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  • 1.
    Ahmadi, Zahra
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Sundström, Agneta
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    The market intelligence impact on strategic performance in declining markets2017In: International Journal of Applied Business and Economic Research, ISSN 0972-7302, Vol. 15, no 15, p. 457-473Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study examines how companies in declining markets operate in the context of market intelligence, responding to customer needs and applying them tostrategic performance. A quantitative survey was sent to 214 public housing companies. The results indicate that market intelligence creates commitment and is significant. A positive relationship was found between data gathering, dissemination, and responsiveness, which indicates that the companies comprehend market needs but companies have difficult to manage construction strategies that improve strategic performance. There was a low value of strategic performance; a link between market intelligence and the chosen strategy was not confirmed. Companies know what the market wants but base their decision on previous strategic performanceon economic conditions in the municipality instead.

  • 2.
    Ahmadi, Zahra
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Sundström, Agneta
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    The role of market intelligence in declining markets: public housing companies in Sweden2015Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 3.
    Ahmadi, Zahra
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Sundström, Agneta
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    The Role of Market Intelligence in Declining Markets: Public Housing Companies in Sweden2015In: Journal of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing, ISSN 1049-5142, E-ISSN 1540-6997Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 4.
    Chowdhury, Ehsanul Huda
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Sundström, Agneta
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Hyder, Akmal
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Supply Chain CSR Image Challenges - A study on Bangladesh Clothing Industry2016In: International Journal of Supply Chain Management, ISSN 2050-7399, Vol. 5, no 2, p. 16-25Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper provides a deep insight into the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) image scenario of the international buying firms and Bangladesh suppliers as well as identifies the challenges for building a positive supply chain (SC) CSR image for the suppliers of Bangladesh clothing industry. The contribution of this paper is that it improves knowledge of SC CSR image from the supplier’s as well as the buyer’s perspective. This paper also provides suggestions regarding improvement of Suppliers’ CSR image that can influence the SC CSR image.

  • 5.
    Chowdhury, Ehsanul Huda
    et al.
    American International University-Bangladesh, Bangladesh.
    Sundström, Agneta
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Hyder, Akmal S.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Improving the CSR image: a study on suppliers of Bangladesh garments industry2013In: Multidisciplinary Academic Research 2013, Prague: MAC Prague consulting , 2013, p. 1-8Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This research study aims to evaluate the issues and factors for building a positive organizational CSR image that enables suppliers to create positive perception in relation to stakeholders. The study identified major challenges to improve CSR image for the suppliers. Based on the findings, it is suggested that suppliers need to improve in the following areas for changes of CSR image: (1) initiate education and measures to improve the employees’ understanding and importance of CSR; (2) develop a corporate culture to give priority in building positive CSR image; (3) develop link with educational institutions for educating middle managers on CSR and its effect on company image; (4) arrange short trainings for new workers to make them understand the concept of CSR and educate them on their own responsibilities as part of the organization; (5) establish platforms for sharing knowledge between suppliers to increase compliance.

  • 6.
    Fregidou-Malama, Maria
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Department of Business Administration and Economics, Ämnesavdelningen för företagsekonomi.
    Sundström, Agneta
    University of Gävle, Department of Business Administration and Economics, Ämnesavdelningen för företagsekonomi.
    Emerging Corporate Social Responsibility: Consumer Cooperatives in Sweden2009In: Globalization, CSR and business legitimacy in local relationships / [ed] Sundström, Agneta, Uppsala: SLU Service/Repro , 2009, , p. 30p. IV: 1-IV: 30Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This study analyses how Corporate Enterprises (CEs) approach corporate social responsibility (CSR) to meet demands frpm CE members, stakeholders and society. To address this issue, unstructured interviews were used to collect qualitative data in order to conduct case studies in four regional consumer CEs in Sweden. The study shows that CEs adopt collaborative solutions in response to members' demands, collaborate proactively in local and global partnerships to facilitate new undertakings, and put pressure on key stakeholders to take corporate responsibility for social issues. The research contributes to the CSR literature by offering an understanding of how CEs respond to new challenges using different CSR approaches and contribute to emerging CSR that promotes sustainable development for both local and global society.

