CIRCLE Seminar with Christian Binz, EAWAG & CIRCLE on Legitimation dynamics in industrial path development: new-to-the-region versus new-to-the-world industries

The title of the seminar:Legitimation dynamics in industrial path development: new-to-the-region versus new-to-the-world industries
Date: 22th of May 2019 at 12:15 – 13.15
Place: Sölvegatan, 16, MNO-huset, CIRCLE, M213

Abstract: Recently, increasing academic and political attention has focused on the initiation and development of new industries in regions. While the extant literature has contributed substantial insights into the knowledge-related determinants of new industry emergence, a range of significant questions remain unanswered, particularly concerning the institutional contexts in which new industrial paths develop. Based on the trajectories of two industries — the video games industry in Hamburg, and the potable water reuse industry in California, this article investigates the efforts taken by multiple actors in legitimizing and thereby embedding new industrial paths in regional institutional structures. We elaborate how industry legitimation dynamics differ between industries that are new-to-the-region (video games,) and industries that are new-to-the-world (potable water reuse,). Our framework contributes to the literature on industrial path development and regional diversification by characterizing the system building and legitimation strategies that appear effective for these two analytically distinct industry formation trajectories.

About the speaker: Christian Binz is a tenure-track group leader in the cluster Sustainable Transitions and Business Innovations (CIRUS) at the Department of Environmental Social Sciences at Eawag, and an Associate Post-Doctoral Researcher at CIRCLE, Lund University, Sweden. He received his PhD in Economic Geography from the University of Bern in 2012. Christian is a recipient of the Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Sustainability Science (2015) at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and has worked as a post-doctoral Research Fellow at Lund University (Sweden), UC Berkeley (USA), Tsinghua University (China) and Eawag.

His main research interests are centered on the potential for transformative innovation in the water and energy sectors. By combining recent insights from transition studies, economic geography and institutional sociology, he aims to explore how multi-scalar institutional arrangements hinder or support radical innovation in clean-tech industries and a broader sustainability transition in the water sector.

Practical: The seminar is held in CIRCLE Seminar Room, it is open for everyone and there is no need to register. In case you don’t have the access card to our building, please let us know (or simply ring us on the entrance doorbell).
Claudio Fassio ( 

Very Welcome to the seminar!

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New Senior Lecturer position at CIRCLE in innovation studies – experimentally organized economy

Dear network,
we are happy to announce yet another vacancy! This time for Senior Lecturer in  innovation studies with specialization in the experimentally organized economy here at CIRCLE, Lund University.

Subject description
Sustainable economic development and growth is, to a significant extent, a matter of experimentation in order to develop new sources of value creation, i.e. innovation. Innovative and entrepreneurial experiments continuously lead to new combinations and mutations of business ideas, technologies and organizational solutions in the experimentally organized economy. An improved understanding of the functioning principles of an experimentally organised economy can contribute to better decision-making at the level of economic decision-makers as well as better policies strengthening the regulatory and institutional infrastructure. “Entrepreneurial experimentation” increases technological and market experimentation, as well as policy experimentation within the economic system. Without experimentation any system – technological and/or regional – will stagnate.

Contact: Åsa Lindholm Dahlstrand, professor, +46 (0)46 – 222 02 98

Start date: as soon as possible.
Deadline for application is June 2, 2019

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We are looking forward to have this new person onboard! 




New Strategic Knowledge Platform at CIRCLE: An experimentally organised economy

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The New Strategic Knowledge Platform on the Experimentally Organised Economy, that was generously granted by VINNOVA, just had its first quarter. In this first step, CIRCLE received a three-year grant to build up the Platform and its linked research programme. Several external collaborators are expected to join the platform in 2019. This is the third of CIRCLE’s new strategic knowledge platforms, and of great importance for the future research of our centre.

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This is what we are working on:

The Knowledge Platform on an Experimentally Organised Economy (EOE) will bring together research environments and policy makers in the field of entrepreneurial experimentation.  The purpose is to increase our understanding of to what extent and in what ways public and private action can contribute to a more effective and efficient entrepreneurial experimentation, and thereby a better performing experimentally organized economy.


  1. Become a hub for knowledge exchange between research and policy
  2. Foster policy understanding of EOE
  3. Create a research infrastructure

Effects and results
The platform will focus on three analytical levels:

  • how entrepreneurial experimentation contributes to long-term renewal in different kinds of systems, as well as on how this can be more effective. (the Experimental society).
  • the creation, selection and scaling-up processes of experimental ventures and organizations, as well as on how this can be more effective (the Experimental organizations).
  • the link between entrepreneurial experimentation and skills and labour mobility, as well as on how this can be more effective (the Experimental individual).

Planned implementation 

  • Establish a national and international network of excellence of scholars and policymakers in the field of experimentally organised economy
  • Find synergies in sharing data (eg. Swedish national data set, case based empirical data and joint data on Swedish and international policy initiatives related to EOE)
  • Design and implement a research programme based on original research projects in the field of entrepreneurial experimentation

More interesting things to come!

Two New PostDoc positions at CIRCLE in the area of innovation studies

Dear network,
we are happy to announce two vacancies for post-doctoral researchers in the area of innovation studies here at CIRCLE, Lund University.

