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  • 1.
    Abdullah, M Ailieen
    et al.
    Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
    Rönnbäck, Anna Öhrwall
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    Sandström, Gunilla Ölundh
    Royal Institute of Technology.
    Building Networks for Delivering Integrated Product-Service Offerings (IPSOs)2010In: Industrial product-service systems -IPS²: proceedings of the 2nd CIRP IPS² Conference [2010, Linköping, 14-15 April], Linköping, 2010Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The paper describes the effect of forming business networks and collaborations for the purpose of developing an Integrated Product-Service Offering (IPSO) using the Product/Service Systems (PSS). The research method is an in-depth case study of a joint venture formed by four companies developing a new technology for chemical extraction from water sludge waste within the pulp and paper industry.Combining literature from PSS, network theories and collaborative product development, this paper puts forward the benefits for SMEs to collaborate in business networks and produce IPSOs when introducing a new technology in an emerging market. The case study shows that working towards the new market would not have been possible if each party acted individually or maintained their traditional buyer-supplieroperator roles, and that IPSOs can reduce the business risk.

  • 2.
    Grundström, Christina
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    Sjöström, Roland
    Industrial Marketing, Management and Engineering, Linkping University.
    Rönnbäck, Anna Öhrwall
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    Manufacturing Smes And Open Innovation - Findings From Sweden2014In: Proceedings of the 6th ISPIM Innovation Symposium, 2013: Innovation In the Asian Century, Lappeenranta: Lappeenranta University of Technology Press, 2014Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The knowledge on manufacturing SMEs and Open Innovation (OI) is limited and therefore, this article describes and evaluates how manufacturing SMEs apply and benefit from OI. Based on a survey and additional financial data, 151 Swedish manufacturing SMEs were evaluated with regard to variables concerning OI application and financial performance. The conclusions are that SMEs are very open to and want to learn from new ideas outside of the firm, however mainly applying inbound OI activities. Medium-sized firms use innovation collaboration more and are less reluctant to IP appropriability regimes. Being part of a larger organization may help SMEs use patents and trademarks. Significant relationships were established between OI variables and firms with the highest and the lowest profitability. These had a common core labelled "aiming at maintaining technology leadership". Finally, no connection between applying OI activities and firm profitability could be established.

  • 3.
    Grundström, Christina
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    Sjöström, Roland
    Industrial Marketing, Management and Engineering, Linkping University.
    Uddenberg, Anders
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    Rönnbäck, Anna Öhrwall
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    Fast-growing SMEs and the Role of Innovation2012In: International Journal of Innovation Management, ISSN 1363-9196, E-ISSN 1757-5877, Vol. 16, no 3, p. 1240003-1Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In a study of 409 Swedish SMEs, the difference between the highest growing, which can be characterized as gazelles, and the lowest growing companies were examined regarding performance change over a four year period and what contributed to the growth from an innovation perspective. It was concluded that, besides growing, the highest growing companies also showed high profitability,increased number of employees, and significantly higher markets shares locally, nationally and internationally than the lowest growing companies. Several traits were found to contribute to this. The highest growing companies had a significantly higher portion of new products as part of the turnover during the four years studied and they perceived themselves as differentiating from their competitors concerning: (1) offering better products, (2) understanding customer needs better, (3) having a higher pace or being more agile, and (4) keeping costs down. They also found it more important to take risks, reinvest any profit, and to focus on growth than the lowest growing companies, and this regardless of industry.

  • 4.
    Grundström, Christina
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    Öberg, Christina
    Lunds universitet.
    Rönnbäck, Anna Öhrwall
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    Family-owned manufacturing SMEs and innovativeness: A comparison between within-family successions and external takeovers2012In: The Journal of Family Business Strategy, ISSN 1877-8585, E-ISSN 1877-8593, Vol. 3, no 3, p. 162-173Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this article is to compare within-family successions and external-party takeovers in family-owned manufacturing SMEs to determine potential differences in how they are perceived and managed. This paper focuses on two long-term aspects of family businesses – their succession and their ability to innovate – defining innovativeness as an aspect of organisational culture. Based on ten case studies, the paper concludes that the values related to a firm’s context, influenced by the divesting party as well as by the choice of successor, create inertia, to the extent that only minor changes in innovation orientation are possible. External owners may focus to a greater extent on growth and new ways of innovating, while family-succeeded firms diversify so as not to abandon previous businesses. Intermediating factors, such as customer involvement, type of SME, and the acquirers’ motives, influence the innovative organisational culture and create explanatory links to innovation intensity and methodologies of innovation.