  • 7.
    Fregidou-Malama, Maria
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Sundström, Agneta
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Emerging Corporate Social Responsibility: Regional Cooperatives in Sweden2010Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This study analyses how Cooperative Enterprises approach Corporate Social Responsibility to meet demands from members and other stakeholders. Semi-structured interviews with four managing directors were used to collect qualitative data for a case study of four regional consumer cooperative enterprises in Sweden. The findings show Cooperative Enterprises need a dynamic use of Corporate Social Responsibility approaches in fulfilling social obligations to meet contextual requirements. To legitimate their business cooperative enterprises respond to member demands, proactively invest in collaborations with local and global stakeholders, and transfer responsibilities by putting pressure on others. The research contributes to the literature by showing that the complexity of Corporate Social Responsibility as practised, requires the emergence of collaborative responsibilities. We suggest that in the changing global world collaborations can be an effective instrument for managers to make Cooperative Enterprises visible and transparent, and contribute to sustainable development.

     

  • 8.
    Hyder, Akmal S.
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Chowdhury, Ehnasul Huda
    American International University Bangladesh.
    Sundström, Agneta
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    CSR & Networking in Supply Chain2013In: Multidisciplinary Academic Research 2013, Prague: MAC Prague consulting , 2013Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    By comparing two unequal European buyers, this study explores network relationships in Supply chain (SC) from a corporate social responsibility (CSR) perspective in the Bangladesh apparel industry. A qualitative method has been applied for data collection though interviews and gathering secondary material in the form of newspaper articles and buyers’ websites. A combination of network perspective and compliance and capacity building constitutes the theoretical foundation of the study. The result shows that the larger buyer stresses on control and strictly following the code of conducts while the smaller buyer relies on collaboration and dialog in implementing CSR.

  • 9.
    Hyder, Akmal S.
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Chowdhury, Ehsanul
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Sundström, Agneta
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Balancing Control and Trust to Manage CSR Compliance in Supply Chains2017In: International Journal of Supply Chain Management, ISSN 2051-3771, E-ISSN 2050-7399, Vol. 6, no 2, p. 1-14Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study examines how buyers and suppliers balance control and trust to manage compliance with corporate social responsibility (CSR) requirements in supply chains (SCs). Two in-depth, qualitative case studies of the Bangladesh apparel industry on two multinational companies of the same European country were conducted. This study indicates that a buyer’s need for control and trust is important in contact with other actors for managing CSR compliance. Formal control is found to generate competence trust, whereas intentional trust is achieved through informal control. Intentional trust is helpful for competence and capacity development, but for it to continue the supplier needs to fulfill the buyer’s expectations. Competence of the supplier is viewed as a prerequisite for developing competence trust. This study analyzes control and trust to fill an important gap in SC theory on relationships by stressing how these constructs interact and complement each other to manage CSR compliance in apparel industry. Firms must focus on a balanced relationship between trust and control to manage CSR compliance. Willingness to collaborate can only work when supplier competence and managerial resources are ensured. This study notes that managers need both formal and informal control to create competence and intentional trust in the supply chains. Capacity building is viewed as a complement, not an alternative to CSR compliance. With its closer attention to control and trust, this study fills an important gap in SC theory on relationships by stressing how these constructs interact and complement each other for managing CSR compliance in supply chains.

