mdh.sePublications
Change search
Refine search result
1 - 34 of 34
CiteExportLink to result list
Permanent link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Rows per page
  • 5
  • 10
  • 20
  • 50
  • 100
  • 250
Sort
  • Standard (Relevance)
  • Author A-Ö
  • Author Ö-A
  • Title A-Ö
  • Title Ö-A
  • Publication type A-Ö
  • Publication type Ö-A
  • Issued (Oldest first)
  • Issued (Newest first)
  • Created (Oldest first)
  • Created (Newest first)
  • Last updated (Oldest first)
  • Last updated (Newest first)
  • Disputation date (earliest first)
  • Disputation date (latest first)
  • Standard (Relevance)
  • Author A-Ö
  • Author Ö-A
  • Title A-Ö
  • Title Ö-A
  • Publication type A-Ö
  • Publication type Ö-A
  • Issued (Oldest first)
  • Issued (Newest first)
  • Created (Oldest first)
  • Created (Newest first)
  • Last updated (Oldest first)
  • Last updated (Newest first)
  • Disputation date (earliest first)
  • Disputation date (latest first)
Select
The maximal number of hits you can export is 250. When you want to export more records please use the Create feeds function.
  • 1. Axelsson, Karin
    et al.
    Höglund, Linda
    Mårtensson, Maria
    Stockholms universitet, Sweden.
    Entrepreneurship as a Mean and an End: A Generation of Self-Conducted Managers?2015Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 2.
    Axelsson, Karin
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    Höglund, Linda
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.
    Mårtensson, Maria
    Stockholms universitet, Sweden.
    Is what’s good for business good for society?: Entrepreneurship in a school setting2018In: The Dynamics of Entrepreneurial Contexts.: Frontiers in European Entrepreneurship Research / [ed] U. Hytti, R. Blackburn & S. Tegtmeier, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018, p. 54-75Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 3.
    Axelsson, Karin
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    Mårtensson, Maria
    Stockholm University, Sweden.
    Höglund, Linda
    Örebro university, Sweden.
    Entrepreneurship in a School Setting – Constructing a Generation of Self-Conducted Managers?2015In: Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business RENT2015, 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: to enhance our understanding of how entrepreneurship is translated into the school setting and possible consequences of its interpretations in regard to citizens and the surrounding society. Design/methodology/approach – We take a discourse approach drawing upon governmentality and the concepts of program and technology. In this paper we have a specific focus on how a programmatic initiative - a strategy for implementing entrepreneurship in schools - is made operable in practice by means of a technology – a competence development initiative - which is something that so far has been scarce in prior research. Findings – The results shows the process of how entrepreneurship gets translated into a new discourse of an entrepreneurial approach, which takes on a broader perspective including a life-long learning, cooperation with the society and democratic values. In this way stretching the program beyond its initial intentions. Moreover, that the entrepreneurial approach could come with unintended consequences that are related to democratic values which the discourse tend to marginalize or exclude. Originality/value of the paper – There has been a lack of studies that focus on the process of how programs of entrepreneurship is translated and made operable in the school setting. We are also questioning what is often taken for granted when it comes to entrepreneurship in schools i.e. what is good for business is good for education and society in large

  • 4.
    Hasche, Nina
    et al.
    Handelshögskolan Örebro Universitet, Sweden.
    Höglund, Linda
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.
    Mårtensson, Maria
    Stockhol Business School, Stockholms Universitet, Sweden.
    Reconstructing trust through a transformation process: The case of the Swedish Public Employment Service2018In: IRSPM Conference in Edinburgh 11-14 of April. Panel 38. Strategic management and public service performance in the New Public Governance Era, 2018Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A strategic transformation process of a Swedish agency, i.e. the Swedish Public Employment Service, is discussed from a trust framework. Lately, the agency has been heavily criticized internally (by managers and employees) and externally (by different stakeholders) for failing in fulfilling its goals and deliver inadequate services. In 2014, the agency launched a new strategy – to become trustworthy and to deliver better services to its customers. It was the agency’s attempt to move away from the old authoritarian bureaucratic management style towards introducing trust-based management control. The old and the new way of managing the agency creates tensions that are difficult to overcome and where mistrust at different levels within the organization is a major obstacle affecting the ongoing transformation process. The aim of this paper is to shed light on how trust is reconstructed in vertical and horizontal relationships within a public service delivery agency that experiences an extensive transformation process. Drawing upon a processual case study approach, we have conducted 65 interviews, observations and document studies. The results show how the agency have suffered from low levels of trust in both vertical and horizontal relationships and that low levels of trust in vertical relationships seem to have negative impact on horizontal collaborations within the agency. The paper contributes to previous research in the following ways. First, the reconstruction of trust is discussed from a time perspective, pointing at the importance of discussing the development of trust in terms of a past, a present and a future. Second, within the paper, trust is discussed in both vertical relationships (i.e. relationships between employees/managers) as well as horizontal relationships (i.e. relationships between co-workers) within the same analytical framework, which enables a discussion about the impact of trust development in vertical relationships on the development of trust in horizontal relationships and vice versa.

  • 5.
    Höglund, Linda
    Örebro universitet, Handelshögskolan vid Örebro Universitet.
    Affinities In Corporate Entrepreneurship: A Literature Review2009In: Marketing and Entrepreneurship / [ed] Gerald E Hills, 2009, p. 1-17Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper is a literature review of the theoretical field of corporate entrepreneurship. As the term is growing in popularity previous research has seen the field as disparate and that the lack of consensus is evident. Only a few researchers have, more or less, focused on commonalities or similarities. In this paper a comparative analysis of the literature is made trough a lens of affinities and some conclusions are made e.g. when it comes to notions, methodology and the use of perspectives.

  • 6.
    Höglund, Linda
    Örebro universitet, Handelshögskolan vid Örebro Universitet, Sweden.
    Discursive practices in strategic entrepeneurship: discourses and the use of repertoires in two firms2013Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This is a thesis in marketing concerned with entrepreneurship in established firms and the discursive practices that take place within a perspective of strategic entrepreneurship. The study of discursive practices in this context assumes a concern with how different aspects of entrepreneurship are produced and consumed by people in text and talk. Strategic entrepreneurship can be seen as an organisational form of entrepreneurship. The latest contribution within strategic entrepreneurship tends to focus on opportunities and advantages in organisations as two processes that need to be considered and managed jointly.

