Faculty Profile

Lena Elisabeth Bygballe

Associate Professor - Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Biography

I am Associate Professor and Head of Centre for the Construction Industry at the Department of Strategy, BI Norwegian Business School.  

Research areas

My research interests are within themes related to innovation processes and inter-organizational relationsships, particularly using the construction industry as an empirical setting. 

Teaching areas
My teaching areas are within purchasing and SCM.

Publications

Kvalshaugen, Ragnhild & Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth (2018)

Practices in institutional projects as mobilizers of change: A case of adaptation to climate change

Academy of Management. Annual Meeting Proceedings Doi: 10.5465/AMBPP.2018.13135abstract

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth; Endresen, Maria & Fålun, Silje (2018)

The role of formal and informal mechanisms in implementing lean principles in construction projects

Engineering Construction and Architectural Management Doi: 10.1108/ECAM-07-2017-0138

Purpose – Previous research shows that implementing lean construction is not a straightforward task. The purpose of this paper is to examine the role of formal and informal mechanisms in implementing lean principles in construction projects. Design/methodology/approach – The paper draws on a single case study of the implementation of innovative lean principles in a public construction project in Norway. The study is based on qualitative data, including 17 semi-structured interviews with 21 individuals, document analysis, and observations in meetings and seminars, in addition to informal conversations. Findings – Formal mechanisms, including contractual arrangements, have the potential to both facilitate and hamper the implementation of innovative lean principles in a construction project. They might create coherence, but at the same time they might limit the scope of the concept in such a way that others do not accept it. Informal mechanisms, including social and lateral relationships and trust aid implementation, both directly by creating commitment and by modifying the challenges that the formal mechanisms potentially incur. Formal mechanisms may, in turn, nurture the informal ones. Research limitations/implications – The research is based on a single case study within the Norwegian public sector, which is dependent on specific public procurement regulations and subject to strong contractual traditions. Originality/value – The research extends the existing knowledge of implementation of lean construction in the construction industry. It helps refining the understanding of the role played by formal and informal mechanisms, and the interplay between them in the implementation process. This knowledge is also relevant for process innovations in construction in general.

Swärd, Anna & Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth (2017)

Lean Construction i et Strategisk perspektiv

Kalsaas, Bo Terje (red.). Lean Construction. Forstå og forbedre prosjektbasert produksjon

Pryke, Stephen; Badi, Sulafa & Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth (2017)

Editorial for the special issue on social networks in construction

Construction Management and Economics, 35(8-9), s. 445- 454. Doi: 10.1080/01446193.2017.1341052

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth (2017)

Toward a conceptualization of supplier-switching processes in business relationships

Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, 23(1), s. 40- 53. Doi: 10.1016/j.pursup.2016.04.007

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth; Swärd, Anna Sundberg & Vaagaasar, Anne Live (2016)

Coordinating in construction projects and the emergence of synchronized readiness

International Journal of Project Management, 34(8), s. 1479- 1492. Doi: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2016.08.006

Almås, Anders-Johan; Time, Berit, Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth & Lisø, Kim Robert (2016)

How can a research centre facilitate innovations for climate adaptation of buildings and infrastructure?

et al, . (red.). 4th Nordic Conference on Climate Change Adaptation "From Research to Actions and Transformation", August 29-31 2016 in Bergen, Norway. Book of Abstracts

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth & Swärd, Anna Sundberg (2015)

Strategizing in Project-Based Organizations: The Role of Internal and External Relationships

Das, T.K. (red.). The practice of behavioral strategy

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth; Dewulf, Geert & Levitt, Raymond E. (2015)

The interplay between formal and informal contracting in integrated project delivery

Engineering Project Organisation Journal, 5(1) Doi: 10.1080/21573727.2014.992014

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth & Persson, Kurt Gøran (2015)

Developing supply base strategies

The IMP Journal, 9(1), s. 64- 84. Doi: 10.1108/IMP-01-2015-0003

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth & Swärd, Anna Sundberg (2014)

Implementing Lean Construction: A Practice Perspective

Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, 1, s. 3- 14.

