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  • 1.
    Abrahamsson, Mats
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Rehme, Jakob
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Industrial Marketing and Industrial Economics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Olle, Olsson
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    The Role of Buying Groups in Retail Logistics2010Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 2.
    Abrahamsson, Mats
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Rehme, Jakob
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Industrial Marketing and Industrial Economics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Olsson, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    The role of purchasing groups in retail logistics2012In: Nordic retail research: emerging diversity / [ed] Johan Hagberg, Ulrika Holmberg, Malin Sundström, Lars Walter, Göteborg: Bokförlaget BAS , 2012, 1, p. 155-172Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This book aims to provide an illustration of the diversity that characterises contemporary Nordic research in the field of retail. The book draws on a large variety of methods, describes a variety of retail sectors and covers a large number of retail phenomena. The book is suitable for researchers, graduate students and professionals who want to learn more about contemporary retailing research

  • 3.
    Abrahamsson, Mats
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Rehme, Jakob
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Industrial Marketing and Industrial Economics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Logistik i svensk handel: ett projekt finansierat av Handelns Utvecklingsråd2011Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Den här rapporten sammanfattar ett forskningsprojekt, Logistik i svensk handel, som har pågått under perioden juli 2009 t.o.m. februari 2011 och som är finansierat av Handelns Utvecklingsråd.

    En utgångspunkt och hypotes för projektet var att det finns avgörande branschmässiga skillnader i sättet att arbeta med logistikfrågor. En hypotes som har testats mot empirin, vilket har lett till slutsatsen att logistiken endast i begränsad omfattning är branschspecifik och att branschtillhörighet inte är den avgörande faktorn för hur logistiken utformas för handelsföretag. En viktigare faktor, är hur butikerna drivs visavi centrala enheter, hur integrationen ser ut mellan logistikstrategi och inköps- respektive marknadsstrategi, samt hur systemgränserna för logistiken definieras.

    Genom hela arbetet har vi jämfört den logistikbild vi har sett med en ”ideal bild”, i form av logistiken i internationell ”mega-retailing”, vilket idag representerar ”best practice” inom logistik och där logistiken är en integrerad del av företagens affärsmodell och ett direkt stöd för företagets lönsamhet och tillväxt. Den jämförelsen visar att det är mycket stora skillnader i logistikkompetens och mognad mellan olika företag och att logistik inom många handelsföretag fortfarande är ett område med stor förbättringspotential.

    Förutom den här rapporten har projektet genererat en lång rad akademiska artiklar som är publicerade i journaler och/eller har presenterats på konferenser och seminarier. Vi har varit i kontakt med ett stort antal, kollegor, företag och forskare i Sverige och andra länder för att samla material. Ett stort tack till alla de som har bidragit med material till projektet.

    Ett speciellt tack till Andreas Hedlund på Handelns Utvecklingsråd, som förutom finansiellt stöd har backat upp projektet med seminarier arrangerade av Handelns utvecklingsråd.

    Linköping i Maj 2011

    Mats Abrahamsson   Jakob Rehme   Erik Sandberg

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  • 4.
    Bildsten, Louise
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Industrial Marketing and Industrial Economics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Bjornfot, A.
    Björnfot, A., Department of Civil, Mining, and Environmental Engineering, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Value-driven vs. market-driven purchasing of kitchen cabinets in Challenging Lean Construction Thinking: What Do We Think and What Do We Know?2010In: Challenging Lean Construction Thinking: What Do We Think and What Do We Know? - 18th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, IGLC 18, 2010, p. 202-211Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In economic and management literature, the relationship between supplier and buyer can be more or less intimate. It can vary from market-driven with a constant change of suppliers to a value-driven relationship with one sole supplier. Purchasing strategies of construction companies have often been described as short-sighted, where price is the most considered aspect. Recent lean management literature promote value-driven purchasing, since it provides benefits such as just-in-time delivery, zero defects and customized products through close technical collaboration. This article hypothesises that value-driven purchasing of customized kitchen cabinets is more profitable than market-driven purchasing in industrialized housing construction. The hypothesis is examined through a case study of kitchen carpentry at one of Swedens largest producers of industrialized prefabricated multi-storey housing. By comparing characteristics of market-driven vs. value-driven purchasing, this article aims to further clarify the benefits and drawbacks of these two strategies. At the case company, kitchens are ordered cabinet-by-cabinet and then installed inside the factory. The company is considering the possibility of a long-term relationship with a smaller local supplier that can deliver a new kind of innovative kitchen cabinet solution that is prefabricated. If the local supplier can meet the expectations of just-in-time delivery, zero defects and a product tailor-made for the housing company, there is much to gain.

  • 5.
    Bildsten, Louise
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Industrial Marketing and Industrial Economics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Björnfot, Anders
    Institutionen för Samhällsbyggnad.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Value-driven vs Market-driven Purchasing of Kitchen Cabinets2010In: Conference Proceeding 18th annual conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, 2010Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In economic and management literature, the relationship between supplier and buyer can be more or less intimate. It can vary from market-driven with a constant change of suppliers to a value-driven relationship with one sole supplier. Purchasing strategies of construction companies have often been described as short-sighted, where price is the most considered aspect. Recent lean management literature promote value-driven purchasing, since it provides benefits such as just-in-time delivery, zero defects and customized products through close technical collaboration. This article hypothesises that value-driven purchasing of customized kitchen cabinets is more profitable than market-driven purchasing in industrialized housing construction. The hypothesis is examined through a case study of kitchen carpentry at one of Sweden’s largest producers of industrialized prefabricated multi-storey housing. By comparing characteristics of market-driven vs. value-driven purchasing, this article aims to further clarify the benefits and drawbacks of these two strategies. At the case company, kitchens are ordered cabinet-by-cabinet and then installed inside the factory. The company is considering the possibility of a long-term relationship with a smaller local supplier that can deliver a new kind of innovative kitchen cabinet solution that is prefabricated. If the local supplier can meet the expectations of just-in-time delivery, zero defects and a product “tailor-made” for the housing company, there is much to gain.

