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Network based intermediation in logistics innovation communities
University of Borås, School of Engineering.
University of Borås, School of Engineering.
2010 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of the paper to investigate how a network organization; in this case by the name of Sweden Logistics, working primarily in the area around the city of Borås in Sweden, can develop its role as an intermediary in a logistics innovation community. The board of the network organization has taken several intermediating initiatives. Two of them are described in this paper. We refer to the first as a pooled initiative, and to the second as a systemic initiative. The first was pooling project resources in order to develop certain common logistics solutions in the area of distance trade return logistics. The second was aiming for a more long term and open distance trade innovation community, centering though in the first step on information support systems for distance trade. With its base in systemic theory and network theory, the paper starts up by a literature review distilling the roles of intermediaries in logistic and other types of innovation communities. On the methodological side the paper investigates the possible roles of systemic meetings as a tool for innovation community organizing. Systemic meetings were used in both of the initiatives. In the first initiative a systemic meeting proved useful for providing consumer insights and for developing ideas on how to shape return logistics in distance trade. In the second initiative a systemic meeting was used to recognize patterns in the existing distance trade innovation community, this in order to find ways to strengthen and develop this for the area important community. The second systemic meeting proved to be more problematic and the paper therefore focuses on a discussion on the possible uses of systemic meetings as a tool to develop long term and open innovation communities.

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Keyword [en]
intermediaries, systemic meetings, open innovation, user driven innovation
Keyword [sv]
Kvalitetsdriven logistik
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Engineering and Technology Social Sciences Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-6483Local ID: 2320/7351OAI: diva2:887179
6th International Conference on Business, Management and Economics -ICBME’10, 07 - 09 October 2010, Çesme / Izmir – Turkey
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