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Rämö, Hans
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Rämö, H. & Wittbom, E. (2022). Reform in Translation: The Swedish Transport Administration's Quest for a New Mission Statement. Offentlig Förvaltning. Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration, 26(4), 19-46
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Reform in Translation: The Swedish Transport Administration's Quest for a New Mission Statement
2022 (English)In: Offentlig Förvaltning. Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration, ISSN 2000-8058, E-ISSN 2001-3310, Vol. 26, no 4, p. 19-46Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The long-term outcomes of reform processes in the public sector remain understudied inthe literature. This study investigates the Swedish Transport Administration (STA)employees’ and managers’ translation and internalization of their new role as societaldevelopers. Since the STA’s founding in 2010 and until 2018, the STA head officeneither guided nor centrally determined how to define and understand the STA’s role as asocietal developer. We examine this internalization process through the lens ofCzarniawska’s translation model of the distribution of ideas as a collective creationthrough local translation and adaptation. The study shows that the ongoing friction thatoccurs when the concept and role of a societal developer are discussed and disseminatedwithin an organization is influenced by prevailing identities and local action nets. It alsoshows that the translation of this new role eventually failed, due to either it beingsubmerged within already-existing concepts or it having a perceived lack of relevance.We conducted this mixed-method study over six years (2016–2021) using documentaryanalysis, workshop participation, interviews and a survey.

Keywords
IDENTITY, PUBLIC-SECTOR REFORM, SOCIETAL DEVELOPER, SWEDISH TRANSPORT ADMINISTRATION, TRANSLATION MODEL
National Category
Public Administration Studies
Research subject
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-214921 (URN)10.58235/sjpa.v26i4.10579 (DOI)
Available from: 2023-02-16 Created: 2023-02-16 Last updated: 2023-10-19Bibliographically approved
Wittbom, E. & Rämö, H. (2018). From Infrastructure Builder to Societal Developer: An Extended Mandate for the Swedish Transport Administration. In: : . Paper presented at LAEMOS 2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 22–24, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>From Infrastructure Builder to Societal Developer: An Extended Mandate for the Swedish Transport Administration
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-154859 (URN)
Conference
LAEMOS 2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 22–24, 2018
Funder
Swedish Transport Administration
Available from: 2018-04-05 Created: 2018-04-05 Last updated: 2022-02-26Bibliographically approved
Hermelin, B. & Rämö, H. (2017). Intermediary activities and agendas of regional cleantech networks in Sweden. Environment and Planning. C, Government and Policy, 35(1), 130-146
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Intermediary activities and agendas of regional cleantech networks in Sweden
2017 (English)In: Environment and Planning. C, Government and Policy, ISSN 0263-774X, E-ISSN 1472-3425, Vol. 35, no 1, p. 130-146Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A vision of cleantech has been implemented on an international scale with financial assistance, new organizations and programmes. Given the wider contexts of political and commercial promotion, this article investigates management and governance of eight cleantech networks operating in different regions in Sweden. The aim of this article is to explore how an integrated approach based on network theories of economic sociology and a regional development perspective can contribute to the study of network intermediaries. What roles do intermediaries play in triple-helix networks? A suggested answer to this question is a typology of three intermediaries: a brokerage function for business agreements, a facilitation function whereby actors facilitate various processes and co-ordinate arrangements and a legitimizing function involving activities conducted in the political and wider societal realms. The legitimiser role of regional cleantech networks has important feedback effects on the wider discourses of environmental development, of which cleantech is a particular and influential vision.