  • 5.
    Grundström, Christina
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    Öberg, Christina
    Lunds universitet.
    Rönnbäck, Anna Öhrwall
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    VIEW AND MANAGEMENT OF INNOVATIVENESS UPON SUCCESSION IN FAMILY-OWNED SMEs2011In: International Journal of Innovation Management, ISSN 1363-9196, E-ISSN 1757-5877, Vol. 15, no 3, p. 617-640Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this paper is to provide insights into how the successors of family-owned manufacturing SMEs view and manage innovativeness. Research into company takeovers mainly focuses on large companies and little is known about innovativeness in research on family-owned businesses, often SMEs. This paper presents findings from ten company successions, five of which describe family successions and five external ones. The paper points to that there is little difference in how various types of successor view and manage innovativeness. A successor is chosen with care and this also influences the view and management of innovativeness; other criteria seem to apply in the succession and radical changes can only be introduced if a number of contextual factors are managed properly. The paper also indicates that while financial constraints may limit innovations, a strong financial situation is not an antecedent for innovativeness.

  • 6.
    Karlsson, Anna
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
    Larsson, Lisa
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
    Öhrwall Rönnbäck, Anna
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
    Product-Service System Innovation Capabilities: Linkages between the Fuzzy Front End and subsequent development phases2018In: International Journal of Production Research, ISSN 0020-7543, E-ISSN 1366-588X, Vol. 56, no 6, p. 2218-2232Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In an attempt to remain competitive, manufacturers increasingly offer integrated product-service systems (PSSs). This transition from physical products to PSSs calls for new ways of working, for example in the product development process. However, so far only limited attention has been put on capabilities needed to succeed with PSS innovation in the very early development phases – often referred to as the fuzzy front end (FFE). This article, therefore, has a dual aim: first, to further our understanding of capabilities for PSS innovation in the FFE, and second, to determine how these capabilities are linked to PSS innovation capabilities needed in subsequent development phases. Empirical data were collected from an ongoing industrial project developing an innovative PSS offering in a large manufacturing company. Individuals connected to the project reported major challenges, both experienced in the FFE and anticipated in later phases, which provided valuable information regarding capabilities needed to succeed with the endeavour. Findings reveal four links of PSS innovation capabilities: (1) adapting vocabulary and mental models to PSS, (2) handling the ‘intangible aspect’, (3) bridging organisational structures, and (4) managing new business models. PSS innovation capabilities in the FFE are also found to be of higher order (dynamic) compared to capabilities in later development phases

  • 7.
    Karlsson, Anna
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
    Öhrwall Rönnbäck, Anna
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
    Lind, Erika
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
    Innovation processes in SMEs: Exploring the influence of varying degrees of control2017In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED / [ed] M.,Maier A.M.,Fadel G.,Salustri F.,Oehmen J.,Van der Loos M.,Skec S.,Kim H., Zagreb: The Design Society, 2017, Vol. 2, p. 447-456Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Previous research in the field of product innovation management has focused on large firms. This is unfortunate because small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have features that clearly distinguish them from their larger counterparts and also play an important role in the global economy. In addition, SMEs often have more varying control of the whole innovation process-from identification of a customer need to delivering customer value-compared to larger companies. This article addresses this research gap by exploring how SMEs with growth ambitions, and varying degree of control, can leverage their innovation process. The article outlines results from a SWOT analysis utilizing data from a multiple case study of eight SMEs. Both 'product owning' companies (with either in-house or outsourced manufacturing) as well as manufacturing industry subcontractors were sampled. The results show indications of the influence of varying degree of control of the innovation process-relating to different phases, how knowledge and competence are considered and being reliant on others-and how SMEs and their offerings can be considered as parts of larger systems.

