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  • 1.
    Burström von Malmbor, Fredrik
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Technique and Management.
    Corporate Strategy in Climate Change Mitigation: Institutional and Transaction cost Perspectives on Corporate Participation in Kyoto Project Mechanisms.2004In: 2nd Joint Research Workshop, Business and Emissions Trading University of Wittenberg-Halle,2004, 2004Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 2.
    Hedberg, Carl-Johan
    et al.
    Miljöteknikprogrammet Linköpings universitet.
    von Malmborg, Fredrik
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Technique and Management.
    The Global Reporting Initiative and Corporate Sustainability Reporting in Swedish Companies2003In: Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, ISSN 1535-3958, E-ISSN 1535-3966, Vol. 10, p. 153-164Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 3. Hedberg, C.-J.
    et al.
    von Malmborg, Fredrik
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Environmental Technique and Management .
    The global reporting initiative and corporate sustainability reporting in Swedish companies2003In: Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, ISSN 1535-3958, E-ISSN 1535-3966, Vol. 10, no 3, p. 153-164Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    With empirical evidence from Swedish companies, this paper analyses the phenomenon of corporate sustainability reporting (CSR) in general and the use of CSR guidelines developed by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in particular. The main questions at issue are why companies have chosen to use the GRI guidelines and how this has affected corporate social responsibility and environmental management. From interviews with all Swedish companies that use the guidelines, we have found that companies produce CSRs mainly to seek organizational legitimacy, and that the main reason for use of the GRI guidelines is an expectation of increasing credibility of the CSR, but also that it provides a template for how to design a report. Moreover, we have found that the CSR report and the GRI guidelines are of more help for internal than external communication at this stage of development. It could help corporations to learn about themselves and to see what has actually been done in the organization. In all, the GRI guidelines would have the potential for gaining visibility and control of the triple bottom line on a corporate level, but they are in need of further development, not least in relation to the issue of verification. Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.

  • 4.
    Korhonen, Jouni
    et al.
    Research Institute for Social Science University of Tampere.
    von Malmborg, Fredrik
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Technique and Management.
    Strachan, Peter A.
    Aberdeen Business School Robert Gordon University.
    Ehrenfeld, John
    International Society for Industrial Ecology.
    Management and policy aspects of industrial ecology: An emerging research agenda2004Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This special issue is based on the international symposium Business and Industrial Ecology held alongside the 2003 Business Strategy and the Environment Conference in Leicester, UK. The main message is that the dominant natural science and engineering aspects of industrial ecology (IE) need to be linked to management and policy studies. IE has rapidly evolved into a new field with the concept of an 'industrial ecosystem' that uses the metaphor of sustainable ecosystems to provide innovative routes to change present unsustainable industrial systems. The editorial article identifies three themes as organizing categories in linking IE to management and policy studies. First, the systems and network philosophy of IE can be coupled with inter-organizational management studies to complement the more traditional intra-organizational environmental management. Second, management and policy studies complement descriptive IE studies of physical flows of matter and energy to produce prescriptive suggestions for how industrial systems can be moved through human action toward the vision of IE. Third, the metaphor is a source of inspiration and creativity in the transformation of management and strategic visions towards a new sustainability culture. © 2004 John Wiley and Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.

  • 5.
    Lindqvist, Annica
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Environmental Technique and Management . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    von Malmborg, Fredrik
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Technique and Management.
    What can we learn from local substance flow analyses? The review of cadmium flows in Swedish municipalities2004In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 12, no 8-10, p. 909-918Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Local authorities are important actors in the transition towards sustainable development. They can play important roles for the promotion of industrial ecology systems oriented management of resources and pollutants on the local and regional level. In this context, the method of substance flow analysis (SFA) has been argued to be supportive to municipal environmental management, although, performing an SFA is often time consuming and demands a great deal of work. It may be a task hard to fulfil on a regular basis for many local authorities. A crucial issue is, then, to what extent it is possible to learn from other SFA studies? Aiming to contribute to this understanding, this paper analyses comparative results of SFA case studies of the cadmium metabolism in three structurally different municipalities in Sweden. The analyses illustrate that in addition to specific knowledge gained from a single case study, there is also general knowledge that may constitute important information for environmental decision-making in other local authorities. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  • 6. Noren, H.
    et al.
    von Malmborg, Fredrik
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Environmental Technique and Management .
    Are standardized EMSs useful in local authorities? A study of how a tool from the private sector is used in the public sector2004In: Business Strategy and the Environment, ISSN 0964-4733, E-ISSN 1099-0836, Vol. 13, no 3, p. 187-197Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Following the trend in the private sector, standardized environmental management systems (EMSs) have been introduced in several local authorities around the world. When the tool is transferred from the private sector to the public, one can ask how useful the tool is in the new environment, since the private and the public sectors are two different types of social sphere, with different institutional logics. Taking a closer look at the situation in Sweden, this paper aims to investigate the applicability of standardized EMSs in local authorities and the public sector in general. Based on qualitative interviews with public officers in two municipalities in Sweden, it is argued that EMSs are useful in municipalities. However, the study also reveals that an EMS seems to be more suitable for technical service administrations and municipally owned companies than social service administrations. © 2004 John Wiley and Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.

