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  • 651.
    Ullström, Anna
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Samarbetskanslierna - Vårtor på, länkar till eller delar av Regeringskansliet?: Om den demokratiska styrningskedjan och samarbetskansliernas organisering2005Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

     

    After years of various forms of cooperation between the government and various opposition parties, the Swedish parliamentary elections in 2002 resulted in a contact between the Social-democratic minority government, the Left Party, Vänsterpartiet, and the Green Party, Miljöpartiet de Gröna. The political issues included were specified in a 121 points programme, and the cooperation parties established two cooperation offices within the Swedish government administration. The cooperation offices consist of eight full time appointments as political advisors each.

     

    There are several reasons to put attention to this developed form of contact parliamentarism. The cooperation offices constitute a new form of coordination between a government and its cooperation parties, which contrasts the norm. In addition, the cooperation offices change the organization of the government administration whereby important aspects of the highly institutionalized culture in the ministries can supposedly have been affected. Thirdly, it is of importance to the representative democracy if parties that are not in a government position, and therefore cannot be held responsible, turns out to have a great deal of influence and many possibilities to affect, or even set, the political agenda.

     

    This paper describes how the cooperation offices are organised, and, secondly, discusses the consequences of the establishment of these offices for the government administration as such, but also for the parliamentary chain of governance as a whole.

     

    The conclusion is that this form of developed contract parliamentarism can break the parliamentary chain in several ways. The contract has resulted in an increase of resources in terms of economy, information and informal contacts for the two cooperation parties. The cooperation offices have also given the Left Party and the Green Party increased knowledge and experience of the government administration. The contract has, in this sense, given the cooperation parties larger influence than perhaps can be justified by their representation in parliament.

     

  • 652.
    Vifell, Åsa
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Enklaver i handelspolitiken2007In: EU som aktör i världen: Europaperspektiv 2007, Santérus Förlag, Stockholm , 2007, p. 272-Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Under de första fyrtio åren av det europeiska samarbetet fokuserade EU på att föra medlemsländerna närmare varandra genom att garantera fred och frihandel inom unionens gränser. De senaste årens utveckling har dock i grunden förändrat EU:s roll i världspolitiken. Warszawapaktens upplösning, den snabba ekonomiska utvecklingen i länder som Kina och Indien samt de regional konflikternas ökade betydelse har förstärkt kraven på att EU inte bara skall verka för fred och frihandel i Europa, utan också i andra delar av världen. Sedan en tid tillbaka arbetar därför unionen aktivt med att stärka sin ställning inom världspolitiken. Målet för arbetet är att EU ska utgöra en ledande global aktör.

    I denna bok diskuteras i vad mån EU lever upp till denna målsättning. I vilken utsträckning och inom vilka politikerområden kan unionen sägas vara en ledande global kraft? Med vilka medel utöver EU i så fall detta ledarskap? Vilka är de politiska och ekonomiska konsekvenserna av EU:s sätt att agera i världspolitiken?

    I den tionde årgången av Europaperspektiv presenteras nio bidrag av forskare inom juridik, statskunskap och ekonomiska ämnen, som utifrån olika angreppssätt analyserar EU:s agerande inom den internationella handels-, bistånds-, miljö- och säkerhetspolitiken.

  • 653.
    Vifell, Åsa
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Enklaver i staten: Internationalisering, demokrati och den svenska statsförvaltningen2006Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The thesis has two purposes. The first is to understand the organizational forms of the public administration when it participates in international rule making processes. The second purpose investigates democratic implications of internationalization of the Swedish state administration. A theoretical framework, combining theories of governance with ideas on resource dependence and a neo-institutional approach, is applied to three empirical cases. The cases follow decision making processes within the European Employment Strategy, The Kyoto Protocol for reduction of green house gasses and negotiations on trade facilitation within the WTO. The studied processes can be described as complex and fragmented, containing multiple types of actors and parallel arenas, complex technical material and bureaucratic processes. They were also characterised by the fact that policy was created throughout the course of the processes. They also seemed to lack an ending and were to a high degree bound by their history. The administrations’ response resulted in an organisational form that is theoretically developed in the study – enclaves. Enclaves contain members from different organizations, both private and state organizations and the work within them is carried out in an informal and interactive way. They are de-coupled units with stable membership that is related to positions in the hierarchy. As opposed to networks, enclaves are not self-organizing but the membership is mainly controlled by state-actors. The second aim of the study is carried out through a number of indicators derived from the deliberative and the representative models of democracy. The blurring of responsibilities, the lack of transparency and the barriers for entrance into the enclaves made the organisational forms of the administration seem problematic in relation to the representative model. However other features of the enclaves seemed to support a more communicative logic of action, leaving the deliberative model more promising as a way of understanding the administrations’ work as democratically legitimate. Still, the analysis showed that the deliberative model also faced some challenges in terms of lack of openness and inclusion of all relevant stake holders.

