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Korhonen, J., Nuur, C., Feldmann, A. & Birkie, S. E. (2018). Circular economy as an essentially contested concept. Journal of Cleaner Production, 175, 544-552
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Circular economy as an essentially contested concept
2018 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 175, p. 544-552Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Circular Economy (CE) is currently a popular notion within the policy and business advocacy groups. Despite being visionary and provocative in its message, the research on the CE concept is emerging. The two intertwined objectives of the paper are; first to identify, discuss and develop the various definitions provided by the emerging literature. Secondly, to suggest an initial research approach with which research on CE can be conducted. Our analysis shows that the existing CE work is mainly done on the practical and technical levels of the actual physical flows of materials and energy in production-consumption systems. The focus of the extant literature is on concrete metrics, tools, instruments and computations. Therefore, the basic assumptions concerning the values, societal structures, cultures, underlying world-views and the paradigmatic potential of CE remain largely unexplored. We argue that CE has already become what Gallie (1955) more than six decades ago termed as an “essentially contested concept” (ECC). The paper further suggests a model for CE research that helps in the categorization, classification and organization of research and investigation on CE. The model can help in limiting the observed unbalance and enhance the contribution of the CE approach to a more sustainable global society.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2018
Keywords
Sustainable development, Circular economy, Scientific research, Essentially contested concepts
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-220534 (URN)10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.12.111 (DOI)000423635500050 ()2-s2.0-85039866247 (Scopus ID)
Note

QC 20180117

Available from: 2017-12-22 Created: 2017-12-22 Last updated: 2018-02-16Bibliographically approved
Karakaya, E. (2018). Potential transitions in the iron and steel industry in Sweden: Towards a hydrogen-based future?. Journal of Cleaner Production, 195(2018), 651-663
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Potential transitions in the iron and steel industry in Sweden: Towards a hydrogen-based future?
2018 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 195, no 2018, p. 651-663Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The iron and steel industry accounts for one third of global industrial CO2emissions, putting pressure onthe industry to shift towards more sustainable modes of production. However, for an industry charac-terised by path dependency and technological lock-ins, sustainability transitions are not straightforward.In this study, we aim to explore the potential pathways for sustainability transitions in the iron and steelindustry. To do so, we have conducted a case study in Sweden where there are policy and industrycommitments towards fossil-free steel production. Our theoretical points of departure are the techno-logical innovation system (TIS) approach and the multi-level perspective (MLP), and our paper presentsthe dynamics behind an emerging case of transition towards a hydrogen-based future. The paper has twomajor contributions to the literature on sustainability transitions. First, it attempts to borrow someconcepts from the MLP and integrate them with the TIS approach. Second, it empirically presents an in-depth case study of the iron and steel industryean understudied context in thefield of sustainabilitytransitions. By doing so, it sheds some light on the dynamics between an emerging TIS and potentialtransition pathways of a regime.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2018
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-229487 (URN)10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.05.142 (DOI)
Funder
Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, MMW 2013-0194
Note

