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Frostenson, M. & Helin, S. (2017). Ideas in conflict: A Case Study on Tensions in the Process of Preparing Sustainability Reports. Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, 8(2), 166-190
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ideas in conflict: A Case Study on Tensions in the Process of Preparing Sustainability Reports
2017 (English)In: Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, ISSN 2040-8021, E-ISSN 2040-803X, Vol. 8, no 2, p. 166-190Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

- The purpose of this article is to understand conflicts in sustainability reporting (SR) preparation.

Design/methodology/approach

- In the preparation of SRs, the logic of financial rationality is often assumed to take precedence over the logic of sustainability. Based on an explorative qualitative case study of a large Swedish retailer, the paper problematizes this view. Over a reporting cycle, employees and consultants involved in the preparation process are interviewed. Conflicting ideas about SRs are identified and analyzed through the lens of institutional logics.

Findings

-The study identifies five tensions in SR preparation. These tensions relate to conflicting ideas of what a SR is, how it should be written, and how it should be used. Among findings, a conflict of logics can be found as the basis of at least one tension. However, tensions may also emerge within a shared sustainability logic.

Research limitations/implications

- A contribution of the study is that it sets its finger on the actual fieldwork with SRs. The study shows that it is unreasonable to claim that SRs are ‘self-evidently’ captured by management according to financial rationality. Possibly, the nature of the studied firm, a company within the pharmaceutical and health sector, implies a stronger sustainability logic than in other firms.

Practical implications

- According to the study, the results of a SR preparation process are highly dependent on the sometimes conflicting ideas of preparers and others within the company. It is of high importance to identify and clarify such conflicting ideas already in the beginning of the process, to link the SR to the CSR strategy of the firm, and to involve top management in the process.

Originality/value

- The study identifies underlying tensions in SR preparation. It also introduces a theoretical framework that makes it possible to analyze tensions in the preparation process.

Keywords
Sustainability reporting, Conflict, Corporate social responsibility, Institutional logics, Preparer, Tension
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-300918 (URN)10.1108/SAMPJ-02-2015-0015 (DOI)
Funder
Swedish Retail and Wholesale Development Council
Available from: 2016-08-16 Created: 2016-08-16 Last updated: 2019-09-20Bibliographically approved
Englund, H. & Frostenson, M. (2017). Managing performance evaluation uncertainties in schools: When teachers become struggling performers. European Educational Research Journal (online), 16(6), 885-906
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Managing performance evaluation uncertainties in schools: When teachers become struggling performers
2017 (English)In: European Educational Research Journal (online), ISSN 1474-9041, E-ISSN 1474-9041, Vol. 16, no 6, p. 885-906Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Performative technologies are increasingly relied upon as a means of controlling the work of teachers. As noted in the literature, one possible outcome of this trend is the performer, a teacher identity that presupposes the internalization of, and adaptation to, a performative logic. Based on the findings from an empirical study of a Swedish upper secondary school, we suggest that teachers who actually submit to the underlying logic of performative technologies – i.e. who intentionally strive towards a performative identity – will encounter a number of performance evaluation uncertainties, due to how performative technologies may: (a) reflect and recognize teacher performances based on qualitative judgements, (b) fail to take into account their entrepreneurial endeavours, (c) depict essentially collective effects as individual performances, and (d) reflect and recognize performances in a relativizing way. Such performance evaluation uncertainties will, in turn, provoke perceived tensions as performative teachers want to be (perceived as) performers but become uncertain as to when and why they did (not) perform well. And importantly, we find that such tensions tend to turn the ongoing reproduction of a performative identity into a cognitive struggle. Based on this, we introduce and elaborate on a particular type of performative teacher identity; the struggling performer.

Keywords
Performance evaluation, performance management technology, uncertainty, struggling performer, Sweden, teacher, upper secondary school
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-316088 (URN)10.1177/1474904117693243 (DOI)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2013-784
Available from: 2017-02-24 Created: 2017-02-24 Last updated: 2019-09-20Bibliographically approved
Frostenson, M. (2016). Humility in business: A contextual approach. Journal of Business Ethics, 138(1), 91-102
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Humility in business: A contextual approach
2016 (English)In: Journal of Business Ethics, ISSN 0167-4544, E-ISSN 1573-0697, Vol. 138, no 1, p. 91-102Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The virtue of humility is often considered to be at odds with common business practice. In recent years, however, scholars within business ethics and leadership have shown an increasing interest in humility. Despite such attention, the argument for the relevance of humility in business could be expanded. Unlike extant research that focuses on humility as a character-building virtue or instrumentally useful leadership trait, this article argues that humility reflects the interdependent nature of business. Through such an approach, the article gives an extrinsic motivation of the relevance of humility in business, and, from a theoretical point of view, links the intra-personal and intra-organizational perspective on humility to an inter-organizational one. The article contextualizes the virtue of humility by relating it to the economic, cognitive, and moral aspects of business practice and managerial work. It claims that the assumption of self-sufficiency in business is a grave misrepresentation of what business is—a practice characterized by interdependency. Potential links between virtue ethics, leadership, and contextually oriented theories of business, such as stakeholder theory, network theories, and resource dependence theory, are also identified.