  • 654.
    Vifell, Åsa
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Enklaver: Om governance och demokrati i den svenska statsförvaltningen2007In: Nordiske Organisasjonsstudier, ISSN 1501-8237, Vol. 9, no 4, p. 61-87Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 655.
    Vähämäki, Janet
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School.
    Change or repetition of technologies used for results management?2015Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 656.
    Vähämäki, Janet
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Idéer om tillit och kontroll kommer i reformvågor2018In: Organisation & Samhälle, ISSN 2001-9114, E-ISSN 2002-0287, no 2, p. 32-37Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 657.
    Vähämäki, Janet
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Business.
    Simplifying the world: The use of Logical Models and Result Matrixes in the field of Development Cooperation2013In: 22nd Nordic Academy of Management Conference: NFF 2013 On Practice and Knowledge EruptionsFinal : Final Program and Abstracts, 2013, p. 78-79Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper three, result initiatives will be analysed by using a framework exemplifying different stages of political- and management reform. Since the 1960’s, a focus on ‘results’ has been incorporated in the planning and follow-up of the Swedish Development Cooperation. Historically, results initiatives have arisen with the decision to apply certain tools, such as logical models. However, specific models have typically been declined with new models, with a different name and slightly different setting, being introduced. Logical models provide an often quantified, simplified overview, of the expected linear change process in a development project/programme. Today, as part of the politically driven ‘Results Agenda’ in Development Cooperation, the request for logical models and quantifiable indicators, is stronger than ever. This paper contains empirical data from a qualitative analysis from results initiatives undertaken at Swedish Development Cooperation Agency, Sida in 1971, 1998 and 2012. The paper concludes that some of the environmental factors that contributed to the fall of the previous initiatives have been counteracted, which may imply that the current initiative face a different destiny than previous ones.

  • 658.
    Vähämäki, Janet
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School. janet.vahamaki@score.su.se.
    The results agenda in Swedish development cooperation: cycles of failure or reform success?2015In: The Politics of Evidence and Results in International Development: Playing the Game to Change the Rules? / [ed] Rosalind Eyben, Irene Guijt, Chris Roche and Cathy Shutt, Rugby: Practical Action Publishing, 2015Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Sida, the Swedish International Development Agency, has repeatedly, over decades, tried to introduce a stronger focus on 'results' and it has always resulted in a (re-)introduction of a management technology , based on a derivate of the logical framework. Since 2006, the 'results agenda' has been a top political priority, with large organizational and cultural changes within Sida. The chapter concludes that, although there might be factors that support the success of the current effort, these changes may hamper the achievement of development results on the ground and be just another 'tide of reform'. 

  • 659.
    Vähämäki, Janet
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    The Rise and Fall of "Results Initiatives" in Swedish Development Aid2018Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Janet is a researcher at Stockholm Center for Organizational Research (SCORE). In 2017 she defended her doctoral thesis Matrixing Aid- The Rise and Fall of ‘Results Initiatives’ in Swedish Development Aid at Stockholm Business School, Stockholm University. This brief presents the main conclusions of her thesis. 

