Frans Prenkert

Frans Prenkert
Örebro University | oru · Center for Sustainable Business

Ph.D, Professor in Business Administration

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Introduction
Researching the networked economy with a focus on the organizing of sustainable economies and business networks: * Sustainable economies * Circular economy * Industrial marketing and purchasing * Power dynamics * Sustainable logistics and SCM * Strategizing * Technology and innovation * Information security and risk management
Additional affiliations
August 2013 - December 2013
University of California, Berkeley
Position
  • Researcher
April 2007 - December 2013
BI Norwegian Business School
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
January 2005 - March 2007
BI Norwegian Business School
Position
  • Post Doc Researcher
Education
January 2001 - December 2003
Uppsala University
Field of study
  • Business Studies

Publications

Publications (42)
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The purpose of this paper is to investigate the dynamics of networked power in a concentrated business network. Power is a long standing theme in inter-organizational research, yet there is a paucity of studies about how power emerges and is constructed over time at the network level. The paper adopts process, systems and network theory to interpre...
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Value co-creation is a core focus area in both B2B marketing and strategy research, necessitating resource utilization within and across organizational boundaries. In the Industrial Marketing and Purchasing (IMP) group, scholars have focused on the interactions among resources as one important way to analyze central questions about resources in bus...
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Despite the importance of inter-organisational information sharing (IOIS) in the public sector, such endeavours often fail. Existing research has shown that the values held by collaborating organisations are one important factor affecting these kinds of initiatives. However, research has sought only to a limited extent to address how value conflict...
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This article offers new knowledge on the role of industry as external facilitators in the case of designing responsible management education (RME). Drawing on a case of a Swedish business school that developed a two year master's profile in sustainable business, we find that industry partners acted as external facilitators in the form of ‘Legitimiz...
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In this paper, we posit that the current industrial marketing and purchasing literature on resource interaction and resource interfaces is hampered by fragmentation and conceptual imprecision, hindering scholars to build systematically on each other's works. To rectify this, a systematic analytical framework acknowledging the empirical variation of...
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Purpose: Retail has evolved over the past century alongside megatrends such as urbanization, consumerism and digitalization. To contribute to existing knowledge on patterns of retail form evolution, the purpose of this paper is to investigate when and how novel retail forms have evolved in the Swedish sporting goods market. Design/methodology/appr...
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The purpose of this paper is to investigate the mediating role of boundary objects in interaction processes within business networks. From a single case study in the grocery retail industry, we find that such objects are used within interaction processes for collaboration, but are also used extensively for handling conflict, facilitating economic n...
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This paper explores the potential cannibalizing effects of introducing a flexible auction market to the traditionally established market based on long-term contracts. By means of agent-based modelling and simulation based on an empirical case of a railway logistics service provider, we investigate the potential effects of this new market on previou...
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Today, public organisations need to share information in order to complete their tasks. Over the years, scholars have mapped out the social and organisational factors that affect the success or failure of these kinds of endeavours. However, few of the suggested models have sought to address the temporal aspect of inter-organisational information sh...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to highlight the ontological implications of combining network and system ontology to conceptualize industrial networks as the empirical manifestations of complex adaptive economic systems. Design/methodology/approach This paper contributes with a systematic discussion on how network and system ontology can b...
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Although ethical issues in e-commerce have received increased interest in recent years, the relational context between e-vendor and e-customer has remained relatively unproblematized. Rather than assuming an anonymous interface between e-vendor and e-customer, with specific ethical issues related to it, we examine a case of a hybrid organizational...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to survey existing inter-organisational information security research to scrutinise the kind of knowledge that is currently available and the way in which this knowledge has been brought about. Design/methodology/approach The results are based on a literature review of inter-organisational information securit...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to provide an account of who forms what market assets by making what market investments in a business network. Design/methodology/approach To investigate what market investments were made by certain actors into resource interfaces as market assets, the author draws on a case network based on an investigation of...
Conference Paper
While Darwinian theory has been applied in industrial network analysis to understand how business firms find and select each other, how business relationships survive, and how stability in buyer–seller relationships can be sustained, a recent review shows that there is a paucity of empirical investigations accounting for the whole set of core princ...
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Empirical studies that explicitly draw on a General Darwinism (GD) mode of explanation is hard to find and the field of management is hampered by the heterogeneity and mix of investigations subsumed under the general heading of ‘evolutionary theory’. Among the GD studies that do exist, most research efforts have been devoted to generalizing Darwini...
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The purpose of the paper is to generate an understanding of the prerequisites for sustainable supply chain management. A common tendency in the literature is to see sustainable supply chain management as something that is undertaken by a focal firm at the end of the chain. Even though many scholars point to the need for cooperative approaches, foca...
