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Paredes, K. M., Ritzén, S. & Olander Roese, M. (2024). Exploring the use of innovation measurement in retail organisations: a multiple case study. International Review of Retail Distribution & Consumer Research, 34(3), 361-380
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exploring the use of innovation measurement in retail organisations: a multiple case study
2024 (English)In: International Review of Retail Distribution & Consumer Research, ISSN 0959-3969, E-ISSN 1466-4402, Vol. 34, no 3, p. 361-380Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Innovation and its management in retail organisations is an emerging field, yet the measurement of innovation in this context remains challenging and under-researched. The study investigates innovation in large Swedish retail companies, focusing on monitoring and measurement of innovation performance. Through a qualitative, multiple case study, our findings reveal that retailers are aiming to become more active innovators. They are exerting a greater control over the innovation process, implementing a range of financial and non-financial indicators that encompass inputs, outputs, and the process itself. Innovation projects serve as vehicles for experimentation and learning about how to improve the structure of innovation efforts. However, challenges still arise when strategic objectives are not aligned with performance measurements across the organisation. Nonetheless, existing performance measurement practices can support innovation capability development in retail, especially in relation to culture and competence development and utilising external knowledge for open innovation. The paper advances theory by offering insights into how retailers gain more control of innovation through measurement, contributing to the growing landscape of strategic innovation management in retail. We propose a model, informed by theoretically built framework and empirical data, to guide retail organisations in defining new measurements that promote a holistic perspective to building innovation capability.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Informa UK Limited, 2024
Keywords
innovation, innovation measurement, Retail innovation, retailing
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-350301 (URN)10.1080/09593969.2023.2264542 (DOI)001087388300001 ()2-s2.0-85173640769 (Scopus ID)
Note

QC 20240711

Available from: 2024-07-11 Created: 2024-07-11 Last updated: 2024-07-11Bibliographically approved
Wormbs, N. & Ritzén, S. (2024). Framtidens studier är tvärvetenskapliga. Dagens Nyheter, DN Kultur 17 april
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Framtidens studier är tvärvetenskapliga
2024 (Swedish)In: Dagens Nyheter, ISSN 1101-2447, Vol. DN Kultur 17 aprilArticle in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Bonnier, 2024
National Category
Other Humanities
Research subject
History of Science, Technology and Environment
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-345979 (URN)
Note

QC 20240429

Available from: 2024-04-27 Created: 2024-04-27 Last updated: 2024-06-10Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, S. & Ritzén, S. (2024). Maneuvering responsive, tactical, and preventive innovation in an innovation ecosystem to address the grand challenge of organized crime. Creativity and Innovation Management, 33(2), 139-165
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Maneuvering responsive, tactical, and preventive innovation in an innovation ecosystem to address the grand challenge of organized crime
2024 (English)In: Creativity and Innovation Management, ISSN 0963-1690, E-ISSN 1467-8691, Vol. 33, no 2, p. 139-165Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Our knowledge of how to design innovation ecosystems that effectively deal with grand challenges or wicked problems is currently insufficient due to a lack of understanding of their joint innovation processes. Through the use of an in-depth case of an innovation ecosystem designed to combat organized crime, this study shows how diverse government authorities manoeuvre innovation and interact to continuously make the challenge amenable and identify and implement provisional and innovative solutions. Drawing on extensive data gathered from observations, documentation, and interviews with multiple stakeholders, we contribute to the innovation ecosystem literature by offering a model of three interdependent and complementary innovation processes: responsive, preventive, and tactical innovation, supporting an ongoing and distributed experimentation among diverse actors. Furthermore, we emphasize the use of a hybrid interorganizational structure that combines hierarchical and horizontal structures, over one that is entirely network-based, and we highlight the crucial role of a focal collective actor as opposed to a single orchestrator of the ecosystem. Finally, the study suggests attention not only to strengths and complementary attributes but also to vulnerabilities and gaps between involved actors, providing unique innovation opportunities. The paper offers valuable guidance to designers and coordinators of innovation ecosystems addressing grand challenges.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley, 2024
Keywords
divergence and convergence, grand challenge, hybrid interorganizational structure, inductive study, innovation, innovation ecosystem, innovation process, organized crime
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-350327 (URN)10.1111/caim.12570 (DOI)001068164600001 ()2-s2.0-85171556907 (Scopus ID)
Note

