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  • 1.
    Algodin Paulic, Linda
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Social and Political Studies.
    Litteratursamtalets roll i samhällskunskap: Forskning och teorier om litteratursamtal i samhällskunskapsundervisningen2015Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med denna litteraturstudie är att utifrån befintlig forskning undersöka hur litteratursamtal som metod kan användas i samhällskunskapsundervisningen i årskurs 7-9. Frågeställningarna som används i litteraturstudien är:

     Vad säger forskning om att använda litteratursamtal som didaktisk metod? Mycket forskning finns inom språkämnesforskningen: vad kan samhällskunskapen lära sig av denna forskning?

     Vilka för-och nackdelar finns det med litteratursamtal enligt forskningen?

    Tillvägagångssättet för att uppfylla syftet och besvara frågeställningarna är en systematisk litteraturstudie eller en så kallad kunskapsöversikt. Översikten visar att litteratursamtalet har övervägande positiva effekter på inlärningen. Men även att det finns en övertro till litteratursamtal som metod. I diskussionen jämförs och analyseras den funna forskningens slutsatser kring litteratursamtalens fördelar och nackdelar på elevernas lärande i en samhällskunskapskontext. Studien visar att det finns ett behov att undersöka litteratursamtalets effekter på undervisningen mer genomgående.

  • 2.
    Avdic, Anders
    et al.
    Örebro universitet, Handelshögskolan vid Örebro universitet.
    Eklund, Anders
    Örebro universitet, Örebro universitetsbibliotek.
    Searching reference databases: what students experience and what teachers believe that students experience2010In: Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, ISSN 0961-0006, E-ISSN 1741-6477, Vol. 42, no 4, 224-235 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Internet has made it possible for students to access a vast amount of high quality references when writing papers. Yet research has shown that the use of reference databases is poor and the quality of student papers is consequently often below expectation. The objective of this paper is twofold. First, it aims to describe the problems students experience when they search information using a university reference database. Second it aims to compare the perspective of students on the problems with that of their teachers. As basis for the study we have used the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) model. A web-based survey was carried out. A total of 150 students at Örebro University in Sweden participated in the survey. The results have been analysed by comparison of median values. Results show that students experience problems mostly in the category of efforts expectancy. Differences between the two groups are most significant in the category of effort expectancy and students’ patience in searching. Teachers are more pessimistic about students’ capacity in information searching than the students themselves.

  • 3.
    Duk, Perla
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Drougge, Kristofer
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Managerial Perceptions about Service Innovation in Hotels: Case Study, Sweden2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Nowadays, competition is fierce in the hotel industry. The fast development in technology is followed by a permanent battle to keep adequate level of competitive advantage. Innovation seems to be one of the most suitable solutions in the service sector. This is of interest due to the consistent and apparent interconnection between innovation and successful performance found in earlier research. However, in order to achieve successful market performance, it is necessary to have an effective management strategy of service innovation. This factor and the gap in knowledge found in research about innovation in the hospitality industry is the starting point for this research paper where the purpose is to gain understanding about managerial perception of service innovation and enlighten service innovation influence over market performance. In-depth interviews with hotel managers in Sweden were conducted, about their perception of service innovation first, then its influence over market performance. Results reveal that service innovation offers opportunities for hotels to be competitive, although there is a lack of specific strategies. Service innovation, due to its diverse aspects is perceived as complex, particularly referring to technology. It is important to recognize technology as a factor arising from the outside environment and how it influences service innovation and later market performance. Through the developing of strategy for service innovation hotels can improve market performance and stay competitive. The study contributes to increase knowledge and understanding of different managerial perceptions of service innovation and its influences over market performance in the hotel industry.

  • 4.
    Engman, Anna
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Luthman, Christin
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Socialsekreterares arbetssituation: En studie för att skapa goda förutsättningar på arbetsplatsen för Socialsekreterare inom barn och familjeenheten i en mindre kommun2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    As a social worker within the child and family unit in the municipal services are the work situations stressful. And the employment turnover is high in the group and affects the organization in a negative way. The purposes of the studies are to work out measures to create better conditions for the social workers in their daily work. Too do this is too find out how the social workers work situation are today and how we can improve the work situation.

    The theories for the studies are based on; the work environment, psychosocial work environment, job satisfaction, leadership and change management.

    The study is based on a case study in order to get a depth by getting their values and interpretations of the work situation; the study is based on qualitative inter-views. The selections are with 17social worker on children and the family unit in a smaller municipality within the corporation organization in Dalarna. The inter-views were conducted in late autumn and winter of 2014 in a room with every so-cial secretary at several occasions.

    Results from the study indicate that the employment situation of social workers today is stressful. Employees have a need to be more involved in the decisions made within the organization and that the decisions are consistent. The employ-ment turnover is quit rate high and there are also others shortcomings for example the education in the introduction for the employer, and it needs to be more im-proved and structured. The head of the unit has a bad influence for the employees and create insecurity and a bad atmosphere in the group. The trust for the head of the unit is low. They should work more with direct communication and overlook the roles in the organization. A change needs to be considered with a focus on leadership, participation and community to create a better working environment for the social workers.

  • 5.
    Eriksson, Maria
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Larsson Norlund, Erika
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Hanteringen när medarbetares privata problem inverkar negativt på arbetsplatsen: En studie ur ett ledarskapsperspektiv2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Essay aims was to examine how leaders handle situations where the employee's personal problems have a negative impact on the work of both the employer and other employees. To get an answer to that, we have been inspired by the vignette study based on discussions of fictional cases. We have, through continued study with four individual semi-structured interviews and a focus groups interview where we first introduced the respondent theme with the vignettes. Participants for the study were selected by a judgmental sample where we focused ourselves on leaders, about which organization they belonged to was of minor importance. In the theoretical part introduces the theories of leadership, teamwork, the individual in the group, finances, health, laws organizational culture and regulations and social insurance role. The results are then analyzed against the theories and we can conclude that the respondent theme generally believe that it is important to prioritize communication and relationships. It is significant that the relations established before problems arise because it is considered difficult to form relationships in conflicted situations. Time is important when handling problems of the cause to the limit of what is acceptable is moved with the passage of time. Depending on the problem varied degree of tolerance level of managers and other employees in our survey. The results showed that the limit for private life's influence on the world of work is when the work will be mismanaged and when customers and other employees are affected. From a gender perspective, respondents felt that the missing matter whether the manager was a man or woman when it came to dealing with the problems that arose, it was considered to be private.