  • 7. Oskarsson, K.
    et al.
    von Malmborg, Fredrik
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Environmental Technique and Management .
    Integrated management systems as a corporate response to sustainable development2005In: Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, ISSN 1535-3958, E-ISSN 1535-3966, Vol. 12, no 3, p. 121-128Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The concept of sustainable development has become widespread amongst government agencies, politicians, corporations and other organizations throughout the world. As a response to the challenge of sustainable development, Swedish corporations have shown a growing interest in integrating their efforts regarding management of environmental, quality related and social issues. Companies in the engineering industry are particularly active in this area. This paper describes the paths three world leading Swedish engineering corporations have taken in their striving towards sustainable development, and analyses why and how they are integrating their different management systems. We finally analyse and discuss, from a theoretical point of view with focus on subjects as well as methods of management, whether these integrated management systems in use can support the companies in their management of sustainability. Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.

  • 8. Paulsson, F.
    et al.
    von Malmborg, Fredrik
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Environmental Technology and Management.
    Carbon dioxide emission trading, or not? An institutional analysis of company behaviour in Sweden2004In: Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, ISSN 1535-3958, E-ISSN 1535-3966, Vol. 11, no 4, p. 211-221Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Kyoto Protocol opens up for market based solutions in climate change mitigation. A number of companies in Europe, North America and Asia have already practiced carbon dioxide emission trading. Sweden and Swedish companies have a tradition of being proactive in environmental policy and management. However, Swedish companies are acting reactively or even passively when it comes to emission trading. This paper aims to elucidate and explain the Swedish companies' behaviour on this matter. From our study, which focuses primarily on the energy and forestry sectors, it was found that companies are principally in favour of emission trading, but they have not developed initiatives for emission trading in practice. The study indicates that the institutional arrangements in which companies are situated do not encourage emission trading. Ambiguous government policies are claimed to prevent the companies from making long-term strategies on climate change mitigation in general and emission trading in particular. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.

  • 9.
    Strachan, P.A.
    et al.
    The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen Business School, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen AB10 7QE, United Kingdom.
    Lal, D.
    The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen Business School, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen AB10 7QE, United Kingdom.
    von Malmborg, Fredrik
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Environmental Technique and Management .
    The evolving UK wind energy industry: Critical policy and management aspects of the emerging research agenda2006In: European Environment, ISSN 0961-0405, E-ISSN 1099-0976, Vol. 16, no 1Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In recent years, renewable energy - and in particular wind power - has come to the fore of both international and UK national environmental policy debates. In addition to helping to meet its Kyoto obligations, the British Government has indicated its desire For a much larger slice of the international wind energy market, and has consequently developed a national strategy to stimulate a more vibrant UK wind energy industry. With this in mind, the British Government's Climate Change Programme (DETR, 2000) and more recent Energy White Paper (DTI, 2003) outline the UK energy strategy for the coming two decades, with wind power featuring as a core component. This article critically considers the prospects for the development of a wind energy industry in the UK and introduces five strategic opportunities and five strategic barriers in this evolving segment of the energy market. The article concludes with recommendations to enhance public acceptance of wind energy and four important areas for future research are outlined. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.

  • 10.
    von Malmborg, Fredrik
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Environmental Technique and Management .
    Conditions for regional public-private partnerships for sustainable development - Swedish perspectives2003In: European Environment, ISSN 0961-0405, E-ISSN 1099-0976, Vol. 13, no 3, p. 133-149Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Based on a study of public-private collaboration in partnerships for integrated environmental management and business development in two Swedish regions, this paper aims to elucidate the conditions for collaboration on sustainability issues amongst different local and regional actors. From interviews with local and regional public administration officers and with CEOs of several SMEs, it was found that public-private collaboration related to sustainable development does exist and takes place in many different ways. In common, however, local or regional authorities initiate them all, indicating an asymmetric interest in public-private partnerships. In relation to the interest asymmetry, which could also be seen as an expression of asymmetric power-dependence relations between SMEs and public authorities, with SMEs as the stronger part, a limited knowledge among SMEs about their role in larger contexts and different understandings of sustainable development among the regional actors, the major obstacle for public-private collaboration seems to be the limited confidence in local and regional authorities among SMEs. In all, there seems to be a need for further discussion in the regions and local communities on views of and potential ways towards sustainable development, which also includes the articulation of the roles of different actors. © 2003 John Wiley and Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.