    In this thesis, I have studied the discursive practices of how scholars position strategic entrepreneurship through an enhanced literature review and by means of a close analysis of assumptions made within strategic entrepreneurship, but also by studying two firms and their discursive practices of constructing opportunity and advantage positions. The results have then been analysed with reference to discourse theory and previous research within entrepreneurship based on European traditions that builds on the linguistic turn.

    By conducting an empirical study of two firms, I have studied discourses in use, and how they are produced by people. In so doing, two main findings emerge in the discussion of the empirical results: 1) Opportunity and advantage positions emerge in social interaction and are co-constructed. 2) Opportunity and advantage positions are constructed by the use of multiple discourses, on different levels of discourse and for different functions. The main purpose of the thesis is to enhance the understanding of entrepreneurship in established firms and the activities labelled as strategic entrepreneurship. In addressing the purpose, seven theoretical, methodological and empirical contributions to research emerge in areas of strategic entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship and the enterprising self.

  • 7.
    Höglund, Linda
    Örebro universitet, Handelshögskolan vid Örebro Universitet.
    Entrepreneurship in established firms from a strategic entrepreneurship perspective2011In: Studies in Industrial Renewal: Coping with Changing Contexts / [ed] Esbjörn Segelod, Karin Berglund, Erik Bjurström, Erik Dahlquist, Lars Hallén, and Ulf Johanson, Eskilstuna-Västerås: Mälardalen University , 2011, 1, p. 317-328Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 8.
    Höglund, Linda
    Örebro universitet, Handelshögskolan vid Örebro Universitet.
    Forskning om kompetens och lärande: Översikt av utgivna avhandlingar mellan åren 2003 till och med 20072008Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Två undersökningar kartlägger kompetens och lärande i arbetslivet utifrån avhandlingar (doktor och licentiat) examinerade vid svenska universitet och högskolor – en under år 2005 av Andersson och Johansson och en år 2007 av Höglund. Dessa undersökningar täcker tillsammans tidsperioden 2003 till och med 2007. Föreliggande rapport syftar till att summera resultaten från dessa två undersökningar för att ge en översiktsbild av den forskning (i form av avhandlingar) som bedrivits inom området kompetens och lärande i arbetslivet. Den gemensamma frågeställningen för de båda undersökningarna är följande: Vad har hänt sedan 1990-talet med kompetens- och lärandefrågor på forskningsagendan?

    Databaserna Diva och Libris användes för att hitta relevanta avhandlingar som skrivits inom området. En lista med sökord, totalt 51 stycken, med både svenska och engelska ord togs fram för urvalet av avhandlingar. Detta resulterade i att totalt 143 avhandlingar kartlades, 68 stycken i undersökningen från år 2005 och 74 stycken från undersökningen genomförd år 2007. I analysen studeras hur kartbilden förändrats sedan 1990-talet, genom att studera avvikelser mellan undersökningarna utförda år 2005 och år 2007. Vissa jämförelser görs även med en undersökning som genomfördes år 2000 av Eng och Mårtensson där ansökningar inom fältet har studerats. I rapporten återges en kvantitativ beskrivning i var (ort) och av vem (disciplin) samt inom vad (studieobjekt) avhandlingar som inom fältet kompetens- och lärandefrågor i arbetslivet bedrivs, under åren 2003 till och med 2007.

    Ett resultat i rapporten är en beskrivning av vilka discipliner som är störst inom forskningen (mätt i antal avhandlingar) inom fältet lärande och kompetens i arbetslivet. De två största kategorierna har en anknytning till pedagogiska eller ekonomiska institutioner, även om det i undersökningen från år 2007 påvisas en viss minskning för båda dessa discipliner . Ett annat intressant resultat som framkommit är att i undersökningen från år 2007 ökar antalet avhandlingar från institutioner kopplade till data/teknik/teknologi markant, i jämförelse med undersökning från år 2005.

    Gemensamt för alla avhandlingar, i föreliggande rapport, är att andelen forskning som inte är knuten till någon specifik bransch dominerar. Avhandlingar som kan härledas till en empirisk anknytning är främst inom industri, skola, stat och kommun samt vård och omsorg. Det framkommer också att det vanligaste perspektivet är lärandeprocesser i teori och praktik, med 33 stycken avhandlingar. Därefter följer lärande och kompetens i samband med förändringsarbete och utvecklingsprocesser inom organisationer, totalt 18 stycken avhandlingar.

    I de sammanfattande reflektionerna framkommer det också att inför framtida uppföljningar av undersökningarna, från år 2005 och 2007, kan det finnas en anledning att ytterligare uppdatera listan med sökord. Detta då de svenska sökorden gav få träffar och att allt fler avhandlingar tycks skrivas på engelska.