  • 6.
    Gustafsson, Johanna
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Norling, Åsa
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    HR-funktionens förändrade roll: En studie om linjechefers uppfattning av HR-funktionen i Falu och Avesta kommun2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Traditionally, HR work has not been considered sufficiently effective and value creating because of its main focus on administrative tasks. For HR work to become more strategic the function has to organize in a way that meet the new needs (Boglind et al, 2013). We believe that the success of the HR function depends on their relationships to leaders and line managers. The purpose of this essay is to examine how line managers perceive the changing role of the HR function and what kind of support they expect from them. We also want to investigate whether the perception of the HR function is related to how it’s organized. The survey is based on a multiple case study conducted in Falu and Avesta municipality. A total of thirteen in-depth interviews were conducted where five respondents represented the HR departments and eight respondents represented the line managers. Falun municipality began implementing an HR transformation at the turn of 2013/2014. Avesta municipality has an HR function divided into two teams and hasn’t performed an HR transformation.

    Our empirical data reveals that line managers in both municipalities have a rather vague idea of the HR function and its organization. Despite structural differences between the municipalities line managers in both organizations demand something more. All respondents in Avesta municipality agree to a lack of consensus regarding the duties of the HR function, due to an absence of a distinct strategy. The line managers of Avesta requests a more fundamental and strategic HR management. Empirical data from Falun municipality reveals that line managers and HR respondents disagree on whether there is a consensus regarding the tasks of the HR function. Although several line managers in Falun mentions that the HR function have improved from the transformation, they still prefer close relations to a specific HR person over contacting the HR call center.

    Although the studied HR functions differ in size and structure, we observe many similarities. We therefore conclude that the difficulties described by line managers isn’t related to the structure of the HR function, but instead relates to an imbalance in the immanent duality of the HR work that emerge from a more strategic focus. We believe that the HR function in both municipalities should have a consistent and continuous dialogue with line managers to maximize the exchange of value. In conclusion we suggest that the municipalities should focus on identifying the aspects of HR work that is most valuable and unique to their organization and build their strategies from these.

  • 7.
    Han, Mengjie
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Statistics.
    Heuristic optimization of the p-median problem and population re-distribution2013Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis contributes to the heuristic optimization of the p-median problem and Swedish population redistribution.  

    The p-median model is the most representative model in the location analysis. When facilities are located to a population geographically distributed in Q demand points, the p-median model systematically considers all the demand points such that each demand point will have an effect on the decision of the location. However, a series of questions arise. How do we measure the distances? Does the number of facilities to be located have a strong impact on the result? What scale of the network is suitable? How good is our solution? We have scrutinized a lot of issues like those. The reason why we are interested in those questions is that there are a lot of uncertainties in the solutions. We cannot guarantee our solution is good enough for making decisions. The technique of heuristic optimization is formulated in the thesis.  

    Swedish population redistribution is examined by a spatio-temporal covariance model. A descriptive analysis is not always enough to describe the moving effects from the neighbouring population. A correlation or a covariance analysis is more explicit to show the tendencies. Similarly, the optimization technique of the parameter estimation is required and is executed in the frame of statistical modeling. 

  • 8.
    Han, Mengjie
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Statistics.
    Håkansson, Johan
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Information Systems.
    Rebreyend, Pascal
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Computer Engineering.
    How does data quality in a network affect heuristic solutions?2014Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    To have good data quality with high complexity is often seen to be important. Intuition says that the higher accuracy and complexity the data have the better the analytic solutions becomes if it is possible to handle the increasing computing time. However, for most of the practical computational problems, high complexity data means that computational times become too long or that heuristics used to solve the problem have difficulties to reach good solutions. This is even further stressed when the size of the combinatorial problem increases. Consequently, we often need a simplified data to deal with complex combinatorial problems. In this study we stress the question of how the complexity and accuracy in a network affect the quality of the heuristic solutions for different sizes of the combinatorial problem. We evaluate this question by applying the commonly used

    p-median model, which is used to find optimal locations in a network of p supply points that serve n demand points. To evaluate this, we vary both the accuracy (the number of nodes) of the network and the size of the combinatorial problem (p).

    The investigation is conducted by the means of a case study in a region in Sweden with an asymmetrically distributed population (15,000 weighted demand points), Dalecarlia. To locate 5 to 50 supply points we use the national transport administrations official road network (NVDB). The road network consists of 1.5 million nodes. To find the optimal location we start with 500 candidate nodes in the network and increase the number of candidate nodes in steps up to 67,000 (which is aggregated from the 1.5 million nodes). To find the optimal solution we use a simulated annealing algorithm with adaptive tuning of the temperature. The results show that there is a limited

    improvement in the optimal solutions when the accuracy in the road network increase and the combinatorial problem (low

    p) is simple. When the combinatorial problem is complex (large p) the improvements of increasing the accuracy in the road network are much larger. The results also show that choice of the best accuracy of the network depends on the complexity of the combinatorial (varying p) problem.

  • 9.
    Hedlund, Camilla
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Health and Social Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Sahlander, Helena
    Dalarna University, School of Health and Social Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Etableringslotsens roll i Borlänge2012Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 10.
    Hedlund, Maria
    Prifloat AB.
    Studentenkät 2014: Dagens och morgondagens studenter vid Högskolan Dalarna2015Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 11.
    Heldt, Tobias
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Economics.
    Klerby, Anna
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Economics.
    Peace, love and well-being: Volunteering at the Peace & Love festival in Borlänge, Sweden2014In: Event Volunteering: International Perspectives on the Volunteering Experience at Events / [ed] Smith, K. A., Lockstone-Binney, L., Holmes, K. and Baum, T., Routledge, 2014Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Based on research on how volunteering contributes to people’s subjective well‐being, this study uses the case of the Peace & Love festival in Borlänge, Sweden, the largest music and societal cohesion city festival in Sweden, to suggest an individual, organizational, and societal cost-benefit model, including intangible values such as subjective well-being and social capital. Previous studies on the festival’s audience correlated an individual’s subjective well‐being and their voluntary engagements. Does this relationship hold for the volunteers?

     

    The festival calls for about 6,000 volunteers. Their contribution, in traditional economic terms, is about SEK 18 million (€2.1 million), corresponding to about 20 percent of the festival’s net turnover. Volunteers seem to be necessary to make ends meet financially. Volunteer motives, ranging from rational choice to pure altruism, are addressed. For a teenager, the weekly pass is quite expensive: as a result, some people only volunteer to get festival access. Such participants usually require more supervision than altruistic volunteers. However, the societal return may be large for this group considering the amount of young, first-time volunteers introduced to civil engagement. The festival volunteers report an average subjective well-being of 8.2 compared to the festival visitors averaging 7.6 on a scale 0–10, where 10 is the maximum, implying positive effects on the intangible values.

  • 12.
    Hellman, Jasmine
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Lundgren, Jennifer
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Lojalitetsprogram inom klädbranschen: En kvantitativ studie om lojalitetsprogram inom klädbranschen ur konsumenternas perspektiv2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Today there is high competition in retail industry, there are many companies on the market competing for the same customers. For companies, it’s about keeping their customers and build strong relationships with them. One way to work with relationship marketing is to use loyalty programs where loyal customers are identified and rewarded. Many companies are using loyalty programs and it is especially common amongst apparel retailing. A common problem is that many loyalty programs are similar and therefore reduces their effectiveness in creating loyal customers. This study focus on what consumers appreciate in a loyalty program in the apparel retailing and how loyalty programs affect consumers.