  • 10.
    Hyder, Akmal S
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Sundström, Agneta
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Is CSR focused Internationalization Realistic for High-Tech Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs)?2018In: Proceedings of the 32nd International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2018 - Vision 2020: Sustainable Economic Development and Application of Innovation Management from Regional expansion to Global Growth / [ed] Soliman K. S., International Business Information Management Association (IBIMA), 2018, Vol. -, p. 3868-3872Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study analyzes how high-tech SMEs approach CSR focused internationalization through networking and trust. Research has so far concentrated on CSR in large companies as it is not a usual practice in SMEs, particularly in connection with internationalization. High-tech SMEs face resource constraints and knowledge to apply CSR as a competitive tool in internationalization. In this paper, it is argued that development and implementation of CSR based internationalization in SMEs is a difficult learning process, which needs to be coordinated and supported by other firms in their network. Trust between the partners is necessary for collaboration. By applying an interactive approach, data has been collected from the ongoing marketing process in four high-tech Swedish SMEs in the steel industry. All the participating SMEs understand the importance of CSR in international marketing. However, success of CSR implementation in the SMEs varied depending on the area of business. The least CSR implemented SME focused on the improvement of work environment and financial sustainability through partnership with the customers and the investors. The most successful CSR focused company dealt with industrial residues and extraction of other minerals from hazardous waste for selling, making the reuse of residues possible. This study highlights the need of sustainability, both for the high-tech manufacturing SMEs and creating a strong selling argument towards the international buyers.

  • 11.
    Sammalisto, Kaisu
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Industrial Development, IT and Land Management, Industrial economics. University of Gävle, Center for Logistics and Innovative Production.
    Sundström, Agneta
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Utmaningar vid implementering av CSR i globala försörjningskedjor2013In: Innovation eller kvartalskapitalism?: Utmaningar för global svensk produktion / [ed] Lind, J. and Bengtsson, L., Stockholm: Liber, 2013, p. 91-108Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Sammalisto, Kaisu
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Industrial Development, IT and Land Management, Industrial economics. University of Gävle, Center for Logistics and Innovative Production.
    Sundström, Agneta
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Holm, Tove
    Novia University of Applied Sciences, Vaasa, Finland.
    Implementation of sustainability in universities as perceived by faculty and staff: a model from a Swedish university2015In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 106, p. 45-54Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Education for sustainable development creates new challenges for universities where faculty and staff are expected to prepare students to meet complexities in society and take responsibility for sustainability, which scientists are urgently calling for today. Few studies exist on how faculty and staff perceive sustainability in their functions at the university based on long-term sustainability implementation and training within a 14001 certified environmental management system. This university case study with data collected by open-ended survey questions explores how faculty and staff express their role in sustainability work within a Swedish university.The authors developed a model to illustrate development of sustainability competence and its institutionalization. Results show a large variation in perceptions of sustainability from waste separation to a complex understanding and integration of issues into education. Integration of sustainable development as a university core competence is difficult for a whole university to reach. Interpretational flexibility provides opportunities for discussing the sustainability concept in diverse academic traditions in different disciplines. Top management inspiration on different university levels is essential for integration. Continuous training and routines contribute to movement towards institutionalization of sustainability activities and to following up the process in universities.

  • 13.
    Sammalisto, Kaisu
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Industrial Development, IT and Land Management, Industrial economics. University of Gävle, Center for Logistics and Innovative Production.
    Sundström, Agneta
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Holm, Tove
    University of Turku, Department of Biology.
    Perceptions of sustainability among faculty and staff in a Swedish University2013Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Education for sustainable development creates new challenges for universities expected to prepare students to meet the complexities and take their responsibility in promoting sustainability, which is urgently called for by scientist today. The concept of sustainability and the difficulty in defining it is not just a problem, but also opportunity for the different academic traditions in different disciplines. Environmental management systems like ISO 14001 have been used to institutionalizing the activities for sustainable development in organizations.  

    This single empirical case study explores with a survey how faculty and staff have perceive their role in university sustainability work at the University of Gävle in Swede, which was certified according to ISO 14001 in July 2004. In 2010 the faculty and staff were asked in open questions how they in their activities at a university contribute to sustainable development. The answers indicate their perceptions of sustainable development in a university context and show that both faculty and staff perceive that their activities in university contribute to sustainable development in many ways. Examples from the answers reveal that contribution to sustainable development is becoming as a more natural part in academic activities and the institutions are becoming more aware of their role in educating academics to meet the complexities in society.

