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  • 1.
    Blomquist, Tomas
    et al.
    Örebro universitet.
    Sandström, Johan
    From issues to checkpoints and back: Managing green issues in R&D2004In: Business Strategy and the Environment, ISSN 0964-4733, E-ISSN 1099-0836, Vol. 13, no 6, p. 363-373Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 2. Bonnedahl, Karl Johan
    et al.
    Jensen, Tommy
    Sandström, Johan
    Ekonomi och moral: Vägar mot ökat ansvarstagande2007Book (Other academic)
  • 3.
    Frostenson, Magnus
    et al.
    Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Uppsala universitet.
    Helin, Sven
    Handelshögskolan, Örebro universitet.
    Sandström, Johan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering.
    Hållbarhetsredovisning: Grunder, praktik och funktion.2012Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Den här boken ger en introduktion till hållbarhetsredovisning. Boken hjälper dig att förstå bakgrunden till hållbarhetsredovisning, hur man upprättar en hållbarhetsredovisning och vilken funktion den fyller.

  • 4.
    Frostenson, Magnus
    et al.
    Uppsala universitet.
    Helin, Sven
    Örebro universitet.
    Sandström, Johan
    Organising corporate responsibility communication through filtration: a study of web communication patterns in Swedish retail2011In: Journal of Business Ethics, ISSN 0167-4544, E-ISSN 1573-0697, Vol. 100, no 1, p. 31-43Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Corporate responsibility (CR) communication has risen dramatically in recent years, following increased demands for transparency. One tendency noted in the literature is that CR communication is organised and structured. Corporations tend to professionalise CR communication in the sense that they provide information that corresponds to demands for transparency that are voiced by certain stakeholders. This also means that experts within the firm tend to communicate with professional stakeholders outside the firm. In this article, a particular aspect of the organisation of CR communication is examined, a phenomenon that we refer to as the ‘filtration effect’. By comparing CR communication in parent companies and their subsidiaries, we show empirically that there is considerably less CR communication on the subsidiary level compared to the parent level. We see filtration as a sign of conscious organising of CR communication that implies particular attention to certain stakeholder groups with clearly defined demands and expectations on companies. The strong filtration effect noted in the study suggests that CR communication does not seem to be very much adapted to customers, which may be problematic both from a communicative and ethical perspective. The study covers Sweden’s 206 largest retail firms.

  • 5.
    Frostenson, Magnus
    et al.
    Department of Business Studies, Uppsala University.
    Helin, Sven
    School of Business, Örebro University.
    Sandström, Johan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering.
    The internal significance of codes of conduct in retail companies2012In: Business Ethics. A European Review, ISSN 0962-8770, E-ISSN 1467-8608, Vol. 21, no 3, p. 263-275Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper focuses on the significance of codes of conduct (CoCs) in the internal work context of two retail companies. A stepwise approach is used. First, the paper identifies in what way employees use and refer to CoCs internally. Second, the function and relevance of CoCs inside the two companies are identified. Third, the paper explains why CoCs tend to function in the identified ways. In both cases, the CoCs are clearly decoupled in the sense that they do not concern the immediate work context of the employees. Counter-intuitively, this facilitates the process of establishing the CoCs. Even though the CoCs are not directly relevant for the employees, they are accepted and embraced with regard to contents, focus and function. Above all, the CoCs seem to confirm and even strengthen employee identity. On the basis of these observations, it is suggested that CoCs should not only be valued in light of their direct organisational consequences or lack of such consequences. The issue is not just whether CoCs are decoupled or not. Rather, it is argued that researchers should consider more closely a two-level analysis that takes into account not only the concrete application of CoCs but also their function and meaning. An implication of this is that what might appear as a decoupled code cannot be dismissed as irrelevant to the ‘core’ business processes of the organisation.

