On Friday 21st of October, SISVI hosted a scientific workshop on sustainability interaction in supplier networks. We were so lucky to have a visitor from Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico, Professor Pilar E. Arroyo López, who is expert in this field. Experiences and knowledge was exchanged, and there were some interesting discussions.
Luitzen welcomes Professor Pilar Arroyo López
The workshop participants are listening carefully.
Luitzen, Pilar and Malena
Plans for co-writing a paper.
The workshop report is available here.
On October 19, PhD Scholar Sigurd Sagen Vildåsen visited Stanford Professor James G. March. Their conversation was centered on the organizational challenges that emerge when firms include social and ecological concerns in their decision making. The visit to Stanford is part of the ongoing development of a theoretical paper with the working title “A Behavioral Perspective on Corporate Sustainability”.
In the paper, Vildåsen and Prof. Luitzen de Boer are investigating how the “Behavioral Theory of the Firm” can be applied to understand phenomena of sustainability in a business context. James March co-authored the theory, and the meeting at Stanford was highly inspirational for further knowledge development.
On september 29 and 30, a delegation of SISVI-associates attended the 20th International Manufacturing Symposium. The Symposium is arranged by the Centre for International Manufacturing, IfM, at the University of Cambridge. On friday 30th, there was a special session on sustainability, hosted by Professor Arild Aspelund, where SISVI researchers Malena Ingemansson Havenvid and Marit Bjørnbet Moe held presentations, in addition to Professor Aspelund.
The SISVI delegation
Malena Ingemansson Havenvid
Marit Bjørnbet Moe
On September 23., the kick-off seminar in the Sustainability Forum anchored in the Polytechnic Society was held. SISVI was represented through Runar Stenerud in Plasto and PhD Scholar Sigurd Sagen Vildåsen. The topic was how the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be implemented in Norwegian Industry.
On September 1. and 2., SISVI in collaboration a with Circular Ocean and NTNU Sustainability, arranged the conference “Developing a circular economy of fishing nets and ropes (FNRs) in Norway“.
The first day was held at Scandic Hotel Ålesund, and the topic was “Status and opportunities to facilitate circular economy of FNRs in Norway”.
The second day was held at NTNU Ålesund, and put focus on “Innovation and implementation of FNR recycling and reuse”. Here, Runar Stenerud from SISVI participating company Plasto held a presentation.
Sunnmørsposten published (03.09.16) an article about the conference, which you can access here.
The 18th of May, Ålesund KunnskapsPark hosted a SISVI workshop in their facilities at Norsk Maritimt Kompetansesenter in Ålesund. The purpose of the workshop was to welcome our two new network companies, ÅKP and Wonderland AS, and give them an overview of the status in the project as we are halfway through the project period. SISVI-companies Plasto AS and Molde KunnskapsPark were also represented at the workshop, and we dicussed further activities under the topic “Sustainability aspects in innovation processes”.
The workshop report is available here.
Professor Alf Steinar Sætre has in collaboration with master students Julie Dahl Benum and Ingeborg Gjærum investigated the tensions between short term profit and long-term sustainability.
In their report, they provide a historical overview and focus specifically on issues where the interests of society and the interests of corporations seems to be—and a times are—at odds with one another. They discuss the roots of this imbalance, and suggests Shared Value Creation as a solution for this, focusing on how corporations can generate profits while solving pressing social and environmental issues facing societies around the world today.
Read the report here: SISVI Report 2016-03.