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Strategic technology decision-making in Swedish large-scale forestry

Jonsson, Rikard (2022). Strategic technology decision-making in Swedish large-scale forestry. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880
ISBN 978-91-7760-981-0
eISBN 978-91-7760-982-7
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Technological development gives Swedish forest companies and forest owners’ associations opportunities to maintain competitiveness in the highly cost-sensitive market for forest products. Development efforts are typically performed through unstructured decision processes. However, an organization’s success is a product of its decisions, so the quality of these decisions is crucial. The main objectives of this thesis were therefore to describe and critically analyze strategic decision-making about forest technology. Study I investigated how and with what support forest companies and a forest owners’ association make decisions about forest technology. It was concluded that these organizations value collaborations with manufacturers and researchers, that economic criteria were most important in the decision-making process, and that large risks are preferably managed in a stepwise fashion. Study II reviewed the use of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) methods in forest operations and it was shown that the methods were used at various temporal scales, most commonly when making strategic decisions. Study III developed and compared two modelling approaches for machine system analysis and concluded that they produced similar results despite having different levels of detail and demanding different competences. Study IV used the previously developed modelling approaches to compare the performance of established and new machine systems in Swedish final fellings, revealing an opportunity to reduce costs by adopting the new machine system. A conceptual flowchart for strategic decision making on forest technology development was created to improve the quality and efficiency of the decision-making process.

Authors/Creators:Jonsson, Rikard
Title:Strategic technology decision-making in Swedish large-scale forestry
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2022
Number:2022:53
Number of Pages:90
Publisher:Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for printed version:978-91-7760-981-0
ISBN for electronic version:978-91-7760-982-7
ISSN:1652-6880
Language:English
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Article category:Other scientific
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
Keywords:decision processes, forest technology development, information needs, logging costs, machine system comparison, semi-structured interviews, cut-to-length, harwarder, optimization, multi-criteria decision analysis
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-118671
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-118671
ID Code:28707
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology
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Deposited On:01 Sep 2022 10:28
Metadata Last Modified:27 Sep 2022 14:45

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