  • 8.
    Kimita, Koji
    et al.
    Tokyo Metropolitan University.
    Akasaka, Fumiya
    Tokyo Metropolitan University.
    Shimomura, Yoshiki
    Tokyo Metropolitan University.
    Rönnbäck, Anna Öhrwall
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    Requirement Analysis for User-Oriented Service Design2009In: Asian International Journal of Science and Technology Production, ISSN 1906-151X, Vol. 2, no 3, p. 11-23Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In manufacturing, systems combining physical products and services have been attracting much attention. For such systems, designers need to focus on customer requirements rather than on the achievement of functionality. Methods are proposed in this paper for the analysis of requirements and extension of the design process proposed in Service Engineering. The focus is on the specification of service users in a client organization and on the extraction of their requirements in consideration of the organizational objectives of the client. The effectiveness of the method is demonstrated by an application, where a bank is a target client of a service.

  • 9.
    Larsson, Lisa
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
    Larsson, Johan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Construction Engineering.
    Stahre, Johan
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Rönnbäck, Anna Öhrwall
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
    Innovation for competitive manufacturing2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper reports perspectives on values and contributions manufacturing innovation bring to meet increased competition in the current changing manufacturing climate. This is obtained through a multiple case study of three manufacturing innovations, mapping values from each case, and analysing how the innovations have contributed to each of the studied firm’s competitiveness. Results show that manufacturing innovation mainly addresses cost and time reductions, but also customer value, to gain competitive advantage and opportunities such as reaching new markets. However, other values such as social and environmental benefits are brought up, which also can be linked to emergent customer demands. The paper contributes to the research community and industry with a new approach to innovation in manufacturing, where global trends of today are taken into consideration.

  • 10.
    Larsson, Lisa
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human and technology.
    Stahre, Johan
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Warrol, Cecilia
    Teknikföretagen, Stockholm.
    Rönnbäck, Anna Öhrwall
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human and technology.
    An Assessment Model for Production Innovation: The Program Production20302018In: Procedia Manufacturing, E-ISSN 2351-9789, Vol. 25, p. 134-141Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The paper suggests an assessment tool for production innovation, a way of assessing innovation aspects in production development projects. The tool captures innovation as “new and value-added change of a production related activity”. The tool was tested through a questionnaire survey sent to 30 research and innovation (R&I) projects funded by the Swedish Strategic Innovation Program Produktion2030, involving research institutions and industrial organizations. Results point at a varied distribution programme impact through resulting change activities. Identified areas for innovation were materials, decision support, tools, methods, and solutions estimated as new to industry and to the global business community.

  • 11.
    Lind, Erika
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
    Karlsson, Anna
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
    Öhrwall Rönnbäck, Anna
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
    Constraints and Capacities in Small Established Firms: The Role of Managerial Levers in the Innovation Process2017In: XXVIII ISPIM Conference: Composing the Innovation Symphony, 2017Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 12.
    Lindahl, Mattias
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell miljöteknik.
    Sandström, Gunilla Ölundh
    Royal Institute of Technology.
    Sundin, Erik
    Linköping University of Technology.
    Rönnbäck, Anna Öhrwall
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    Learning networks: a method for Integrated Product and Service Engineering - experience from the IPSE project2008In: Manufacturing Systems and Technologies for the New Frontier: The 41st CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems May 26–28, 2008, Tokyo, Japan, London: Springer-Verlag London Limited , 2008, p. 495-500Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim with the Integrated Product and Service Engineering (IPSE) project is to develop a methodology for companies that want to make the journey of moving from selling products to also sell Integrated Product and Service Offerings. In order to achieve that major changes are needed in the companies. In this paper the learning network approach is described as well as the content of the workshop series that the companies participated in. The findings show that a learning network approach is beneficial methodology for achieving changes in the companies, since the participants learn from each other and from the researchers.

