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  • 1.
    Adman, Per
    et al.
    Uppsala universitet.
    Bergquist, Ann-Kristin
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Enheten för ekonomisk historia.
    Bonnedahl, Karl Johan
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Eckerberg, Katarina
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Statsvetenskapliga institutionen.
    Eimermann, Marco
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för geografi.
    Enlund, Desirée
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för geografi.
    Eriksson, Madeleine
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för geografi.
    Helmersson, Linnea
    Umeå universitet, Humanistiska fakulteten, Institutionen för kultur- och medievetenskaper.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Umeå universitet, Humanistiska fakulteten, Institutionen för kultur- och medievetenskaper.
    Nordlund, Annika
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för psykologi.
    Nordlund, Christer
    Umeå universitet, Humanistiska fakulteten, Institutionen för idé- och samhällsstudier.
    Simonsson, Märit
    Umeå universitet, Humanistiska fakulteten, Institutionen för kultur- och medievetenskaper.
    Örestig, Johan
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Sociologiska institutionen.
    DN Debatt. 171 forskare: ”Vi vuxna bör också klimatprotestera”2019Ingår i: Dagens Nyheter, ISSN 1101-2447, , s. 1Artikel i tidskrift (Övrig (populärvetenskap, debatt, mm))
    Abstract [sv]

    Vuxna bör följa uppmaningen från ungdomarna i Fridays for future-rörelsen och protestera eftersom det politiska ledarskapet är otillräckligt. Omfattande och långvariga påtryckningar från hela samhället behövs för att få de politiskt ansvariga att utöva det ledarskap som klimatkrisen kräver, skriver 171 forskare i samhällsvetenskap och humaniora.

  • 2.
    Anell, Barbro
    et al.
    Centre for Regional & Tourism Research, 37 30, Nexö, Denmark.
    Bonnedahl, Karl Johan
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    The impact of internationalisation on the Swedish food industry: Competition and countervailing power2004Ingår i: Journal of International Food & Agribusiness Marketing, ISSN 0897-4438, E-ISSN 1528-6983, Vol. 15, nr 1/2, s. 23-52Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The European integration process has changed the competitive landscape in many industries. The questions raised in this paper concern the reactions of national firms that are subjected to this process of internationalisation of competition.

    This study highlights the vertical inter-dependence within a system of production and distribution. In internationalisation theory, most studies have focused on how firms become international or global players, where entrance into new markets is seen as a result of strategic decisions.

    To illustrate this process, three industries in food production, that is the baking, the brewing and the confectionery industries, were chosen.

    The results indicate that a supra-industrial strategic recipe exists, with a core content of specialised volume production. The discussion on company strategies focussed on the retail sector. The findings might be interpreted in the light of Galbraith's theory of countervailing power.

  • 3.
    Bonnedahl, Karl Johan
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Företagsekonomi.
    En företagsstrategisk analys av ekonomisk integration: konsekvenser av Europas inre marknad för svenska mindre tillverkande företag1999Doktorsavhandling, monografi (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    Since the mid-eighties, progress in European economic integration has contributed to changing conditions for the conduct of business in many sectors of the economies. Such is the case in Sweden, whose commitment to the formal integration process also has changed in recent years, from a free trade arrangement (EFTA) via the European Economic Area (The EFTA states' affiliation to the European Union's Internal Market), to membership in the European Union.

    A theoretical point of departure for this thesis was the finding that although economic integration entails strategic consequences for firms, studies treating economic integration with a general business strategy perspective were rare. Hence, the main purpose has been to achieve knowledge about the European Internal Market's strategic consequences for Swedish firms, with the focus on manufacturing SMEs.

    Empirically, it is examined how integration has been experienced in firms through two questionnaires, sent in earlier and later stages of the formal integration process. Although the responses indicate a limited impact from the Internal Market, they present some arguments for an increased internationalisation. There are, however, reasons to believe that factors other than political initiatives were behind such a development.

