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Ots, M., Achtenhagen, L. & Melesko, S. (2018). Do the forms of media ownership matter?: Exploring the corporate governance of business foundations. In: : . Paper presented at 13th World Media Economics and Management Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, May 6-9.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Do the forms of media ownership matter?: Exploring the corporate governance of business foundations
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Business Administration Media Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-41432 (URN)
Conference
13th World Media Economics and Management Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, May 6-9
Available from: 2018-09-13 Created: 2018-09-13 Last updated: 2018-09-13
Haag, K. & Achtenhagen, L. (2018). Entrepreneurial strategy-making through socialization: A case of family business wayfinding. In: : . Paper presented at 3rd EAP conference, 2018, April 17-19, Växjö, Sweden.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Entrepreneurial strategy-making through socialization: A case of family business wayfinding
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-41819 (URN)
Conference
3rd EAP conference, 2018, April 17-19, Växjö, Sweden
Available from: 2018-10-10 Created: 2018-10-10 Last updated: 2018-10-10Bibliographically approved
Haag, K. & Achtenhagen, L. (2018). Renewal through socialization: A case of strategy as wayfinding. In: Academy of Management Proceedings: . Paper presented at 78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM) 2018, July 10-15, Chicago, USA. Academy of Management
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Renewal through socialization: A case of strategy as wayfinding
2018 (English)In: Academy of Management Proceedings, Academy of Management , 2018Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Family businesses are known to rely on informal ways of working for maintaining their entrepreneurial spirit over time. In recent decades, scholars have challenged conventional planning-approaches to strategy and proposed alternatives to it, such as wayfinding. This approach centers around social practices, focusing on strategy- making unfolding from everyday activities. Drawing on socialization theory and a real-time case study in a family business, we elaborate upon three socialization processes to better understand entrepreneurial strategy- making: Strategy as embedded in daily practice; renewal when family members manage together; and strategy- making as an ordinary part of family business life. This paper’s contribution lies in exploring socialization theory for improving our understanding of the unintentional and indirect aspects of strategy-making.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Academy of Management, 2018
Series
Academy of Management Proceedings, ISSN 0065-0668, E-ISSN 2151-6561 ; 1
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-41814 (URN)10.5465/AMBPP.2018.16742abstract (DOI)
Conference
78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM) 2018, July 10-15, Chicago, USA
Available from: 2018-10-10 Created: 2018-10-10 Last updated: 2018-10-10Bibliographically approved
Achtenhagen, L. & Johannisson, B. (2018). The reflexivity grid: Exploring conscientization in entrepreneurship education. In: Revitalizing Entrepreneurship Education: Adopting a Critical Approach in the Classroom: (pp. 62-81). Taylor and Francis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The reflexivity grid: Exploring conscientization in entrepreneurship education
2018 (English)In: Revitalizing Entrepreneurship Education: Adopting a Critical Approach in the Classroom, Taylor and Francis , 2018, p. 62-81Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Entrepreneurship education has witnessed a shift from teaching about entrepreneurship in different forms towards encouraging the action and activity-based training of students for entrepreneuring through business plan writing on fictitious or concrete ventures to enacting these ideas in real life. For example, Ollila and Williams-Middleton (2011) describe ways in which a venture creation approach allows students to “test the waters” while reflecting on real-life situations and while exploring entrepreneurial behaviours (see also Williams-Middleton & Donnellon, 2014). Though there has been a growing focus on simulating or experiencing entrepreneurial behaviours through entrepreneurship education, little space has been given to students’ reflexivity in positioning themselves as learning subjects beyond educational settings. Yet very often questions posed by our students in the classroom, for example when listening to entrepreneurs telling them about their venture journeys, start with a “why” statement, clearly expressing their desire to engage with reflexivity. Reflexivity is then not only understood as a kind of generalized self-awareness (Swan, 2008, p. 393) but also as a concern for the world at large (Swan, 2008, p. 394). 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor and Francis, 2018
National Category
Pedagogy Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-39338 (URN)10.4324/9781315447605 (DOI)2-s2.0-85045223052 (Scopus ID)9781315447599 (ISBN)9781138213791 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-05-02 Created: 2018-05-02 Last updated: 2018-05-02Bibliographically approved