  • 6.
    Bildsten, Louise
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Industrial Marketing and Industrial Economics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Björnfot, Andreas
    Institutionen för Samhällsbyggnad och Naturresurser, Luleå Tekniska Universitet, Luleå.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Value-driven Purchasing of Kitchen Cabinets in Industrialized Housing2011In: Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction, ISSN 1366-4387, Vol. 16, no 1, p. 73-83Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose - This article hypothesises that value-driven purchasing of customized kitchen cabinets is more profitable than market-driven purchasing in industrialized housing construction. The hypothesis is examined through a case study of kitchen carpentry at one of Sweden’s largest producers of industrialized prefabricated multi-storey housing. By comparing characteristics of market-driven vs. value-driven purchasing, this article aims to further clarify the benefits and drawbacks of these two strategies.

    Design/methodology/approach - A theoretical framework is proposed by comparing characteristics of market-driven vs. value-driven purchasing that clarifies the benefits and drawbacks of these two strategies. An explorative case study of kitchen carpentry at a house manufacturer illustrates purchasing of kitchen cabinets in the industrialized housing industry in relation to the proposed framework.

    Findings – According to the case study, from a value perspective, a long-term relationship with a dedicated local, smaller supplier is a preferable choice over a short-term bulk supplier, even if the short-term supplier has (much) lower prices.

    Research limitations/implications – This is a single-case study that should be verified by further empirical work of a test-delivery from the local sub-system manufacturer. Such a study would provide more insights into this area of work and make it possible to thoroughly evaluate potential risks. The indicative results in this paper can be made conclusive through quantification of the proposed Lean purchasing characteristics.

    Originality/value – A comparison of value-driven and market-driven purchasing is carried out in theory and applied to a real case study that brings new perspectives to purchasing. In this way, the article proposes alternative purchasing strategies to the construction industry.

  • 7.
    Björklund, Maria
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Supplier relations and sustainability2015Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 8.
    Collins, Josh
    et al.
    Healthcare Locums, London, UK.
    Malmgren, Mike
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Ashridge, UK.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Strategic Change through Dynamic Capabilities: The response to the market entry of low-cost airlines2013In: 360°, the Ashridge Journal, no SummerArticle in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The entrance of low-cost passenger airlines into the market has created a new competitive landscape. 

    Josh Collins, Mike Malmgren and Erik Sandberg describe how Dynamic Capabilities as a strategic framework explains the actions taken by different airlines.

  • 9.
    Fristedt, Mårten
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Hansson, Andreas
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Huge-Brodin, Maria
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Rehme, Jakob
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Industrial Marketing and Industrial Economics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Supply chain management in practice: a case study of McDonald’s Sweden2012In: NOFOMA 2012: Proceedings of 24th  Annual Nordic Logistics Research Network Conference / [ed] Juuso Töyli, Laura Johansson, Harri Lorentz, Lauri Ojala and Sini Laari, Naantali, Finland, 2012, p. 875-877Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 10.
    Fristedt, Mårten
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Hansson, Andreas
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Huge-Brodin, Maria
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Rehme, Jakob
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Industrial Marketing and Industrial Economics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Supply chain management in practice: a case study of McDonald’s Sweden2012Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Although much discussed in theory, supply chain management (SCM) is often problematic to carry out in practice. One exception is McDonald’s Sweden, which since its establishment has worked with suppliers and restaurants (franchisees) in a way that reminds of what SCM literature recommends. The purpose of this report is to describe and analyse the supply chain of McDonald’s Sweden from suppliers to franchisees.

    Based on interviews with McDonald’s Sweden, suppliers and franchisees, McDonald’s supply chain is described and analysed according to SCM literature. Cooper and Ellram’s (1993) framework of SCM characteristics is used complemented with several other writers.

    The study describes a supply chain where its members to a large extent collaborate as described in SCM literature. The report identifies and describes how significant SCM characteristics, such as information sharing, joint planning, and the sharing of risks and rewards are managed in the case. Finally, the report identifies market saturation and the search for economies of scale outside the primary supply chain as a challenge for future SCM practices. The case constitutes an interesting showcase where the ways in which the studied features are managed can inspire others businesses in succeeding in SCM.

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    Supply Chain Management in practice
  • 11.
    Fristedt, Mårten
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Rehme, Jakob
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Industrial Economics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Describing hybrid purchasing organizations - the case of a Swedish industrial firm2015Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 12.
    Haag, Linnea
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Sallnäs, Uni
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management.
    Operational capabilities for facilitating the internationalisation of retailers - A multiple case study of three Swedish retail companies2019Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 13.
    Haag, Linnea
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Sallnäs, Uni
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Supply chain capabilities for facilitating the internationalisation of retailers: a multiple case study of three Swedish retail companies2019In: International Review of Retail Distribution & Consumer Research, ISSN 0959-3969, E-ISSN 1466-4402, Vol. 29, no 3, p. 321-339Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Market-oriented aspects of retail internationalisation have received a lot of research attention since the 1990s. However, beyond these aspects lies also supply-chain oriented capabilities that are necessary for retailers to successfully internationalise into foreign sales markets. By using a perspective based on resource-based theories, this paper explores supply-chain oriented capabilities that facilitate retail internationalisation. The research is based on a multiple case study of three Swedish retailers. Through the perspective of research based theories, specifically capabilities, the empirical data is studied in a single-case as well as a cross-case analysis. Findings reveal three supply chain-oriented capability categories (leadership capability, integration capability and learning capability) of importance for retail internationalisation. Resources necessary for the capabilities are to be found internally at the retailer, but also externally at other firms. This research adds to the market-oriented knowledge on retail internationalisation by adding a supply-chain oriented perspective. Further, it provides an understanding of the early phases of retail internationalisation.

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    Supply chain capabilities for facilitating the internationalisation of retailers: a multiple case study of three Swedish retail companies
  • 14.
    Haag, Linnea
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Exploring key logistics characteristics supporting embeddedness in retailers’ geographical expansion2020In: International Review of Retail Distribution & Consumer Research, ISSN 0959-3969, E-ISSN 1466-4402, Vol. 30, no 1, p. 1-26Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this paper is to explore how the logistics organisation and operations support embeddedness in retailers’ geographical expansion. More specifically, this study identifies four key logistics characteristics that are crucial for geographical expansion and describes how each of these supports retailers’ embeddedness related to their geographical expansion. The findings illustrate how the characteristics: Centralised logistics control, Centralised logistics structure, Standardised logistics operations and Continuous learning and improvement, support societal, network and territorial embeddedness related to the geographical expansion of retailers. The paper is empirically grounded in an explorative, qualitative, multiple case study of three Swedish retailers that have geographically expanded their businesses. Company visits and interviews with a variety of informants, ranging from company owners to operational logistics staff, have been conducted.