    In the theoretical part of this thesis, obstacles to international competition, and the corresponding competitive advantages, are seen as being central for understanding integration effects as well as for the possibilities to respond to them. An essential distinction is made between different types of obstacles, based on origin or main causes. One or other of these categories may be crucial for a firm when defending a strategic market position, or may hinder the firm from competing in other markets. Furthermore, obstacles in the different categories are in principle influenced by integration measures to a varying degree, and the survey indicated that the type of obstacle that is primarily influenced by integration measures is the one with the least perceived influence on firms' competitive strength.

    In the last part of the thesis, and with several different points of departure - trade and integration theory, international business, strategic management, and the Internal Market's institutional framework - a model for analysis of integration effects in business strategy terminology is developed and presented. The model is constituted by a geographic dimension and a dimension concerning the product and distribution in a broad sense. For firms with strategic positions which are affected according to the analysis, two principal strategic responses are discussed: to re-establish former competitive advantages or to adapt to the new situation by re-orienting the business.

  • 4.
    Bonnedahl, Karl Johan
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Europas ekonomiska integration: Den inre marknadens konsekvenser för svenskt företagande2000Bok (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
  • 5.
    Bonnedahl, Karl Johan
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    From exploitation and expansion to evolutionary coexistence: a new realism for life beyond the Anthropocene2017Ingår i: Sustainability and peaceful coexistence for the Anthropocene / [ed] Pasi Heikkurinen, London: Routledge, 2017, s. 162-187Kapitel i bok, del av antologi (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
  • 6.
    Bonnedahl, Karl Johan
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet (USBE).
    Från ekonomiskt till hållbart från exploatering till samexistens: en bok om att tänka om2012Bok (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
  • 7.
    Bonnedahl, Karl Johan
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Local Management of a Global Commons?: The Case of Climate Standard Development in the Swedish Food Sector2014Ingår i: International Journal of Business and Management, ISSN 1833-3850, E-ISSN 1833-8119, Vol. 9, nr 11, s. 31-47Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Focusing on climate change, this article discusses possibilities of a local approach to complex globalenvironmental problems. Due to failures of markets and international politics as strategies to govern theatmosphere, an alternative approach could be voluntary initiatives in which the complexity of the globalcommon-pool resource (CPR) is reduced. Assessing such an approach through a case study of food standarddevelopment in Sweden, the outcome is two-sided. By means of scientific explanations and stakeholder dialogue,standards were produced, but attentiveness to CPR management diminished as focus turned towards producerinterests and efficiency increasing measures. Although the climate issue was promoted, the outcome was farfrom the needed change and illustrates difficulties to deviate from prevailing priorities. In order to balance localinterests and power with global and intertemporal values, and reach absolute emission cuts, change in norms andgovernance on every level would be needed.

  • 8.
    Bonnedahl, Karl Johan
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Om avståndet till naturen och oviljan till hållbar konsumtion2015Ingår i: Organisation & samhälle, ISSN 2002-0287, nr 1, s. 26-30Artikel, forskningsöversikt (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
  • 9.
    Bonnedahl, Karl Johan
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Strategic implications of European economic integration: The relative importance of barrier categories2011Ingår i: European Journal of International Management, ISSN 1751-6757, E-ISSN 1751-6765, Vol. 5, nr 3, s. 235-252Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Investigating strategic implications of economic integration for firms, this paper presents and discusses a framework for assessment of barriers to intra-community competition. The case is the European internal market, from the perspective of Swedish SMEs. The dismantling of certain barriers as well as remaining barriers to intra-community transactions is acknowledged. Both circumstances influence competitive advantages on the domestic market and the need for resources and experience abroad. Opportunities and threats are related to the initial exposure to barriers of different categories: whether barriers build on political measures, market behaviour, culture or nature. Data from Swedish SMEs, including perceived distance to other markets, underline limitations in policymaking's reach as well as the importance of geographic and lingua-cultural distance.

