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  • 1.
    Aallos, Saana
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Härkönen, Tanja
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Customer value creation in technology based restaurant experiences: Case study in the mobile application restaurant: Pincho’s2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In the restaurant industry, there is a growing interest in applying technology as part of the service process. However, the constant development of technological innovations does not always meet the demand and therefore it would be important to empirically study how the technology based dining experiences are perceived by the customer. Accordingly, collecting information on how the service quality is perceived when technology is playing a major role during the restaurant experience is important, since such research has not been conducted before. Hereby, the aim of this research paper is to examine restaurant experiences from the customer point of view, in which the role of service personnel is reduced due to implementation of a mobile application. In order to achieve this aim, the objective is to identify what creates value for the customers in a mobile application generated dining experience. Thus, following research questions were stated: How does the customers perceive the service quality in a mobile application generated dining experience? and What are the advantages and disadvantages for the customer to use mobile application for the service delivery during the dining experience?

    The research used explanatory sequential mixed methods. Primarily, the researchers performed collection and analysis of quantitative data. Additionally, to get a profound interpretation of the research topic, qualitative data was gathered and analyzed. Thereafter, the qualitative data was used for explaining the quantitative findings more in detail. For the sake of this, the research questions were divided correspondingly one for each method. Findings from the descriptive quantitative analysis, indicated that the use of mobile application for the service delivery was mostly positively perceived. Additionally, discourse analysis was conducted from 812 Pincho’s associated TripAdvisor online reviews. The review findings provided more detailed opinions of the customers’ experiences in their own words and brought up possible advantages and disadvantages.

    The research findings can provide a small contribution to the knowledge of technology based restaurant experiences. However, as the researchers collected only a small amount of primary data, the validity of the results is limited. Additionally, using online reviews is a highly subjective method and consequently has its shortcomings. Therefore, in order to gain thorough understanding of mobile application generated dining experiences, the phenomenon should be further examined in a larger scale. Together with this, it would be intriguing to conduct a questionnaire based survey in all the Pincho’s restaurants and more specifically examine overall satisfaction of the customers.

  • 2. Aartsen, Marja
    et al.
    Valtorta, Nicole
    Dahlberg, Lena
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Social Work.
    van Regenmortel, Sofie
    Waldegrave, Charles
    Corrigan, Trudy
    Exclusion from social relations in later life: Briefing paper2018Report (Other academic)
  • 3.
    Aarvaag, Evalinda
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Lindroth, Linda
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Konflikter, ogräs eller frön?: Arbetsplatskonflikter utifrån ett ledarskapsperspektiv2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The authors' joint commitment conflicts produced the idea to study highly-regarded leaders' perspective on workplace conflicts and their constructive resolution. Basically there was a curiosity about how such leaders resolve conflicts so effectively.

    Workplace conflicts are a major part of a leader´s time at work. While probably unavoidable, how conflicts are handled is crucial for the growth and development of an organization and its employees. There has been practical conflict management research from a leadership perspective, but the studies have had a quantitative focus. This study aims to examine the various ways respected managers address and resolve workplace conflicts. The study seeks to answer the following questions: What kinds of workplace conflict exist in an organization? What are the critical factors in conflicts? How are conflicts viewed constructive/destructive? What is a leader's role when managing/resolving workplace conflict? What abilities and qualities have leaders who manage conflict effectively?

    The study is based on a qualitative approach using semi-structured interviews. The material was thematic and coded. Results were analysed using the theoretical framework. The empirical data was analysed using Rahims (2002) theory of conflict management. Building on the results, the model which has been developed will be presented at the study’s conclusion.

    The study's analysis reveals that leaders who deal with conflicts constructively mastered the three main areas of concern, depending on the situation. These are people-oriented, task-oriented, and learning- and culture-oriented. The study's results also revealed that evasive and/or dominant leadership in particular creates barrier store solving conflict.

  • 4. Abbas, A.
    et al.
    Avdic, Anders
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Information Systems.
    Xiaobao, P.
    Zhao, S. L.
    Chong, R.
    Strategic framework of collaboration in knowledge transfer of high-tech industries2018In: Quality - Access to Success, ISSN 1582-2559, E-ISSN 2069-2242, Vol. 19, no 163, p. 74-80Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 5. Abbas, A.
    et al.
    Faiz, A.
    Fatima, A.
    Avdic, Anders
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Information Systems. Örebro University.
    Reasons for the failure of government IT projects in Pakistan: A contemporary study2017In: 2017 International Conference on Service Systems and Service Management, IEEE conference proceedings, 2017Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    After the introduction of information technology (IT), the government needs to take the initiative to start IT projects for the automation of government process to the citizen. Statistics show that a high number of government IT projects fail and only 15 percent e-government projects are successful. In this study, we will answer this research question, what are the reasons for failure of IT projects in the government sector organization in Pakistan and how to overcome these issues? This research was conducted through a literature review, 20 articles from journals and conferences were selected through keywords for the period of ten years from 2003 to 2013. For suggestions, we have followed the same structured search procedure. We found and select articles with our keywords, after reading abstract and conclusion. Our study has described four factors for the failure of IT projects in government sector organizations in Pakistan. These factors are Technology, Management, Politics and Finance. The technology factor can be reduced by providing latest ICT infrastructure with an expert to run and maintain it. Management issues can be resolved by hiring an experienced, skilled and highly motivated project manager to complete a project successfully. Government should make new laws and regulations to help the implementation of these projects and bureaucracy should eliminate any power struggle during and after the implementation. The budget should be allocated before the start of the project to complete it on time. Our research study has provided guidelines to policy makers for automation of government organizations in Pakistan. By considering these suggestions, successful government projects can be achieved.

