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Marcusson, L. & Lundqvist, S. (2019). Core competencies' core context! (1ed.). In: Maki Habib (Ed.), Advanced online education and training technologies: (pp. 75-95). Hershey PA, USA: IGI Global
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2019 (English)In: Advanced online education and training technologies / [ed] Maki Habib, Hershey PA, USA: IGI Global, 2019, 1, p. 75-95Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter stresses the importance of putting core competence in its specific and accurate context to optimize its usefulness. Otherwise, the value might easily erode or even get totally lost. This research highlights core competence in the contexts of recruiting and educating IT project managers. A longitudinal study (2010 – 2013) scrutinized 325 advertisements for IT project managers. A core competence lens was used on the findings to test if such a lens was applicable to the project area (recruitment and training), which it was. This chapter follows-up on the prior research that proposes both recruitment and further training of IT project managers would gain from applying the core competence concept. The main reason for this goes back to understanding the importance of acknowledging the context, and of acting accordingly to reach customer perceived benefits / values. Core competence must be considered in the light of end products and business value.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hershey PA, USA: IGI Global, 2019 Edition: 1
Series
Advances in Educational Technologies and Instructional Design (AETID) Book Series, ISSN 2326-8905, E-ISSN 2326-8913
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-77341 (URN)10.4018/978-1-5225-7010-3.ch005 (DOI)9781522570103 (ISBN)1522570101 (ISBN)9781522570110 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-08-27 Created: 2018-08-27 Last updated: 2018-09-27Bibliographically approved
Sell, A., Walden, P., Jeansson, J., Lundqvist, S. & Marcusson, L. (2019). Go Digital: B2C Microenterprise Channel Expansions. Journal of Electronic Commerce Research, 20(2), 75-90
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2019 (English)In: Journal of Electronic Commerce Research, ISSN 1938-9027, E-ISSN 1526-6133, Vol. 20, no 2, p. 75-90Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Online channels are highly relevant for microenterprises, but research focusing specifically on the challenges and circumstances faced by microenterprises doing channel expansions is scarce. A channel expansion is a strategic decision that will modify the business strategy of the company. Through twenty-two case studies in Finland and Sweden, we investigate microenterprises doing channel expansions. The goal of the research is to find out how microenterprises carry out channel expansions and what characteristics emerge from the two national samples. We look at the channel expansion from a business model perspective, which gives us a practical tool to probe the microentrepreneurs to discuss their expansions from many dimensions. Our findings show that microenterprises struggle to balance technology, business, and customer demands with competence and resources. A lack of strategic planning leads to a situation where both positive and negative outcomes of the channel expansions are largely unanticipated and unexpected.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
California State University, 2019
Keywords
Business models, Channel expansion, Competence, Micro-entrepreneurs, Micro-enterprises, Online channels, Owner-managers, SMEs
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Economy, Business Informatics; Economy, Ledarskap, entreprenörskap och organisation
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-83650 (URN)000467415100001 ()
Available from: 2019-05-28 Created: 2019-05-28 Last updated: 2019-05-28Bibliographically approved
Helmefalk, M., Lundqvist, S. & Marcusson, L. (2019). The role of mechanics in gamification: an interdisciplinary perspective. International Journal of Virtual and Augmented Reality, 3(1), 18-41
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The role of mechanics in gamification: an interdisciplinary perspective
2019 (English)In: International Journal of Virtual and Augmented Reality, ISSN 2473-537X, Vol. 3, no 1, p. 18-41Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

With regard to the contemporary discussion of gamifying processes in various domains, it is obvious that there exists a naive notion that simply adding leaderboards/pins/points/badges would lead to success. Even though other instances of gamification mechanics could actually perform better. The literature has not yet managed to prove whether different domains require different mechanics in order to impact on engagement and motivation. To address these critical issues, a literature review was conducted across six domains that examined game mechanics, including their uniqueness for gamification research. Findings show a myriad of mechanics with different sharing properties, which are more or less domain-congruent. These mechanics can be separated into four levels: general, mostly similar, partly similar and unique. The findings enable a better understanding of how to employ situation-congruent mechanics to a given context, which is important for both research and practice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IGI Global, 2019
Keywords
Domain, Game, Game mechanics, Gamification, Levels, Mechanics, Situation-congruent, Unique mechanics
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Economy, Business administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-83391 (URN)10.4018/IJVAR.2019010102 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-05-24 Created: 2019-05-24 Last updated: 2019-09-12Bibliographically approved
Lundqvist, S. (2018). Focus on the most critical demands in IT project manager recruitment. Journal of Modern Project Management, 6(1), 68-75
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Focus on the most critical demands in IT project manager recruitment