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  • 15.
    Haag, Linnea
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    The role of the logistics platform in geographical expansion2017In: The 29th NOFOMA conference: Taking on grand challenges / [ed] Hellström, Kembro and Bodnar, Lund, 2017Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 16.
    Haag, Linnea
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Sallnäs, Uni
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Towards an increased understanding of learning: a case study of a collaborative relationship between a retailer and a logistics service provider2022In: International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, ISSN 0959-0552, E-ISSN 1758-6690, Vol. 50, no 13, p. 44-58Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose This study aims to explain how learning occurs in collaborative retailer-logistics service provider (LSP) relationships. The research is guided by two research questions, addressing absorptive and desorptive capacities and the interaction between these capacities. Design/methodology/approach The study is based on a case study of a Swedish, collaborative retailer-LSP dyad. The empirical data are structured around five specific learning situations within the retailer-LSP dyad. Findings The findings provide an explanation for how learning occurs within a collaborative retailer-LSP relationship based on subprocesses of absorptive and desorptive capacities. The interaction between these processes is found to rely on two types of support: one-directional and bidirectional. The findings also indicate positive outcomes of learning, such as improved cost efficiencies in warehouse operations, better customer services and improved long-term strategic planning. Practical implications This study shows how retailers and LSPs can learn from each other and together create an improved logistics system for end customers. Originality/value This research takes into account absorptive and desorptive capacities in a collaborative retailer-LSP relationship. This study enhances the understanding of inter-organisational learning processes in a retail logistics context.

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  • 17.
    Haag, Linnea
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Sallnäs, Uni
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Towards an increased understanding of learning: a case study of a collaborative relationship between a retailer and a logistics service provider2021In: International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, ISSN 0959-0552, E-ISSN 1758-6690, Vol. 50, no 13, p. 44-58Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose – This study aims to explain how learning occurs in collaborative retailer–logistics service provider (LSP) relationships. The research is guided by two research questions, addressing absorptive and desorptive capacities and the interaction between these capacities.Design/methodology/approach – The study is based on a case study of a Swedish, collaborative retailer– LSP dyad. The empirical data are structured around five specific learning situations within the retailer– LSP dyad. 

    Findings – The findings provide an explanation for how learning occurs within a collaborative retailer–LSP relationship based on subprocesses of absorptive and desorptive capacities. The interaction between these processes is found to rely on two types of support: one-directional and bidirectional. The findings also indicate positive outcomes of learning, such as improved cost efficiencies in warehouse operations, better customer services and improved long-term strategic planning. 

    Practical implications – This study shows how retailers and LSPs can learn from each other and together create an improved logistics system for end customers.Originality/value – This research takes into account absorptive and desorptive capacities in a collaborative retailer–LSP relationship. This study enhances the understanding of inter-organisational learning processes in a retail logistics context. 

  • 18.
    Hemilä, Jukka
    et al.
    VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo, Finland.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Pal, Rudrajeet
    University of Borås, Borås, Sweden.
    Aminoff, Anna
    VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo, Finland.
    Reverse supply chain relationship to circular economy2016In: The Proceedings of 21st International Symposium on Logistics (ISL 2016): Sustainable Transport and Supply Chain Innovation / [ed] KS Pawar and KM Tsai, Nottingham, UK: Centre for Concurrent Enterprise, Nottingham University Business School , 2016, p. 217-223Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Most of the focus in logistics and supply chain research has been on forward logistics, but the reverse supply chain (RSC) has been studied for more than a decade. Meanwhile, the Circular Economy (CE) has gathered a lot of attention in recent years from management sciences as well as companies offering a practical alternative to the current linear economic model. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the relationship of these two concepts of RSC and CE, especially in terms of value creation. The study also suggests how to develop a sustainable business model by following RSC and CE concepts. The paper indicates future research questions and hypotheses for these topics.

  • 19.
    Kindström, Daniel
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Industrial Marketing and Industrial Economics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kowalkowski, Christian
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Industrial Marketing and Industrial Economics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    A dynamic capabilities approach to service infusion in manufacturing2009In: QUIS 11 (11th Quality in Services Symposium): Moving Forward with Service Quality, Wolfsburg, Germany: Ingolstadt School of Management , 2009, p. 331-340Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper explores key dynamic capabilities needed for industrial firms to become more service oriented, i.e. to increase the service content in the offerings. Applying a dynamic capabilities framework in a service context is novel and by doing this, new, valuable insights can be gained into the research on how to address the increasing service infusion in industrial firms. Based on an explorative, multiple case study (10 companies) with in-depth interviews and focus groups, seven dynamic capabilities are identified.

  • 20.
    Kindström, Daniel
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Industrial Marketing and Industrial Economics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kowalkowski, Christian
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Industrial Marketing and Industrial Economics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Enabling service innovation: A dynamic capabilities approach2013In: Journal of Business Research, ISSN 0148-2963, E-ISSN 1873-7978, Vol. 66, no 8, p. 1063-1073Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The point of departure for this article is the need for product-centric firms to compete in the market by adding services to their portfolio, which requires a greater focus on service innovation if they are to remain competitive. A major challenge associated with the shift from product-centeredness to a product and-service orientation is the management of the essential dynamic capabilities of sensing, seizing, and reconfiguring needed for service innovation. The research study reported identifies key microfoundations forming the basis of successful realignment of a firm's dynamic capabilities so as to achieve a better fit with service innovation activities. Eight qualitative case studies of product-centric firms form the basis of the study. The findings make three primary contributions to the body of knowledge. First, they extend the existing literature on dynamic capabilities by specifically discussing microfoundations related to service innovation. Second, the study extends existing work on service innovation into the manufacturing industries by identifying the key microfoundations in that context. Third, the research provides empirical evidence of dynamic capabilities in practice, especially in product-centric settings in which the service context is novel.