QC 20240711

Available from: 2024-07-11 Created: 2024-07-11 Last updated: 2024-07-11Bibliographically approved
Arekrans, J., Nilsson, S. & Ritzén, S. (2023). Management Controls in a Circular Economy Transition. In: 30 Years of Research in Innovation and Product Development Management: Discovering together the next 30. Paper presented at 30th Innovation and Product Development Management Conference (IPDMC), Lecco, Italy, 7-9 June, 2023.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Management Controls in a Circular Economy Transition
2023 (English)In: 30 Years of Research in Innovation and Product Development Management: Discovering together the next 30, 2023Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Management control systems offers powerful ways of guiding employee behavior and implementing organizational strategy. Given the new business logic and the extensive and complex challenges that industrial firms face in light of a circular economy transition, this paper is oriented around two questions. First, the compatibility between traditional management control systems and circular economy. Second, how management control systems can support the radical transformation of firms that circular economy entails. By scrutinizing extant research on MCS, six propositions are developed and grounded in empirical illustrations. These propositions hold relevant implications for practitioners, and several promising avenues for future research are highlighted.

Keywords
Circular Economy, Innovation, Management Control Systems, Strategy
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Business Studies; Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-339747 (URN)
Conference
30th Innovation and Product Development Management Conference (IPDMC), Lecco, Italy, 7-9 June, 2023
Funder
Vinnova, 2021-03230
Note

QC 20231117

Available from: 2023-11-17 Created: 2023-11-17 Last updated: 2023-11-17Bibliographically approved
Arekrans, J., Sopjani, L., Laurenti, R. & Ritzén, S. (2022). Barriers to access-based consumption in the circular transition: A systematic review. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 184, Article ID 106364.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Barriers to access-based consumption in the circular transition: A systematic review
2022 (English)In: Resources, Conservation and Recycling, ISSN 0921-3449, E-ISSN 1879-0658, Vol. 184, article id 106364Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Barriers to access-based consumption (ABC) have been extensively studied in different strands of literature. However, cumulative knowledge is not organized to date, and a comprehensive overview of barriers identified by empirical studies in diverse strands is lacking. Such a picture is essential for laying the ground for further change-oriented research and actual changes in practice. This article reports on the results of a systematic review on barriers to transitioning from ownership- to access-based consumption. The review focuses on the literature strands product-service systems, circular economy, sharing economy, and collaborative consumption. Through open and axial coding of 289 barriers reported in 45 empirical studies, we found 17 themes of barriers concerning consumers, business, and society. The analysis of the barriers reveals four significant insights important for the research and practitioner community:

  1. the overall experience of ABC and trust mechanisms need to be better understood;
  2. organizational aspects in traditional business need a system change;
  3. regulation plays a fundamental role in making ABC work for business, society, and sustainability; and
  4. sharing risks and experimentation for new learnings are necessary.

These four major insights suggest that consumers need business and government to offer enabling conditions for ABC – spanning from raising awareness and understanding to improving user experience. Furthermore, businesses need governments to create the necessary structures to support ABC offerings – from decreasing risks to increasing incentives. How and which mechanisms can further facilitate circular behaviors is a salient topic for future investigations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier BV, 2022
Keywords
acces-based consumption, barriers, systematic review, sharing economy, collaborative consumption, circular economy, product-service systems, delningsekonomi, barriärer, systematisk litteraturstudie, cirkulär ekonomi
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Industrial Engineering and Management; Industrial Ecology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-312108 (URN)10.1016/j.resconrec.2022.106364 (DOI)000805668900001 ()2-s2.0-85129700514 (Scopus ID)
Projects
ABC Mechanisms: From Ownership to Access-Based Circularity in Sweden
Funder
Vinnova, 2018–04691EU, Horizon 2020, 776577
Note

QC 20220627

Available from: 2022-05-18 Created: 2022-05-18 Last updated: 2023-11-21Bibliographically approved
Arekrans, J. & Ritzén, S. (2022). Managing Circular Innovation Goals and Measurements. In: 29TH IPDMC: INNOVATION IN THE ERA OF CLIMATE CHANGE. Paper presented at IPDMC: INNOVATION AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE 2022.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Managing Circular Innovation Goals and Measurements
2022 (English)In: 29TH IPDMC: INNOVATION IN THE ERA OF CLIMATE CHANGE, 2022Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