  • 13.
    Lindwall, Angelica
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
    Dordlofva, Christo
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
    Öhrwall Rönnbäck, Anna
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
    Additive Manufacturing and the Product Development Process: insights from the Space Industry2017In: he 21th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED17): 21-25 August 2017, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada : proceedings of ICED17 / [ed] 21th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED17), Vancouver, 21-25 August 2017, 2017, Vol. 5, p. 345-354Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    With Additive Manufacturing (AM), manufacturing companies have the potential to develop more geometrically and functionally complex products. Design for AM (DfAM) has become an expression implying the need to design differently for the AM process, compared to for conventional, usually "subtractive" manufacturing methods. There is a need to understand how AM will influence the product development process and the possibilities to create innovative designs, from the perspective of the product development engineer. This paper explores the expected influence of AM on the product development process in a space industry context. Space industry is characterized by small-scale production, and is increasingly cost-oriented. There is a general belief that AM could pave the way for more efficient product development. Three companies have been studied through interviews, observations and workshops. Results show that engineers' expected implications of introducing AM in the space industry are: The involvement and influence of customers and politics on innovativeness; the need for process understanding and usage of new tools for DfAM-thinking; the need for qualification of AM processes.

  • 14.
    Romero, David
    et al.
    Tecnológico de Monterrey.
    Larsson, Lisa
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
    Öhrwall Rönnbäck, Anna
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
    Stahre, Johan
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Strategizing for Production Innovation2017In: Advances in Production Management Systems: The Path to Intelligent, Collaborative and Sustainable Manufacturing : IFIP WG 5.7 International Conference, APMS 2017, Hamburg, Germany, September 3-7, 2017, Proceedings / [ed] Hermann Lödding, Ralph Riedel, Klaus-Dieter Thoben, Gregor von Cieminski, Dimitris Kiritsis, Cham: Springer, 2017, p. 3-12Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 15.
    Rönnbäck, Anna Öhrwall
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    Collaborative Innovation for Entering Emerging Markets2010In: Proceedings of the 3rd ISPIM Innovation Symposium: Managing the Art of Innovation:: Turning Concepts into Reality / [ed] K.R.E Huizingh; S. Conn; M. Torkkeli ; I Bitrain, 2010Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this paper is to investigate collaborative innovation in business networks for small environmental technology companies entering an emerging market (EM). Export of environmental technology solutions to emerging economies involves high investment opportunities and high growth potential, but also high risk. For example, large-scale demonstrator equipment proving the function of the environmental technology solution might be needed, which usually requires cooperation between several companies and supporting actors. Results from empirical studies presented in this paper confirm the difficulties to export environmental technology solutions to EMs for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Collaboration in business networks appears to be an efficient means to take on larger assignments, and business models built on principles of product service systems (PSS) where the technology can be integrated, and functionality is of main focus. A preliminary business development process model for small firms’ environmental technology export to EMs is developed and presented.

  • 16. Rönnbäck, Anna Öhrwall
    Digitalisation, sustainability and servitisation: Consequences on product development capabilities in manufacturing firms2018Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 17.
    Rönnbäck, Anna Öhrwall
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    Ur startblocken: svensk innovationskraft II: baserad på Forum for Innovation Managements seminarier och salongsdebatter under 2004-2007 : bidrag från inbjudna medskribenter och intervjupersoner2008Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Ur startblocken – Svensk innovationskraft II. I den här boken ger Forum for Innovation Management, FIM, en samlad bild av Sveriges förutsättningar som innovationsland nu och i framtiden. Bokens teman speglar fims seminarier och salongsdebatter under 2004–2007 och baseras på intervjuer och texter av tongivande personer i Innovationssverige, bland andra Ayad Al Saffar, Efva Attling, Leif Johansson, Lars G Josefsson, Margareta Norell Bergendal, Maud Olofsson, Alf Rehn, Lena Treschow Torell, Per Unckel och Thomas Östros. Boken avslutas med ett manifest riktat till Sveriges beslutsfattare i innovationsfrågor