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  • 21.
    Kohn, Christofer
    et al.
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Management and Economics, Logistics.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Management and Economics, Logistics.
    Coordination in Supply Chains - using power as a tool of coordination2006In: NOFOMA,2006, 2006Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 22.
    Kohn, Christofer
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Exploring Supply Chain Captaincy: Why power matters in supply chain collaboration – The case of Volvo Parts2006In: Supply Chain Practice, ISSN 1466-0091, Vol. 8, no 2, p. 18-30Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The term channel captain has been introduced and discussed briefly in the SCM literature from time to time and some authors even claim that a channel captain is a prerequisite for the realisation of collaborative supply chain initiatives. However, the topic has not been addressed in great detail. One reason for this could be the absence of a more rigorous incorporation of power literature in SCM articles. The purpose of this paper is to act as a catalyst in the discussion on channel captaincy in the SCM literature. The paper is of an explorative character and a case study is presented, illustrating how Volvo Parts in its role as a channel captain has used the sources of power available in order to make its supply chain more efficient. The paper helps illustrate that power issues are relevant in a supply chain setting and that power can serve as a useful framework in order to get a deeper insight into supply chain relationships.

  • 23.
    Kohn, Christofer
    et al.
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Management and Economics, Logistics.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Management and Economics, Logistics.
    Power and Supply Chain Captaincy2006In: International Symposium on Logistics, ISL,2006, Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Logistics: The University of Nottingham / Tsingua University , 2006, p. 319-Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Supply chain management (SCM) is a philosophy/concept that has grown tremendously in popularity over the last decade or so, in industry as well as in academia (Stock and Lambert, 2001). One of the more recognised definitions is that of Lambert and Cooper (2000), which reads: -Supply chain management is the integration of key business processes from end user through original suppliers that provides products, services, and information that add value for customers and stakeholders.- (Lambert and Cooper, 2000, p 1) However, except from a few best practice cases, empirical research shows that collaboration based on the SCM philosophy is not common practice in today-s supply chains (Sandberg, 2005, Speakman et al, 1998). One reason for the poor SCM realisation could be the absence of a channel captain in the supply chain. The term channel captain has been introduced and discussed briefly in the SCM literature from time to time, and the need for a channel captain is by some authors (e.g. Cooper and Ellram, 1993) considered a necessary prerequisite for the realisation of collaborative supply chain initiatives. In short, the channel captain role implies that one supply chain member holds the baton and leads the way for all the others. A fundamental notion regarding the role of a channel captain is that it implies that the party in question has some form of influence over the other members of the supply chain, as to how they behave and act. In somewhat general terms it could be argued that when one party can influence another party, the former party can be attributed some form of power. Thus, the possession of power over other supply chain members is fundamental for a channel captain role. Even if some SCM authors briefly discuss the channel captain role, the literature field to date does not seem to address it more in detail. One reason for this could be the absence of a power discussion in SCM articles, which is needed for a more thorough discussion on the subject. In order to gain a better insight into the channel captain role, this paper therefore incorporates literature concerning power from both the field of social science and marketing channel and relates these theories to the channel captain role in a supply chain. The purpose with the paper is to illustrate how a company, which can be considered as a channel captain, can actively use its power to improve a supply chain-s performance.

  • 24.
    Maack, Christina
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management.
    Huge-Brodin, Maria
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Environmental work in a logistics company: A resource perspective2010In: Logistics and Supply Chain Management in a Globalised Economy / [ed] Jan Stentoft Arlbjørn, Kolding: University of Southern Denmark , 2010, p. 1001-1016Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 25.
    Olsson, Olle
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Aronsson, Håkan
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Managing a variable acute patient flow: planning and decision-making2012Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper focuses on the management of variability in the acute patient flow, which is another factor that complicates the organisational structure of a hospital. There is a high degree of variability in healthcare (Ronen and Pliskin, 2006), in particular when it comes to acute patients where the patient inflow fluctuates concerning time, health issues and response to treatment. Healthcare resources are also often used inappropriately and not adapted to the variations that exist (Walley et al., 2006). Variation is hence created by internal behaviours in healthcare systems such as discontinuous scheduling, variable capacity to discharge and by splitting demand into subgroups (Allder et al., 2011).

  • 26.
    Olsson, Olle Viktor
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Aronsson, Håkan
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Middle management involvement in handling variable patient flows2017In: Management Research Review, ISSN 2040-8269, E-ISSN 2040-8277, Vol. 40, no 9, p. 1007-1024Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose – This study aims to explore the involvement of middle management in forming strategies tomanage variable acute patient flows at a hospital.Design/methodology/approach – Empirical evidence from a university hospital was gathered viainterviews, internal documents, observation and participation in meetings. The role of middle management inthe development of strategies was analyzed using literature on middle management involvement.Findings – In managing variable acute patient flows, middle management adopts a number of roles andbehavioral characteristics that have been previously described in research. The role of facilitator is the mostprominent, with middle managers prioritizing individual goals and strategies for the clinical departments thatthey manage before their collective responsibility for hospital performance. Unclear responsibilities andmandates within the organization, together with a lack of hospital-wide strategies concerning how the acutepatient flow should bemanaged, are contributing factors to this behavior.Research limitations/implications – The research is based on an explorative, single case studymethodology. Future research assessing the extent of different middle management roles in health care, inwhich more empirical data and quantitative analysis is conducted, is encouraged.Practical implications – There is a need for top management to establish long-term goals to enhancemiddle management roles when developing strategies for managing variable patient flows.Originality/value – Middle management involvement in developing strategies for managing variablepatient flows is a novel topic for research. The interface and division of tasks between top and middlemanagement is crucial for successful strategies in managing variable patient flows.

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  • 27. Pal, Rudrajeet
    et al.
    Dissanayake, Kanchana
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Dynamic capabilities for supply network configuration in textile-to-textile recycling value chain2023Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 28.
    Pal, Rudrajeet
    et al.
    University of Borås, Borås, Sweden.
    Hemilä, Jukka
    VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.
    Paras, Manoj K.
    University of Borås, Borås, Sweden.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Creating value through reverse logistics in a multi-echelon used clothing chain2016In: The Proceedings of 21st International Symposium on Logistics (ISL 2016): Sustainable Transport and Supply Chain Innovation / [ed] KS Pawar and KM Tsai, Nottingham, UK: Centre for Concurrent Enterprise, Nottingham University Business School , 2016, p. 349-359Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose of this paper:

    Reverse logistics (RL) in retail value chains is an increasingly emerging phenomenon yet under - explored in research ( Bernon et al., 2011 ) . T he literature becomes shallow er wh ile discussing the "process" of val ue creation in such context . Given the inherent complexity and differentiated value creation in many RL networks ( Schenkel et al., 2015 ) , e.g. in used clothing, such values are consti tuted by different actors by prioritizing and committing their strategic resources for developing distinct rent - earning competencies. In this context, the purpose of this paper is to explore how differential value is created by firms embedded in a multi - echelon reverse value chain for used clothing, by successfully exploiting multi - level (intra - and inter - firm) resources, via various underlying rent-earning mechanisms.

