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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. Bonnier, Tor
    et al.
    Berg, Per-OlofStockholm School of Entrepreneurship.Öhrwall Rönnbäck, AnnaLinköpings universitet, Tekniska högskolan.
    Svensk innovationskraft: Visionen måste vara starkare än motståndet: "visionen måste vara starkare än motståndet" : baserad på Forum for Innovation Managements seminarier och salongsdebatter under 2001-20032004Collection (editor) (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 3.
    Bouyssou, Anne
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Baumler, Raphaël
    World Maritime University, Malmö, Sweden.
    Öhrwall Rönnbäck, Anna
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Complex Systems Design: Sustainability Challenges for Shipbuilding2023In: Proceedings of the Design Society, ICED 2023, Cambridge University Press , 2023, Vol. 3, p. 1027-1036Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Ships are complex technical systems resulting from large scale and scope projects in which integration plays a key role, particularly because trade-offs have to be made between conflicting objectives. Merchant ships are usually built with a perspective of twenty-five years of service. Ship owners detail their requirements and ship specifications in line with their strategy to remain competitive on specific segments of the shipping markets. Ships serve and organize global trade flows. The rise in environmental regulations and technological changes generate unprecedented uncertainties for ship owners. Ships do not follow the usual systems engineering process, as there is no full-scale prototyping. Rules and standards deeply influence the design of ships and limit the possibilities to 'think outside the box'. The purpose of this paper is to present environmental drivers relating to the operation of the ship which have, or will have, an influence on the way it is designed.

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  • 4.
    Clauss, Margot
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Cho, Mengu
    Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan.
    Bursachi, Noé
    Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), France.
    Laufer, Rene
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Weiss, Bernd Michael
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Öhrwall Rönnbäck, Anna
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Reusability potential of spacecraft solar panels2023In: IAC 2023 Congress Proceedings, 74th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Baku, Azerbaijan, International Astronautical Federation, 2023, article id 79932Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 5.
    Clauss, Margot
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Weiss, Bernd
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Laufer, René
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Öhrwall Rönnbäck, Anna
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Circularity and Sustainability in Aerospace: The Case of Spacecraft Materials2023Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 6.
    Clauss, Margot
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Weiss, Bernd Michael
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Laufer, René
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    Öhrwall Rönnbäck, Anna
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Losch, Andreas
    University of Bern, 3012 Bern, Switzerland and University of Zurich, 8006 Zurich, Switzerland.
    Creaternity Space: In Search of Circularity for Reuse of Spacecraft Materials2022In: IAC 2022 Congress Proceedings, 73rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Paris, France, International Astronautical Federation, 2022, article id 69410Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The need for material circularity and sustainability is not limited to human activities on Earth and in fact, has broad implications for the utilization of outer space. With the increased digitalization, global location and observation needs, and connectivity demands for Earth applications, an ever-growing number of spacecrafts being launched into an already “crowded” orbital space at the fast-growing risk of collisions. Sustainability, stewardship, and circularity have been identified as key concepts and enablers for the save and long-term utilization of outer space. However, as research projects related to space sustainability, recycling of spacecraft materials, and space debris mitigation gain traction, a mutual understanding of definitions and concepts is missing and the prospects and viability of circularity in space are unclear. This research attempts to fill this gap with an investigation into the possibilities to re-use spacecraft materials as an alternative to its complete disposal. A review of circularity and sustainability definitions is conducted, and this paper makes an initial effort to examine and map requirements for re-manufacturing, refurbishment, and the re-use of spacecraft materials. A literature review is conducted to identify fundamental concepts to enable circularity. This research reviews best practices and approaches in areas like aviation, electronics, and car manufacturing to thoroughly examine similarities and to create a mapping for the space sector. Following this cross-industry approach, the research surveys academic and industrial topics like spacecraft and satellite mission design, business models and product innovation, and entrepreneurship and space ecosystems to find common patterns within sectors and activities. The paper further presents findings and a preliminary roadmap and future research topics related to circularity in space.