  • 14.
    Sammalisto, Kaisu
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Industrial Development, IT and Land Management, Industrial economics. University of Gävle, Center for Logistics and Innovative Production.
    Sundström, Agneta
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Holm, Tove
    Sykli Environmental School of Finland, Finland; Department of Biology, University of Turku, Finland; Novia University of Applied Sciences, Finland .
    Yao, Zhilei
    Development of students´ sustainability knowledge, awareness and actions during university education2015In: : , 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 15.
    Sammalisto, Kaisu
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Industrial Development, IT and Land Management, Industrial economics. University of Gävle, Center for Logistics and Innovative Production.
    Sundström, Agneta
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    von Haartman, Robin
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Industrial Development, IT and Land Management, Industrial economics. University of Gävle, Center for Logistics and Innovative Production.
    Holm, Tove
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Industrial Development, IT and Land Management. Sykli Environmental School of Finland, Finland.
    Yao, Zhilei
    Learning about sustainability: what influences students’ self-perceived sustainability actions after undergraduate education?2016In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 8, no 6, article id 510Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Changing societies’ minds about sustainability requires knowledge about the situation, awareness of what needs to be done and actions to change today’s unsustainable behaviors. Universities are challenged to develop students’ ability to appreciate the complexities of sustainability and translate sustainability knowledge of education into systemic, anticipatory and critical thinking and actions. To meet this challenge, universities provide specific study programs and courses and integrate sustainability in education and activities. There is limited research on the results of such efforts from a student perspective. The study focused on an identical cohort of 108 undergraduate students who answered a survey about their self-perceived knowledge, awareness and actions before and after their studies in a Swedish university. All 108 students had sustainability integrated into their study programs; forty-eight also attended specific sustainability courses. The test model explains variations in students’ self-perceived sustainability actions at the end of their studies. There were differences already in students’ initial self-perceived knowledge between the groups. The students’ female gender, self-perceived initial actions, studying sustainability courses as well as the increase in self-perceived sustainability knowledge contribute significantly to the later sustainability actions. The results show student development, which can encourage those working with education for sustainable development in universities.

  • 16.
    Steiner, Lars
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Sundström, Agneta
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Sammalisto, Kaisu
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Industrial Development, IT and Land Management, Industrial economics. University of Gävle, Center for Logistics and Innovative Production.
    A Model for University Identity and Reputation Strategy Work2011Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 17.
    Steiner, Lars
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Sundström, Agneta
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Sammalisto, Kaisu
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Industrial Development, IT and Land Management, Industrial economics. University of Gävle, Center for Logistics and Innovative Production.
    An analytical model for university identity and reputation strategy work2013In: Higher Education, ISSN 0018-1560, E-ISSN 1573-174X, Vol. 65, no 4, p. 401-415Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Universities face increasing global competition, pressuring them to restructure and find new identities. A multidimensional model: identity, image and reputation of strategic university identity and reputation work is developed. The model includes: organizational identity; employee and student attitudes; symbolic identity; influence from buildings, artefacts and reputation; and external stakeholders’ valuations. Image perceptions among employees, students and external stakeholders are proposed to have a transition-mediating function with respect to university identity. The model serves as an analytical tool for both academic scholars and university administrators in the strategic work with university identity, image and reputation, and aim to clarify the complex relations between these concepts.

  • 18.
    Sundström, Agneta
    University of Gävle, Department of Business Administration and Economics, Ämnesavdelningen för företagsekonomi.
    Corporate reassessment of labor, traditional local relationships and CSR's role in legitimizing business2009In: Journal of Business Ethics, ISSN 0167-4544, E-ISSN 1573-0697Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 19.
    Sundström, Agneta
    University of Gävle, Department of Business Administration and Economics, Ämnesavdelningen för företagsekonomi.
    Globalization, CSR and Business Legitimacy in Local Relationships2009Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
  • 20.
    Sundström, Agneta
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    University sustainability identity - the role of identity, image and reputation2017In: A good life for all: Essays on sustainability celebrating 60 years of making life better / [ed] Fagerström, Arne and Cunnigham, Gary M., Mjölby: Atremi AB , 2017, 1, p. 9-20Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This chapter draws attention to how universities integrate corporate social responsibility and sustainability (CSR/S) as part of a university's identity. It is assumed a close interrelationship exists between "who we are"  as a university sustainaility identityt, image and reputation, implying that changes in one dimension affect another. By relation CSR/S research, three implications are discussed that influence university sustainability identity following the habit of letting CSR/S become functionally divided related to organizational activities; difficulties to integrate the concept make university identity mulitdimensional. Finally, image implementation is not conducted in a substantive manner and perceived as a desktop product, also having influence on identity and reputation.

