organizational demands that exist simultaneously, with the resulting tensions persisting over time. Irrespective of the prevailing evidence that engaging paradoxes leads to peak performance in the short-term, which reinforces long-term success, the question of how this might be done remains perplexing. Thus, based on pragmatic philosophy, this paper aims to increase our understanding of what constitutes a paradox and suggests a conceptual framework from which organizations and their members can frame and cope with tensions that result from paradoxes. Specifically, we conceptually map a way to achieve a synthesis of paradoxical tensions that is informed by design thinking. This synthesis is said to occur when competing demands are simultaneously fulfilled to their full potential. In this paper, design thinking – as a management concept – is used to refer to the interplay between perspective, structure, process, and mindset. It provides an alternative framing of how organizations approach paradoxes and deal with the resulting tensions.

  • 5.
    Hassel, Lars
    et al.
    Åbo Akademi USA.
    Cunningham, Gary
    Bryant College USA.
    Budget effectiveness in multinational companies: An empirical examination of environmental interaction on cognitive and affective effects of two dimensions of budgetary participation1993In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387, Vol. 9, no 4, p. 299-316Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study examines the interaction between two dimensions of budgetary participation and environmental dynamism on perceptions of budget effectiveness in multinational companies. Unique features are dichotomies of: (i) domestic and foreign subunits; (ii) two dimensions of budget participation, communication and influence; and (iii) two facets of effectiveness perceptions, higher level involvement and outcomes of budget process. Results show that benefits of budgetary participation are limited and not consistent. Significant differences between foreign and domestic subunits are apparent. The primary perceived benefits are associated with communication. Budget influence is associated with positive perceptions of top-level involvement in foreign subunits but negative perceptions of outcomes of budget process in both domestic and foreign subunits.

  • 6.
    Helin, Sven
    et al.
    Swedish Business School, Örebro University, SE 701 82 Örebro, Sweden.
    Jensen, Tommy
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business.
    Sandström, Johan
    Swedish Business School, Örebro University, SE 701 82 Örebro, Sweden.
    Clegg, Stewart
    School of Management, University of Technology Box 123, Broadway NSW 2007, Sydney, Australia.
    On the dark side of codes: domination not enlightenment2011In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387, ISSN 0956-5221, Vol. 27, no 1, p. 24-33Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

     In this paper, we show how a middle manager interprets the action of two employees as problematic and how he solves it by using the company''s code of ethics as the basis for firing them. Our telling of the story unmasks a darker side of codes and we conceptualize it in terms of power and domination. The paper contributes to the literature on corporate codes of ethics (CCEs) and corporate ethics programs by showing that such codes need not necessarily play an enabling role in organizations. Rather than being instruments of enlightenment and self-regulation, they may be used as instruments to further domination.

  • 7.
    Hällgren, Markus
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business.
    Söderholm, Anders
    Mid Sweden University, 851 70 Sundsvall, Sweden..
    Orchestrating deviations in global projects: Projects-as-practice observations2010In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387, Vol. 36, no 4, p. 352-367Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

     Contemporary projects in a global environment are challenging to manage on a daily basis because of the need for situation-specific attention, on one hand, and the desire for efficiency and standardisation on the other. On the basis of loosely coupled systems theory, this paper investigates how a project team responds to departures from the project plan, de-couples these deviations from other activities in the project, treats the deviations and re-couples them. Through participant observations, interviews, as well as vocabulary used by project managers, the paper identifies two general sequences of de-coupling and re-coupling in responding to deviations. In “good enough” practice flexibility initially dominates the sequence, postponing stabilization of the situation until later when the appropriateness of the previous actions is considered. “Carefully assessed” practice on the other hand is initially dominated by creating a stable situation, and secondly flexibility is required in the search for the solution. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

  • 8.
    Jansson, Johan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
    Inside Marketing: Practices, Ideologies, Devices2012In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387, Vol. 28, no 3, p. 267-268Article, book review (Refereed)
  • 9.
    Jensen, Tommy
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE).
    Critical management ethics2011In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387, Vol. 27, no 1, p. 152-154Article, book review (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 10.
    Jensen, Tommy
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE).
    The Virtue of leadership2009In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387, Vol. 25, no 2, p. 245-246Article, book review (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 11.
    Kapsali, Maria
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
    Prouska, Rea
    Human Resource Management in Project-Based Organizations - The HR Quadriad Framework2012In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387, Vol. 28, no 2, p. 197-198Article, book review (Refereed)
  • 12.
    Lal, Mohan
    et al.
    Department of Accountancy, Massey University at Albany, Auckland, New Zealand.
    Hassel, Lars
    Department of Business Administration, Åbo Akademi University, Finland.
    The joint impact of environmental uncertainty and tolerance of ambiguity on top managers' perceptions of the usefulness of non-conventional management accounting information1998In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387, Vol. 14, no 3, p. 259-271Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study investigates the effects of environmental uncertainty, organizational size, and tolerance of ambiguity of managers on the perceived usefulness of information characteristics of management accounting systems (MAS). An overall measure of usefulness based on the four non-conventional MAS information characteristics of scope, timeliness, level of aggregation, and information for integration were selected based on previous MAS studies (Chenhall and Morris, 1986, The Accounting Review61, 16–35). Tolerance of ambiguity was introduced as a moderator between environment and information usefulness because information is an important individual resource which makes individuals value information differently depending on the context. Size was included as a surrogate for organizational complexity to further test the strength of the person-environment interaction on information usefulness. The usefulness of MAS information is seen to be affected by interaction patterns between the individual, organizational and environmental levels. Data from 64 managers of New Zealand manufacturing companies suggests that managers of large firms with high tolerance of ambiguity perceive non-conventional MAS information to be most useful when the environment is uncertain.