  • 9.
    Höglund, Linda
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.
    Strategic Entrepreneurship: Organizing Entrepreneurship in Established Organizations2015 (ed. 1)Book (Other academic)
  • 10.
    Höglund, Linda
    Örebro universitet, Handelshögskolan vid Örebro Universitet.
    Strategier och strategigenomförande: en förstudie inom Trafikverket2014Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Denna förstudie behandlar strategier och strategigenomförande i Trafikverket. Genom att ta avstamp i visionen har vi följt det strategiska arbetet i Trafikverket med fokus på analys av pågående strategiskt arbete i verksamheten och litteraturstudier inom områdena strategi i offentlig verksamhet, strategisk ledning och styrning samt strategiskt entreprenörskap. Förstudien ligger inom ramen för FoI-portföljen "Trafikverket – en modern myndighet". I Trafikverkets strategidokument beskrivs en modern myndighet bl.a. i termer av en internkultur som stimulerar lyhördhet, nyskapande, kreativitet, innovation och kontinuerlig utveckling för att möta framtida krav från omvärlden i utvecklingen av nya produkter och effektiva tjänster. I korthet kan det konstateras att Trafikverket står inför utmaningen att styra sin verksamhet mot strategiska mål och resultat uppfyllelse, och att samtidigt stödja organisationens medlemmar att utveckla vad som inom managementforskning har kommit att beskrivas som en entreprenöriell anda.Det övergripande syftet med förstudien är att ge en första förståelse av potentiella möjlighete roch hinder kopplade till det strategiska arbetet med att utveckla Trafikverket mot en "modern myndighet". Därmed ska studien ge ökade kunskaper om strategibegreppet inom statliga myndigheter och hur strategier formas och implementeras inom myndigheter samt potentiella konsekvenser. Hur externa styrsignaler (uppifrån och från sidan) och restriktioner påverkar förutsättningarna för formulering och implementering av interna strategier belyses särskilt.Därigenom kan utmaningar och var eventuella krockar uppstår mellan strategi och styrning identifieras.Genom att svara på den första frågeställningen kring vilka möjligheter och hinder som kan identifieras vid formulering, implementering och uppföljning av strategier i utvecklingen moten modern myndighet kan vi konstatera att Trafikverket i stor utsträckning arbetar efter vad som inom forskning definieras som processer inom strategisk ledning och styrning. Den strategiska riktningen kan ses som ett sätt att respondera mot den ökade graden av effektivitets- och förändringstryck från uppdragsgivares (regeringen) och kunders (medborgare och näringsliv) behov och önskemål. Det finns dock flera indikatorer som visar att den strategiska processen i Trafikverket kan förbättras, speciellt rörande implementering men också när det gäller delar av uppföljningen. För en summering av potentiella hinder och möjligheter i Trafikverkets strategiska arbete se tabell 3 på sida 70. Den andra frågeställningen har inkluderat att svara på hur mål- och resultatstyrning fungerar som styrfilosofi i relation till entreprenöriella särdrag. Här pekar förstudien på att det kan finnas vissa utmaningar med att skapa en balans mellan å ena sidan de entreprenöriella särdrag som önskas i Trafikverket och å andra sidan att styra mot mål och resultatuppfyllelse idet strategiska arbetet. För en summering av hur mål- och resultatstyrning potentiellt kan hindra och möjliggöra entreprenöriella särdrag i Trafikverket se tabell 4 på sida 78. Utifrån resultaten i förstudien lyfter vi också fram tre potentiella områden för fortsatt forskning inom myndigheten med fokus på: 1) strategier inom Trafikverket, 2) potentiella befruktningar eller krockar mellan befintliga styrformer och nya, samt 3) den strategiska styrningens gränser och genomslagskraft externt.

  • 11.
    Höglund, Linda
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.
    The Discursive Practices of Constructing Opportunity and Advantage Positions2016In: Reseach on Small Businesses and Entrepreneuship: Innovation, Relational Networks, Technology and Knowledge Transfer as Drivers of Global Competitiveness, 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives

    The main objective of this paper is to enhance our understanding of entrepreneurship in established organizations, and the activities labelled as strategic entrepreneurship (SE).

    Literature review

    Drawing upon the literature on interpretative repertoires (IR) and the SE literatures interest in the practice of balancing between opportunity and advantage-seeking activities, I have meet the objective by addressing the following research question: how are opportunity and advantage positions constructed? In this way contributing to the most recent research on SE practices, but also adhere to the linguistic turn within entrepreneurship research.  

    Approach/method

    Following the linguistic turn, I take an ÍR approach by the study of the discursive practice of constructing opportunity and advantage positions. Empirical material has been generated qualitatively through 28 interviews and document studies within two middle-sized firms in Sweden.

    Results/Findings

    The results show how opportunity and advantage positions were constructed by the use of multiple IR. Moreover, the results indicate the importance to understand what repertoires are consumed and produced within the organization as IR have constitutive effects upon what will be privileged within the firm or not. In the studied firms the repertoires used were constructed upon reactivity while the firm tried to position themselves as proactive.

    Value/ Implications

    Few entrepreneurship scholars have studied how IR are used and produced, and even fewer has studied the discursive practice of constructing opportunity and advantage positions, an approach that gives us an alternative understanding and a new language of SE practices and the construction work of people in practice. In this way making several important theoretical contributions e.g. by suggesting that opportunities and advantages are not dual, rather they are co-constructed and emerge in social interaction.

  • 12.
    Höglund, Linda
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.
    Axelsson, Karin
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    Tensions that Enable or Constrain Strategy Making: The work of digitalizing a public-sector agency2018In: The relationship between the theory and practice of strategic management in the public sector.: theme 4, 2018Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    There has been a request for more studies on how public sector organizations apply Strategic Management (SM) in practice. This paper is our attempt to meet this request by presenting a qualitative case study of how a digitalization strategy was used to apply SM in the Swedish Transport Administration, a central government agency in Sweden. The empirical data contains 67 interviews at different hierarchical levels, focus group interviews and document studies. Eight of the interviews specifically targeted the work on the digitalization strategy. To analyse the empirical data, we aligned with the strategizing perspective focusing on possible tensions in strategy work. Thus, the aim of the paper is to further develop our knowledge of strategy work in the public sector by enhancing our understanding of what tensions strategy work brings about in the public sector and how these tensions potentially affect strategy making. By analysing strategizing micro processes, our results indicate that when working on digitalization, public sector organizations need to be aware of at least four possible tensions that can enable or constrain strategy making. These tensions are: legitimacy vs. practicality, administrative management vs. innovative approaches, accessibility vs. security and planned vs. emergent strategies.

  • 13.
    Höglund, Linda
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.
    Holmgren Caicedo, M.
    Stockholm University.
    Mårtensson, M.
    Stockholm University.
    A balance of strategic management and entrepreneurship practices—The renewal journey of the Swedish Public Employment Service2018In: Financial Accountability and Management, ISSN 0267-4424, E-ISSN 1468-0408, Vol. 34, no 4, p. 354-366Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this paper is to study the first phase—from 2014 to 2016—of the Swedish Public Employment Service's renewal journey by examining how the agency worked to achieve its new strategy through processes of strategic management and entrepreneurship. We did this through the theoretical lens of strategic entrepreneurship (SE). The results showed that the agency's renewal processes are simultaneously entrepreneurial and strategic. The agency is historically well known for its detailed management and control, which creates several tensions with entrepreneurship. We contributed to previous literature by focusing on the organizational aspects of these tensions and the SE practices of balancing entrepreneurship with strategic management.