For industrial incumbents seeking business opportunities in line with sustainable development needs, the concept of Circular Economy (CE) has gained significant traction. However, getting from a strategic ambition toward actions and innovations entails many challenges for organizations. In particular, one frequently overlooked issue relates to the use of management controls in relation to the CE strategy. Using data collected through a participatory action research collaboration spanning five years, this paper aims to give a detailed and empirically based description and analysis of how a frontrunner company has approached innovation goals and measurements in light of its CE strategy deployment. By analyzing the development in the case organization, key purposes behind CE metrics are discussed and analyzed together with challenges expressed by interviewees. In particular, our findings advocate the need for experimentation, ideation, and learning, rather than highly specific and restricting control measures.

Keywords
Circular Economy, Innovation, Management Control Systems, Goalsetting
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Industrial Engineering and Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-345093 (URN)
Conference
IPDMC: INNOVATION AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE 2022
Projects
RICET: Rethinking Innovation in Circular Economy Transitions
Funder
Vinnova, 2021-03230
Note

QC 20240408

Available from: 2024-04-06 Created: 2024-04-06 Last updated: 2024-04-08Bibliographically approved
Arekrans, J., Ritzén, S. & Laurenti, R. (2022). The role of radical innovation in circular strategy deployment. Business Strategy and the Environment
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The role of radical innovation in circular strategy deployment
2022 (English)In: Business Strategy and the Environment, ISSN 0964-4733, E-ISSN 1099-0836Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Circular economy (CE) is gaining interest among industrial firms in light of sustainability concerns, and several incumbent firms are integrating it into their strategy. In this study, we scrutinize learnings from three large established industrial firms with a clear CE agenda and that are front-runners in CE strategy deployment. We analyze exploitation and exploration approaches to CE and problematize how these approaches relate to radical innovation, which we argue is critical for achieving CE. Semi-structured interviews (n = 30) were used to collect data. We found several issues referring to

  • (1) challenges and approaches to normative management,
  • (2) how the innovation ecosystem is engaged,
  • (3) how goals and metrics relate to CE, and
  • (4) resources and coordination regarding the CE initiative.

Overall, current exploitative approaches are favored over explorative, mirroring an undesired imbalance between the two. We suggest several ways to counteract this. For example,

  • (1) addressing existing norms so that they align with the ambitions in CE,
  • (2) actively managing collaboration in the innovation ecosystem, including radically new setups of different actors, and
  • (3) that managers need to carefully consider when and how to use goals and measurements in a circular strategy deployment, to foster both radical and incremental innovation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley, 2022
Keywords
Circular economy, management, innovation, radical, strategy
National Category
Business Administration Social Sciences
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-312427 (URN)10.1002/bse.3108 (DOI)000790746300001 ()2-s2.0-85129343807 (Scopus ID)
Projects
CET: Circular Economy Transitions
Funder
EU, Horizon 2020, 776577-2Vinnova, 2020-00713
Note

QC 20220523

Available from: 2022-05-18 Created: 2022-05-18 Last updated: 2023-11-21Bibliographically approved
Arekrans, J., Ritzén, S. & Laurenti, R. (2021). Circular Economy Transitions: The Maturity of Incumbents. In: : . Paper presented at 22nd CINet Conference: Organising innovation for a sustainable future.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Circular Economy Transitions: The Maturity of Incumbents
2021 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A circular economy (CE) transition poses new challenges and opportunities for industrial incumbents. When implementing CE, the existing processes, routines, and behaviors are questioned. As such, practitioners must consider the required changes related directly to CE and contextual factors in managing the transition. For this purpose, this study conceptualizes a maturity model, highlighting critical elements to consider to facilitate the transition. The model builds on both state-of-the-art literature in CE and empirical findings from three large industrial firms.

The proposed model consists of the CE practices:

  • (1) design of product-service systems,
  • (2) processes and logistics in manufacturing and supply,
  • (3) circular business model innovation,
  • (4) circular innovation in the ecosystem,

and the management practices:

  • (1) strategic sustainability integration and
  • (2) management controls.

The model is intended to help practitioners define a CE roadmap to facilitate the transition towards a more circular business.

