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Configuring the ‘industrial collective’: a controversyon the use of Swedish forests, 1989–2009
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
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Abstract [en]

We introduce a theoretical vocabulary highlighting a neglected area in industrial change theory, the outsider role. Industries cannot be fully examined without considering the influence of concerned groups, i.e. actors concerned with the industrial activity. Our empirical focus is a mature, stable, and highly homogeneous industrial sector, namely, the Swedish forest industry. We identify, analyse, and discuss the development and configuration of various truth claims and standpoints regarding the characteristics and potential uses of Sweden’s forest resources, 1989–2009. We follow the translation of the forest industry from producing solely pulp and paper products to producing electricity, heat, and bio-fuels. We argue that, without the pressure of concerned groups and ‘industrialists in the wild’ on the industry, forest industrial activity would never have been reconfigured.

Keyword [en]
industrial collective; translation; concerned groups; confined industry; forest industry; industrialists in the wild; bio-energy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-66266OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-66266DiVA: diva2:403039
Available from: 2011-03-10 Created: 2011-03-10 Last updated: 2011-03-10Bibliographically approved
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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.
Series
Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 526
Keyword
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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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
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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)
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Available from: 2011-03-10 Created: 2011-03-10 Last updated: 2014-10-08Bibliographically approved

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