  • 14.
    Höglund, Linda
    et al.
    Örebro universitet, Handelshögskolan vid Örebro Universitet.
    Holmgren Caicedo, Mikael
    Stockholm University.
    Mårtensson, Maria
    Stockholm University.
    Robotdalen Version 2.0: Challenges and opportunities in the emergence of a new board2014In: IRSPM XVIII Eighteenth Annual Conference of the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM): Panel E5 – In middle of a crowded intersection: The governance of public and non-profit organizations facing the challenge of balancing performance, democracy and accountability, 2014, p. 1-28Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Robotdalen - a Swedish robotics initiative with the goal to enable commercial success of new ideas and research - can be defined as a small entrepreneurial hybrid organization that includes private and public organizations. Almost a decade after its creation, Robotdalen is facing new challenges such as the need to balance between the entrepreneurial features that hitherto characterized the organization and the increasingly established and structured governance work practices, routines and procedures. Trying to create this balance has been found, both in research and in practice, to be a major challenge and there has been several calls for research (Ireland & Webb 2007; Kuratko & Audresch 2009; Schindehutte & Morris 2009; Kyrgidou & Huges 2010; Luke et al. 2011; Foss & Lyngsie 2012). There is also a lack of empirical contributions and studies on public organizations in a context of governance, entrepreneurship and strategic matters (Klein 2013).

    In this paper we ask: How is Robotdalen governed in order to on the one hand create order, structure, predictability and sustainability, while on the other find their own innovative solutions to problems that cannot be standardized or predicted? In this context the governance function of the board becomes important both as the maintainer of what is working in the organization, but also as a developer that renews the organization for future challenges. Therefore, we intend to highlight the performance of governance structures, which so far have been understudied in previous research (Minichilli 2009). There has also been a call for further research on boards in a setting of small organizations (c.f. Minichilli & Hansen 2007; Huse 2008). We intend to meet this call by contributing to the theoretical field of entrepreneurship in established organizations and the field of management governance, i.e. how the board of directors enables, develops and sustains the entrepreneurial spirit an in an inter-organizational relationship (IOR) setting.

    The findings show the importance to review the composition, role and function of the board when it comes to govern an IOR. Thus, acting in a complex setting of both private and public actors not only poses challenges of monitoring different stakes and interests (cf. Holmgren Caicedo & Mårtensson 2012), but also differences in strategic goals and views on value e.g. public actors put forth values of democracy and accountability, while private actors emphasized values of growth and profitability. In order to achieve this Robotdalen had to take some innovative and entrepreneurial actions in regards to the board’s composition, role and function.

    To sum it up, in line with suggested research our paper aims to understand governance mechanisms, i.e. structures and processes designed at reconciling the interest of different stakeholders within a board of directors and their governance of IORs. In this sense we relate to the topic of board and organizational outcomes as performance and innovation.

  • 15.
    Höglund, Linda
    et al.
    Örebro universitet, Handelshögskolan vid Örebro Universitet.
    Holmgren Caicedo, Mikael
    Stockholm Business School, Stockholm University.
    Mårtensson, Maria
    Stockholm Business School, Stockholm University.
    Strategic Entrepreneurship Practices at Robotdalen: A balancing act or Not?2014In: Rencontres de St-Gall, 2014, 2014, p. 1-17Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper we take an interest in Robotdalen - a Swedish robotics initiative with the goal to enable commercial success of new ideas and research – a small public organization acting in an inter-organizational context of both private and public organizations. By utilizing Robotdalen as a case example we have discussed and analyzed how they during the years have struggled with bureaucratic structures that tend to limit their entrepreneurial work, but also how these structures have been used as an opportunity. The perspective applied to analyze has been a quite new concept of strategic entrepreneurship that takes an interest in both strategy and entrepreneurship as a balancing act in established organizations. The findings suggests that conditions for strategic entrepreneurship practices in inter-organizational contexts is to keep it simple, communicate narratives and being flexible. Moreover, in theory entrepreneurial and strategic processes are considered as dual or the opposite of each other, but our findings rather indicate that they are mutually dependent i.e. they enabling each other’s existence.

  • 16.
    Höglund, Linda
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.
    Holmgren Caicedo, Mikael
    Stockhol Business School, Stockholms Universitet, Sweden.
    Mårtensson, Maria
    Stockhol Business School, Stockholms Universitet, Sweden.
    The renewal journey of the Swedish Public Employment Service: a balancing act between management control and entrepreneurship2016In: Transparency and Trust in Public Services, 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 17.
    Höglund, Linda
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.
    Holmgren Caicedo, Mikael
    Stockholms Universitet, Sweden.
    Mårtensson, Maria
    Stockholms Universitet, Sweden.
    Svärdsten, Fredrik
    Stockholms Universitet, Sweden.
    Management accounting of control practices: a matter of and for strategy2016In: Everyday life in public sector organizations, 2016Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The present article asks how strategy is expressed through different strategic management accounting (SMA) techniques in a public organization - the Swedish Transport Administration. Strategic management (SM) emphasizes the importance of long-term, proactive and holistic thinking in strategic work. The results of this study, however, shows that these characteristics are much more difficult to represent in public organizations. This is due to the contextual conditions in the public sector. For example, public organizations do not have the authority to influence all aspects of SM. The results also show that it is not only the contextual conditions that a public organization must take into account in order to understand its strategic work, but also the management practice and the specific SMA techniques used. One conclusion is that we need another dimension of strategic management accounting, namely management accounting of control practices. On the basis of the identified tensions in relations to SMA, namely between; parts/hole, short-/ long-term, reactivity / proactivity and complexity/simplicity, we propose a conceptual model to characterize management accounting of control practices with reference to strategy.