    Design/methodology/approach:

    An explorative case study approach is adopted in r everse clothing value chain context to investigate  the  take - back  scheme  that includes multiple  actor  types  and  also  spa ns globally . An abductive research process is adopted along two stages; Stage 1 (proposes a new theoretical framework on “how” value is c reated in reverse value chains based on resource - based (RB) and relational rent - earning views to exploit various RL attributes or capabilities)  and  Stage  2  (seeks  real - life  case  observations  to  explore  the  empirical reality), and finally systematically com bining these knowledge. Data is collected through s emi - structured interviews, observation and documented notes and reports, conducted with various actors, viz. retailers, social enterprises (charities and non - profit  retailers),  commercial  brokers/sorters, and  specialized  sorting  firms  from India.

    Findings

    Differentiated  values  are  created by the  actors  in volved  with  multi - echelon  take - back n e twork . The  RB  and  relational  theories  underpin  the  rent - earning  mechanisms  further highlighting several key ways to sustain this value. The VRIO model in the RB theory ( Barney and Clark, 2007 ) shows how value is created within firm  boundaries .  The  relational  view  highlights  four  rent - earning  mechanisms: relational  asset  specificity  and  information  sharing  for  the  success  o f  cost - neutral take - back  agreement , along  with resource  and  capability  complementarities  and  trust in  the relation ship . Together  they  provide  understanding  of  the entire  “process”  of  rent generation.

    Value:

    This research  contribute to  exploring the “process” of rent - earning generated by  critical intra - and inter - organizational enablers of value creation in complex RL networks.

    Practical implications:

    The paper improves the understanding of the key mechanism for value creation for actors working wit hin the used clothing chain.

  • 29.
    Pal, Rudrajeet
    et al.
    Högskolan i Borås, Borås, Sweden.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Addressing glocal challenges through value mapping in used clothing circular supply chains2021Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 30. Pal, Rudrajeet
    et al.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management.
    Circular supply chain valorisation: Exploring transition challenges and opportunities in the used clothing industry2022Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 31.
    Pal, Rudrajeet
    et al.
    Department of Business Administration and Textile Management, University of Borås, Borås, Sweden; Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Gävle, Gävle, Sweden.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Circular supply chain valorisation through sustainable value mapping in the post-consumer used clothing sector2023In: The International Journal of Logistics Management, ISSN 0957-4093Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose – The purpose of this study is to explore the antecedents of uncaptured sustainable value and strategies to generate opportunities to capture it in the circular supply chain of post-consumer used clothing. Design/methodology/approach – This study is based on an inductive analysis of 21 semi-structured interviews conducted with various stakeholders in the circular clothing supply chain (for-profit and not-for- profit) using the value mapping approach, as previously applied in the literature on sustainable business models. Findings – Fifteen antecedents of uncaptured sustainable value, and thirteen value opportunity strategies were revealed that hinder or generate multi-dimensional value types. Economic value is impacted the most, while there is lack of explicit understanding of the impact of these antecedents and strategies on environmental and social value capture. From a multi-stakeholder perspective, the ecosystem is emerging as new for-profit actors are developing novel process technologies, while not-for-profit actors are consolidating their positions by offering new service options. There is also an emerging “coopetition” between the different stakeholders. Research limitations/implications – More granularity in the different types of uncaptured value could be considered, and external supply chain stakeholders, such as the government, could be included, leading to more detailed value mapping.

    Practical implications – This research provides practitioners with a value-mapping tool in circular clothing supply chains, thus providing a structured approach to explore, analyse and understand uncaptured value and value opportunities.Originality/value – This extended value perspective draws upon the value-mapping approach from the sustainable business model literature and applies it in the context of the circular clothing supply chain. In doing so, this research illustrates circular clothing supply chains in a new way that facilitates an improved understanding of multi-dimensional and multi-stakeholder value for embedded actors.

    Keywords Circular supply chain, Clothing, Value uncaptured, Value opportunity, Europe Paper type Research paper

  • 32.
    Pal, Rudrajeet
    et al.
    University of Borås - Swedish School of Textiles.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Integrated cascading solution to circular product business model scaling: insights from apparel industry2021Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 33.
    Pal, Rudrajeet
    et al.
    Högskolan i Borås, Sweden.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Högskolan i Borås, Sweden.
    Sustainable value creation through new industrial supply chains in apparel and fashion2017In: 17TH WORLD TEXTILE CONFERENCE AUTEX 2017: SHAPING THE FUTURE OF TEXTILES, Institute of Physics Publishing (IOPP), 2017, Vol. 254, article id 202007Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper explores the inter-organizational value creation, in apparel supply chain context, through circularity and digitalization for sustainability, by gathering evidences from vivid research experiences. It can be highlighted that inter-organizational value creation in both circular- and digital- apparel supply chains largely builds upon a variety of collaborative initiatives, and among a range of included members. Knowledge co-evolvement and business co-development, end-to-end integration and information transfer, and open networks are crucial to such collaborations – making development of new supply chain structures a metacapability of apparel firms in the changing industrial landscape.

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  • 34.
    Pal, Rudrajeet
    et al.
    Högskolan i Borås, Akademin för textil, teknik och ekonomi. (Textile Value Chain Management (TVCM)).
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Dissanayake, Kanchana
    Högskolan i Borås, Akademin för textil, teknik och ekonomi. (Textile Value Chain Management (TVCM)).
    Paras, Manoj
    NIFT Kangra India.
    Circular used clothing valorization: Executive Brief2023Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    This Executive Brief compiles the key results obtained from some ongoing research and innovation studies conducted with the scope of two ongoing projects: (i) CLOSeD (Circular clothing dichotomies in global-local supply chain dispersion) funded by Ikea Family Research Foundation; ongoing since January 2021, and (ii) Circular Logistics (Exploring the role of logistics in the circular textile ecosystem) funded by Formas (Swedish research council for sustainable development); ongoing since May 2022. 

