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Collaboration to Improve Local Business Services: The "Norrtälje Project" in Sweden
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Centres, Centre for Banking and Finance, Cefin.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8170-3100
2008 (English)In: International Journal of Bank Marketing, ISSN 0265-2323, Vol. 26, no 1, 57-72 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to test the effectiveness of collaborative dialogue to support small business development in small communities. Design/methodology/approach - The paper employs a case study involving collaboration using both an interpersonal network structure and an inter-organizational project structure. Findings - the paper finds that collaboration mobilizes local resources to fill structural and relational gaps in the local institutional environment for SMEs. Research limitations/ implications - The research agenda for collaborative planning should include studying institutional factors that can hinder some actors such as small businesses from participating. Originality/value - The paper provides practical experience of banks as community development actors, and identifies a potential conflict in normative collaboration theory between inclusiveness/diversity and a "higher level" institutional focus.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 26, no 1, 57-72 p.
Keyword [en]
Banks, Community development, Small to medium-sized enterprises, Sweden
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-8262DOI: 10.1108/02652320810847110ScopusID: 2-s2.0-38749132844OAI: diva2:13537

QC 20150115

Available from: 2008-04-24 Created: 2008-04-24 Last updated: 2015-01-15Bibliographically approved
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1. Planning Metropolitan Regions: Institutional Perspectives and the Case for Space
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Planning Metropolitan Regions: Institutional Perspectives and the Case for Space
2008 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
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This thesis aspires to advance understanding of how actor choices relate to embedded structures of rules in communicative planning practice, using insights from the institutional literature developed in organizational science, economics, sociology and planning. Specifically, the thesis argues that a spatial institutional perspective can help planners understand the complex patterns of interaction among actors, and between actors and rules. Actors interact in the spaces created by the interplay between actor choices and rule structures: the institutional environment.

The thesis comprises five papers: two case studies, a literature review and a theoretical paper. A review of the institutional literature reveals insights from other disciplines not yet fully explored in planning, including transaction cost analysis to explain individual decisions and collective action approaches to understanding micro behaviour and macro outcomes. These insights, together with the results of the case studies, suggest that planning theory needs to better understand how individual actors make choices within rule structures and based on the expected behaviour of others.

To address this, the thesis offers the concept of relational rewards, which incorporates theories of social capital and communication externalities into a rational actor approach. This may provide an explanation for why self-interested actors make choices about whether or not to participate in interactive forums designed to meet communicative goals. This approach can also explain how boundedly rational actors without communicative norms may over time develop a propensity to collaborate.

In a practical sense, this thesis challenges planners to think about what selective incentives they offer actors to participate in communicative planning. It encourages planners to identify and characterize the many institutional environments for planning and decisionmaking in transaction cost terms. Planning theorists and practitioners are experienced and adept in understanding and applying a spatial perspective, and can develop a spatial-institutional approach to coordinating actors both across physical space and within institutional environments.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2008. 28 p.
TRITA/KTH/CEFIN-DT, ISSN 1654-9376 ; 2008:01
institutions, communicative planning, collective action, metropolitan development planning, transaction cost
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Social Sciences
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-4707 (URN)978-91-976270-0-9 (ISBN)
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2008-05-09, L1, L-huset, Drottning kristinas väg 30, Stockholm, 10:00

QC 20100927

Available from: 2008-04-24 Created: 2008-04-24 Last updated: 2013-11-11Bibliographically approved

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