  • 7.
    Eckert, Claudia
    et al.
    The Open University.
    Isaksson, Ola
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Hallstedt, Sophie
    Blekinge Institute of Technology.
    Malmqvist, Johan
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Rönnbäck Öhrwall, Anna
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Humans and technology.
    Panarotto, Massimo
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Industry Trends to 20402019In: Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED19), Cambridge University Press, 2019, p. 2121-2128Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The engineering design community needs to development tools and methods now to support emergingtechnological and societal trends. While many forecasts exist for technological and societal changes,this paper reports on the findings of a workshop, which addressed trends in engineering design to 2040.The paper summarises the key findings from the six themes of the workshop: societal trends, ways ofworking, lifelong learning, technology, modelling and simulation and digitisation; and points to thechallenge of understanding how these trends affect each other.

  • 8.
    Elnourani, Mohamed
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Johansen, Kerstin
    School of Engineering, Jönköping University, 551 11 Jönköping, Sweden.
    Rönnbäck, Anna Öhrwall
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Enabling Factors for Circularity in the Metal Cutting Industry - With Focus on High-Value Circular Tools2024In: Sustainable Production through Advanced Manufacturing, Intelligent Automation and Work Integrated Learning: Proceedings of the 11th Swedish Production Symposium (SPS2024) / [ed] Joel Andersson; Shrikant Joshi; Lennart Malmskold; Fabian Hanning, IOS Press, 2024, p. 502-519Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Metal cutting industry, a key sector in manufacturing, is grappling with the transition to a "net-zero industry" to mitigate climate change and reach sustainable practices. Rare and exclusive materials make recycling and reusing cutting tools more pressing and necessitate efficient circular material flows. The purpose of this research is to explore how collaboration can facilitate circularity in the cutting tool industry. It examines the involvement of stakeholders and their roles in achieving a circular lifecycle for cutting tools. To investigate the interaction between metal cutting tools suppliers and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), this study used a mixed-methods approach that includes data from literature, interviews, and document study. Empirical data is gathered to investigate the factors driving circularity and to identify important participants in the lifecycle of cutting tools. The study revealed challenges to the current situation including underutilization of tools due to the absence of a standardization process and subjective operator judgment, as well as lack of traceability of the tools both internally at SMEs and between the stakeholders. Moreover, by mapping the current actors, the study found cutting tool traceability, undirected decision-making throughout tool lifecycles, and limited awareness of circularity dimensions are key challenges. To handle these challenges. 9Rs circular economy framework used to investigate the possible role of collaboration emerges as a vital enabler for circularity, with SMEs playing a significant role. Moreover, the involvement of machine operators, often overlooked actors, is found to be crucial in influencing circular outcomes. Digital solutions and collaborative strategies that involve CNC machine suppliers and intermittent refurbishing business are pivotal in overcoming the challenges identified, namely, traceability and human subjectivity in tool condition assessment. The study demonstrates that technology providers, intermediary refurbishing businesses, SMEs and other stakeholders operating in the metal cutting tools sector must be involved throughout their lifetime to avoid suboptimal results, exchange information, and inspire industrial actors to support the circular economy.

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  • 9.
    González Chávez, Clarissa A.
    et al.
    Department of Industrial and Material Sciences, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Brynolf, Selma
    Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Despeisse, Mélanie
    Department of Industrial and Material Sciences, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Johansson, Björn
    Department of Industrial and Material Sciences, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Rönnbäck, Anna Öhrwall
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Rösler, Jonathan
    Institute of Technology Management, University of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland.
    Stahre, Johan
    Department of Industrial and Material Sciences, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Advancing sustainability through digital servitization: An exploratory study in the maritime shipping industry2024In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 436, article id 140401Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Global businesses are transforming towards capturing more value from services, a business model transition called servitization. Digital servitization can help create and maintain a competitive advantage, as well as offering opportunities to tackle major challenges related to environmental pressures and rapidly changing market conditions. This study aims to bridge the gap between the theory of digital servitization and its implementation in the maritime shipping sector. This paper presents a multi-case study that explores the status, perceived challenges, and enablers for the adoption of digital servitization. Empirical data were collected from interviews with 13 companies and analyzed using the PESTEL and DPSIR frameworks. The results are presented across three categories based on the PESTEL framework: organizational context, global priorities, and sustainability. This study contributes to theory by providing empirical insights from the status of digital servitization in the maritime shipping industry. Also, it identifies challenges and needs that can support the transition towards digital servitization and the development of more sustainable solutions. Future research avenues are suggested to advance digital servitization in other industrial sectors.