  • 18.
    Höglund, Linda
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.
    Holmgren Caicedo, Mikael
    Stockhol Business School, Stockholms Universitet.
    Mårtensson, Maria
    Stockholm University, Sweden.
    Svärdsten, Fredrik
    Stockhol Business School, Stockholms Universitet.
    Spänningar i styrningen: en strategisk angelägenhet: en fallstudie inom Trafikverket2016Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Denna rapport utgör resultatet av delprojekt 2 i ett större treårigt projekt som Akademinför ekonomistyrning i staten (AES) vid Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Stockholmsuniversitet, driver i samarbete med Trafikverket. Finansiering har skett inom ramen förFoI-portfölj nummer sex, Trafikverket – en modern myndighet. Målet med delprojekt 2 äratt utveckla kunskap om Trafikverkets verksamhetsstyrning genom att identifiera ochförstå de utmaningar som uppstår vid översättningen av strategier från övergripandestrategisk ledningsnivå till operativ nivå. Detta har skett genom att fördjupa kunskapenom både det strategiska arbetet och verksamhetsstyrningen in Trafikverket.Tidigare delrapporter inom projektet har visat att det i praktiken uppstår svårigheter närTrafikverkets övergripande strategier förverkligas i verksamhetsstyrningen. Det återfinnsbland annat en utmaning i att kunna hantera både vertikala och horisontella krav inomramen för den strategiska styrningen eftersom spänningar mellan Trafikverkets strategieroch andra styrformer och –verktyg uppstår. Följande fråga har således väglett arbetet medrapporten: vilka spänningar uppstår i styrning i relation till strategin? Rapportens syfte äratt bidra till förståelsen för relationen mellan verksamhetsstyrning och strategiskt arbeteinom statliga myndigheter.Strategiforskning betonar hur viktigt det är att en organisation i sitt strategiskaarbete är långsiktig, proaktiv och helhetsorienterad. Dock visar resultaten av denna studieatt långsiktighet, proaktivitet och helhetsorientering är betydligt svårare att föreverkliga ioffentlig sektor. Detta beror på att de kontextuella förutsättningarna i offentlig sektorskiljer sig från de i privat sektor. Bland annat ”äger” inte en offentlig organisationmöjligheterna att påverka alla aspekter i den strategiska styrningen. Resultaten visar ocksåatt det inte bara är de kontextuella förutsättningarna som en offentlig organisation måsteta hänsyn till för att förstå sitt strategiska arbete, utan även den styrningspraktik och despecifika styrningsverktyg som används i verksamheten. Dessa olika styrningspraktikeroch specifika styrningsverktyg bidrar till att rikta verksamheten åt olika håll, ibland ienlighet med den formulerade strategin och ibland i andra riktningar.En slutsats är att det i en verksamhets styrning finns ett behov av ytterligare endimension av styrning, nämligen styrning av styrning. På basis av de spänningar somgenom denna studie identifierats, nämligen 1) del/helhetssyn i styrningen, 2)kortsiktighet/långsiktighet i styrningen, 3) reaktivitet/proaktivitet i styrningen och 4)komplexitet/enkelhet i styrningen, föreslås sålunda en konceptuell modell för attkaraktärisera verksamhetsstyrningen i förhållande till strategin.

  • 19.
    Höglund, Linda
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.
    Linton, Gabriel
    Örebro Universitet, Sweden.
    Smart Specialization in Regional Innovation Systems: A Quadruple Helix Perspective2018In: R &D Management, ISSN 0033-6807, E-ISSN 1467-9310, Vol. 48, no 1, p. 60-72Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article explores Robotdalen, a smart specialization initiative in the region of Malardalen, Sweden, and its impact on regional innovation systems (RIS). The Robotdaleninitiative, with the goal to create a regional center for robotics, was established based onthe triple helix innovation systems model of industry, university, and government interaction.This paper aims to understand the dynamic interactions of the smart specializationstrategy in relation to the RIS. It also includes the perspective of the fourth helix, whichcontains civil society and users. To date, there has been a scarcity of research whichexplores the challenges of quadruple helix models from a micro perspective to understandtheir complexity. To address this, a single case study approach is taken, which includes alongitudinal perspective of 10 years (2007–2016). The analysis includes micro activitiesexplored from a strategizing perspective. The research contributes by identifying threestrategic practices that have evolved over time for Robotdalen. It also presents an empiricaloperationalization of the fourth helix, as well discusses the arrival of the fourth helixperspective.

  • 20.
    Höglund, Linda
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.
    Mårtensson, Maria
    Linne Universitetet, Ekonomihögskolan och Stockhol Business School, Stockholms Universitet.
    Entrepreneurship a Managerial Tool for Renewal: The Case of the Swedish Public Employment Service2018In: IRSPM Conference in Edinburgh 11-14 of April. Panel 38. Strategic management and public service performance in the New Public Governance Era, 2018Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this paper is to study how strategic and entrepreneurial processes develop in a public-sector organization. We do this through the theoretical lens of Strategic Entrepreneurship (SE).  Previous literature on SE practices have identified a number of organizational aspects such as culture, structure, and leadership that are important to manage in order to benefit from new opportunities and strategic actions. So far, there is little knowledge about SE practices in the public sector and its possible consequences. There are also few qualitative studies within SE. When more qualitative features of SE are attained, it can provide a better understanding of the phenomenon of entrepreneurship in established organizations and SE. In line with this, our study is based on a longitudinal and qualitative process approach focusing on the work of the Swedish Public Employment Services (SPES) efforts to realize its new strategy through entrepreneurial processes. The results showed that there are several tensions between previous culture, leadership and structure in relation to entrepreneurial processes. We have contributed to previous literature by focusing on the organizational aspects of these tensions and the SE practices of balancing strategic management and entrepreneurship. Our results also show how entrepreneurial processes become the solution to strategic management problems in the public sector and a managerial tool for renewal.

  • 21.
    Höglund, Linda
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering. Stockholm University, Sweden.
    Mårtensson, Maria
    Linneus University, Sweden.
    Entrepreneurship as a Strategic Management Tool for Renewal: The Case of the Swedish Public Employment Service2019In: Administrative Sciences, ISSN 2076-3387, E-ISSN 2076-3387, Vol. 9, no 76, article id 76Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper, we study how entrepreneurial and strategic processes develop in a public-sector organisation through a theoretical lens of Strategic Entrepreneurship (SE). Previous literature on SE practices identified a number of organisational aspects—such as organisational culture, structure, and entrepreneurial leadership—that are important to manage in order to benefit from new opportunities and strategic actions. So far, there is little knowledge about SE practices in the public sector and their possible consequences. There are also few qualitative studies in the field of SE, though arguments have been made for it. Our study is based on a longitudinal and qualitative process approach focusing on the work of the Swedish Public Employment Service’s (SPES) efforts to realise its new strategy through entrepreneurial and strategic processes. The results showed that there are several organisational tensions in relation to the processes of entrepreneurship. We have empirically contributed to previous literature by studying the SE practices of simultaneously balancing the processes of entrepreneurship and strategy. We have also contributed to a more nuanced discussion of the complexity of implementing SE practices and their relationship to organisational culture, structure and entrepreneurial leadership. 