    The purpose with this study is to identify which benefits in a loyalty program in apparel retailing that consumers’ value and to see if loyalty programs has a positive impact on consumers.

    The theories in this study is about the term customer loyalty, the relationship between attitude and behavior, benefits in loyalty programs, the buying decision process and word-of-mouth.

    The study was accomplished through a quantitative method by using web-based surveys. The survey was distributed to selected programs at Dalarna University, and 123 students participated in the survey.

    Conclusions that can be drawn from the study are that the consumers in this study primarily appreciate the economic benefits such as discounts, promotions, bonuses and gifts. Loyalty programs inspire the consumers to purchases, affect their evaluation of the alternative companies where they can make their purchase, and affect their post-purchase behavior. Most consumers are willing to spread positive word-of-mouth by recommending loyalty programs to others.

  • 13.
    Hofverberg, David
    Prifloat AB.
    Studentenkät 2016: Högskolan Dalarna2016Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 14.
    Hofverberg, David
    et al.
    Prifloat AB.
    Hedlund, Maria
    Prifloat AB.
    Samuelsson, Thomas
    Prifloat AB.
    Studentenkät 2012: Dagens och morgondagens studenter vid Högskolan Dalarna. En undersökning med fokus på skillnader mellan studenter som studerar vid campus och de som studerar nätbaserat2013Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 15.
    Hussein Martinez, Juan
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Kolobov, Kirill
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    The effects of managing multinational based staff: The case study of the ski resort Romme Alpin, Sweden Degree2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Managers operating within the multinational environments face the challenge of dealing with a group formed by local and international employees with different backgrounds and experiences. The success of the management relies within the managerial skills of the group leader. In the case of Sweden, the political and economic stability of the country in addition to opened borders with its policies and regulations, created the multinationalism within the local population. Consequently it has affected the local labor market. This paper aims to investigate from the managerial point of view the positive and negative aspects of managing multinational based staff for the service delivery based on the ski resort Romme Alpin, Dalarna, Sweden. It was previously researched the importance of recruiting, maintaining and improving the working labor, as well as importance of human resource performance in service delivery affecting competitive advantage of the organization. Therefore, authors are focused to contribute the knowledge in creation and management of the multinational based staff. SERVQUAL model and its five dimensions were used to analyze from the managerial point of view the quality of service delivered by the multinational employees. Thus the INSQPLUS model were used as a tool to present the service delivery gap and analyze the internal characteristics of multinational teams and their effects for the service delivery. The qualitative method throughout in-depth semi-structured interviews was used in this research, in order to investigate manager’s perceptions about the effects of multinational environments for the quality of service delivery. From the conducted interviews it was observed that personal characteristics of the international employees differ from the domestic workers. Apart the economic benefits that are entailed from immigration of the labor force, service mindedness within the international employees was marked throughout the research. However, some challenges and obstacles might be seen within the employment of multinational based staff, which can influence the manager's decision and reject the international worker. Therefore the adequate management of the employees is essential for the service delivery and is researched throughout this paper involving multinational environment.

  • 16.
    Idrén, Anna-Karin
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Mååg, Anna Mååg
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Flexibilitetens frammarsch, en studie om den intermittenta anställningen2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Flexible working conditions is used extensively in organizations today as a way to

    create flexibility for the employer. Recently we’ve been reading in the newspapers

    that this approach is a growing problem and the EU has warned Sweden twice that

    abuse of these forms of employment must be stopped. The Government has recently

    submitted a proposed rule change to reduce the possibility of stacking one temporary

    contract after another. Borlänge kommun makes themselves more flexible with the

    intermittent employments. This study aims to examine why infrequent employments,

    such as the intermittent employment is used and preferred by Borlänge kommun and

    how it’s perceived by affected employees in the organization. The questions related,

    besides why the intermittent employment is used by the organization and how its

    perceived by those involved, also includes the management of intermittent

    employment and how the organization is handling work contracts. The background

    information on the employment law implications gives the reader an insight into how

    the regulatory framework works surrounding the topic. The theory section highlights

    the main theories about flexibility and its different shapes and perspectives. For the

    study a qualitative approach is used. A case study with semi-structured interviews was

    performed. The respondents were employees involved in the staffing of intermittent

    employees and also members of the staff with an intermittent employment. The

    results show that the employment and contracts is correctly handled by labour law

    regulations. This study shows that Borlänge kommun uses intermittent employments

    extensively, with its 1 320 intermittently employees. If this is abuse, or not, is not

    clear from the result. The authors discuss, however, if that is the case. The

    intermittent employment is used mainly because of the great needs. This is because

    society is changing and the average age is increasing, both by those using the services

    and the employees. All respondents perceive the intermittent employment as most

    flexible for the employees. Respondents working in the staffing department say that

    they are not flexible enough. The intermittent employees’ working today does not

    cover the great need. Borlänge kommun think that the flexibility should benefit them

    more and is currently trying to become more flexible. The employees were generally

    satisfied with their work situation. Some tendencies of insecurity and uncertainty

    could be inferred from the intermittent employees answers. The author’s conclusions

    are that flexibility and the intermittent employment contracts mainly benefit the

    employer and the employees who actively choose this type of work, such as students.

    This kind of employment affects, however, the society and those who need a secure

    lifestyle. The necessary permanent contracts are becoming fewer and replaced by

    precarious and flexible employment conditions.

  • 17.
    Jankauskaitė, Kristė
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Tourism as a support tool for wildlife conservation: Large carnivore watching tourism in Brasov County, Romania2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This research focuses on a sub-sector of wildlife watching tourism which relies on non-captive non-consumptive usage of large carnivores as its main attraction. This form of wildlife watching tourism attracts visitors to experience the encounters with species in their natural habitats. The changing number of large carnivore populations in Europe has been one of the most controversial topics throughout the decades due to its conflicting character with human populations. Romania is a dominating country in Europe holding the biggest large carnivore population. After the implementation of successful management programs, Brasov is now the county which holds the biggest number of large carnivore watching tourism attractions.

    This research aims to provide a better understanding about the opinions of stakeholders on the current opportunities and pitfalls of large carnivore watching tourism in Romania and to discover the potential ways of tourism contribution to large carnivore conservation. For this purpose, six semi-structured in-depth interviews were performed with various stakeholders. The results suggest that currently, Romania is in a slow phase of large carnivore watching tourism development mainly due to the lack of promotion and local recognition of large carnivore value. Even though a shift from consumptive towards non-consumptive tourism can be noted, in the creation of observatories and revolutionary usage of hunting hides for wildlife watching tourism, the need for development programs to improve coexistence, increase financial gains and accelerate the tourism development was identified.

