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Engström, A., Johansson, A., Edh Mirzaei, N., Sollander, K. & Barry, D. (2023). Knowledge creation in projects: an interactive research approach for deeper business insight. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 16(1), 22-44
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2023 (English)In: International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, ISSN 1753-8378, E-ISSN 1753-8386, Vol. 16, no 1, p. 22-44Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to shed light on different types of knowledge created and how this links to the project design, process, and content. Design/methodology/approach In this paper the authors investigate participants' experiences from a three-year interactive research project, designed to trigger reflection among the participants. They apply a knowledge creation perspective on experiences expressed by participants as a result of different research project activities. Findings The study resulted in five categories of insights with potential for sustainable influence on the participating organizations: an understanding of concepts and theories; an understanding of the impacts of collaborative, reflective work processes; an understanding of the meaning of one's own organizational context; an understanding of the importance of increased organizational self-awareness; and an understanding of the potential for human interaction and communication. Practical implications The author's findings suggest that it is possible to design a project to promote more profound and sustainable effects on a business beyond the explicit purpose of the project. They advise practitioners to make room for iterative reflection; be mindful to create a trustful and open environment in the team; challenge results with opposing views and theories; and make room for sharing experiences and giving feedback. Originality/value This study contributes to unraveling key practices which can nurture conditions for knowledge creation in interactive research projects and business projects alike.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2023
Keywords
Practice-based research, Collaborative research, Knowledge creation, Qualitative research, Project management
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-58196 (URN)10.1108/IJMPB-09-2021-0233 (DOI)000834362300001 ()2-s2.0-85149270071 (Scopus ID)HOA;intsam;1687423 (Local ID)HOA;intsam;1687423 (Archive number)HOA;intsam;1687423 (OAI)
Funder
Knowledge Foundation, KK20170312
Available from: 2022-08-15 Created: 2022-08-15 Last updated: 2023-03-21Bibliographically approved
Sollander, K. (2023). Unplanned managerial work: A driver for knowledge creation and innovation capabilities in manufacturing SMEs. (Doctoral dissertation). Jönköping: Jönköping University, School of Engineering
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2023 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Manufacturing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are important as they contribute to economic growth, employment opportunities and social integration. Their innovation capability is central to strengthening competitiveness, adaptability, and developing new sustainable solutions. However, these organisations often lack the resources to have separate research and development departments. As a result, the same employees are often responsible for both keeping operations running and developing the organisation’s innovation capabilities. This dissertation adopts an intra-organisational perspective on knowledge creation to strengthen innovation capabilities and for this, managerial work is key. Therefore, the purpose of this dissertation is to investigate managerial work in the context of manufacturing SMEs to understand innovation capabilities through a knowledge creation perspective.

This research involved a collaborative and interactive approach, as the researcher worked closely with six manufacturing SMEs. Studies were conducted using a variety of in-depth, qualitative research methods, including workshops, focus groups, diaries, interviews, shadowing and feedback sessions. These methods allowed for a comprehensive understanding of SMEs’ managerial work from different perspectives.

Three key characteristics of managerial work in manufacturing SMEs were identified. First, managerial work is initiated externally or internally. Second, managerial work is planned or unplanned where the former supports the explicit and the latter supports the implicit dimensions of managerial work processes. Third, it results in both matched and mismatched activities. For knowledge creation to take place, both planned and unplanned managerial work are important. The findings suggest that by embracing the multidimensional managerial work and providing opportunities for both planned and unplanned work, including individual and joint reflection, manufacturing SMEs can enhance their innovation capabilities to thrive in a rapidly changing business environment.

Abstract [sv]

Små och medelstora tillverkande företag (SMF) är viktiga då de bidrar till ekonomisk tillväxt, arbetstillfällen och social integration. Deras innovationsförmåga är central för att stärka konkurrenskraften, anpassningsbarheten och utveckla nya hållbara lösningar. Dessa organisationer saknar emellertid ofta resurser för att ha separata forsknings- och utvecklingsavdelningar, vilket innebär att de behöver driva verksamheten samtidigt som de utvecklar den. Denna avhandling antar ett intraorganisatoriskt perspektiv där kunskapsveckling, det vill säga lärande, anses stärka innovationsförmågan, och för detta är ledningsarbetet avgörande. Syftet med denna avhandling är att undersöka ledningsarbetet i kontexten av tillverkande SMF för att förstå innovationsförmågan genom ett lärande perspektiv.