  • 660.
    Vähämäki, Janet
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). janet.vahamaki@score.su.se.
    When and how do results management reforms rise and fall?2015Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 661.
    Vähämäki, Janet
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Alexius, Susanna
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Obsessive Measurement Disorder: Can a metaphor help us understand, manage and prevent it?2018Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 662.
    Waaranperä, Ulrika
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Visionära verk? En kartläggning av svenska myndigheters visionsformuleringar2013Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This text offers an overview over and a categorization of visionary statements produced by Swedish government agencies. The visionary statements are analyzed with respect to the values that they highlight, whom they pinpoint as the principal or initiator, and whether or not the visionary statement is limited to the agency’s sphere of activity. From this discussion it can be concluded that the visionary statements among public agencies bears similarities with the visions used as management tools in the private sector. This similarity is highlighted by the tendency among the public agencies to emphasize economic values such as efficiency comparatively more than accountability and democracy. Since this study only covers official material retrieved form web pages it can draw conclusions about how the visionary statements are presented – and not concerning how they were initiated and developed. Nevertheless, the very existence of visionary statements among public agencies turns attention to the division between the politicians as policy makers and the bureaucracy as a purely implementing force – and to the question about where, when and by whom politics is being made.

  • 663.
    Wallin, Gunnar
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Ehn, Peter
    Isberg, Magnus
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Linde, Claes
    Makthavare i fokus: attityder och verklighetsuppfattningar hos toppskikten inom politik och förvaltning1999Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Redan för 30 år sedan tog ett antal amerikanska statsvetare initiativ till ett forskningsprojekt där man utgick från iakttagelsen att skilda länder på olika sätt och med olika framgång förmått möta och hantera de krav som allt snabbare samhällsförändringar ställt dem inför.

    Under senare delen av 1980-talet togs nytt initiativ till en upprepning av undersökningen, nu med större utrymme för länderspecifika studier. Författarna till denna bok har utgjort den svenska forskargruppen. De har i sin undersökning velat beskriva politikers och tjänstemäns attitydmönster och, i viss mån, beteenden samt att utröna likheter och olikheter mellan de bägge grupperna.

  • 664.
    Walter, Sabine
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Hållbart företagande genom certifiering?: GRI och statliga bolag2010Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The report Sustainability through certification? GRI and state-owned companies highlights the implementation of Guidelines for external reporting by state-owned companies. These guidelines include GRI (Global Reporting Initiative), which are mostly known as a voluntary accounting system. As a system, GRI integrates previous management system, for example ISO 9000 and ISO 14 001, into one.

    The report shows that the impact of GRI caused different flows of people within the state-owned companies. One similar feature is that all companies consulted external experts with special knowledge regarding GRI. Yet, the way the consultants were integrated in the organizations could vary.

    The data also identifies two kinds of experts. One kind is management consultants and the other one is accountants. Most management experts had been hired to apply GRI into the organization and accountants were hired to do the audit. The market for management consultants is however not solid, since the organizations often learn how to manage GRI themselves. The services that the accountants provide on the other hand are hard to replace. Therefore, it is most likely that the accountants will dominate the market in the near future.

    Also the accountant and the public professionals tend to look alike, since they perform similar working tasks, however, the practice between the two professions seem to be blurred.

  • 665.
    Wikberg, Erik
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Omorganisering av apoteksmarknaden2010Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    This paper outlines the reformation of the Swedish market for pharmaceuticals. Between 1971 and 2009 one company, Apoteket AB, was granted a monopoly for selling prescription and non-prescription drugs. In 2009, approximately two thirds of this company was put for sale and privately owned and managed firms were allowed to act within a new set of regulations for this market. The report has a strong empirical emphasis. The aim of this paper is to map the events preceding the decision to reform the Swedish market for pharmaceuticals and investigate to what extent the developing of this market can be described as spontaneously emerging vis-à-vis deliberately decided and organized by various sometimes disagreeing parties. The study indicates that the Swedish market for pharmaceuticals is formed by a great deal of deliberate organization. This is evident in the work of at least two organizations: Apoteket Omstrukturering AB and Apotekens Service AB.

    The theoretical framework guiding the form and content of this report is mainly the theory of social constructionism, as presented by Berger and Luckmann (1966). The historical background is primarily framed by Malmstig (2001, 2002, 2004) and Rubensdotter Carlsson (2008).