  • 21.
    Sundström, Agneta
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Ahmadi, Zahra
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    The Mediating Effects of CSR on Market Orientation Responsiveness in Housing Companies’ Business2018In: XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology: Book of Abstracts, 2018, p. 928-928Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Market orientation research assumes that the company’s knowledge of customer needs has an impact on their responsiveness to customer requirements. From a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) perspective, it is not enough to be responsive to customers’ expressed needs, as accountability should be proactively integrated in core business operations including taking responsibility for stakeholders. As CSR effects on market orientation have received limited interest in research, this study investigates the mediating role of CSR on company responsiveness to customer needs from a market intelligence perspective.

    Attention is paid to Swedish public housing companies to manage the transformation from being socially-driven to becoming economically-driving based on return of investments. Traditionally, the public HCs’ offered living conditions based on the principle that all people are entitled to good housing, which meant that they gained a price-setting role in the housing market. Their social role and economic importance are especially critical in declining markets. The new legislation expects of companies to act market oriented and based on economic principles. Suggested is that customer needs are handled by CSR. In this study the three elements of CSR (social, economic and environmental) are investigated to improve knowledge of their separate mediating role on market orientation. To improve comparability both public and private HCs in declining markets are investigated.

    The purpose of this study is to examine how CSR elements have mediating effects on public housing companies’ activities in the markets.

    The quantitative method is applied. The result is based on a survey sent to 289 Swedish public housing companies.

    The results show that the all dimension of CSR are more positively correlated with market orientation responsiveness in public HCs.

    This study deal with public housing companies and intend only to highlight the effects of CSR as having mediating influence as crucial for company´s customer commitment.

  • 22.
    Sundström, Agneta
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Ahmadi, Zahra
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    The Mediating Role of CSR on the Market Orientation and Strategic Performance Relationship: A Study of the Public Housing Companies in Sweden2019In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 11, no 6, article id 1537Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article serves to analyze the impact of corporate social responsibility (CSR) on (1) the market orientation and strategic performance relationship related to public housing companies’ choice of construction strategies and (2) the companies’ responsiveness to gathered and disseminated customer information. The quantitative method is applied, with data analyzed by the PROCESS analysis. The result is based on a survey sent to 289 public housing companies in Sweden. Previous research suggests a positive relationship between market orientation and strategic performance, which was not confirmed by this study. When testing the mediation effects of CSR on the market orientation and construction strategies relationship, these hypotheses were confirmed related to social and environmental dimensions—not economic ones. This study was limited to public housing companies, a sector that radically differs from the situation of companies in the open market. The study increases public housing companies’ knowledge of CSR effects on the market orientation and strategic performance relationship. This result contributes useful information for companies implementing CSR in their activities. The study highlights the importance of integrating CSR into an organization’s market orientation work and shows how CSR improves the companies’ ability to meet customers’ strategic needs.

  • 23.
    Sundström, Agneta
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Ahmadi, Zahra
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    The mediating role of CSR on the market orientation strategic responsiveness and performance relationship2018Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 24.
    Sundström, Agneta
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Ahmadi, Zahra
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Hyder, Akmal
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Market and innovation orientation typology: proposition and illustrations2016In: Marketing Intelligence & Planning, ISSN 0263-4503, E-ISSN 1758-8049, Vol. 34, no 3, p. 376-393Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to develop a typology based on the market orientation (MO) and innovation orientation (IO) of firms, and to illustrate the extent to which public housing companies (PHCs) fit into this framework.

    Design/methodology/approach – A qualitative study of 11 PHCs in central Sweden was conducted to classify their positions in the typology. Interviews with semi-structured and open-ended questions were used to collect the data.