Keywords
Cleantech, governance, intermediaries, networks, regions
National Category
Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-129933 (URN)10.1177/0263774X16644256 (DOI)000400014800009 ()
Available from: 2016-05-03 Created: 2016-05-03 Last updated: 2022-02-23Bibliographically approved
Rämö, H. & Wittbom, E. (2017). Styrning i rollen som samhällsutvecklare - en inledande studie inom Trafikverket. Stockholm: Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Styrning i rollen som samhällsutvecklare - en inledande studie inom Trafikverket
2017 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

I samband med att Trafikverket bildades 2010 angavs i interna styrdokument att verkets identitet skulle betona rollen som samhällsutvecklare. Denna rapport undersöker hur medarbetare och chefer i Trafikverkets fem verksamhetsområden skapar förståelse för uppdraget som samhällsutvecklare. Studien baseras på dokumentanalys, deltagande vid workshops, intervjuer med tio medarbetare runt om i Sverige samt en enkätundersökning som fick 765 svar av chefer och medarbetare inom Trafikverkets fem olika verksamhetsområden.

Införandet av rollen som samhällsutvecklare syftar till att betona att Trafikverkets uppdrag inte kan reduceras till planering, byggande och underhåll av infrastruktur. Uppdraget är direkt kopplat till de transportpolitiska målen som berör transportsystemet i sin helhet vilket utgör en väsentlig del i samhällsutvecklingen. Ett proaktivt arbetssätt tillsammans med andra aktörer framstår då som nödvändigt för att kunna skapa ett tillgängligt, jämställt och säkert transportsystem med god miljökvalitet. Huvudfrågan i detta forskningsprojekt är hur styrningen kan utformas för att ge samhällsutvecklarrollen önskat genomslag.

Resultaten från denna första delstudie visar att begreppet samhällsutvecklare som sådant är otydligt och skapar utrymme för olika tolkningar och missförstånd. Det finns olika vägar att gå för att undvika missförstånd.

En tänkbar huvudriktning är att ge de olika verksamhetsområdena möjlighet att internalisera begreppet samhällsutvecklare genom att koppla Trafikverkets sex befintliga leveranskvaliteter – Punktlighet, Kapacitet, Robusthet, Användbarhet, Säkerhet samt Miljö och hälsa – till rollen som samhällsutvecklare. På så sätt kan begreppet och rollen som samhällsutvecklare fyllas med ett innehåll som både är konkret och meningsfullt för medarbetarna. Ett problem med denna väg är att leveranskvaliteterna har implementerats i Trafikverkets styrning som ett medel för att kunna vara tydligare i rapporteringen gentemot uppdragsgivaren, d.v.s. vertikalt i relation till regeringen. Risken finns att det horisontellt orienterade tjänsteperspektivet kommer i skymundan, d.v.s. att användarna av transportsystemet inte får tillräcklig uppmärksamhet. 

En annan huvudinriktning är därför att bejaka att både begreppet och rollen som samhällsutvecklare ger olika tolkningsmöjligheter. På den vägen skulle det vidgade perspektivet av Trafikverkets uppdrag, att bidra till samhällsutveckling som sker genom att inta rollen som samhällsutvecklare, kunna leva utan begränsning. Det skulle ge incitament att tänka nytt, att fortsätta föra dialoger såväl internt som externt utan att ”lägga locket på” när transportsystemets funktion kan anses vara god nog enligt leveranskvaliteterna.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet, 2017. p. 75
Series
Akademin för ekonomistyrning i staten ; 2017:1
Keywords
Verksamhetsstyrning
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-140438 (URN)978-91-981634-5-2 (ISBN)
Projects
Styrning i rollen som samhällsutvecklare
Funder
Swedish Transport Administration, TRV 2015/92966
Available from: 2017-03-07 Created: 2017-03-07 Last updated: 2022-02-28Bibliographically approved
Rämö, H. (2017). Time and temporality in online corporate pictorials. Time & Society, 26(1), 89-112
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Time and temporality in online corporate pictorials
2017 (English)In: Time & Society, ISSN 0961-463X, E-ISSN 1461-7463, Vol. 26, no 1, p. 89-112Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Many different social contexts are embedded in, and mediated by, visual practices, so too in corporate communication. The specific aim of this paper is to use the concept of scopic regimes as a means of understanding pictorial representations of time and temporality in online corporate communication. It is argued in this paper that the temporal reference has changed direction, from pointing backward to forward. What has been a matter of predominantly portraying important corporate achievements to posterity has increasingly become a matter of appearing for impatient online viewers today as responsible for the future. Three illustrative examples of time and temporality in online corporate pictorials are included and discussed, representing movement, moment, and the allegory of time.

