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Futuring Sustainable Nordic Business Models (Futuring Nordics)

Futuring Sustainable Nordic Business Models is a part of the University of Oslo UiO:Nordic initiative, working in collaboration with ReNEW (Reimagining Norden in an Evolving World) Nordic research hub.

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About the group

Futuring Sustainable Nordic Business Models (Futuring Nordics) is a joint interdisiplinary three years (2019-2021) research group of the Department of Private Law and the Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo. 

The aim of Futuring Nordics is to address the great challenges of globalization, digitalization, and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to Nordic businesses through

  1. an interdisciplinary analysis of the development and transformation of Nordic business models in the era of globalization and digitalization
  2. an inquiry into the possibilities and challenges globalization, digitalization and the SDGs create for Nordic business models today, and
  3. the proposition of policies for innovating Nordic business models for sustainability.

Objectives

Through an interdisciplinary analysis, drawing both on historical sources and empirical data, Futuring Nordics will investigate the potential of Nordic business models in the implementation of the SDGs within planetary boundaries. Specific interest is given to typical Nordic governance models and their future: large firms controlled by families, foundations and public actors, small and mediums sized enterprises, and cooperatives. Stakeholder engagement and dissemination plays a central role in Futuring Nordics’ activities.

Outcomes

Through document analysis, multiple case studies, and so-called futuring workshops, Futuring Nordics will critically analyse the conceptions of sustainability in Nordic business models of both small, medium-sized and large firms and their increasingly global value chains and networks. It will identify prerequisites for Nordic business models to contribute to the sustainable development of the Nordic countries, in line with the SDGs.

Finally, Futuring Nordics will present propositions for sustainable business models that can be emulated both in Nordic and non-Nordic countries and regions and across global value Chains.

Dissemination of the results will take place through an edited volume, academic publications in books and journals, and through international conferences and seminars organized by the group.

Background

Futuring Nordics is a cooperation between the Department of Private Law at the Faculty of Law and the Department of Informatics at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. At the Department of Private Law, it will act as a research project under Research Group Companies, Markets and Sustainability (Company Law Group). At the Department of Informatics, the project is part of the Research Group Digitilization and Entrepreneurship (DIGENT) and Sustainability and Design Lab. The leader of the project is Professor Jukka Mähönen from the Department of Private Law and deputy leaders Associate Professor Maja van der Velden from the Department of Informatics and Professor Beate Sjåfjell from the Department of Private Law.

Financing

Futuring Nordics is financed by the University of Oslo UiO:Nordic initiative, the Faculty of LawDepartment of Private Law and the Department of Informatics.

Cooperation

Cooperation and networking with Nordic institutions and scholars is a central focus of Futuring Nordics.

Published May 15, 2019 11:04 AM - Last modified May 15, 2019 3:21 PM