  • 18.
    Jegermalm, Magnus
    Ersta Sköndal högskola, Enheten för forskning om det civila samhället.
    Direct and Indirect Support for Carers: patterns of Support for Informal Caregivers to Elderly People in Sweden2002In: Journal of gerontological social work, ISSN 0163-4372, E-ISSN 1540-4048, Vol. 38, no 4, 67-84 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study examines what support services are offered to informal caregivers and whether the support is aimed directly or indirectly at the caters. Data were collected by means of two mail questionnaires in a Swedish county. The first questionnaire was aimed at each municipality in the region. The second questionnaire was sent to a random sample of 284 voluntary organizations in the region. Only the municipalities proved to have relief services, day care centers and two forms of payment for carers. The voluntary organizations' support for carers was focused on support groups and training as well as services for elderly care recipients. The results indicated that the support services for carers were both direct and indirect and that the municipalities and the voluntary organizations largely offer different kinds of support.

  • 19.
    Jegermalm, Magnus
    Ersta Sköndal högskola, Enheten för forskning om det civila samhället.
    Support for Carers of Older People: the Roles of the Public and Voluntary Sectors in Sweden2003In: Social Policy & Administration, ISSN 0144-5596, E-ISSN 1467-9515, Vol. 37, no 7, 756-771 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study examines the support services offered to informal caregivers, whether directly or indirectly, in Sweden over the period of a special investment initiative between 1999 and 2001. Data were collected in a Swedish county using two separate mail questionnaires in 1999 and 2001. The first questionnaire was addressed to each municipality in the region. The second questionnaire was sent to a random sample of voluntary organizations in the area. The findings showed that only the municipalities provided direct forms of relief service, day care and financial support. The voluntary organizations’ support for carers focused on support groups and training as well as services for older care users themselves. There was a significant increase between 1999 and 2001 in the number of municipalities providing information material and training for carers and using professional caregiver consultants. On the one hand, the Swedish public social care system appears to be following the international pattern in paying more attention to informal caregivers and investing in support services for them. On the other hand the findings did not show any growth in support provided by the voluntary organizations. Here Swedish welfare is dissimilar to other European countries, where it is increasingly common for voluntary organizations to play an important role as providers of support for carers.

  • 20.
    Jegermalm, Magnus
    et al.
    Ersta Sköndal Högskola, Enheten för forskning om det civila samhället.
    Jeppsson Grassman, Eva
    Linköpings universitet, NISAL - Nationella institutet för forskning om äldre och åldrande.
    Caregiving and volunteering among older people in Sweden - prevalences and profiles2009In: Journal of Aging & Social Policy, ISSN 0895-9420, E-ISSN 1545-0821, Vol. 21, no 4, 352-373 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study examines the role of older people in Swedish society by exploring the prevalence of their informal caregiving and volunteering and by analyzing the profiles of these contributors of unpaid work. Data were collected by means of telephone interviews in a Swedish representative survey conducted in 2005. Our analysis reveals three distinct profiles of people involved in unpaid activities. One of these consists of those involved both in informal helpgiving and volunteering, a group that has been labeled “super helpers” or “doers” in earlier research. It is important for social policy planners to recognize these groups of older people and better understand the dynamics of their unpaid work in order to ascertain whether they might need support as providers and to enhance their well-being. There does not seem to be any simple contradiction between the parallel existence of a universal welfare model of the Swedish kind and an extensive civil society in which older people play important roles as active citizens.

  • 21.
    Jegermalm, Magnus
    et al.
    Ersta Sköndal högskola, Enheten för forskning om det civila samhället.
    Jeppsson Grassman, Eva
    Äldres engagemang i civilsamhället: roller och profiler2011In: Tredje åldern: sociala aspekter och medborgarskap / [ed] Kerstin Gynnerstedt & Maria Wolmesjö, Malmö: Gleerups utbildning , 2011, 81-96 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 22.
    Jegermalm, Magnus
    et al.
    Ersta Sköndal högskola, Enheten för forskning om det civila samhället.
    Renblad, Karin
    Henning, Cecilia
    Future Workshop as a Method to Create an Aging-friendly Community2009In: Perspectives on empowerment, social cohesion and democracy: an international anthology / [ed] Cecilia Henning & Karin Renblad, Jönköping: School of Health Sciences, Jönköping University , 2009Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 23.
    Johansson, Sören
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, Sound and Music Production.
    Unga musikers ”lives” i skilda världar: Fallstudier av unga musikers agerande som medieproducenter under etableringprocesser åren 2007-20112013In: , 2013Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 24.
    Klaassen, Stephanie
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Should I stay, or should I go?: The motivations, experiences and attitudes of Högskolan Dalarna students towards sojourning2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Student travel in Europe has become a major phenomenon in the past 25 years. Annually Dalarna University gives students the opportunity of spending part of their studies at one of the partner universities abroad. Despite the support from the International Office, financial support from the government as well as the fact that international experiences have become an important attribute of young academics and future employment, the university has experienced a low demand of applicants. Thus, Dalarna University has made it their mission to promote so-called sojourning (the time of their studies that students spend at a university abroad) among their students, especially Swedish students. This thesis has the purpose of studying the motives, experiences and attitudes of Swedish students towards sojourning.

    The findings of this research, which were collected through semi-structured interviews with staff of Dalarna University as well as with 14 students, have shown connections between the results and previous literature. For example, the interviews with the sojourners have demonstrated that more than half of the interviewees have decided to participate in the Erasmus programmes in order of receiving a change of environment. Furthermore, a majority of students agree their time abroad has had an effect on their personal development in terms of confidence and independence. Finally, the interviews have given the author an insight on issues that were perceived by the student during the process of planning the sojourn, such as a lack of communication and information before, during and after the time spent abroad.

  • 25.
    Larsson, Josefine
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Nygren, Frida
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    The Role of Social Media when Deciding on a Destination: Comparison of tourism students at Dalarna University & Bournemouth University2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Students are an important part of the tourism market; however, they are often neglected in tourism research. Even though social media is commonly used amongst students, its effect on their information search and choice of destination is still unknown. This thesis has researched the role of social media in the decision-making process and its use as a tool to assist the choice of destination. An interview with the Global PR and Social Media manager at VisitSweden will be conducted to provide useful information from a manager’s perspective on social media marketing and the questionnaire questions. The method used was a quantitative method where the questionnaire was sent out to the chosen populations of tourism students at Dalarna University and Bournemouth University. The sample groups consist of the students who answered the questionnaire. The data collected from the two populations was analyzed and compared to identify differences between them and what generalizations could be made. The result from this research displayed that social media is used as a tool to assist in choosing a destination. Social media is not used to the same extent that the literature mentioned, as other sources proved to have a larger role when choosing a destination. The two sample groups share similarities, however differences can be found, limiting the researchers’ ability to generalize for both populations of tourism students.