Keywords
Business, Context, Humility, Network theory, Resource dependence theory, Self-sufficiency, Stakeholder theory, Virtue
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-247304 (URN)10.1007/s10551-015-2601-9 (DOI)
Available from: 2015-03-17 Created: 2015-03-17 Last updated: 2017-12-04
Frostenson, M., Hasche, N., Helin, S. & Prenkert, F. (2015). Ethical issues in e-commerce: A renewed analysis based on the multiplicity of customer relationships. In: : . Paper presented at EBEN Research Conference 2015, Copenhagen, 1-3 Oct 2015 (pp. 1-16).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ethical issues in e-commerce: A renewed analysis based on the multiplicity of customer relationships
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Although ethical issues in e-commerce have received increased interest in recent years, the relational context between e-vendor and e-customer has remained relatively unproblematized. Rather than assuming an anonymous interface between e-vendor and e-customer, with specific ethical issues related to it, we examine a case of a hybrid organizational context where physical stores within the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector use an intermediary to sell goods via e-commerce. The co-existence of physical stores and Internet solutions creates multiple relationships to customers and, as we argue, ethical problems of partly different kind compared to the ones identified in the literature. In the article, both the nature of the relationships between e-vendor and e-customer is analysed and ethical issues related to these relationships identified. From a theoretical point of view, the article widens the discussion on e-commerce ethics from a relational perspective inspired by Martin Buber’s philosophy.

Keywords
Buber, E-commerce, Ethics, Internet, Relation
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-269933 (URN)
Conference
EBEN Research Conference 2015, Copenhagen, 1-3 Oct 2015
Funder
Swedish Retail and Wholesale Development Council
Available from: 2015-12-18 Created: 2015-12-18 Last updated: 2015-12-18
Frostenson, M. (2015). Etiken i butiken: Recension av Tomas Bryttings bok [Review]. Organisation & Samhälle, 1, 34-35
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Etiken i butiken: Recension av Tomas Bryttings bok
2015 (Swedish)In: Organisation & Samhälle, ISSN 2001-9114, Vol. 1, p. 34-35Article, book review (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-264284 (URN)
Available from: 2015-10-08 Created: 2015-10-08 Last updated: 2015-10-08
Frostenson, M. & Prenkert, F. (2015). Företagsekonomi: I praktik och princip (grundbok) (1ed.). Stockholm: Sanoma Utbildning
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Företagsekonomi: I praktik och princip (grundbok)
2015 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Sanoma Utbildning, 2015. p. 410 Edition: 1
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-246716 (URN)978-91-523-2355-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-03-09 Created: 2015-03-09 Last updated: 2015-03-09
Frostenson, M. & Prenkert, F. (2015). Företagsekonomi: I praktik och princip (övningsbok) (1ed.). Stockholm: Sanoma Utbildning
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Företagsekonomi: I praktik och princip (övningsbok)
2015 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Sanoma Utbildning, 2015. p. 199 Edition: 1
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-246717 (URN)978-91-523-2356-4 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-03-09 Created: 2015-03-09 Last updated: 2015-03-09
Frostenson, M., Helin, S. & Sandström, J. (2015). Hållbarhetsredovisning: Grunder, praktik och funktion (2ed.). Stockholm: Liber
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hållbarhetsredovisning: Grunder, praktik och funktion
2015 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Liber, 2015. p. 122 Edition: 2
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-255938 (URN)987-91-47-11234-0 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-06-20 Created: 2015-06-20 Last updated: 2015-06-20
Karlsson, F., Kolkowska, E., Hedström, K. & Frostenson, M. (2015). Inter-organisational information sharing: Between a rock and a hard place. In: : . Paper presented at International Symposium on Human Aspects of Information Security & Assurance (HAISA 2015) (pp. 1-10).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Inter-organisational information sharing: Between a rock and a hard place
2015 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Although inter-organisational collaboration is common, most information security (IS) research has focused on IS issues within organisations. Confidentiality, integrity of data and availability (CIA) and responsibility, integrity of role, trust, and ethicality (RITE) are two sets of principles for managing IS that have been developed from an intra-organisational, rather static, perspective. The aim of this paper is thus to investigate the relation between the CIA and RITE principles in the context of an inter-organisational collaboration, i.e., collaboration between organisations. To this end we investigated inter-organisational collaboration and information sharing concerning Swedish cooper corrosion research in the field a long-term nuclear waste disposal. We found that in an inter-organisational context, responsibility, integrity of role and ethicality affected the CIA-principles, which in turn affected the collaborating actors’ trust in each other over time.

Keywords
Information security, inter-organisational, CIA, RITE
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-256640 (URN)
Conference
International Symposium on Human Aspects of Information Security & Assurance (HAISA 2015)
Available from: 2015-06-24 Created: 2015-06-24 Last updated: 2015-06-24
Frostenson, M. (2015). Legitimating CSR: Exclusivity through values. Berlin: Deutsches Netzwerk Wirtschaftsethik - EBEN Deutschland e.V.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Legitimating CSR: Exclusivity through values
2015 (English)Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, pages
Berlin: Deutsches Netzwerk Wirtschaftsethik - EBEN Deutschland e.V., 2015
Series
Jahresschrift des DNWE, 22. Jahrgang, ISSN 0947-756X ; 22
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-251629 (URN)
Available from: 2015-04-22 Created: 2015-04-22 Last updated: 2015-04-22
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