  • 10.
    Bonnedahl, Karl Johan
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Caramujo, Maria José
    Universidade de Lisboa, Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (cE3c), Faculdade de Ciências, Portugal.
    Beyond an absolving role for sustainable development: Assessing consumption as a basis for sustainable societies2019Ingår i: Sustainable Development, ISSN 0968-0802, E-ISSN 1099-1719, Vol. 27, nr 1, s. 61-68Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Three decades after the launch of sustainable development as a key objective for the global community, the unsustainable exploitation of the planet's species, spaces and systems continues. This paper examines this failure by discussing the strategy of control over nature, and the idea of balance between human endeavour and nature, inherent in the term sustainable. The relevance of such ecological balance is assessed by comparing how consumption typically appears in modern human societies versus nature. This presents traits of the human actor which depart significantly from the traits of actors in typified natural settings, from which ideas of ecological balance are taken. Calling for an alternative framing of the relationship between human society and nature, possible adaptation towards a biological understanding of such a relationship is discussed through features of today's consumption, including its connection to needs, the role of labour, and the use of energy and technology.

  • 11.
    Bonnedahl, Karl Johan
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Eriksson, Jessica
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Företagsekonomi.
    Sustainable economic organisation: simply a matter of reconceptualisation or a need for a new ethics?2007Ingår i: International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, ISSN 1740-8822, E-ISSN 1740-8830, Vol. 2, nr 1, s. 97-115Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Today's increasing environmental problems are closely related to how we organise economic activities. This paper departs from the assumption that in order to reach sustainable economic organisation, we must address the dominating Market Discourse (MD), guiding mainstream organising. To understand whether reconceptualisations are sufficient or if changes in underlying ethics are needed, we compare the MD with strong and weak sustainability discourses. The analysis suggests that there is a need for changes in underlying assumptions as well as reconceptualisation of economic organisation that coheres with these assumptions. We also discuss how the related concepts of allocative, governance and throughput efficiency permeates MD, and, as principles for organisation, contribute to the inertia in working towards sustainable economic organisation.

  • 12.
    Bonnedahl, Karl Johan
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Eriksson, Jessica
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Företagsekonomi.
    The role of discourse in the quest for low-carbon economic practices: A case of standard development in the food sector2011Ingår i: European Management Journal, ISSN 0263-2373, E-ISSN 1873-5681, Vol. 29, nr 3, s. 165-180Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This article explores a collaborative initiative aiming to set standards for low-carbon practices in the Swedish food sector. Examining stakeholders’ comments and considerations during formative stages of standard development, the process is explained in terms of how it is influenced by discursive activity. Findings illustrate diverging assumptions and interests, but also how science partly bridges economic and ecological perspectives. However, while more critical arguments serve to validate the initiative, the resulting compromise does not question the canon of market discourse, including consumer sovereignty and the legitimacy of established economic interests. When acknowledging the role of consumers and mainstream business as causes to climate change, voluntary initiatives such as our case could, nevertheless, influence discourse through the spread of knowledge and awareness, and finally facilitate change in practices and acceptance for stricter regulation.

  • 13.
    Bonnedahl, Karl Johan
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Heikkurinen, PasiUniversity of Leeds.
    Strongly sustainable societies: organising human activities on a hot and full Earth2018Samlingsverk (redaktörskap) (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    The response of the international community to the pressing socio-ecological problems has been framed around the concept of 'sustainable development'. The ecological pressure, however, has continued to rise and mainstream sustainability discourse has proven to be problematic. It contains an instrumental view of the world, a strong focus on technological solutions, and the premise that natural and human-made 'capitals' are substitutable. This trajectory, which is referred to as 'weak sustainability', reproduces inequalities, denies intrinsic values in nature, and jeopardises the wellbeing of humans as well as other beings.

    Based on the assumptions of strong sustainability, this edited book presents practical and theoretical alternatives to today's unsustainable societies. It investigates and advances pathways for humanity that are ecologically realistic, ethically inclusive, and receptive to the task's magnitude and urgency. The book challenges the traditional anthropocentric ethos and ontology, economic growth-dogma, and programmes of ecological modernisation. It discusses options with examples on different levels of analysis, from the individual to the global, addressing the economic system, key sectors of society, alternative lifestyles, and experiences of local communities.

    Examining key topics including human–nature relations and wealth and justice, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of environmental and development studies, ecological economics, environmental governance and policy, sustainable business, and sustainability science.

