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  • 51.
    Bennström, Lina
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Eklund, Mia
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    "… det handlar om att lyssna och ta till sig för att få sin personliga utveckling". : En kvalitativ studie om chefers ledarskap, stöd och utveckling2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study is to describe and analyse the importance of managers’ personal development to conduct an effective leadership. The result of the study and the analysis shows that managers’ personal development is significant for how leaders prioritise and manage human relationships, which includes the ability for two-way communication, active listening and being present in the day-to-day working environment. The result indicates that both organisations taking part in the study strive for a relation-oriented leadership. Effective leadership is achieved when the leader has a personal maturity and an understanding of how their behaviour affects others. A leader needs to show humility and be responsive in order to promote cooperation within the organisation and personal development can contribute to such an environment. The study also shows that support in your work, by colleagues and Human Resources (HR), is of great importance to achieve personal development objectives enabling an effective leadership to be conducted.

    The study was carried out with a qualitative research method, using semi-structured interviews with eight respondents in various management positions including two HR managers. Their subjective experiences have shaped the result of the study. The reference framework contains previous research on management and leadership, Human Resource Management (HRM), leadership development, the importance of human capital for organisations, the role of HR as well as the conditions for implementing the concept of soft HRM.

    The conclusions from the study are that it is possible to achieve effective leadership if the management team and HR in an organisation appreciates the value of leaders having appropriate personal characteristics and supporting the further development of these. A prerequisite, however, is that managers at all levels are seeing the value of development and have a desire to develop.

  • 52.
    Berens, Laura
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    “Ready for tourism”?: Investigating community capacity as a precondition fortourism development in Muungoni Village, Zanzibar2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of the present master thesis was to analyze what factors contribute to communitycapacity, in order to add to the understanding of what can make tourism as a developmentalstrategy more efficient. Community capacity was assessed at the example of MuungoniVillage on Zanzibar along a capital assets approach. The setting is represented in terms of theparticipants and their viewpoints that were captured in semi-structured in-depth interviewsduring a research trip on the Tanzanian island. Several strong, as well as weak indicatorscould be elaborated to estimate to what extent the community currently has the capacity as aprecondition to involve in tourism. This thesis therewith was able to build a bridge betweenwhat currently appraises the community capacity of Muungoni and which weaknesses have tobe improved in order to further build capacity. It contributes to the research gapencompassing community capacity within the perspective of tourism development.

  • 53.
    Berg, Jessica
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Johansen, Sara
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    "Vad som behövs? Det är sällan glasklart!": En studie kring en organisations tillväxt och växtvärksproblematik2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In an organization located in the countryside of Dalarna an increasing dissatisfaction is revealed in a staff survey among the employees, where serval problems can be linked to the rapid expansion that the organisation is currently undergoing. Even a positive organizational change such as growth can contribute to negative effects and problems for the employees. This study intended to examine what challenges and possibilities the employees are experiencing in this organization that is growing rapidly, linked to the growth. Empirical data has been sampled by conducting eight in-depth interviews with managers, co-workers and HR managers as respondents.

    Based on the respondents’ view of the situation four major problem areas have been identified: lack of common procedures, ambiguous roles, insufficient information and communication and lack of proactive efforts to ensure employee competence. The empirical data indicate that the organization is suffering from a gap when it comes to the development of human resources, labor system and leadership. The number of employees are increasing at a higher rate than the infrastructural processes, which can be seen as an organizational growing pain. Based on the results, suggestions regarding which activities the HR function should focus on are given.

    In order to address the development gap and prevent further growth pain symptoms the HR function should focus on proactive measures. A key factor shown in the developed model of the study, is that the leaders are of great importance for how the organization and its employees are able to handle a situation of growing pain. Therefore, HR needs to have a clear picture of what support the business leaders need in order to be able to create a high value for the organization, managers and employees. Consistent with previous research this study shows that the specifics of each organization and the context it operates in determines which activities that are most important and effective in order to achieve a successful result. General suggestions for HR activities are therefore not given.

  • 54.
    Berg, Josefin
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Local images vs. the images by the DMO in tourism marketing: Case study of Falun municipality, Sweden2014Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 55.
    Berggren, Emilia
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Nilsson, Emma
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    ”…vad är det som ger den goda relationen? Är det kommunikationen? Var börjar det? Vad är hönan och ägget?”: En kvalitativ studie om den interna kommunikationen mellan HR-funktionen och linjecheferna i en multinationell koncern2019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The study has taken its starting point in discussions with a contact person in a multinational corporate group. The contact person described a desire to examine which communication channels that would be the most appropriate to use in the communication with line managers regarding HR-practices. The purpose of the study was to, in an multinational corporate group, examine, describe and analyse the relationship and communication between the HR-function and line managers as well as identify which opportunities and obstacles that exist for these areas. The theoretical starting points consisted of theories regarding relationships, communication and organisation.

    The study is based on a qualitative approach and the empirical material is collected through seven semi-structured interviews as well as one written response based on the interview guide. The material has been analysed by thematic analysis. The results show that the relationship and communication between HR Business Partners (HRBP) and managers in the examined organisation are perceived as quite good. The interviews also show that the managers are happy with the support they get from their HRBP overall and that they rather get support and information through email unless it is issues that need to be discussed. Furthermore the study shows that the physical distance can affect the relationship and communication in a negative way because it reduces the number of informal and spontaneous meetings that can encourage the relationship. There is no strategy for the internal communication in the corporate group today, something that we think should exist.

  • 56.
    Bergman, Sarah
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Blomgren, Camilla
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Kvinnornas status i en machokultur: En kvalitativ undersökning inom byggbranschen.2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In previous interview with the trade union Byggnads, it emerged that the construction industry is characterized by a culture called macho culture. The work environment is characterized by greed, tough working climate, and sexist or gender discriminating language. Byggnads, together with the Byggcheferna, started a campaign 2015 called the "Stop macho culture". In which they argue that the construction industry is one of Sweden's least-equalized industry and that more women are needed but also that the macho culture must be removed completely. Therefore, in this study we have chosen to investigate the exact macho culture and women's status in the construction industry by interviewing both supervisors and employees to arrive at a result. The result found that a macho culture exists when abusive as well as sexist and gender discriminating words occur every day. However, this does not irritate employees or supervisors in any way as they point out that this is the way the construction industry works. Interviewers also consider that women in the workplace are positive, none of the interviewees sees any obstacles in the sex but rather that the woman must have interests that are more male. The conclusions we have come to are that education is what is required and missing, education for both the protection officer, the supervisor and the employees. This to build awareness that women are needed in the industry and that they can do the same work as men can.

