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  • 1.
    Högberg, Lena
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Boundary Spanning in Cross-Sector Collaboration: Sensemaking and Framing in a Civil Society Public Partnership Beyond the Crossroads2024In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration, ISSN 2001-7405, E-ISSN 2001-7413Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Boundary spanners and boundary spanning activities have been established as key to enabling cross-sector collaboration. By means of a longitudinal study and a process approach to collaboration, the paper offers a novel perspective on interrelated acts of sensemaking and framing whereby boundary spanners representing different organisations and sectors deal with organisational and institutional differences when collaborating. The study focuses on Crossroads, an initiative aimed at addressing an emerging societal problem through cross-sector collaboration including the establishment of a Civil Society Public Partnership (CSPP). To establish and develop the CSPP, multiple boundary spanners representing different organisations and roles interact in a process of continuous negotiation of frames and meaning. The paper elucidates the implications of successive boundary spanning in cross-sector collaboration by highlighting the importance of reticulism, interactive framing, shared commitment, reflexivity, and adaptability.

  • 2.
    Högberg, Lena
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköpings universitet.
    Sköld, Birgitta
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, HELIX Competence Centre.
    Pockets of Trust in a Landscape of Distrust: Interorganisational Trust and the Challenge of Conflicting Institutional Logics2023In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration, ISSN 2001-7405, E-ISSN 2001-7413, Vol. 27, no 3, p. 7-23Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper examines the development of trust in interorganisational relationships (IORs) that are embedded in conflicting institutional logics. The study focuses on a recently established customer choice system for domestic elderly care that involves a complex constellation of logics for the parties involved in the IORs to handle. We explore how boundary spanners deal with conflicting logics and the impact it has on the development of trust in IORs, including both positive and negative expectations of trustees and the new customer choice system. Using the institutional logics in action theory, we propose a new approach to understanding the role of institutional embeddedness in IORs and provide empirical evidence of how institutional logics influence the development of trust. We introduce the concept of “pocket of trust” to describe the compartmentalised development of trust in an organisational environment otherwise characterised by distrust and control efforts.

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  • 3.
    Lidman, Linda
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Sociology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Gustavsson, Maria
    Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Sociology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, HELIX Competence Centre.
    Fogelberg Eriksson, Anna
    Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Sociology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, HELIX Competence Centre.
    Innovation Support in Swedish Municipalities: Challenges on the Way to Increased Innovation Capacity in Public Organisations2022In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration, ISSN 2001-7405, E-ISSN 2001-7413, Vol. 26, no 3, p. 25-44Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Public sector innovation and innovation capacity have gained increased attention inresearch and policy in recent decades, but empirical knowledge is still limited. Thisarticle focuses on initiatives to systematically support innovation in the public sector,with the aim of exploring challenges related to the organisation of innovation support inSwedish municipalities. The study is based on three case studies of municipal innovationsupport operations and 23 qualitative interviews with participants within these operations.The findings show how different innovation support strategies were chosen, ranging fromsuggestion box setups to idea coaching and training using service design methodology.Regardless of strategy, the initiatives faced challenges related to a lack of direction onwhat to innovate and implementation phases not being part of the innovation support.Other challenges related to managers being involved too late in the innovation processesand difficulties securing a commitment to work with innovation within the organisation.These findings point to both the general challenges of supporting change in organisationsand the specific challenges of introducing innovation and setting up innovation support inpublic sector organisations.

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  • 4.
    Nählinder, Johanna
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project Innovations and Entrepreneurship. Linköping University, HELIX Competence Centre. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Fogelberg Eriksson, Anna
    Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Sociology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, HELIX Competence Centre.
    The MIO Model: A Guide for Innovation Support in Public Sector Organisations2017In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration, ISSN 2001-7405, E-ISSN 2001-7413, Vol. 21, no 2, p. 23-47Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The innovation imperative in the public sector is not yet matched by fully developed knowledge on how to support innovation. As a response to the theoretical as well as practical knowledge gaps on how to support innovation in the public sector the paper suggests a tentative model for designing innovation support in public sector organizations, the MIO-model. The model is developed as a practical theory, based on extensive empirical research on innovation and innovation support in Swedish local government, and it is theoretically informed by integrations of innovation studies and theories on organization and workplace learning. Rather than prescribing exactly what to do and how to form innovation support, the MIO-model focuses on core conditions for informed and locally embedded innovation support.