  • 18.
    Rönnbäck, Anna Öhrwall
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    Demir, Robert
    Stockholm University.
    Walldius, Åke
    Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
    A reflection on openness in collaborative product development2011In: Proceedings of the 4th ISPIM Innovation Symposium: Managing Innovation for Sustained Productivity: Creating Advantage and Resilience, 2011Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents an in-depth case study from a development project in the bank sector. The findings have implications for companies that consider openness in their innovation activities. A large company that wishes to involve suppliers, partners, customers and end-users need to be prepared organizationally, with e.g., motivated individuals, and allocated budgets. This applies regardless company size, but, the study indicates that a smaller firm can more easily involve end-users, and can take advantage of its (built-in) proximity and flexibility towards customers. By knowing more and by planning for openness in a product development project, the expectations of involved parties can more easily be met. The indepth case study illustrates that openness in innovation takes time, and requires efforts, and should not be undertaken unless the company is well prepared for it.

  • 19. Rönnbäck, Anna Öhrwall
    et al.
    Isaksson, Ola
    Product development challenges for space sub-system manufacturers2018In: Proceedings of International Design Conference: Design 2018 / [ed] Marjanović D.; Štorga M.; Škec S.; Bojčetić N.; Pavković N., Dubrovnik: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture , 2018, Vol. 4, p. 1937-1944Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Space industry undergoes a transformation where new business interests affect manufacturers of space subsystems and equipment. This paper investigates consequences on development and design capabilities following the increased competition and market volumes, towards emphasis on commercial values, seeking adaptable, flexible and production efficient design solutions.

  • 20.
    Rönnbäck, Anna Öhrwall
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    Janhager, Jenny
    Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
    Abdullah, M Ailieen
    Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
    Enhancing the prospects for entering emerging markets via business networks2010In: Proceedings of the XXI ISPIM Conference, 2010Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Multiple factors affect a company’s ability to enter a foreign market. Despite the challenges faced by SMEs, it is suggested that emerging markets (EM) possess high investment potential, thus should seriously be considered as new markets for Swedish environmental technology companies. Researchers within the field of internationalization activities suggest that psychic distance and experiential learning heavily affect market selection. This paper is based upon a case study of four companies that unite in a joint venture with the purpose of developing and constructing a complete plant in an EM based on a radical technology innovation. Of importance to the network partners is the knowledge shared between them for the purpose of successful commercialization, and also knowledge that enhances the prospects for companies to consider EM for their business.

  • 21.
    Rönnbäck, Anna Öhrwall
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    Olsson, Claes-Olof
    Sambruk.
    Collaborative Development of Public Information Systems: A Case Study of “Sambruk” e-Services Development2010In: eChallenges e-2010 Conference Proceedings / [ed] Paul Cunningham; Miriam Cunningham, IEEE Press, 2010Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Today, public e-services provide essential and efficient tools for municipalities to serve their citizens. However, the development can be quite complex, and in order to efficiently develop solutions, municipalities need to collaborate with many actors and stakeholders such as IT-vendors and developers, as well as government agencies. In this paper collaboration with various stakeholders in different scenarios, comprising four different information systems development projects are analysed, and the pro’s and con’s in the various approaches are described. Furthermore, there are important lessons learned and identified in the three alternatives of user involvement in the projects covered in the paper. Sambruk, ie the Swedish Association of Municipalities for Joint Development of eServices, has in several projects challenged the existing near monopolistic market and business models in Sweden by carrying out significant development projects, utilising new approaches in user involvement and setting up a new collaborative arena for Swedish municipalities, working together in creating new e-service solutions.