  • 6. Abbas, Asad
    et al.
    Anam, Fatima
    Sunguh, Khavwandiza
    Avdic, Anders
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Information Systems.
    Zhang, Xuehe
    Digital rights management system in China: Challenges and Opportunities2018In: Journal of Cases on Information Technology, ISSN 1548-7717, E-ISSN 1548-7725, Vol. 20, no 1Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 7.
    Abbas, Asad
    et al.
    School of Public Affairs, University of Science and Technology of China.
    Avdic, Anders
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Information Systems.
    Chong, Ren
    School of Public Affairs, University of Science and Technology of China.
    Framework of Collaboration in Knowledge Transfer of High Technology Industries2018In: Quality - Access to Success, ISSN 1582-2559, E-ISSN 2069-2242, Vol. 19, no 163Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose - The concept of Triple Helix relates to collaboration between universities, governments and industry. Such collaboration can take different forms in different countries. This paper examines collaboration between universities and industry in China, specifically in the city of Hefei in Anhui province, one of the most rapidly developing regions in the country. In so doing, it seeks to address the research question: How does industry collaborate with universities in order to acquire commercialized knowledge?

    Design/ Methodology/ Approach - The study is qualitative, based on interviews with experts in R & D, and Intellectual Property Rights from high-tech companies based in Hefei. We analyzed our findings using a conceptual framework that focuses on Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Diffusion (Liyanage et al, 2012). Our study describes and discusses the entire process, from an initial awareness of new knowledge to its eventual acquisition.

    Findings and implications - We conclude that Chinese high-tech companies design comprehensive strategies for the acquisition of knowledge generated from external sources. These strategies are based on local, provincial and state government industrial policies that aim to support collaboration with universities and implement external knowledge in existing systems.

    Originality - Commercialized knowledge put into practice by industries for their own innovation and commercial purposes.

    Limitation - We interviewed industrial experts from three high-tech companies in the city of Hefei, which is located in an industrial area of Anhui province.

  • 8.
    Abbas, Asad
    et al.
    School of Public Affairs, University of Science and Technology of China.
    Avdic, Anders
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Information Systems.
    Chang Barker, Katherine
    School of Public Affairs, University of Science and Technology of China.
    Xiaobao, Peng
    School of Public Affairs, University of Science and Technology of China.
    Process of knowledge transfer from universities to industry through the University of Technology Transfer Offices in China: The case of Anhui province2018In: Science and Innovation, ISSN 2409-9066, Vol. 14, no 2, p. 5-18Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Introduction. This paper focuses on knowledge generation and the way in which it is transferred from universities to industry. Most well reputed universities have several departments and university-run enterprises that engage in research. The purpose of these research units is to help universities provide breakthrough innovation through the generation of new knowledge.

    Problem Statement. For this we chose to study China's University Technology Transfer Offices (UTTOs) to gather concrete evidence of university knowledge generation for commercial use in industry. The objective of this study is get indepth information about the role of UTTOs in the transfer of such knowledge.Purpose. The generation of new knowledge contributes to the field of science and technology; in turn, industry can use this knowledge to produce new innovative products or improve existing ones. This study aims to identify the process of knowledge transfer from universities to industry in China.

    Materials and Methods. Our study was carried out as a qualitative case study in the Anhui province of China. Data was mainly collected through semi-structured interviews with technology transfer experts working in technology transfer offices. Collected data were analyzed using a knowledge transfer model with six phases: 1) awareness, 2) acquisition, 3) transformation, 4) association, 5) application, and 6) feedback.

    Results. In China, universities and their research groups dominate in the generation and commercialization of research results, with UTTOs acting as technology bridges between the two parties, as well as providing legal and business services.

    Conclusions. This paper contributes by offering a detailed description of the knowledge transfer process and specifically the role and activities of UTTOs. This research also helps Chinese and international researchers currently carrying out research on the technology transfer process in China.

  • 9. Abbas, Asad
    et al.
    Avdic, Anders
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Information Systems.
    Xiaobao, Peng
    Ming, Wan
    University-government collaboration for the generation and commercialization of new knowledge for use in industry2018In: Journal of Innovation & Knowledge, ISSN 2444-569XArticle in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The concept of Triple Helix relates to collaboration between universities, governments and industry. Such collaboration can take different forms in different countries. This paper describes collaboration between universities and government in China, specifically in the city of Hefei in Anhui province, one of the most rapidly developing regions in the country. The research question is: How can bi-lateral research collaboration be a source of knowledge generation and commercialization for use in industry?