    [More about the 2 projects here: CLOSeD↗  Circular Logistics↗]

    This Executive Brief is one-of-its-kind, given that it synthesizes the results of multiple ongoing studies, and draws connection among them by presenting an overarching purpose of creating science-based logical reasoning and understanding of how circular clothing supply chains and ecosystems, and the organizations embedded within, can maximise their valorisation potential amid the changing landscape led by, for example, the European Union (EU)-wide planning and adoption of “EU Strategy for textiles”. 

    A common thread of our argument, as put forward in this Executive Brief is while the textile circular economy is largely influenced in practice by recent technological advancements, related to circular material development, innovative products and processes, or digitalization of circular business models and operations, the motivation in driving them forward has been largely from an efficiency-gain perspective, both in terms of economics and ecology, that is address whether and how circular economy would minimise costs, enhance profitability, and render economies of scale. A novelty-centred perspective has been largely implicit in this regard; however critical to generate a top-line on how circular supply chains and ecosystems should generate sustainable value, beyond cost/profit dimensions.

    To address this our Executive Brief presents the 5 distinct studies’ results. Each study is enriched by empirically-driven dataset, analytical framing and scientific methodology, while at the same time are aligned by a common objective: to explore and provide explanation of the main challenges to value generation in circular clothing supply chains and ecosystems, and what concrete strategic solutions are/can be devised.  

    Ø  STUDY 1 explores the values currently uncaptured, new opportunities and strategies to capture them, from a multi-dimensional and multi-stakeholder perspective, in context to European used clothing circular supply chain from multiple countries.

    Ø  STUDY 2 checks the triple-bottom line sustainability credential of distributed Global North-South used clothing circular supply chain, by weighing the pros and cons against each other and finally proposing what needs further attention for future valorization.

    Ø  STUDY 3 highlights the underlying supply chain capabilities prerequisite to design textile-to-textile recycling value chain for handling post-consumer waste in Global North.

    Ø  STUDY 4 presents the case of a multi-national Swedish fashion retailer to pen down what capabilities are essential of an ecosystem leader or captain in orchestrating circular supply chains of post-consumer used clothes.

    Ø  STUDY 5 initiates a mapping of multi-tiered textile recycling value chain in Global South by presenting the case of Panipat in India - world’s largest mechanical recycling hub.

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  • 35.
    Pal, Rudrajeet
    et al.
    Borås Högskola, Borås, Sweden.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Paras, Manoj
    Borås Högskola, Borås, Sweden.
    Multidimensional value creation through different reverse supply chain relationships in used clothing sector2019In: Supply chain management, ISSN 1359-8546, E-ISSN 1758-6852, Vol. 24, no 6, p. 729-747Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose

    This paper aims to purport deeper understanding of, and instigate theoretical elaboration to, multidimensional value created through different reverse supply chain (RSC) relationships.

    Design/methodology/approach

    By capturing the relationships (and their differences) constituted and embedded in three “extreme” case studies from global used clothing supply chain, the sources of multidimensional values are explored in line with Dyer and Singh’s (1998) relational theory.

    Findings

    In the RSC, when downstream relationships are typically more opportunistic, value is created using inter-personal ways of knowledge sharing and through use of informal safeguards. In contrast, the upstream RSC relationships are more symbiotic, and value is created through more seamless (and routinized) knowledge sharing practices, and additional use of more formal transaction-specific controls or financial incentives as safeguarding instruments.

    Research limitations/implications

    The use of consolidated case studies may affect the consistency in the findings presented. Another limitation relates to deriving propositions per each source presented in relational theory.

    Practical implications

    Practitioners particularly from industries whose global RSCs include different natures of relationships and multiple value incentives can be benefited through this study.

    Originality/value

    The paper extends the original sources of value creation prescribed in relational theory by contextualizing them in RSCs. It depicts how multidimensional values are created relationally by dyadic partners as the nature of relationship differs between upstream and downstream.

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  • 36.
    Pal, Rudrajeet
    et al.
    Univ Boras, Sweden.
    Shen, Bin
    Donghua Univ, Peoples R China.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Circular fashion supply chain management: exploring impediments and prescribing future research agenda2019In: Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, ISSN 1361-2026, E-ISSN 1758-7433, Vol. 23, no 3, p. 298-307Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    n/a

  • 37.
    Palsson, Henrik
    et al.
    Lund Univ, Sweden.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Packaging paradoxes in food supply chains exploring characteristics, underlying reasons and management strategies2022In: International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, ISSN 0960-0035, E-ISSN 1758-664X, Vol. 52, no 11, p. 25-52Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore different types of packaging paradoxes and the reasons for their existence in food supply chains. Design/methodology/approach The research uses a multiple case study approach with rich empirical data from seven leading companies in Swedish food supply chains. The research uses coding and a paradox theory lens to analyse packaging paradoxes, both within and between companies in a supply chain. Findings The paper provides a novel theoretical lens which uses comprehensive empirical data to identify and categorise four types of packaging paradoxes on two system levels in food supply chains. It presents detailed descriptions of, and underlying reasons for, the paradoxes. It also discusses strategies required to manage packaging paradoxes. Research limitations/implications Future research should confirm and extend the findings in this study by incorporating data from companies in other countries. It should cover the importance of paradoxes, their impact on company performance and innovation, and how different paradoxes are related to each other. It should also investigate strategies to manage paradoxes further. Practical implications The findings should help companies acknowledge and identify management principles for packaging paradoxes in food supply chains. Originality/value It is the first study which systematically explores packaging paradoxes in food supply chains. The study offers a new approach to understand the complexity of packaging decisions in food supply chains. It contributes to the packaging logistics literature by extending theoretical knowledge about conflicts of interest related to packaging. The management discussion offers initial insights into management of packaging paradoxes and directions for future research.

