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Lopez-Vega, H. & Ots, M. (2019). How do digital capabilities change institutionalised professionalpractices? A response from Swedish media companies. In: : . Paper presented at R&D Management Conference.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>How do digital capabilities change institutionalised professionalpractices? A response from Swedish media companies
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

For over two centuries, technology has reshaped professional work. In most cases, these changes were positive as they have created new areas of work for professions and destroyed relatively few. Recently, however, technological change i.e. digitalization has also negatively impacted professionals with numerous professions, such as journalist, doctors, accountants. While research has extensively focused on digital technologies, per se, research has ignored its effect on the agents implementing technologies i.e. professionals. We suggest that organizing digitalization involves not only recombining physical and digital technologies but also reconstructing institutional professions. We use a comparative case study of two of the oldest Swedish newspaper companies to present: 1) two paths to build digital capabilities i.e. building digital capabilities or acquiring digital capabilities and 2) detail a change in the professional practices. Our results portray how digitalization changed professionals from doing occupational tasks to build collaborative relations with other professions.

Keywords
Digitalization, organizational boundaries, innovation
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-45517 (URN)
Conference
R&D Management Conference
Funder
Vinnova
Available from: 2019-08-09 Created: 2019-08-09 Last updated: 2019-08-09
Ots, M., Weibull, L. & Melesko, S. (2019). On the dynamics of media markets: Professor Karl Erik Gustafsson in memoriam. Journal of Media Business Studies, 16(2), 153-161
Open this publication in new window or tab >>On the dynamics of media markets: Professor Karl Erik Gustafsson in memoriam
2019 (English)In: Journal of Media Business Studies, ISSN 1652-2354, Vol. 16, no 2, p. 153-161Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Media and advertising markets have a number of characteristics that affect how firms are competing and collaborating, how new firms enter the markets, and how new products are created. Throughout a research career in media management and media economics that started in the 1960s and stretched over more than five decades, Karl Erik Gustafsson kept exploring these topics, and their implications for both business strategy, regulation, and policy. His work formed early building blocks, both for media management as an academic field, and for the design, operationalisation, and governance of media policy, especially concerning newspaper development, in the Nordic countries. This article provides an introduction to his work.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2019
Keywords
Market dynamics, media policy, newspapers, advertising media, barriers to entry, media history
National Category
Media and Communications Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-42987 (URN)10.1080/16522354.2019.1572451 (DOI)000474715900005 ()2-s2.0-85061576636 (Scopus ID)HOA JIBS 2019 (Local ID)HOA JIBS 2019 (Archive number)HOA JIBS 2019 (OAI)
Available from: 2019-02-15 Created: 2019-02-15 Last updated: 2019-08-14Bibliographically approved
Nord, L. & Ots, M. (2019). Politiken och journalistiken (6ed.). In: Gunnar Nygren & Ingela Wadbring (Ed.), På väg mot medievärlden 2030: Journalistikens villkor och utmaningar (pp. 53-74). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Politiken och journalistiken
2019 (Swedish)In: På väg mot medievärlden 2030: Journalistikens villkor och utmaningar / [ed] Gunnar Nygren & Ingela Wadbring, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2019, 6, p. 53-74Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2019 Edition: 6
Keywords
Medier, politik, presstöd, public service, yttrandefrihet, mediesystem
National Category
Media Studies Public Administration Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-45561 (URN)978-91-44-12506-0 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-08-14 Created: 2019-08-14 Last updated: 2019-08-19Bibliographically approved
Ots, M., Lopez-Vega, H. & Johansson, A. (2019). Stretching the knowledge boundaries of the firm: How local newspapers reinvent organizational practices in a digital world. In: : . Paper presented at European Media Management Association Conference, "Media Management and Actionable Knowledge: The Relationship between Theory and Practice", Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus, June 5-9.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Stretching the knowledge boundaries of the firm: How local newspapers reinvent organizational practices in a digital world
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Media and Communications Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-43700 (URN)
Conference
European Media Management Association Conference, "Media Management and Actionable Knowledge: The Relationship between Theory and Practice", Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus, June 5-9
Available from: 2019-05-20 Created: 2019-05-20 Last updated: 2019-06-14Bibliographically approved
Ots, M. & Picard, R. G. (2018). Press subsidies. In: Jon F. Nussbaum (Ed.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication: . Oxford University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Press subsidies
2018 (English)In: Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication / [ed] Jon F. Nussbaum, Oxford University Press, 2018Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Due to its function as a watchdog or fourth estate in democratic societies and a variety of commercial challenges, policy-makers have undertaken initiatives to support the production and distribution of news. Press subsidies are one such policy initiative that particularly aims to provide support to private news producers. Paid as direct cash handouts or indirect reduced taxes and fees, they exist in some form in almost every country in the world. Subsidies are not uncontroversial, their effectiveness is unclear, and their magnitude, designs, and areas of application, differ across nations and their unique economic, cultural, and political contexts.

