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Inter-organizational collaboration for energy efficiency in the maritime sector: the case of a database project

Journal article
Authors J. Borg
Hannes von Knorring
Published in Energy Efficiency
Volume 12
Issue 8
Pages 2201–2213
ISSN 1570-646X
Publication year 2019
Published at Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI)
Pages 2201–2213
Language en
Keywords Database, Energy efficiency, Inter-organizational collaboration, Shipping industry, Database systems, Knowledge management, Ships, Collaborative network, Database projects, Efficiency measure, Energy efficient, Interorganizational collaboration, Knowledge-sharing, Observational research
Subject categories Energy Engineering, Marine Engineering


This article explores the complexities of establishing knowledge-sharing practices between organizations through a case study of the creation of a database for energy efficiency measures relevant to the shipping sector. As researchers and policy-makers tend to point towards knowledge sharing and collaboration as means towards a more energy-efficient society, there is a need to better understand the knowledge sharing practices in such initiatives. The study is based upon extensive fieldwork where the first author was recruited to a collaborative network on energy efficiency in the shipping sector, to aid in the development of the collaboration while carrying out participatory-observational research in an ethnographic tradition. The study highlights the need to maintain realistic expectations for new knowledge-sharing collaborations, and the necessity to allow such arrangements to develop over time. © 2019, The Author(s).

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