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  • 1.
    Andersson-Skog, Lena
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.
    In the shadow of the Swedish welfare state: women and the service sector2007In: Business history review, ISSN 0007-6805, E-ISSN 2044-768X, Vol. 81, p. 451-470Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The twentieth-century history of the Swedish welfare state and public-service sector is critical to understanding the changing role of women in Sweden, as the expansion of the country's service production, beginning in the 1960s, has been mainly the result of welfare-state policies. Yet women's self-employment and wage work in the service industry has been neglected as an economic factor in both traditional economic and business-history accounts and in historical studies of gender. Some suggestions are made for future explorations of the Swedish service sector as it operates in the shadow of the welfare state.

  • 2.
    Bergquist, Ann-Kristin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Unit of Economic History. 19720206-8982.
    Renewing Business History in the Era of the Anthropocene2019In: Business history review, ISSN 0007-6805, E-ISSN 2044-768X, Vol. 93, no 1, p. 3-24Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 3.
    Bergquist, Ann-Kristin
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Unit of Economic History. 19720206-8982.
    Cole, Shawn A
    Ehrenfeld, John
    King, Andrew A
    Schendler, Auden
    Understanding and Overcoming Roadblocks to Environmental Sustainability: Past Roads and Future Prospects2019In: Business history review, ISSN 0007-6805, E-ISSN 2044-768X, Vol. 93, no 1, p. 127-148Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article examines key barriers to business sustainability discussed at a multidisciplinary conference held at the Harvard Business School in 2018. Drawing on perspectives from both the historical and business literatures, speakers debated the historical success of and future opportunities for voluntary business actions to advance sustainability. Roadblocks include misaligned incentives, missing institutions, inertia of economic systems, and the concept of sustainability itself. Overcoming these roadblocks will require systematic interventions and alternative normative concepts.

  • 4.
    Bergquist, Ann-Kristin
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.
    Lindmark, Magnus
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.
    Sustainability and Shared Value in the Interwar Swedish Copper Industry2016In: Business history review, ISSN 0007-6805, E-ISSN 2044-768X, Vol. 90, no 2, p. 197-225Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study of the Swedish-based mining company Boliden examines the proactive strategies it adopted to deal with the potential for severe environmental problems associated with the establishment of its large copper smelter in the 1920s. The article demonstrates how international networks, personal experience, and knowledge transfer from the U.S. copper industry help to explain the importance given to environmental issues by the Swedish industrialists. It is suggested that the main explanation for the proactive stance of the Swedish managers is that they perceived excessive pollution as working against creating a profitable and sustainable business. This case provides compelling evidence that firms pursuing an agenda focused on earning profits can still deliver environmental innovation and value to the local community, compatible with the concept of creating shared value.

  • 5.
    Bergquist, Ann-Kristin
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.
    Söderholm, Kristina
    Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden.
    Green innovation systems in Swedish industry: 1960-19892011In: Business history review, ISSN 0007-6805, E-ISSN 2044-768X, Business History Review, Vol. 85, no 4, p. 677-698Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Organizational networks had a strong influence on the diffusion of green knowledge within the Swedish pulp-and-paper industry from the mid-1960s to the 1980s. The environmental adaptations made by this industrial sector were not merely the result of a corporate initiative or of the response by firms or industries to environmental regulation. An examination of the innovation-system approach that was used to further the industry's environmental goals reveals that the knowledge and technology development underpinning the project depended on a network of diverse actors. Within this network, the semi-governmental Institute for Water and Air Protection, working with a consulting company, was a critical generator and intermediary of knowledge. Thus, the success of the project was largely due to the Institute's balanced relations with government and industry.

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