  • 14.
    Bonnedahl, Karl Johan
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Heikkurinen, Pasi
    University of Leeds.
    The case for strong sustainability2018Ingår i: Strongly sustainable societies: organising human activities on a hot and full Earth / [ed] Karl Johan Bonnedahl and Pasi Heikkurinen, Abingdon: Routledge, 2018, s. 1-20Kapitel i bok, del av antologi (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    This book is written after three decades of global policy and discourse on sustainable development (SD). Regrettably, these decades did not meet the iconic Brundtland Report's call to display 'environmental strategies for achieving sustainable development by the year 2000 and beyond' (WCED, 1987: Chairman's foreword). Instead, humanity's combined efforts have made an already strained Earth even hotter and fuller.

  • 15.
    Bonnedahl, Karl Johan
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskaplig fakultet, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet.
    Jensen, Tommy
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskaplig fakultet, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet.
    Internationalization of the Organizational Field: Swedish Grocery Retailers in the European Integration Process2007Ingår i: The International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research, ISSN 0959-3969, Vol. 17, nr 3, s. 283-302Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This article describes how import of ideas and practices influence an industry that is in an early stage of internationalization, as well as part of European integration. By using institutional theory, such a situation is depicted as an expansion of the organizational field, in which international isomorphism between organizations has commenced. Studying Swedish grocery retailing, a new set of ideas was found regarding what constitutes an efficient organization. This included centralization, vertical integration and brand management, and it was strongly influenced by foreign actors and markets. We conclude that isomorphism occurs in a decreasingly national field, although not entirely pan-European in character, and that international diffusion of ideas and practices reshape markets, partly independent of goods and capital flows.

  • 16.
    Bonnedahl, Karl Johan
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskaplig fakultet, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet.
    Jensen, Tommy
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskaplig fakultet, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet.
    Sandström, Johan
    Ekonomi och moral: vägar mot ökat ansvarstagande2007Bok (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
  • 17.
    Boström, Gert-Olof
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Bonnedahl, Karl Johan
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Silver, Lars
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Growth ambitions and internationalization among newly started small Swedish firms2017Ingår i: Motivating SMEs to cooperate and internationalize / [ed] Tesar George and Vincze Zsuzsanna, New York: Routledge, 2017, s. 191-203Kapitel i bok, del av antologi (Refereegranskat)
  • 18.
    Eriksson, Jessica
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet (USBE).
    Bonnedahl, Karl Johan
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet (USBE).
    Hållbar konsumtion: (Hur) är det möjligt?2009Ingår i: Entreprenörskap och innovationer för hållbar utveckling / [ed] Pontus Braunerhjelm, Stockholm: Entreprenörskapsforum , 2009, s. 61-81Kapitel i bok, del av antologi (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
  • 19.
    Heikkurinen, Pasi
    et al.
    MTT Agrifood Research Finland; Aalto Univ, Sch Business Org & Management, Espoo, Finland.
    Bonnedahl, Karl Johan
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Corporate responsibility for sustainable development: A review and conceptual comparison of market- and stakeholder-oriented strategies2013Ingår i: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 43, s. 191-198Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper reviews and compares two mainstream business theories, namely market and stakeholder orientations, as contending strategies of corporate responsibility for sustainable development. We argue that even though stakeholder orientation offers a broader inclusion of values and expectations than market orientation , they share considerable similarities in terms of sustainability assumptions and how the role of the corporation becomes perceived in the quest for sustainable development. Both strategies leave responsibility outside the firm by emphasising the role of either customers or stakeholders as the basis of strategizing. Both strategies are also based on assumptions consistent with weak sustainability (at best), which is argued to be insufficient in order to achieve sustainability over time and space. Therefore, this article suggests that a new orientation is needed if corporations are to contribute to sustainable development, namely sustainable development orientation. We call for further research in outlining a business strategy that admits corporations’ responsibility for sustainable development and departs from the strong sustainability assumption.