Denna forskning genomfördes i nära samarbete med sex tillverkande SMF. Med en interaktiv ansats utfördes tre studier med hjälp av djupgående kvalitativa forskningsmetoder, såsom workshops, fokusgrupper, dagböcker, intervjuer, skuggning och feedbacksessioner. Dessa studier möjliggjorde en bred förståelse för SMFs ledningsarbete från olika perspektiv.

Tre karaktärsdrag för ledningsarbetet i de medverkande SMFs identifierades. För det första initieras ledningsarbetet antingen externt eller internt. För det andra kan ledningsarbetet vara planerat eller oplanerat, där det planerade stödjer de explicita dimensionerna och det oplanerade stödjer de implicita dimensionerna av ledningsarbetets processer. För det tredje resulterar ledningsarbetet i både matchade och omatchade aktiviteter. För att lärande ska äga rum är både planerat och oplanerat ledningsarbete viktigt. Resultaten visar att genom att omfamna det mångdimensionella ledningsarbetet och öppna upp för och värdesätta både planerat och oplanerat arbete, inklusive individuell och gemensam reflektion, kan tillverkande SMF stärka sin innovationsförmåga för att bättre klara sig i en snabbt föränderlig affärsmiljö.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Jönköping: Jönköping University, School of Engineering, 2023. p. 75
Series
JTH Dissertation Series ; 079
Keywords
Managerial Work, Manufacturing SMEs, Knowledge Creation, Innovation Capabilities, Ledningsarbete, Tillverkande SMF, Lärande, Innovationsförmåga
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-60640 (URN)978-91-87289-90-3 (ISBN)978-91-87289-91-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2023-08-18, E1405 (Gjuterisalen), School of Engineering, Jönköping, 09:00 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2023-06-02 Created: 2023-06-02 Last updated: 2023-06-02Bibliographically approved
Sollander, K. & Engström, A. (2022). Unplanned managerial work: an ambidextrous learning potential. Studies in Continuing Education, 44(3), 441-459
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2022 (English)In: Studies in Continuing Education, ISSN 0158-037X, E-ISSN 1470-126X, Vol. 44, no 3, p. 441-459Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Learning processes have an impact on both specific problems and provide wider knowledge of different work processes. For this, managerial work has been identified as crucial. Managerial work is ad hoc and full of daily disturbances, and as learning in organisations often occurs unplanned, it is of interest to study learning processes during unplanned managerial work. A theoretical framework with two learning logics, developmental and executional learning were used. These logics are interpreted as an interdependent duality and not only as two equally important entities. The purpose of this study is to understand learning processes during unplanned managerial work in practice, from an ambidextrous perspective. An in-depth qualitative approach was used, where four learning processes were identified and analysed. We identify two ambidextrous learning logics, within complex work processes, based on either the executional or developmental mode, as a complement to existing knowledge on learning in organisations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2022
Keywords
Learning in organisations, unplanned managerial work, ambidextrous learning
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics Learning
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-51862 (URN)10.1080/0158037X.2021.1874903 (DOI)000616260200001 ()2-s2.0-85100706840 (Scopus ID)HOA;;1526912 (Local ID)HOA;;1526912 (Archive number)HOA;;1526912 (OAI)
Available from: 2021-02-09 Created: 2021-02-09 Last updated: 2023-06-02Bibliographically approved
Sollander, K. (2021). Finding the Unplanned Managerial Work: A Shadowing Study. In: Proceedings of the 28th International Annual Operations Management Association (EurOMA) Online Conference: . Paper presented at 28th International Annual Operations Management Association (EurOMA) Online Conference, July 5-7, 2021. International Annual EurOMA Conference
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2021 (English)In: Proceedings of the 28th International Annual Operations Management Association (EurOMA) Online Conference, International Annual EurOMA Conference, 2021Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
International Annual EurOMA Conference, 2021
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-59328 (URN)
Conference
28th International Annual Operations Management Association (EurOMA) Online Conference, July 5-7, 2021
Available from: 2023-01-09 Created: 2023-01-09 Last updated: 2023-01-09
