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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
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.
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.

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: 2017-12-12Bibliographically 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.
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.

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: 2018-01-10Bibliographically 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
Achtenhagen, L. (2017). Media entrepreneurship: Taking stock and moving forward. JMM - The International Journal on Media Management, 19(1), 1-10
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Media entrepreneurship: Taking stock and moving forward
2017 (English)In: JMM - The International Journal on Media Management, ISSN 1424-1277, E-ISSN 1424-1250, Vol. 19, no 1, p. 1-10Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

This editorial reviews current research about media entrepreneurship and introduces the four papers published in this special issue. These papers move the emerging academic field of media entrepreneurship forward by outlining the relevance of context for enhancing our understanding of entrepreneurial phenomena, by introducing the theoretical concept of ‘entrepreneuring as emancipation’, by analyzing the institutionalization of media entrepreneurship education, and by categorizing different investment types in corporate entrepreneurship. The editorial concludes by calling for continuing efforts to theory-building to further develop the field.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2017
National Category
Business Administration Media Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-35217 (URN)10.1080/14241277.2017.1298941 (DOI)000408152200001 ()2-s2.0-85016303876 (Scopus ID)
Note

Guest Editorial, Special Issue on Media Entrepreneurship.

Available from: 2017-03-17 Created: 2017-03-17 Last updated: 2017-09-07Bibliographically approved
Achtenhagen, L., Brunninge, O. & Melin, L. (2017). Patterns of dynamic growth in medium-sized companies: beyond the dichotomy of organic versus acquired growth. Long range planning, 50(4), 457-471
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Patterns of dynamic growth in medium-sized companies: beyond the dichotomy of organic versus acquired growth
2017 (English)In: Long range planning, ISSN 0024-6301, E-ISSN 1873-1872, Vol. 50, no 4, p. 457-471Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Current research commonly investigates two different growth modes, organic growth and growth by acquisitions. Studies on acquisition-based growth typically draw on cross-sectional quantitative studies of large firms that treat all acquisitions the same. Our study takes a different approach, and explores different growth modes of a smaller sample of medium-sized companies drawing on a longitudinal, qualitative case-study design. This research design allows us to identify eight different growth modes that companies combine in unique ways over time. Thereby, we illustrate that patterns of dynamic growth in medium-sized firms are much more diverse and complex than commonly assumed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2017
Keywords
growth, renewal, SME, medium-sized company, strategy, family business, Penrose, organic growth, M&A, growth mode, organic growth
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-31709 (URN)10.1016/j.lrp.2016.08.003 (DOI)000405062500003 ()2-s2.0-84995478960 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2016-09-09 Created: 2016-09-09 Last updated: 2017-09-13Bibliographically approved
Laurell, H., Achtenhagen, L. & Andersson, S. (2017). The changing role of network ties and critical capabilities in an international new venture’s early development. The International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 3(1), 113-140
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The changing role of network ties and critical capabilities in an international new venture’s early development
2017 (English)In: The International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, ISSN 1554-7191, E-ISSN 1555-1938, Vol. 3, no 1, p. 113-140Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The importance of networks for firm internationalization has been pointed out for several decades. Especially for small and new firms, networks have been found to be an important tool to gain access to resources and to overcome liabilities of newness, smallness and foreignness. Yet, there is a lack of understanding regarding which types of capabilities are developed through networking and how and when networks are used for growth purposes overtime. The aim of this article is to explore how and when the individual key actors’ competence bases and networking activities create, develop and deploy critical capabilities during different phases of an international new venture’s early development. The article is based on a longitudinal, in-depth case study ofa Swedish international new venture from the medical-technology industry. We find that the development process is greatly affected by the key individual actors’ various competences, existing network ties and their leveraging of different indirect ties during the pre-founding, start-up and establishment of production phases. During the commercialization and sales growth phases, however, many new network ties are developed. The heterogeneity of the individual actors’ backgrounds plays an important role during the different developmental phases. We conclude by advancing a number of propositions inrelation to how critical capabilities are created, developed and deployed through networking during different developmental phases.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2017
Keywords
Internationalization, Networks, Medical-technology sector, International new venture, Longitudinal study, Capabilities
National Category
Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-26362 (URN)10.1007/s11365-016-0398-3 (DOI)000394301700005 ()2-s2.0-84968627105 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2015-04-21 Created: 2015-04-21 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
Achtenhagen, L. & Haag, K. (2017). The making of ‘Scandinavian Design’ from a family business perspective. In: : . Paper presented at IFERA 2017: annual conference June 28-July 1, 2017, Zadar, Croatia, 2017.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The making of ‘Scandinavian Design’ from a family business perspective
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-38413 (URN)
Conference
IFERA 2017: annual conference June 28-July 1, 2017, Zadar, Croatia, 2017
Available from: 2018-01-10 Created: 2018-01-10 Last updated: 2018-01-10Bibliographically approved
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