  • 666.
    Wikberg, Erik
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Organisering av en ny marknad: En studie av den svenska coachningmarknaden2010Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper outlines the rise of a new market, namely the Swedish coaching market. The theoretical framework guiding the form and content of this report is mainly the theory of social constructionism, as presented by Berger and Luckmann (1966). The conceptual framework of complete and partial organizations is given by Ahrne and Brunsson (2009). The aim of this report is to map and overview the Swedish domestic market for coaching products and services. It makes use of a qualitative approach to investigate the perceptions on what coaching is, when and why it was commercialized, and more. One purpose of this report is to explore to what extent the developing organization of this market can be described as spontaneously emerging vis-à-vis deliberately decided and organized by various sometimes disagreeing parties. The study indicates that the Swedish coaching market is characterized by uncertainty of what a coach is, and what services and products he or she may provide. It further indicates that buyers and actors of public procurements are influenced by market organization in form of i.e. coaching certifications.

  • 667.
    Windell, Karolina
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Företagens ansvar2012In: CSR - corporate social responsibility: en guide till företagets ansvar / [ed] Tommy Borglund, Hans De Geer, Susanne Sweet, Magnus Frostenson, Lin Lerpold, Sara Nordbrand, Emma Sjöström, Karolina Windell, Stockholm: Sanoma Utbildning , 2012, 1Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 668.
    Windell, Karolina
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Hållbara investeringar: om ansvar, risk och värde på finansmarknaden, Emma Sjöström. Sanoma Förlag, 20142014In: Organisation & Samhälle, ISSN 2001-9114, E-ISSN 2002-0287, no 2, p. 24-24Article, book review (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 669.
    Windell, Karolina
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Samhällsansvar och affärsnytta i samspel2015In: Nyttan med allmännyttan / [ed] Tapio Salonen, Stockholm: Liber, 2015Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 670.
    Windell, Karolina
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Handelshögskolan, Stockholm; Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Uppsala universitet.
    Socialt ansvar på dagordningen2009In: 125 år med Corporate Social Responsibility / [ed] De Geer, H, Johansson, A. L, Windell, K & Östlund, D., Stockholm: Centrum för Näringslivshistoria , 2009Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 671.
    Windell, Karolina
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Handelshögskolan, Stockholm; Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Uppsala universitet.
    The Proliferation of CSR from Two Professional Perspectives: Academic Researchers and Consultants2009In: Professionals Perspectives on CSR. / [ed] Idowu, Samuel, Berlin: Springer , 2009, p. 363-377Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 672.
    Windell, Karolina
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    'The word' and 'the money': balancing values in the online newspaper market2014In: Configuring Value Conflicts in Markets / [ed] Alexius, Susanna & Tamm Hallström, Kristina, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014, p. 128-144Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The problem is finding a way to defend journalistic quality-there is a risk that quality deteriorates in the commercial media landscape. (Editor-in-chief of Svenska Dagbladet's culture section, Publicistklubben website, 15 April 2009) The quote above reflects the escalating debate about the newspaper market and its recent transformation. The challenges that the newspaper market has witnessed over time have raised concern. The media is commonly described as the fourth estate, referring to its role as an objective auditor and scrutinizer of government as well as an important information provider in society (Thurén 1988). Newspapers are therefore often understood as a public good central to the formation of opinion and the democratic conversation in society-that is values worth protecting for the benefit of the common good (Hvitfelt 2008). In the debate about the newspaper crisis, it is therefore often underlined that it is not only an economic crisis for newspaper owners but also a societal problem, as the democratic conversation is thereby endangered (cf. Greer 2004; Bergström et al. 2005; Berte and De Bens 2008; Hvitfelt and Nygren 2008). The institutionalized idea about the value of newspapers for the democratic conversation distinguishes the newspaper market from many other markets in terms of that it is not only commercially driven but that it also serves a role as provider of a public good. In Sweden, this distinctive role has, for example, been manifested in attempts by the government to prevent the 'death' of newspapers (Gustafsson 2007).