  • 20.
    Heikkurinen, Pasi
    et al.
    University of Leeds.
    Bonnedahl, Karl Johan
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Dead ends and liveable futures: a framework for sustainable change2018Ingår i: Strongly sustainable societies: organising human activities on a hot and full Earth / [ed] Karl Johan Bonnedahl and Pasi Heikkurinen, Abingdon: Routledge, 2018, s. 289-301Kapitel i bok, del av antologi (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    The lack of organised human effort to change the course of unsustainable development can be characterised 'Our common failure'. In 1987, the Brundtland commission successfully made famous the concept of sustainable development, but unfortunately also legitimised the idea of weak sustainability. Even though people around the world are increasingly exposed to the discourse and initiatives of sustainable development, little – if any – evidence is available today to indicate that human societies would be on the 'right track'. That is, humankind is not any less environmentally destructive than it was in the 1980s. In fact, the opposite can be considered to be true. All the way back from the Industrial Revolution, the overall amount of production and consumption has risen more rapidly than improvements in efficiency, which signifies that more natural resources are used and more human-induced waste (e.g. climate emissions) are generated than ever in the recorded history of the Earth (Rockström et al., 2009; Barnosky et al., 2012; IPCC, 2014). Further, the expansion of human settlements and excessive mobility on the planet has resulted in an unseen invasion of this single species of ours, and its domination over the rest of nature. This process, which is sometimes also referred to as the Great Acceleration, has come to denote that humankind is now a main driver of the global environmental change, including the sixth mass extinction wave (Steffen et al., 2015; Ceballos et al., 2015).

  • 21.
    Hultman, Martin
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet.
    Bonnedahl, Karl Johan
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    O'Neill, Kirstie
    University of Hull.
    Unsustainable societies – sustainable businesses?: Introduction to special issue of small enterpriseresearch on transitional Ecopreneurs2016Ingår i: Small Enterprise Research: The Journal of SEAANZ, ISSN 1321-5906, Vol. 23, nr 1, s. 1-9Artikel, forskningsöversikt (Refereegranskat)
  • 22.
    Stål, Herman
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Bonnedahl, Karl Johan
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Conceptualizing strong sustainable entrepreneurship2016Ingår i: Small Enterprise Research: The Journal of SEAANZ, ISSN 1321-5906, Vol. 23, nr 1, s. 73-84Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This conceptual article focuses on the environmental dimensions of sustainable developmentwhich are essential for satisfying current and future human needs. It assesses ecologicaleconomics (EE) as an alternative base for a “strong” version of sustainable entrepreneurship(SE). EE recognizes the biophysical base of economic activity, critical natural capital (nonsubstitutability)and limits to market valuation and exchange. Contemporary entrepreneurialdefinitions, however, as well as recent SE framings, pre-suppose that functioning marketswill achieve sustainable development. As discussed in this paper, natural processes are nonlinearand critical, and as thresholds are impossible to anticipate, markets are unreliable andprincipally at odds with the objectives of sustainable development. Our proposed alternativeconstitutes a way forward.

  • 23.
    Stål, Herman
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Bonnedahl, Karl Johan
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Conceptualizing strong sustainable entrepreneurship2014Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
  • 24.
    Stål, Herman
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Bonnedahl, Karl Johan
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Provision of Climate Advice as a Mechanism for Environmental Governance in Swedish Agriculture2015Ingår i: Environmental Policy and Governance, ISSN 1756-932X, E-ISSN 1756-9338, Vol. 25, nr 5, s. 356-371Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Climate mitigation is both a pressing and complex task, and one that frequently requires both participation to involve stakeholders and capacity building to enable them to change their practices. This paper considers whether the provision of climate advice to affected parties could be an effective policy activity in both respects. The article investigates the feasibility and potential influence of providing climate advice by examining the role that such advice has played in the discursive activities of agriculture extension consultants in Sweden. This case demonstrates that, rather than promoting substantial change in practices, the climate issue is used to support conventional efficiency-increasing measures and to change the descriptions of prevailing agricultural activities. We find that the embedding of climate related discourse within agricultural extension and the lack of clear climate mitigation goals for the agricultural sector reduced and adapted the climate issue to enable it to be easily accommodated in the narratives prevailing among farmers, which are well aligned with conventional economic, rather than climate, policy goals. This lock-in could be addressed by establishing clear and radical reduction targets and through the broader involvement of a wider range of stakeholders.