Sollander, K. (2021). Managerial Work in Loosely Coupled and Tightly Coupled Sub-Systems: Proposing a Conceptual Framework. In: Proceedings of the 28th International Annual Operations Management Association (EurOMA) Online Conference: . Paper presented at 28th International Annual Operations Management Association (EurOMA) Online Conference, July 5-7, 2021. International Annual EurOMA Conference
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2021 (English)In: Proceedings of the 28th International Annual Operations Management Association (EurOMA) Online Conference, International Annual EurOMA Conference, 2021Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
International Annual EurOMA Conference, 2021
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-59329 (URN)
Conference
28th International Annual Operations Management Association (EurOMA) Online Conference, July 5-7, 2021
Available from: 2023-01-09 Created: 2023-01-09 Last updated: 2023-01-09Bibliographically approved
Sollander, K. (2020). Organisational ambidexterity in practice: a study of managerial work in manufacturing SMEs. (Licentiate dissertation). Jönköping: Jönköping University, School of Engineering
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2020 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Jönköping: Jönköping University, School of Engineering, 2020. p. 57
Series
JTH Dissertation Series ; 051
Keywords
Organisational ambidexterity, Manufacturing SMEs, Managerial work, Organisatorisk ambidexteritet, Tillverkande små till medelstora företag, Ledningsarbete
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-47360 (URN)978-91-87289-54-5 (ISBN)
Presentation
2020-01-23, E1405, Tekniska Högskolan, Jönköping University, Jönköping, 13:00 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Funder
Knowledge Foundation
Available from: 2020-01-13 Created: 2020-01-13 Last updated: 2020-01-13Bibliographically approved
Engström, A., Barry, D., Sollander, K., Edh Mirzaei, N. & Johansson, A. (2019). Embracing the unplanned: Organizational ambidexterity within manufacturing SMEs. In: Academy of Management Proceedings: . Paper presented at 79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM) 2019, August 9-13, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Academy of Management, Article ID 14906.
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2019 (English)In: Academy of Management Proceedings, Academy of Management , 2019, article id 14906Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Organizational Ambidexterity (OA)–the ability to simultaneously pursue exploration and exploitation–is increasingly being advocated as a way to gain competitive advantage. Most of the work on OA has focused on large, multi-divisional organizations, resulting in frameworks and prescriptions that have little utility for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). With this in mind, we report on the first year of an exploratory, quasi-experimental study of ambidexterity within six small-to-medium manufacturing enterprises in Sweden. The research is characterized by an emic, ‘invented here’ approach, where companies closely examine their current exploration and exploitation practices, use their findings to formulate more advanced OA approaches uniquely suited to their values and circumstances, and iteratively apply and refine these over a four year period. It appears that the construct of ‘unplanned’ and associated sub-constructs such as ‘disturbance, crashes, and interruption’ could be an important key to framing and improving OA within these SMEs and perhaps more generally.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Academy of Management, 2019
Series
Academy of Management Proceedings, ISSN 0065-0668, E-ISSN 2151-6561 ; 1
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-45623 (URN)10.5465/AMBPP.2019.14906abstract (DOI)
Conference
79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM) 2019, August 9-13, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Available from: 2019-08-20 Created: 2019-08-20 Last updated: 2023-06-02Bibliographically approved
Sollander, K., Engström, A. & Wikner, J. (2018). A framework for task-based ambidexterity in manufacturing SMEs. In: Moon I., Lee G., Park J., Kiritsis D., von Cieminski G. (Ed.), Moon I., Lee G., Park J., Kiritsis D., von Cieminski G. (Ed.), Advances in Production Management Systems. Production Management for Data-Driven, Intelligent, Collaborative, and Sustainable Manufacturing. APMS 2018.: . Paper presented at IFIP WG 5.7 International Conference, APMS 2018, Seoul, Korea, August 26-30, 2018 (pp. 518-525). Cham: Springer, 535
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2018 (English)In: Advances in Production Management Systems. Production Management for Data-Driven, Intelligent, Collaborative, and Sustainable Manufacturing. APMS 2018. / [ed] Moon I., Lee G., Park J., Kiritsis D., von Cieminski G., Cham: Springer, 2018, Vol. 535, p. 518-525Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

