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Antai, I., Hellberg, R. & Skoglund, P. (2024). Logistics growth in the armed forces: development of a theoretical framework and research propositions. Defence Studies, 24(1), 84-106
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Logistics growth in the armed forces: development of a theoretical framework and research propositions
2024 (English)In: Defence Studies, ISSN 1470-2436, E-ISSN 1743-9698, Vol. 24, no 1, p. 84-106Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Considering the current instability within the European security landscape, militaries are seeking new ways to grow and counter emergent threats. However, there is a rarity of armed forces addressing logistics growth within literature. Thus, this paper investigates growth concepts that can enable military forces develop, conduct, and grow logistics to achieve its operational objectives. The paper undertakes extant literature analysis of three relevant theories of growth as a means to review for comprehending organizational growth. The relationships between logistics and three growth theories as well as industry growth practices are analysed. Argues that the development of the concept of logistics growth in the military require support not just from established growth theories but also from long-standing industrial practice in order to fully develop the best strategic-fit growth concept for the military. Nine propositions reflecting antecedent relationships amongst theoretical variables for growth are developed. Study serves as a point of departure for further research on military growth in general and military logistics growth in particular and provides military leaders with disciplinary options for evaluating logistics growth strategies for achieving operational objectives and goals.

Keywords
Military growth, logistics growth, governance measures, hybrid growth, theoretical antecedents, performance measures
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
War Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-11859 (URN)10.1080/14702436.2023.2249441 (DOI)
Available from: 2023-10-09 Created: 2023-10-09 Last updated: 2024-02-07Bibliographically approved
Antai, I. & Hellberg, R. (2023). CHARACTERIZING THE DEFENCE INDUSTRY FOR RISK MANAGEMENT: A SYSTEMS APPROACH. In: NOFOMA 2023 – Logistics During Global Crises: . Paper presented at The 35th NOFOMA CONFERENCE, The Nordic Logistics Research Network, Helsinki - Espoo, Finland, June 14-16, 2023. Helsinki
Open this publication in new window or tab >>CHARACTERIZING THE DEFENCE INDUSTRY FOR RISK MANAGEMENT: A SYSTEMS APPROACH
2023 (English)In: NOFOMA 2023 – Logistics During Global Crises, Helsinki, 2023Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Helsinki: , 2023
Keywords
Risk management, supply chain systems, interaction, relationship, defence industry characteristics, system-of-systems (SoS).
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
War Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-11856 (URN)
Conference
The 35th NOFOMA CONFERENCE, The Nordic Logistics Research Network, Helsinki - Espoo, Finland, June 14-16, 2023
Available from: 2023-10-09 Created: 2023-10-09 Last updated: 2023-10-24Bibliographically approved
Hellberg, R. (2023). Examining supplier, buyer, and customer triads in a defence setting - or what hides behind the hidden cloud?. In: NOFOMA 2023 – Logistics During Global Crises: . Paper presented at The 35th NOFOMA CONFERENCE, The Nordic Logistics Research Network, Helsinki - Espoo, Finland, June 14-16, 2023. Helsinki
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Examining supplier, buyer, and customer triads in a defence setting - or what hides behind the hidden cloud?
2023 (English)In: NOFOMA 2023 – Logistics During Global Crises, Helsinki, 2023Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Helsinki: , 2023
Keywords
state-industry relationships, triads, defence logistics, security of supply, business models, public procurement
National Category
Social Sciences Economics and Business
Research subject
War Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-11855 (URN)
Conference
The 35th NOFOMA CONFERENCE, The Nordic Logistics Research Network, Helsinki - Espoo, Finland, June 14-16, 2023
Available from: 2023-10-09 Created: 2023-10-09 Last updated: 2023-11-14Bibliographically approved
Antai, I. & Hellberg, R. (2023). Identifying total defense logistics concepts: a comparative study of the Swedish pandemic response. Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Identifying total defense logistics concepts: a comparative study of the Swedish pandemic response
2023 (English)In: Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, ISSN 2042-6747, E-ISSN 2042-6755Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The total defence (TD) concept constitutes a joint endeavour between the military forces and civil defence structures within a TD state. Logistics is essential for such joint collaboration to work; however, the mismatch between military and civil defence logistics structures poses challenges for such joint collaboration. The purpose of this paper is to identify logistics concept areas within the TD framework that allow formilitary and civil defence collaborations from a logistics operations perspective.

Design/methodology/approach – Pattern-matching analysis is used to compare patterns found in the investigated case with those prescribed from the literature and predicted to occur. The study seeks to identify logistics concepts within TD from the literature and from the events describing the Swedish response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Pattern matching thus allows for the reconciliation of logistics concepts from the literature to descriptions of how the response was handled, albeit under a TD framework.

