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  • 1.
    Gudfinnsson, Kristens
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre.
    Berndtsson, Mikael
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre.
    Strand, Mattias
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre.
    Taking Advantage of Business Intelligence in a Complex-Systems Environment2014In: DSS 2.0 – Supporting Decision Making with New Technologies / [ed] Gloria Phillips-Wren, Sven Carlsson, Ana Respício & Patrick Brézillon, IOS Press, 2014, p. 265-276Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Business intelligence (BI) has fundamentally changed how many companies conduct their business. In literature, focus has been on volume-operation companies that provide services to millions of customers. In contrast, complex-systems companies have fewer customers and pursue customer needs by providing more customized products and services. This paper presents the results at a case of a complex-systems company with the overall aim to see how a complex-systems company has taken advantage of BI. In addition, a framework was used to measure the BI maturity of the company. Literature also emphasis that complex-system companies may benefit from adopting BI applications from volume-operations companies, but the results indicate that there may be a difference in the importance of BI tools, which in turn may negatively influence such cross-category adoptions.

  • 2.
    Gudfinnsson, Kristens
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre.
    Karlsen, Anniken
    NTNU, Norway.
    Persson, Anne
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre.
    Towards a digital tool for managing goals and keep track of goal achievements in change practice2017In: Norsk konferanse for organisasjoners bruk at IT (NOKOBIT) / [ed] Knut Helge Rolland, Grete Netteland, Jens Kaasbøll, Anniken Karlsen, Tom Roar Eikebrokk, Bibsys Open Journal Systems , 2017, p. 1-9Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper aims at providing insights into the complex world of managing goals as part of change. The paper describes a digital prototype tool to support goal oriented improvement efforts towards company survival and growth. The prototype was developed based on the needs of practitioners in a SME construction company. Initial results indicates that a tool like the prototype can be helpful. This stimulates further research and development, and might inspire others to make and take advantage of IT solutions that go beyond traditional project scheduling to support change.

  • 3.
    Gudfinnsson, Kristens
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre.
    Rose, Jeremy
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre.
    Aggestam, Lena
    Department of Economics and Informatics, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden.
    Tackling Lack of Motivation in Aspirational Analytics Companies: SME Examples from the Manufacturing Industry2019In: International Journal of Business Intelligence Research, ISSN 1947-3591, E-ISSN 1947-3605, Vol. 10, no 1Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Establishing business intelligence analytics (BIA) in small- and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises is a pervasive problem. SME’s - the majority of businesses - play an important role in creating jobs, but research is primarily focused on large corporations. The authors worked with small manufacturing companies at the aspirational capability level but found that their motivation to introduce BIA was low. They had many business challenges but perceived the obstacles (primarily cost and effort) as too great, and their priorities were with operational issues. A two-phase approach based on a well-known analytics maturity model was devised to help raise company motivation. The article describes three studies in different companies using variations of the approach. Comparative analysis of the cases shows that demonstrating a clear path to improved functional efficiency is key to improving motivation, and that simple, easy to learn tools can provide these insights at little cost.

  • 4.
    Gudfinnsson, Kristens
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre.
    Strand, Mattias
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Challenges with BI adoption in SMEs2017In: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Information, Intelligence, Systems & Applications (IISA), IEEE, 2017, , p. 6p. 172-177Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Business intelligence (BI) has become a well-known umbrella term both amongst academics and practitioners. Researchers have studied how companies can take advantage of BI and what challenges companies are facing when working with BI. However, research is mostly focused on large companies, despite the importance of small- and medium sized companies (SMEs) in both society and economically. This paper presents results of an in-depth qualitative case study on challenges faced by SMEs when adopting BI. The challenges are categorized according to a BI maturity model adopted as unit of assessment. The contribution of the results presented is two-folded; 1) It increases current literature regarding challenges when adopting BI in SMEs, and 2) It serves as guidance for SMEs on common pitfalls that ought to be avoided.