  • 6. Frostensson, Magnus
    et al.
    Helin, Sven
    Sandström, Johan
    Understanding internal processes for sustainability in retail: Corporate disclosure or concealment2012In: Nordic Retail Research: emerging diversity, Göteborg: Basic Books, 2012Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 7.
    Helin, Sven
    et al.
    Örebro universitet.
    Frostenson, Magnus
    Örebro universitet.
    Sandström, Johan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering.
    Hållbarhetsredovisning i svensk detaljhandel: Roll, relevant och nytta.2013Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    En alltmer central del av företagens arbete med och kommunikation av socialt ansvar(Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR) har kommit att handla om hållbarhetsredovisning; dess roll, relevans och möjligheter. Detta projekt har därför fokuserat på hur svenska detaljhandelsföretag använder sig av hållbarhetsredovisning och hur det kan relateras till företagens interna organisatoriska hållbarhetsprocesser.

  • 8.
    Helin, Sven
    et al.
    School of Business, Örebro University.
    Jensen, Tommy
    School of Business, Stockholm University.
    Sandström, Johan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering.
    “Like a battalion of tanks”: A critical analysis of stakeholder management2013In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387, Vol. 29, no 3, p. 209-218Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper contributes to the literature on the political role and responsibilities of corporations. Following Deetz's (1995) critical reading of stakeholder management and a critical methodology, the paper analyses how a large Swedish corporation manages conflicting stakeholder interests and rationales in a multi-stakeholder context. Throughout the case analysis, it is suggested that the corporation reinforces what Deetz (1995) refers to as an information mode, thus effectively hindering it from reaching a communication mode in which more genuine stakeholder dialogues are performed.

  • 9.
    Helin, Sven
    et al.
    Örebro universitet.
    Jensen, Tommy
    Umeå universitet.
    Sandström, Johan
    Clegg, Stewart
    On the dark sides of codes: domination not enlightenment2011In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387, Vol. 27, no 1, p. 24-33Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 10.
    Helin, Sven
    et al.
    Örebro universitet.
    Sandström, Johan
    An inquiry into the study of corporate codes of ethics2007In: Journal of Business Ethics, ISSN 0167-4544, E-ISSN 1573-0697, Vol. 75, no 3, p. 253-271Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper takes its point of departure in an article by Stevens [Stevens, B.: 1994, Journal of Business Ethics54, 163–171], in which she identified a lack of knowledge regarding how corporate codes of ethics are communicated and affect behavior in organizations. Taking heed of this suggested gap, we review studies on corporate codes of ethics with an empirical content, published since 1994. The conclusion of the review is that we still lack knowledge on how codes work, how they are communicated and how they are transformed inside organizations. Stevens’ plea could even be extended, arguing that the knowledge gap might be of even more significance than in the mid-1990s. Some directions for how this situation can be approached in future studies are outlined in the paper.

  • 11.
    Helin, Sven
    et al.
    Örebro universitet.
    Sandström, Johan
    Codes, ethics and cross-cultural differences: stories from the implementation of a corporate code of ethics in a MNC subsidiary2008In: Journal of Business Ethics, ISSN 0167-4544, E-ISSN 1573-0697, Vol. 82, no 2, p. 281-291Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this article, we focus on the cross- cultural aspects of the implementation of an American company’s code of ethics into its Swedish subsidiary. We identify the cross-cultural stories that the receivers in the subsidiary use when trying to explain the parent’s code and conceptualize these stories as part of an emerging narrative of national belonging and differences. The receivers resisted the code by amplifying the importance of national identity. Rather than stimulating a discussion on ethics that might have strengthened the ties between the parent and the subsidiary, the outcome of the code implementation had the opposite effect. The article concludes by stressing the process of implementing codes across cultures rather than code content.

  • 12.
    Helin, Sven
    et al.
    Örebro universitet.
    Sandström, Johan
    Resisting a corporate code of ethics and the reinforcement of management control2010In: Organization Studies, ISSN 0170-8406, E-ISSN 1741-3044, Vol. 31, no 5, p. 583-604Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study is about how a corporate code of ethics travels into a multinational corporation’s subsidiary, focusing on how members of the subsidiary recontextualize, relabel and explain the code (to themselves and others). What emerges is the story of a code that is disliked by its receivers, but yet signed by them all, avowing that they have ‘read, understood and accepted’ it, thereby reinforcing the parent’s control system. We argue that this seeming contradiction can be explained in terms of the receivers resisting the code by distancing themselves from it through the devaluation of (i) social referents, (ii) the code’s core ethical content and (iii) the expected outcome of implementing the code. These distancing practices enable the receivers to position themselves as outside of power, which, in turn, enable them to sign the code.