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  • 10.
    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.

  • 11.
    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.

  • 12.
    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.

  • 13.
    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.

  • 14.
    Grundström, Christina
    et al.
    Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
    Öberg, Christina
    Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
    Öhrwall-Rönnbäck, Anna
    Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
    View and management of innovativeness upon succession in family-owned SMEs2010Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 15.
    Hallstedt, Sophie I.
    et al.
    Department of Strategic Sustainable Development, School of Engineering, Blekinge Institute of Technology, SE-37179 Karlskrona, Sweden.
    Isaksson, Ola
    The Division of Product Development, Department of Industrial and Materials Science, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-41296 Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Öhrwall Rönnbäck, Anna
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Humans and technology.
    The Need for New Product Development Capabilities from Digitalization, Sustainability, and Servitization Trends2020In: Sustainability, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 12, no 23, article id 10222Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Apparent from the latest pandemic, the dynamics and rate of change in society accelerate on a global scale. Ongoing mega-trends in society, such as digitalization, sustainability, and servitization, fundamentally changes the conditions for manufacturers when developing and providing new products. This study clarifies the combined impact and consequences on product development capabilities in manufacturing firms of the three mega-trends: (i) digitalization, (ii) sustainability, and (iii) servitization. The research is based on a pre-study, complemented with a semi-structured interview study at small, medium-sized, and large Swedish-based manufacturing companies, and a systematic literature review. The research makes evident that the main challenge is to empower engineers and development teams to model, present, evaluate, and develop expected and smart digitalized solutions in a time-limited environment and prioritize the most resource efficient and sustainable solution. Therefore, four complementary support resources are suggested: (i) a knowledge management platform, (ii) a data management platform, (iii) a set of criteria and metrics measuring progression, and (iv) support methods and tools to define, model, and evaluate solutions. When integrated into a digital platform, developers can simultaneously access and process the necessary information needed for sustainable, digitalized, and servitized solutions.

  • 16.
    Hedman, Mattias
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Kurdve, M
    Research Institutes of Sweden, Rise Ab, Sweden; Technology management and economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg Sweden .
    Larsson, Lisa
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Öhrwall Rönnbäck, Anna
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Operator Contributions to Innovation: Supporting Innovative Production Development in a Digital Learning Environment2022In: SPS 2022: Proceedings of the 10th Swedish Production Symposium / [ed] Amos H.C. Ng, Anna Syberfeldt, Dan Högberg, Magnus Holm, Amsterdam: IOS Press, 2022, p. 580-591Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    As all technologies come to pass, change by innovation is needed both ways, exploiting current knowledge to do better and exploring new knowledge to do differently. Due to years of continuous improvement (CI), exploitation of current knowledge in production development is rather well investigated, exploration is less. It could be argued that not utilizing the potential explorative operator contributions to production innovation is a lost opportunity to increase a company’s innovation capability. Simultaneously, operators are facing great changes when manufacturing is adopting to digitalization and sustainability challenges enhancing the need for production innovation. This study focused on a team of operators through a workshop series of five sessions about explorative activities in a format using structured and semi-structured interviews. The study provided a basis for constructing a model for positioning operators’ both digital and explorative maturity level. Through the empirical data and the model, the conclusion is illustrated as alternative pathways to reach a desired level of operator maturity. It was concluded that approaching digital and explorative maturity for operators should be done as a two-step process. Increasing both maturities simultaneously, as with the studied team, showed difficult due to the digital and explorative maturity being co-dependent. The suggested two-step process contributes to a better understanding of prerequisites and opportunities for operators to participate and contribute to production innovation in digitalized work environments, ultimately increasing the company’s innovation capability.