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  • 5.
    Persson, Bo
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Political Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    What Shapes Research Policy at the Local Government Level?: The Establishment of a Research Fund in a Swedish municipality2017In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration, ISSN 2001-7405, E-ISSN 2001-7413, Vol. 21, no 4, p. 77-96Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Research policy in Sweden—and especially financial support for universities—has customarily been the business of the state, it has thus not figured clearly within the scope of local government. However, Swedish municipalities have increased their focus on research policy and have become more active as funders of research and development during the past two decades. As there are a number of circumstances which indicate that local government research funding activities can encounter challenges that differ from those of national funding organisations, it is important to critically examine the role of municipalities as funders of research and consider how local policy conditions, national institutional frameworks and policies shape this role. In this article I analyse the establishment of a research fund to allocate grants to research projects in the Swedish municipality of Norrköping. Through identifying crucial phases, tensions and problems in the process of establishing the fund, the article shows that the process was solidly anchored in the needs of local policy interests and coalitions, but also that it was shaped by the key actors’ interpretations of national legal frameworks and policies in relation to the municipality’s scope for action in this area. Furthermore, the study shows that while the state appears to have generally been keen to encourage municipalities to invest more in research, the municipalities may still be somewhat uncertain about their roles in this area.   

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  • 6.
    Sebhatu, Abiel
    et al.
    Stockholm School of Economics & Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum.
    Wennberg, Karl
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, The Institute for Analytical Sociology, IAS. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Institutional Pressure and Failure Dynamics in the Swedish Voucher School Sector2017In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration, ISSN 2001-7405, E-ISSN 2001-7413, Vol. 7, no 3Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We conduct a comparative case study following the growth and decline of the two largest private school organizations in Sweden from the voucher school deregulation in 1992 until the bankruptcy of one of the organization in 2013. Using archival data, hand-coded data on media exposure, interviews with managers and company press releases we explore institutional pressure and school organizations’ responses to institutional conformity and resistance. Both case organizations constitute private equity managed business groups but rely on distinct growth strategies and differential types of political and market-based ties to powerful stakeholders. Our results explain how organizational responses to institutional pressure are intimately tied to organizational structure, and furthermore how conformity may not translate into survival-enhancing conditions as earlier theorized

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    Sundin, Elisabeth
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Support to Women Entrepreneurs - of Many Kinds and for Many Reasons2016In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration, ISSN 2001-7405, E-ISSN 2001-7413, Vol. 20, no 4, p. 91-113Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    “Entrepreneurship “ has a positive connotation. The concept of “entrepreneurship” is, however, hard to define, and consequently the  “ hunt for Entrepreneurs” takes place in a haze (Berglund, 2007).  There is no  consensus in research on what constitutes entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. Examples of different points of view, include whether or not entrepreneurship is a process or if it is connected to an individual or maybe a collective rather than to one person (Steyart & Landström, 2011).   Often, in practice as well as in research, small firm owners and the self-employed are equated with entrepreneurship and consequently, small, new firms are supposed to be more innovative than big, old ones (Blackburn & Kovalainen, 2008). In practice, we know that far from all small firms and small firm owners are entrepreneurial in the established research-definitions of the concept, and that on the other hand, entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship can be found in all kinds of organizations (Hjorth, 2012; Kovalainen & Sundin,  2012). In this article the terms entrepreneurs and small-firm-owners/self-employed/owner-managers will be used  as synonyms, as that is how they are used in the empirical material.

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  • 8.
    Sundin, Elisabeth
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, HELIX Vinn Excellence Centre.
    Högberg, Lena
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, HELIX Vinn Excellence Centre.
    Innovative practices in work, organization and re-gional development – problems and prospects: Introduction to the special issue2014In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration, ISSN 2001-7405, E-ISSN 2001-7413, Vol. 18, no 4, p. 3-8Article in journal (Refereed)
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  • 9.
    Syssner, Josefina
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Culture and Society, Centre for Local Government Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Jonsson, Robert
    Linköping University, Department of Culture and Society, Centre for Local Government Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Understanding Long-Term Policy Failures in Shrinking Municipalities: Examples from Water Management System in Sweden2020In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration, ISSN 2001-7405, E-ISSN 2001-7413, Vol. 24, no 2, p. 3-19Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Depopulation is a major drawback for local government when it comes to managing technical infrastructure. In water and wastewater systems management, overcapacity is not only a problem in economic terms. In addition, it brings with it serious technical problems and can also cause health problems for residents. In the context of Sweden, previous studies have recognised that shrinking municipalities fail to plan for or to maintain their fixed assets adequately, despite clear goals and guidelines stating that each generation should pay its legitimate share of what municipal operations cost. Despite these clear policy goals, many shrinking municipalities in Sweden have not prioritised the maintenance of fixed assets in water and wastewater. We know that these problems exist, but we know little about what lies behind them. This paper seeks to address this knowledge gap. By drawing upon theories of failure in public policy and administration and a case study of the municipality of Laxå, this paper seeks to arrive at a deeper understanding of policy failures in water systems management in shrinking municipalities in Sweden. The paper discusses three interrelated research questions: (a) What kind of failure are we dealing with here; (b) What organizational behaviours preceded the policy failure itself; and (c) What are the conditions that precipitated the observed failure(s)?

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