  • 13.
    Jensen, Tommy
    et al.
    Umeå universitet.
    Sandström, Johan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering.
    Demoraliserande processer i företag2011Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 14.
    Jensen, Tommy
    et al.
    Stockholm University.
    Sandström, Johan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering.
    Dirty work as seriality2016In: Tamara Journal, ISSN 1532-5555, E-ISSN 1545-6420, Vol. 14, no 3, p. 99-111Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The literature on dirty work has traditionally zoomed in on workplace studies of occupational groups stigmatized by some parts of society. In this paper the bias is challenged and extended with the aid of Iris Marion Young’s appropriation of Jean-Paul Sartre’s concept of seriality and an empirical study of workers with non-stigmatized occupations in stigmatized work contexts (arms and pornography). The study shows that the workers have to be constantly ready to deal with work-related dirt in their identity work and to do this without any means of support, development of a language or resistance to the transfer of dirt.

  • 15.
    Jensen, Tommy
    et al.
    Stockholm University.
    Sandström, Johan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering.
    Fallstudier2016 (ed. 1)Book (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    Fallstudier är fantastiska. De visar på exemplets makt och får oss att ifrågasätta etablerade idéer och sätt att göra saker. Fallstudieforskningens utbredning är också en framgångssaga. I boken beskrivs den resan ur ett historiskt perspektiv. Genomgången utmynnar i en presentation av den rådande fallstudiepraxisen, och därmed får läsaren en konkret guide till hur en fallstudie kan planeras, genomföras och kommuniceras.

  • 16. Jensen, Tommy
    et al.
    Sandström, Johan
    Global trafficking networks and business studies2009In: Tamara Journal, ISSN 1532-5555, E-ISSN 1545-6420, Vol. 7, no 4Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper outlines the contours of the global network society and then searches for 'the masters' of this emerging environment. Judging from the management talk on flexible, decentralized and adaptable networked enterprises, these masters are found in the large global corporations, but closing in on practice, evidence rather points in the direction of illegal, or partly illegal, global networks. In the paper, we use global trafficking networks as the benchmark example, arguing that they are the real masters of the global network society and that they show us in which direction large global corporations might be heading. This raises several issues, of which the role and responsibilities of business researchers and business studies are discussed. We present three kinds of arguments to why we should study global trafficking networks -- the ideologist, the scientific and the moral argument. The position advocated in the paper holds that the two first cannot be left to their own destinies; they need to be assessed on moral grounds.

  • 17.
    Jensen, Tommy
    et al.
    Business Administration, Stockholm University.
    Sandström, Johan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering.
    In defence of stakeholder pragmatism2013In: Journal of Business Ethics, ISSN 0167-4544, E-ISSN 1573-0697, Vol. 114, no 2, p. 225-237Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article seeks to defend and develop a stakeholder pragmatism advanced in some of the work by Edward Freeman and colleagues. By positioning stakeholder pragmatism more in line with the democratic and ethical base in American pragmatism (as developed by William James, John Dewey and Richard Rorty), the article sets forth a fallibilistic stakeholder pragmatism that seeks to be more useful to companies by expanding the ways in which value is and can be created in a contingent world. A dialogue between a defence company and peace and arbitration society is used to illustrate the main plot of this article

  • 18.
    Jensen, Tommy
    et al.
    Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet, Umeå universitet, School of Business, Stockholm University.
    Sandström, Johan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering.
    Normal Deviants and Erving Goffman: Extending the Literature on Organizational Stigma2015In: Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, ISSN 2245-0157, E-ISSN 2245-0157, Vol. 5, no 4, p. 125-142Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The paper highlights two problematic tendencies in the burgeoning literature on organizational stigma.The first tendency is conceptual, where stigma is treated at the organizational level, thereby neglecting social encounters at the micro-level. As a way of remedying this, we enroll the seminal writings of Erving Goffman to situate organizational stigma in the interaction order.The second tendency is empirical, where the inclusion of actors performing stigma management is limited to managerial and organizational actors, thus neglecting many of those faced with managing orga- nizational stigma.We report from an explorative study of ordinary wage laborers in the Swedish arms and pornography industries situated toward the bottom of their organizations and referred to as ‘normal deviants’.The paper shows how and why the organizational stigma literature could be more sensitive and inclusive toward whom, how, when, and where organizational stigma is managed.