  • 17.
    Hedman, Mattias
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Larsson, Lisa
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Rönnbäck Öhrwall, Anna
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Opportunities for Managing Incremental and Radical Innovation in Production2021In: 54th CIRP CMS 2021 - Towards Digitalized Manufacturing 4.0 / [ed] Dimitris Mourtzis, Elsevier, 2021, Vol. 104, p. 756-761Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Manufacturing companies constantly strive towards better quality and more cost-efficient production. This development is mainly managed through continuous improvement, somewhat limiting the organization to incremental changes. Meanwhile, existing literature emphasizes the need of managing both incremental and radical innovations to face dual market demands. This paper present proposals that can support an increased understanding of the context in which innovation management could be applied to further improve capabilities of a production organization, towards ambidexterity. Topics of proposals are 1) definitions of innovation in production, 2) innovation management with continuous improvement, and 3) alternative perspective on types of innovations.

  • 18.
    Isaksson, Ola
    et al.
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Eckert, Claudia
    The Open University.
    Borgue, Olivia
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Hallstedt, Sophie I
    Blekinge Institute of Technology.
    Hein, Andreas Makoto
    Université Paris-Saclay.
    Gericke, Killian
    University of Luxembourg.
    Panarotto, Massimo
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Reich, Yoram
    Tel Aviv University.
    Rönnbäck Öhrwall, Anna B
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Humans and technology.
    Perspectives on Innovation: The Role of Engineering Design2019In: Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED19), Cambridge University Press, 2019, p. 1235-1244Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of the paper is to foster a discussion in the engineering design community about its understanding of the innovation phenomena and the unique contribution that comes from engineering design. The paper reports on the dialouge originating from a series of workshops with participants from different backgrounds in engineering design, systems engineering, industrial design psychology and business.

    Definitions of innovation are revisited as used in business, management and engineering design contexts. The role of innovation is then discussed related to product development from (i) the management perspective, (ii) a systems architecture perspective and (iii) in relation to sustainable development as one driver of innovation.

    It is argued that engineering design has a central role in how to realise the novelty aspect of innovation and often plays a critical role in maturing these into the valuable products, and there is a need to articulate the role of engineering design in innovation to better resonate with the business and management research. 

