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Malin Dahlström

Programme coordinator

Malin Dahlström
Programme coordinator
malin.dahlstrom@gu.se

Postal Address: Box 610, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Vasagatan 1 , 41124 Göteborg


Department of Business Administration (More Information)
Box 610
405 30 Göteborg
www.fek.handels.gu.se
fek@handels.gu.se
Fax: +46 31 786 1466
Visiting Address: Vasagatan 1 , 411 24 Göteborg

About Malin Dahlström

My interest of research is competition and competition policies historically. I am especially interested in cartels.

In my dissertation I examined cartels and other kinds of cooperation in two Swedish industries, the limestone industry and the cement industry. During the 20th century there were many quarries in Sweden and several different kinds of companies were involved in the business. Cartels and collaborations between companies was an important element in the industries. It should be noted that cartels and other kind of cooperation was legal in Sweden during the whole time period and even sometimes promoted by the government.

In the dissertation I find that cartels are not alike, there are many factors that affect the cartels and how they function and how they are set up. Some findings in the dissertation question some of the traditional assumptions about cartels. For example I find that a cartel not necessarily raises the prices; in the cement industry the cartelization instead lowered the prices. I also find that the link between cartels and technological development as well as concentration on the market, depends on how the cartels are set up and how they function. Cartels could promote technological development but they could also hinder development. Cartels could be a counterbalance to concentration and big corporations taking over the markets, but they could also be as base for concentration.

Now I am working on two research projects, both concerning the cement and limestone industries. You could read more about each of them below.

Project: Conflictual sustainability in the Limestone and Cement industry
The aim with the project is to study how the concept of sustainability is used in the discussions about limestone quarrying and cement production in the future. The take off in the project is the discussions about that are going on right now about the planning of a new big limestone quarry in the north of Gotland, called the conflict about Ojnareskogen. In the project I will study the debate and investigate the historical background.
For several years there have been debates and discussions about the limestone quarry, and sustainability have been arguments both for and against the limestone quarry. Ecological sustainability is set up against social and economic sustainability. The opposition against the limestone quarry states that the quarry will affect the groundwater, make major holes in the ground and destroy valuable nature. The defenders of the limestone quarries have various arguments, but the major arguments are the employment of the workers, and the importance of having the big companies on the regional level. The project is financed by Adlerbetska forskningsstiftelsen.

Project: Competition polices and their effects on the development in the Cement industry in US and Sweden
The American and the European antitrust and cartel legislation could be seen as two opposite systems. In many European countries cartels were a natural part of the business life for most part of the 20th century, cartels could be found in all industries and often cartel formations were promoted by the government. Sweden is an example where cartels were legal until 1993, when the legislation changes due to the Swedish entrance into the European Union. In US the cartels have been banned since late 19th century. The literature about cartels and cooperation are in many ways contradictory, the results differ from study to study. Several of the implications from former research are valid only within their context. Therefore it’s useful to make comparisons between industries and between countries. In this paper the cement industry in US and Sweden is compared. The cement industry is a good object for comparison because the industry has always been international and the product is homogenous. Different legislation and policies for competition would therefore have impact on the industries in the countries. The project is financed by Bromanska stiftelsen.

I teach at the basic level in Economic History, at the Department of Conservation and in Master courses at the Business school.

 

 

Latest publications

Cement cartels in US and Sweden during the 20th century – how did the cartel legislation affect the cement industry
Malin Dahlström
Ekonomisk-historiska mötet, Umeå 8-10 oktober, 2015., Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

Cement Cartels in the United States and Sweden during the Twentieth Century: How Did the Cartel Legislation Affect the Cement Industry?
Malin Dahlström
Business History Conference, BHC-EBHA Meeting June 24-27 2015, Miami, Florida , Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

Skånska Cement tar över de gotländska cementfabrikerna
Malin Dahlström
GUSEM, Magazine article 2014
Magazine article

Why Did the Swedish State Regard the Cement Monopoly as Beneficial?
Malin Dahlström
Business History Conference, March 13-15 2014, Frankfurt, Germany., Conference contribution 2014
Conference contribution

Ett företag tar över två branscher. Skånska Cements strategier för att kontrollera kalkstens- och cementindustrin. 1870-tal till 1950-tal.
Malin Dahlström
Organiserad samverkan. Svenska karteller under 1900-talet. , Möklinta, Gidlunds förlag, Chapter in book 2014
Chapter in book

Mechanization in the Cement and Limestone industries. Cartels as a driving and hindering force.
Malin Dahlström
European Business History Association Congress, 22-24 August 2013, Uppsala, Conference contribution 2013
Conference contribution

Storkonsumenterna öppnar eget. Socker, Superfosfat, Stål och Jonssons vertikala integration in i kalkstensindustrin
Malin Dahlström
Ekonomisk-Historiska mötet, 4-5 oktober 2013, Lund, Conference contribution 2013
Conference contribution

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2015

Cement cartels in US and Sweden during the 20th century – how did the cartel legislation affect the cement industry
Malin Dahlström
Ekonomisk-historiska mötet, Umeå 8-10 oktober, 2015., Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

Cement Cartels in the United States and Sweden during the Twentieth Century: How Did the Cartel Legislation Affect the Cement Industry?
Malin Dahlström
Business History Conference, BHC-EBHA Meeting June 24-27 2015, Miami, Florida , Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

2014

Skånska Cement tar över de gotländska cementfabrikerna
Malin Dahlström
GUSEM, Magazine article 2014
Magazine article

Why Did the Swedish State Regard the Cement Monopoly as Beneficial?
Malin Dahlström
Business History Conference, March 13-15 2014, Frankfurt, Germany., Conference contribution 2014
Conference contribution

Ett företag tar över två branscher. Skånska Cements strategier för att kontrollera kalkstens- och cementindustrin. 1870-tal till 1950-tal.
Malin Dahlström
Organiserad samverkan. Svenska karteller under 1900-talet. , Möklinta, Gidlunds förlag, Chapter in book 2014
Chapter in book

2013

Mechanization in the Cement and Limestone industries. Cartels as a driving and hindering force.
Malin Dahlström
European Business History Association Congress, 22-24 August 2013, Uppsala, Conference contribution 2013
Conference contribution

Storkonsumenterna öppnar eget. Socker, Superfosfat, Stål och Jonssons vertikala integration in i kalkstensindustrin
Malin Dahlström
Ekonomisk-Historiska mötet, 4-5 oktober 2013, Lund, Conference contribution 2013
Conference contribution

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