  • 26.
    Liljemid, Sandra
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Roberg, Michelle
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Processmetoden attraktivt arbete skapar förutsättningar för kollektivt lärande: Organisationer främjar - individen bär ansvaret2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Today's organizations face significant challenges in being competitive with the outside world. Human resources are the organizations most important factor at all survive. For the business to be able to manage and utilize employee skills in the right way, it creates conditions and occasions where relationships can occur. This is something that is discussed in both research and literature as well as how organizations should be structured to encourage work on employees.

    This study is a contribution to be used in organizations to work to develop employees' collective learning about each other to strengthen relationics.

    Process method that has been used to create collective learning among employees is attractive work. Participants have been carrying out the method and observations have been made on how the participants have acted during the process.

    The result shows that to achieve a collective learning requires participants to show the commitment and willingness to learn about each other. Through dialogue creates the conditions to understand each other. That's when the understanding is on another as relations strengthened, and thus created relationic.

  • 27.
    Marmstål Hammar, Lena
    et al.
    Mälardalens högskola.
    Emami, Azita
    College of Nursing, University of Seattle, USA.
    Engström, Gabriella
    Mälardalens högskola, Akademin för hälsa, vård och välfärd.
    Götell, Eva
    Mälardalens högskola, Akademin för hälsa, vård och välfärd.
    Communicating through caregiver singing during morning care situations in dementia care2011In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 25, no 1, 160-168 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    It is well known that persons with dementia (PWD) have problems expressing and interpreting communication, making interaction with others difficult. Interaction between PWD and their caregivers is crucial, and several strategies have been investigated to facilitate communication during caregiving. Music therapeutic caregiving (MTC) - when caregivers sing for or together with PWD during caregiving activities - has been shown to enhance communication for PWD, evoking more vitality and positive emotions. The aim of this study was to describe how PWD and their caregivers express verbal and nonverbal communication and make eye contact during the care activity 'getting dressed', during morning care situations without and with MTC. Findings revealed that during the situations without MTC, the caregivers led the dressing procedure with verbal instructions and body movements and seldom invited the PWD to communicate or participate in getting dressed. Patterns in responses to caregivers' instructions included both active and compliant responses and reactions that were resistant and aggressive, confused, and disruptive. In contrast to the 'ordinary' morning care situation, during MTC, the caregivers seemed interested in communicating with the PWD and solicited their mutual engagement. Although verbal communication consisted of singing about things other than getting dressed, e.g. dancing, love, sailing, God, the PWD mostly responded to caregivers in a composed manner, by being active, compliant, and relaxed, though some were also resistant or incongruent. The authors conclude that MTC could be a way for PWD and their caregivers to successfully interact and co-operate during caring situations, as it seems to evoke enhanced communication for both partners in this context

  • 28.
    Marmstål Hammar, Lena
    et al.
    Mälardalens högskola.
    Emami, Azita
    College of Nursing, University of Seattle, USA.
    Engström, Gabriella
    Mälardalens högskola, Akademin för hälsa, vård och välfärd.
    Götell, Eva
    Mälardalens högskola, Akademin för hälsa, vård och välfärd.
    Reactions of Persons with Dementia to Caregivers Singing in Morning Care Situations2010In: Open Nursing Journal, ISSN 1874-4346, E-ISSN 1874-4346, no 4, 35-41 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Music therapeutic caregiving', when caregivers sing for or together with persons with severe dementia during care situations, has been suggested as a way to reduce problematic behaviors in dementia care. The present study implemented this technique as an intervention in dementia care. Six caregivers participated in group interviews about their experiences of morning care situations without and with'Music therapeutic caregiving'. Through a qualitative content analysis two themes emerged.'Being in a different reality' was based on'usual' morning care situations. The caregivers' experienced the persons with dementia as absent-minded; communication and cooperation were difficult. The second theme,'Being present', was based on morning care situations with the intervention. The caregivers described communication as enhanced; the persons with dementia expressed themselves more appropriately, making cooperation possible. The results indicate that'Music therapeutic caregiving' might lead to a more positive experience of the person with dementia and seems to increase receptivity to caregiving.

     

  • 29.
    Marmstål Hammar, Lena
    et al.
    Mälardalens högskola.
    Götell, Eva
    Mälardalens högskola, Akademin för hälsa, vård och välfärd.
    Engström, Gabriella
    Mälardalens högskola, Akademin för hälsa, vård och välfärd.
    Singing while caring for persons with dementia2011In: Arts and Health, ISSN 1753-3015, E-ISSN 1753-3023, Vol. 3, no 1, 39-50 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Persons with dementia (PWDs) can suffer from major cognitive impairment, but are known to retain an ability to express both negative and positive emotions. Negative expressed emotions and resistance make caregiving problematic. Music Therapeutic Caregiving (MTC) – when caregivers sing for or together with PWDs during care – has been shown to decrease PWDs' negative expressed emotions and resistance, and increase positive expressed emotions. This single case study included two cases, two women with severe dementia, and measures expressed emotions and expressions of resistiveness to care during “usual” morning care situations and morning care situations with MTC. Video observations were conducted resulting in four recordings of usual morning care and four recordings of morning care with MTC. For analysis, the Observed Emotion Rating Scale and Resistiveness to Care Scale were used. Results revealed that in both cases, expressions of resistant behavior and negative emotions decreased, while expressions of positive emotions increased during morning care situations with MTC. The authors conclude that MTC may be an effective method for caregivers to use to facilitate care situations with PWDs, and also a way for PWDs to experience care situations as less unpleasant, and more joyful.

  • 30.
    Mengya, He
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Residents’ Attitudes Towards Film-induced Tourism Development: A study of Hengdian World Studios in Dongyang city, China2014Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study is using Hengdian World Studios as an example to provide first-hand

    material through questionnaire surveys, aiming to fill research gap and deepen the

    knowledge about how the impacts of film-induced tourism perceived by local

    residents in Dongyang City of Eastern China. The specific objectives of this study are

    twofold: Firstly, to investigate the overall perceptions and attitudes of residents

    towards the development of Dongyang City as a film-induced tourism destination.