Findings – Findings show quite distinct foci between the theoretical and observational realms in terms of logistics applications. While the theoretical realm identifies four main logistics concepts, the observational realm identifies five logistics conceptual themes. This goes on to show anincongruence between the military and civil parts of the TD.

Research limitations/implications – This study provides basis for further research into the applications and management of logistics activity within TD and emergency response.

Originality/value – Logistics applications within TD have not, until now, received much attention in the literature. Given this knowledge gap, this study is of original value.

Keywords
Civil defence, Civilian response, Observational realm, Theoretical realm, Total defense, Total defense logistics
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
War Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-11860 (URN)10.1108/jhlscm-07-2022-0084 (DOI)
Available from: 2023-10-09 Created: 2023-10-09 Last updated: 2023-11-21
Antai, I. & Hellberg, R. (2023). Identifying total defense logistics concepts: a comparative study of the Swedish pandemic response. Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Identifying total defense logistics concepts: a comparative study of the Swedish pandemic response
2023 (English)In: Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, ISSN 2042-6747, E-ISSN 2042-6755Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Keywords
Civil defence, Civilian response, Observational realm, Theoretical realm, Total defense, Total defense logistics
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
War Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-11487 (URN)10.1108/JHLSCM-07-2022-0084 (DOI)
Available from: 2023-03-15 Created: 2023-03-15 Last updated: 2024-01-10Bibliographically approved
Lindelöf, P. & Hellberg, R. (2023). Incubation - An evolutionary process. Technovation, 124, 102755-102755, Article ID 102755.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Incubation - An evolutionary process
2023 (English)In: Technovation, ISSN 0166-4972, E-ISSN 1879-2383, Vol. 124, p. 102755-102755, article id 102755Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study presents a two-step approach, combining bibliometric analyse with a literature study investigating incubation as an evolutionary process. Incubation is a vast and multi-phased subject. In order to identify and classify articles we used a theoretical framework consisting of life cycle, underlying evolutionary process and resource-based theory, and dimensions of incubation. Through the bibliometric analysis we collected 429 articles in step one. Generating an attempt to bring a fragmented topic in to a systematic logic by using a literature study, we closely examined the subject matter in step two, summarizing and categorizing our findings into sub-themes and component themes. In so doing, we offer a reliable, ontologically constructed, and practical insight into the incubation evolutionary process is. We discuss the phenomena as an ecosystem that generates an interim debate on which new theory on incubation may be built and research may be conducted. We conclude that conceptualizing incubation as an evolutionary process has potential for future research and theory development.

Keywords
incubation, evolutionary process, incubation ecosystem, incubation phases, incubation conceptual framework
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
War Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-11858 (URN)10.1016/j.technovation.2023.102755 (DOI)
Available from: 2023-10-09 Created: 2023-10-09 Last updated: 2023-10-12Bibliographically approved
Hellberg, R. (2023). Innebörden av Security of Supply. In: Logistikföreningen PLAN med stöd av Högskolan Väst (Ed.), Konferenspublikation PLAN-FoT-2023 Final, 2023, s. 163-181: . Paper presented at PLAN Forsknings- och tillämpningskonferens, Trollhättan, Sverige, 17-18 Oktober, 2023 (pp. 163-181). Trollhättan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Innebörden av Security of Supply
2023 (Swedish)In: Konferenspublikation PLAN-FoT-2023 Final, 2023, s. 163-181 / [ed] Logistikföreningen PLAN med stöd av Högskolan Väst, Trollhättan, 2023, p. 163-181Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Trollhättan: , 2023
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
War Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-11885 (URN)
Conference
PLAN Forsknings- och tillämpningskonferens, Trollhättan, Sverige, 17-18 Oktober, 2023
Available from: 2023-10-20 Created: 2023-10-20 Last updated: 2023-10-25Bibliographically approved
Hellberg, R. & Fauskanger, E. (2023). Learning of quality improvement theory: experiences with reflective learning from a student perspective. International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, 14(6), 1207-1226
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Learning of quality improvement theory: experiences with reflective learning from a student perspective
2023 (English)In: International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, ISSN 2040-4166, E-ISSN 2040-4174, Vol. 14, no 6, p. 1207-1226Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to investigate how professionals who are continuing their education rate a higher education quality management course with an emphasis on reflective learning and real problem-solving. The audited course consists of module-based teaching, while students work on an improvement project at their workplace between course sessions. This study has a twofold aim: to contribute to the design of quality improvement courses based on doing as we learn and to offer insight into the use of a final grading method that consist of a folder with reports from the intermediate work steps and a final report.