  • 19.
    Isaksson, Ola
    et al.
    Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
    Hallstedt, Sophie I.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden.
    Rönnbäck Öhrwall, Anna
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Humans and technology.
    Digitalisation, sustainability and servitisation: Consequences on product development capabilities in manufacturing firms2018In: DS 91: Proceedings of NordDesign 2018, Linköping, Sweden, 14th - 17th August 2018 / [ed] Phillip Ekströmer, Simon Schütte, Johan Ölvander, Linköping University Electronic Press, 2018Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper investigates the impact of the three mega-trends (1) digitalisation (2) sustainability and (3) servitisation on design and development capabilities in manufacturing companies. First, technological advancements have created both product opportunities, and new aids, captured in e.g. the Industry 4.0 paradigm, and intensively driving digitalisation of businesses, that, besides the technological challenges, cause new challenges and problem areas, such as information ownership and shared long-term responsibilities. Second, the need for sustainable solutions increases the focus on the design of circular, resource efficient and radically new technological solutions to be designed with a total life cycle perspective in mind, through use phase, repair and overhaul, until recycling and end-of-life. Third, and finally, the classical roles for suppliers, integrators and users are being changed as servitisation and Product-Service Systems (PSS) offerings affect both products and businesses, and ultimately entire value networks with new constellations of business partners contributing to the realization of solutions for customers. This paper builds on a conceptual literature review to identify relevant information about the three trends regarding their impact on design and societal development. In addition, a semi-structured interview study was conducted to investigate possibilities and challenges that four different types of manufacturing companies perceive today with respect to the mega-trends, and more specifically how these trends impact the design and development capabilities in the studied companies. Results from this empirical study show that digitalisation is viewed as an opportunity to find new solutions to meet customer needs and be competitive at the future market. Sustainable Product Development (SPD) was instead primarily to fulfil requirements and legislation. However, it was clear that some manufacturers start to see market forces as a driver. PSS can be seen as a means to create new solutions, often with digital tools as facilitator. Altogether, the literature study and the empirical data show that increasingly, designers are expected to design entire solutions, as opposed to merely artefacts. This implies that designers need to consider not only the product performance and cost, but products’ and solutions’ behaviour and impact over complete life cycles, developed and organized by business networks together with several suppliers and other partners with different capabilities. The basis for the designer is a technology mix comprising services, software, electronics and hardware, bundled into offerings in new business models, interlinked with new digital opportunities. Moreover, it is clear that the three trends do not represent stand-alone perspectives but affect one another in an intertwined way. To achieve long-term effects, the sustainability issues need to be integrated with many other subject areas, and implemented simultaneously as digital solutions, e.g. digital twins to physical artefacts are conceived, and value creating networks are being built up. Obviously, these three trends affect the need for change in product design capabilities and escalate the challenges of the integrated product development viewpoint, in a way that is difficult to master for individual engineers. Support for design and development work is needed that takes into account the mega-trends digitalisation, sustainability, and servitisation.

  • 20.
    Johansen, Kerstin
    et al.
    Jönköping University, 55111 Jönköping, Sweden.
    Rönnbäck Öhrwall, Anna
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Small Automation Technology Solution Providers: Facilitators for Sustainable Manufacturing2021In: Part of special issue:54th CIRP CMS 2021 - Towards Digitalized Manufacturing 4.0 / [ed] Dimitris Mourtzis, Elsevier, 2021, Vol. 104, p. 677-682Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Emerging technologies for smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0 require investments in technologies and competence for the manufacturing firm to stay in business. While upgrading the installed base is necessary to meet the future requirements, such investments may come with challenging sustainability dichotomies that calls for innovative solutions. This paper presents an investigation of small automation technology solution providers enabling advanced upgrading of their customers’ production systems. Upgrading existing manufacturing technology could contribute to efficient resource management, addressing 10R processes (i.e. Refuse, Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Refurbish, Remanufacture, Repurpose, Recycle, and Recover), as well as enhanced resilience for the manufacturing company.

  • 21.
    Johansen, Kerstin
    et al.
    Linköping University, Sweden.
    Rönnbäck Öhrwall, Anna
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Humans and technology.
    Tynnhammar, Marcus
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Humans and technology.
    An Integrated Product Service Engineering Methodology for Small Businesses in the Manufacturing Industry2018In: DS 91: Proceedings of NordDesign 2018, Linköping, Sweden, 14th - 17th August 2018 / [ed] Phillip Ekströmer, Simon Schütte, Johan Ölvander, Linköping University Electronic Press, 2018Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Manufacturing processes constantly improve with automation solutions, in order to enhance production efficiency, effectiveness, and improved ergonomic solutions. The aim of this paper is to explore the transition of small automation suppliers or integrators into offering product service systems (PSS) through guidance by the Integrated Product Service Engineering (IPSE) methodology. It reports results from a longitudinal investigation of small companies providing solutions for industrial automation and digitalization, in an industrial cluster, where the IPSE methodology was applied. As the era of digitalization and smart industry emphasizes automation and robotisation of the manufacturing industry, the importance of such automation suppliers or integrators increases. There is for example a risk that small manufacturers are left behind due to the high investments needed; the studied small automation suppliers or integrators then can tailor “right automation”. Their customers are both large and small manufacturers. They are known to develop cost-efficient and innovative solutions, in close dialogue with customers. These solutions, developed and tested in the small firms’ workshop facilities with build-and-test laboratories, are rooted in their deep knowledge of manufacturing processes, mechatronics, robotics, control systems, and interface programming. By articulating value-added business offerings as PSS, the small automation suppliers or integrators could develop agreements ensuring increased win-win opportunities for both customers and automation providers, i.e. also their partners and suppliers. The paper presents how the IPSE methodology can facilitate the transition from traditional product or service selling to PSS offerings for the small automation suppliers or integrators studied. The common denominating challenge for the firms in this niche was based on classical business limitations due to smallness. Being a small supplier towards larger customers, negotiation for price and payment dates are difficult; towards small manufacturing firms, the challenge instead being to be able to address the customer company’s lack of investment possibilities. State of practice for the focal firms at the setting out of the study was an unclear business position, with unclear value proposition and fluctuating financial results. The applied IPSE method includes integrated business and technology development and, in the adapted version presented in this paper, addresses especially the liability of smallness that the automation suppliers were suffering from, such as contractual issues, and the articulation of value for the larger market towards their customers, which may be both small and larger manufacturers. The result was a transition from being regarded as stand-alone automation supplier companies towards becoming automation service providers (ASPs).

