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THE IMP FORUM in JBIM - Call for papers: ‘Public-private interaction'

The aim of the IMP FORUM SEMINAR in Uppsala is to discuss research on the empirical phenomenon of public-private economic interaction as well as related conceptual and methodological issues. We also welcome papers on the general phenomenon of business interaction.  

For the special issue, we encourage papers touching upon following themes:  

  1. Innovation in public-private interaction,  
  2. Health care in public-private interaction, 
  3. Policy and political influence and expectations of public-private interaction.  

Public-private interaction is one of the most salient contemporary societal trends. It is encouraged by politicians and policy expecting efficiency and innovation advances – based on the assumption that the private business landscape has some significant characteristics. Explicitly or implicitly, private businesses are assumed to act as depicted in neoliberal economics; that is to freely and effortless be able to engage in new economic interactions – something that in turn is supposed to breed efficiency and innovation Håkansson et al, 2009; Rider and Waluszewski, 2015; Eklinder-Frick and Linné 2018; Perna et al, 2015).

A quite different experience of the private business setting is made in IMP research – with the common observation that economic interaction has a content and thus is dependent on direct and indirect related resource, activity and actor structures (see e.g. Håkansson and Snehota, eds, 2017). This implies that the consequences of establishing and/or changing interaction interfaces are difficult to outline in advance – where both the costs and benefits can present themselves differently for the actors involved, as well as different than expected in advance (Havenvid et al, 2016; Olsen and Håkansson, 2017, Perna et al, 2015).  

Hence, following aspects are relevant: What are the consequences of a public-private interaction based on the political/policy assumption of a certain interaction pattern – and facing a rather different one? How are the involved actors; on the public as well as the private side, coping with the interaction, and also, with the rules of interaction, given for example by public procurement law? How can the differences among the assumed and the empirically outlined interaction pattern be conceptualised? What methodological challenges does it present? Papers interested in these and other aspects of public-private interaction is welcome.   

Welcome to send in abstracts to THE IMP FORUM Seminar in Uppsala 2019!

Time table for paper production: 

  • Provide abstract (maximum two pages) of a paper for the general or specific track by November 15, 2018. Abstracts will be reviewed by the editors within one week.  
  • Submit full version by January 15, 2019.   
  • Following the seminar all authors will be asked to revise the paper according to the discussions with the reviewers and the editors and according to additional peer-reviews. Thereafter, the paper should be uploaded to IMP Forum/JBIM Emerald.   

Time table for the seminar:

  • The seminar starts at 12.00 on Thursday 7th February and will be concluded at 12.00 Friday 8th February   
  • There is no fee for the seminar, which includes two lunches and a dinner. However, participants have to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.   
  • In order to take part in the Seminar, please send the abstract to the following e-mail address: 


Sofia Wagrell (IndTek, Uppsala University) 

Malena Ingemansson Havenvid (School of Architecture and the Built Environment, KTH, Stockholm)  

Åse Linné, (IndTek, Uppsala University) 

Jens Eklinder-Frick, Uppsala STS/Dept of Economic History, Uppsala University  

Alexandra Waluszewski, Uppsala STS/Dept of Economic History, Uppsala University 

The IMP FORUM Seminar is hosted by The Division of Industrial Engineering and Management (IndTek) Uppsala University in cooperation with School of Architecture and the Built Environment, Royal School of Technology (KTH), Stockholm and Uppsala STS/Department of Economic History, Uppsala University.