  • 11.
    von Malmborg, Fredrik
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Technique and Management.
    Conditions for Regional Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainable Development - Swedish Perspectives2003In: European Environment, ISSN 0961-0405, E-ISSN 1099-0976, Vol. 13, p. 133-149Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 12.
    von Malmborg, Fredrik
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Technique and Management.
    Environmental Management Systems: What is in it for Local Authorities?2003In: Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, ISSN 1523-908X, E-ISSN 1522-7200, Vol. 5, no 1Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In the last five to ten years local authorities world-wide have followed the trend in the private sector and implemented standardized environmental management systems (EMSs) in their organizations. This raises questions to the reasons for implementing an EMS and, not least, about the roles and contributions of an EMS in municipal environmental policy and management. Drawing on EMS research and experiences in several countries, this review paper aims at providing a critical overview of this new phenomenon and reflects upon the potentials and drawbacks of EMS as a tool for local authorities to use in environmental management. It is argued that an EMS would primarily be regarded as a technical management tool for analytical action that helps to plan, systematize and evaluate the environmental management tasks in an organization. From a critical-emancipatory perspective, it could also, however, be interpreted as a tool for communicative action that may enhance co-operation in the municipal organization. Used in an innovative way and being aware of the potential pitfalls, the EMS may provide information, structures and processes that could help municipal actors to (re)consider their ideologies and socio-cultural structures related to environmental management.

  • 13.
    von Malmborg, Fredrik
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Technique and Management.
    Networking for knowledge transfer: Towards an understanding of local authority roles in regional industrial ecosystem management2004Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Knowledge of the changing roles of local authorities (LAs) in relation to industry would provide an important insight for development and management of industrial ecology at the regional level. Drawing on empirical studies in Sweden, this paper develops a theoretical understanding of the roles of LAs in knowledge transfer in regional environmental management networks. It is suggested that LAs, besides initiating networks and being network brokers and managers, can act as 'knowledge banks' or 'knowledge brokers'. As a 'knowledge bank', officers in the LA hold the knowledge transferred to companies and engage closely with the companies in small active networks. As 'knowledge brokers', LA officers are less active and mainly help companies to get in contact with consultants and technical experts who hold the knowledge needed for developing environmental management in the companies. In all, the roles identified could be seen as more specific approaches to be taken by the LA when playing the overall role of an institutional anchor tenant, facilitating development and management of regional industrial ecosystems. © 2004 John Wiley and Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.

  • 14.
    von Malmborg, Fredrik
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Environmental Technique and Management .
    Stimulating learning and innovation in networks for regional sustainable development: the role of local authorities2007In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 15, no 17, p. 1730-1741Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Inter-organizational collaboration in networks and partnerships is supposed to promote the potential for learning and innovation needed for environmental transformation and sustainable development. This paper aims at exploring the roles of local authorities (LAs) in actor-networks related to regional sustainable development, and examining their potential in stimulating learning and innovation related to sustainable development. From empirical case studies it is suggested that LAs can act as 'teachers' or 'tutors' in the networks. From further analysis, drawing also from literature on partnerships, innovation management, socio-technical change, and educational science, it is proposed that in the short run both the 'teacher' and 'tutor' approach would promote incremental innovation rather than the radical system innovations needed for sustainable development. However, there is potential for stimulating more long-term, radical change if the LA takes on the role of a 'teacher'. This approach may favour close collaboration in long-lived, multi-actor networks with potential to (i) serve as forum for continuous dialogue on sustainable development at a community level, (ii) stimulate experimentation and learning needed for system innovations, and (iii) provide a basis for strategic niche management for development and testing of new technologies. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  • 15.
    von Malmborg, Fredrik
    et al.
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Environmental Technique and Management .
    Forsberg, A.
    Carl Bro Stockholm Konsult AB, P.O. Box 9611, Stockholm SE-117 91, Sweden.
    Choice of energy data in environmental assessment of the built environment2003In: Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, ISSN 1464-3332, E-ISSN 1757-5605, Vol. 5, no 1, p. 83-97Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Life cycle oriented methods are increasingly used for environmental assessments (EAs) of the built environment. However, many assumptions are made in such assessments, potentially influencing the results and making the assessment more ambiguous. To increase the reliability of EAs, consequences of the assumptions made have to be better understood. Since energy use in the operation and maintenance phase is an important factor decisive for the overall environmental performance of a building, the purpose of this study is to investigate how the selection of heat and electricity mix affects the assessed environmental performance of buildings. It also aims to suggest how to choose heat and electricity data in EAs of the built environment in general. Applying four different modes of electricity production and two different modes of heat production in a case study of three different buildings with different technical solutions for heat and electricity supply, the study show that choices of heat and electricity mix have significant influence on the final results of the EA. Regarding the choice of heat and electricity mix in an EA of buildings and the built environment, it is argued that both average and marginal data on electricity production should be used in general. As for data on district heat production, it is recommended to use data on the average production in the specific, local district heating system in general. Finally, it is argued that consequences of the assumptions made should be explicitly communicated in the EA report, so as to let the decision-makers rather than the analysis make the evaluation.