Keywords
Circular Economy, Maturity model, Management, Innovation
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Industrial Engineering and Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-305217 (URN)
Conference
22nd CINet Conference: Organising innovation for a sustainable future
Projects
Circular Economy Transitions (CET)
Funder
Vinnova, 2020-00713
Note

Part of proceedings: ISBN 978-90-77360-24-8, QC 20211124

Available from: 2021-11-23 Created: 2021-11-23 Last updated: 2022-06-25Bibliographically approved
Sopjani, L., Janhager Stier, J., Hesselgren, M. & Ritzén, S. (2020). Shared mobility services versus private car: Implications of changes in everyday life. Journal of Cleaner Production, 259, Article ID 120845.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Shared mobility services versus private car: Implications of changes in everyday life
2020 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 259, article id 120845Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Reducing private car commuting is necessary for decarbonisation of cities; meanwhile, new shared mobility services provide an alternative to cars for daily commuting proposing a transition of user behaviour towards more sustainable mobility practices. In this paper, we investigate changes in everyday life practices when private car commuting is replaced with a shared mobility alternative, integrating lightweight small size electric vehicles (LEVs) in a peer-to-peer shared mobility service. Through a living lab experiment, a long-term empirical study with 16 individual households in Sweden was conducted employing a mixed methods approach. Using social practice theory as an analytical lens, we interrogate in depth the process of change in users’ everyday lives to understand challenges in integrating shared mobility services into everyday practice, and the implications for transition towards sustainable mobility practices from a user's everyday life point of view. The results show that a new mobility service can play a role in reconfiguring the meaning of private car commuting in terms of its related impacts, as well as increase knowledge and trust in sustainable alternatives. However, integrating shared mobility services in everyday practices showed that it became difficult to manage after six months, particularly for users with children. Our study demonstrates that current everyday life logistics, time affluence, and effort requirements are critical variables for enabling practice changes towards more sustainable mobility alternatives, such as a light electric vehicle sharing service. To enable people to reduce private car use, a more integrated and systemic design approach is needed for alternatives to become competitive with the notion of cars in everyday mobility.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2020
Keywords
Everyday life logistics, Living lab, Practice change, Sustainable mobility services, Users
National Category
Civil Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-276338 (URN)10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.120845 (DOI)000530395400010 ()2-s2.0-85081129537 (Scopus ID)
Note

QC 20200616

Available from: 2020-06-16 Created: 2020-06-16 Last updated: 2024-03-18Bibliographically approved
Sopjani, L., Arekrans, J., Laurenti, R. & Ritzén, S. (2020). Unlocking the Linear Lock-In: Mapping Research on Barriers to Transition. Sustainability, 12(3), Article ID 1034.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Unlocking the Linear Lock-In: Mapping Research on Barriers to Transition
2020 (English)In: Sustainability, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 12, no 3, article id 1034Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The linear paradigm of take-make-dispose in production and consumption patterns impedes the achievement of global sustainability goals. Strategies for maintaining the added value of resources and circulating them have been discussed as promising for the future. There are, however, many barriers to be addressed to overcome the linear lock-in. The large body of literature on these barriers is notably diverse in terms of theory, methods, sectors, products, and settings. This demonstrates the complexity of delineating implications to the practice and research needs. Without a common framework to analyse barriers, knowledge does not accumulate, hindering the development and implementation of solutions and policies that could effectively address the barriers. In this article, we developed a systematic map of studies on barriers related to the circular transition. The purpose was twofold: (1) to classify published research on barriers; (2) to provide a searchable database for future more rigorous systematic literature reviews. We reviewed the abstract of 527 publications and classified the study according to a developed scheme. This classification scheme includes the research paradigms (circular economy, sharing economy, collaborative consumption and product-service systems), circular strategy (recycling, remanufacturing, component/product reuse, and access-based consumption), country, sector/industry/product, and research approach and method. The resulting research map is open source, serving also as an adaptive digital database for researchers alike to perform systematic reviews and contribute further to its collaborative development

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MDPI, 2020
Keywords
circular economy; sharing economy; collaborative consumption; product-service systems; barriers; systematic map
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis, Strategies for sustainable development
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-268750 (URN)10.3390/su12031034 (DOI)000524899600018 ()2-s2.0-85081235769 (Scopus ID)
Projects
ABC Mechanisms: From Ownership to Access-Based Circularity in Sweden
Funder
Vinnova, 2018-04691
Note

QC 20200221

Available from: 2020-02-20 Created: 2020-02-20 Last updated: 2023-11-21Bibliographically approved
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