  • 22.
    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

  • 23.
    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.

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    Organizational processes, Case study, Organisation of product development, SWOT, Established SMEs
  • 24.
    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.

  • 25.
    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.

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  • 26.
    Larsson, Lisa
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Humans 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, Humans 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.

  • 27.
    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)
    Abstract [en]

    The importance of innovation for sustained competiveness is well stated in the literature. However, most product innovation research has so far focused on large firms or small high tech, start-up or spin-off companies. This study investigates innovation process practices in small established firms through the use of five managerial levers considered to determine the process. Based on a case-study design involving eight small established firms with growth ambitions, the results show that the levers “mission, strategy and goal” and “organizational learning” are important throughout the process, and that the lever “resource allocation” is directed towards the later phases of the process. The levers “structure and systems”, as well as “organizational culture” are less emphasized. By developing and testing an analysis model based on the innovation process and managerial levers, this paper contributes with insights of innovation in established small firms valuable for further research.

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    Constraints and Capacities in Small Established Firms: The Role of Managerial Levers in the Innovation Process
  • 28.
    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.

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  • 29.
    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.

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  • 30.
    Lindwall, Angelica
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Dordlofva, Christo
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology. GKN Aerospace Engine Systems, Trollhättan, Sweden.
    Öhrwall Rönnbäck, Anna
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Törlind, Peter
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Innovation in a box: exploring creativity in design for additive manufacturing in a regulated industry2022In: Journal of engineering design (Print), ISSN 0954-4828, E-ISSN 1466-1837, Vol. 33, no 8-9, p. 567-586Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Additive Manufacturing (AM) is often considered to increase opportunities for creativity in design compared to traditional manufacturing methods. At the same time, it is suggested that regulated work can have a negative effect on engineers’ creative abilities, which are linked to three components of creativity (expertise, motivation, and creative thinking skills). Due to the ‘newness’ of AM, engineers need to broaden their expertise to fully exploit their creative potential while using AM. Previous research has presented support tools to assist engineers to understand the complexity of AM. A majority of such studies focus on novice engineers, rather than providing an understanding of how AM is involved in industrial practices. This paper follows three case studies from the space industry, a regulated industry, that aims to re-design a product for AM over a 21-month time period. The purpose is to explore how restrictions affect engineers’ opportunities to build AM expertise for creativity in a regulated industry. Results show the importance that case-specific aspects have on an engineer’s learning path for adopting AM. Engineers find themselves in a complex situation, with a conflict between being ‘safe’ or innovative, where innovation within such regulated industries is often compared to innovating ‘in a box’.