  • 673.
    Windell, Karolina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Grafström, Maria
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Göthberg, Pauline
    Sweden2009In: Global Practices of Corporate Social Responsibility / [ed] Samuel O. Idowu, Walter Leal Filho, Berlin: Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2009, p. 103-123Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Although the idea of social responsibility of business has a long history, the debate over corporate social responsibility has escalated in Sweden during the past few decades under the label of CSR. CSR has become an idea on the corporate agenda in Sweden. This chapter describes how CSR arrived in Sweden and how social responsibility takes its form and translates into practice in Swedish corporations. In order to understand the background of how CSR entered the Swedish business community, the chapter begins by describing social responsibility from a historical perspective and the recent revival of CSR in Sweden. In broad terms, the topic of the social responsibility of business has a long root in different societies around the world. The emergence of the industrial community in Sweden between the mid-seventeenth century and the mid-nineteenth century was a period in which Swedish corporations had played a prominent role in the local community, contributing to the development of several social institutions, including the fire brigade, medical services, and schools. During the last century, the scope of corporate responsibilities was marginalized to that of economic responsibility. However, in the last 20 years, the Swedish discourse on corporate responsibilities has changed in concert with the state of the market and with the division of roles between corporations and the state. As in many other countries, Swedish companies are being criticized by stakeholders and they are being urged to take on greater responsibilities both in Sweden and elsewhere. Hence, during the last few decades, the field of CSR has solidified and taken a better shape both nationally and internationally. The chapter discusses how companies listed in the Swedish stock exchange communicate information on their CSR activities and also examines how three large Swedish corporations practice CSR.

  • 674.
    Yngfalk, Carl
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Bio-politicizing consumption: Neo-liberal consumerism and disembodiment in the food marketplace2016In: Consumption, markets & culture, ISSN 1025-3866, E-ISSN 1477-223X, Vol. 19, no 3, p. 275-295Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    How consumerism proliferates in society is central to consumer culture studies, yet little research has examined the power of consumerist discourses in shaping consumption at the intersection of marketing with State regulation. Drawing on Foucault's notions of governmentality and bio-power, a discourse analysis is conducted of food date labeling regulation. The study problematizes how labeling actualizes a form of neo-liberal consumerism within manufacturing and retail in which consumption is enacted as a site of bio-political control. Labeling, it is argued, fosters unsustainable excess consumption in the name of life and health of people by temporalizing and standardizing consumption, as well as disembodying the marketplace as an area for knowledge creation in consumption. Accordingly, the study discusses two processes “bio-politicizing” consumption that seek to dispense responsibility and re-distribute embodied consumption competence. Finally, it highlights the potential in people to resist such consumerism by developing alternative subjectivities and embodiments in the marketplace.

  • 675.
    Yngfalk, Carl
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Consuming Corporations: waste, Distrust and Unsustainable Consumption in Food Manufacturing and Retail2014In: Proceedings for the 4th Nordic Retail and Wholesale Conference, Stockholm: NRWA , 2014, p. -5Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 676.
    Yngfalk, Carl
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    'It’s All About the Customer’: food Waste and the Struggle to Manage (Un)Sustainable Marketing2014In: Proceedings for the Score International Conference on Organizing Markets, 2014Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 677.
    Yngfalk, Carl
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Living by Numbers: Consumer Desire Under Digital Health Capitalism2017Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 678.
    Yngfalk, Carl
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Reframing Sustainability: Negotiating Environmental Responsibility in the Food Market2016In: NA - Advances in Consumer Research 2015 / [ed] Kristin Diehl, Carolyn Yoon, Association for Consumer Research, 2016, Vol. 43, p. 815-815Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    While little research has examined tensions related to sustainability in marketing organization, the present study investigates how resistance and disruptions in environmental responsibility are configured in the market and in consumer relationship management. Results from a neo-institutional analysis elucidate commercial rationalities that enact forms of corporate ‘legitimate resistance’ to incentives of sustainable consumption and production in contemporary food retail.