  • 5.
    Gudfinnsson, Kristens
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre.
    Strand, Mattias
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    On transforming into the data-driven decision-making era: current state of practice in manufacturing smes2018In: Advances in Manufacturing Technology XXXII: Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Manufacturing Research, incorporating the 33rd National Conference on Manufacturing Research, September 11–13, 2018, University of Skövde, Sweden / [ed] Peter Thorvald, Keith Case, Amsterdam: IOS Press, 2018, Vol. 8, p. 337-342Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Current research lacks details on how SMMEs are able to capitalize on how their IT-solutions supports data-driven decision-making. Such details are important for being able to support further development of SMMEs and assuring their sustainability and competitive edge. Prosperous SMMEs are vital due to their economical and societal importance. To alleviate the lack of details, this paper presents the results of four case studies towards SMMEs partly aimed at investigating their current state of data-driven decision-making. The findings reveal that IT-solutions in some areas are either underdeveloped or unexplored. Instead, the SMMEs tend to focus on traditional manufacturing techniques, continuous improvements in the manufacturing process, and manual support routines and thereby neglects opportunities offered in relation to e.g. incident management, product quality monitoring, and the usage of KPIs not directly linked to manufacturing.

  • 6.
    Gudfinnsson, Kristens
    et al.
    University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre. University of Skövde, School of Informatics.
    Strand, Mattias
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Berndtsson, Mikael
    University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre. University of Skövde, School of Informatics.
    Analyzing Business Intelligence Maturity2015In: Journal of Decision Systems, ISSN 1246-0125, E-ISSN 2116-7052, Vol. 24, no 1, p. 37-54Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Business intelligence has fundamentally changed how companiesconduct their business. In literature, the focus has been on volume-operationcompanies that provide services to millions of customers. In contrast, complexsystemscompanies have fewer customers and pursue customer needs byproviding more customized products and services. This paper presents the resultsof a case study conducted at a complex-systems company, with the overall aim toidentify how complex-systems companies may take advantage of businessintelligence. A framework was used to measure business intelligence maturity ofthe company. In addition, we also explain the current maturity level of the casecompany,based on critical factors for success adopted from the literature. Indoing so, we also contribute on important details regarding factors that must beconsidered by organizations, in order to leverage their analytical capability.Finally, we also propose topics that need to be further investigated, in order toincrease current knowledge regarding BI usage and maturity in complex-systemscompanies.

  • 7.
    Karlsen, Anniken
    et al.
    NTNU, Norway.
    Persson, Anne
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre.
    Gudfinnsson, Kristens
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre.
    Kontinuerlig endringsarbeid: Helhetlig virksomhetsledelse2018Book (Refereed)
    Abstract [no]

    Helhetlig virksomhetsledelse, digitalisering og gjennomføring av endring er viktige kompetanse- og fokusområder i lederens hverdag. Grunnen til dette er at en ny virkelighet har vokst frem for organisasjoner og deres ledere i dagens turbulente forretningsverden. Den nye realiteten fordrer at organisasjoner ikke bare blir bedre på å drive forretningen, men også på å bli fremragende i å endre måten virksomheten drives. Storparten av stoffet i Kontinuerlig endringsarbeid handler om forutsetninger, verktøy og tiltak for økt kontroll med drift og endring. Materialet som presenteres er hentet fra litteratur og forfatternes egen forskning i praksisfeltet. Målgruppen for Kontinuerlig endringsarbeid er ledere og endringsagenter, men også fremtidige ledere som nå er studenter innen ulike ledelses-, teknologi- og organisasjonsfag. 

  • 8.
    Karlsen, Anniken
    et al.
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU, Ålesund, Norway.
    Persson, Anne
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre.
    Gudfinnsson, Kristens
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre.
    The SmallBuild+ Business Development Method: Findings from a Longitudinal Study in the Construction Sector2016Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 9.
    Persson, Anne
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre.
    Karlsen, Anniken
    Aalesund University College, Norway.
    Gudfinnsson, Kristens
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre.
    Towards a Generic Goal Model to Support Continuous Improvement in SME Construction Companies2015In: The Practice of Enterprise Modeling: 8th IFIP WG 8.1. Working Conference, PoEM 2015 Valencia, Spain, November 10–12, 2015 Proceedings / [ed] Jolita Ralyté, Sergio España, Óscar Pastor, Springer, 2015, p. 27-42Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Small and medium sized (SME) construction companies are often good at bricks, mortar and carpentry but not at management. However, it is often bad management that hinders companies to become financially sustainable over time and to grow. This paper presents a generic goal model aiming to support SME construction companies to systematically work with continuous improvement towards the overarching goal of becoming thriving businesses.

    The goal model has been developed based on the principles of lean, balanced scorecards and the business canvas, as well as on a management consultants experiences from working with this kind of companies for many years.

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