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  • 31.
    Lindwall, Angelica
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Wikberg Nilsson, Åsa
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Humans and technology.
    Öhrwall Rönnbäck, Anna
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Humans and technology.
    Thinking Additively: Mapping Design Engineers’ Creative Abilities in Design for Additive ManufacturingArticle in journal (Refereed)
  • 32.
    Rahnama, Hossein
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Johansen, Kerstin
    Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden.
    Larsson, Lisa
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Rönnbäck, Anna Öhrwall
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Exploring digital innovation in the production process: A suggested framework for automation technology solution providers2021In: 54th CIRP CMS 2021 - Towards Digitalized Manufacturing 4.0 / [ed] Dimitris Mourtzis, Elsevier, 2021, Vol. 104, p. 803-808Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The advances in digital technologies enable organisations to develop new digital products and services, new business processes, and novel business models. Innovative digital solutions and business concepts are changing the environment of traditional production management systems. This paper aims to explore value constellations where small automation solution providers contribute to improving their customers’ production systems. An empirical study is conducted to outline the digital transformation value constellation and possible created values for both automation technology solution providers and manufacturing industries. The paper presents different approaches to how automation solution providers contribute to innovative customised digital transformation in manufacturing firms.

  • 33.
    Rahnama, Hossein
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Johansen, Kerstin
    School of Engineering, Jönköping University, 551 11 Jönköping, Sweden.
    Larsson, Lisa
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Rönnbäck Öhrwall, Anna
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Collaboration in Value Constellations for Sustainable Production: The Perspective of Small Technology Solution Providers2022In: Sustainability, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 14, no 8, article id 4794Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The rapid ongoing digital transformation creates new opportunities to generate value but also challenges companies in the manufacturing industry to adapt to the recent changes. Moreover, committing to sustainability is essential to maintain competitive advantages, build a more resilient company, and manage increasing societal demands and regulations. Referred to as a “twin transition”, the digital transformation can positively impact firms’ commitments to environmental sustainability. This paper explores challenges that small technology solution providers face on their path toward developing sustainable production solutions for their manufacturing customers. An empirical study was conducted in an industrial cluster of small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) providing innovative, tailor-made production technology solutions to manufacturing companies. As a result, a collaborative process model was suggested for such SMEs to overcome internal and external barriers to obtaining sustainability, thus better supporting the manufacturing companies, i.e., their customers, to strive towards more sustainable production.

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  • 34.
    Rahnama, Hossein
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Johansen, Kerstin
    School of Engineering Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden.
    Rönnbäck Öhrwall, Anna
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Automation Technology Solution Providers’ Inter-organisational Collaboration for Production Innovation2021In: 2021 26th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA), IEEE, 2021, p. 01-05Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Automation technology solution providers (ATSPs) offer tailor-made production solutions to their customers. In today’s competitive manufacturing industry market, affected by rapid technological transformation, ATSPs need advanced technology skills and high innovation capabilities to develop the right solution for specific customer challenges. This paper is based on an empirical study of 19 small and medium-sized ATSP companies in an industrial cluster. It discusses the role of inter-organisational collaboration for small ATSPs to enhance innovation and mitigate the resource challenges that they face due to their limited size. A conceptual model for collaboration strategies is proposed to support ATSP developing production innovation.

  • 35.
    Rahnama, Hossein
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Johansen, Kerstin
    Jönköping University, Jönköping 55111, Sweden.
    Öhrwall Rönnbäck, Anna
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Integration of Circular Value Chains and Digitalization: A Focus on Lithium-Ion Battery Material Value Chain2024In: Sustainable Production through Advanced Manufacturing, Intelligent Automation and Work Integrated Learning: Proceedings of the 11th Swedish Production Symposium (SPS2024) / [ed] Joel Andersson; Shrikant Joshi; Lennart Malmsköld; Fabian Hanning, IOS Press, 2024, p. 564-573Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Circular value chains, driven by sustainability goals and resource efficiency, are now central in industrial strategies. Simultaneously, digital technologies transform business models and accelerate the shift towards circular economies. This paper explores circular material flow for the electrification of the vehicle fleet, focusing on the Lithium-ion battery value chain. In the paper, a conceptual model integrating digitalization is developed and evaluated to enhance efficiency and product innovation. The paper reviews the lithium-ion battery value chain literature and investigates digitalization potentials for circular business models. A conceptual model is presented in this study to represent the intricate relationship between each stage of the value chain and the concept of circularity while considering the carbon footprint and complexities associated with the implementation of digitalization.