  • 679.
    Yngfalk, Carl
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    The Milk in the Sink: Waste, date labeling and food disposal2016In: The Practice of the Meal: Food, Families and the Market Place / [ed] Benedetta Cappellini, David Marshall, Elizabeth Parsons, New York: Routledge, 2016, p. 197-207Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 680.
    Yngfalk, Carl
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School, Marketing.
    Fyrberg Yngfalk, Anna
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School, Marketing. Ersta Sköndal University College, Sweden.
    Creating the cautious consumer: Marketing managerialism and bio-power in health consumption2015In: Journal of Macromarketing, ISSN 0276-1467, E-ISSN 1552-6534, Vol. 35, no 4, p. 435-447Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study examines the power and potential of marketing in the proliferation of health discourses in society. More specifically, drawing on a Foucauldian bio-political framework, it undertakes a discourse analysis of a commercial weight-loss program and the service marketing managerialism it actualizes, focusing on the interactions between service workers and consumers. The study contributes to recent discussions concerning the governmentality of marketing and its effects on consumer well-being by showing how people are invested in identity work in which the body becomes a site of collective control in consumer culture. The study reveals how service marketing is infused with bio-power, which simultaneously spurs people to lose weight and constructs them as cautious consumers that embody increased levels of self-care, control, anxiety and stress. Finally, it is argued that this continuous creation of bodily distress functions as a key mechanism of the contemporary market economy under neoliberal capitalism.

  • 681.
    Yngfalk, Carl
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School, Marketing. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Fyrberg Yngfalk, Anna
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School. Ersta Sköndal University College.
    Governing Consuming Bodies: Neo-liberal Marketing Managerialism and Consumers’ Struggle with Losing Weight2014In: Proceedings for the 9th Consumer Culture Theory Conference, 2014Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 682.
    Yngfalk, Carl
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Junker, Svenne
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Allt ljus på OPS: legitimeringen av offentlig-privat samverkan för Nya Karolinska Solna2019Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Rapporten undersöker och diskuterar användningen av så kallad offentlig-privat samverkan (OPS) i upphandlingen, finansieringen och byggnationen av Nya Karolinska Solna (NKS). Som idé innebär OPS att den privata sektorn helt eller delvis planerar, genomför samt utformar finansieringen av offentliga projekt. Syftet med rapporten är att undersöka hur idén om OPS spreds och fick fäste – legitimerades – i dåvarande Stockholms läns landsting (SLL), sedan den 1 januari 2019 Region Stockholm (RS), och dess förvaltning. Undersökningen fokuserar på tidsperioden mellan maktskiftet i landstinget 2006, när frågan om OPS aktualiserades (på nytt) i landstinget, fram till byggstarten av NKS 2011, då även den särskilda projektorganisation som hade haft ansvar för OPS-frågan från 2008 – NKS-förvaltningen – lades ner. Rapporten har en organisationsteoretisk utgångspunkt med fokus på att förstå legitimitetsskapande strategier och praktiker i och kring projektorganisationen i allmänhet och NKSförvaltningen i synnerhet.

    Rapporten bygger på kvalitativa analyser av dels 28 djupintervjuer med involverade tjänstepersoner, landstingspolitiker och konsulter, dels cirka 500 officiella dokument och inofficiellt arbetsmaterial inom NKS-projektet från landstingsstyrelsens arkiv. Det inofficiella arbetsmaterialet utgör en mindre samling icke-diarieförda dokument, som samlats in från respondenter i samband med intervjuer, exempelvis, dokument som inte arkiverats, brev och personliga minnesanteckningar. Som stöd i arbetet har ytterligare nio kvalitativa intervjuer analyserats med personer inom landstinget och sjukvårdsprofessionen och som arbetat nära projektorganisationen. Dessa intervjuer har utförts av kollegor i forskningsprojektet.Rapporten visar på fem huvudsakliga kronologiska moment i besluts- och organiseringsprocessen som varit centrala i legitimeringen av OPS-idén. Det första momentet visar hur OPSidén aktualiserades och prioriterades 2006–2007, där olika managementkonsulters roll i att ”ställa om” projektorganisationens arbetssätt mot OPS framstår som betydande. Det andra momentet visar hur idén spreds och fick fäste i landstingets förvaltning, med fokus på den framtidsorienterade organisationskultur och nyskapande identitet som genomsyrade projektorganisationen för NKS och som delvis var kopplad till frågan om OPS. Det tredje momentet visar hur OPS-idén spreds vidare via arbetet med att organisera anbudsprocessen genom marknadsföring av NKS-projektet. Det fjärde momentet visar hur detta arbete mer specifikt bedrevs inom projektorganisationen genom att analysera de beslut som utifrån Offentlighetsoch sekretesslagen fattades för att uppnå sekretess under den förhandlade upphandlingen och för att skapa den konkurrens som var en förutsättning för genomförandet, trots att det bara fanns ett anbud. Det femte momentet visar hur det slutligen fattades beslut om att använda OPSmodellen och hur projektorganisationen påbörjade genomförandet av modellen under åren 2010.