    Findings – Four PHC types were identified by combining high and low MO and IO. This study offers insights on the importance of combining MO and IO. The overall findings show that MO and IO combination is not static and must be handled according to context. The MO-IO typology developed could be tested in a quantitative study on a larger sample of public or combined public and private housing companies.

    Research limitations/implications – An empirical study comparing public and private housing companies on the basis of the proposed typology in relation to economic contingencies in the environment would further knowledge in this area.

    Practical implications – The current study gives managers an indication of their position in the typology, which can be used as a tool for improving performance.

    Originality/value – This paper describes PHCs within a proposed typological framework.

  • 25.
    Sundström, Agneta
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Ahmadi, Zahra
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Hyder, Akmal
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Market and Innovation Orientation: A Typology of Public Housing Companies in Sweden2013In: World Academy Of Science, Engineering And Technology Issue 0076 April 2013, 2013, p. 4-12Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Abstract— The purpose of this paper is to develop a typology based on market orientation (MO) and innovation orientation (IO), and to illustrate to what extent housing companies in Sweden fit within this framework. A qualitative study on 11 public housing companies in the central part of Sweden has been conducted by the help of open and semi-structured questions for data collection. Four public housing company types’ i.e. reactive prospector, proactive prospector, reactive defender and proactive defender have been identified by the combination of MO-IO dimensions. Future research can include other dimensions like entrepreneurship and network to observe how it particularly affects MO. An empirical study can compare public and private housing companies on the basis of MO and IO dimensions. One major contribution of the paper is the proposition of typology which can be used to describe public housing companies and deciding their future course of actions.

     

    Keywords— Customer-led, economy, innovativeness, market orientation.

  • 26.
    Sundström, Agneta
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Ahmadi, Zahra
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Mickelsson, Kristina
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Implementing social sustainability for innovative industrial work environments2019In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 11, no 12, article id 3402Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Industrial companies are in a situation that requires them to reconsider their social sustainability agenda in order to attract new employees. Building upon interviews with CEOs and HR managers in 20 small medium enterprises (SMEs), this study aims to analyze how high-tech companies and industrial engineering companies define and implement social sustainability into business strategies and operations. Data was collected from 20 interviews and secondary information coded for categorical data analysis in SPSS Statistics 22 software. The findings show that although the companies have adopted several kinds of International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards, social sustainability is still absent from their operational activities and is considered of lower importance than environmental sustainability. Thus, the implementation of social sustainability can be considered symbolic rather substantive. The study also shows differences between the two groups of companies. The high-tech company group pays little attention to social sustainability aspects, instead focusing on product innovation development. While the industrial engineering group has some interest in social sustainability, their focus is primarily on issues linked to health and safety in order to meet increasing demands from supply chain compliance. Neglecting social aspects of sustainability, such as addressing gender equality and diversity, may cause difficulties in attracting a new workforce.

  • 27.
    Sundström, Agneta
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Department of Business Administration and Economics, Ämnesavdelningen för företagsekonomi.
    Hyder, Akmal S.
    University of Gävle, Department of Business Administration and Economics, Ämnesavdelningen för företagsekonomi.
    A case of a successful company town: partnership between top management, local government and civil sector institutions2009In: European Journal of International Management, ISSN 1751-6757, E-ISSN 1751-6765Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 28.
    Sundström, Agneta
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Department of Business Administration and Economics, Ämnesavdelningen för företagsekonomi. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala, Sweden.
    Hyder, Akmal S.
    University of Gävle, Department of Business Administration and Economics, Ämnesavdelningen för företagsekonomi.
    Local management response to corporative restructuring: a case study of a company town2008In: Business and Society Review, ISSN 0045-3609, E-ISSN 1467-8594, Vol. 113, no 3, p. 375-402Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This is a case study of top management in a Swedish pulp industry at Skutskär. After decades of proactive response to change, starting in 1976 the pulp industry experienced a rapid and significant restructuring. In 1992, and after a prolonged hold on local investments, came a large-scale investment with major labor reductions, which created a local crisis. The aim of this study is to analyze how top managers of a local business plant perceive and explain their citizenship relationship to the community of the company town during a transition period from 1976 to 2007. Our study shows that too much reliance on top management cost reduction requirements and not caring, or underscoring, local social concerns created gaps and local stakeholder distrust. We discuss how prolonged distrust of the company to bear social responsibility ended up in a broken relationship between the company and the local community. Our case indicates at least two problems that must be handled for successful corporate citizenship. First, the traditional control-oriented management view is too narrow and not adjusted to today's citizenship reality, including how to handle corporate social responsibility. Second, we can see a possibility where the conceived needs on a global corporate level may lead to situations to obscure local needs and consequences.