  • 25.
    Stål, Herman
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Bonnedahl, Karl Johan
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Eriksson, Jessica
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Företagsekonomi.
    Micro-level translation of GHG reduction - policy meets industry in the Swedish agriculture sectorManuskript (preprint) (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    Reducing GHG emissions is an urgent challenge for mankind. However, as aggregate emissions continue to rise, necessary changes in industrial practices are lagging behind. The article addresses this discrepancy by exploring how the issue of GHG reduction is channeled from policy to industry, in oneof the more GHG intensive sectors, agriculture. We adopt the translation perspective to outline how the climate issue travels between contexts. Our study explores the activities involved as advisors, functioning as translating agents within Swedish agri-policy, inform producers about the issue of GHG reduction. The study sheds new light on the effectiveness of mitigation policy in promoting practicechange and illustrates how translation is an analytical framework suitable for studying this within different industries.

  • 26.
    Stål, Herman
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Bonnedahl, Karl Johan
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Eriksson, Jessica
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    The challenge of introducing low-carbon industrial practices: institutional entrepreneurship in the agri-food sector2014Ingår i: European Management Journal, ISSN 0263-2373, E-ISSN 1873-5681, Vol. 32, nr 2, s. 203-215Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Contemporary agricultural practices account for a significant share of greenhouse gas emissions. Inspired by the emergent literature on institutional entrepreneurship, we seek to explore mechanisms that affect an actor’s propensity to act in ways that imply suggesting and promoting emission-reducing practice changes. As influences originating outside the organizational field are assumed to constitute such mechanisms, the paper explores their role through a case study of a project run by a public agency. Unlike extant theory, results show that the agency’s propensity to act is not necessarily enhanced by extra-field influences but that such influences also limit the scope for suggesting change that challenges existing industrial practices.

  • 27.
    Stål, Herman
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Eriksson, Jessica
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Bonnedahl, Karl Johan
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Translating GHG reduction: Case studies from the Swedish agricultural sector2013Ingår i: Proceedings of the 19th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference – 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa, 2013Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Justification of the paper

    Reducing GHG emissions is a fundamental part of the transition to a sustainable society. However, necessary changes in industrial practices are lagging behind as emissions, in the aggregate, continue to rise (World Bank 2012; UNEP, 2012). This paper addresses the discrepancy between needed and actual changes in industrial practices by exploring how the issue of GHG reduction is channelled through policy to industrial producers in a sector of relative importance: Swedish agriculture. We depart from the translation model which sets out to explain how entities, e.g., issues, ideas, practices and problematizations travel within and between contexts (Sahlin & Wedlin, 2008). Our application of the translation  model sheds new light on the attempt to understand inertia in climate change-related practice change and should provide researchers and decision makers, particularly within policy, with new information.    

    Purpose

    The purpose of the paper is to explore how translation of the issue of GHG reduction affects the meaning of industrial practice. Following Zilber (2002; 2006; cf. Hardy and Maguire, 2009) we consider the shared meanings that underpin practice to be of pivotal importance to explain practice change. Thus we suggest that how or if this issue will spur practice change depends on how translation affects such meanings.

    Theoretical framework

    The translation model Somewhat simplified, translation assumes that a) entities change as they travel within and between contexts, b) the activities of translating agents are central for this and c) the process never starts nor stops but over time results in taken-for-granted simplifications (Jensen, Sandstrom, & Helin, 2009). Thus it is not mainly the advantages of a particular entity or the power and prestige of some original source (e.g. IPCC) that explain spread but rather the efforts of a multitude of translating agents that: “may act in many different ways, letting the token drop, or modifying it, or deflecting it, or betraying it, or adding to it, or appropriating it” (Latour, 1986: 267).

    In applying this model to (agricultural) practice and practice change, we follow Hardy & Maguire (2009; cf. Zilber, 2002; 2006) who stresses the pivotal role of the shared meanings that underpin practice. Seen from this perspective, an emerging issue such as reduction of GHG emissions, could introduce radical change in practices through accompanying problematizations, e.g., claims, arguments, stories, that challenge the legitimacy of the practices prevailing in an industry (Maguire & Hardy, 2009).