    Sammantaget utgör dessa fem moment grunden för en fördjupad analys av projektorganisationen för NKS, där tre övergripande aspekter av legitimeringen av OPS lyfts fram: 1) en omprioritering av kunskap och kompetens – som bland annat medförde en omfördelning av ansvar i sakfrågor – innebar att projektorganisationen gjorde sig beroende av externa aktörer med ”särintressen” för att hantera projektet. Här bistod inte minst managementkonsulter projektorganisationen i arbetet med att ge företräde åt den alternativa OPS-idén inom landstinget, bland annat genom att framhäva och idealisera OPS i relation till den traditionella upphandlingsmodellen för byggnationsprojekt. Det var inte så att konsulterna fattade beslut åt landstinget och projektorganisationen, men ur samverkan och utbyten med managementkonsulter kom avgörande beslut; 2) ett främjande av en elitistisk organisationskultur i och kring NKS-projektet, där projektorganisationen tillskrevs prestige, privilegier och ekonomiska fördelar gentemot landstingets övriga förvaltning. Denna elitistiska organisationskultur bidrog bland annat till att kritik av och motstånd mot OPS ”hölls tillbaka” i projektorganisationen, vilket även ökade möjligheterna för en indirekt och politisk mikrostyrning av NKS-projektet; 3) en mobilisering för idén om konkurrens, som manifesterades i strategier för att hävda konkurrens, och som användes för att under processens gång ”omförhandla” regler och villkor för OPS-upphandlingen så att de passade rådande omständigheter. Konkurrens ska i detta avseende betraktas som ett styrmedel för att rättfärdiga OPS-idén genom, exempelvis, sekretessförfaranden och ekonomiska kalkyler på referensobjekt, snarare än ett strukturellt förhållande som inverkade på prisbildningen.

    Sammanfattningsvis visar rapporten att organiseringen av NKS-projektet i landstinget, och särskilt managementkonsulternas relationer till projektorganisationen, har haft avgörande betydelse för legitimeringen av OPS-idén under processen att upphandla ett nytt universitetssjukhus i Stockholmsregionen. Inte minst visar rapporten att beslutsblindhet i många avseenden präglat processen i Stockholms läns landsting för att upphandla och finansiera Nya Karolinska enligt en OPS-modell. Denna blindhet visar sig i att processen att utreda förutsättningarna för en OPS-upphandling samt att besluta om ett OPS-avtal och sedan förhandla fram ett avtal, alltsammans under mandatperioden mellan 2006 och 2010, var synnerligen forcerad och legitimerades via externa parter med egna kommersiella intressen, som vare sig redogjordes för på ett transparent sätt eller hanterades adekvat i arbetsprocessen. Ansvariga tjänstepersoner på lägre nivå i landstingsförvaltningen upplevde sig varken ha tid eller möjlighet att lyfta och utreda problem, att peka på risker och villkor för OPS-modellen eller att arbeta igenom detaljer i avtalet när det väl tecknades.

  • 683.
    Yokoyama, Keiko
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    The rise of risk management in the universities: a new way to understand quality in university management2018In: Quality in Higher Education, ISSN 1353-8322, E-ISSN 1470-1081, Vol. 24, no 1, p. 3-18Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study aims to identify how uncertainty and insecurity in the post-2008 period have reshaped risk management in the university systems. The study scrutinises internal control in the contexts of the English university system and the State University of New York (SUNY) system. It utilises the concept of 'risk' by exploring 'risk society' theses. The paper argues that uncertainty, anxiety and distrust following the 2008 financial crisis did not reshape the risk management mechanisms in England and the SUNY system. The adaptive reactions of these university systems against the crisis were immediate responses to fiscal shortage, rather than reforming of their internal control mechanisms. This suggests that the uncertain environment may thrust the universities into a reflexive mode; however, it is not necessary to bring about substantial structural changes.

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