  • 57.
    Bergnér, Linda
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Jakobsson, Tove
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Privata företag utan HR- funktion: Studie över hantering och syn på HR- uppgifter2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 58.
    Bergström, Sara
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Kinnvall, Ann-Sofi
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Kunskapsöverföring- att leda rätt: Ledarens roll vid kunskapsöverföring i en organisation2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    A report by Svensk Näringsliv (2010) describes that entities already today and in the near

    future are facing the greatest amount of retirements in Swedish history. A major challenge the

    companies will face is the retirements of people born during the 1940s; their retirement

    enables companies face major challenges, particularly the successful implementation of a

    successful generation. The people who retire during his working life developed a knowledge

    that many organizations are founded upon. A large part of this knowledge must be transferred

    to organizations to continue to be effective on the market. The purpose of this study was to

    gain a deeper understanding of the importance of leadership regarding knowledge transfer in

    an organization, and to provide practical tools to managers and employees in order to avoid

    losing valuable knowledge in a generation.

    The industrial Company LEAX's have identified a problem in the transfer key knowledge due

    to the change of generation. Their desire was to get help with practical tools, how to think and

    act to mitigate the knowledge gap that may arise. To investigate this, and fulfill the purpose of

    this study, interviews were conducted with four production managers, four employees who

    are expected to share knowledge and three employees are expected to embrace knowledge.

    Before the interviews were conducted, we did get knowledge in the subject mentioned above

    by reading some the theory of knowledge, knowledge management and leadership. We started

    in our theory section to sort out the concept knowledge since the concept of knowledge has a

    broad significance and can be defined differently depending whether it is an individual or

    organizational. Nonaka and Takeuchi (1995) makes a simplified picture of knowledge as an

    iceberg, where the explicit knowledge is termed as the top. Clearly visible above the surface

    of the water, it is easy to discover and absorb. Hidden under water is an invisible knowledge

    that is difficult to detect, called implicit or tacit knowledge. This knowledge forms a huge part

    of the iceberg, and thus becomes important to preserve. To understand what knowledge

    means, organizations need to identify what kind of knowledge that needs to be transmitted for

    the transfer of knowledge to be successful (Jonsson, 2012). But even though organizations do

    this, the management also needs to understand that knowledge is a strategic matter that can be

    seen as a process that involves employees. In this study, we have investigated how leaders can

    create motivation, commitment and resources for employees to want to participate and

    contribute to knowledge transfer. To try to understand how knowledge is transmitted in an

    organization, we have used the Nonaka and Takeuchi (1995) SECI model. The model is based

    on the interaction between the tacit and explicit knowledge, which occurs in four processes.

    We have developed these processes to a custom model that includes institutional,

    organizational and cognitive factors. Based on these factors, we have created practical

    suggestions on how leaders together with employees can plan the transfer of knowledge.

    These practical proposals will benefit both individual and organizational development, and

    helps to mitigate the brain drain in the generation change. One of the practical examples we

    designed is a skill profile, which is a tool for organizations to identify the knowledge of the

    employees, which makes knowledge visible. Knowledge that may be lost. Competence profile

    together with our model can be applied to similar companies, but also organizations working

    in other industries. As this competence profile was developed for the requirements contained

    in the relevant company, it is possible to adapt for other activities.

  • 59.
    Bernsand, Carl-Olof
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Occupational science.
    Bilder av gruvarbetaryrket2017Report (Other academic)
  • 60.
    Björklund, Amanda
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Edling, Emma
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Ledarskapsträdet: Attraktiva faktorer i enhetschefers arbete för kommunalt anställda2019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this research is to examine what factors that appears to be attractive in the work as a unit manager. In order to achieve this purpose, a qualitative research method was chosen, using semi-structured interviews with a sample consisting of unit managers and human resource consultants. The results generated in this research aims to improve the understanding of what factors that appears as attractive in the work as a unit manager. Furthermore, the research also aims to contribute to the understanding of what areas that needs to be developed in order to create an improved and healthier work-environment for unit managers. The results in this study shows that the factors that appears as attractive can be divided into three categories; prerequisites, impact and meaningfulness. This is highlighted in for example the size of the work-group, the level of independence inhabited and stimulation, which appears as factors crucial for the attractiveness in the role as a unit manager. The reason why this study is of vital importance is because understanding the factors that appears as attractive in the work as a unit manager can be crucial in maintaining the unit managers in the workplace.

  • 61.
    Björklund Bergström, Julia
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Strömberg, Karin
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Stödjande funktioner: smörjmedlet som gör attmaskineriet ska fungera: En undersökning av HRs roll vid intern kommunikation2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Intresset för att studera intern kommunikation startade när vi själva insåg områdets komplexitet och utmaningar. Fascinationen över att kommunikation, som är ständigt förekommande i alla typer av sammanhang, kan vara så svårt att hantera bidrog till utformandet av studiens syfte och frågeställningar. Studien syftar till att undersöka hur en myndighet använder HR och den kompetens som HR besitter samt huruvida den interna kommunikationen fungerar som en integrerad funktion mellan ledning och chefer. Studien utgår från en kvalitativ ansats där fokus riktas mot respondenternas egna upplevelser och tolkningar.Studiens empiriska material är insamlat på en statlig myndighet genom fyra semistrukturerade intervjuer samt en minifokusgruppsintervju med tre medarbetare. Respondenterna representeras av chefer och medarbetare från myndighetens kommunikationsavdelning samt HR-funktion. Resultatet visar att intern kommunikation definieras som något som sker inom den egna organisationen och beskrivs som både det viktigaste och samtidigt det svåraste att förhålla sig till och hantera. Vidare visar studien att en önskvärd intern kommunikation präglas av ett öppet klimat, möjlighet till medarbetarinflytande samt ett mer uttalat samarbete mellan myndighetens HR- och kommunikationsavdelning. Tidigare forskning har framförallt fokuserats till intern kommunikation vid förändring, något som även inkluderats i studien då den undersökta myndigheten genomgår en övergripande organisationsförändring där samverkan mellan stödfunktionerna kommer öka. Resultatet påvisar att en av de utmaningar som intern kommunikation bidrar till utgörs av att skapa en gemensam förståelse för situationer och problem då olika befattningar och roller utgår från differentierade perspektiv.Nyckelord:

  • 62.
    Björklund, Emma
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Bruér, Charlotte
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Ledarskap för att främja hälsa hos medarbetare: En fallstudie om hälsoarbete på linjechefsnivå2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The author’s common interest for healthy employees, brought reasonto study how line managers can manage and develop this withsupport from HR. Previous research highlights that knowledge ofhow health is promoted is missing. Line managers have a key role inworking with contributors´ health. The aim of the study is toinvestigate how managers are working for the well-being ofemployees and which aid dedicated to line managers from the HRfunction, and how support and the work with employees’ health canbe developed. This study also investigates the approach on healthfrom each party. The method consisted of a case study, includingdata collection through depth interview with HR and focus groupinterview with heads of unit. The result of the HR interview showedoverwhelming support in individual conversations, but lack ofresources for the support function. HR requested additional resourcesand more health promotion work instead of rehabilitation. Heads ofunit are working with a wellness initiative for healthy contributors.Development points were found in increased support, developedwellness options, increased participation and performance appraisalswith a focus on the individual’s health status. The findings showthat heads of units are working with participation, attendance andhealth care but want more focus on the individual’s health status. HRneeds resources in order to support the heads of units in their healthcare. A common approach is missing between HR and heads of unitin their work for health promotion. Education, approach and supportshould be developed on the basis of the organization’s overallcontext.

  • 63.
    Blank, Therese
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Kovler, Sofia
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Pension - investeringen som glöms bort: En studie av pensionsmedvetenheten i ett tjänsteproducerandeföretag2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study contains an analysis on pensions and pension knowledge with alignment on

    occupational pension in a Swedish service producing company. The survey shows that a

    complexity and knowledge insecurity takes place on the Swedish retirement area and the

    interest for the subject is low. This study aims to identify the terms that have an affection on

    that area and analyzes the subject from a HR-perspective in the research company. Both

    qualitative and quantitative methods are used in this study shaped as web-based survey and

    focus group interview for higher reliability and validity. The theoretical referred framework in

    this survey is based on summon situation analysis of the Swedish pension area, definition of

    the occupational pension and the terms which can affect the pension, for instance the diversity

    and equality in working life. These terms are later compared to the empirical data for analysis

    and discussion to the theoretical aspects in the referred framework. HR–s departmental role in

    relationship to pension knowledge is examined in this survey and so is the question about

    connection between the retirement during a certain retirement age and the individual pension

    knowledge. This is later discussed in the discussion section of this survey in a relationship to

    the empirical result and the theoretical referred background of this study.

    This survey ends with a conclusion about HR–s role as a pension–communicator and a

    suggestion to future investigations on the pension area including focus on a broader HR–field.

    A proactive improvement proposal is presented for the research company with focus on

    promoting and spreading the pension knowledge in the organization.

  • 64.
    Blidberg, Camilla
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Hansson, Jeanette
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Kvinnligt, manligt eller macho?: En undersökning av två branscher i samma organisation som upp-visar kvinnodominans respektive mansdominans2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study is based on research into the work of gender and equality in two different professions within the same organization. The Swedish labor market is gender segregated and is the labor market to be examined closer stands the internal gender segregation. This means that women and men with the same occupation and sometimes the same employer perform different tasks. According to previous research, women's share of labor has increased significantly since 1960, and this has led to a major step towards increased gender equality. Women and men have chosen different professions that resulted in a gender segregated labor market. A contributory reason why the Swedish labor market is still highly gender segregated is the description of professions and industries such as "typically female" and "typically male".

    The starting point for this study is to develop more research on the importance of the Swedish gender-based labor market. The purpose of the study is thus to investigate two different professions that exhibit women dominance and men dominance within one and the same organization.

    Previous research shows that differences in traditions, attitudes and values are related to gender patterns. This makes women dominate the home care services and men in the technical activities. These gender patterns are of great importance to the working environment, as it affects all parts of our society. The study has been conducted with qualitative interviews from a hermeneutic perspective. Interviews have been conducted with people with different positions from the emergency services, health and social care (home care service), and the staff manager.

    The study has been analyzed with qualitative interviews from a hermeneutic perspective. Interviews have been conducted with people with different positions from the emergency services, healthcare and home care services and the responsible human resource manager.

    The results from the interviews have been analyzed based on the theoretical reference frame-work. In this study we have come to the conclusion that the male-dominated occupational field has gone further in the work of gender equality, for example, new dressing rooms for women. And some of the firemen's partners are against female firefighters.

  • 65.
    Blidberg Seppälä, Cecilia
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Nojonen, Emilia
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Belöningar, förmåner och arbetsgivarens attraktivitet: En komparativ studie med två IT-företag2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    How can organizations retain and attract employees by rewards and benefits? And how can we as human resource managers contribute? This is what the study is about which was performed by a method combination where interviews and a survey was done. The purpose of this study is to identify which rewards and benefits are available in two IT-companies and explore which of them attracts employees in the IT-industry. Three issues were designed, where the purpose was to find out which rewards and benefits are available at the two companies, examine the companies’ similarities and differences and see how these rewards and benefits affect the employer´s attractiveness. The theoretical reference consists theories about rewards and benefits, motivation and employer attractiveness. The study led to discussion, improvement proposals and conclusions with the help of relevant theories in the area. The two IT-companies have similar rewards and benefits and a conclusion is made that these affect employer attractiveness. Because of this conclusion it is important that human resource managers and management understand the importance of the affect that they have on attractivity.

  • 66.
    Blom, Tiina
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Den organisatoriska och sociala arbetsmiljön i en kommun: En kvalitativ studie om kunskap och delaktighet i arbetsmiljöarbete, främst gällande ohälsosam arbetsbelastning utifrån AFS 2015:42018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study is based on the Swedish work environment authority statute book about organisational and social work environment, AFS 2015:4 provisions, that has been developed to promote a good work environment and prevent risks of ill health. Because of the increasing numbers of work-related ill health due to stress and mental strain, the focus in this study was unhealthy workloads and if there is knowledge in the municipality about preventing and dealing with these risks.

    The aim was to examine how the municipality practically work with the provision within three organizational levels and how the employees perceive their psychosocial work environment. There were also focus on investigating how employees participate in the above environment work.

    The study was based on a hermeneutic perspective with a qualitative approach through semi-structured interviews. One group interview consisting two employees representing the HR department and two individual interviews at the managerial level. At the employee level, two group interviews were held with three employees from the departments headed by the managers.