  • 38.
    Palsson, Henrik
    et al.
    Lund Univ, Sweden.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Paradoxes in supply chains: a conceptual framework for packed products2020In: The International Journal of Logistics Management, ISSN 0957-4093, Vol. 31, no 3, p. 423-442Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose Grounded in paradox theory, and with the objective of structuring and extending existing knowledge of conflicts of interest (e.g. trade-offs) in packaging logistics, the purpose of this paper is to identify categories of paradoxical tensions in packaging systems used in supply chains, and to develop a conceptual framework that describes these categories. Design/methodology/approach This research uses a theory building approach. It develops a conceptual framework of paradoxical tensions for packed products in supply chains. It revises and extends current knowledge in this domain by applying paradox theory from organisational research. Findings The paper develops a generic, conceptual framework that identifies, categorises and describes packed product paradoxes on two system levels: supply chain and company levels. The categories of paradoxes refer to performing, organising, belonging and learning. Research limitations/implications The framework provides a new theoretical explanation of conflicts of interest in packaging logistics in terms of paradoxical tensions related to packed products in supply chains. It structures and increases general understanding of such tensions within and between actors in a supply chain. The paper also discusses differences in terminology between tensions which are possible to settle and those which lead to paradoxes. Practical implications The framework provides a structure for analysing the organisational impact of strategic packaging decisions. It can help highlight different stakeholders organisational constraints related to packaging. Originality/value The frameworks systematic categorisation of four types of paradoxical tensions, with thorough descriptions of the meaning of packed product paradoxes of each type, offers an expanded and in-depth explanation of the organisational impacts of packed products in supply chains.

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  • 39.
    Pålsson, Henrik
    et al.
    Lund Univ, Sweden.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Adoption barriers for sustainable packaging practices: A comparative study of food supply chains in South Africa and Sweden2022In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 374, article id 133811Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Packaging can play a key role in reducing food waste and enabling resource efficient logistics operations. This paper offers insights into why this potential is not fully adopted by companies in food supply chains by exploring adoption barriers for sustainable packaging practices in ten companies in South Africa and Sweden. The paper develops an analytical framework from theory and applies it to the empirical data. This resulted in ten propositions that structure adoption barriers for sustainable packaging practices in food supply chains and explain the reasons for their occurrence. The propositions can form a basis for researchers to understand why the adoption of sustainable packaging practices in food supply chains may be lacking. Corporate decision-makers can use the propositions to form strategies and initiatives to overcome adoption barriers. The study also identified some contextual differences, but overall, the contextual impact on adoption barriers was surprisingly low. To deepen research and practice insights about the complexity of adopting sustainable packaging practices, the paper offers a process view on the adoption barriers in which their relationships are linked. The analytical framework and the process view offer integrative views on adoption barriers for sustainable packaging practices that enable re-searchers and practitioners to address them with a structured approach. This explorative study finally unfolds further research opportunities.

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  • 40.
    Pålsson, Henrik
    et al.
    Lunds Tekniska Högskola, Lund, Sweden.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Adoption barriers for sustainable packaging practices in food supply chains2021Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 41.
    Pålsson, Henrik
    et al.
    Lunds Universitet.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management.
    Exploring packaging paradoxes in food supply chains2019Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 42.
    Pålsson, Henrik
    et al.
    Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Paradoxes for packed products: A conceptual framework2018In: The 30th annual Nordic Logistics research Network (NOFOMA) Conference, 2018Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 43.
    Pålsson, Henrik
    et al.
    Lund University, Sweden.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Paradoxes in packaging development organisations2017In: Proceedings of the 22nd International Symposium on Logistics (ISL 2017): Data Driven Supply Chains / [ed] K.S. Pawar, A. Potter and A. Lisec, Centre for Concurrent Enterprise, Nottingham University Business School, Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road Nottingham, NG8 1BB, UK , 2017, p. 11-18Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Existing research on how to organise packaging development is scarce and superficial, in particular advantages as well as disadvantages of organisational designs are not well understood. As a means to break new grounds regarding these advantages and disadvantages, the purpose of this paper is to apply a paradox approach to identify, categorise and describe paradoxes inherent in different ways of organising packaging development. By describing and categorising the paradoxes, this explorative and conceptual paper advances knowledge about organisation of packaging development. Awareness of these paradoxes can be considered as a first step towards successful management of them.

  • 44.
    Risberg, Andreas
    et al.
    Department of Supply Chain and Operations Management, School of Engineering, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden.
    Jafari, Hamid
    Department of Supply Chain and Operations Management, School of Engineering, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    A configurational approach to last mile logistics practices and omni-channel firm characteristics for competitive advantage: a fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis2023In: International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, ISSN 0960-0035, E-ISSN 1758-664X, Vol. 53, no 11, p. 53-70Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose – The purpose is to explore how the configurations resulting from the interplay of last mile logistics practices and firm characteristics are associated with firm performance in an omni-channel context. Design/methodology/approach – Drawing on configuration theory (CT), the authors use fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA) to analyze data on 72 Swedish omni-channel retailers.

    Findings – Four configurations are identified—store-oriented small and medium-sized enterprises (SME’s), online-oriented SME’s, large store-oriented retailers and large online-oriented retailers. The results show that while offering a wide range of delivery options is necessary to achieve high performance, it is not sufficient, and that returns and fulfilment should be simultaneously considered. For instance, large high-performers leverage their stores and warehouses for fulfilment and returns in an integrated way irrespective of sales channel-mix. However, SME’s appear to focus on fulfilment simplicity with less-costly delivery alternatives, where store- oriented SME’s leverage stores and the online-oriented counterparts leverage warehouses. Consequently, the authors develop a configurational taxonomy and discuss a set of recipes which provide insights for researchers and practitioners.

    Research limitations/implications – The study provides a more comprehensive understanding of the pathways to success, and potential pitfalls, in the last mile logistics context.Originality/value – This study applies a novel methodology in the field, namely fsQCA, to explore the paths to competitive advantage. It covers a wide range of stages in the LM including back-end fulfilment, delivery and returns. It also provides insight into the logistics practices of both SME’s and large omni-channel retailers.

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  • 45.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Att hantera paradoxer i handelns globala inköp2014In: Inköp och Logistik Ledarskapshandbok, no 4Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    För inköpsorganisationer i svenska handelsföretag är globaliseringen idag mycket tydlig. Landsgränser, handelstullar och geografiska avstånd får allt mindre betydelse och inköp från så kallade lågkostnadsländer blir allt vanligare.

    Kina, Bangladesh, Indien och många andra asiatiska länder, samt lite närmare belägna länder i Östeuropa, har ökat kraftigt i betydelse. Kina är antagligen det leverantörsland som blivit mest attraktivt och mest omdiskuterat, kanske för att det idag inte bara kan ses som en fabrik för västvärlden. Kina är dessutom en stor marknad i sig själv, som är intressant för många västerländska företag att befinna sig på.