Achtenhagen, L., Melesko, S. & Ots, M. (2018). Upholding the 4th estate—exploring the corporate governance of the media ownership form of business foundations. JMM - The International Journal on Media Management
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Upholding the 4th estate—exploring the corporate governance of the media ownership form of business foundations
2018 (English)In: JMM - The International Journal on Media Management, ISSN 1424-1277, E-ISSN 1424-1250Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Whereas media ownership issues have interested scholars for decades, research has largely ignored the implications of specific ownership forms on the corporate governance of media companies, that is, how these companies are directed and controlled. This article attempts to address this gap by exploring the corporate governance of the ownership form of business foundations—a type of ownership that is increasing in different countries around the world. We analyze the corporate governance of three business foundations in the Swedish newspaper sector that together hold 26% of the market and outperform their industry peers. The control function, which is at the heart of corporate governance, is typically performed by companies’ owners. However, foundations do not have a physical person as owner; thus, this control function is replaced by the foundation’s charter, which stipulates the aim of the foundation’s business activities. When steered by professional top management, the charter’s long-term orientation facilitates the careful implementation of strategic directions without short-term performance pressures. We conclude the article by outlining several advantages and disadvantages of this ownership form for the media industry. © 2018, © 2018 Institute for Media and Communications Management.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2018
Keywords
newspaper, qualitative research, Scandinavia, Sweden
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-41469 (URN)10.1080/14241277.2018.1482302 (DOI)2-s2.0-85050566706 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-09-17 Created: 2018-09-17 Last updated: 2018-09-17Bibliographically approved
Cyron, T. & Achtenhagen, L. (2017). Business growth in practice: Navigating dualities in the process of development. In: : . Paper presented at RENT XXXI (Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business) conference 2017, Lund, Sweden, November 15-17. European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Business growth in practice: Navigating dualities in the process of development
2017 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Studying business growth from inception into establishment is challenging. We took up this challenge and studied a firm’s developmental process over the span of almost 17 years by analysing more than 860 weekly reports. Drawing on recent developments in the entrepreneurship-as-practice literature, our attention was on the activities and practices that supported the firm’s sustained growth. We find that the firm’s overall activity system periodically shifts in temporal focus between future, presence and past by navigating through four different dualities: (1) detail vs efficiency, (2) rigidity vs flexibility, (3) pressure vs relief and (4) prospection vs retrospection. As we emphasize temporal aspects, our findings extend current business growth theory by adding the dimension of past-oriented renewing to future- and presence-oriented entrepreneuring. We encourage practitioners to implement renewing practices during which they actively renovate and modernize obsolescent parts of their business.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM), 2017
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-38134 (URN)
Conference
RENT XXXI (Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business) conference 2017, Lund, Sweden, November 15-17
Available from: 2017-12-12 Created: 2017-12-12 Last updated: 2018-09-11Bibliographically approved
Achtenhagen, L. & Haag, K. (2017). Co-evolution at the Interface of a Family Firm and its Niche. In: : . Paper presented at 77th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Atlanta, August 4-8, 2017. Academy of Management
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Co-evolution at the Interface of a Family Firm and its Niche
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The interface of the organization and its industry constitutes a vital space for development. Conducting a systematic literature review, we confirm that management research has paid rather little attention to exploring the relationship between the industry context and family business management to date (see also Le Breton Miller & Miller, 2015). Despite this lack of research, many scholars and practitioners alike could name numerous family businesses that hold world class in their niches. Given the pace of environmental changes, there is a clear need to better understand the interface of family business and industry over time. Building on our findings from a longitudinal, in-depth case study of a 4th generation family business and its niche of high-quality Scandinavian Design furniture, we propose a multi-level model of co-evolution that comprises not only the micro- and macro-levels of family business and its industry, but also the meso-level of inter-actor cooperation in its market niche.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Academy of Management, 2017