  • 16.
    von Malmborg, Fredrik
    et al.
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Technique and Management.
    Forsberg, Anna
    Carl Bro Stockholm Konsult AB.
    Choise of Energy Data in Environmental Assessment of the Built Environment2003In: Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, ISSN 1464-3332, E-ISSN 1757-5605, Vol. 5, no 1, p. 83-97Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 17.
    von Malmborg, Fredrik
    et al.
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Technique and Management.
    Forsberg, Anna
    Industriell ekologi KTH.
    Tools for environmental assessment of the built environment2004Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    During the last decades there has been an increasing interest in environmental assessments of the built environment. As a result, we can find several qualitative and quantitative assessment tools. With an increasing understanding of cities and the built environment as systems metabolising matter and energy, the use of quantitative tools are expected to increase, making it relevant to ask for their status of development. Aiming to give an overview of the present status of quantitative tools, as a basis for further research and development, this paper describes and compares five different tools for quantitative environmental assessment of the built environment. © 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  • 18.
    von Malmborg, Fredrik
    et al.
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Technique and Management.
    Norén, Hanna
    Miljövetarprogrammet, ITUF Linköpings universitet.
    Are Standardized EMSs Useful in Local Authorities? A Study of How a Tool from the Private Sector is Used in the Public Sector2004In: Abstract and Applied Analysis, ISSN 1085-3375, E-ISSN 1687-0409, Vol. 13, p. 187-197Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Following the trend in the private sector, standardized environmental management systems (EMSs) have been introduced in several local authorities around the world. When the tool is transferred from the private sector to the public, one can ask how useful the tool is in the new environment, since the private and the public sectors are two different types of social sphere, with different institutional logics. Taking a closer look at the situation in Sweden, this paper aims to investigate the applicability of standardized EMSs in local authorities and the public sector in general. Based on qualitative interviews with public officers in two municipalities in Sweden, it is argued that EMSs are useful in municipalities. However, the study also reveals that an EMS seems to be more suitable for technical service administrations and municipally owned companies than social service administrations.

  • 19.
    von Malmborg, Fredrik
    et al.
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Technique and Management.
    Oskarsson, Kristina
    Integrated Management Systems as a Corporate Response to Sustainable Development2005In: Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, ISSN 1535-3958, E-ISSN 1535-3966, Vol. 12, p. 121-128Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 20.
    von Malmborg, Fredrik
    et al.
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Technique and Management.
    Paulsson, Fredrik
    Miljövetarprogrammet, ITUF Linköpings universitet.
    Carbon Dioxide Emission trading, or not? An Institutional Analysis of Company Behaviour in Sweden.2004In: Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, ISSN 1535-3958, E-ISSN 1535-3966, Vol. 11, p. 211-221Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 21.
    von Malmborg, Fredrik
    et al.
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Technique and Management.
    Schelin, Jannica
    Norrköpings Kommun.
    Carlsson, Jan-Erik
    Enista AB.
    Towards Integrated Environmental Management: The Case of a Swedish Urban Engineering Company2003In: Corporate Environmental Strategy, ISSN 1066-7938, E-ISSN 1873-6912, Vol. 10, no 2, p. 41-50Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 22.
    von Malmborg, Fredrik
    et al.
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Environmental Technique and Management .
    Strachan, P.A.
    The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen Business School, Department of Business and Management, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen AB10 7QE, United Kingdom.
    Climate policy, ecological modernization and the UK emission trading scheme2005In: European Environment, ISSN 0961-0405, E-ISSN 1099-0976, Vol. 15, no 3, p. 143-160Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Since the election of the Labour government in 1997, leading to a flurry of policy documents utilizing ecological modernization language, the UK has seen a steady growth in the use of new environmental policy instruments, with the British government having launched in 2002 the world's first national economy-wide emission trading scheme for greenhouse gases. Among other things, the UK Emissions Trading Scheme aims at stimulating a transition of the UK towards a low-carbon economy. Reporting findings of a recent survey of those 31 organizations participating directly in the scheme, this article critically examines the effectiveness of the scheme as an instrument in climate policy and ecological modernization. The study reveals a number of issues that appear to have been 'glossed over' by recent Government reports, and questions whether the UK ETS and climate policy in practice are vehicles for ecological modernization. Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.

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