  • 19.
    Jensen, Tommy
    et al.
    Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet.
    Sandström, Johan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering.
    Organisation och ansvar: Om hur organisatoriska processer hindrar ansvarstagande2012Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Boken är starkt kritisk till en organisationsforskning och en samhällsdebatt som hellre diskuterar organisationers legitimitet och förtroende än ansvar. När allt kommer omkring behöver varken legitimitet eller förtroende ha någonting med ansvar att göra. Det kan snarare vara så att legitima och etablerade organisatoriska processer hindrar - eller till och med motverkar - ansvarstagande. I boken lyfts dessa processer fram, tillsammans med förslag på hur man kan hantera dem och upptäcka vägar framåt.

  • 20.
    Jensen, Tommy
    et al.
    Umeå universitet.
    Sandström, Johan
    Re-articulating the ethical corporation: the case of the Woolf Committee Report2010In: Journal of Global Responsibility, ISSN 2041-2568, E-ISSN 2041-2576, Vol. 1, no 2, p. 279-292Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose - Efforts to address the role and responsibilities of large global corporations have predominantly focused on the need for increased and more effective global corporate governance, but this underestimates the need to articulate a global ethics for these corporations. This paper aims to analyse the Woolf Committee Report (WCR; the weapon company BAE Systems plc's attempt to outline what it would take to become a global corporate leader in ethics) and benchmark it against an ethical response to corporate responsibility articulated as a global ethics. Design/methodology/approach - The paper is based on a textual analysis of the WCR. Findings - The WCR contains openings towards a re-articulation of the role and responsibilities of large global corporations, but it is predominantly a text that gives us more clues to how difficult it will be for BAE, or any other corporation, to "live" a global ethics. Research limitations/implications - Critical analyses of the language that corporations use in order to address their role and responsibilities are important. However, how texts influence practice is dependent on how they travel and more studies on such journeys are also needed. Practical implications - Given that textual analyses, such as ours, are re-connected to practitioners, such studies might contribute to making practitioners more discursively aware of the corporate talk that they are embedded in. Originality/value - The paper predominantly speaks to the field of business studies and its originality lies in its focus on a global ethics (without reducing this to governance) in relation to the role and responsibilities of large global corporations.

  • 21.
    Jensen, Tommy
    et al.
    Umeå universitet.
    Sandström, Johan
    Stakeholder theory and globalization: The challenges of power and responsibility2011In: Organization Studies, ISSN 0170-8406, E-ISSN 1741-3044, Vol. 32, no 4, p. 473-488Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Globalization is a blind spot in stakeholder theory and this undermines its explanatory power and usefulness to managers in global corporations. In this paper we build on Edward Freeman and colleagues’ attempts to construct divergent stories about how to create value for the corporation and its stakeholders when developing a stakeholder theory that is more sensitive to globalization. We achieve this by highlighting two particular challenges that globalization brings to stakeholder theory. The first challenge is to acknowledge new power relations (sub-political movements, new forms of bureaucracy and hierarchy) and the second is to acknowledge new dimensions of responsibility (a political responsibility). In the paper we relate our developments of stakeholder theory to two previously published case studies.