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Given an international business network with the same focal resource, the same source and markets, but exhibiting two different inter-related sub-networks with different internal organization, we study how these network forms affects interactions. The purpose is to compare and explain differences between the two network forms and the effects this h...
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The actor-dimension of the Activitiy-Resource-Actor (ARA)-model has not gained the same attention among Industrial Marketing and Purchasing (IMP) scholars as the resource and activity dimensions. However, the issue of what an actor actually is, in the sense of its interactive constitution, is important from an industrial marketing and purchasing pe...
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This paper describes the use of an agent-based model (ABM) with the purpose of simulating interaction processes in business networks. Such an ABM must be able to capture time and process in networks while retaining a level of comprehension and overview. The ABM rests on the assumption that business networks can be viewed as complex adaptive systems...
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This commentary essay explores some broader implications of the article by Aarikka-Stenroos and Sandberg (in this issue) concerning two issues: the principal character of innovation processes and the delineation of networks. The article provides an interesting discussion on how firms can overcome the obstacles of successful commercialization of inn...
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This paper explores some meta-theoretical sources to cultural-historical activity theory by focusing on the concept of cultural mediation as it is construed in activity systems theory. Links to Charles S. Peirce’s pragmaticism are identified and elaborated by comparison of the semiotic version of mediation with cultural mediation. The philosophical...
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This paper investigates how the effects of network connections are considered when strategists conduct a planned strategy process. The single case study underpinning the paper is based on qualitative data collected between June and December 2007, which relates to a seven-month strategising process conducted within a project group. The strategising...
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This paper presents an empirically-based simulation of an industrial network modeled as an exchange system. It uses a multi-agent simulation model to test for how variations in uncertainty of the input resource and how the changing demand patterns affect the accumulation and distribution of exchange values in the system as a whole. The empirical ma...
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This paper has benefited greatly from the comments and suggestions of Claes Gunnarsson, Seth Jonsson, and Detlef Quast at the Department of Business Studies, Örebro University. An earlier version benefited from comments from participants at the 47th International Council of Small Business (ICSB) Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 23‐25, 2002 a...
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Purpose – The purpose of this article is to explore possible contributions to the development of models to define business networks conceptually, and identify and delineate them empirically by integrating concepts and ideas from “market exchange theory” originating in the works of Alderson. Design/methodology/approach – Following a conceptual discu...
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Based on data collection 1 undertaken in the UK, together with secondary data sources, we use what we call a marketing network framework to trace an empirical route from the consumer to fish entering the UK. As we chart the characteristics of this marketing network, we note that significant changes have taken place during the past five years or so...
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Within the Markets-as-Networks perspective, the 'ARA-model' has been developed (Håkansson 1990; Håkansson and Snehota 1989, 1995; Ford 1998). This model conceptualizes business relationships as consisting of three layers; an Actor layer, a Resource layer and an Activity layer and their corresponding interorganizational couplings. Activities are per...
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This case study investigates how six SMEs use and utilize interorganizational business relationships to do business. Three significant properties off IBR:s emerge; Promise/Fulfillment, Time-Orientation and Trust. This paper maps these properties and suggests that they are socially embedded and subject to sensemaking.
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This paper presents an empirical study of the influences of transactional (TA) and transformational (TF) leadership on organizational effectiveness (OE), measured as the degree of goal attainment and the quality of nursing care (NQ). The study subjects were all head-nurses and assistant head-nurses at a medium-sized hospital in Sweden (n = 23). The...
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This paper presents an empirical study of the influences of transactional (TA) and transformational (TF) leadership on organizational effectiveness (OE), measured as the degree of goal attainment and the quality of nursing care (NQ). The study subjects were all head-nurses and assistant head-nurses at a medium-sized hospital in Sweden (n=23). The m...
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Competitive paper prepared for the 23 rd Annual Industrial Marketing and Purchasing (IMP) Conference, Manchester, UK, August 30 th – September 1 st , 2007. Abstract The industrial network connecting herring supply with demand comprises two separate but related sub-networks, identifiable based on the origin of the herring as coming from either Norwe...
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This paper focuses the use of Internet technology in the relationship between SMEs and demanding industrial partners. Four case studies are reported by a cross-case analysis based on three dimensions of stability derived from the work of Thompson; Predictability, Efficiency, and Interaction. Results indicate the occurrence of two types of shifts sp...

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Projects (3)
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Archived project
The aim of the Interorg project is to develop knowledge of the character of conflicts between information security cultures in inter-organizational contexts. The results from this study increase awareness of how information security culture affects collaboration in inter-organizational settings. Such awareness is important and can help information security managers in their work with cultivating information security cultures in organizations. Furthermore, we also create a more nuanced understanding of how information security culture in an organisation evolves, and that it is not isolated from what happens in other organisations.
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The purpose is to map the mechanisms impacting on the collective organizing and to explore its strategic effects on actor roles in logistics. The specific aim is to describe, develop and implement a collective organizing tool; the “Interact Scenario Analysis Cluster”(ISAC) in a logistics network of the paper sector.