Collaborative energy partnerships in relation to development of core business focus and competence: a study of Swedish pulp and paper companies and energy service companies
2004 (English)In: Business Strategy and the Environment, ISSN 0964-4733, E-ISSN 1099-0836, Vol. 13, no 2, 78-95 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Several aspects of the growing market for energy-related collaboration between pulp and paper industries (PPIs) and energy service companies (ESCOs) in Sweden were investigated through in-depth interviews with PPI and ESCO managers. Aspects of concern are the different forms of co-operation established, the managers' views on the recent changes made regarding competence and business focus, the managers' views on the opportunities and risks with energy related co-operation and the implications for sustainable industrial energy management. The study shows that there is a mutual belief among PPI and ESCO managers that co-operation can provide opportunities for improved competitiveness through a more rational distribution of competences between companies. The main two barriers against the utilization of this potential are that ESCOs must prove that they can bring added values other than capital to pulp and paper mills, and the lack of competition between external energy service providers. Furthermore, we argue that adding aspects related to competence and inter-firm partnering can improve the existing theory surrounding barriers and opportunities for sustainable industrial energy management in manufacturing industries.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 13, no 2, 78-95 p.
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-45803DOI: 10.1002/bse.396OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-45803DiVA: diva2:266699