    The outcome of the study shows that good results can be obtained in the psychosocial work environment when all organizational levels integrates these issues in their systematic work environment and establish routines to prevent and dealing with unhealthy workload. The study confirms that social support, knowledge, communication and employee participation are important factors for a healthy psychosocial work environment. The discussion shows the importance of taking time for preventing ill health and suggestions about using the demand/control/support-model as a tool for analysing and reflect over the employee workload.

  • 67.
    Blum, Jutta
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Exploring the work experience of seasonal leisure-service workers in a holiday park2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This research explores the experiences that seasonal leisure-service worker have while working in the holiday park if Leksand Resort AB. This is regarded as an important topic, as certain experiences as for example satisfaction or motivation, can be a strong influence on the quality of the services provided as well as an indicator if workers will return in later seasons. Additional, Hickman and Mayer (2003) stated that not enough research has been conducted about the personnel side of holiday park work.

    Therefore, two qualitative methods of data collection were implemented in form of semi structured in-depth interviews, as well as observations. While the interviews allowed the researcher an insight into personal opinions and experiences of the workers, to further explore the phenomenon of leisure-service worker experiences, the observations provided data on changes within the company, comparing work-conditions, co-worker relationships, and management contact in 2017 with those that the interviewees mentioned in the interviews from 2016.

    The findings show that co-worker relationships were perceived as the most important part for having a good experience at work. Also, several negative influences on the employee experience that employees from 2016 expressed were taken care of by the company in 2017. Still, employees do not feel as if the Management has big interest in their well being. This misunderstanding, can possibly explained by the communication difficulties that some employees expressed.

    The focus of this research was not to explore all experiences at Leksand Resort AB, but rather the experiences of a limited number with particular attention on attitudes, and feelings of these workers. For future research it is recommended to regard all divisions of the company, as well as Management.

    The research is a valuable addition to research within this field as the employee satisfaction is often being measured with surveys in a quantitative matter, to representatively explore levels of satisfaction (or dissatisfaction). This thesis on the other hand applies semi structured in-depth interviews, to gain understanding of motives and attitudes, and to understand the details that matter to employees.

  • 68.
    Blum, Jutta
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Exploring the work experience of seasonal leisure-service workers in a holiday park2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This research explores the experiences that seasonal leisure-service worker have while working in the holiday park if Leksand Resort AB. This is regarded as an important topic, as certain experiences as for example satisfaction or motivation, can be a strong influence on the quality of the services provided as well as an indicator if workers will return in later seasons. Additional, Hickman and Mayer (2003) stated that not enough research has been conducted about the personnel side of holiday park work.

    Therefore, two qualitative methods of data collection were implemented in form of semi structured in-depth interviews, as well as observations. While the interviews allowed the researcher an insight into personal opinions and experiences of the workers, to further explore the phenomenon of leisure-service worker experiences, the observations provided data on changes within the company, comparing work-conditions, co-worker relationships, and management contact in 2017 with those that the interviewees mentioned in the interviews from 2016.

    The findings show that co-worker relationships were perceived as the most important part for having a good experience at work. Also, several negative influences on the employee experience that employees from 2016 expressed were taken care of by the company in 2017. Still, employees do not feel as if the Management has big interest in their well being. This misunderstanding, can possibly explained by the communication difficulties that some employees expressed.

    The focus of this research was not to explore all experiences at Leksand Resort AB, but rather the experiences of a limited number with particular attention on attitudes, and feelings of these workers. For future research it is recommended to regard all divisions of the company, as well as Management.

    The research is a valuable addition to research within this field as the employee satisfaction is often being measured with surveys in a quantitative matter, to representatively explore levels of satisfaction (or dissatisfaction). This thesis on the other hand applies semi structured in-depth interviews, to gain understanding of motives and attitudes, and to understand the details that matter to employees.

  • 69.
    Bohlin, Magnus
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Geography.
    Brandt, Daniel
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Geography.
    Creating tourist experiences by interpreting places using digital guides2014In: Journal of Heritage Tourism, ISSN 1743-873X, E-ISSN 1747-6631, Vol. 9, no 1, p. 1-17Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article investigates the relationship between technology and narrative in digital guides for tourists in Sweden. The main finding shows that narratives in the guides are based on a naïve view of history. In several instances, content is based on odd stories and speculation. Recent social trends have led to the erosion of grand narratives and the emergence of multiple views of history. New digital guides must address these challenges in order to develop tourism products that are relevant to different market segments.

  • 70.
    Bohlin, Magnus
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Geography.
    Brandt, Daniel
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Geography.
    Elbe, Jörgen
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Business Administration and Management.
    Does the competition state undermine the long term sustainability of rural tourism?: The case of Sweden2014In: Proceedings from TTRA 2014 International Conference: Tourism and the New Global Economy / [ed] Marion Joppe, 2014, p. 171-188Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In the contemporary competition state, many peripheral regions are in decline. Tourism is increasingly considered as a savior for regions lagging behind. The EU has launched several programs with the ambition to stimulate growth and employment in peripheral areas which are used in tourism development projects. In this paper a longitudinal analysis of changes in Swedish tourism guest nights with an attempt to assess the spatial changes that have taken place in the light of this new regional tourism policy are carried out. The aim is to investigate if tourism and tourism policy contributes to level out disparities between regions. The analysis is based on statistics on Swedish guest nights, on employees in the accommodation sector and on EU funds. Although there are exceptions, the main findings indicate that the potential for creating sustainable rural tourism growth through tourism policy seems to be much less than the popular discourse suggests.

  • 71.
    Bohlin, Magnus
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Geography.
    Elbe, Jörgen
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Business Administration and Management.
    Samhällets roll i besöksnäringens utveckling2011Report (Other academic)
  • 72.
    Bohn, Dorothee
    et al.
    Multidimensional Tourism Institute, University of Lapland.
    de Bernardi, Cecilia
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    The role of workforce and labour in Nordic tourism strategies2018Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 73.
    Bolognese, Lena
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Blåns, Caroline
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Att behålla första linjens chefer inom den offentliga sektorn: En studie om första linjens chefers arbetssituation2019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study is to investigate the work situation for first-line managers' at Ludvika municipality. In this paper we have chosen to start from two issues:  ● How do first-line managers experience their work situation at Ludvika municipality?  ● What can be done to improve the first-line manager's future work situation?  To achieve the aim of the study, several methods has been used in which a quantitative method and a qualitative method are combined. The results of the study show that lack of support and resources, as well as too many employees, affect the first-line managers in their daily work by lack of time for work environment management and business development. Most of the firstline managers at Ludvika municipality work in an unsustainable work situation of too high demands together with too little support, which creates a lack of control over the work situation. According to Karasek's Job demand - control - support model, there is an increased risk of ill health among the municipality's first line managers.