2018 (English)In: Journal of Modern Project Management, ISSN 2317-3963, E-ISSN 1747-0862, Vol. 6, no 1, p. 68-75Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Many descriptions are available about the qualifications IT project managers are supposed to hold in order to be fully eligible and fit for employment. Sometimes these knowledge demands are apprehended as scary in a way that actually reject people from taking on a journey for such a job career. This research concerns how IT project managers in Swedish public authorities regard the demands on their profession; 46 questions regarding these matters are answered (survey 2016) by 82 individuals. The four most prominent requirements turned out to be: 1) experience from project management, 2) self-sufficiency 3a) being social, and on shared third place 3b) being co-operative. The three demands counted from the bottom ranking, concerned holding project management certifications. The findings are useful for practice because it could play down excessively described expectations and put the light on highly relevant requirements instead. For research, the findings provide input to further research.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
The Journal of Modern PM, 2018
Keywords
IT project manager recruitment, IT project success, IT project manager qualifications
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-77559 (URN)2-s2.0-85047813928 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-09-04 Created: 2018-09-04 Last updated: 2019-08-28Bibliographically approved
Lundqvist, S., Marcusson, L. & Jeansson, J. (2017). Activity theory applied at channel expansions in small and medium enterprises. Problems of Management in the 21st Century, 12(1), 20-38
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2017 (English)In: Problems of Management in the 21st Century, ISSN 2029-6932, E-ISSN 2538-712X, Vol. 12, no 1, p. 20-38Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Today’s commonly carried out channel expansions of commerce could be both costly and problematic to manage. Especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that often suffer from a lack of digital competence, time and monetary resources in generally. Still, these transitions would be necessary to carry out because of customer demands and expectations concerning 24/7 availability, and access to digital commerce alternatives. Scarce resources are important reasons to search for how to carry out channel expansions with minimized problems. Activity theory (AT) focuses on the whole in order to detect problems that hinder successful outcomes. Hence, this theory was applied to prior findings, from a project about SME’s channel expansions, highlighting several problems that could appear during these activities. Implications for research foremost involve issues connected to the use of AT; implications for practice particularly concern how the expansive visibilization of work method could be used to support channel broadening activities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Scientia Socialis, 2017
Keywords
Channel expansion, Channel transition, Digital commerce, Multichannel, Omni-channel, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME), “Expansive visibilization of work method” (Sic! Engeströms’ expression)
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-69550 (URN)
Available from: 2018-01-03 Created: 2018-01-03 Last updated: 2019-09-06Bibliographically approved
Lundqvist, S. (2017). Are PMOs really that momentous for public authorities?. International journal of information systems and project management, 5(3), 45-64
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2017 (English)In: International journal of information systems and project management, ISSN 2182-7796, E-ISSN 2182-7788, Vol. 5, no 3, p. 45-64Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Project management offices (PMOs) are frequently referred to as necessary, or even indispensable, for carrying out projects in multi-project settings, which often occur in public authorities’ Information Technology (IT) projects; particularly in times of today’s sweeping digitalization. Hence, this research studied Swedish public authorities and their IT departments’ use of PMOs; a survey was directed to IT project managers. Findings showed that even though PMOs are commonly described as significant, those that applied PMOs were fewer than those that did not. This research searched for correlations between the existence of PMOs and 88 variables that resulted in relatively few, mostly weak correlations. A hypothesis test did not show significant association between PMOs’ usage and project models’ usage. The research contributions are principally that PMOs do not appear to be that significant after all for Swedish public authorities, and to have reasonable expectations on PMOs. For practice, the implications foremost concern the importance of understanding conceivable pros and cons.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Science Sphere, 2017
Keywords
Project management office, PMO, Public authorities, IT projects, IT project manager
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Economy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-69548 (URN)10.12821/ijispm050303 (DOI)000418798300004 ()2-s2.0-85040182474 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-01-03 Created: 2018-01-03 Last updated: 2019-09-06Bibliographically approved
Carlsson, C., Sell, A., Walden, C., Walden, P., Lundqvist, S. & Marcusson, L. (2017). Go Vendla Go! Creating a Digital Coach for the Young Elderly. In: Themistocleous, M Morabito, V (Ed.), INFORMATION SYSTEMS, EMCIS 2017: . Paper presented at 14th European, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern Conference (EMCIS), SEP 07-08, 2017, Coimbra, PORTUGAL (pp. 204-209). Springer
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2017 (English)In: INFORMATION SYSTEMS, EMCIS 2017 / [ed] Themistocleous, M Morabito, V, Springer, 2017, p. 204-209Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The proportion of ageing citizens is high and increasing in most EU countries and there is a growing political pressure to make sure that the costs for the elderly care programs do not grow out of bounds. The focus of the ageing population programs is at the 75+ age group. The younger age group - the "young elderly" that is the focus in our research - does not get much attention. Recently, we have noticed a growing insight that preventive programs could be helpful as healthier young elderly will help produce healthier seniors (the 75 + age group) which over time will have significant effects on the costs for health and social care for the ageing population. Our study is a synergistic combination of two timely research areas: digitalisation and the ageing population. The focus combination of digital wellness services and the young elderly is unique. We build on a research program that is operating since January 2014. Our current research in progress aims at finding out how a digital coach - a personal trainer called Vendla - can be worked out for digital wellness services.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2017
Series
Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, ISSN 1865-1348 ; 299
Keywords
Digital coaching, Young elderly, Physical wellness, Wearables
National Category
Other Health Sciences Computer and Information Sciences
Research subject
Economy; Health and Caring Sciences, Health Informatics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-76856 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-65930-5_17 (DOI)000432839500017 ()2-s2.0-85028651136 (Scopus ID)978-3-319-65930-5 (ISBN)978-3-319-65929-9 (ISBN)
Conference
14th European, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern Conference (EMCIS), SEP 07-08, 2017, Coimbra, PORTUGAL
Available from: 2018-07-13 Created: 2018-07-13 Last updated: 2019-08-29Bibliographically approved
Jeansson, J., Nikou, S., Lundqvist, S., Marcusson, L., Sell, A. & Walden, P. (2017). SMEs’ online channel expansion: value creating activities. Electronic Markets, 27(1), 49-66
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2017 (English)In: Electronic Markets, ISSN 1019-6781, E-ISSN 1422-8890, Vol. 27, no 1, p. 49-66Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

SMEs are faced with new business opportunities through online channels, i.e., electronic commerce and mobile commerce. The model by which they create and capture value is challenged, making the adoption of a business model that fits the organisation a crucial strategic decision. The purpose of this paper is to study value creating activities taken by SMEs when making a transition to an online multichannel context. Sixteen SMEs in Sweden are studied using a qualitative research approach and through the lens of an e-transit business model configuration. The results show that SMEs are required to take various value creating activities denoted as primary and secondary transition activities and that there is a discrepancy between actions taken and their perceived degree of importance. One main conclusion is that the combination of value creating activities an SME should focus on during different stages of an online channel expansion differ depending on the type of transition (e.g., from physical store to electronic commerce or from electronic commerce to mobile commerce) and will change over time.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2017
Keywords
Business model, Channel expansion, Online transition, Value activities
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Economy, Business Informatics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-56663 (URN)10.1007/s12525-016-0234-1 (DOI)000397311100006 ()2-s2.0-84988423237 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-02-24 Created: 2017-02-24 Last updated: 2019-08-29Bibliographically approved
Marcusson, L. & Lundqvist, S. (2016). Swedish IT project managers’ personality traits mirrored in the Big five. International Journal of Information Technology Project Management, 7(3), 1-14
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Swedish IT project managers’ personality traits mirrored in the Big five
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Information Technology Project Management, ISSN 1938-0232, E-ISSN 1938-0240, Vol. 7, no 3, p. 1-14Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Project success, which is critical to achieve, requires a competent project manager. Could anybody become a skilled project manager, or what does it take? One factor that is considered to influence the opportunities of succeeding is individuals’ personality traits. Which ones would be suitable for Swedish IT project managers then? Could these be mirrored in the perspective of the Big five categories? This research was carried out by collecting and analyzing job advertisements (henceforth ads.) once a year (2010-2013), in total 325 ads. The findings indicate that the three most requested personality traits for a Swedish IT project manager are driven, communicative and structured.  Mirrored in the Big five dimensions the most requested traits from the study fell into the categories conscientiousness and extraversion. The practical implication is improved ads. by using the Big five categories; research implications are foremost yet another perspective of IT project managers’ personality traits.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IGI Global, 2016
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Computer and Information Sciences Computer Science, Information Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-63529 (URN)10.4018/IJITPM.2016070101 (DOI)000382080100001 ()
Available from: 2017-05-09 Created: 2017-05-09 Last updated: 2018-04-17Bibliographically approved
Lundqvist, S. & Marcusson, L. (2015). Apply a Project Core View to Promote Project Success. Journal of Modern Project Management, 3(1), 100-109
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Apply a Project Core View to Promote Project Success
2015 (English)In: Journal of Modern Project Management, ISSN 2317-3963, E-ISSN 1747-0862, Vol. 3, no 1, p. 100-109Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Achieving successful projects is critical and the project manager’s role is beyond dispute. Hence, successful recruitment processes that put critical competence requirements in focus could facilitate successful project outcomes. It is fundamental that a certain project supports the organization’s core product, because that is the basis for the organization’s success in the first place. Therefore it is important that the project core product is viewed since it is supposed to support the core product. Further, it would be helpful to distinguish between general competences and core competences in order to avoid focusing on more or less insignificant general qualification requirements while missing to elucidate the core qualification requirements that should be decisive for the outcome. This paper aims at shedding light on the necessity of paying careful attention to project core product and project core competence as basic conditions for project success. Implications for practice and research are discussed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Brazil: Mundo Press, 2015
Keywords
Project manager recruitment, project success, core product, core competence, project core product, project core competence, project manager, project management
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Economy, Ledarskap, entreprenörskap och organisation
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-43295 (URN)2-s2.0-84951849151 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2015-05-28 Created: 2015-05-20 Last updated: 2019-08-15Bibliographically approved
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