    The study is qualitative, involving individual and group interviews with university team leaders and team members from successful projects. Government representatives in China were also interviewed. We used the SECI knowledge creation method to analyze the findings. We also describe the collaboration process from idea and application through to review, funding, realization and commercialization. Our study shows that the government in China plays a dominant role in the process of knowledge creation and commercialization. We conclude that collaboration is a source of new knowledge generation and that the government plays a key role by funding universities and creating a research environment that meets the policy requirements of industry today. In particular, we show that universities and their research groups use resources, such as skilled manpower, laboratories and equipment, to accomplish tasks within a set timeframe.

  • 10.
    Abdelzadeh, Ali
    et al.
    Örebro universitet, Institutionen för humaniora, utbildnings- och samhällsvetenskap.
    Amnå, Erik
    Örebro universitet, Institutionen för humaniora, utbildnings- och samhällsvetenskap.
    Lundberg, Erik
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Stockholm, Sweden.
    En arena för tillit och tolerans?2016In: Föreningen, jaget och laget: 7 perspektiv påmidrotrens  demokratiska effekter, Stockholm: Centrum för idrottsforskning , 2016, p. 27-46Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 11.
    Abdelzadeh, Ali
    et al.
    Örebro universitet.
    Lundberg, Erik
    Ersta Sköndal högskola, Institutionen för socialvetenskap.
    Solid or Flexible?: Social Trust from Early Adolescence to Young Adulthood2017In: Scandinavian Political Studies, ISSN 0080-6757, E-ISSN 1467-9477, Vol. 40, no 2, p. 207-227Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The belief that people are generally fair and trustworthy has generated plenty of scholarly attention in recent decades, particularly in the Scandinavian countries, which are often known for high levels of social trust. This article draws attention to the current discussion in the literature on whether social trust is a stable cultural trait marked by persistence or is based on experiences and subject to change throughout life. Based on unique longitudinal data from five different cohorts of young people in Sweden, ranging in age from 13 to 28 years, this article provides an empirical contribution on how social trust develops over time. The results show that there is a greater degree of instability in social trust between 13 and 15 years of age than in other age groups, and that social trust appears to stabilize with age. Findings also indicate that there are substantial inter-individual differences in social trust among young people within the same age group, both in initial levels and in the rates of change over time. The article concludes that although social trust is relatively stable it tends to crystallize in early adulthood, highlighting the relevance of the impressionable-years hypothesis.

  • 12.
    Abdelzadeh, Ali
    et al.
    Myndigheten för ungdoms- och civilsamhällesfrågor (MUCF).
    Lundberg, Erik
    Ersta Sköndal Bräcke högskola.
    Tolerance and other citizen competencies2017In: Mechanisms of tolerance: an anthology / [ed] Erik Lundberg, Stockholm: Forum för levande historia , 2017, p. 149-176Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 13.
    Abdelzadeh, Ali
    et al.
    MUCF - Myndigheten för ungdoms- och civilsamhällesfrågor.
    Lundberg, Erik
    Ersta Sköndal Bräcke högskola.
    Tolerans och andra medborgarkompetenser2017In: Toleransens mekanismer: En antologi / [ed] Lundberg, Erik, Stockholm: Forum för levande historia , 2017, p. 145-170Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 14.
    Abdi Sheikh Ali, Mandeq
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Flerspråkighet i förskolan: En intervjustudie om hur förskollärare stimulerar flerspråkiga barns språkutveckling2017Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Jag har undersökt hur förskollärare beskriver att de stödjer flerspråkiga barn i att utveckla både det svenska språket och deras modersmål. I och med att det befinner sig alltmer flerspråkiga barn i de svenska förskolorna är mitt syfte med studien att ta reda på fem förskollärares uppfattningar om flerspråkiga barns språkutveckling och vilka verktyg de beskriver att de använder i arbetet med att stimulera barns språkutveckling. Metoden för denna studie är kvalitativa intervjuer där jag har intervjuat fem förskollärare som arbetar på två olika förskolor. Studiens resultat diskuteras utifrån forskning om hur förskollärare arbetar med flerspråkiga barns språkutveckling. I resultatdiskussionen har även resonemang förts i relation till den sociokulturella teorin. Resultatet visar att förskollärarna menar att barn behöver kunna sitt modersmål så att de kan lära sig eller utveckla ett andraspråk i förskolan. Därför behövs det modersmålslärare som stödjer barnen i att utveckla modersmålet. Förskollärarna beskriver att de använder sig av vardagliga situationer för att stimulera barnens språk.

  • 15.
    Abdi Sheikh Ali, Muna
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Flerspråkiga barns språkutveckling i förskolan2018Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med studien är att studera flerspråkiga barns modersmålsutveckling i förskolan och hur pedagogerna kan hjälpa barnen med sitt modersmål när pedagogerna har svenska som sitt förstaspråk. Studien tar ett sociokulturellt perspektiv på lärande och metoden som använts för att samla in material för studien är kvalitativ intervju med fyra pedagoger från två förskolor. Slutsatsen från studien visade sig att pedagogerna använder olika sätt att stötta och utveckla flerspråkiga barnens modersmål och andraspråkutveckling genom att använda olika uttryckningsformer, till exempel upprepningar, bilder, symboler och kroppsspråk. Pedagogerna lyfter upp också att barnen känner trygghet när pedagogerna använder barnens modersmål, vilket gjorde att pedagogerna lärde sig enkla ord på barnens språk för att underlätta kommunikationen mellan barnen och pedagoger och mellan barn och barn.

