Background and activities
Malena is involved in several projects concerning technology development and innovation in B2B and industrial/technology-based firms. Her main interests are the interaction processes between firms and the effects of different types of business relationships on innovation. The interplay between business and other types of settings in innovation processes are also central to her research, such as public policy actors, academic research environments, and health care.
In the SISVI project (Sustainable Innovation and Shared Value Creation in Norwegian Industry) the main concern is how interaction in business networks affects the achievement of sustainable innovation. The project involves industrial partners and the goal is to develop new knowledge as well as methods for developing sustainable supply networks in Norwegian industry. For more information: www.sisvi.no
In a European research project concerning innovation in the construction industry Malena is coordinating a research effort in achieving a comparative study of construction innovation across seven European countries. Focus lies on the interface between health care and construction and how innovative solutions can create shared value for the industry and for society through the provision of efficient health care.
Another research project concerns the strategies and effects of innovation-supporting systems at unversities - The Innovating University. The aim of this project is to map and analyse different innovation-supporting systems and the outcomes in terms of spinn-offs and new products. A multilevelled analysis is performed including the institutional setting of the system, the organization(s) of the internal system, and the (eventual) commercialisation projects that come out as a result.
Malena is also involved in the IMP research community and is currently on the advisory board for the IMP Symposium 2016. For more information: www.impgroup.org
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2018) Placing Social Capital in Business Networks: Conceptualisation and Research Agenda. The journal of business & industrial marketing. vol. 33 (8).
- (2018) The role of interaction for corporate sustainability. The IMP Journal. vol. 12 (1).
- (2017) Investigating strategy tools from an interactive perspective. The IMP Journal. vol. 11 (1).
- (2017) Creating relationship continuity across projects in the construction industry: Deliberate, emergent and deliberately emergent strategies. The IMP Journal. vol. 11 (2).
- (2016) Economic deals in the construction industry: Implications for socio-material interaction and monetary processes,. The IMP Journal. vol. 10 (3).
- (2016) Managing renewal in fragmented business networks. The IMP Journal. vol. 10 (1).
- (2016) Renewal in construction projects: tracing effects of client requirements. Construction Management and Economics. vol. 34 (11).
- (2015) Identifying new dimensions of business incubation: A multi-level analysis of Karolinska Institute's incubation system. Technovation.
- (2015) Antecedents of project partnering in the construction industry - The impact of relationship history. Industrial Marketing Management. vol. 50.
- (2015) Competition versus interaction as a way to promote innovation in the construction industry. The IMP Journal. vol. 9 (1).
Part of book/report
- (2017) Researching the Interactive Business Landscape. No Business is an Island: Making Sense of the Interactive Business World.
- (2017) Starting up from Science: The case of a university-organised commercialisation Project. Starting Up in Business Networks Why Relationships Matter in Entrepreneurship.
- (2017) New Business Development in Business Networks. No Business is an Island: Making Sense of the Interactive Business World.