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  • 1.
    Albort-Morant, Gema
    et al.
    University of Valencia, Spain.
    Oghazi, Pejvak
    Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management Accounting and Logistics.
    How useful are incubators for new entrepreneurs?2016In: Journal of Business Research, ISSN 0148-2963, E-ISSN 1873-7978, Vol. 69, no 6, p. 2125-2129Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study examines profiles of incubator tenants who provide the most positive evaluations of the use of advisory services and support from incubators. The study presents an application of qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) to a sample of 54 incubator tenants in Valencia, Spain. The study examines how entrepreneurs' age, gender, education and training, work experience, and family background affect the utility of advice and support from experts at the incubator. The results of the research inform that the incubator tenants who find the services of incubators most useful are young, have good studies, have professional experience, and have family experience.

  • 2.
    Alpenberg, Jan
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management Accounting and Logistics.
    Karlsson, Fredrik
    Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management Accounting and Logistics.
    Resource allocation and capital investment practice in Swedish local governments: A messy business2019In: Journal of Business Research, ISSN 0148-2963, E-ISSN 1873-7978, Vol. 101, p. 897-905Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We examine capital investment practice for large infrastructure projects undertaken by local governments. Our study contributes to the existing literature by addressing the field theoretically from both decision- and process-based investment approaches and by using multiple research methods, both qualitative and quantitative, in search of empirical evidence of investment practice in Sweden. Our results confirm the large spread of financial and non-financial criteria used to evaluate new projects. Local governments that have adopted New Public Management largely use more sophisticated capital investment routines and methods. We contribute with added granularity to capital investment practices in local governments, characterized by diverse and sometimes conflicting decision rationales in terms of financial, operational, and political considerations. The investment practice reveals a complex, competitive, and "messy" picture with potential effects and consequences.

  • 3.
    Alpenberg, Jan
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management Accounting and Logistics.
    Scarbrough, Paul
    Brock University, Canada.
    Exploring communication practices in lean production2016In: Journal of Business Research, ISSN 0148-2963, E-ISSN 1873-7978, Vol. 69, no 11, p. 4959-4963Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study examines the daily work practices at an organization that successfully incorporates lean production practices into the organizational culture, and reveals a pattern of practices used by managers in their daily work. This pattern of communication practices is consistent across the organization's manufacturing sites. Subsequent examination of archival qualitative data confirms the existence of the identified pattern of practices. An essential part of lean production is that participants are all involved in improvement activities. The collaborative nature of these activities highlights the importance of communication practices as a lubricant between managers and workers. The communication practices identified in this study appear consistently in strong lean production environments, while the opposite practices appear in weak lean production and traditional US-style environments.

  • 4.
    Alpenberg, Jan
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management Accounting and Logistics.
    Scarbrough, Paul
    Brock University, Canada.
    Trust and control in changing production environments2018In: Journal of Business Research, ISSN 0148-2963, E-ISSN 1873-7978, Vol. 88, no July, p. 527-534Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We examine the relationship between trust and control in four organizations implementing new production methods. Research on the trust-control relationship provides conflicting results. Some empirical studies show that the relationship between trust and control is substitutive, while some show that it is complementary (Kalkman and Waard, 2016).

    We identify three moderators of the trust-control relationship that lead to either a substitutive or a complementary result. The variables are: control source, control incidence and control information type. Additionally we find that the concept of trust becomes a matter for reflection by both managers and workers as they navigate new production methods.

    This result extends prior research by revealing connections that moderate the relationship between trust and control, and contribute to explaining the contradictory results in the literature.