  • 16. Abellan, A.
    et al.
    Perez, J.
    Pujol, R.
    Sundstrom, G.
    Jegermalm, Magnus
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Social Work.
    Malmberg, B.
    Partner care, gender equality, and ageing in Spain and Sweden2017In: International Journal of Ageing and Later Life, ISSN 1652-8670, E-ISSN 1652-8670, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 69-89Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We used national surveys to study how older persons’ changing household patterns influence the gender balance of caregiving in two countries with distinct household structures and cultures, Spain and Sweden. In both countries, men and women provide care equally often for their partner in couple-only households. This has become the most common household type among older persons in Spain and prevails altogether in Sweden. This challenges the traditional dominance of young or middle-aged women as primary caregivers in Spain. In Sweden, many caregivers are old themselves. We focus attention to partners as caregivers and the consequences of changing household structures for caregiving, which may be on the way to gender equality in both countries, with implications for families and for the public services.

  • 17.
    Abic, Ahmet
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Business Administration and Management.
    Ekonomiska konsekvenser av förbudet mot progressiva avskrivningar för bostadsrättsföreningar2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background: In 2014 a ban was introduced on the progressive depreciation of housing associations. The same year it became mandatory to apply any of the K-regulatory frameworks, a new project developed by the Accounting Board. Housing associations immediately began speculating in the financial impact of the legislative amendment. It was believed that the ban would be characterized by negative results due to higher depreciation costs as well as to the members’ annual fees that would be increased.

    Aim: The purpose of the survey was to create an understanding of the financial consequences from the ban on progressive depreciation received for the housing associations, with regard to which of the regulations applied.

    Method: I chose to use a qualitative method in the study. By interviewing eight respondents I collected the empirical data which I analyzed with the help of my theoretical framework.

    Results & conclusion: My study has shown that those who participated in my research did not feel that the ban on progressive depreciation resulted in negative consequences or that the selection of the regulatory had an impact on what they received for consequences. I have therefore concluded that the selection of the regulations did not affect how the associations was affected by the ban on progressive depreciation. I also came to the conclusion that the economic consequences of the ban resulted in higher depreciation expenses.

  • 18.
    Abou Zaid, Ramy
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Business Administration and Management.
    Internal Control application: Empirical evidence from Sweden2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Aim

    The aim of this study is to explore based on internationally recognised frameworks:

    1. how internal control structures are applied in Sweden among different sectors;

    2. how organizational size and environment affect internal control structures; and

    3. the impact of internal control structures on organizational performance.

    Methods

    A quantitative method was used in the data collection and analysis. The sample consisted of 1117 organizations operating in Sweden. A mean analysis was conducted to measure the level of internal control structures among different industries, organizational sizes, and different choices of listing in the stock exchange market. Person’s correlation analysis was then used to explore possible correlations between external environmental factors and internal control structures, and internal control structures and organizational performance. Lastly, a structural model was built to measure the impact of internal control structures on organizational performance. The measurements of internal control structures and organizational performance are based on COSO framework’s principles and objectives.

    Results

    This study gives an insight on how internal control structures are applied across industrial sectors in Sweden, with financial institutions and manufacturing organizations having notably higher levels of internal control structures. Additionally, it provides evidence of the impact external environmental factors have on internal control structures. Furthermore, it shows that organizations that are listed in the Swedish stock exchange market have an equivalent level of internal control structures to those registered in the American stock exchange market. In contrast, organisations that are not listed in the stock exchange market have a notably lower level of internal control structures. Lastly, it illustrates the positive impact the presence of internal control structures has on organizational performance. 3 | P a g e

    Conclusion

    The results highlight a crucial role the supervisory authority Finansinspektionen (FI) has in regulating the Swedish financial market. They also show that the stability of the Swedish business environment has had a positive impact on the level of internal control structures.

  • 19.
    Abou-Chakra, Adnan
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies.
    Att synliggöra, reflektera och utveckla. En Learning study om bråkräkning i matematik.2014Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 20.
    Abrahams, J P
    University of the Western Cape.
    Sentiment and the Spread of A Human Rights Culture2003In: Building a Human Rights Culture: South African and Swedish Perspectives / [ed] Karin Sporre & H Russel Botman, Falun: Högskolan Dalarna, 2003, p. 274-287Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 21.
    Abrahamsson, Bengt
    Arbetslivscentrum, Stockholm.
    Det gick som det gick. Om inre logik, särskilt i organisationer1994In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 31, no 3, p. 3-22Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Whatever happened, happened. Some notes on inner logic, especially in organizations

    The notion that social events partly arise as a consequence of inner logic, i.e. that patterns and structures emerge outside of, or even in opposition against, plans and goals is a common element in social science. Inner logic is a summary term for social processes developing autonomously, i.e. without any individual or group intending them. Organizations quite often contain inner-logic processes. If, as this author maintains, fruitful organization theory has to build on rationalistic assumptions, how then do we handle instances of inner logic? A first step may be to break up the traditional link between structuralism and functionalism, maintaining the former and rejecting the latter. Organizations are intentionally dynamic, i.e. depend on order and predictability. To the extent that inner-logic processes appear in organizations, they should be analysed as confrontations between opposing rationalities rather than as spontaneous reactions of a ”system” . Also, frequently recurring organizational forms such as hierarchy are more fruitfully regarded as e.g. transaction-cost outcomes rather than as functional responses to system needs. Rationalism and structuralism are compatible, rationalism and functionalism are not.

