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Educational interventions for sustainable innovation in small and medium sized enterprises
Economics and Statistics, Umeå School of Business, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.
Economics and Statistics, Umeå School of Business, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4815-7467
2020 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 243, article id 118554Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sustainability innovation research suggests that when the managers of small and medium-sized enterprises(SMEs) perceive sustainability as strategic, they undertake sustainable innovation. Educationalinterventions are, in turn, suggested to foster such views among these managers. But in the interactionbetween educators and managers, power matters for how knowledge is conveyed and educational interventionsare understudied, especially when they are university-led. This article examines how actors’power affects the translation of knowledge between educators and SME managers. A conceptualframework combining translation and power-dependency theory is introduced and applied to the casestudy of a University-led competence development program offered to construction company managersin Sweden. The analysis reveals how imbalanced dependencies and power within interactions accumulatedover time and came to interfere with the program’s learning objectives. The study contributespractically by suggesting how mutual goals, time management, and relationship building can create abetter context for educator-SME interactions and SME sustainability. The scientific contribution lies inintroducing a new perspective on educational interventions for SMEs and providing a conceptualframework for future studies thereof.

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Elsevier, 2020. Vol. 243, article id 118554
Keywords [en]
Educational intervention, SME, Sustainable innovation, Translation, Power, Dependency
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-78408DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.118554ISI: 000498805600041Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85072888366OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-78408DiVA, id: diva2:1375181
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Funding Agencies:

Kamprad Family Foundation for Entrepreneurship, Research and Charity  20160063

EU Regional Development Fund  20200340

Available from: 2019-12-04 Created: 2019-12-04 Last updated: 2019-12-13Bibliographically approved

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