  • 5.
    Carli Lorenzini, Giana
    et al.
    Lund university.
    Mostaghel, Rana
    Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Marketing.
    Hellström, Daniel
    Lund university.
    Drivers of pharmaceutical packaging innovation: A customer-supplier relationship case study2018In: Journal of Business Research, ISSN 0148-2963, E-ISSN 1873-7978, Vol. 88, p. 363-370Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study explores the drivers of pharmaceutical packaging innovation. Demographic changes and rising healthcare costs pose challenges for the pharmaceutical industry. To meet these challenges, packaging innovation offers opportunities to provide patients with better solutions. Based on an in-depth case study of two companies—a global drug manufacturer and a packaging manufacturer—in a customer-supplier relationship, this study investigates five drivers of innovative packaging solutions: technology, legislation, marketing, logistics, and sustainability. This study identifies multiple stakeholders' needs regarding pharmaceutical packaging innovations. It also shows that robustness of packaging is prioritized despite a patient-centric approach. This study offers suggestions for further research. It also provides a benchmark to help future studies examine other contexts.

  • 6.
    Fraenkel, Stefan
    et al.
    Stockholm University.
    Haftor, Darek
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Informatics.
    Pashkevich, Natallia
    Stockholm University.
    Salesforce management factors for successful new product launch2016In: Journal of Business Research, ISSN 0148-2963, E-ISSN 1873-7978, Vol. 69, no 11, p. 5053-5058Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    New innovative products constitute a central source of economic value creation, but in many industries, salesforce management significantly conditions the appropriation of innovative products during their launch. Very little previous research addresses the salesforce management factors that contribute to successful new product launches. This study identifies and examines a set of salesforce management factors that contribute to successful new product launches by drawing on previous studies related to new product launches and salesforce management. The multivariate analysis in this study uses data covering new product launches in the Swedish pharmaceutical industry. This study unearths a complex and unique complementarity pattern of factors resting upon the duality of a highly dynamic marketplace and sales representatives with an innovative personality type, which are complementary with other specific factors such as training, management control, and reward systems. These findings contribute to the literature on new product launches, salesforce management, and firm complementarities and have managerial implications for practitioners who oversee salesforce readiness during new product launches.

  • 7.
    Hultman, Magnus
    et al.
    University of Leeds, UK.
    Skarmeas, Dionysis
    Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece.
    Oghazi, Pejvak
    Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Marketing.
    Beheshti, Hooshang M
    Radford University, USA.
    Achieving tourist loyalty through destination personality, satisfaction,and identification2015In: Journal of Business Research, ISSN 0148-2963, E-ISSN 1873-7978, Vol. 68, no 11, p. 2227-2231Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The general marketing literature suggests that brand personality, satisfaction, and customer identification with the brand are important drivers of consumer behavior in several contexts. Yet, the literature lacks studies on these constructs' role in tourist behavior. In an endeavor to overcome this research deficit, this study explores the interrelationships among destination personality, tourist satisfaction, and tourist–destination identification, and the extent to which they are important in influencing positive word-of-mouth and revisit intentions. The study employs structural equation modeling to analyze data from 490 Taiwanese consumers reporting on their most recently visited tourism destinations. Findings indicate that (1) destination personality promotes tourist satisfaction, tourist–destination identification, positive word-of-mouth, and revisit intentions; (2) satisfaction encourages identification and word-of-mouth; and (3) identification enhances word-of-mouth and revisit intentions. The paper provides theoretical and managerial implications.

  • 8.
    Kazeminia, Azadeh
    et al.
    Univ Guilan, Iran.
    Hultman, Magnus
    Univ Leeds, UK.
    Mostaghel, Rana
    Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Marketing.
    Why pay more for sustainable services?: The case of ecotourism2016In: Journal of Business Research, ISSN 0148-2963, E-ISSN 1873-7978, Vol. 69, no 11, p. 4992-4997Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study draws on dual-processing theory and post-materialism assumptions to uncover the role of attitudinal and Materialistic values in determining the degree to which consumers are willing to pay premium prices for sustainable tourism services. Findings from a large-scale survey of Swedish potential ecotourists reveal that, while attitude and environmental beliefs relate positively to willingness to pay premium (WTPP) for ecotourism, materialistic values exert a negative effect In line with the theory of affect heuristics, study results further suggest that by giving rise to the intensity of feelings toward the offering, ecotourism interest alters the interplay of affective and evaluative antecedents, so that greater interest amplifies the influence, of affective attitude and materialistic values on WTPP while simultaneously attenuating the effect of environmental beliefs.