  • 22.
    Abrahamsson, Hans
    Göteborgs universitet.
    Dialog och medskapande i vår tids stora samhällsomdaning2015In: Utbildning och Lärande / Education and Learning, ISSN 2001-4554, Vol. 9, no 1, p. 20-40Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Great Transformation of our time, amalgamating the local with the global demands new modes of governance and management. Increased variety and diversity of the population as well as the complexity of social issues are changing the prerequisites of social sustainability. The aim of this article is to discuss how this transformation strengthens the importance of citizens’ co-creation as regards identification of the problems, measures to be taken as well as the implementation of the same. The article furthermore discusses the role of trans-disciplinary knowledge production and its possible contribution to a socially sustainable development, as well as how current modes of governance influence the room for manoeuver and conditions for co-creation. Three mental shifts are considered necessary. The first relates to the importance of viewing city residents as citizens with rights and responsibilities and not only as customers and consumers. The second concerns the shift of the view what knowledge is and what it could be and the third relates to how the question of power should be conceptualized.

  • 23.
    Abrahamsson, Lena
    Luleå tekniska universitet.
    Kön görs även i moderna organisationer2004In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 41, no 1, p. 3-10Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 24.
    Abuhajaj, Ayham
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Business Administration and Management.
    Lampis, George
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Business Administration and Management.
    Strategy Formulation Process in Crisis Management: Volkswagen Case Study2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Aim:

    The aim of this study is to understand what strategies are used over time by a company facing a transgressional CSR crisis, in order to regain legitimacy, and towards which stakeholder group these strategies are directed.

    Methods:

    In order to achieve our aim, Qualitative case study based on secondary data published by Volkswagen as well as news articles were used to identify what strategies the company used over time.

    Results:

    To be able to answer our aim, different theoretical lenses were used; SCCT response strategies, legitimization strategies, strategy formulation process and stakeholder theory. Therefore, four main different strategies were identified, minimize attribution, blind adaptation to strategy 2025, US differentiation and internal moral reasoning. The former two were addressed to all stakeholders while the latter two were concerned with specific stakeholder groups.

    Conclusions:

    Strategy formulation process during a transgressional CSR crisis is a complex procedure and literature on crisis management should move away from static frameworks towards a more dynamic understanding of how strategies can come to life. Coupled with the complexity of societal expectations in general, a company might have to adopt the paradoxical approach even for one stakeholder. Lastly, an addition to Situational Crisis Communication Theory is proposed.

  • 25.
    Abukar Hassan, Saafi
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Vikten av förskollärarens förhållningssätt i konflikthantering, när det gäller konflikter mellan barnen.2017Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med den här studien är att bidra till kunskap om hur förskollärare i förskolan arbetar med konflikt och konflikthantering vid samlingar. Till min undersökning har jag använt mig av olika kvalitativa forskningsmetoder, observation och intervjuer för att få inblick i hur förskolläraren hanterar barnens konflikter. Resultatet visar hur förskollärarna betonar vikten av att kommunicera med barnen, samt att skapandet av goda relationer är avgörande för att förebygga och lösa konflikter. Resultatet visade också att vissa barn klarar av att lösa konflikter på egen hand men att de även behöver stöd och hjälp från förskolläraren i vissa situationer. Min slutsats är att förskollärarnas generella strategier för konfliktlösning är att lyssna på alla inblandade och bekräfta barnens känslor för att sedan hjälpa dem att lösa konflikten.

  • 26.
    Ac, Ayse
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Political Science.
    Lamminen Hedda, Sara
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Political Science.
    Vad vet de om heder?: En studie om hurSocialtjänst, polis och frivilliga jourer behandlar hederskonflikter2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Trots att ett flertal åtgärder riktats för att förbättra situationen för de som faller offer för hedersvåld finns det en koherens om att mycket lite faktiskt hänt inom området. Syftet med uppsatsen var främst att undersöka hur Socialtjänsten, polisen och frivilliga jourer behandlar hederskonflikter och varför det uppstått ett misslyckande i att hjälpa de utsatta. Undersökningen tillämpades utefter den kvalitativa innehållsanalysen. En viktig slutsats från projektet är att det främst krävs en kunskapsutveckling inom området om det skall vara möjligt att nå framsteg. En annan förutsättning är att införliva en fungerande integrationspolitik i Sverige.