  • 74.
    Boström, Erik
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Ebberstein, Rebecka
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Generationsanpassad Employer branding?: Uppfattningar om attraktiva faktorer hos arbetsgivare enligt millennials2019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study was based on a need to increase the knowledge regarding what the Millennial generation consider constitutes an attractive employer. To be specific, the purpose was to examine the generation’s opinions about attractive factors in employers. Previous research and theory of attractiveness, employer branding and generations for example were used for the base as well as analysis. In order to answer the purpose a quantitative method was used in the shape of a survey distributed to a total of 152 construction engineering students that were Millennials, divided into two universities. The survey resulted in a total of 72 participants.

    The result showed that the highest valued factors were to work in a happy and fun environment, to have good relationships with colleagues, opportunity to learn new skills, to gain careerenhancing experience, to work in an exciting environment and that the organization produces high-quality products and services. A categorization of these revealed that all the highest valued factors were other than economic aspects of the employer brand, in fact the majority were psychological.

    Furthermore, possible differences in estimations were examined based on work experience and gender. The result showed, among other things, that the group with shorter work experience valued the majority of the most important factors higher while women valued all of them higher. This study’s result also demonstrated that none of the examined factors were valued remarkably low, which could indicate that an employer also should pay attention to other factors than the ones the participants regarded as the most important.

  • 75.
    Botman, H Russel
    University of Stellenbosch.
    Human Dignity and Economic Globalization2003In: Building a Human Rights Culture: South African and Swedish Perspectives / [ed] Karin Sporre & H Russel Botman, Falun: Högskolan Dalarna, 2003, p. 20-34Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 76.
    Brehmer, Jana
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Promoting authenticity in theme parks: Content analysis of selected theme park home pages2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The thesis aims to identify the role of authenticity in the promotion of theme parks. The apparent contradiction of theme parks and authenticity makes this research field so essential to investigate. Theme parks are usually criticised for being fake and banal places where nothing is real or authentic. In fact, the trend goes forward to tourists that search for authentic experiences due to the always desire of singularity, originality, combined with self-realisation in a safe environment. That most of touristic places and destination are constructed and that the assessment of authenticity depends more on the observer than on the observation itself often remains disregarded. That is why, much literature is already dealing with assessment of authenticity as a construct of subjective hopes, views and expectations. The theoretical part treats this assessment and brings it in the context of theme parks. To provide a knowledge base for the analysis, the literature review reveals, that theme parks serve the trend of authenticity due to the chance to escape the daily routine and a predictability of services.

    Expanding the current literature, a qualitative approach is used to analyse how authenticity is advertised by theme park suppliers on their home pages. A content analysis using the three different types of authenticity according to Wang (1999) as main categories is conducted.

    The study concludes, that mainly objectivist and constructivist authenticity is promoted by the operators, triggering visitors with essential and intersectoral tourism focuses like escape from every day’s life and making unusual experiences. Suppliers play with the hyper-realistic contradiction of a theme park, imitating the outside world same as creating a border to it. On the home pages, common marketing methods like

    storytelling and electronic word-of-mouth are combined with authenticity. Synonyms for authenticity, like "real" or "genuine" can be identified. Even cultural differences between the different continents are noticeable.

    However, as a qualitative approach is conducted, the study does not aim for high representativeness but for a deep understanding of a limited number of theme parks. It contributes to the after date very limited amount of academic literature about authenticity promotion. Furthermore, the study can be seen as in inspiration for other theme park and touristic entertainment suppliers. However, it is recommended that future researches use quantitative methods to build numerical relations and the ability for generalisation.

  • 77.
    Brissman, Linn
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Jannesson, Carina
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Kompetens eller utstrålning?: Rekryteringsprocess i kommunal förvaltning, en blandning av objektivitet och subjektivitet i en dynamisk process2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study is thus to see how the recruitment process is made in the context of public administration and what kind of aspects that can affect the implementation and outcome of the recruitment process. To this study qualitative method has been used. A case study has been combined with interviews and a vignette to explore the respondent’s approaches and experiences of recruitment. A total of seven people who all work with recruitment have been interviewed. The theoretical starting points that underpin this study reflect areas of recruitment and selection, subjectivity, sustainability, public sector management, leadership and organizational culture. The results of this study has been analysed by a content analysis that focuses on patternmaking to get a greater understanding of the answers given by the respondents. This study shows that there are several crucial factors that can interrupt and affect the recruitment process in the context of public administration and therefore important to take in consideration. For instance is subjectivity a factor that’s always present and therefore inevitable. No matter how much work the respondents put in to making the process of recruitment objective and competence- based, subjective factors like personal charismas and first impressions still takes in consideration in the overall evaluation of the candidate. This factor also has a lot to do with the competence, knowledge and experience that the recruiting managers possess. The study also shows the importance of the HR-function as a key role in the organization both to support the recruiting managers and for the development of sustainability in recruitment as well as in the whole organization.

  • 78. Broeders, Antonia
    Living in a World Heritage City: Impact of heritage management and tourism development on the local community of Bath2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Local communities that live in World Heritage sites can be effected in many ways by the World Heritage status of their city. This study focuses on the impact the local community in Bath experiences. Bath is a city in England that is listed as whole on the World Heritage List. A document analysis and in-depth interviews where preformed to get insight in the impact World Heritage designation and tourism development have on the social and economical structure of the local community. In the case of Bath the World Heritage status has lead to an increase in housing prices and less available housing and office space. The majority of Bath falls under the protection of UNESCO and therefore developments are restricted, time consuming and expensive. The development of tourism has lead to an increase in visitors which is causing congestion and health issues. Many locals work in the tourism industry which is found to be a low income industry and are therefore unable to effort housing in Bath. Due to the lack of office space and building space there are not many other industries besides tourism which could lead to Bath becoming a mono-industry. The quality of life for the local community in Bath has decreased, there are little job opportunities outside of the tourism industry, there is little housing available and the pollution has exceed EU levels. If Bath does not make some changes they are at risk of, just as happened to some other World Heritage cities, crowed out as a result of their World Heritage status and tourism development.