Design/methodology/approach

After completing the course, students received a survey with questions and statements about the course content, delivery and final grading methods. They answered these questions on a seven-point Likert scale and also answered open-ended questions.

Findings

It is clear that professional students value the interweaving of theory with real-life training, and they value module-based teaching in which theory is reviewed and applied to practical problems. Reflective learning was achieved through feedback from both teachers and fellow students on various interim reports. Students’ employers benefit from the course, as students gain experience with quality improvement. The grading of a final report on the improvement project based on three sub-assignments was highly appreciated.

Practical implications

Developers in courses in quality improvement benefit from learning how this course is structured, assessed and how participants perceived its components.Originality/valueThe course design with modules and intermediate work steps, where the students apply theory in quality improvement to a real project at their workplace, is an original concept. The modules correspond to the plan, do, check and act (PDCA) methodology.

Keywords
Higher education, Quality improvement, Folder examination, Lean education, Process-based training, Reflective learning
National Category
Pedagogy
Research subject
War Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-11113 (URN)10.1108/ijlss-04-2022-0090 (DOI)
Available from: 2022-11-02 Created: 2022-11-02 Last updated: 2023-11-17Bibliographically approved
Hellberg, R. (2023). Swedish public procurement and the defence industry: obstacles and opportunities. Journal of Defense Analytics and Logistics, 7(2), 103-137
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Swedish public procurement and the defence industry: obstacles and opportunities
2023 (English)In: Journal of Defense Analytics and Logistics, ISSN 2399-6439, Vol. 7, no 2, p. 103-137Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – A deteriorating security situation and an increased need for defence equipment calls for new forms of collaboration between Armed Forces and the defence industry. This paper aims to investigate the ways in which the accelerating demand for increased security of supply of equipment and supplies to the Armed Forces requires adaptability in the procurement process that is governed by laws on public procurement (PP).

Design/methodology/approach – This paper is based on a review of current literature as well as empiricaldata obtained through interviews with representatives from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration and the Swedish defence industry.

Findings – Collaboration with the globalized defence industry requires new approaches, where the PP rulesmake procurement of a safe supply of defence equipment difficult.

Research limitations/implications – The study’s empirical data and findings are based on the Swedish context. In order to draw more general conclusions in a defence context, the study should be expanded to covermore nations.

Practical implications – The findings will enable the defence industry and the procurement authorizations to better understand the requirements of Armed Forces, and how to cooperate under applicable legal and regulatory requirements.

Originality/value – The paper extends the extant body of academic knowledge of the security of supply into the defence sector. It serves as a first step towards articulating a call for new approaches to collaboration indefence supply chains.

Keywords
Defence logistics, Defence supply chain, Public procurement in defence industry
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
War Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-11871 (URN)10.1108/JDAL-12-2022-0015 (DOI)
Available from: 2023-10-12 Created: 2023-10-12 Last updated: 2023-12-01Bibliographically approved
Hellberg, R. & Antai, I. (2023). Teaching Logistics Compatibility for Host Nation Support (HNS) in Combined and Joint Operations: Business as Usual, Trend or Paradigm Shift?. In: Ragnild Lome (Ed.), COLLECTION OF ABSTRACTS NATO in the NORDICS, August 30-31, 2023. Conference organized by the Scandinavian Journal of Military Studies (SJMS) & the Swedish Centre for Studies of Armed Forces and Society (CSMS): . Paper presented at NATO IN THE NORDICS, Organized by the Scandinavian Journal of Military Studies (SJMS) & the Swedish Centre for Studies of Armed Forces and Society (CSMS), 30-31 August, 2023.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Teaching Logistics Compatibility for Host Nation Support (HNS) in Combined and Joint Operations: Business as Usual, Trend or Paradigm Shift?
2023 (English)In: COLLECTION OF ABSTRACTS NATO in the NORDICS, August 30-31, 2023. Conference organized by the Scandinavian Journal of Military Studies (SJMS) & the Swedish Centre for Studies of Armed Forces and Society (CSMS) / [ed] Ragnild Lome, 2023Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Keywords
host country support, NATO, logistical compatibility, senior officer training
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
War Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-11861 (URN)
Conference
NATO IN THE NORDICS, Organized by the Scandinavian Journal of Military Studies (SJMS) & the Swedish Centre for Studies of Armed Forces and Society (CSMS), 30-31 August, 2023
Available from: 2023-10-09 Created: 2023-10-09 Last updated: 2023-10-24Bibliographically approved
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