  • 27.
    Ackermann, Denise M
    University of Stellenbosch.
    Freedom of Religion and the Equality and Dignity of Women: A Christian Feminist Perspective2003In: Building a Human Rights Culture: South African and Swedish Perspectives / [ed] Karin Sporre & H Russel Botman, Falun: Högskolan Dalarna, 2003, p. 180-193Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 28.
    Adamsson, Anna
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Karlsson, Yvonne
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Arbetslivsinriktad rehabilitering: Rehabiliteringsprocessen utifrån ett medarbetarperspektiv2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In today's society, the demands at work have increased and the employees are at the disposal

    of the organizations success. The working environment today can be perceived as a hot topic,

    and on this basis it may also appear that rehabilitation regarding return to work should be

    given a greater focus. It appears that it is a lack in rehabilitation at present moment, therefore

    greater efforts should occur to develop routines, working relationships and working

    techniques with the individual in focus. This study was conducted in a profit-producing

    company in Sweden and the purpose of the study is to get the company's vision and guidance

    documents regarding their rehabilitation process. Furthermore, the purpose is to describe how

    the individual experiences their rehabilitation process. This in order to finally compare these,

    to see how well the rehabilitation process works and how it is perceived by its employees. In

    conclusion, the purpose is to contribute to the company with possible improvement

    suggestions regarding the individual perspective in the rehabilitation process.

    This study is based on a qualitative method, where we have interviewed a person who holds

    rehabilitation responsibility for the company in question. In addition, interviews have been

    made with six employees who have gone through a rehabilitation process at the company. The

    result of this study has been analyzed based on the theoretical reference framework of this

    study. The empirical result showed that the individual in vocational rehabilitation is

    influenced by several factors at the workplace. The factors that we could discern in this study

    are how the approach takes place between employers and employees, partly through support

    and communication, but also how the rehabilitation work is experienced. The study also

    shows that the working conditions for the individual are important through job satisfaction

    and the work adjustment that has taken place during their rehabilitation. Another factor of

    influence for return to work are how much the individual has participate in their process and

    the importance of being able to influence in decisions. These factors are important in

    rehabilitation situations in order to generate a successful return to work.

  • 29.
    Adervall, Madeleine
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Sällström, Astrid
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Förskolan - en könsdiskurs i förändring: Förskollärarens tolkning och implementering av uppdraget att motverka traditionella könsroller2018Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med denna studie är att synliggöra hur förskollärare beskriver traditionella könsroller men också om det i deras beskrivningar går att urskilja olika diskurser och i så fall vilka. Då vi utgår från ett socialkonstruktionistiskt perspektiv är förskollärarnas beskrivningar viktiga för att förstå de diskurser som inom förskolans verksamhet skapas rörande könsroller, då dessa i sin tur påverkar vilka normer och värderingar de barn som där vistas tar till sig och för vidare. Diskursbegreppet är i denna studie ett nyckelbegrepp och vårt resultat kommer att behandlas i en kritisk diskursanalys. Metoden som använts för att samla in för studien relevant data är kvalitativa, semistrukturerade intervjuer. I vårt resultat blev en tydlig individdiskurs synlig vilken vi tolkat vara förskolans rådande diskurs och den som styrdokumenten genom sin utformning och innehåll uppmanar till. Vi fann även uttryck för en könsneutral diskurs liksom en gruppdiskurs. Dessa tre diskurser verkar parallellt och tycks många gånger leda till motsättningar i det praktiska arbetet. Detta går i linje med tidigare forskning. Vår studie visar att även de förskolor som har som ambition att erbjuda en könsneutral verksamhet omedvetet tenderar att utgå ifrån en manlig norm. Studien pekar också på att, trots att en individdiskurs är önskvärd, så utformas arbetet med att motverka traditionella könsroller ofta på ett sätt som upprätthåller dikotoma könsroller.

  • 30.
    Adolfi, Hanna
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Ett tudelat uppdrag: - En kvalitativ fallstudie rörande lärares möjligheter att fostra demokratiska samhällsmedborgare2015Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    I denna uppsats har jag haft att syftet försöka tydliggöra hur lärare upplever den praktiska verkligen rörande arbetet med att genomföra delar av skolans uppdrag: att främja demokra-tiska värderingar, förankra de mänskliga rättigheterna samt att motverka främlingsfientlighet. För att kunna göra detta ville jag undersöka vilka möjligheter och hinder lärare, verksamma inom grundskolan, upplevde i sitt arbete med att genomföra denna del av skolans lagstadgade uppdrag.

    Som utgångspunkt för att genomföra denna undersökning använde jag följande frågeställning:

    Vilka möjligheter och/eller hinder ser grundskolelärare i sitt arbete med att genomföra det lagstadgade uppdraget att främja demokratiska värderingar, förankra de mänskliga rättigheterna och arbeta med värdegrunden i praktiken?

    Genom att använda mig av kvalitativa semistrukturerade intervjuer samlade jag empiri för att besvara min frågeställning.

    Det jag kom fram till, och tillika svaret på min frågeställning var att, lärarna upplevde stora möjligheter att arbeta med värdegrundsfrågor utifrån sin egen drivkraft och vilja och ibland med hjälp av eldsjälar på skolan. Dock lyfter de fyra stora hinder i detta arbete: avsaknad av strukturer, avsaknad av tid, känslan av att det är ett, av ledningen, oprioriterat arbetsområde och avsaknad av tydlig styrning.

