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Entreprenörskap i skogsdrivningsbranschen

en kvalitativ studie om utveckling i små företag

Hultåker, Oscar (2006). Entreprenörskap i skogsdrivningsbranschen. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Uppsala : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2006:87
ISBN 91-576-7136-2
[Doctoral thesis]

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The thesis deals with development in small- and micro-sized contractor enterprises in the Swedish forest harvesting industry. It increases our knowledge about development in small businesses and about entrepreneurship among owners and managers of small and micro enterprises. It also increases our knowledge as to how the development efforts may successively change. Profitability in the forest harvesting industry has been low since the second half of the 1990s. Since the 1980s, research has identified problems arising from the repetitive and monotonous work tasks in forest machine work, resulting in stress-related illness. Previous forest engineering and operational-efficiency directed studies have pointed to the need for contributions from contractors’ clients in order to develop the profitability and reduce the amount of repetitive and monotonous work. From qualitative empirical material the thesis identifies products and services that forest machine contractors develop apart from their forest harvesting business. The new businesses may contribute to better profitability and a better work environment. Driving forces behind development efforts of the contractors are also identified. Case analyses give a thick description of how contractors’ businesses might successively develop as the contractors’ experience of running their businesses increases. A frame of interpretation ties the contractors’ descriptions to research on small businesses and entrepreneurship and to organisation theory. Thus it is possible to give an interpretation of the development prerequisites of forest harvesting contractors. The interpretation shows how development occurs in an interaction between internal competence and other resources of contractor firms and external factors. In interaction with other actors contractors learn to act as entrepreneurs, thus recognising and exploiting opportunities and combining the opportunities with resources in their firms into new products and services. Contractors interact with other actors in a network within an organisational field. The studied entrepreneurs describe how their development efforts have become more and more independent of their clients.

Authors/Creators:Hultåker, Oscar
Title:Entreprenörskap i skogsdrivningsbranschen
Subtitle:en kvalitativ studie om utveckling i små företag
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :October 2006
Number of Pages:202
Place of Publication:Uppsala
ISBN for printed version:91-576-7136-2
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agrovoc terms:forestry, small enterprises, logging, contracts, profitability, work organization, surveys, case studies, economic development, sweden
Keywords:business development, case analysis, entrepreneurship, mechanised forest harvesting contractors, networks, organisational fields, qualitative methods, resource-based theory, small and micro firms, strategies
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ID Code:1219
Department:(S) > Institutionen för skogens produkter och marknader (t.o.m. 061231)
Deposited By: Oscar Hultåker
Deposited On:02 Oct 2006 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:10

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