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Material resources in strategy formation processes: Translations of electricity and forest assets in three Swedish forest industry companies, 1990-2008
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This study examines the process whereby resources, long perceived as static, are reconstructed as increasingly dynamic in their characteristics, uses, and values, and considers how this process can be analyzed and understood theoretically. The paper examines how three energy-intensive Swedish forest industry companies have managed their electricity and forest resources. The author argues that Barney and Hesterley’s (2005) VRIO criteria treat resources as static, and that constructivist actor–network theory may be a more productive way of understanding the ongoing process of resource management. This study demonstrates how the management of electricity and forest resources changed not only between companies in the industry, but also within single firms, over the studied period.

Keyword [en]
resource-based view; VRIO, resources; actor–network theory; translation; forest industry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-66264OAI: diva2:402957
Available from: 2011-03-10 Created: 2011-03-10 Last updated: 2011-03-10Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Opposition and Adjustment to Industrial‘Greening’: The Swedish Forest Industry’s (Re)Actions regarding Energy Transition – 1989-2009
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Opposition and Adjustment to Industrial‘Greening’: The Swedish Forest Industry’s (Re)Actions regarding Energy Transition – 1989-2009
2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[sv]
Motstånd och anpassning till ökade miljökrav : Svensk skogsindustris (re)aktioner beträffande energiomställningen, 1989-2009
Abstract [en]

This thesis analyses how the Swedish forest industry has (re)acted regarding the energy transition and, in particular, regarding the reconstruction of the electricity and forest resources in Sweden during the 1989–2009 period. The thesis consists of four papers that analyse how the Swedish forest industry by means of energy management practices at individual pulp and/or paper mills, in corporate strategies performed by CEOs and boards of directors, and via its industry association, has dealt with mounting political and public demands for the industry to become ‘greener’. At the heart of the thesis are issues related to the industry’s substantial use and management of electricity and forest resources.

This thesis focuses on the patterns of conflict and reconstruction that various forest industry representatives (e.g., CEOs) and entities (e.g., mills and resources) have experienced in relation to opposing and/or adjusting to the energy transition. The Swedish forest industry constitutes an illuminating case in a wider research context of how an industry (re)acts regarding increasing environmental and energy-related demands concerning its strategic resources. By using multidisciplinary theoretical concepts when analysing industrial change, this thesis demonstrates the industry’s wider embeddedness in science, policy, and material resources.

Abstract [sv]

Den här sammanläggningsavhandlingen analyserar hur svensk skogsindustri (re)agerat beträffande energiomställningen och särskilt omvandlingen av elektricitets- och skogsresurserna i Sverige, 1989-2009. Avhandlingen består av fyra artiklar vilka analyserar hur svensk skogsindustri, genom energiledning i massa- och pappersbruk, i företagsledningars koncernstrategier, och genom branschorganisationen, hanterat de ökade miljökrav som politiker och allmänhet riktat mot branschen. I centrum för avhandlingen står särskilt frågor relaterade till branschens omfattande användning och hantering av elektricitet och skogsresurser. Mer specifikt fokuserar avhandlingen på de konflikter och förändringar som skogsindustrin genomgått som ett led i motståndet och/eller anpassningen till energiomställningen.

Den svenska skogsindustrin utgör ett belysande fall på hur en energiintensiv bransch (re)agerar på ökade miljömässiga krav riktade mot dess energi- och naturresursanvändning. Avhandlingen kan därmed även bidra med kunskap om hur en bransch hanterar förändringskrav riktade mot dess strategiska nyckelresurser. Genom att analysera industriell förändring med multidisciplinära teoretiska begrepp tydliggörs branschens inbäddning i vetenskap, politik, och materiella resurser.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2011. 90 + papers 1-4 p.
Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 526
Forest industry, energy, electricity, forests, industrial greening, industrial change, actor network theory, sociology of industry, strategic management, science and technology studies, Skogsindustri, energi, elektricitet, skog, industriell miljöanpassning, industriell förändring, aktörsnätverksteori, branschsociologi, strategiforskning, teknik- och vetenskapsstudier
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-66267 (URN)978-91-7393-216-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2011-04-01, Val, Hus Vallfarten, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 13:15 (English)
Available from: 2011-03-10 Created: 2011-03-10 Last updated: 2014-10-08Bibliographically approved

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