  • 79.
    Bromée Kjell, Terése
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Karlsson, Emelie
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Effekter och förändringar av ledarutveckling2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    En kommun ställs ofta inför en mängd olika utmaningar, som ställer krav påorganisationen, ledarna och medarbetarna. Hur ska kommunen bäst ta sig an dessautmaningar som samhället och omvärlden ställer för att kunna vara i framkant i sinorganisation och ständigt utveckla den? Att utveckla sina ledare som har en central roll iorganisationen kan vara ett taktiskt val av strategi för att nå målen som sätts upp iorganisationen. Alla frågor som rör kompetens, erfarenhet, utbildning och personlighetär centrala begrepp för att utveckla ledare (Day, Fleenor, Atwater, Sturm & McKee,2014). Syftet med föreliggande undersökning är att studera om ledarutvecklingen harbidragit med några förändringar eller effekter i kommunen. Genom att ha läst in sig påolika teorier, bland annat om ledarskap, kompetensutveckling och effekter av utvecklinghar en djupare förståelse ägt rum. Metoden i undersökningen är kvalitativ, därsemistrukturerade djupintervjuer har genomförts med åtta chefer som har genomgåttledarutvecklingen. Resultatet visar att efter genomförd ledarutveckling reflekterarcheferna mer över sitt ledarskap, de identifierar styrkor och utvecklingsområden vilketbidrar till kompetensutveckling för individen och för organisationen. De synligaeffekterna av kompetensutvecklingen beskrev cheferna att de fått genom en helhetssynoch en större förståelse för andra. Det skapades även en trygghet i sin ledarroll där deinsåg vikten av samverkan. Undersökningen kan bidra med att ge en bild av hur effektiven ledarutveckling kan vara. Genom att exempelvis skapa en öppenhet i organisationenoch ha tid för reflektion. Avslutningsvis framläggs några förslag på vad kommunen kanarbeta vidare med som exempelvis att fokusera mer på samverkan och skapatvärsektionella grupper. Även kommer några förslag på vidare forskning inom området.

  • 80.
    Brunk, Nanna
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Norling, Sara
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Välbefinnande och positiva känslor i arbetslivet: En balansakt som kräver samspel2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study was to examine what gives employees wellbeing and positive

    emotions at work. The study was conducted through interviews with six employees, at four

    banking- and insurance offices in the middle of Sweden. The results were analyzed with the

    help of previous research and theories.

    The result shows that what creates positive emotions and well-being to a large degree are

    relationships, both with colleagues and customers. Positive emotions can have a very high

    ability to spread among colleagues, customers and the organization. It also showed that it is

    important that there is a balance between work life and private life and the demands and

    control at work. Being able to study wellbeing at work from an interaction perspective, which

    integrates both the individual and the organization also proved to be important to work with

    these issues.

  • 81.
    Brunnstedt, Anna
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Liljeqvist, Linda
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Friskfaktorer på en enhet: Identifiera & fortsatt bevara2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This is a qualitative study with the purpose to identify health factors within a unit of Stockholm’s city and examine what is necessary for a continued preservation. Furthermore, the aim is to investigate what support is required for the preservation and the HR function's role in this aspect. The work unit is, in the aspect of sickness absence, a wellbeing group who is facing changes in work labor and goal setting due to a recent government shift.

    A query tool was used to produce the eight most important dimensions of the attractive work and a discussion was held around these under a focus group interview with the employees of the work unit. The results showed that the most important dimensions were, among other things, working hours and relationships.

    Furthermore, it was shown that a balance between work-life and private-life is of great importance to employee’s health and well-being. In order to continue to preserve the good work, the empirical data showed that the relationship within the group and the leader was a key factor and that the HR function, the personnel strategy department, only contributes an administrative and guiding role in the issue of support.

    The study’s conclusions include the following: that the preservation of health factors require existence to be comprehensible, manageable, and meaningful. But the study also concluded that employees need reasonable requirements in relation to their scope for manoeuver. A further conclusion is the need for a change in leadership behavior in subsequent stages when the group will possibly enter in a new phase of maturity due to changing circumstances.

    The authors also conclude that health factors are partly based on the individual’s life situation, but the balance between work-life and private-life is certainly important for most people. The HR function, the personnel strategy department, has an informative and administrative role in the issue of support and the authors believe that there is logic to this role. In terms of the size of the organization, it’s easier to turn psychosocial issues to occupational health services or a psychologist group and labor law assistance or information from the HR function.

  • 82.
    Byléhn, Elsie-Marie
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Occupational science.
    Medarbetarundersökningens roll i chefernas arbetsmiljöarbete: En kvalitativ studie hos Trafikverket2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The employee is entitled to a safe work environment according to Swedish legislation.  Good working conditions are a key factor to create healthy and attractive work places. Employee survey is a method used to investigate the work environment in the process “Systematiskt arbetsmiljöarbete”. The employee survey can also be used to measure employees’ views on a wide range of work-related topics in order to achieve organizational success.

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the importance of the employee survey for the continuous work environment process done by managers.  The study also investigated how the managers’ worked with the result of the employee survey and how they worked with the continuous work environment process. The study was carried out on a function with three organizational levels and contains 12 interviews with managers on all three levels.

    The findings of the study show that the result of the employee survey is used as a basis for discussion both in the management teams and in dialogue with employees in the work environment process. The result of the employee survey is also used to ensure that measures taken within the work environment process are well accepted. The result also shows that managers on the lowest organizational level use other tools when investigating the work environment.

  • 83.
    Böhme, Steffi
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Factors influencing tourism sustainability: The case of the World Heritage Falun Great Copper Mountain2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis focuses on identifying hindrances of achieving a sustainable tourism development on a base of a World Heritage Site. Using a case study of the World Heritage Site Falun Great Copper Mountain, the thesis assesses the situational context by using qualitative methods. Five semi- structured interviews with influential stakeholders were conducted to get an inside view of the current situation and to identify site-specific issues. The thesis identifies a number of factors that determine the successful implementation of measures leading towards sustainable tourism in the long-run; the most important being the lack of clear guidelines for the whole destination and no holistic planning approach within the municipality. The thesis concludes that despite the increased pressures towards establishment of sustainable tourism, the concept remains challenging to operationalize for the World Heritage Site without frameworks and tools from UNESCO.