  • 22.
    Jensen, Tommy
    et al.
    Umeå universitet.
    Sandström, Johan
    Helin, Sven
    Örebro universitet.
    Corporate codes of ethics and the bending of moral space2009In: Organization, ISSN 1350-5084, E-ISSN 1461-7323, Vol. 16, no 4, p. 529-545Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    What happens when corporate codes of ethics (CCEs) `go to work', and how do they influence moral practice? Even though previous research has posed these or similar questions, the role and the effect of the CCE are still dubious. In this article, it is argued that this is predominantly because previous research is fixed in a position in which CCEs are passive artefacts with no capability of bending space, and in which agency and morality are limited to the human sphere only. An approach to the study and understanding of CCEs in which the travel of the CCE is made the focus of the research is therefore developed. The code comes alive in a heterogeneous materiality, travelling as a result of a wide range of translations, and granted an epistemological capability of influencing humans' world-views and moral practices. The approach is illustrated with a case study on CCE-implementation and it is concluded that through generating more accounts like this, researchers and practitioners are not only in a better position to understand how CCEs `go to work', but also in a better position to shoulder moral responsibility.

  • 23.
    Jensen, Tommy
    et al.
    Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet, Umeå universitet.
    Sandström, Johan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering.
    Helin, Sven
    School of Business, Örebro University, Handelshögskolan, Örebro universitet.
    One Code to Rule Them All: Management Control and Individual Responsibility in Contexts2015In: Business and Professional Ethics Journal, ISSN 0277-2027, E-ISSN 2153-7828, Vol. 34, no 2, p. 259-290Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper is about how multiple contexts influence employees’ and managers’ enactments of a standardized corporate code of ethics. An earlier local Swedish case study of how a code is enacted is extended to include enactments during business trips to Ottawa (Canada), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), and New Delhi (India). The paper shows that although the code is possible to enact as remote and insignificant (‘not relevant to me’) in the local study, when travelling to different contexts it is enacted as intrusive (affecting core operations) and fluid (highlighting seeming contradictions). The paper highlights the consequences of these enact- ments in terms of management control and individual responsibility) and suggests ways for better understanding how a code is expected to perform, meant to work and keep on working.

  • 24. Jensen, Tommy
    et al.
    Sandström, Johan
    Helin, Sven
    Translating corporate codes of ethics2010In: Corporate Social Responsibility: Challenges and Practice, Stockholm: Santérus Förlag, 2010Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 25.
    Johansson, Owe
    et al.
    Örebro universitet.
    Klinton, Markus
    Örebro universitet.
    Sandström, Johan
    Corporate citizenship: ett begrepp på avvägar?2007In: Nordiske organisasjonsstudier, ISSN 1501-8237, Vol. 9, no 1, p. 35-54Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 26.
    Kallio, Tomi
    et al.
    Turku School of Economics.
    Sandström, Johan
    Academic writing as autocommunication: the case of doctoral dissertations on CSR2009In: Culture and Organization, ISSN 1475-9551, E-ISSN 1477-2760, Vol. 15, no 1, p. 75-87Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this article, we explore the self-oriented rather than socially-oriented reasons why a doctoral dissertation in the field of corporate social responsibility (CSR) is written. We base our article on Yuri M. Lotman's idea on autocommunication which we use as tool in analysing a group interview conducted with six doctoral students studying in the field of CSR. We suggest that autocommunicational aspects might play a much more important role in rationalized Western culture and science than is often realized, and our main thesis is that one essential reason for writing a doctoral dissertation in the field of CSR might be to communicate with oneself and that this even might contain a therapeutic dimension. Implications for students, supervisors and future research are discussed at the end of the article.

  • 27.
    Nilsson, Anders
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering.
    Sandström, Johan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering.
    Lind, Thomas
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Social Sciences.
    Sustainability communication in the mining industry: a pre-study2013Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This report is based on a pre‐study aiming to provide an overview of what andhow the largest mining companies, internationally and in Sweden, communicate in terms of sustainability on their websites. The report presents a broad understanding of what large mining companies ‘say’ when it comes to sustainability. Conceptually, the study draws on writings in the areas of organizational communication, institutional theory and sustainability accounting. Methodologically, the study is based on qualitative textual analyses, to some extent aided by the text analytic tool Leximancer. The main findings of the study are that while most companies communicate all relevant sustainability issues and all the global leaders publish sustainability reports with the Global Reporting Initiative level A+, all companies distinctively communicate sustainability in unique ways. In this report, these similarities and differences in sustainability communication are retold in four main tensions and four main stories.