QC 20180613

Available from: 2018-06-05 Created: 2018-06-05 Last updated: 2018-06-13Bibliographically approved
Hetemi, E., Mere, J. O., Nuur, C. & Engwall, M. (2017). Exploring mechanisms underlying lock-in in large infrastructure projects: A management perspective. In: CENTERIS 2017 - International Conference on ENTERprise Information Systems / ProjMAN 2017 - International Conference on Project MANagement / HCist 2017 - International Conference on Health and Social Care Information Systems and Technologies, CENTERIS/ProjMAN/HCist 2017: . Paper presented at International Conference on ENTERprise Information Systems, CENTERIS 2017, International Conference on Project MANagement, ProjMAN 2017 and International Conference on Health and Social Care Information Systems and Technologies, HCist 2017,Barcelona, Spain 8 November 2017 through 10 November 2017 (pp. 681-691). Elsevier, 121
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exploring mechanisms underlying lock-in in large infrastructure projects: A management perspective
2017 (English)In: CENTERIS 2017 - International Conference on ENTERprise Information Systems / ProjMAN 2017 - International Conference on Project MANagement / HCist 2017 - International Conference on Health and Social Care Information Systems and Technologies, CENTERIS/ProjMAN/HCist 2017, Elsevier, 2017, Vol. 121, p. 681-691Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Research in large scale infrastructure projects have argued that the overall project performance is subject to lock-in, yet this is little understood empirically and more research is needed. Recently studies reported that lock-in can occur both at the decision-making level and at the project execution level respectively. The underlying patterns influencing project scope transformation, due to evolving expectations and/or stakeholder's perspective and the occurrence of lock-in influence in project performance. This paper explores the relationship between project scope and lock-in within large infrastructure projects in the context of cost over-run. Based on empirical data from 20 High Speed Rail (HSR) projects in Spain with multinational sets of actors, and anchored in the Management of Project (MoP) paradigm, the paper shows that a holistic perspective is essential for successful outcome. Methodologically, the paper uses data mining and a case study approach to explore mechanisms that underlie lock-in in relation with scope demarcation - tracked through contract change. It suggests that an investigation of lock-in in relationship to scope demarcation and through the lens of path dependence contributes to the understanding of cost over-run emergence. Preliminary findings highlight contract type and its content to have a great influence in cost over-run.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2017
Series
Procedia Computer Science, ISSN 1877-0509 ; 121
Keywords
front-end decision making, large scale projects, Lock-in, management of project paradigm, path dependence, project performance, project scope
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-221210 (URN)10.1016/j.procs.2017.11.089 (DOI)2-s2.0-85040257933 (Scopus ID)
Conference
International Conference on ENTERprise Information Systems, CENTERIS 2017, International Conference on Project MANagement, ProjMAN 2017 and International Conference on Health and Social Care Information Systems and Technologies, HCist 2017,Barcelona, Spain 8 November 2017 through 10 November 2017
Note

QC 20180116

Available from: 2018-01-16 Created: 2018-01-16 Last updated: 2018-01-16Bibliographically approved
Nuur, C. (2017). Exporting higher education from old industrialized nations to developing countries; who benefits?. In: Chova, LG Martinez, AL Torres, IC (Ed.), INTED2017: 11TH INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE. Paper presented at 11th International Conference on Technology, Education and Development (INTED), MAR 06-08, 2017, Valencia, SPAIN (pp. 2080-2080). IATED-INT ASSOC TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION A& DEVELOPMENT
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exporting higher education from old industrialized nations to developing countries; who benefits?
2017 (English)In: INTED2017: 11TH INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE / [ed] Chova, LG Martinez, AL Torres, IC, IATED-INT ASSOC TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION A& DEVELOPMENT , 2017, p. 2080-2080Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IATED-INT ASSOC TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION A& DEVELOPMENT, 2017
Series
INTED Proceedings, ISSN 2340-1079
Keywords
Higher education, internationalization, exporting, benefits
National Category
Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-217959 (URN)000413668602024 ()978-84-617-8491-2 (ISBN)
Conference
11th International Conference on Technology, Education and Development (INTED), MAR 06-08, 2017, Valencia, SPAIN
Note

QC 20171121

Available from: 2017-11-21 Created: 2017-11-21 Last updated: 2017-11-24Bibliographically approved
Sabri, Y., Micheli, G. J. .. & Nuur, C. (2017). How Do Different Supply Chain Configuration Settings Impact on Performance Trade-Offs?. International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 26(1), 34-56
Open this publication in new window or tab >>How Do Different Supply Chain Configuration Settings Impact on Performance Trade-Offs?
2017 (English)In: International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, ISSN 1742-7967, E-ISSN 1742-7975, Vol. 26, no 1, p. 34-56Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The notion of ‘fit’ in the supply chain management literature (SCM) has evolved following the adoption of the contingency approach in an endeavour to achieve greater organisational effectiveness. In this paper, we investigate the possible approaches to achieving a state of fit between supply chain configuration settings and performance indicators, while taking into account the contextual factors related to different industry sectors and geographical dispersion levels. This study addresses the pressing issue of the performance trade-offs faced by companies to achieve a higher service level and customer satisfaction (effectiveness) on the one hand, while being cost-efficient on the other hand (efficiency).