  • 29.
    Sundström, Agneta
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Hyder, Akmal S.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Chowdhury, Ehsanul Huda
    American International University-Bangladesh, Bangladesh.
    CSR implementation challenges in global supply chain: experiences from Bangladesh garments industry2013In: The Second International Conference on Production and Supply Chain Management 2013, 2013Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this paper is to investigate how suppliers in Bangladesh garment industry independently can take CSR for their own business affairs. Data is collected through interviews of large international buyers, important Bangladesh suppliers and major organizations having influence on the supply chain context. The findings show high supplier dependency on buying company’s code of conduct in CSR implementation. Five main challenges are identified; weak supplier-driven CSR implementation; non-questioning business culture; dilemma consequences of order pressures; weak coherence between the buyers’ implementation strategies and; absence of self-contained supporting organizational structure. This research considers CSR implementation as prerequisite for ensuring efficiency and sustainability in the supply chain of the garment industry in Bangladesh. Based on the challenges it is suggested that suppliers need to improve by: (1) initiatives and measures to build up responsibility to practice CSR; (2) develop a supply chain culture based on CSR orientation and intelligence and (3) establish link with educational institutions to achieve CSR competence for implementation.  The study offers insight on CSR implementation challenges of international suppliers of Bangladesh garments industry and highlights the understanding of the effects of CSR implementation for supply chain sustainability.

  • 30.
    Sundström, Agneta
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Sammalisto, Kaisu
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Industrial Development, IT and Land Management, Industrial economics. University of Gävle, Center for Logistics and Innovative Production.
    Gyll, Janna
    Fiber Optic Valley, Hudiksvall, Sweden.
    Developing social sustainability for innovative industrial work environments2015Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 31.
    Sundström, Agneta
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Sammalisto, Kaisu
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Industrial Development, IT and Land Management, Industrial economics.
    Hyder, Akmal S.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Chowdhury, Ehsanul Huda
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    CSR implementation strategy constraints in emerging market supply chain context: Bangladesh garment industry experiences2016In: International Journal of Applied Business and Economic Research, ISSN 0972-7302, Vol. 14, no 13, p. 9041-9062Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: The study aims to explore how SC suppliers respond to corporate social responsibility (CSR) implementation strategies and deal with institutional constraints within the global supply chain. Design/Methodology/approach: This research study followed a mixed method approach. A qualitative case study was developed based on data collected through in-depth interviews, observations, workshops and seminar discussions. Findings: Two CSR strategies were identified, together with managerial, organizational, and societal constraints. Both strategies fail due to CSR ignorance and economic constraints of the suppliers. The corporate-driven strategy is constrained by limiting the supplier's margins forcing them to use less responsible subcontractors. The partnership strategy fails as it allows the suppliers to ignore compliance to CSR implementation rules and especially in economically difficult situations. Research limitations/implications: This paper has several limitations. The data illustrate a specific industry and SC companies in a specific country context which makes generalizations difficult. Practical implications: Long-term economic cooperation and negotiation between involved supply chain (SC) parties is prerequisite to improve supplier ability to act independently. This means that the corporate-driven CSR strategy in SC is so far easier to manage but elicit costs for suppliers. Originality/value: This study addresses the difficulties in managing the corporate-driven strategy and the partnership strategy in emerging market business context that traditionally has institutionalized corporate-driven SC control. With focus on two main CSR implementation strategies applied by two case corporations, this article contributes to show how institutional constraints influence on supplier ability in the studied SC context.

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