  • 22.
    Rönnbäck, Anna Öhrwall
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    Risberg, Per
    Saab Combitech.
    Att leda högteknologiska innovationsföretag: Erfarenheter från Combitech 1977-19972009Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Per Risberg skapade Combitech-gruppen och var dess koncernchef i 20 år. Genom detta hade han en unik erfarenhet av att starta och driva fram tillväxt av teknikbaserade nya företag. Ur SAAB-koncernens huvudsakligen militära verksamhet, med en både bred och djup teknikbas, initierade Per nya kompetensområden och byggde upp en grupp mindre, applikationsfokuserade, självständiga men helägda bolag, som tillsammans bildade Combitech-gruppen. Gruppen utvecklades framgångsrikt under Pers ledarskap, och bidrog till ökat värdeskapande och ökad tillväxt.I VINNOVAs arbete är tillväxt i mindre företag ett viktigt fokus. För VINNOVA-anställda som arbetar med teknikbaserade nya företag är det mycket värdefullt att ta del av Pers erfarenheter från Combitech-tiden. Det blev därför mycket uppskattat när Per lovade att berätta om sina erfarenheter inom ramen för en serie om sju heldagsseminarier för VINNOVAs anställda.I denna seminarieserie, som löpte under åren 2007-2008, delade Per, på ett öppet, utförligt ochpersonligt sätt, med sig av sina kunskaper och erfarenheter. Hans insikter grundar sig på upplevelser av både med- och motgång, och lockade åhörarna till både eftertänksamhet och många goda skratt.Pers berättelse är nu dokumenterad i denna sammanfattande skrift, förtjänstfullt nedtecknad av Tekn dr. Anna Öhrwall Rönnbäck. Berättelsen utgår från ett antal konkreta fallbeskrivningar som underbygger hans slutsatser och reflektioner, organiserade under ett antal teman.Vi vill hävda att Per hade en unik erfarenhet av att bygga upp ny teknikbaserad affärsverksamhet samt att han utvecklade ett spännande framgångskoncept med Combitech-gruppen. Att på detta sätt få möjlighet att ta del av och dokumentera dessa erfarenheter har stort värde. Vi känner stor och djup tacksamhet till Per för att han på ett engagerat och pedagogiskt sätt delade med sig av sina kunskaper. VINNOVA hoppas och tror att du som läsare kan få inspiration och vägledning kring vilka faktorer som är avgörande för att ett teknikbaserat nytt företag skall lyckas. Det är också vår förhoppning att innehållet ska stimulera till diskussion och bidra till att ge såväl VINNOVAs medarbetare som VINNOVAs bidragsmottagare, samt övriga läsare, en ökad kännedom kring, och förståelse för frågeställningar som är väsentliga i vårt gemensamma arbete med att främja och skapa hållbar tillväxt.

  • 23.
    Rönnbäck, Anna Öhrwall
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    Sjöström, Roland
    Industrial Marketing, Management and Engineering, Linkping University.
    Uddenberg, Anders
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    Brege, Staffan
    Industrial Marketing, Management and Engineering, Linkping University.
    Evaluating innovation aspects for rapid growth in SMEs2012In: Proceedings of the XXIII ISPIM Conference: “Action for Innovation: Innovating from Experience”, 2012Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The importance of fast-growing companies, so-called gazelles, for the creation of jobs and wealth in society is undisputed (e.g. Birch 1981). Less is known about how a firm can become – and stay – a gazelle. While innovation is often pointed out as a key to successful business development, the relationship between investments in innovation and R&D activities and profitable long-term growth is still unclear. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the importance of innovation aspects for rapid growth in small and mediumsized enterprises, SMEs. Empirically, it is based on an initiative to enhance fast growth in SMEs in a region in Sweden. Early results from analyzing 39 cases indicate that innovation factors distinguish fast-growing companies from lowgrowing ones.

  • 24. Rönnbäck, Anna Öhrwall
    et al.
    Tynnhammar, Marcus
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human and technology.
    An integrated product service engineering methodology for small businesses in the manufacturing industry2018Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 25.
    Sakao, Tomohiko
    et al.
    Linköping University of Technology.
    Lindahl, Mattias
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell miljöteknik.
    Rönnbäck, Anna Öhrwall
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    Environmentally-conscious design methods for manufacturing firms with servicification2009In: International Journal of Automation Technology, ISSN 1881-7629, E-ISSN 1883-8022, Vol. 3, no 1, p. 26-32Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Servicification is a key toward environmental conscious business in the manufacturing industry After looking at the business and economic implications of Integrated Product and Service Offerings, it suggest specifications for methods beneficial for such a manufacturing company. The paper is based on the empirical case studies of 120 Swedish manufacturing firms of different sizes. It is expected to encourage discussion on this crucial theme in mature economies such as those of Europe and Japan.