The paper contributes to the SCM literature and practice through synthesising a conceptual framework that scrutinises the relationships between six individual configuration settings and nine effectiveness/efficiency indicators. The study’s findings explain the motivations behind different configuration decisions, which help in obtaining the most appropriate fit between supply chain configuration and performance. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
InderScience Publishers, 2017
Keywords
supply chain configuration, supply chain design, supply chain fit, contingency approach, efficiency, effectiveness, performance management, performance trade-offs
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Industrial Engineering and Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-176103 (URN)10.1504/IJLSM.2017.10000702 (DOI)2-s2.0-85002959263 (Scopus ID)
Projects
Funded by the European Commission, Erasmus Mundus Action 1 - EMJD Programme European Doctorate in Industrial Management (EDIM)
Funder
EU, European Research Council
Note

QC 20151102. QC 20160112

Available from: 2015-11-01 Created: 2015-11-01 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved
Gustavsson, L., Nuur, C. & Söderlind, J. (2016). An impact analysis of regional industry–university interactions:the case of industrial PhD schools. Industry and Higher Education, 30(1), 41-51
Open this publication in new window or tab >>An impact analysis of regional industry–university interactions:the case of industrial PhD schools
2016 (English)In: Industry and Higher Education, ISSN 0950-4222, Vol. 30, no 1, p. 41-51Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The authors discuss Triple Helix collaborations in the context of regional competitiveness. Through an exploratory case study, they identify and analyse the impact of the establishment of industrial PhD schools for participating industry and universities. The study was conducted in Sweden in 2014 and focuses on three industry–university initiatives involving a total of 57 doctoral students, 9 universities and 39 companies. The results indicate that PhD schools based on the dynamics of the Triple Helix can be of great benefit for both industry and regional universities. In addition, the paper identifies critical success factors for industry–university collaborations involving joint PhD education.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2016
National Category
Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-178116 (URN)10.5367/ihe.2016.0291 (DOI)2-s2.0-85033778032 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, MMW 2013.0194
Note

QC 20171128

Available from: 2015-12-07 Created: 2015-12-07 Last updated: 2017-11-28Bibliographically approved
Karakaya, E., Nuur, C. & Hidalgo, A. (2016). Business model challenge: Lessons from a local solar company. Renewable energy, 85, 1026-1035
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Business model challenge: Lessons from a local solar company
2016 (English)In: Renewable energy, ISSN 0960-1481, E-ISSN 1879-0682, Vol. 85, p. 1026-1035Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Solar photovoltaic systems are considered vital renewable energy sources for mitigating climate change and reducing dependency on fossil fuels. However, in some countries, the diffusion rate of photovoltaic systems is decreasing. A case in point is Germany, the country with the highest installed capacity of photovoltaic systems. Given the new conditions in the German market, the diffusion rate continuously declined in both 2012 and 2013. Whether the diffusion rate will again take off is not known. While the recent literature has pointed out that local solar companies have a vital driving role in diffusion, not many studies have yet discussed the business models and challenges such local companies may have. Through an extensive case study, this paper explores the business model of a local solar company in a town of 43,000 habitants in Southern Germany. The case of this company tells about an important business model challenge. Overcoming such challenges may not only let the company survive but also drive the diffusion of solar photovoltaic systems in the region. The results include implications for both industrial actors and policymakers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2016
Keywords
Diffusion, Innovation, Solar photovoltaics, Business model, Renewable energy, Product life cycle
National Category
Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-171866 (URN)10.1016/j.renene.2015.07.069 (DOI)000363344800101 ()2-s2.0-84938351504 (Scopus ID)
Note