  • 22.
    Höglund, Linda
    et al.
    Örebro universitet, Handelshögskolan vid Örebro Universitet.
    Mårtensson, Maria
    Stockholm Business School.
    Holmgren Caicedo, Mikael
    Stockholm Business School.
    And Now Lean: Discursive Practices and their Consequences in Two Organizations2013Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    How people write and talk about lean, a management concept, has consequences for how we think andact towards lean as a phenomenon in research as well as in practice. It is therefore important to studyhow discourses are used to prioritize specific views and the possible consequences of such use. To thateffect we have studied the implementation of lean in one private and one public organization from adiscursive psychology approach. There is however no consensus about what lean is or about theconsequences its interpretation might bring. Studying the discursive practices that position lean in textand talk it is clear that multiple discourses are used as a flexible resource on different discursive levels(individual text and talk, local discourses of the organization and societal discourses) to make sense ofthe implementation of lean. In this way we contributing to research on lean in a context of managementand organizational research by showing how discourses are deployed in interaction by people in textand talk to perform specific functions such as justify, legitimize, claim and criticize.

  • 23.
    Höglund, Linda
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.
    Mårtensson, Maria
    Stockholms universitet, Sweden.
    Holmgren Caicedo, Mikael
    Akademin för Ekonomistyrning i staten (AES), Sweden.
    Managing Paradoxes in Governance: Tensions in the Emergence of a New Board2015In: Contingency, Behavioural and Evolutionary Perspectives on Public and Nonprofit Governance / [ed] L. Gnan, A. Hinna & F. Montedur, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2015, 1, p. 3-30Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Taking a micro-perspective of governance that includes problem-solving and stakeholder involvement capabilities as part of the strategic steering role, we wish to contribute to the understanding of the human side of governance. Thus we have studied the relationships between the board and its management and stakeholders, and in so doing we recognize internal and external actors as well as the board itself, and how they all contribute to the implementation of the governance function.

    Methodology/approach

    Based on an interpretative approach that focuses on change over time, we performed a qualitative empirical study of the governance of Robotdalen, a small non-profit public organization in Sweden that is a joint public and private collaboration. This chapter forms part of a longitudinal study that has been carried out since 2009. It is based primarily on interviews with board members, management and other stakeholders, and complemented by document studies and observations.

    Findings

    Governance practice entails multiple and multilevel tasks, and the tensions between representativeness/professional boards, conformance/performance, and controlling/partnering up with management, are prevalent in both small non-profit and public organizations. According to our results the apparent choice between the extremes of each tension is, however, not a choice at all but rather a balancing act. In trying to balance tensions through collaboration between managers, board, financiers, and the hosting university, new governance structures and practices emerge at the organizational level.

    Originality/value

    By following the process of the emergence of a new board, we illustrate how various actors work together to co-produce governance functions in practice. In the past little or no effort has been made to take into account contextual factors such as organizational size – an aspect that may influence or shape board characteristics and work methodology. We therefore attempt to do so in our chapter, by studying the emergence of a new board in a small public organization, what possible paradoxes and tensions are involved in such work, and how such tensions are managed.

  • 24.
    Höglund, Linda
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.
    Mårtensson, Maria
    Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet, Sweden.
    Holmgren Caicedo, Mikael
    Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet, Sweden.
    Svärdsten, Fredrik
    Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet, Sweden.
    Strategic Management in the Public Sector: How tools enable and constrain strategy-making2018In: International Public Management Journal, ISSN 1096-7494, E-ISSN 1559-3169, Vol. 21, no 5, p. 822-849Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Despite growing interest in discourse and strategy, few studies have examined their role in the public sector. This study uses the concept of interpretative repertoires, i.e., localized discourses, to examine how facts are constructed about strategic work in a central government agency. It analyzes strategic work in relation to the public sector context and draws attention to power struggles among different repertoires in this context. The identified repertoires can be related to wider public sector management discourses that civil servants need to balance in their strategic work. These discourses can both enable and constrain strategy work, and we conclude that strategy in the public sector needs to be understood in relation to these discourses.

  • 25.
    Höglund, Linda
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.
    Mårtensson, Maria
    Linnéuniversitetet, Institutionen för ekonomistyrning och logistik (ELO).
    Safari, Aswo
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.
    Expectations and the performance of governance functions between a board, management and other stakeholders: the case of Robotdalen2018In: Journal of Management and Governance, ISSN 1385-3457, E-ISSN 1572-963X, Vol. 22, no 4, p. 805-827Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Previous research has called for an enhanced understanding of the dynamic and interactional aspects of board work in public sector governance. Using a longitudinal case study of Robotdalen, this paper attempts to meet this call through a processual and qualitative study of board work in public organisations. The aim of the paper is to enhance our understanding of the human side of governance and the interactions between a board, the management in the governed organisation and other stakeholders. We do this by addressing the theoretical concept of an expec- tations gap. The results demonstrated how funding regimes in uence governance functions, structures and practices at the organisational level, and how internal actors such as managers also carry out governance functions. Moreover, the results show how an expectations gap shifts and changes over time. In this way we have contributed a more nuanced theoretical understanding of how the governance func- tion is co-produced and the importance of understanding the expectations gap to further understand the dynamics of public sector board work.

  • 26.
    Höglund, Linda
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Sweden.
    Mårtensson, Maria
    Stockholm University, Sweden.
    Safari, Aswo
    Stockholm University, Sweden.
    The impact of different types of trust: Interaction between an organization and its governing board2015In: IRSPM2015, 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this paper is to study the fluctuation of trust in a context of interaction between a board and a governed organization in the public sector. This paper is a response to the recent call on qualitative studies for understanding the complexity of interaction between boards and their governed organization and calls for adopting trust in this setting for understanding board efficiency and organizational performance. Based on empirical findings, we introduce and advance the fluctuation of trust in the public sector literature. This paper shows that trust is a complex and multidimensional concept. The types of trust discussed in this paper are cognitive, affective, contractual, competence and goodwill trust. The paper adds knowledge on how trust fluctuates and changes facets in the interaction process between a governing board and a governed organization. The multidimensionality of trust and its fluctuation effects captures the complexity in the interaction process and shows the importance of developing different types of trust for the benefit of organizational performance. We believe that trust fluctuation has the potential to advance our knowledge on the strength of different types of trust at different occasions in the interaction process.