To be competitive, it is important for companies to create a breeding ground for innovation without jeopardizing productivity. The challenge posed by industrial companies and the innovation research community is how to promote innovation while achieving efficient execution. The ability to balance execution and innovation is referred to as organizational ambidexterity (OA), which includes several dimensions, concepts and approaches where a central task can be identified. The purpose of this paper is to investigate what consequences result from different dimensions of a task in relation to the types of its actions, and their effects on OA. The focus of the task is firstly investigated, followed by the development of nine scenarios via combining the designers’ and the performers’ perspectives of the task. A brief analysis of the scenarios indicates that there is no single optimal scenario; rather, the scenarios represent different states that are appropriate for certain conditions, and dynamic adaptation should be encouraged in relation to the changing conditions. This type of dynamics is particularly expected to prevail in small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) because the roles that are responsible for tasks in these organizations are less specialized. Therefore, SMEs must define tasks that include both explorative and exploitative parts, either simultaneously or sequentially, to stimulate employees to work ambidextrously and thereby develop the concept of task-based ambidexterity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cham: Springer, 2018
Series
IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, ISSN 1868-4238, E-ISSN 1868-422X ; 535
Keywords
Organizational ambidexterity Task-based SME
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-41344 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-99704-9_63 (DOI)2-s2.0-85053265783 (Scopus ID)978-3-319-99703-2 (ISBN)978-3-319-99704-9 (ISBN)
Conference
IFIP WG 5.7 International Conference, APMS 2018, Seoul, Korea, August 26-30, 2018
Available from: 2018-09-04 Created: 2018-09-04 Last updated: 2023-06-02Bibliographically approved
Sollander, K. & Edh Mirzaei, N. (2018). Contextualising ambidexterity in small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises. In: : . Paper presented at 25th International Annual EurOMA Conference, June 24-26th, 2018 Budapest, Hungary.
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2018 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-41341 (URN)
Conference
25th International Annual EurOMA Conference, June 24-26th, 2018 Budapest, Hungary
Available from: 2018-09-04 Created: 2018-09-04 Last updated: 2023-06-02Bibliographically approved
Engström, G., Hilletofth, P., Eriksson, D. & Sollander, K. (2018). Drivers and barriers of reshoring in the Swedish manufacturing industry. World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research (WRITR), 7(3), 195-220
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2018 (English)In: World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research (WRITR), ISSN 1749-4729, E-ISSN 1749-4737, Vol. 7, no 3, p. 195-220Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to explore reshoring drivers and barriers in the Swedish manufacturing industry. The research is based on case research including five case companies from the Swedish manufacturing industry with experience of manufacturing reshoring. The empirical findings are compared to the existing literature to identify any potential gaps between the existing literature and the Swedish manufacturing context. The findings suggest that quality related issues, an increased degree of automation, and improved cost performance at the home base are the strongest reshoring drivers for Swedish manufacturing companies. The identified drivers and barriers are transferable and have the potential to be building blocks for researchers and practitioners to better understand the reshoring phenomena. The findings also show that further research should focus on reshoring drivers and barriers in relation to specific reshoring characteristics (e.g., ownership, scale of production being reshored, and position in the supply chain).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
InderScience Publishers, 2018
Keywords
reshoring; insourcing; offshoring; outsourcing; supply chain; Sweden
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-37900 (URN)10.1504/WRITR.2018.093550 (DOI)2-s2.0-85050829597 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-11-22 Created: 2017-11-22 Last updated: 2019-02-13Bibliographically approved
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