  • 26.
    Sakao, Tomohiko
    et al.
    Linköping University of Technology.
    Rönnbäck, Anna Öhrwall
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    Sandström, Gunilla Ölundh
    Royal Institute of Technology.
    Uncovering benefits and risks of integrated product service offerings: Using a case of technology encapsulation2013In: Journal of Systems Science and Systems Engineering, ISSN 1004-3756, E-ISSN 1861-9576, Vol. 22, no 4, p. 421-439Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The objective of this article is to uncover benefits and risks of Integrated Product Service Offering (IPSO) in a systematic manner. To do so, it adopts an explorative longitudinal in-depth case study (development of an IPSO based on a new technology) and adds insights to the existing literature. The article first proposes a theoretical and generic framework termed the PCP (Provider — Customer — Product) triangle with associated information flow and uncertainty. Second, various types of benefits and risks are presented based on the framework. Among others, the benefit of keeping IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) with the provider and the risk of regulation change are new findings from the case study. In addition, the case study reveals that IPSO is regarded as a positive contributor to innovation. Applying the framework and classification of benefits and risks as norms to other cases has yet to be done for verification. However, the framework contributes scientifically to a better understanding of the benefits and risks of IPSO. In addition, this framework is advantageous with its easiness to understand, which contributes practically to the dissemination of IPSO insight to industry.

  • 27.
    Sundin, Erik
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Monteringsteknik.
    Rönnbäck, Anna Öhrwall
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    Sakao, Tomohiko
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell miljöteknik.
    From Component to System Solution Supplier: Strategic Warranty Management as a Key to Efficient Integrated Product/Service Engineering2009In: Proceedings of 42nd CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems, 2009Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    As hardening competition in industry pushes manufacturing companies to deliver increased customer value, communication with the customer during the use-phase becomes paramount. This paper investigates whether warranty management could be a method for improved integrated product/service engineering (IPSE) as a firm moves from component to system solution supplier. The research methodology applied was a multiple case study, with four suppliers as focal firms, where buyer-supplier relationships were investigated from a supplier perspective. Results show that advanced warranty reporting, implemented as a strategic tool, can be a key to efficient IPSE.

  • 28.
    Sundin, Erik
    et al.
    Linköping University of Technology.
    Rönnbäck, Anna Öhrwall
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    Sakao, Tomohiko
    Linköping University of Technology.
    From Component to System Solution Supplier: Strategic Warranty Management as a Key to Efficient Integrated Product/Service Engineering2015In: CIRP - Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology, ISSN 1755-5817, E-ISSN 1878-0016, p. 183-191Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    As hardening competition in industry pushes manufacturing companies to deliver increased customervalue, communication with the customer during the use phase becomes paramount. This paperinvestigates whether warranty management could be a strategic tool for improved integrated product/service engineering (IPSE) as a firm moves from component to system solution supplier. The researchmethodology appliedwas amultiple case study, with four suppliers as focal firms, where buyer–supplierrelationships were investigated from a supplier perspective. Results show that advanced warrantymanagement, implemented as a strategic tool, can be a key to efficient IPSE.

  • 29.
    Sundin, Erik
    et al.
    Linköping University of Technology.
    Sandström, Gunilla Ölundh
    Royal Institute of Technology.
    Lindahl, Mattias
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell miljöteknik.
    Rönnbäck, Anna Öhrwall
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    Using company-academia networks for improving Product/Service Systems at large companies2009In: Introduction to product/service-system design, London: Springer-Verlag London Limited , 2009, p. 185-196Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Many manufacturers are shifting focus for different reasons from being providers of mainly physical products, to providing increased services in their customer offerings. Traditionally, the focus at manufacturing companies has been more on product development than service development; this is one reason why it is important for PSS developers to meet others who understand this situation. This chapter describes challenges large PSS providers in Sweden are facing, and how these can be explored and discussed within a Product/Service System company-academia network setting. It is concluded that during the three first years of network meetings, this approach has been a success. In addition, the experiences gained from participation in this network have resulted in recommendations for PSS providers and researchers thinking of starting up similar networks and/or building ones already be