  • 31.
    Adolfsson, Ann-Christin
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies.
    Utomhusmatematik i förskoleklass - pedagogers syn på möjligheter och hinder: En intervjustudie med 5 pedagoger2014Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 32.
    Adås, Caroline
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Kommunikationens betydelse: En observationsstudie utifrån ett intersektionellt perspektiv i en flerspråkig förskolemiljö2015Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med examensarbetet har varit att utifrån ett intersektionellt perspektiv ta reda på vilken betydelse kommunikationen har vad gäller barns status, positionering och rollfördelning i en flerspråkig förskolemiljö. För att genomföra undersökningen har observationer som metod använts. Ett intersektionellt perspektiv handlar om att synliggöra korsande maktobalanser utifrån variabler såsom exempelvis kön, etnicitet, klass, sexualitet, ålder och funktionsförmåga. Dessa över- och underordningar i samhället skapas, reproduceras och upprätthålls och görs till så kallade sanningar. Genom makt kan man kontrollera andra människors handlingar. Barn utövar ständig makt och kontroll genom kommunikation med varandra, där de försöker behålla eller höja sin sociala status. De barn som deltagit i undersökningen har överlag lekt flickor för sig och pojkar för sig, där könsöverskridande lek förekommit i liten skala. Pojkarna har i större utsträckning försökt ta sig in i flickornas lek än vice versa. Flickorna har över lag tagit mer plats och haft högre status i förhållande till pojkarna, vilket främst skulle kunna bero på flickornas högre ålder.

  • 33.
    Afazeli, Armin
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Business Administration and Management.
    Ivanova, Volha
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Business Administration and Management.
    The role of entrepreneurial networking on internationalization of a micro-sized Born Global Swedish fashion company: A narrative ethnographic research2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background: In recent studies a lot of attention is drawn to the connection between networking and entrepreneurship. Many scholars consider successful business and networking inseparable. Taking into consideration the topicality of the two notions discussed above the authors of this thesis decided to conduct the research dedicated to these phenomena in the field that interests them most – in the field of Swedish fashion.

    Purpose: The purpose of the thesis is to gain a deeper insight into entrepreneur’s experiences to point out the role of entrepreneurial networking in the process of internationalization of a micro-sized Swedish fashion company and to contribute to the research in this field by telling its unique story.

    Method: To achieve the purpose of the research a narrative ethnographic research was conducted. This research strategy was chosen because it suits the purpose best by giving an opportunity to get fresh insights into the field of entrepreneurial networking from the point of view of the entrepreneur. The data collected has a narrative nature therefore narrative analysis is used to present it. The methods of gathering the data are face-to-face interview and documents.

    Conclusion: we can define the most important role of entrepreneurial networking on the internationalization process of Odeur as an effective accelerator and a tool to fulfil the knowledge and expertise gaps in certain areas through other actors in the network.

  • 34.
    Agebert, Anna
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    "Och pappa bakar kakor": En kvalitativ studie om pedagogers uppfattningar av uppdraget att motverka traditionella könsmönster och könsroller i förskolan2015Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med denna studie var att få mer kunskap om hur pedagoger i förskolan resonerar kring och vilken uppfattning de har om arbetet med uppdraget att motverka traditionella könsmönster och könsroller. Studien har en fenomenografisk ansats där pedagogernas olika uppfattningar har samlats in genom semistrukturerade intervjuer. Resultatet visar på att pedagogerna uppfattar att de ser och bemöter barnen som individer och att uppdraget handlar om att barnen ska få samma möjligheter oavsett kön. Att ha kunskaper om genus och jämställdhet uppfattade pedagogerna som betydelsefullt i arbetet och att vara självkritisk och medveten om olika förväntningar är en förutsättning för detta arbete.

    Det konkreta arbetet med uppdraget gestaltar sig genom att pedagogerna blandar material och organiserar miljön på ett sådant sätt att barnen kan leka över könsgränserna. Vidare så visar resultatet på en uppfattning hos pedagogerna om att barnen behöver få samtala och reflektera över könsroller och könsmönster med hjälp av exempelvis litteratur eller utifrån det barnen säger och gör. En slutsats som kan dras utifrån denna studie är att kunskaper om genus och jämställdhet samt att kritiskt granska sig själv och verksamheten ses som viktiga aspekter i arbetet.

  • 35.
    Agevall, Ola
    Växjö universitet.
    Max Webers Freiburger Antrittsrede: Om migrationsprocesser, social urbäddning och social förändring2001In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 38, no 3-4, p. 148-177Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Max Weber in Freiburg. On migration, disembedding and social change

    This article sets out to introduce the central topics in Max Weber’s inauguration lecture in Freiburg. It is argued that the central, but largely implicit, argument in Weber’s lecture concerns the transformation from a patriarchal to a capitalist mode of employment. Upon this interpretation, Max Weber’s objective is to explain specific migration processes in terms of a configuration of causes, where the social disembedding of rural labour is the key factor.