    Results and conclusions

    Our results stem from two case studies exploring how the issue of GHG reduction is channeled through Swedish agro-policy. Our cases show how translation results in new meanings for GHG reduction as well as current agro-policy and practice. However, changes occur mainly at the level of discourse rather than at the level of practice. The argument of “biological complexities”, rendering agricultural emissions special and more difficult to reduce, takes on a status as a taken-for-granted truth that precludes substantial emission cuts and radical practice changes. Framing GHG reduction as concerning efficiency in agricultural practices reconciles possible opposing interests and protects the legitimacy of existing practice. Subsequently, arguments for radical practice changes are weakened.  

    Implications for Just Transitions

    The results shed light on some of the reasoning that explains inertia in transitions to a sustainable production in advanced nations. It is troublesome if advanced nations, e.g., Sweden, by reducing a complex issue to a matter of efficiency of production, refrain from assuming responsibility and making required radical changes. Further, results illustrate the limitations of the eco-modernist principles that currently guide policy making, especially in addressing global issues e.g., climate change. Such principles effectively preclude discussions of equity and fairness in terms of how much emission a sector and its producers have capacity for. 

  • 28.
    Stål, Herman I.
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Bonnedahl, Karl J.
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Eriksson, Jessica
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Micro-level translation of greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction – policy meets industry in the Swedish agricultural sector2015Ingår i: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 103, s. 629-639Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is an urgent challenge for mankind. However, as aggregate emissions continue to rise, necessary changes in industrial practices are lagging behind. The article addresses this discrepancy by exploring how the issue of GHG reduction is channeled from policy to industry, in one of the more GHG intensive sectors, agriculture. We adopt the translation perspective to analyze and discuss how the climate issue travels between contexts. Our study explores the activities involved as advisors, functioning as translating agents within Swedish agri-policy, inform producers about the issue of GHG reduction. The study sheds new light on the effectiveness of mitigation policy in promoting practice change and illustrates how translation is an analytical framework suitable for studying this within different industries.

  • 29.
    Vlasov, Maxim
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi. Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Statistik.
    Bonnedahl, Karl Johan
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi. Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Statistik.
    Vincze, Zsuzsanna
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi. Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, Statistik.
    Entrepreneurship for resilience: embeddedness in place and in trans-local grassroots networks2018Ingår i: Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, ISSN 1750-6204, E-ISSN 1750-6212, Vol. 12, nr 3, s. 374-394Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose

    This paper aims to contribute to the emerging entrepreneurship research that deals with resilience by examining how embeddedness in place and in trans-local grassroots networks influences proactive entrepreneurship for local resilience.

    Design/methodology/approach

    Three theoretical propositions are developed on the basis of the existing literature. These propositions are assisted with brief empirical illustrations of grassroots innovations from the context of agri-food systems.

    Findings

    Embeddedness in place and in trans-local grassroots networks enables proactive entrepreneurship for local resilience. Social-cultural embeddedness in place facilitates access to local resources and legitimacy, and creation of social value in the community. Ecological embeddedness in place facilitates spotting and leveraging of environmental feedbacks and creation of ecological value. Embeddedness in trans-local grassroots networks provides entrepreneurs with unique resources, including globally transferable knowledge about sustainability challenges and practical solutions to these challenges. As result, entrepreneurship for resilience is explained as an embedding process. Embedding means attuning of practices to local places, as well as making global resources, including knowledge obtained in grassroots networks, work in local settings.

    Research limitations/implications

    Researchers should continue developing the emerging domain of entrepreneurship for resilience.

    Practical implications

    The objective of resilience and due respect to local environment may entail a need to consider appropriate resourcing practices and organisational models.

    Social implications

    The critical roles of place-based practices for resilience deserve more recognition in today’s globalised world.

    Originality/value

    The specific importance of the ecological dimension of embeddedness in place is emphasised. Moreover, by combining entrepreneurship and grassroots innovation literatures, which have talked past each other to date, this paper shows how local and global resources are leveraged throughout the embedding process. Thereby, it opens unexplored research avenues within the emerging domain of entrepreneurship for resilience.

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