QC 20150810

Available from: 2015-08-08 Created: 2015-08-08 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
Levihn, F. & Nuur, C. (2016). Co-benefits of primary energy conservation, reduced emissions and costs through biomass and waste incineration chp in district heating. International Journal of Energy Production and Management, 1(1), 87-98
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Co-benefits of primary energy conservation, reduced emissions and costs through biomass and waste incineration chp in district heating
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Energy Production and Management, ISSN 2056-3272, E-ISSN 2056-3280, Vol. 1, no 1, p. 87-98Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Energy utility companies face trade-offs in navigating through today’s environmental challenges. On the one hand, they face intense political, social and environmental pressures to move toward adopting energy systems that incorporate the use of renewable energy resources. By making this transition, they would contribute to carbon reduction and mitigate climate change. On the other hand, they need to coordinate their resources and become efficient when investing in new plants or upgrading existing production systems. This paper seeks to address the gains that utility companies can make when replacing older fossil-fuel-based plants with efficient combined heat and power (CHP) plants. We discuss the system effects from the changes in production of other units when new plants are constructed. Using one of the largest energy utility companies in Sweden, Fortum, as empirical point of departure, we analyzed the company’s transition from using coal and hydrocarbons to an increased use of renewables and waste incineration CHP. Our analysis was based on comprehensive production data on CO2, SOx and NOx emissions. Our findings suggest that primary energy consumption drops when older, less efficient fossil plants are substituted for new efficient CHP plants; this drop includes the effect on remaining production. The benefits in terms of primary energy savings might even be greater than what is achieved in meeting the goal of climate change abatement through reduced CO2 emissions; NOx and SOx emissions are decreased with new biomass CHPs. Waste incineration CHP increases NOx and SOx emissions, when there is less fossil fuel to replace after the use of biomass is extended. In both cases, economic efficiency increase as costs are reduced.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
WIT Press, 2016
Keywords
climate change abatement, district heating, environmental impact, primary energy conservation
National Category
Mechanical Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-169647 (URN)10.2495/EQ-V1-N1-87-98 (DOI)
Funder
Swedish Energy Agency, 35894-1
Note

QC 20151208

Available from: 2015-06-19 Created: 2015-06-19 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
Mertanen, O., Gustavsson, L., Nuur, C. & Laestadius, S. (2016). Remnants from the past or industries for the future? The case of Swedish iron ore mining. In: 18th EBES conference: . Paper presented at 18th EBES conference.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Remnants from the past or industries for the future? The case of Swedish iron ore mining
2016 (English)In: 18th EBES conference, 2016Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-180280 (URN)
Conference
18th EBES conference
Funder
Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, MMW 2013.0194
Note

QC 20160120

Available from: 2016-01-09 Created: 2016-01-09 Last updated: 2016-01-20Bibliographically approved
Sabri, Y., Micheli, G. J. .. & Nuur, C. (2015). Exploring supply chain configuration in the context of innovation practices: cases from Italy and Sweden. In: : . Paper presented at 22nd EurOMA Conference.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exploring supply chain configuration in the context of innovation practices: cases from Italy and Sweden
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Extant literature often links innovation practices with supply chain (SC) research in introducing new product. However, the relation between SC configuration settings and innovation implementation is still not widely researched. This paper analyses how innovation implementation affects the decisions behind SC configuration. Moreover, we look into how this relation is manifested with respect to performance. An explorative investigation is carried out in two companies, implementing innovation, which have global and local supply chain configuration with different product characteristics and processes. The paper draws conclusions on the relations between innovation implementation, supply chain configuration and performance improvements (or failures).

Keywords
Supply Chain Configuration, Innovation practices, Performance
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Industrial Engineering and Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-176431 (URN)
Conference
22nd EurOMA Conference
Note

QC 20160127

Available from: 2015-11-03 Created: 2015-11-03 Last updated: 2016-01-27Bibliographically approved
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ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0001-5912-441X

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