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth & Ingemansson, Malena (2014)

The logic of innovation in construction

Industrial Marketing Management, 43(3), s. 512- 524. Doi: 10.1016/j.indmarman.2013.12.019

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth; Håkansson, Håkan & Jahre, Marianne (2013)

A critical discussion of models for conceptualizing the economic logic of construction

Construction Management and Economics, 31(2), s. 104- 118. Doi: 10.1080/01446193.2012.745645

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth; Bø, Eirill & Grønland, Stein Erik (2012)

Managing international supply: The balance between total costs and customer service

Industrial Marketing Management, 41(3), s. 394- 401. Doi: 10.1016/j.indmarman.2011.06.013

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth & Goldeng, Eskil Le Bruyn (2012)

Innovasjon i byggenæringen

Magma - Tidsskrift for økonomi og ledelse, 15(1), s. 51- 60.

Jahre, Marianne; Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth & Grønland, Stein Erik (2011)

Logistikk i Praksis (ch.4), in Persson, G. and Virum, H. (eds.) Logistikk og ledelse av forsyningskjeder, Gyldendal Akademisk

Persson, Kurt Gøran (red.). Logistikk og ledelse av forsyningskjeder

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth & Ingemansson, Malena (2011)

Public policy and industry views on innovation in construction

The IMP Journal, 5(3), s. 157- 171.

Bankvall, Lars; Bygballe, Lena, Dubois, Anna & Jahre, Marianne (2010)

Interdependence in supply chains and projects in construction

Supply chain management, 15(5), s. 385- 393. Doi: 10.1108/13598541011068314

Bygballe, Lena; Jahre, Marianne & Swärd, Anna Sundberg (2010)

Partnering relationships in construction:A literature review

Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, 16(4), s. 239- 253. Doi: 10.1016/j.pursup.2010.08.002

Bygballe, Lena & Jahre, Marianne (2009)

Balancing value creating logics in construction

Construction Management and Economics, 27(7), s. 695- 704.

Harrison, Debbie & Bygballe, Lena (2006)

Learning and routines in resourcing

Resourcing in Business Logistics. The Art of Systematic Combining, Jahre et al

Hinna, Anne Kari & Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth (2013)

Bruk av innleie i norsk byggenæring

[Avis]

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth (2012)

Nye konkurranseforhold i byggebransjen

El magasinet [Avis]

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth (2012)

Endringer i arkitektbransjen

Arkitektnytt [Avis]

Jahre, Marianne; Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth & Engebrethsen, Erna S. (2017)

Collaborative approach to reduce risks and improve crisis management – the BaSEC case

[Academic lecture]. SNF Workshop Series: Methods of Disaster Research: Interdisciplinary Approaches.

Swärd, Anna; Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth & Vaagaasar, Anne Live (2017)

Interorganizational Routines

[Academic lecture]. SMS Costa Rica.

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth & Jahre, Marianne (2016)

Supply chain risk management in temporary multi-organizations

[Academic lecture]. EurOMA.

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth; Swärd, Anna Sundberg & Vaagaasar, Anne Live (2016)

Hva skal til for å få til effektiv koordinering mellom bedrifter i store komplekse prosjekter?

[Popular scientific article]. Prosjektledelse, 4, s. 25- 27.

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth; Håkansson, Håkan & Malena, Ingemansson (2015)

An industrial network perspective on innovation in construction

Orstavik, Finn; Dainty, Andrew & Abbott, Carl (red.). Construction Innovation

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth; Harrison, Debbie, Hoholm, Thomas, La Rocca, Antonella & Olsen, Per Ingvar (2015)

Interaction as a process: An expanded view of the ‘spiral’?

[Academic lecture]. Theory and methods implications of industrial network research.

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth; Swärd, Anna Sundberg & Vaagaasar, Anne Live (2015)

The space where hirarchical and lateral coordination mechanisms meet in inter-organizational projects.