  • 13.
    Lindberg, Ola
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
    Rantatalo, Oscar
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Police Education Unit at Umeå University.
    Hällgren, Markus
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE).
    Making sense through false syntheses: Working with paradoxes in the reorganization of the Swedish police2017In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387, Vol. 33, no 3, p. 175-184Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article analyses how a working group in the Swedish police made sense of their task in the wake of reorganization. It aims to describe how inputs from top management prompted processes of sensemaking within the group, and their subsequent results in responding to latent paradoxes. The police group’s work was studied through participant observation, interviews and documents. The findings illustrate how the group made latent paradoxes salient and how they worked with these paradoxes to ultimately make them latent again by what we call “false syntheses”. Through this process, the group achieved its task, but the paradoxes were reproduced, made latent and pushed away to another part of the organization. Thus, sensemaking transforms paradoxes from latent to salient, from macro to micro levels of the organization.

  • 14.
    Lions, Catherine
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
    The Strategic Value of Social Capital: How Firms Capitalize on Social Assets, Francesca Masciarelli, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK (2010), 171 pp2012In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387, Vol. 28, no 3, p. 265-266Article, book review (Refereed)
  • 15.
    Packendorff, Johan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business.
    Inquiring into the temporary organization: New directions for project management research1995In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387, Vol. 11, no 4, p. 319-333Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The theoretical field of project management (PM) can be described as a set of models and techniques for the planning and control of complex undertakings. The three main shortcomings of PM research and theory are identified as: (1) PM is seen as a general theory and a theoretical field in its own right, (2) research on PM is not sufficiently empirical, and (3) projects are seen as "tools." Instead, a diversity of theoretical perspectives should be employed in field research on "temporary organizations" in order to construct middle-range theories on different types of projects. These proposed future directions call for research on expectations, action and learning in project settings.

  • 16.
    Thorgren, Sara
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, SE-971 87 Luleå, Sweden.
    Wincent, Joakim
    Luleå University of Technology, SE-971 87 Luleå, Sweden.
    Eriksson, Jessica
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE).
    Too small or too large to trust your partners in multipartner alliances?: The role of effort in initiating generalized exchanges2011In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387, Vol. 27, no 1, p. 99-112Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article describes how smaller and larger firms face difficulties in establishing trust in multipartner alliances. Using survey data from a sample of 141 firms engaged in such alliances, we examine a curvilinear relationship between firm size and trust. Our results suggest an inverted U-shaped relationship between firm size and the degree to which a firm develops trust in partners. We also establish that effort to establish generalized exchanges is important for trust building. Specifically, we notice the inverted U-shape to be particularly prominent among firms that do not make the effort to establish generalized exchanges, which implies that smaller and larger firms depend upon concerted effort to establish generalized exchanges in developing high levels of trust in alliance partners. This has implications for explaining important influences on trust building in social exchange systems.

  • 17.
    Westerberg, Kristina
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
    Armelius, Kerstin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
    Municipal middle managers: psychosocial work environment in a gender-based division of labor2000In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387, Vol. 16, no 2, p. 189-208Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of the reported study was to explore how 245 municipal middle managersperceived their psychosocial and physical work environments, and to examine psychosomaticreactions and job satisfaction in departments engaged in di!erent types of activity, also tocompare male and female managers in these respects. The way in which psychosomaticreactions and job satisfaction were related to the psychosocial and physical work environmentswas also investigated. The results indicated a di!erence between departments depending on thetype of activity. Departments concerned with care and education, i.e. care of the elderly, childcare and schools showed a tendency to lower values for psychosocial work environment factorsand more psychosomatic reactions than the departments geared more towards maintenanceand production, i.e. street maintenance, the power plant department and the recreation o$ce.In the departments concerned with children, female managers were in a majority. In the streetmaintenance department, the recreation o$ce and the power plant department, male managerspredominated. Compared to the men, the women had a higher level of education, lower salaries,more reactions of a psychosomatic nature, lower job satisfaction and a less satisfying psychosocialwork environment. The only department with an equal number of male and femalemanagers was the schools department. Here there were no di!erences between men and womenin the factors studied. Two partial correlations were computed in order to separate theimportance of type of activity and sex to the work environment factors and outcome variables.This indicated that the type of activity was more important than biological sex. The genderingof work activities is therefore also discussed and further investigations are suggested. ( 2000Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

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