Keywords
Entrepreneurship, family business, Scandinavian Design
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-38412 (URN)10.5465/AMBPP.2017.12236abstract (DOI)
Conference
77th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Atlanta, August 4-8, 2017
Available from: 2018-01-10 Created: 2018-01-10 Last updated: 2018-09-11Bibliographically approved
Achtenhagen, L., Ekberg, S. & Melander, A. (2017). Fostering growth through business development: Core activities and challenges for micro-firm entrepreneurs. Journal of Management and Organization, 23(2), 167-185
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Fostering growth through business development: Core activities and challenges for micro-firm entrepreneurs
2017 (English)In: Journal of Management and Organization, ISSN 1833-3672, E-ISSN 1839-3527, Vol. 23, no 2, p. 167-185Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As a concept stemming from practice, business development has received scarce academic attention. In this paper, we explore core business development activities of micro-firms and the challenges they perceive in conducting them. Based on interviews with 30 micro-firms, we identify three core business development activities that leverage the firm's resource base, complemented by three support activities that secure and organize the firm's resources. We find the business development activities to be tightly related to the three practices of leveraging, securing and organizing resources. We also identify three important contextual influences on business development in micro-firms: industry, age and if the firm is in an incubator. Our findings contribute to developing a conceptualization and theorization of business development for micro-firms, which is relevant as the vast majority of companies worldwide are micro-firms, but many never embark on a growth path. Based on our results, we outline practical implications, for example, how companies could overcome their perceived lack of time and an agenda for future research encouraging further studies comprising micro-firms with different qualities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge University Press, 2017
Keywords
growth, micro-firms, Penrose, resource practices, Sweden
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-35192 (URN)10.1017/jmo.2016.58 (DOI)000395506300002 ()2-s2.0-85013665842 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-03-13 Created: 2017-03-13 Last updated: 2017-04-21Bibliographically approved
Achtenhagen, L. & Brundin, E. (2017). Introduction — Management Challenges in Africa. In: Achtenhagen, Leona, Brundin, Ethel (Ed.), Management Challenges in Different Types of African Firms: Processes, Practices and Performance (pp. 1-9). Springer
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introduction — Management Challenges in Africa
2017 (English)In: Management Challenges in Different Types of African Firms: Processes, Practices and Performance / [ed] Achtenhagen, Leona, Brundin, Ethel, Springer, 2017, p. 1-9Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This introductory chapter addresses manangement challenges across different types of African organizations. Based on a literature review of how management challenges in Africa have been studied to date, it introduces this volume´s three parts - Practices, Processes and Performance. It also gives a brief insight of the chapters that discuss these challenges in detail.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2017
Series
Frontiers in African Business Research, ISSN 2367-1033
Keywords
Literature review, practice, process, performance, Africa
National Category
Business Administration Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-35595 (URN)10.1007/978-981-10-4536-3 (DOI)9789811045356 (ISBN)9789811045363 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-05-24 Created: 2017-05-24 Last updated: 2017-05-24Bibliographically approved
Achtenhagen, L. & Brundin, E. (Eds.). (2017). Management Challenges in Different Types of African Firms: Processes, Practices and Performance. Springer
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Management Challenges in Different Types of African Firms: Processes, Practices and Performance
2017 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This book focuses on management challenges in different types of companies, ranging from small to large, from private to public and from service to manufacturing in the African context. With empirical data from countries as diverse as Rwanda, Kenya and Ethiopia, it discusses the increasing economic importance of the African continent, covering relevant topics on sustainability and environmental issues, exports, logistics, HR issues, innovation and financial reporting. Through different conceptual insights and empirical case studies, the research presented serves as a useful resource for academics, students, and policy-makers interested in in-depth studies on management challenges in Africa.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2017. p. 238
Series
Frontiers in African Business Research, ISSN 2367-1033
National Category
Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-35594 (URN)10.1007/978-981-10-4536-3 (DOI)9789811045356 (ISBN)9789811045363 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-05-24 Created: 2017-05-24 Last updated: 2017-05-24Bibliographically approved
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