  • 9.
    Larimo, Jorma
    et al.
    University of Vaasa, Finland.
    Nguyen, Huu Le
    University of Vaasa, Finland.
    Ali, Tahir
    University of Vaasa, Finland.
    Performance measurement choices in international joint ventures: What factors drive them?2016In: Journal of Business Research, ISSN 0148-2963, E-ISSN 1873-7978, Vol. 69, no 2, p. 877-887Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    How to evaluate performance of an organization and what factors influence the choices of performance measurements have remained unclear. The question is even more complicated for jointly managed organizations like international joint ventures (IJVs). This research investigates the determinant factors of performance measures used by Nordic firms in their IJVs. We tested our hypotheses with 89 IJVs established by Nordic firms. The results show that firms' motives, level of trust and cultural distance between foreign and local firms all have a strong influence on the choice of performance measures used. Furthermore, firms choose performance measures depending on the stage of the unit in the IJV life cycle. Interestingly target country experience influenced the choice of performance measurement, but previous IJV experience did not influence the measures used. The study offers several implications for managers to choose appropriate measures for their IJV performance evaluation as well as opportunities for further research.

  • 10.
    Mostaghel, Rana
    Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Marketing.
    Innovation and technology for the elderly: systematic literature review2016In: Journal of Business Research, ISSN 0148-2963, E-ISSN 1873-7978, Vol. 69, no 11, p. 4896-4900Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    As life expectancy increases, so does the number of elders. This increase poses a challenge regarding the ability of maintaining the costs for providing services to this group. In search of solution, practitioners have found technology to improve the life style of the elderly and reducing the costs in long term. This demographic change leads to opportunities for disruptive innovation as well. Elders' acceptance of innovative technology in their everyday life is a success key factor for the governments, technology providers, healthcare providers, and other major players in elders' life. This study systematically reviews the existing literature and identifies the actors in elders' life. In addition, the study provides a comprehensive review of elder's innovative technology adoption, including the impacts and costs. The study also offers suggestions and guidelines for future research.

  • 11.
    Mostaghel, Rana
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Marketing.
    Oghazi, Pejvak
    Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Marketing.
    Beheshti, Hooshang
    Radford University, USA.
    Hultman, Magnus
    University of Leeds, UK.
    Strategic use of enterprise systems among service firms: Antecedents and consequences2015In: Journal of Business Research, ISSN 0148-2963, E-ISSN 1873-7978, Vol. 68, no 7, p. 1544-1549Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    As competition in the service sector is continuously intensifying, managers are increasingly realizing how effective use of enterprise systems (ESs) might improve competition capabilities. Building on previous work that explores ESs and supply chain integration, this study investigates antecedents and consequences of ES usage among service firms. Following an empirical study using data from 233 Swedish retail and wholesale service providers, findings indicate that internal reasons such as access to new markets and anticipated performance, rather than external pressure, drive ES adoption. The study further reveals that ES usage relates positively to supply chain integration, which subsequently relates to firm performance via the mediating variable of competition capabilities. This study contributes by synthesizing previously separate constructs into a coherent research model that is both empirically viable and integrative. The study concludes by discussing implications for theory building and management practice.

  • 12.
    Oghazi, Pejvak
    Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management Accounting and Logistics.
    Beautiful teaching and good performance2016In: Journal of Business Research, ISSN 0148-2963, E-ISSN 1873-7978, Vol. 69, no 5, p. 1887-1891Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Research on the consequences of being physically attractive during the last century concludes almost unanimously that attractive people do better than less attractive individuals do in most aspects of life. This study tries to determine whether this effect also influences students' perceptions of the performance of higher educational services. A review of relevant literature and subsequent analysis of empirical data from 180 university courses reveals that the perceived physical attractiveness of university instructors positively affects the perceived performance of the instructors and the performance of the university courses they provide in northern Europe.

