Charting the path to a sustainable, competitive and green industry in an era of rapid change: proposing a research agenda
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2024

Global labor market shifts have spurred the need for innovations and adaptations in workplace norms. This evolution demands a workforce with technical and soft skills to meet sustainability and industry advancements. The paper aims to elucidate the complex challenges related to the ambition to develop a socially sustainable, competitive, and green industry subjected to an accelerating pace of change. It outlines the findings of a Delphi study conducted in Sweden, which integrated workshops, interviews, and surveys with experts from various sectors to identify 14 key challenges. These challenges were synthesized into five themes: innovative competence supply management practices, resilient organizations and production systems, analytics for improvement and learning, socially sustainable work, and green transformation practices. The study provides a set of propositions within these themes, offering a strategic roadmap for future research to foster the growth of industries that are socially responsible, competitive, and committed to environmental sustainability. A practical implication of the study is the recognition of the larger competence ecosystem of which industrial companies are a part. This community must work together to create the knowledge needed to manage the shift to a green, sustainable, and digital working life.

Adult Education and Lifelong Learning

Education–Social Sciences

green transition

Industrial transformation

Business, Management and Accounting

competence supply management

social sustainability

Work & Organizational Psychology

Pablo Ruiz, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain


Sustainable Development

Delphi study


Andreas Wallo

Linköpings universitet

Jason Martin

Linköpings universitet

Mattias Elg

Linköpings universitet

Ulrika Ny Harlin

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Ida Gremyr

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Innovation and R&D Management

Nina Bozic

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

K. Skagert

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Anna Williamsson

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Cogent Business and Management

23311975 (eISSN)

Vol. 11 1 2344189


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