  • 27.
    Höglund, Linda
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering.
    Mårtensson, Maria
    Linneus University, Sweden.
    Thomson, Kerstin
    Strategic management, public value creation and the strategic triangle: Strategy work in the Swedish public cultural sector2019Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

     

    Strategic management (SM) is argued to be increasingly important for shaping the performance of public organizations (Poister, 2010; Andrews et al. 2012). In relation to performance, activities of monitoring and evaluation are described as important to succeed with strategy work in public sector (Plant 2009; Poister 2010), but few studies have been done on this area (Höglund 2015; Höglund et al., 2018). This is despite the fact that an important part of SM in the public sector is reporting on performance through some form of administrated performance information (see e.g. Weiss, 2016).  

    It is, nevertheless, not easy to incorporate SM into the public sector (Elbanna et al., 2016; Poister 2010; Weiss 2016), as these theories builds on private sector ideas that focus on profitability, competitive advantage, a unique market position, and growth through market-shares, performance aspects not always well-suited to the public sector (Ferlie and Ongaro 2015; Höglund  et al., 2018; Lane and Wallis 2009). One of the few that explore possible performance measurements in public sector context is Lane (2008) who suggest that public sector should focus on delivering service e.g. the quantity of service, quality of service, service satisfaction and distribution of service. That this kind of performance measurements are important to understand in order to get an idea of what kind of value a public organization is contributing to the society and its citizens. Drawing upon the aspects of performance and public value we introduce public value management (PVM) by addressing the strategic questions of (Moore, 1995; Stoker 2006): Is it valuable for the public? Is it legitimate and politically supported? Do we have the operational capacity? In this way contributing with an analytical framework of SM in public sector that focus on performance and its relation to public value.

    In short, the proposed paper can be seen as an attempt to meet up with the call to enhance our understanding of SM and performance reporting in relation to public value. We do this by presenting a qualitative case study of how the cultural department at Region Stockholm, in Sweden, has been affected by the organizations work to achieve a congruent SM that will give them an overall direction with common work practices. In this way Region Stockholm takes on an approach to SM that will give the organization a holistic view of all their departments by mixing long-term thinking, goal analysis, and evaluation of values, goals, and priorities (cf. Mintzberg et al., 1987).

    Our results indicate that the work with SM at Region Stockholm gives the culture department and opportunity to become more visible in the organization by getting their own goal in the strategic plan and are included in other departments goals. However, the goals and the performance measurements do position culture as a mean, rather than a goal. In this way culture becomes nothing more than an instrument and a commodity to reach better performance for Region Stockholm as an organization. In this way culture tend to lose its own value, and consequently how public culture will generate value to its citizens.

  • 28.
    Höglund, Linda
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.
    Safari, Aswo
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.
    Mårtensson, Maria
    Stockholm University, Sweden.
    The impact of types of trust in the public sector: a case study approach2019In: International Journal of Public Sector Management, ISSN 0951-3558, E-ISSN 1758-6666, no 2, p. 247-263Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose

    The purpose of this paper is to study how different types of trust develop and change over time in the collaboration between an organization and its board.

    Design/methodology/approach

    This paper is a response to a recent call to apply the concept of trust in understanding the collaboration between a public organization, its board, and other stakeholders. Here, the authors study a single case, and based on a longitudinal in-depth case study method covering the period of 2003–2015, the authors have conducted 27 interviews, including the CEO and all the board members.

    Findings

    The authors introduce and advance the concept of trust in the public sector literature on board work. This paper shows that trust is complex and multidimensional at different units of analysis. The types of trust discussed in this paper are cognitive, affective, contractual, competence, and goodwill. Different types of trust are developed to make the collaboration between a governed organization and its board to work.

    Research limitations/implications

    Because this paper uses the case study method and only studies one single case, the findings of this paper might be questioned on the issue of generalization.

    Originality/value

    The authors conceptualize and adopt trust as a multidimensional, dynamic concept, and with different units of analyses, capture the nature of the collaboration between a public organization and its board, and its complexity.

  • 29.
    Höglund, Linda
    et al.
    Örebro universitet, Handelshögskolan vid Örebro Universitet.
    Sundström, Angelina
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation. Mälardalenshögsola.
    Doings in Strategic Entrepreneurship2011Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper we study the doings of practitioners in established firms and how theydraw on practices in the opportunity- and advantage-seeking process. A processreferred to as strategic entrepreneurship (SE) by many scholars. SE is not a newphenomenon, thus it has been research in this area by scholars in the domain ofentrepreneurship as well as in strategic management. However it has only recently beenconceptualized into a construct of practice. A problem though is when trying to furtherconceptualize this research area, to learn more about the practice of SE, previousresearch has a tendency to ignore the actions of humans and the unit-of-analysis hasbeen on a level of the industry, firm and/or resources. Therefore, in this paper wesuggest an alternative unit-of-analysis that draws on social practice theory and theconcepts of practice, praxis and practitioners. Thus, incorporate more of human actionsin the SE-process.

  • 30.
    Höglund, Linda
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.
    Svärdsten, F.
    Stockholm Business School (SBS), Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Strategy work in the public sector: A balancing act of competing discourses2018In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387, Vol. 34, no 3, p. 225-232Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study uses the concept of interpretative repertoires, i.e., localized discourses, to examine how facts are constructed about strategic work in a central government agency. It analyzes strategic work in relation to the public sector context and draws attention to power struggles among different discourses in this context. The identified repertoires can be related to wider public sector management discourses that civil servants need to balance in their strategic work. These discourses can both enable and constrain strategy work, and we conclude that strategy in the public sector needs to be understood in relation to these discourses.

  • 31.
    Höglund, Linda
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.
    Svärdsten, Fredrik
    Stockhol Business School, Stockholms Universitet.
    Strategic Management in Public Sector: A balancing act?2015Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper, we have studied the implementation of strategic management in the Swedish Transport Administration, a central government agency. We do this by taking on a discourse approach and by the study of discursive practices this paper aims to highlight and problematize different events and possible challenges of implementing strategic management in the public sector and what the consequences of such work has on the civil servant. Most previous research on strategic management has so far been made on the private sector showing that it is a complex task to get a whole organization to fully embrace a strategy, which makes the implementation process difficult and to receive expected performance of the strategy. However, our results indicate that the complexity increases even more in a context of a central government agency were there are several conflicting discourses of Public Administration (PA), New Public Management (NPM) and New Public Governance (NPG) that the civil servant needs to balance in their strategic work. A conclusion is drawn that the implementation of strategic management in public sector needs to be understood in a context of these conflicting discourses.