  • 84.
    Carlehäll, Kristian
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Blomquist, Victoria
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Det osynliga arbetsmiljöarbetet: -En studie om verksamheters arbete gällande organisatorisk arbetsmiljö2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The ways of improving organizations work environment is constantly developing and is now more than ever focused on the prevention of psychological illness related to the workplace. To help and guide organizations in improving their work environment the Swedish Work Environment Authority has issued a new provisions about organizational and social work environment (AMV, 2015:4). In this study, we’ll examine how public organizations utilize the new provisions (AMV, 2015:4) with a focus on the on the organizational environment. The theoretical perspectives in the study is based on strategic HRM, the demand- control and support-model and employee voice. We also examined contributing factors that have a positive and negative influence in the workforce wellbeing. To answer the primary purpose of this essay we conducted two parallel researches in organizations that are operative in the public sector. The organizations are operative in the township of Hofors and in the county council of Dalarna. We have used a phenomenology research approach to conduct six interviews, three from each organization, to get a thorough understanding of their efforts in improving the organizational work environment.

    What we found in the results and analysis are the benefits of common goals, common values and cooperation-groups. Our hopes with the study is to enhance the readers understanding about organizational working environment through our explanation of the practical methods the analyzed organizations work to improve their work environment and with our explained understanding of beneficial factors.

  • 85.
    Carlsson, Marie
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Psykosocial arbetsmiljö och stöd: En kvalitativ studie bland mellanchefer och första linjens chefer2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 86.
    Clowes, Lindsay
    University of the Western Cape.
    The Vanishing Father: Changing Constructions of Fatherhood in Drum Magazine 1951–19652003In: Building a Human Rights Culture: South African and Swedish Perspectives / [ed] Karin Sporre & H Russel Botman, Falun: Högskolan Dalarna, 2003, p. 220-244Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 87.
    Cole, Esther
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Sustainable Tourism Pedagogy in Swedish Tourism Master’s Programs: Higher education curriculum approach towards sustainable pedagogy2019Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The sustainable practice of tourism is heavily dependent on its practitioners. Moreover, the education of these practitioners has been an ongoing debate with the sector. The author of this study have chosen to examine how sustainable is the tourism education and how it is been1 structured by analyzing the curriculums of master’s programs in higher educational institution in Swedish universities. The aim is to identify if the programs curriculums are holding the standard for sustainable tourism education. To accomplish this, a literature framework was established which includes transformational education and critical pedagogy. The content analysis method was applied to collect and analyze syllabuses from programs and courses. Results revealed the role of faculties in the pedagogy approach as syllabuses from programs and course in faculties grounded in economics studies had traits that were identified as unsustainable. The analysis also revealed that there were areas in which these syllabuses incorporated EfS principles. Even though the analysis revealed how the content of these syllabuses aligned with the principles of EfS, it also exposes the areas which traditional approaches are still being practiced. This study lays a foundation for future understanding of this area of research.

  • 88.
    Conradie, Ernst M.
    University of the Western Cape.
    On a Human Rights Culture in a Global Era: Some Ecological Perspectives2003In: Building a Human Rights Culture: South African and Swedish Perspectives / [ed] Karin Sporre & H Russel Botman, Falun: Högskolan Dalarna, 2003, p. 311-333Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 89.
    Dahlberg, Lena
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Social Work.
    Bruhn, Åsa
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Social Work.
    Marusarz, Marika
    Ersta Sköndal Högskola.
    McKee, Kevin
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Social Work.
    Turunen, Päivi
    Linköpings universitet.
    Socialt deltagande och tillgång till service: Upplevda hinder och hur de kan reduceras2012Report (Other academic)
  • 90.
    Dahlberg, Matilde
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Att leva som man lär: Implementering av företagskultur vid företagsförvärv2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    As much as 83% of all acquisitions fail to increase shareholder value and 53% even decreases in shareholder value (Daniel & Metcalf, 2001). It is much easier to make the deal, but to make it work says Nguyen & Kleiner (2003). Unsuccessful acquisitions usually depend on cultural differences between the business and the implementation of corporate culture is a key factor for successful acquisitions (Lodofors & Boateng, 2006).

    The purpose is to examine the implementation of corporate culture after a merger and to identify the management and the managers' own experiences of success factors and difficulties during the process.

    The theoretical framework defines corporate culture and describes from several cultural levels where values get special attention when the study focuses on corporate values. There is also a description of the ways to develop cultures. It also describes factors that management and managers should take into account when implementing corporate culture. These are leadership, trust and learning (Schein, 2010, Nguyen & Kleiner, 2003, Lakshman, 2011, Bijlsma-Frankema, 2001 and others).

    To examine the purpose of the study a qualitative method of semi-structured interviews were conducted. The survey is based on interviews with managers and middle managers at the property company AB.

    The result shows that the company's implementation of the values perceived by most respondents as very successful. Success factors in their work on values summarized by taking the best of both worlds, adjusting structure for desired culture, practice what you preach, to have transparency in information and decision, to create a common vision of values and monitoring. The difficulty being discussed is to create a common value of the entire company.

    The study concludes that the implementation of corporate culture after a merger involves leaders must practice what they preach, and that management must create the conditions for it and work with monitoring of employees' experiences.

  • 91.
    Dahlgren, Henrik
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Information Systems.
    Rune, Malin
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Information Systems.
    Österberg, Jonas
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Information Systems.
    e-infrastruktur som stöd för hemtjänsten2008Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    The annual cost of home care services of transport in Falun/Borlänge, is now at 31 million kronor. It is clear from previous research that it is possible to reduce these costs through a restructuring of the existing home-help service. The restructuring aims to have a higher proportion of older people, who are in need of care, to live in special accommodation, in order to reduce transport costs. Therefore there is a need for systems that allow home-help service to plan their operations in such a way that transport is working as efficiently as possible. Through better planning, there are profits to be done. The rewards are not only of an economic nature but also include a reduced environmental impact, better working environment, improving road safety, and better service. One way to achieve this is to give home-help service personnel better navigation aid when they move between the customers. The thesis describes such a solution through a developed prototype based on a standardized interaction between a planning and a navigation service. The thesis describes such a solution through a developed prototype based on a standardized interaction between a planning and a navigation service. Development work has also been a first step in developing a standardized information infrastructure for home-help service. The purpose of the thesis is, on the basis of theory and the experience we have acquired through the development of the prototype, to discuss general issues which are of interest when developing standardized information infrastructure.