Keywords
Corporate communication, pictorials, responsibility, scopic regimes, temporality, time
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-128883 (URN)10.1177/0961463X15587832 (DOI)000397468500005 ()
Available from: 2016-04-06 Created: 2016-04-06 Last updated: 2022-02-23Bibliographically approved
Rämö, H. & Edenius, M. (2011). An Office on the Go: Professional Workers, Smartphones and the Return of Place. International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction, 7(1), 37-55
Open this publication in new window or tab >>An Office on the Go: Professional Workers, Smartphones and the Return of Place
2011 (English)In: International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction, ISSN 1548-3908, E-ISSN 1548-3916, Vol. 7, no 1, p. 37-55Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, the authors examine how senior managers, as professional workers, in a leading ICT company use smartphones, according to new configurations of time and space. Of special interest is how smartphones act as comforting handheld consoles without being rooted in physical location. Three non-physical places, as spatial nodes, are presented: pause in the temporal current, place as a function of the intensity of communication, and place in terms of becoming rooted by felt value. The authors argue that highlighting non-physical places as structures emanating from the use of smartphones is an important variable to account for when studying how professionals use smartphones, both in instrumental and non-instrumental terms.

Keywords
Human Aspects of Technology / Social Technologies
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-57569 (URN)10.4018/jthi.2011010103 (DOI)
Available from: 2011-05-11 Created: 2011-05-11 Last updated: 2022-02-24Bibliographically approved
Bjerke, B. & Rämö, H. (2011). Entrepreneurial Imagination: Time, Timing, Space and Place in Business Action (1ed.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Entrepreneurial Imagination: Time, Timing, Space and Place in Business Action
2011 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Entrepreneurial Imaginationinnovatively focuses on entrepreneurial and economic action in time, timing, space and place. Schedules and places of production, working times and working places, are no longer fixed due to the effects of the contemporary economy. The authors expertly bring together a focused and themed book that deals wholly with the subjects of time and space in a phenomenological understanding of entrepreneurial ventures and related business action. They discuss theories and thinking of human action, space, place, timing and time in various entrepreneurial and business arenas, including social entrepreneuring, environmental and corporate social responsibility, network forms of entrepreneuring, urban governance and regional development.Taking a phenomenological approach to enable readers to understand entrepreneurship and related economic action clearly will prove to be inspiring for students, academics and practitioners interested in all areas of entrepreneurship and similar issues.

Contents: 1. Entrepreneuring - When and Where?; 2. A Phenomenology of Entrepreneurial Action; 3. Our Entrepreneuring Society; 4. Various Kinds of Social Entrepreneuring, Networking and Social Capital; 5. On the Importance of Social Entrepreneuring to Local Government; 6. Entrepreneuring and Regional Development; 7. Entrepreneurial Action and Environment; 8. Entrepreneuring and ICT-Based Networking; 9. Summary and Conclusions; References ; Index