  • 28.
    Sandström, Johan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering.
    Att arbeta för ett smutsigt företag2011Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 29.
    Sandström, Johan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering.
    Att arbeta för ett stigmatiserat företag2012In: Arbetsmarknad & Arbetsliv, ISSN 1400-9692, Vol. 18, no 4, p. 9-22Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    Anställda med yrken som i sig inte är stigmatiserade men som arbetar för stigmatiserade organisationer är en negligerad grupp människor i arbetslivsforskningen. Dessa personer tvingas ofta att hantera det stigma som organisationen spiller över på dem, framför allt i relationer med ytligt bekanta. En respondent på ett krigsmaterielföretag säger: ”Jag har varit med om att folk har vänt ryggen mot mig, när jag berättar var jag jobbar”. I dessa möten blir jobbet, som ofta är en viktig del av en persons sociala identitet, något som måste hanteras med försiktighet. Artikeln handlar om hur dessa personer resonerar kring och i praktiken hanterar denna stigmatransfer. Den bygger på Erving Goffmans arbeten om stigma, på tidigare forskning om stigmatiserade yrken och på intervjuer med anställda vid ett krigsmaterielföretag och två företag i den pornografiska branschen.

  • 30. Sandström, Johan
    Erving Goffman: On the underlife of organizations2011In: On the shoulders of giants, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2011Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 31. Sandström, Johan
    Extending the discourse in research on corporate sustainability2005In: International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, ISSN 1740-8822, E-ISSN 1740-8830, Vol. 1, no 1-2, p. 153-167Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper is based on the notion that the discourse of corporate sustainability is becoming institutionalised at a time when it is just getting started. It therefore attempts to contribute to research approaches that question and go beyond the dominant normative discourse of corporate sustainability. It poses the question of what would be some of the assumptions needed to open up the discourse and what would be some of the implications of doing that. It assesses a number of earlier reviews of the field, and undertakes a case study of The Natural Step, which, while claiming to open up a new discourse, may be understood as another means of institutionalising the narrative of corporate sustainability. Three areas for future research are outlined in this paper.

  • 32. Sandström, Johan
    Globalisering: ett kritiskt företagsekonomiskt perspektiv1999In: En globaliserad värld: elva uppsatser om globala processer, Umeå: Umeå universitet , 1999, p. 37-49Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 33. Sandström, Johan
    Green issues in product development2001In: Greener manufacturing and operations: from design to delivery and back, Sheffield: Greenleaf Publishing Ltd, 2001, p. 83-90Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 34. Sandström, Johan
    Greening the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration: a case on the force of industry in environmental policy-making2004In: European Environment, ISSN 0961-0405, E-ISSN 1099-0976, Vol. 14, no 6, p. 356-367Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 35. Sandström, Johan
    Klimat och affärsklimat – kollision mellan världar2009In: Osäkrat klimat - laddad utmaning, Stockholm: Forskningsrådet Formas, 2009, p. 469-478Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 36. Sandström, Johan
    Organizational approaches to greening: technocentrism and beyond2002Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    How and why do organizations approach greening? How can we conceptualize approaches and how can we encourage reflexive dialogues on them? These are the main questions addressed in this qualitative study on organizational greening. The study sets off by discussing matters of research philosophy, arguing that our trust in science ought to be revised and that a more postmodern and constructionist philosophy might be a way to go. This is then followed by a theoretical review, showing that organizational studies have a history in environmental issues, but that it is basically technocentric in orientation. A more reflexive organizational approach is suggested. The empirical part of the study is based on qualitative research of five case studies, representing a mix of organizations situated in Sweden, all with an explicit ambition to approach greening. The analyses target the organizations' approaches from practice to assumptions, pointing at the commonalities as well as the tensions. Basically, greening was an issue for all studied organizations, but an increasing pressure to market-orient their operations in line with the business rhetoric dominated their identity construction. The environment was included if there were opportunities of win-win situations between environment and economy in sight. Once embarked upon, the organizations tended to focus on technocratic practices, developing or implementing management systems, product development indexes, life-cycle methodologies and other tools. On a more philosophical level, in the study referred to as the worldview level, the approaches were predominandy characterized by a representative epistemology and a dualistic ontology, that is, they were clearly anthropocentric. With a base in these findings, an alternative approach is discussed as a way out, or as a way of constructing a reflexive dialogue on greening. This is partly based on the tensions within and between the cases, which encouraged reflections on how greening was approached. In the alternative, organizations are seen as actors on a symbolic agora where transparency, participation and self-reflexivity are keys to organizational legitimacy. This view frames organizations in the dominating approach as agoraphobic producers of materialistically dependent satisfiers. The alternative also targets the limits of a preference and materialistically oriented view on die satisfaction of human needs. Instead, it is argued that environmental and cultural sensitivity should be acknowledged as natural parts of organizational greening. This, however, demands more room for reflexive dialogues encouraging ontological awareness and a respect for more ecocentric views.