  • 32.
    Höglund, Linda
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.
    Svärdsten, Fredrik
    Stockhol Business School, Stockholms Universitet.
    Strategic Management in Public Sector: Challanges in Theory and Practice2015Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Strategic management (SM) is now prominent on the agenda of public administration (PA) scholars and practitioners e.g. in Swedish Central Agencies, and is said to become increasingly relevant in public organizations due to new public management (NPM) changes. Some scholars even suggests that the models of SM takes us beoynd NPM towards something new where SM becomes the core of the organization. SM has so far mainly been studied in a context of the private sector, and the main concern in public sector research on SM has been on how to translate the concepts of competitive advantage, growth and profitability into a public sector context. We however argue the importance to further elaborate on the nature of strategy by addressing a greater range of SM theories, and its usefulness for PA. There is also a lack of studies investigating how public organizations actually apply SM in practice. We have studied how SM has been applied in the Swedish Transport Administration (STA), a central government agency. The empirical material is based on document studies and interviews with 85 top- , middle- and lower-level managers, strategists and other employees. SM is supposed to lead to e.g. decentralization, a long term holistic perspective and strategic thinking. However, our results indicate when public sector do their interpretation of SM they tend to become quite centralized, fixated on shortterm measurements and focused on operative matters. One explanation for this seems to be that SM is translated into a NPM discourse, altering the initial intentions with SM. This suggests that NPM becomes an important contextual aspect to consider when SM-are implemented in the public sector. Key words: strategic management (SM), public administration (PA) public sector, strategy, new public management (NPM).

  • 33.
    Höglund, Linda
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.
    Svärdsten, Fredrik
    Stockholm Business School, Stockholms Universitet, Sweden.
    Strategier och strategigenomförande: En fallstudie inom Trafikverket2015Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Denna rapport är första delen av ett större treårigt projekt som Akademin förekonomistyrning i staten (AES) vid Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Stockholmsuniversitet, driver i samarbete med Trafikverket. Finansiering har skett inom ramen förTrafikverkets forsknings- och innovationsportfölj nummer sex, Trafikverket – enmodern myndighet. Målet med delprojekt 1 har varit att utveckla kunskap omTrafikverkets verksamhetsstyrning genom att identifiera och förstå de utmaningar somuppstår i översättningen av strategin från en övergripande strategisk nivå till enoperativ nivå. Tre övergripande forskningsfrågor har legat till grund för delprojekt 1: Hur samspelar den strategiska styrningen med den operativa styrningen? Hur ser chefer och medarbetare på strategier? Hur används strategierna och hur följs de upp?Med utgångspunkt i forskningsfrågorna har vi ägnat en stor del av rapporten åt att lyftafram de empiriska resultat vi har identifierat. Fokus har varit att studera det strategiskaarbetet i praktiken; därför har vi valt att lägga stort fokus på resultaten från intervjueroch de seminarier kring strategi och styrning som vi har haft med olika deltagare frånTrafikverket. De empiriska resultaten har även satts i relation till relevant forskninginom strategi och strategiskt arbete, för att ge en ökad förståelse för resultaten ochderas potentiella konsekvenser för det strategiska arbetet i Trafikverket.Av resultatdiskussionen framkommer det bl.a. att den strategiska planen – destrategiska utmaningarna, målen och strategierna – tenderar att försvinna i mängden avolika styrformer, både formella och informella, och idag inte når hela vägen ut iTrafikverket. Det är också oklart vilken roll och funktion den strategiska planen skaha. Är tanken att myndigheten t.ex. ska styra på strategin eller ska det mer vara enlångsiktig övergripande inriktning som sedan ska kompletteras med andra styrformer?Strategins roll och funktion är viktig att klargöra då det får olika konsekvenser för hurman bör arbeta vidare i Trafikverket med strategin. Är den strategiska planen ”bara”för ledningen eller ska den vara en del av medarbetarens vardag? Resultaten visarockså att det finns en viss problematik kring att implementera strategin via styrkorten,bl.a. att strategisk viktig verksamhet utesluts och ett operativt kortsiktigt fokustenderar att uppstå, men också att de strategiska målen är svåra att göra mätbara ochöversätta in i operativ verksamhet. En del av problemen med implementering av denstrategiska planen ligger också i att det förekommer otydliga målformuleringar, mångamål och konflikterande mål. En strategisk mellannivå lyfts också fram som viktig.Baserat på resultatdiskussionen drar vi slutsatsen att det finns tre rådande bilder – ”vimåste prioritera”, ”vi tror på objektivitet” och ”vi är en komplex organisation” –rörande hur man ser på strategiskt arbete i Trafikverket samt vilken roll och funktionden strategiska planen har i praktiken. Dessa bilder bygger på generalisering och är därmed inte helt oproblematiska. Bland annat utesluter de inte varandra och de gåribland också in i varandra. Bilderna ger dock en kontextuell förståelse för denstrategiska planens förutsättningar och möjligheter till implementering i Trafikverketsolika verksamheter och dess relation till övrig styrning.

  • 34.
    Sundström, Angelina
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.
    Jeanson, Fredrik
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.
    Höglund, Linda
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.
    To be accepted or rejected?: A discourse analysis of the prevailing accounting discourse2019Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study is to contribute to the debate on publish and perish, which is a phenomenon that, for a long time, has been a theme of discussion. This phenomenon has affected many academic disciplines (Miller et al. 2011), including accounting. It is described to be the result of the increased competition that has developed based on the desire to identify the productiveness of universities, departments and faculties. It has created the pressure on scholars to produce quality outputs in the form of publications in high-ranked international refereed journals.

    This study adopts the idea that high-ranked academic journals are setting the context for what is valid and not valid in accounting scholarship, i.e. high-ranked international refereed journals becomes the prevalent discourse for how researchers supposed to write and think about research in accounting scholarship.

    The purpose of this paper is through a discourse analysis study if the same phenomena that are apparent in the prevalent discourse of accounting set by top journals also can be seen in the less prestigious and lower-ranked journals of accounting.

1 - 34 of 34
CiteExportLink to result list
Permanent link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf