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Forslund, M. (Ed.). (2019). Ledarskap för ökad innovationsförmåga: Exemplet Småland. Växjö: Linnaeus University Press
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2019 (Swedish)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

 Ordet innovation har nästan blivit det nya svarta. Fokus ligger på hur företag, offentliga organisationer och ideella föreningar kan bli mer innovativa. Boken presenterar teorier, modeller, metoder och verktyg som i projektet Ledarskap i Småland använts för att hjälpa ledare att öka organisationens innovationsförmåga. Citat och exempel från ledares vardag i framför allt små och medelstora organisationer används som illustrationer. Med begrepp som 0,5-steg och att tända många eldar riktar sig boken i första hand till praktiskt verksamma ledare – i och utanför Småland. Detta är projektets andra bok. Den första heter Småländskt ledarskap – inledande betraktelser

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Växjö: Linnaeus University Press, 2019. p. 128
Keywords
Ledarskap, Innovation, Innovationsförmåga
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Economy; Economy, Ledarskap, entreprenörskap och organisation; Economy, Organisation theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-89862 (URN)9789188898593 (ISBN)
Projects
Ledarskap i Småland
Funder
The Kamprad Family Foundation
Available from: 2019-10-31 Created: 2019-10-31 Last updated: 2019-11-04
Forslund, M. (2019). Organisering och ledning (3ed.). Stockholm: Liber
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Organisering och ledning
2019 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Liber, 2019. p. 533 Edition: 3
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Economy, Ledarskap, entreprenörskap och organisation; Economy; Economy, Organisation theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-89861 (URN)9789147128617 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-10-31 Created: 2019-10-31 Last updated: 2019-11-04Bibliographically approved
Forslund, M. (2018). Organisationsutveckling. In: Åsa Bäckström, Karin Book, Bo Carlsson & PG Fahlström (Ed.), Sport management: (pp. 120-145). Stockholm: SISU Idrottsböcker
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Organisationsutveckling
2018 (Swedish)In: Sport management / [ed] Åsa Bäckström, Karin Book, Bo Carlsson & PG Fahlström, Stockholm: SISU Idrottsböcker , 2018, p. 120-145Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: SISU Idrottsböcker, 2018
Keywords
Ledarskap, Idrott, Organisationsutveckling, Organisationsförändring
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Economy; Economy, Ledarskap, entreprenörskap och organisation; Economy, Organisation theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-89873 (URN)9789177270270 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-10-31 Created: 2019-10-31 Last updated: 2019-11-06Bibliographically approved
Forslund, M. (2017). Innovation in soccer clubs - the case of Sweden. Soccer & Society, 18(2-3), 374-395
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Innovation in soccer clubs - the case of Sweden
2017 (English)In: Soccer & Society, ISSN 1466-0970, E-ISSN 1743-9590, Vol. 18, no 2-3, p. 374-395Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This essay gathers what we know about innovation in soccer clubs but also reports from an ongoing study on innovation in Swedish elite soccer clubs. The research could be described as an ethnographic endeavour into the world of Swedish elite soccer. By picking up pieces here and there at meetings, games, interviews and so on, I gradually build knowledge on ‘what is going on’ and ‘what do they think they are up to?’, The empirical material is presented in relation to four innovation options identified in the literature: adding new products/services, changes in the business model, new ways to manage the team and organize the team around the team and rethinking what the business is all about. The study shows that there are many innovations going on in Swedish soccer but also that there are several ways to improve both what is being done and how.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2017
Keywords
Innovation, Soccer, Sweden
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Economy, Ledarskap, entreprenörskap och organisation
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-54163 (URN)10.1080/14660970.2016.1166768 (DOI)2-s2.0-84963512450 (Scopus ID)
Projects
Affärsutveckling i fotbollsföreningar
Funder
Swedish National Centre for Research in Sports, P2012-0042
Available from: 2016-06-23 Created: 2016-06-23 Last updated: 2019-08-29Bibliographically approved
Forslund, M. (2016). Föreningsdemokrati - en illusion? (1ed.). In: Christine Dartsch, Johan R Norberg & Johan Pihlblad (Ed.), Föreningen, laget och jaget: 7 perspektiv på idrottens demokratiska effekter (pp. 77-88). Stockholm: Centrum för idrottsforskning
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Föreningsdemokrati - en illusion?
2016 (Swedish)In: Föreningen, laget och jaget: 7 perspektiv på idrottens demokratiska effekter / [ed] Christine Dartsch, Johan R Norberg & Johan Pihlblad, Stockholm: Centrum för idrottsforskning , 2016, 1, p. 77-88Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Centrum för idrottsforskning, 2016 Edition: 1
Series
Centrum för idrottsforskning ; 2016:2
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Economy, Business administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-54164 (URN)9789198183375 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-06-23 Created: 2016-06-23 Last updated: 2017-04-18Bibliographically approved
Forslund, M., Lundgren, M. & Zambrell, K. (Eds.). (2016). Småländskt ledarskap: inledande betraktelser (1ed.). Växjö: Linnaeus University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Småländskt ledarskap: inledande betraktelser
2016 (Swedish)Collection (editor) (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [sv]

Finns det något som vi kan kalla för småländskt ledarskap? Hur kan det i så fall beskrivas? Vilka möjligheter och begränsningar finns? Den här boken erbjuder några inledande betraktelser av dessa frågor. Vi vill med boken stimulera till samtal på och utanför våra arbetsplatser. Boken är en del i en större satsning där vi sätter ledarskap i fokus och arbetar med det - tillsammans: Chefer, ledare, forskare, studenter och andra intresserade. Ju mer vi kan utveckla bra ledarskap, desto bättre blir organisationerna för dess medarbetare och för det samhälle vi lever i.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Växjö: Linnaeus University Press, 2016. p. 167 Edition: 1
Keywords
Ledarskap, Småland, Entreprenörskap, Innovation, Ledare
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Economy, Ledarskap, entreprenörskap och organisation; Economy, Business administration; Economy, Organisation theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-58098 (URN)9789188357328 (ISBN)
Funder
The Kamprad Family Foundation
Available from: 2016-11-11 Created: 2016-11-11 Last updated: 2018-07-24Bibliographically approved
Forslund, M. (2016). Tidigare forskning om småländskt ledarskap (1ed.). In: Magnus Forslund, Mikael Lundgren & Katarina Zambrell (Ed.), Småländskt ledarskap: inledande betraktelser (pp. 86-91). Växjö: Linnaeus University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Tidigare forskning om småländskt ledarskap
2016 (Swedish)In: Småländskt ledarskap: inledande betraktelser / [ed] Magnus Forslund, Mikael Lundgren & Katarina Zambrell, Växjö: Linnaeus University Press, 2016, 1, p. 86-91Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Växjö: Linnaeus University Press, 2016 Edition: 1
Keywords
Ledarskap, Småland
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Economy, Business administration; Economy, Ledarskap, entreprenörskap och organisation; Economy, Organisation theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-58120 (URN)9789188357328 (ISBN)
Funder
The Kamprad Family Foundation
Available from: 2016-11-14 Created: 2016-11-14 Last updated: 2017-02-15Bibliographically approved
Forslund, M. (2015). Organizational culture change in amateur football clubs - a critical reflection. In: Jens Bangsbo and Peter Krustrup (Ed.), WCSF 2015 Copenhagen - 8th world congress on science & football: program and abstracts. Paper presented at 8th World Congress on Science and Football, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 20-23, 2015 (pp. 117-117). The WCSF2015 Scientific Committee
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Organizational culture change in amateur football clubs - a critical reflection
2015 (English)In: WCSF 2015 Copenhagen - 8th world congress on science & football: program and abstracts / [ed] Jens Bangsbo and Peter Krustrup, The WCSF2015 Scientific Committee , 2015, p. 117-117Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In the general field of Organization Studies, organizational culture is regarded as a critical aspect of understanding success and failure of organizational change. So far however, in the field of amateur football clubs this topic has not been studied extensively. To what extent established theories on organizational culture change is relevant in such a setting or not remains unclear. This paper reports from a ten year long ethnographic study in which the author during the first five years was involved in various functions in the club. The paper describes how club management during these five years attempted a number changes. These changes are interpreted from several perspectives highlighting the ambiguousness of organizational change processes. Partly the study seems to confirm previous studies highlighting the perpetual forces of organizational culture. It also however shows that certain changes are possible. By performing a reinterpretation based upon these two observations we could raise questions on what organizational culture in an amateur football club actually is and possible implications for managing such a club. The very contribution of the paper thus is the reflections regarding how to understand organizational culture change in amateur football clubs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
The WCSF2015 Scientific Committee, 2015
Keywords
Organization change, Sport Management, Culture, Football
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Economy, Ledarskap, entreprenörskap och organisation; Economy, Business administration; Economy, Organisation theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-43906 (URN)9788791771590 (ISBN)
Conference
8th World Congress on Science and Football, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 20-23, 2015
Available from: 2015-06-09 Created: 2015-06-09 Last updated: 2017-04-18Bibliographically approved
Forslund, M. (2014). Innovation in soccer clubs: the case of Sweden. In: : . Paper presented at Soccer as the Beautiful Game: Football's Artistry, Identity & Politics, New York, USA, April 10-12, 2014.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Innovation in soccer clubs: the case of Sweden
2014 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

During a number of years soccer clubs have experienced environmental changes. Globalization, commercialization and professionalization affect clubs at all levels, even if in various scope and magnitude. When environmental changes occur in the general business sector, usually there are major calls for entrepreneurship and innovation. This is often followed by research in attempts to contribute to knowledge and further innovation activities. Hence we can find numerous studies. However, currently it seems as if “Soccer business” does not follow the same pattern. Or does it? One problem is that there are few scientific studies on innovation in soccer clubs. Thus, we do not know very much.

This paper attempts to gather what we know but also critically reflect upon current state-of-the-art. Since there is a shortage of empirical research, this paper also reports from an ongoing study on innovation in Swedish elite soccer clubs. The general research approach could be described as an ethnographic endeavor into the world of Swedish elite soccer. By picking up pieces here and there at meetings, games, seminars, interviews, and so on, I gradually build knowledge on “what is going on” and “what do they think they are up to?”.

The empirical material is presented in relation to four innovation options identified in the literature: adding new products/services, changes in business model, new ways to manage the team and organize the team around the team, and rethinking what the business is all about. The study shows that there are a lot of innovations going on in Swedish soccer clubs but also that there seems to be several ways to improve both what is being done and how.

Keywords
Soccer, Football, Innovation
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Economy, Ledarskap, entreprenörskap och organisation
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-34419 (URN)
Conference
Soccer as the Beautiful Game: Football's Artistry, Identity & Politics, New York, USA, April 10-12, 2014
Available from: 2014-05-27 Created: 2014-05-27 Last updated: 2015-05-26Bibliographically approved
Forslund, M. (2014). Knowledge in everyday innovation in sport clubs – a cultural approach. In: : . Paper presented at EASM 2014 - "Social and commercial impact of sport", Coventry, UK, September 9-12, 2014.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Knowledge in everyday innovation in sport clubs – a cultural approach
2014 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

AIM OF ABSTRACT/PAPER - RESEARCH QUESTION

The paper deals with the question: how to understand ‘knowledge’ in everyday innovation processes in football clubs from a cultural approach? It explores what happens when club management attempts to initiate a number of innovation processes in in a context where there is a mix of professionals and amateurs, employees and volunteers. How are these attempts received? A specific focus is ‘knowledge’. What is knowledge in such context? What is constructed as useful or not useful knowledge? The aim is an increased understanding of the nature of innovation in such contexts.

THEORETICAL BACKGROUND OR LITERATURE REVIEW

An organization needs to strike a balance between the exploitation of old certainties and the exploration of new possibilities. The former concerns continuing doing what we are doing, while the former concerns searching for and discovering new things, in other words, innovation (March, 1991). Innovation does not only concern new products and services, but organizational and other social processes as well (King, Anderson, & West, 1991). Innovation requires new (useful) knowledge. From a cultural perspective what is understood as ‘new’ and (useful) ‘knowledge’ however is socially constructed in the local context. What is interesting is to understand how this construction process develops in practice. What is (socially) ‘defined’ as ‘useful knowledge’ and ‘not useful knowledge’? What are the processes leading to these definitions? Voluntary (amateur) football clubs represents an interesting context with a mix of professionals and amateurs, employees and volunteers. Also, Gilmore & Gilson (2007) claim that (people in) soccer is notorious for being suspicious to ideas generated outside its own experience base. Together, this forms an interesting case for innovation research. How do you accomplish innovation in such a situation? Is it possible to innovate by bringing in explicit knowledge from the outside? If not, how do such processes leading to failure develop? What are the reasons for failure? Ogbonna & Harris (2013) studies cultural perpetuation in a British Premier League football club, illustrating how a cultural change attempt aiming at increased professionalization is resisted. They do not focus the concept of knowledge and also describes the case from a general level. This paper adds to previous research by focusing knowledge in the microprocesses of everyday innovation in a voluntary football club.

METHODOLOGY, RESEARCH DESIGN AND DATA ANALYSIS

This is a five year long ethnographic study of a Swedish voluntary football club. On a general level, doing an ethnography means studying culture(s) searching for meanings of different events and things and how these meanings are created. During the study the author was deeply involved in the club in different positions, for example as a member of the board. A broad range of methods was used in order to create a thick description (Geertz, 1973). The empirical material includes documents, interviews, participant observations, observations, introspection, informal talks, and webpages. This article is focusing one aspect in a bigger study concerning voluntary football club management. Here, focus is on understanding knowledge in innovation processes. When attempting innovation, what knowledge was deemed ’useful’ and ’not useful’ and why?

RESULTS, DISCUSSION AND IMPLICATIONS/CONCLUSIONS

The study suggests that the question of knowledge in everyday innovation processes in football clubs is complex. What is understood as ‘useful or ‘not useful’ knowledge is a result of local culture and something not easily discerned from the outside. What in many other contexts is considered as ‘useful’ knowledge can be framed as ‘not useful’ in a voluntary football club. The study discusses reasons for this and how this influences the innovation process. This has implications for the education and practice of sport managers.

National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Economy, Ledarskap, entreprenörskap och organisation; Economy, Business administration; Economy, Organisation theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-43905 (URN)
Conference
EASM 2014 - "Social and commercial impact of sport", Coventry, UK, September 9-12, 2014
Available from: 2015-06-09 Created: 2015-06-09 Last updated: 2017-04-18Bibliographically approved
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