    Secondly, to determine the socio-demographics factors and the degree of involvement

    in the tourism sectors influencing residents’ perceptions and attitudes towards the

    development of Dongyang City as a tourism destination. The first conclusion to stand

    out is that, generally, residents in Dongyang City show more optimistic view about

    tourism, perceiving its positive impacts more strongly than its negative impacts. The

    second conclusion of this study reveal that residents’ attitudes are significantly

    diverse depending on their socio-demographic characteristics and the degree of

    involvement in the tourism sectors. This study contributes to scholars and tourism

    developers in developing destinations, especially valuable for film-induced tourism

    destinations where tourism is in an initial phase. Since a harmonious community

    cannot be formed in isolation without regard for the local residents’ cooperation and

    participation, tourism managers will be better propose and implement planning

    polices for the sustainability of tourism to minimize adverse effects if residents’

    attitudes and perceptions are taken into account

  • 31.
    Mokkala, Marianne
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Student satisfaction in tourism education: The case of Dalarna University, Borlänge, Sweden2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The students' expectations must be met to ensure their overall satisfaction. Because of this student satisfaction has become a measurement tool with which the universities can compete against each other in order to attract potential students and also a higher level of internal and external funding. This thesis deals with students' overall satisfaction in tourism education at Dalarna University in Sweden. It is important to understand what it takes for the universities to be able to produce a motivated workforce for the communities and how satisfied students could help in achieving this goal. Sweden was selected because of the recent introduction of tuition fees, in 2010, which has made it even more crucial to understand the factors affecting students' satisfaction. The method chosen for conducting this study was a questionnaire where the students of Dalarna University were asked to rate different aspects of their overall experience on a Likert scale. The research was conducted via Facebook and email questionnaire. The results show different levels of satisfaction based on the tourism programmes and gender for example. The major finding from this research implicate that the social conditions and surrounding city categories are the most influential when it comes to the overall satisfaction of students at Dalarna University. The results give the university and the city of Borlänge an insight on issues that really matter to the students and how to improve them.

  • 32.
    Mwamburi, Sharon
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Causes and Effects of Tourism Seasonality: Case Study: Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 12 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Tourism has an economic relevance to Kenya’s economy, hence captivating attention from researchers, business sphere and policy makers of the tourism sector. Seasonality is a common phenomenon in the tourism industry. The focal point of this research is on wildlife watching tourism as its main attraction. The research general objective was; to establish seasonality, its effects on the tourism industry and discover potential measures to mitigate it hence bridging the gap between high and low season. This mode of tourism attracts large numbers of tourists who wish to experience Africa’s most diverse, incredible and most spectacular eco-system in Narok County in Kenya. This research examined seasonality and its effects at Maasai Mara National Resrve in Kenya. Seasonality promulgates a number of issues that need exceptional attention and strategies. Seasonality affects the number of tourists to Maasai Mara and therefore threatens the growth of businesses in the region. Being omnipresent, all tourism enterprises in the regions are impacted by seasonality. At certain times of the year, Maasai Mara National Reserve has more tourists than they are able to accommodate, while at other times, there are few tourists to the National Reserve. The research was based on qualitative method where primary data was gathered from the managers whilst secondary data was gathered from legitimate sources i.e. Tourism Board of Kenya, Ministry of Tourism among others. Semi-structured interviews were used in the research; the target group was 5 managers in Maasai Mara. The findings depicted that Maasai Mara National Reserve is very much affected by seasonality since it is located in a remote area, poor road maintenance during the rainy season, seasonal migration of wildlife between the reserve and Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and finally the hotels and camps majorly rely on international tourists who tend to visit in large numbers during the wildlife migration in July and August.

  • 33.
    Nordgren, Eva
    Uppsala universitet, Institutionen för ABM.
    Användarutbildning: pedagogik på högskolebibliotek1998Student thesis
  • 34.
    Nordgren, Eva
    et al.
    Uppsala universitet, Universitetsbiblioteket.
    Thorn, Linda
    Uppsala universitet, Universitetsbiblioteket.
    Att ge nycklar till kunskap: universitetsbibliotekets kurser i informationssökning2010In: Kunskapens nya världar: Uppsala Learning Lab och hur pedagogik och teknik kan mötas / [ed] Jenny Lee, Uppsala: Uppsala Learning Lab, Uppsala universitet , 2010, 181-184 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 35.
    Nordgren, Håkan
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Aslan, Berivan
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    "Den dag vi slutar bli bättre, slutar vi vara bra": Ledarskapets inverkan på medarbetares motivation till ständiga förbättringar2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Summary

    Purpose - The purpose of the study is to gain a deeper insight into the relationship between the leadership and the factors that contribute to the increased involvement of employees in the process of continual improvement. The study is aimed at a midsize industrial company that has implemented lean production.

    Design / methodology - Data was collected in a Swedish industrial company. A total of 7 interviews were conducted. In our study, we chose to make a qualitative case study.

    Findings - The results we reached are that employees take little part in the improvement process. Previous research shows that employees who are involved in the decisions are also more involved in the work.

    Method Criticism – The result reflect only subjective assessments and the variables studied are based on respondents' perceptions. Future research should include more objective measures.

    Practical implications - The study provides evidence that employee engagement and motivation in the process of improvement can be increased by making them more involved. Research shows that employees who receive information and participate in decisions feel more involved in the work.

    Knowledge Contribution - In the existing literature, it is claimed that leadership is an essential component for increasing employee engagement. Little, however, has been written about how leadership can motivate employees to continuous improvement in an organization who work in lean production.

    Keywords:

  • 36.
    Nordvall, Anders
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University.
    Heldt, Tobias
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Economics.
    Understanding hallmark event failure: A case study of a Swedish music festival2017In: International Journal of Event and Festival Management, ISSN 1785-2954, Vol. 8, no 2, 172-185 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose

    Hallmark events can be very beneficial for host communities, not least due to their potential in attracting tourists. The Peace & Love music festival was the hallmark event of the Swedish city Borlänge. In 2013, the event organization declared bankruptcy and canceled the forthcoming festival. The purpose of this paper is to identify and discuss the factors that caused the failure of the 2013 Peace & Love festival.

    Design/methodology/approach

    The case of the Peace & Love festival is analyzed using three data sources: interviews with the former members of the event organization; secondary data describing the Swedish festival industry; and festival visitors’ perspectives represented by comments on social media. An organizational ecology perspective frames the analysis.

    Findings

    The results of the study reveal that the failure of the event can be understood by a combination of three components: an organization in a vulnerable position, a strong new competitor entering the Swedish festival market, and uncertain visitors searching for the new place to be.

    Originality/value

    Very few studies have researched event failure, although the subject is a recommended priority within the field of festival studies. This study presents a thorough examination of a hallmark event failure, which contributes to this area of knowledge and provides relevant information for organizations and host cities.

  • 37.
    Persson, Anna
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Anställningsbarheten hos nyutexaminerade ingenjörer i Indien: En kvalitativ studie hos Sandvik i Indien2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med denna studie var dels att bedöma hur Sandvik som ett svenskt

    industriföretag uppfattar nyexaminerade indiska ingenjörernas anställningsbarhet.