  • 46.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Business trends and logistics challenges in the Western European retail industry2011In: The journal of business and retail mananagement research, ISSN 1751-8202, Vol. 6, no 1, p. 11-25Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 47.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Business trends and logistics challenges in the Western European retail industry2010Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 48.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Butiksetableringsprocessen i svensk detaljhandel2013Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    De flesta svenska detaljhandelsföretag som använder sig av butiker som huvudsaklig marknadskanal har idag en eller ett par relativt standardiserade s.k. butikskoncept, där butiker öppnas med en någorlunda standardiserad butiksetableringsprocess. Butiksetableringsprocessen, så som den definieras här, sträcker sig i kronologisk ordning från företagets övergripande planer för framtida etableringar (ibland omnämnt som företagets etableringsstrategi), via butikslokalisering, kontraktsskrivning, och renovering, fram till en tid efter att butiken öppnat och butiken har införlivats med den övriga försäljningsorganisationen. Ansvarig för butiksetableringsprocessen är i de flesta fall en speciell avdelning/funktion som oftast tituleras ”etableringsavdelningen” eller dylikt. Detta team av människor ha r till ansvar att i projektform styra och koordinera etableringsprocessen där en lång rad företagsfunktioner är inblandade längs resans gång, t.ex. IT, Försäljning, Marknad, Inköp, samt Logistik.

    Trots en uppenbar praktisk relevans har mycket lite forskning gjorts kring butiksetableringsprocessen. Författaren till denna rapport har därför under hösten 2012 gjort en första initial studie av butiksetableringsprocessen på 8 svenska detaljhandelsföretag inom olika sektorer. Syftet har varit att studera butiksetableringsprocessen i svenska detaljhandelsföretag, och de primära målen har varit att:

    1. Explorativt kartlägga etableringsfunktionen och butiksetableringsprocessen hos fallföretagen,
    2. Skapa en övergripande förståelse för etableringsarbetets roll i företaget relativt andra funktioner (däribland logistikfunktionen som har getts speciellt fokus), samt
    3. På en övergripande nivå analysera hur etableringsprocessen styrs (vilket görs utifrån ett koordineringsperspektiv)

    Studien kan beskrivas som en multipel fallstudie där totalt 12 intervjuer har hållits med etableringschefer och andra personer med insikt i företagets logistikverksamhet (då kopplingen mellan etableringsprocessen och det framtida varuflödet har fokuserats mer i detalj). Dessutom har en mängd olika sekundärdata-källor studerats. Flera av företagen lämnade över konfidentiella checklistor och detaljerade tidsplaneringar, samt olika inofficiella såväl som officiella presentationer som använts vid internutbildningar och dylikt på företaget. I stort utgår studien från ett praktiskt existerande ”fenomen”, snarare än en teoretiskt förankrad frågeställning. Teori som använts inom ramen för studien är framförallt litteratur om butikslogistik, samt koordinationsteori.

    Fallföretagen har valts på ett sådant sätt så att många olika sektorer inom handeln har täckts in för att skapa en bred förståelse av etableringsprocessen. De är också relativt stora och har därmed anledning att ha en fungerande etableringsfunktion som opererar på kontinuerlig basis. De har dessutom alla väl definierade och standardiserade butikskoncept såväl som en standardiserad butiksetableringsprocess.

    Resultatdelarna av studien presenterar etableringsfunktionernas utformning och organisation på de åtta fallföretagen , samt en generell etableringsprocess i 11 steg:

    1. Identifiering av butiksläge.
    2. Möten i företagsledningen.
    3. Datainsamling.
    4. Formellt beslut.
    5. Kontraktsskrivning.
    6. Övervakning av projektledare.
    7. Inblandning från övriga företagsfunktioner
    8. Bygg- och renoveringsarbeten av externa leverantörer.
    9. Installationer och förberedelser.
    10. Butik öppnar.
    11. Utvärdering.

    Studien tar också upp kopplingen mellan etableringsprocessen och det framtida varuflödet, d.v.s. logistiken. Framförallt lyfter rapporten fram sju områden som tillsammans utgör de viktigaste gränssnitten mellan logistik- och etableringsfunktionernas arbete: (1) etableringsfunktionens hänsynstaganden till operativa logistikaspekter, (2) samma chef, (3) kostnadskalkyler, (4) möten om butikslayout, (5) formella etableringsrådsmöten, (6) baklagerutrymmet, och (7) användning av planogram.

     

    Butiksetableringsprocessen är en uppenbart tvärfunktionell process som involverar många delar (funktioner/avdelningar) av företaget. Etableringsfunktionen kan därför anses ha en viktig samordnande roll. Utifrån koordinationsteori beskrivs hur man använder sig av Koordineringsmekanismerna (1) ömsesidig anpassning, (2) direkt tillsyn, samt standardisering av (3) arbete, (4) resultat, (5) färdigheter och kunskaper, samt (6) normer.

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  • 49.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Contemporary logistics challenges in used clothing supply chains2023In: Baltic RIM Economies, ISSN 1459-9759, no 3, p. 42-42Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 50.
    Sandberg, Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Coordination mechanisms in the store opening process2014In: International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, ISSN 0959-0552, E-ISSN 1758-6690, Vol. 42, no 6, p. 482-499Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose – For many retailers organic growth through the opening of new stores is a crucial cornerstone of the business model. The purpose of this paper is to explore the store opening process conducted by retail companies. The research questions cover: first, the role and organisation of the establishment function in charge of the process; second, the activities and functions involved in the process; and third, the coordination mechanisms applied during the process.

    Design/methodology/approach – This research considers the store opening process as a company-wide project, managed by an establishment function, in which internal functions as well as external suppliers need to be coordinated. A multiple case study of eight retail companies is presented, focusing on the organisation of the establishment function, a mapping of the store opening process and the application of coordination mechanisms.

    Findings – The role and organisation of the establishment function is described and the store opening process is summarised into 11 main activities to be conducted by either the establishment function or other involved functions. During the store opening process six different coordination mechanisms are utilised, including mutual adjustments and direct supervision, as well as different types of standardisation.

    Originality/value – This research seeks to improve our understanding for the store opening process and how it can be managed and controlled in an effective manner.

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