  1. The first position deals with questions of norm-critical and transformative innovation and the role of policy:

    Contact: Lea Fünfschilling, associate senior lecturer, +46 (0)46 – 222 14 01

  2. The second position is dedicated to questions related to the experimentally organized economy/entrepreneurial experimentation:

    Contact: Åsa Lindholm Dahlstrand, professor, +46 (0)46 – 222 02 98

Deadline for application is April 8, 2019

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We are looking forward to welcoming these new colleagues at Circle!




Workshop: The Swedish economy and Global Value Chains. The role of international firms’ operations and innovative activities

For the invited guests from several European universities, research organizations and Vinnova a workshop was organized by CIRCLE in the platform Global Value Chains. The topic was the role of international firms’ operations and innovative activities in linking the Swedish economy to Global Value Chains and how this affects their contribution to Sweden’s innovation capacity and value creation in Sweden. Discussion of ongoing findings from four Vinnova funded projects. All projects intended to shed light on some aspects of how of international firms link the Swedish economy to Global Value Chains. The workshop aimed at presenting the main findings of each of the research teams, as well as to identify relevant themes and topics that span across the different projects.





Participating organizations:
CIRCLE, Lund University: Martin Andersson, Claudio Fassio, Åsa Lindholm Dahlstrand, Jasna Pocek, Jing Xiao
Blekinge Institute of Technology: Viroj Jienwatcharamongkhol
Jönköping International Business School: Johan Klaesson, Lars Petersson, Gabriela Vanciu
CBMI – Industrial Marketing, Linköping University: Harald Brege, Staffan Brege, Christina Grundström, Johan Holtström, Daniel Kindström, Martin Larsson
Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law: Claes Göran Alvstam, Martin Henning, Inge Ivarsson, Richard Nakamura, Ramsin Yakob
Statistics Denmark: Kalle Emil, Holst Hansen, Jelle van der Kamp, Peter Boegh Nielsen
Statistics Finland: Henri Luomaranta
Statistics Norway: Øivind Hagen
Statistics Sweden: Andreas Poldahl
Vinnova: Glenn Gran, Daniel Johansson, Rolf Nilsson, Lennart Stenberg

Topics on the agenda:

  • “Knowledge platform for analysis of the role of global business groups in the Swedish economy and Sweden’s position in global value chains”
  • ”Organizational capacity for strategic renewal to strengthen the Swedish industry’s corporate positioning in global value chains”
  • “The role of large Groups in the Nordics in global value chains”
  • “Hidden champions – success factors, growth strategies and role in Swedish industry”

Reflections and discussions were held in the second part of the day.


Have a good day!

CIRCLE Seminar with ass. prof. Katja Lindqvist, Lund University, on Sustainable innovation in welfare services: Comparing the management and the service logic perspectives

Katja Lindqvist is an Associate Professor in Business Administration and Associate Professor at the Department of Service Management and Service Science, Lund University. Previously she has been a senior lecturer and researcher at theKatjaLindqvist1000x700.jpg Department of Business Administration, Stockholm University, and at the School of Economics, Växjö University / Linnaeus University.

The title of the seminar: Sustainable innovation in welfare services: Comparing the management and the service logic perspectives
Date: Wednesday 13th of March 2019 at 12:15
Place: Sölvegatan, 16, MNO-huset, CIRCLE, M213

Abstract: The issue of how to secure sustainable innovation in public sector services is an increasingly pressing issue given fragmentation of public sector structures and government demands to increase public sector effectiveness. There is rather a substantial amount of research on innovation in the public sector, and on factors that impact on the sustainability of innovations, and their view on sustainability will be of particular focus for the purpose of this article. Most research on innovation and the change innovation implies in public services have a management or organisational perspective on public service innovation. There is, on the other hand, a perspective on public service innovation that has a different focus, and that is the service (dominant) logic. Both perspectives claim to identify key elements that enable effective service innovation, but from substantially different perspectives. This article aims at mapping characteristics of the two approaches, and to conceptually discuss their view of innovation in public service organisations. The article also aims at pointing to empirical research made with both approaches, in particular the service logic, which to this date has been empirically implemented in few studies. 

Practical: The seminar is held in CIRCLE Seminar Room, it is open for everyone and there is no need to register. In case you don’t have the access card to our building, please let us know (or simply ring us on the entrance doorbell).
Claudio Fassio ( 

Very Welcome to the seminar!

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New publication in the Academy of Management Journal by Prof. Schubert and Dr. Tavassoli on innovation and diversity in teams

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After all the passion and attention the new publication in AMJ is here! Congratulations!

Product Innovation and Educational Diversity in Top and Middle Management Teams

Diversity is seen as a basic prerequisite for firms to be highly innovative. Nevertheless, the empirical literature provides rather mixed evidence for the postulated innovation-AMJ in press.pngpromoting effects. On the basis of a linked employer-employee data set for Sweden, in this paper the authors demonstrate that diversity, especially interdisciplinarity, in management teams leads to higher innovativeness of the firm. However, the effects depend on which management teams are considered. Interdisciplinarity in top management teams (exclusively) increases the probability of innovation activities being initiated as well as the level of innovation expenditure as measured by turnover. Interdisciplinarity in middle management teams (exclusively) increases the probability of successful product innovations and their degree of novelty.

Enjoy the insights!