    Syftet var även att undersöka om Sandvik står inför specifika

    kompetensförsörjningsproblem samt ge förslag till lösningar. Studien utgick ifrån

    ett abduktivt angreppsätt och en kvalitativ metod där sju semi-strukturerade

    intervjuer med chefer, ledare och HR-personal arbetandes på Sandvik

    genomfördes. Intervjuerna genomfördes på engelska via videolänk mellan Sverige

    och Indien. Bakgrunden för studien bestod i forskning, rapporter och studier som

    bland annat visade att svenska företag och organisationer med verksamhet i Indien

    efter förflyttning av produktion och eller expansion upplevde en avsaknad av

    utbildad och kompetent arbetskraft. Resultatet visade att Sandviks eftersökta

    kompetens överensstämmer med tidigare forskning över betydelsefulla

    kompetensfaktorer för en ingenjör medan den existerade och saknade kompetensen

    hos dagens nyutexaminerade ingenjörer tydde på att de nyutexaminerade

    ingenjörerna bland annat besatt goda teoretiska kunskaper men svagare praktiska

    kunskaper. Resultatet visade att Sandvik ändock såg de nyutexaminerade

    ingenjörerna som anställningsbara och besittande av system för att överbrygga

    kompetensgapen. Resultatet tyder dock på att Sandvik i Pune, Indien främsta

    utmaning i hänsyn till kompetens som verksamheten kräver består utav de

    nyutexaminerade ingenjörernas pålitlighet och lojalitet igenom att anställda kort

    efter nyanställning avslutar sina engagemang inom Sandvik. I empirin beskrivs det

    att Sandvik ej besitter något vedertaget system för att möta denna strategiska HRfråga.

    I resultatet visas även att generisk kompetens och sociala färdigheter är av

    stor betydelse i organisationens beskrivning över relevanta kompetensfaktorer. I

    slutsatserna presenteras idéer till närmare interaktion mellan Sandvik och

    akademin samt förbättrad karriärutveckling och planering som lösningar på

    situationen. Slutsatserna avslutas med konstaterandet om att Sandvik uppfattar

    studenterna som anställningsbara men en avslutande och öppen fråga består ändå

    av hur mycket introduktion och kompetensutveckling som är skäligt för att

    fortfarande definiera en nyutexaminerad ingenjör som anställningsbar. Sedermera

    ges förslag till vidare forskning.

  • 38.
    Pourghadiri Esfahani, Mohammad
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Microdata Analysis.
    Effect analysis of the 2008 charge increase of the nitrogen oxide on "Adoptive NOx Intensity" for Swedish pulp and paper industry2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of the NOx charge increase in 2008 on the behavior of NOx emissions from pulp and paper combustion plants, which are in the fee and refund system (regulated plants) in Sweden. In order to evaluate the potential change in NOx emissions behavior, this study used Difference-in-Differences (DID) approach. This involves a ‘control group’ (unregulated plants) and a ‘treatment group’ (regulated plants). The control group consists of smaller plants which are not included in the fee and refund system. The crudest DID assumption is that the average difference in emissions would have stayed constant over time for the control group and the treatment group if the increase of the fee would not have taken place. The results suggest that the NOx charge increase has had negative effects on NOx emission efficiency ("Adoptive NOx Intensity") for some years after 2008. However the reduction in NOx emission efficiency is inconsistent for the period over 2008-13. The difference between the control group and the treatment group jumps up and down in a way that is difficult to explain by the increase of the fee in 2008. This indicates that the DID assumption for the DID estimator may not be fulfilled. It is concluded that the results given these conditions are not reliable to draw any strong conclusions about the possible effect of the increase of the fee in 2008.

  • 39.
    Purcell Sjölund, Anita
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English.
    My Name is Samoan2015In: Negotiating Modern Pacific Island Identities, 2015Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    In the Samoan culture, chiefly titles are a form of oral history and cultural knowledge.  In this paper, I interpret the term Samoan to be a title that has its own oral history and cultural knowledge. Those who call themselves Samoan belong to this history. However, Samoan is a title which is contested and (re)defined by contemporary Samoan cultural practitioners in immigration destination countries such as New Zealand. Examples are Victor Roger’s play My Name is Gary Cooper, Oscar Kightley and Simon Small’s play Fresh Off the Boat, and Tusi Tamasese’s film The Orator (O Le Tulafale). These works subvert the Western gaze upon the Samoan as the exotic and present a cultural mirror to Samoans to reveal how they view themselves. They form a larger discussion on a transnational or meta-Samoan culture and identity that is inclusive and that reflects the urban and cosmopolitan realities of Samoans whether they are in Samoa or abroad as seen in web networks such as the “Coconet”.

  • 40.
    Rabcevskis, Roberts
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Antonuks, Pavels
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Strategic Posting on Facebook: Social Media Marketing Strategies Used by National Tourism Organizations2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Tourism organizations are unaware of social media’s full potential and a relatively small number

    are in the active process of learning and discovering the possibilities stemmed in this field. This

    paper aims to explore the usage of Facebook as a marketing tool by Scandinavian National

    Tourism Organizations (NTOs) through examining the content qualities of the posts on their

    Facebook Timelines. The research is exploratory in nature aiming to identify the social media

    marketing strategies pursued by NTOs. This paper applies a comparative study with quantitative

    research method, by conducting a content analysis of NTOs’ Facebook Timelines. As we have

    discovered, each of the selected NTOs significantly differs in terms of pursued strategies and

    techniques. Based on the overall performance of NTOs on Facebook, authors were able to

    recognize the most distinctive characteristics and behaviour associated with each of the

    organizations.

  • 41.
    Rajasekaran, Prabakaran
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Microdata Analysis.
    A statistical data analysis approach to Energy Data: A Case Study in Building Performance Analysis of Thermal Energy Loss2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The usage of energy in buildings is higher in Sweden’s cold climate, most buildings consume

    significant energy to heat buildings during the winter and cool the buildings during the summer, using

    the district heat and electricity. The building energy loss is the difference between indoor and outdoor

    temperatures. When the temperature difference is higher during the heating season (winter), there is

    a need to balance the indoor temperature. More power supply is needed to warm the indoor area. In

    order to find which factor has a significant impact on the building, heat loss and gain can be used as

    variables in the multiple linear regression model to analyze the building energy performance. In order

    to build the multiple – linear regression model which is used, the measured parameters for the building

    and some of the data should be calculated, such as solar heat gain through windows from the (North,

    East, West &South) building. The heat loss to the ground is based on constructed material, the thermal

    conductivity of the material, indoor and outdoor temperature, and steady state ground heat transfer

    coefficient. After building the model, an analysis of the fit model test is needed, to investigate if the

    coefficients are properly estimated. Based on this analysis, we can see the comparison between

    renovated building and non renovated building significant impact of the energy consumption for

    given the energy and financial investment.

  • 42.
    Viklund, Anna
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Waldehag, Sanna
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Den psykosociala arbetsmiljöns konsekvenser: En undersökning om långtidssjukfrånvaro bland personal inom hemtjänst och vård- och omsorgsboende.2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study is to examine what the high long-term absence due within Falu municipality's care management home care and special housing. It also aims to examine how this audience is experiencing the psychosocial work environment. In addition, the proposed improvements to be drawn from the survey results, any measures to Falu municipality are nursing management. The investigation is based on a hermeneutic of knowledge with a qualitative research. Eight semi-structured interviews with sick or previously sick nurses at Falu municipality's care management have been implemented. The survey shows that combinations of several stress factors in the psychosocial work environment has led six of the respondents suffered from negative stress and later chronic fatigue syndrome, in which this can be seen form the basis of their sick leave. Load factors that emerged in the survey, for example, heavy workload, lack of recovery, high staff turnover, lack of support from leaders and a perceived low influence in the organization. These load factors have evoked feelings of frustration, inadequacy and time pressure. Previous research also reports that deficiencies in factors such as these can cause negative stress and burnout. From the front originated load factors, improvement proposals for Falu municipality’s care management are presented.