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2011. p. 240 Edition: 1
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-57981 (URN)ISBN-10: 1849801789 (ISBN)
Available from: 2011-05-25 Created: 2011-05-25 Last updated: 2022-02-24Bibliographically approved
Rämö, H. (2011). Visualizing the Phronetic Organization: The Case of Photographs in CSR Reports. Journal of Business Ethics, 104(3), 371-387
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Visualizing the Phronetic Organization: The Case of Photographs in CSR Reports
2011 (English)In: Journal of Business Ethics, ISSN 0167-4544, E-ISSN 1573-0697, Vol. 104, no 3, p. 371-387Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aspects of phronetic social science and phronetic organization research have been much debated over the recent years. So far, the visual aspects of communicating phronesis have gained little attention. Still organizations try to convey a desirable image of respectability and success, both internally and externally to the public. A channel for such information is corporate reporting, and particularly CSR reporting embrace values like fairness, goodness and sustainability This paper explores how visual portrayals of supposedly wise and discerning values (phronesis) are used to reinforce the verbal features of CSR reporting. The two propositions underlying this study is (1) that phronetic action in organizations is subjected not only to textual documentation but also to visual expressions, and (2) that visual images form some of the major parts of the structures of contemporary corporate reporting (particularly CSR reporting). The paper also discusses how the Aristotelian concept of phronesis can be linked to contemporary concerns about responsibility, and how this is visually represented in CSR reporting. Finally, the paper addresses the symbolic and contextual signification of images in corporate accounts of wisdom and responsibility.

Keywords
CSR reporting, Photographs, Phronesis, Responsibility, Visual communication, Wisdom
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-57978 (URN)10.1007/s10551-011-0916-8 (DOI)000296736900006 ()
Available from: 2011-05-25 Created: 2011-05-25 Last updated: 2022-02-24Bibliographically approved
Rämö, H. (2010). Three Facets of Management Research: Theoretical Sophistication, Explaining Practice and Reflective Understanding . International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy, 4(1), 60-70
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Three Facets of Management Research: Theoretical Sophistication, Explaining Practice and Reflective Understanding 
2010 (English)In: International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy, ISSN 1478-1484, Vol. 4, no 1, p. 60-70Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Three different areas of management study: modelling, quantitative and qualitative are discussed in conjunction with three Greek philosophical notions of human action, namely: theoria/episteme, poiesis/techne and praxis/phronesis; together with three Kantian forms of scientific knowledge: exact knowledge, experience and experimental knowledge and knowledge in humanities. Balancing the pendulum between abstract, mathematical modelling (theoria/episteme), empirically oriented explanatory applications (poiesis/techne) and reflective understanding of wisdom and judgement (praxis/phronesis) has been conducted over the years with an emphasis on modelling and empirical problem solving; whereas aspects of discerning managerial decision-making and decorum have been more remotely addressed. Pressing management concerns surrounding, e.g., accountability, environment and ethics do however embrace the understanding aspects of praxis and phronesis, rather than more elaborate mathematical sophistication from the field of theoria and episteme.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Olney: Inderscience Enterprises, 2010
Keywords
episteme, experience, Kant, knowledge in humanities, management research, mathematical modelling, qualitative methods, quantitative methods, reflective understanding, scientific knowledge, techne, human action, theoria
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-42741 (URN)
Available from: 2010-09-13 Created: 2010-09-13 Last updated: 2022-02-24Bibliographically approved
Rämö, H. & M, E. (2008). Time Constraints in New Mobile Communication: Practices among Senior Managers. KronoScope, 8(2), 147-157
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Time Constraints in New Mobile Communication: Practices among Senior Managers
2008 (English)In: KronoScope, ISSN 1567-715X, E-ISSN 1568-5241, Vol. 8, no 2, p. 147-157Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Based on extensive studies on the new working conditions for senior managers in a leading telecommunication company, and a previously unstudied form of mobile management practice by the use of mobile handheld smartphones (handling calls, data, emails, sms), this paper focuses on unexpected time-saving limitations and other constraints that result from the implementation and internalization of the mobile devices. Aspects of independence that were initially anticipated from the use of mobile smartphones are increasingly offset, not only by the well-known time pressure of swiftly filtering, replying and being online, but also by some less known and unexpected limiting and constraining factors of temporal freedom.

Keywords
COMPRESSION; MANAGERS; MOBILE TECHNOLOGY; UNINTENDED EFFECTS
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-57568 (URN)10.1163/156771508X444594 (DOI)
Available from: 2011-05-11 Created: 2011-05-11 Last updated: 2022-02-24Bibliographically approved
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