  • 92.
    Danielsson, Martina
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Larsson, Mathilda
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Vart är vi på väg?: En kvalitativ studie om att stärka järnvägsbranschens attraktivitet2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The study is based on an assignment from Trafikverket, where the purpose was to investigate how an industry can work strategically to create attractiveness and how employer brand work can be done. The focus was on the rail industry due to the fact that it is an industry experiencing skills supply difficulties and can therefore be regarded as having lost in attractiveness. The result shows that there is difficulty in attractiveness work because a general definition is complex due to individuals asking for different things. What is important, however, is that a employee value proposition is established and that what is conveyed is also what is delivered to the employees. Work attractiveness is therefore linked to employer branding. In the case of employer branding, it is also important to define target groups and to use creative marketing where social media can be used to advantage. The result also shows that the rail industry is perceived as an anonymous industry that does not reach out with enough information about what they can offer. Contributing interviewees mean that the rail industry needs to be better at visibility, for example by showing up at schools and sending materials to the study and career counsellors with information about which courses are available.

    Employer brand specialists from four different companies and five study and career counsellors have participated in the study through semi-structured interviews. The qualitative method has contributed to deepening and understanding the study's questions. An analysis was made based on theories about "the changed work life", employer branding, attractive work and marketing strategies. The analysis shows that changing society places other demands on work, but at the same time it is emphasized that the requirements differ depending on who is asked. Using well-thought-out marketing strategies linked to what an organization wants to accomplish is therefore an important part of the pursuit of an employer's brand work, and especially important for the rail industry.

  • 93.
    Davideit, Melina
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Wahlgren, Ida
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Att tillfredsställa allas behov: En jämförande studie om arbetsmotivation hos mellanchefer i privat och offentlig sektor2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 94.
    de Bernardi, Cecilia
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Collaboration and social capital in rural areas: Tourism as driving force for resilience2018Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 95.
    de Bernardi, Cecilia
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    New approaches to heritage tourism research: a review of two recent volumes2019In: Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, ISSN 1476-6825, E-ISSN 1747-7654, Vol. 17, no 2, p. 239-245Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 96.
    de Bernardi, Cecilia
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Reflections on the hegemonic exclusion of critical realism from academic settings: alone in a room full of people2018In: Journal of Critical Realism, ISSN 1476-7430, E-ISSN 1572-5138, Vol. 17, no 4, p. 374-389Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper, I discuss my personal experience of the issues that can arise when adopting critical realism in academic contexts dominated by irrealist (positivist, phenomenological and post-structuralist) methodological approaches. I draw inspiration for my analysis from the concept of Gramscian hegemony and the concept of ‘authenticity’. These concepts are related because hegemonic processes prevent individuals from freely expressing themselves. In my case, academic hegemony has resulted in social pressure to sacrifice my authentic critical realist self in order to achieve academic success. I also discuss groupthink dynamics, suggesting that they are a mechanism by which hegemony–and denial of individual authenticity–can be achieved. This paper is meant to be a theoretical and reflexive discussion, which could be the starting point for empirical studies investigating the situation of a critical realist in a hegemonic academic context. 

  • 97.
    de Bernardi, Cecilia
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    The authentic tourism academic, a compromise?2017Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 98.
    de Bernardi, Cecilia
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies. Multidimensional Tourism Institute, University of Lapland.
    "The question of authenticity in Sámi tourism: the role(s) of labels"2019Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Authenticity is discussed and considered relevant in a number of different tourism enterprises. Authenticity has had a strong, but debated conceptual role in tourism, while from a heritage management perspective it has been conceptualised according to more practical implications. In this paper, authenticity is mainly related to the information advertised in marketing and to the potential role of a new authenticity conceptualisation based on compromise. The discussion also considers the possible effects on Sámi tourism and Sámi heritage. Sámi tourism companies are involved in issues concerning authenticity, but from a slightly different perspective than the ones usually advanced in research. Sámi cultural heritage has been a relevant attraction for several decades and many issues have been identified with the use of Sámi culture in Nordic tourism. One of the biggest problems is the fact that the Sámi are an indigenous population composed of different groups with different languages and cultural aspects. The Sámi have to balance their culture’s connection to the past and the lively contemporary cultural manifestations in a way that is attractive to the tourists. In this regard, it is relevant to discuss the role of labels and certification in Sámi tourism enterprises and the potential upsides and downsides of adopting labelling schemes to different aspects of Sámi cultural heritage.  

     

    This paper is concerned with one aspect of a doctoral project and it focuses on the potential role of authenticity and labels. This study will present some of the labels that are in use in the context of Sámi tourism. Furthermore, the paper focuses on a cultural label created by Sámi entrepreneurs in Sweden, which will now be taken into consideration in a newly financed European NPA (Northern Periphery and Arctic programme) called ARCTISEN. Cultural labels are conceptualised as a potential way to sustain, promote and protect cultures such as Sámi culture, which have been subjected to the negative sides of tourism promotion and visitation. The paper will also outline current movements from Sámi institutions to promote the growth of different kinds of labels. The main goal is to present how authenticity and labels have a strong potential for different aspects of Sámi heritage involved in the tourism industry.

  • 99.
    de Bernardi, Cecilia
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Pashkevich, Albina
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Geography.
    Representations and National Marketing: the Case of Indigenous Peoples in Nordic and Russian DMOs’ webpages2017Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 100.
    de Vries, Sander Christiaan
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Potential threat of international studentdissatisfaction in the Netherlands analysed by cross– cultural adaption theory: Examining the effect of racial abuse on international studentsatisfaction, host receptivity and host conformity.2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Numerous research articles already touched upon the subject of racism in the Netherlands, the denial and ignorance of race and racism is however still there in Dutch society. The aim of this research paper was to determine whether or not the international students studying in the Netherlands feel welcome and satisfied in Dutch society. This was done by online questionnaires. This research examined how cross- cultural adaption (host receptivity and host conformity pressure) and international student encounters with racism affected their overall student satisfaction and likelihood to recommend the Netherlands as favorable country to study to others back in their home country. Out of the survey of 254 international students, 48 had experienced some form of racial abuse. The findings are presented, but it does have to be stated that the required sample size has not been met in this research (a required 382 sample size). Therefore the credibility and reliability of this research paper might be questioned. This also means that the results cannot be generalized to the population of international students in the Netherlands, or any other population. Furthermore, the non-representation of several nationalities might bias the results. The results however did indicate that racial abuse did affect the students’ likeliness to recommend the Netherlands as a favorable country to study to others. Also, the host receptivity score, host conformity pressure score and satisfaction with living and studying in the Netherlands was reported more negatively when the respondent was a victim of racism in the Netherlands.

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