  • 13.
    Oghazi, Pejvak
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management Accounting and Logistics.
    Rad, Fakhreddin Fakhrai
    Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Marketing.
    Zaefarian, Ghasem
    Univ Leeds, UK.
    Beheshti, Hooshang M.
    Radford Univ, USA.
    Mortazavi, Sina
    Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Marketing.
    Unity is strength: A study of supplier relationship management integration2016In: Journal of Business Research, ISSN 0148-2963, E-ISSN 1873-7978, Vol. 69, no 11, p. 4804-4810Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Researches on the supply chain management within the last decade demonstrate that business processes integration can increase the performance effectiveness and efficiency across the chain. This study intends to investigate the integration of the supplier relationship management (SRM) process between the manufacturer and its first upstream tier of suppliers within the construction equipment industry. This research also strives to identify the potential obstacles to the SRM integration and provides solution suggestions to overcome these barriers. In this regard, the review of the literature and subsequent analyses of the empirical findings from European construction equipment manufacturers illustrate that the SRM process integration can take place through the integration of its several sub-processes into strategic and operational characteristics. In this context, the lack of goal congruence, commitment, and trust between the manufacturer and its supplier are the major potential barriers to the SRM integration. (C) 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  • 14.
    Palihawadana, Dayananda
    et al.
    Univ Leeds, UK.
    Oghazi, Pejvak
    Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management Accounting and Logistics.
    Liu, Yeyi
    Univ Leeds, UK.
    Effects of ethical ideologies and perceptions of CSR on consumer behavior2016In: Journal of Business Research, ISSN 0148-2963, E-ISSN 1873-7978, Vol. 69, no 11, p. 4964-4969Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The mutual dependence of businesses and society has emphasized the growing importance of the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Despite the fact that CSR has emerged as one of the leading management concerns worldwide, both businesses and academia have largely ignored its application in developing countries. This study aims to fill these gaps by examining consumer perceptions of CSR and their role in the relationships between consumers' ethical ideologies (i.e., idealism and egoism) and evaluations of a company's product offerings. An empirical study among Vietnamese consumers shows that consumers perceive CSR in four dimensions economic, ethical, philosophical, and legal. Different ethical ideologies have different effects on consumer perceptions of CSR; for example, idealism positively affects these perceptions, whereas egoism's effect is negative. Furthermore, the perceptions of CSR fully mediate the relationships between idealism/egoism and product evaluation. (C) 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  • 15.
    Parida, Vinit
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology;University of Vaasa, Finland.
    Wincent, Joakim
    Luleå University of Technology;Hanken School of Economics, Finland.
    Oghazi, Pejvak
    Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management Accounting and Logistics.
    Transaction costs theory and coordinated safeguards investment in R&D offshoring2016In: Journal of Business Research, ISSN 0148-2963, E-ISSN 1873-7978, Vol. 69, no 5, p. 1823-1828Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In a multi-case study of R&D offshoring relationships in large manufacturing firms, this study develops an alternative view to that of transaction-cost theory, which argues that safeguard investments during the transition lead to higher transaction costs. This study outlines how fear of opportunism and the potential to violate agreements drive the need for complex safeguard devices. Results show that the sample firms benefit from high initial coordinated safeguard investments, because those investments reduce transactional costs overtime. More specifically, the study lists critical activities of such coordinated self-enforcing safeguard investments and calls for future attention to how firms manage transaction costs in R&D offshoring to secure long-term value.

  • 16.
    Pehrsson, Anders
    Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Management and Economics.
    Strategy antecedents of modes of entry into foreign markets2008In: Journal of Business Research, ISSN 0148-2963, E-ISSN 1873-7978, Vol. 61, no 2, p. 132-140Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Although a firm’s choice of mode of entry to a foreign market is central to the implementation of international strategy, we have only limited understanding of the effects of international strategy on the choice. This study explores the effects of business relatedness and corporate international experience. Data were collected on 173 ventures of Swedish manufacturing firms that were present on the German market, and multivariate techniques were applied to test hypotheses. It was found that product/market relatedness and intangible resource relatedness between the foreign business unit and the industrial firm’s core business unit favored a full control entry mode based on sole ownership. This finding was also valid for importance of foreign markets. Further, market importance moderated the two relationships regarding business relatedness. Contributions to the literature are discussed.