  • 36.
    Agevall, Ola
    Växjö universitet.
    Redaktionens förord2002In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 39, no 3-4, p. 4-8Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 37.
    Agevall, Ola
    Växjö universitet.
    Redaktionens förord2002In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 39, no 2, p. 4-7Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 38.
    Agevall, Ola
    Växjö universitet.
    Redaktionens förord2003In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 40, no 1, p. 4-7Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 39.
    Agevall, Ola
    Växjö universitet.
    Redaktionens förord2002In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 39, no 1, p. 4-Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 40.
    Agevall, Ola
    Växjö universitet.
    Redaktionens förord2001In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 38, no 2, p. 4-6-Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 41.
    Agevall, Ola
    Växjö universitet.
    Redaktionens förord2001In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 38, no 3-4, p. 4-7Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 42.
    Agevall, Ola
    Växjö universitet.
    Sociologisk Forskning 2001:22001Collection (editor) (Refereed)
  • 43.
    Agevall, Ola
    Växjö universitet.
    Sociologisk Forskning 2001:3-42001Collection (editor) (Refereed)
  • 44.
    Agevall, Ola
    Växjö universitet.
    Sociologisk Forskning 2002:12002Collection (editor) (Refereed)
  • 45.
    Agevall, Ola
    Växjö universitet.
    Sociologisk Forskning 2002:22002Collection (editor) (Refereed)
  • 46.
    Agevall, Ola
    Växjö universitet.
    Sociologisk Forskning 2002:3-42002Collection (editor) (Refereed)
  • 47.
    Agevall, Ola
    Växjö universitet.
    Sociologisk Forskning 2003:12003Collection (editor) (Refereed)
  • 48.
    Agevall, Ola
    Högskolan i Växjö.
    Weber, kausaliteten och oändligheten1994In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 31, no 3, p. 57-78Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Weber, causality and infinity

    While it is widely acknowledged that Max Weber was a neo-kantian of some sort, comparatively little has been done to trace down how this affects other parts of his work. This article argues that Weber’s theory of causality can be viewed as an answer to problems evolving from his neo-kantian framework. The aim of the article becomes twofold. First, to give an exposition of Weber’s theory of causality, and second to use this piece of theory as an example of how parts of Weber’s methodology are designed to solve problems posed by the neo-kantian framework. The neo-kantian framework referred to can be summarized in the theses that (I) reality offers an infinite plenitude, and (II) that there is nothing in reality itself that can present us with its interpretation. Taken together, these theses result in the necessity for the subject to make a selection from the infinite reality. These theses are applied to the problem of selecting causes from the infinite causal chain. In order to solve this problem, Weber takes recourse to the adequate cause theory, a variant of jurisprudential theory founded by Johannes von Kries. The last part of the article gives an exposition of some of the basic characteristics and consequences of adequate cause theory.

  • 49. Agndal, Henrik
    et al.
    Elbe, Jörgen
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Business Administration and Management.
    The internationalization process of small and medium-sized Swedish tourism firms2007In: Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism, ISSN 1502-2250, E-ISSN 1502-2269, Vol. 7, no 4, p. 301-327Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper develops eight propositions regarding internationalization processes for small and medium-sized tourism firms (SMTFs). A SMTF is defined here as a company that produces a tourist attraction locally, its product based on local resources. This means that SMTFs rely on customers seeking them on the firms' home market. This has implications for the SMTF's expansion into new markets and, consequently, its internationalization process. In a study based on the propositions, the internationalization processes of ten Swedish SMTFs were investigated. It was found that some SMTFs internationalized slowly; initially displayed a reactive and emergent approach, and entered markets that were culturally and geographically close. Born global SMTFs, however, searched more actively for opportunities, also in more remote markets. Intermediaries were the dominant mode throughout the process for all firms. Over time, most of the SMTFs developed a more strategic and deliberate approach in their selection of counterparts and new markets. The support of a destination management organization was important initially for some of the firms.

  • 50.
    Agyeiwaa Owusu, Jacqueline
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Business Administration and Management.
    Raul Aguirre Gonzalez, Victor
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Business Administration and Management.
    ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS WHICH INFLUENCE THE INTERNATIONALIZATION OF SMEs: A Case Study from a Ghanaian SME. 2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Aim:

    The purpose of this research is to develop an in-depth understanding on the environmental factors that influence the internationalization of SMEs in an emerging African market environment.

    Methods:

    The study was conducted by using a qualitative research design. To fulfil the purpose of this research, the researchers adopted the use of a single case study to explain the different aspects of the topic being studied within the emerging market context. The research was supported with primary data obtained directly from the company through interviews and also with secondary data in order to support and compare the results obtained from this research. Results were analyzed using thematic analysis with the use of the NVivo software to represent data collected.

    Results:

    The main findings of this research indicate the internationalization process of financial SMEs in an African country like Ghana is heavily influenced by the socio-cultural factors in their home market environment and the technological factors in their host markets. Again, it was realized that the internal resources of the firm, particularly the competitive advantage, remained highly relevant and influential in the internationalization process on both markets. Furthermore, it was found that the internationalization process was not only influenced by the firm’s resources or the environmental factors but also by the firm’s organizational internal processes, international activities, level of foreign experiences and firm identity.

    Conclusions:

    Environmental factors have both positive and negative influence on the internationalization process of financial SMEs in an emerging economy like Ghana. Some factors have more impact on the home market than on the host market and vice versa. In addition, the internationalization process of financial SMEs in Ghana can mostly be initiated and successful when the firm has a market gap or foothold strong enough to sustain competitive advantage in the long run on both host and home markets. More importantly, this unique edge must be buttressed by ample firm resources.

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