[Academic lecture]. Apros-Egos.

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth; Swärd, Anna Sundberg & Vaagaasar, Anne Live (2015)

Creating space for coordinating and cooperating in construction projects: The role of Sociomaterial practices

[Academic lecture]. Apros-Egos.

Swärd, Anna Sundberg; Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth & Vaagaasar, Anne Live (2015)

Coordinating inter-firm projects: the role of synchronised readiness as an integrative condition

[Academic lecture]. IRNOP conference.

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth; Havenvid, Malena Ingemansson, Torvatn, Tim Kristian Andreas, Ørstavik, Finn & Hughes, Will (2015)

The significance of diverse economic logics for innovation in the construction industry

[Academic lecture]. Konferanse.

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth; Dewulf, Geert & Levitt, Raymond E. (2013)

The impact of relational contracting on flexibility in health care projects

[Academic lecture]. 10th Engineering Project Organization Conference in Denver.

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth & Vaagaasar, Anne Live (2013)

Interfirm project organizing

[Academic lecture]. 22nd Nordic Academy of Management Conference in Reykjavik.

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth & Vaagaasar, Anne Live (2013)

Organizing the inter-organizational construction project: A review of challenges, trends and debates

[Academic lecture]. 11th IRNOP Conference.

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth; Swärd, Anna Sundberg & Vaagaasar, Anne Live (2013)

The practices of organizing in multiparty collaborations

[Academic lecture]. 33rd annual SMS Conference in Atlanta.

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth (2012)

Fornyelse av byggenæringen

[Article in business/trade/industry journal]. Byggeindustrien

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth (2012)

Hvordan balansere ulike kostnader og kundeservice når man kjøper fra lavkostnadsland?

[Article in business/trade/industry journal]. Byggeindustrien

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth & Swärd, Anna Sundberg (2012)

On strategiing and how strategies are formed and shaped over time in the project based organization

[Academic lecture]. European Group of Lean Construction Conference 2012.

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth & Persson, Kurt Gøran (2012)

Designing and Managing the Supply Base

[Academic lecture]. IMP journal seminar.

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth & Swärd, Anna Sundberg (2011)

Strategizing in project-based organizations

[Academic lecture]. SMS.

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth (2010)

Collaboration and learning in construction projects

[Academic lecture]. Centre for Management Studies of the building process conference 2010.

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth & Swärd, Anna Sundberg (2010)

Changing work practices in project-based organisations. Implications for internal and external relationships

[Academic lecture]. NEON-Dagene.

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth & Ørstavik, Finn (2010)

Complexity in construction

[Academic lecture]. CIB World Building Congress 2010: Building a Better World.

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth (2009)

Managing international supply

[Academic lecture]. IMP conference.

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth & Persson, Gøran (2008)

Evaluating the supply base: Features and strategies

[Academic lecture]. Nofoma conference.

Bygballe, Lena Elisabeth (2008)

A learning perspective on switching suppliers

[Academic lecture]. IMP conference.

Brekke, Andreas; Bygballe, Lena & Hatteland, Carl Johan (2004)

Reflections on Processes in and Outcomes of Projects on Networks in Networks

[Academic lecture]. 20th Annual Industrial Marketing and Purchasing Conference.

Bygballe, Lena & Harrison, Debbie (2003)

Relationship Dissolution Understood in terms of Learning Barriers

[Academic lecture]. 19th IMP Conference.

Academic Degrees
Year Academic Department Degree
2006 BI Norwegian Business School Ph.D Dr. Oecon.
2000 University of Oslo Cand.Ed
Work Experience
Year Employer Job Title
2015 - Present Lean Construction Norway Chair
2011 - Present NTNU External examiner
2008 - Present BI Norwegian Business School Associate Professor
2008 - Present BI Norwegian Business School Head of Centre for the Construction Industry
2007 - 2008 BI Norwegian Business School Post.doc
2001 - 2006 BI Norwegian Business School PhD Candidate
2001 - 2001 BI Norwegian Business School Research Assistant