  • 17.
    Roper, Stuart
    et al.
    Univ Huddersfield, UK.
    Iglesias, Oriol
    Univ Ramon Lull, Spain.
    Rodrigues, Clarinda
    Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Marketing.
    Sensory Branding: Special Issue following the 12th Global Brand Conference, Linnaeus University, Sweden2019In: Journal of Business Research, ISSN 0148-2963, E-ISSN 1873-7978, Vol. 96, p. 340-342Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 18.
    Sandberg, Susanne
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Marketing.
    Sui, Sui
    Ryerson Univ, Canada.
    Baum, Matthias
    Univ Kaiserslautern, Germany.
    Effects of prior market experiences and firm-specific resources on developed economy SMEs' export exit from emerging markets: Complementary or compensatory?2019In: Journal of Business Research, ISSN 0148-2963, E-ISSN 1873-7978, Vol. 98, p. 489-502Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Globalization has led to increased competition and risk of business failure for firms venturing abroad over the last decades. A particularly challenging situation is seen for SMEs from developed economies entering emerging markets. We theorize and empirically show that prior market experience with domestic and developed countries helps to reduce the hazard of exit from emerging markets. We further develop competing hypotheses from complementary and compensatory perspectives about the moderating influence of firm-specific resources (re-flected by size, productivity and innovation). Using data from all Canadian SMEs having exported to emerging markets between 1993 and 2008, we find that SMEs can compensate for less accumulated experience through being larger, more productive and more innovative. SMEs that lack prior market experience are – with a suf-ficient set of compensatory resources – thereby able to be resilient in dissimilar export markets.

  • 19.
    von Schéele, Fabian
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Informatics.
    Haftor, Darek
    Uppsala University.
    Temporal workload in economic organizations: A hidden non-linear condition of economic efficiency2018In: Journal of Business Research, ISSN 0148-2963, E-ISSN 1873-7978, Vol. 88, p. 415-420Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A temporal workload model is introduced to identify the relationship between the work time and economic performance of the activities conducted by a human agent in the context of an economic organization. The model's novelty derives from the account of time perception and its consequent cognitive time distortion, the latter being understood as a discrepancy between physical and cognitive time. Current praxis, both theoretical and empirical, assumes only physical time. This assumption is challenged here through the inclusion of time perception and cognitive time distortion in estimating the temporal workload of an economic agent. This inclusion enables a novel comprehension of frequent operational challenges, such as work delays, human stress, output quality issues, and economic inefficiencies. The main contribution to the literature is a specification of a new condition that governs the performance of any economic organization where human agents conduct time assessments.

  • 20.
    von Schéele, Fabian
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Informatics.
    Haftor, Darek
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Pashkevich, Natallia
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Informatics.
    Cognitive time distortion as a hidden condition of worker productivity2019In: Journal of Business Research, ISSN 0148-2963, E-ISSN 1873-7978, Vol. 101, p. 591-596Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The present study advances a novel productivity function of knowledge workers. Cognitive science studies provide clear evidence that, for a given event, there is a difference between a worker's cognitive time and physical clock time; this difference gives rise to a cognitive time distortion. The proposed productivity function accounts for workers' dual experiences of time and the kinds of contracts utilized by an economic organization and its customers and workers. This function shows-for the first time and contrary to intuition-that, given certain conditions, workers' cognitive time and the form of contracts utilized are the only conditioners of knowledge worker productivity. The proposed productivity function unearths a hidden economic lever effect whereby a minor degree of time distortion generates a significant level of worker inefficiency. This constitutes a novel contribution to the literature on knowledge worker productivity.

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