SC4 Research Workshops


  • Date and Time: October 18, 2021 – 1pm UTC
  • Project Title: Digital organisational readiness: experiences from manufacturing companies
  • Short Description: Research and experience from manufacturing companies indicate that digital transformation is not only technology-centric, but represents an important organisational change process. However, many companies still understand digital transformation only as “advance digitisation” and not as a continuous process of changes. The appeal of adopting new digital technologies without an appropriate foundation and purpose can increase organisational barriers, undermine companies’ maturing processes and stopping them from having full access to digital technologies’ benefits. Studies within manufacturing companies in Sweden enable identifying a set of organisational conditions that need to be assessed to evaluate the readiness for digital transformation in manufacturing companies. Volvo CE has included the set of conditions in their digital readiness assessment model, and they are willing to share experiences regarding their digital transformation journey. The seminar will seek expand the research and the findings from the first paper (doi: 10.1108/JMTM-05-2019-0188) discussing aspects related to SCM, for example: how digital transformation can be escalated to companies’ supply chains? What are the requirements to access organisational digital readiness in the supply chain to enable horizontal integration?
  • Presenters: Carla Machado (Jönköping University) & Anna Öberg (Volvo CE)


The purpose of the research workshop is to discuss planned or ongoing researches, as well as to get support in developing research ideas that are not fully developed yet. Rather than only focusing on communicating results, we will also focus on discussing with an experienced audience critical points that remain open. This is not limited to papers, it can also include grant proposals, consortium development, R&R, etc. Examples:

  • “For this purpose, which research design would fit best?”
  • “From this data, which further analysis would be interest to see?”
  • “Are these hypotheses valid and strong enough?”


For the Presenter

  • Discuss critical points with an audience working within the topic
  • Test the ‘pitch’ in the early stages of a project (problem, hypothesis, research design, etc.)
  • Discuss analysis/results under development
  • Discuss potential collaboration among members

For the Audience

  • Discuss the state-of-the-art within the topic
  • Knowledge of new methods/approaches
  • Potential collaborations (papers, grants, etc)


  • Reocurrency: Second Monday of even-numbered months (Feb, Apr, etc.)
  • Time: 1 pm UTC
  • Presentation structure: 30 minutes presentation + 30 minutes discussion
  • Focus: 2-3 questions for discussion
  • Where: An invite on Teams will be sent to all members with the presenter’s name, project title, and a short description. Please accept or reject the invitation depending on your interest and availability. If 4+ people accept, we run the research workshop.


Send an email to with the title ‘SC4 Research Workshop’. Please include the project title and a short description (up to 200 words).


  • Date: June 14, 2021
  • Project Title: Managing scarcity: the case of Electric Vehicles batteries in global supply chains
  • Short Description: RThere is a projected growth of Electric Vehicles (EV) batteries demand by 25x by 2035, while the demand for power storage in sectors other than automotive is also expanding fast, but the scarcity of raw material to cope with the expected production is already a visible challenge. As an example, the European Union is already creating tight regulations for collecting and recycling EV batteries, but more importantly, proposing a mandatory closed loop to keep the batteries’ value chain inside the Union to facilitate access to the recovered material to be used to manufacture new products. This creates several challenges, especially for companies that depend on the same materials for production and those relying on a battery aftermarket. In this study, we aim to discuss how different business models influence the scarcity of materials in the EV battery supply chain and their consequences for the various stakeholders in this market.
  • Presenters: Jannis Angelis (KTH Royal Institute of Technology) & Elias Ribeiro da Silva (University of Southern Denmark)