  • 37.
    Sandström, Johan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering.
    Production2016Other (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In August 2016, the second album by Organizing rocks was released. Organizing rocks is a music collaboration between Johan Sandström and Tommy Jensen, emerging out of the research project on labour processes and power relations in the mining industry that they run together. All songs are about the mine, work and power. The musical side of the project also includes doctor Michal Zawadzki. 

    List of songs: 

    1 Production

    2 Automation

    3 Wolfpack

    4 Blast gotta move

    5 The worrying song

    6 The sound

    7 Pumping iron

    8 Black-eyed Eve

    9 Doggy style

    10 Pullman city

    11 Outside the gates

    Lyrics by Johan Sandström in songs no. 2, 3, 5, 7-10. Music by Sandström in Black-eyed Eve. 

  • 38.
    Sandström, Johan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering.
    Spaceland2016Other (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In May 2016, the album Spaceland was released by Organizing rocks, a music collaboration between Johan Sandström and Tommy Jensen, emerging out of the research project on labour processes and power relations in the mining industry that they run together. All songs are about the mine, work and power.

    List of songs: 

    1 Spaceland 

    2 We the North 

    3 Kiruna You Maggot 

    4 Us Local People

    5 Labouring to Learn (The Tony Huzzard Song) 

    6 Metal Machine Emotions

    7 After Method

    8 Free Spirits (No More Lies) 

    9 Back to the Mountain

    10 Roots 

    Lyrics by Johan Sandström in songs no. 1-3, 5, 8 and 10. Music/vocals by Sandström in Roots.

  • 39.
    Sandström, Johan
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering.
    Jensen, Tommy
    Stockholm University.
    Organizing rocks: Actor-network theory and space2019In: Organization, ISSN 1350-5084, E-ISSN 1461-7323Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In an ethnography of the organizing of an underground mine, this article critically engages with actor–network theory’s theorizing of space, particularly the risk of drifting into spatial pluralism. Inspired by Annemarie Mol’s The Body Multiple, a space multiple approach is enrolled in which seemingly disparate enactments of the mining operations are understood in terms of coexistence and difference, inclusion and exclusion. Such an account attempts to cast aside a kind of neatness that jeopardizes the empirical openness that makes actor–network theory so fruitful to work with in organization studies dealing with spatial complexity. 

  • 40.
    Sandström, Johan
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering.
    Persson, Curt
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Social Sciences.
    Ellem, Bradon
    University of Sydney, Australia.
    Neoliberal trajectories in mining: Comparing Malmfälten and the Pilbara2019In: European journal of industrial relations, ISSN 0959-6801, E-ISSN 1461-7129Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We compare the iron ore sectors and mining regions of Malmfälten in Sweden and the Pilbara in Australia. Both are physically isolated and the product is economically vital, but we find differences in industrial relations which accord with what would be expected in coordinated and liberal market economies. A closer examination, attentive to history and geography and in which changes in institutional form and function are highlighted, reveals, however, that these differences are more apparent than real, and that there is a common neoliberal trajectory. This analysis also suggests that changes in these sites at times drive transformations in national industrial relations.

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