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Knowledge in the forest planning process

Nilsson, Malin (2013). Knowledge in the forest planning process. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Umeå : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2013:31
ISBN 978-91-576-7801-0
[Doctoral thesis]

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The main focus of this thesis is the use of knowledge in the forest planning process of large Swedish forest owning companies. The forest planning is conducted as a three step system: long-, medium- and short-term planning. In these steps, knowledge is created, stored, shared and applied – knowledge about the forest as well as other relevant knowledge. The studies have knowledge management theory linked to strategy theories as a base for description and analysis of the use of knowledge in the forest planning process. A draft for a changed planning process is presented which aims at a better management of knowledge in forest companies.

In Swedish forest owning companies the long-term forest plans are developed at top level and transferred down the organization over a number of steps. These steps involve the medium-term planning where planners prepare the compartments to be harvested and register them in the so called tract bank. The harvest managers use the compartments in the tract bank as a stock to meet delivery plans. This is where the forest plans meet harvest and delivery plans.

The interaction between the forest plans and the sales plans was studied. The results showed that sales managers tend to use other input data such as previous sales volumes, rather than what is found in the medium-term plan, due to what they considered as lack of precisions and detail in the forest plan. Also, the supply of compartments with desirable attributes in the tract bank is not always sufficient to meet the demand from the harvest managers. This could make the harvest managers to sidestep the forest plan altogether. It seems that forest plans do not always are followed.

In the light of these studies, a proposition for a bottom-up approach to an integrated planning process was developed. This approach was made with the purpose to stimulate the use of knowledge at local level to enhance the accuracy and applicability of the forest plans. With this approach employees at local level would hopefully be more involved in the planning process, leading to a higher adherence of the plan. This would in turn increase the association of realized plans with intended plans, thus improving the competitive position of the company.

Authors/Creators:Nilsson, Malin
Title:Knowledge in the forest planning process
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2013
Number of Pages:43
I.M Nilsson, D Staal Wästerlund, O Wahlberg, L O Eriksson (2012). Forest Planning in a Swedish Company – a Knowledge Management Analysis of Forest Information. Silva Fennica 46(5), 717-731.
II.M Nilsson, D Staal Wästerlund, O Wahlberg, L O Eriksson. The use of forest information in timber sales planning (submitted manuscript)
III.M Nilsson, L O Eriksson, D Staal Wästerlund. Perspectives on sustained competitive advantage in medium- and short-term forest planning in Swedish forest-owning companies (submitted manuscript)
IV.L O Eriksson, O Wahlberg, P Wikström, M Nilsson. Questioning the contemporary forest planning paradigm: making use of local knowledge (submitted manuscript)
Place of Publication:Umeå
Publisher:Dept. of Forest Resource Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-7801-0
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:K Forestry > K01 Forestry - General aspects
K Forestry > K10 Forestry production
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
Agrovoc terms:forest management, planning, companies, resource allocation, data collection, diffusion of information, knowledge management, wood, supply balance
Keywords:forest planning, knowledge management, tract bank, bottom-up planning, long-term planning, medium-term planning, knowledge, information, sales planning, timber supply
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ID Code:10253
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
External funders:Sveaskog
Deposited By: Malin Nilsson
Deposited On:23 Apr 2013 06:44
Metadata Last Modified:14 Dec 2014 00:44

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