  • 30.
    Tynnhammar, Marcus
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
    Larsson, Lisa
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
    Viveros, Brenda
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
    Öhrwall Rönnbäck, Anna
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
    Karlsson, Anna
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
    Stahre, Johan
    Chalmers, Sverige.
    Project: Production Innovation2015Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 31.
    Tynnhammar, Marcus
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
    Öhrwall Rönnbäck, Anna
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
    Johansen, Kerstin
    Linköpings univ..
    Projekt: Automation Småland2015Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 32.
    Uddenberg, Anders
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    Rönnbäck, Anna Öhrwall
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    Almesåker, Gunnar
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    Explanatory Factors for Small Firms’ Sustainable Growth: Developing an Assessment Model for Established SMEs2011In: Proceedings of ICSB Conference 2011: "Back to the Future: Changes in Persepectives of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation",, 2011Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper investigates factors that can explain sustainable growth in establishedsmall and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Deducted from previous research,tentative explanatory factors serve as a base for constructing a model for assessmentof an SME’s growth potential. Applying the assessment model on 154 companies didnot result in a clear pattern of factors that are most important for long-term profitablebusiness development and growth, but showed important overall differences betweenfinancially strong companies and weaker ones. These results can be a base for furtherrefinement of factors that should be taken into account for sustainable growth inSMEs.

  • 33.
    Viveros, Brenda
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
    Rönnbäck, Anna Öhrwall
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
    Ramirez, Andres
    Department of Industrial Economics and Management (INDEK), Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).
    Production innovation in manufacturing firms: The case of Swedish SMEs2015In: The 20th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED15): 27th-30th July 2015, Politecnico di Milano, Italy : proceedings of ICED15 / [ed] Christian Weber; Stephan Husung; Geatano Cascini; Marco Cantamessa; D. Marjanović, Glasgow: Design Research Society, 2015, Vol. 8 : innovation and creativity, p. 173-182Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 34.
    Zhang, Ya
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    Rönnbäck, Anna Öhrwall
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    Grundström, Christina
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    Timing in smaller firms' internationalization process toward emerging markets (China focus)2013In: 22nd Nordic Academy of Management Conference: On Practice and Knowledge Eruptions, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2013, 2013Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    1. Study objective:To get a better understanding on how an interaction between small firms’ managerial intentions, competences, embedded networks and firms’ perceived opportunities from industrial and institutional environments formstheir internationalization pathway over the time.2. A brief statement of method:Four longitudinal in-depth case studies were selected from 293 respondents to a survey in 2010 on SwedishSMEs’ China business experience and interest.• Chosen cases are contrast in their previous interna-tional business experience and traits of product/ service offerings.• The study uses a mixed method to collect primary data and the data are collected several rounds along tar-get market entry process.3. A summary of results:In a case of small service firm without pre-international business, influences from domestic intermediate actors in professional networks play a big role in firm’s opportuni- ties discovery process.Other cases show that an iterative learning process in emerging market entry. However, the opportunities searching process is triggered by internal motivations such as growth.The study captures small firms changing managerial attentions under stimulations from external environment and internal motivations. The study shows that interac- tion between small firms’ internal means (resources) and attitude, and firms’ external environment plays a majorrole in forming a dynamic process of internationalization.4. The conclusionsThe pattern of smaller firms’ internationalization processis dynamic and non-linear.In an exploration phase of internationalization pro-cess, external stimulators might impact a direction interms of market selection and entry mode.

  • 35.
    Zhang, Ya
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    Rönnbäck, Anna Öhrwall
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Industriell marknadsföring och industriell ekonomi.
    holmström, Magnus
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Företagsekonomi.
    Small Firms’ Business with China – Perceived Challenges and Opportunities2011In: Proceedings of ICSB Conference 2011: Back to the Future: Changes in Persepectives of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation,, 2011Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 36.
    Rönnbäck, Anna Öhrwall (Editor)
    Linköpings universitet, Tekniska högskolan.
    Berg, Per-Olof (Editor)
    Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship.
    Svensk innovationskraft: Visionen måste vara starkare än motståndet: "visionen måste vara starkare än motståndet" : baserad på Forum for Innovation Managements seminarier och salongsdebatter under 2001-20032004Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
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