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  • 36.
    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)
    Abstract [en]

    Manufacturing firms are constantly evolving to accommodate new customer requirements as well as emerging technologies, materials, processes and equipment. As a consequence, a broad range of production innovation opportunities arise for manufacturing firms to produce their products in smarter, more flexible, agile and sustainable ways. This paper proposes a strategic planning framework for “production innovation” and discusses its implications for the evolution of companies-specific production systems and competitive advantages. 

  • 37.
    Romero, David
    et al.
    Center for Innovation in Design and Technology, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City, Mexico.
    Stahre, Johan
    Division of Production Systems, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden.
    Larsson, Lisa
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Rönnbäck Öhrwall, Anna
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Building Manufacturing Resilience through Production Innovation2021In: 2021 IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation (ICE/ITMC), IEEE, 2021Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Production Innovations can substantially alter the behavior of the sub-systems of a manufacturing system, for instance: human, technology, information, or management systems. Frequently, such changes occur in combinations of the sub-systems, thus triggering new and improved management strategies, control systems, materials, products, and processes to face emerging internal or external challenges. In this paper, case studies of production innovation from Sweden and around the globe are described, moving towards a conceptual framework for Manufacturing Resilience Engineering. The aim is to identify sets of production innovation factors that contribute to manufacturing resilience and the long-term competitiveness of resilient manufacturing enterprises.

  • 38.
    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.

  • 39.
    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

  • 40.
    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.

  • 41.
    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.

  • 42.
    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.

  • 43.
    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.

  • 44.
    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.

  • 45.
    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.

  • 46.
    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.

  • 47.
    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.

  • 48.
    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.

  • 49.
    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

  • 50.
    Säfsten, Kristina
    et al.
    Department of Industrial Product Development, Production and Design, School of Engineering, Jönköping University, Sweden .
    Harlin, Ulrika
    RISE Research Institutes of Sweden; HELIX Competence Center, Linköping University, Sweden.
    Johansen, Kerstin
    Department of Industrial Product Development, Production and Design, School of Engineering, Jönköping University, Sweden.
    Larsson, Lisa
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Vult von Steyern, Christina
    RISE Research Institutes of Sweden.
    Öhrwall Rönnbäck, Anna
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.
    Towards Resilient and Sustainable Production Systems: A Research Agenda2022In: SPS 2022: Proceedings of the 10th Swedish Production Symposium / [ed] Amos H.C. Ng, Anna Syberfeldt, Dan Högberg, Magnus Holm, Amsterdam: IOS Press, 2022, p. 768-780Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    To be competitive, it is widely recognized that manufacturing companies need attention on sustainability aspects. However, there is still a lack of knowledge about how to combine requirements on sustainability and profitability to achieve long-term competitive manufacturing. Furthermore, there is a need for knowledge on how to develop resilient and sustainable production systems. This paper aims to explore the state-of-the art and state-of-practice associated with development of resilient and sustainable production systems, with focus on challenges and enablers. To achieve the aim of the paper, a traditional literature review was carried out, combined with results from knowledge creation workshops with five manufacturing companies striving towards resilient and sustainable production systems. In the paper, initial results from a three-year research project are included. The research project aims at developing knowledge that can support development of resilient and sustainable production systems, including the value chain, for the future. The industrial relevance of the project lies in ensuring a future-proof adaptable factory in an efficient industrial value chain, based on circularity in terms of minimum waste and long-term overall sustainability with a triple bottom line perspective, including social, ecological, and long-term economic values.

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