After periods of declining political and public interest in media subsidies, the recent economic crisis of journalism, and the rising influence of various forms of click-bait, fake, native, or biased news on social media platforms, has brought state support of original journalism back on the agenda.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2018
Keywords
public policy, state intervention, press support, news aid, media policy, journalism studies
National Category
Media Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-41812 (URN)10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.861 (DOI)
Available from: 2018-10-11 Created: 2018-10-11 Last updated: 2019-05-22Bibliographically approved
Feng, S. & Ots, M. (2018). Seeing Native Advertising Production via the Business Model Lens: The Case of Forbes’s BrandVoice Unit. Journal of Interactive Advertising, 18(2), 148-161
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Seeing Native Advertising Production via the Business Model Lens: The Case of Forbes’s BrandVoice Unit
2018 (English)In: Journal of Interactive Advertising, ISSN 1525-2019, E-ISSN 1525-2019, Vol. 18, no 2, p. 148-161Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Whereas the production-side of advertising has interested scholars for decades, research has focused primarily on isolated agency practices and interactions with clients. There has been limited discussion of how an ad agency coordinates and connects multiple activities and relationships, and how the agency setup has evolved over time. This question has become particularly interesting in the age of digitization, in which new forms of advertising require new ways of organizing production. In a case study of Forbes’s BrandVoice unit, this paper specifically examines native advertising production via the business model lens, illustrating how BrandVoice consciously borrows production logics from journalism and distribution practices of platform economies. This study contributes to the understanding of the morphing of advertising production and agency work in the digital economy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2018
Keywords
native advertising, content marketing, branded content, business model, advertising production
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-41466 (URN)10.1080/15252019.2018.1491349 (DOI)2-s2.0-85057341283 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-09-17 Created: 2018-09-17 Last updated: 2019-06-07Bibliographically 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, 20(2), 129-150
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 1424-1250, Vol. 20, no 2, p. 129-150Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 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)000456885600003 ()2-s2.0-85050566706 (Scopus ID)HOA JIBS 2018 (Local ID)HOA JIBS 2018 (Archive number)HOA JIBS 2018 (OAI)
Available from: 2018-09-17 Created: 2018-09-17 Last updated: 2019-02-20Bibliographically approved
Barry, D., Caccamo, M., Ots, M. & Markowska, M. (2017). Alterities and Innovation: Conjectures from Haute Cuisine. In: : . Paper presented at 33rd EGOS Colloquium in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 6-8, 2017. European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Alterities and Innovation: Conjectures from Haute Cuisine
2017 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), 2017
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-38103 (URN)
Conference
33rd EGOS Colloquium in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 6-8, 2017
Available from: 2017-12-07 Created: 2017-12-07 Last updated: 2018-09-11Bibliographically approved
Ots, M. & Nyilasy, G. (2017). Just doing it: theorising integrated marketing communications (IMC) practices. European Journal of Marketing, 51(3), 490-510
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Just doing it: theorising integrated marketing communications (IMC) practices
2017 (English)In: European Journal of Marketing, ISSN 0309-0566, E-ISSN 1758-7123, Vol. 51, no 3, p. 490-510Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

This paper aims to elaborate on the concept of "integrated marketing communication (IMC) practice" and provide an empirical exposition of how integration is enacted in the lifeworlds of marketing practitioners, drawing from the "practice turn" in management studies. Although IMC is a well-known conceptual idea in academia, there is insufficient theorisation of what it means "to do" IMC. Despite broad acceptance for IMC, there has been scant application of available organisational and sociological theories to illuminate actual IMC practices in the field.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper introduces practice theory as a lens through which to study and analyse IMC practices. Using qualitative coding and interpretative analysis, the framework was operationalised and applied to a two-year organisational ethnography encompassing IMC planning activities in at a leading Swedish retailer.

Findings

Findings demonstrate how practitioners develop explicit and implicit strategies to enact strategic integration. The study conceptualises IMC as a set of interrelated practices, or routinised behaviours, which are repeated and organised by some social or formal rules and conventions. In the ethnographic context of the study, "IMC as practice" is exhibited in the forms of routines, material set-ups, rules and procedures, cultural templates and teleoaffective structures.

Originality/value

The paper proposes a novel set of theoretical and methodological tools that can be used to understand how IMC lives as a set of practices inside organisations. It specifically conceptualises the link between mental and objectified, materialised and routinised activities that has previously been escaping the sphere of theorisation. By creating language and tools to capture hitherto unmodellable phenomena, the paper opens many new avenues for future research.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald, 2017
Keywords
Organizational behaviour, Practice, Integrated marketing communications, Practice theory, Marketing planning, Retail marketing
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-35366 (URN)10.1108/EJM-08-2015-0595 (DOI)000401006300006 ()2-s2.0-85017289861 (Scopus ID)IHHMMTCIS (Local ID)IHHMMTCIS (Archive number)IHHMMTCIS (OAI)
Funder
Carl-Olof och Jenz Hamrins StiftelseSwedish Retail and Wholesale Development Council
Available from: 2017-04-13 Created: 2017-04-13 Last updated: 2017-06-05Bibliographically approved
Lucchi, N., Ots, M. & Ohlsson, J. (2017). Market Structure and Innovation Policies in Sweden. In: Hans van Kranenburg (Ed.), Innovation Policies in the European News and Media Industry: A Comparative Study (pp. 191-205). Cham: Springer
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Market Structure and Innovation Policies in Sweden
2017 (English)In: Innovation Policies in the European News and Media Industry: A Comparative Study / [ed] Hans van Kranenburg, Cham: Springer, 2017, p. 191-205Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The chapter explores the regulatory framework and the types of media innovation policies formulated and implemented in Sweden. In particular, the country's analysis illustrates the evolution and structure of news media markets and media cross-ownership policies in recent years and evaluates how innovation policies stimulate innovative activities in journalism and news media. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cham: Springer, 2017
Keywords
Media, media ownership, media regulation, media pluralism, media innovation policy
National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-37426 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-45204-3_15 (DOI)000416349300016 ()978-3-319-45204-3 (ISBN)978-3-319-45202-9 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-09-28 Created: 2017-09-28 Last updated: 2017-12-28Bibliographically approved
Organisations
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ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-0301-9765

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