  • 43.
    Wagner, Jens
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Guides of the Falu Mine: Perceptions of Differences and Similarities onDomestic and International Visitors2012Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Industrial heritage tourism has been in focus for many academic studies and tourism is an alternative developmental tool for mines and contributes to their economic success. This thesis is about the Falu Mine in Dalarna, Sweden, which has World Heritage status since 2001 and is one of the biggest attractions in the region. Its history and cultural importance are reasons for the importance of preserving the heritage. The Falu Mine is under the management of the Great Copper Mountain Trust and one of their ambitions is to ensure the continuous popularity among domestic and international visitors. In order to gain a better understanding of the visitors and to find strategies to improve performance, a visitor survey has been conducted in the summer of 2011. It is the authors believe that the guides of the Falu Mine have the best available insight and that their perceptions help to add to the understanding about the visitors. Therefore, this thesis aims to explore the perceptions of the guides about their visitors, to investigate how the perceptions correspond to the statistical results and to study if there are any differences between domestic and international visitors. The mixed methods approach will increase the depth and accuracy of the results, by linking qualitative with quantitative data. The results show that differences between domestic and international visitors exist, both proven by interviews with the guides and the visitor survey. These differences occur in the factors, such as level of education of the visitors, group size and number of children in the group, knowledge of the visitors prior to and after the visit, sources of information and the fulfillment of the visitor expectations. The perceptions emphasize how these differences impact the guided tours. The guides of the Falu Mine have to be aware of those differences in order to adjust the tour accordingly, as well as the management of the Falu Mine can use this knowledge in order to identify strategies for improving performance.

  • 44.
    Wallén, Elisa
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Hedström, Matilda
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Accessible tourism for all: A matter of equal rights to be a tourist Degree2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The overall quality of life increases by participation in leisure activities. The accessibility of

    destinations is crucial in order for everyone to have equal opportunity to experience them.

    Approximately 560 thousand people in Sweden have some form of physical disability. As a

    result they may require different types of assistance or aid to manage everyday life, which

    includes recreational activities. Everyone has the right to enjoy the nature and Sweden has a

    large number of national parks and national reserves. In many cases, the accessibility to these

    destinations is limited for people with physical impairments or disabilities. Stockholm

    archipelago is the largest one in Sweden with a great variety of natural- and cultural values.

    This area attracts a high number of tourists, especially during the summer season. Therefore,

    have the authors aimed this thesis to study how Swedish organizations operating within

    tourism for disabled are working to improve the accessibility for people with physical

    disabilities in Stockholm archipelago. To collect the data seven in-depth interviews were

    conducted with organizations who are working with accessibility and tourism for people with

    physical disabilities and have adequate knowledge regarding the topic. The results of the study

    indicate that the progress towards an accessible archipelago had a promising start. However,

    the development is slow and there is still much need for improvement. A lot of consideration

    needs to be taken when planning for improved accessibility and four main areas of importance

    were discovered.

  • 45.
    Weiler, Katrin
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Strategies to maximise the economic and social benefits of a sport tourism event: Case study of Vasaloppet, Sweden2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Although the impacts and benefits of sport tourism events have already been sufficiently researched, knowledge about the strategies and tactics needed to be undertaken in order to maximize these benefits of sport tourism events is limited. This paper aims to investigate the leveraging strategies applied by different stakeholders at Vasaloppet, a cross-country ski event in Dalarna, Sweden. These stakeholders were chosen strategically and implied local businesses, the organization of Vasaloppet, the tourism offices, a sponsor of Vasaloppet and the municipality. In order to analyze and evaluate the strategies undertaken, Chalip´s models of general and social leveraging of sport events are adopted as a theoretical framework (Chalip 2004; Chalip 2006).

    The research is exploratory, aiming to determine and evaluate the strategies undertaken by different stakeholders in order to increase the economic and social benefits of Vasaloppet. The research methods will be qualitative, investigating the perception and success of measures undertaken by different stakeholders in order to enhance the benefits of the event.

    Twelve semi-structured interviews were conducted with the result, that although not being familiar with the models, the different stakeholders of Vasaloppet were undertaking several leveraging strategies. Nevertheless, not all parts of the model could be applied to Vasaloppet due to the fact that it was developed for mega-events as well as that Vasaloppet has some specific characteristics that did not fit with the models. There were solely a few measures undertaken to promote the destination through event advertising, due to the fact, that the brand Vasaloppet is connected with Dalarna as a region in such a high extent that it does not need to be advertised explicitly, at least in the opinion of the majority of participants.

    However, Vasaloppet was efficient in providing business relationships and in integrating local businesses, although it could be observed that this did not count for all local businesses. Regarding the social benefits, Vasaloppet succeeded to integrate the local population and generate a feeling of community, however an overall theming strategy was not applied and the possibilities for socializing could be improved. The local population, especially those persons with no interest in skiing or not being engaged in Vasaloppet, were aware of negative social impacts; neverthele

  • 46.
    Wernfeldt, Anna
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Rosengren, Ellinor
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Hälsofrämjande friskvårdsarbete: En fallstudie om friskvårdsarbete inom kommunal vård- och omsorgsförvaltning2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In recent years the issue of a sustainable working life has become increasingly relevant. This implies that good working conditions will contribute to people being able to work until retirement. Health care has gone from being just a benefit to becoming an investment to promote health. Employee health and working environment is part of the human resources department´s overall efforts to retain staff. Physically demanding professions like care work is a major working environment problem which requires that organizations try to prevent that work-related illness occurs. The aim of this student thesis is to examine what conditions, from an employee perspective, organizations should take into consideration in order to create a successful work with health-promoting fitness activities within municipal health and care department. Further described the work is limited to staff in Ludvika municipality. Wellness can prevent illness but it can also enhance individual well-being and may thus constitute a successful strategy to create healthier workplaces. A combination of methods have been used for data collection, in the form of a quantitative questionnaire survey and a qualitative focus group interview. The results showed, among other things, that the majority of employees are positive to wellness at work and that it is a beneficial way to increase participation, even for those who are less physically active. Lack of time and social support are reasons why physical activity is reduced or absent. In addition to the employees who has an individual responsibility it is the managers, in consultation with the organization, who has overall responsibility to create favorable conditions for promoting health.

  • 47.
    Öhrn, Kerstin (Editor)
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Health and Caring Sciences/Oral Health Science.
    DURE15: Dalarna University Research Evaluation 20152015Report (Other academic)
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