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  • 751.
    Wadensten, Barbro
    et al.
    Örebro universitet, Hälsoakademin.
    Engholm, Rosa
    Örebro universitet, Hälsoakademin.
    Fahlström, Gunilla
    Örebro universitet, Hälsoakademin.
    Hägglund, Doris
    Örebro universitet, Hälsoakademin.
    Nursing staff's description of a good encounter in nursing homes2009In: International Journal of Older People Nursing, ISSN 1748-3735, E-ISSN 1748-3743, Vol. 4, no 3, p. 203-210Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background. It has been stated that there is too little research on what constitutes good communication and good encounters in nursing homes.

    Aim and objectives. The aim of the present study was to examine nursing staff members’ views on what is important in caring encounters with older people living in nursing homes.

    Design. A qualitative descriptive study using focus group interviews with staff in a nursing home in Sweden.

    Method. Focus group interviews, analysed using qualitative content analysis.

    Results. Three main themes emerged describing nursing staff members’ opinions about the content of good encounters: ‘Caring encounters from the perspective of equality’, ‘Caring encounters from the perspective of integrity’ and ‘Caring encounters from the perspective of promoting security’.

    Conclusions. The nursing staff had theoretical knowledge of what constitutes a good caring encounter, but they seemed to need more supervision and training to develop their ways of encountering older people as well as to become stronger in their professional role. When performing such training with staff, the methodology of appreciative inquiry could be a powerful tool.

    Relevance to clinical practice. It is important to help staff become empowered and to help them develop and improve their encounters with older care recipients.

  • 752.
    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.

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  • 753.
    Wahab, Nor-Ul
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Microdata Analysis.
    Evaluation of Supervised Machine LearningAlgorithms for Detecting Anomalies in Vehicle’s Off-Board Sensor Data2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    A diesel particulate filter (DPF) is designed to physically remove diesel particulate matter or soot from the exhaust gas of a diesel engine. Frequently replacing DPF is a waste of resource and waiting for full utilization is risky and very costly, so, what is the optimal time/milage to change DPF? Answering this question is very difficult without knowing when the DPF is changed in a vehicle.

    We are finding the answer with supervised machine learning algorithms for detecting anomalies in vehicles off-board sensor data (operational data of vehicles). Filter change is considered an anomaly because it is rare as compared to normal data.

    Non-sequential machine learning algorithms for anomaly detection like oneclass support vector machine (OC-SVM), k-nearest neighbor (K-NN), and random forest (RF) are applied for the first time on DPF dataset. The dataset is unbalanced, and accuracy is found misleading as a performance measure for the algorithms. Precision, recall, and F1-score are found good measure for the performance of the machine learning algorithms when the data is unbalanced. RF gave highest F1-score of 0.55 than K-NN (0.52) and OCSVM (0.51). It means that RF perform better than K-NN and OC-SVM but after further investigation it is concluded that the results are not satisfactory. However, a sequential approach should have been tried which could yield better result.

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  • 754.
    Wahlberg Sundström, Lovisa
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Culture and Society.
    Hardinger, Ida
    Dalarna University, School of Culture and Society.
    Employer brand och psykologiskt kontrakt: En studie om medarbetares oskrivna förväntningar på arbetsgivaren2022Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Employer brand is a strategy to attract and retain employees in the organization by marketing the benefits that the organization offers. These offers can be interpreted as promises and implicit expectations of employees. The implicit expectations fall under the concept of psychological contract, which are the conditions for a mutual exchange agreement between employer and employee. Previous research in the field has shown that employer brand has a great impact on the creation of the psychological contract as it creates expectations in the employee. On the other hand, there is a lack of research on the combination of employer brand and psychological contract, as well as how employees' expectations are affected by an organization's employer brand.Aim: The aim of the study is to create an understanding of how employees' expectations are affected by an organization's employer brand.Method: A qualitative method has been used when the study was conducted through semi-structured interviews where the focus was to gain an understanding of individuals' experience of how employer brand affects expectations. The interviews were transcribed and thematized through a thematic analysis. The analysis of the results has been abductive as new themes were found in the empirical data and previous research has been used to confirm or question the results.Results: The results show clear shortcomings in the organization's work with employer brand at the time when the respondents were hired. The respondents had few expectations of the organization as an employer, but feel that the expectations they had were met.Conclusion: The conclusion is that an organization can have a weak employer who creates weak expectations, but still attract and retain employees, and fulfill the psychological contract. An employer can be perceived as attractive without having to work under the concept of employer brand.

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  • 755.
    Waleghwa, Beatrice
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Culture and Society, Tourism Studies. Department of Economics, Geography, Law and Tourism, Mid-Sweden University, Östersund, Sweden.
    Heldt, Tobias
    Dalarna University, School of Culture and Society, Tourism Studies.
    Exploring the use of public participation GIS in transportation planning for tourism at a Nordic destination2022In: Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism, ISSN 1502-2250, E-ISSN 1502-2269, Vol. 22, no 3, p. 210-234Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this paper is to showcase how Public Participation Geographic Information Systems (PPGIS) can be used to assist in collecting data of relevance for planning at a tourism destination in general and, specifically how PPGIS data can assist in the early stages of transportation planning. In this paper, we report on a PPGIS study in Sälenfjällen, the largest ski tourism destination in Sweden. Our analysis uses data from 162 visitors sampled on-site using online and paper-based questionnaires containing survey questions and mapping tasks. We use the survey and mapped results from Sälenfjällen to discuss the opportunities and challenges of using PGGIS for this planning purpose. We conclude that, despite of various challenges like low response rates and sampling issues, PPGIS provides the possibility to collect rich information in terms of survey results and mapped values. This is important in understanding a transportation challenge at the early stages of planning, namely the initiation stage. Our study adds to a growing literature exploring the use of PPGIS in the field of tourism and recreation. To the best of our knowledge, ours is the first to use this approach in a tourism-transport context in a Nordic destination.

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  • 756.
    Waleghwa, Beatrice
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Heldt, Tobias
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Stakeholder involvement in infrastructural planning: A Public Participation GIS study in Sälenfjällen, Sweden2020Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This report explores the method of Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) and its applicability in transport planning using insights from Sälenfjällen, Sweden, as a case. 

    The study should be seen as an exploratory PPGIS study focusing on visitors’ perceptions and preferences. The study was conducted during winter 2020 in weeks 9-13 and sampling was done on site following a strategy to reduce selection bias. Data was collected using a map-based questionnaire which was designed using Maptionnaire tool. The questionnaire included regular survey questions about the visitor’s preferences for transportation, as well as a set of questions where respondents could map places in Sälenfjällen they perceived needed transport improvement. 

    A total of 162 answers were included for analysis. The results indicate ‘own car’ as the modal choice of transportation to/from as well as within Sälenfjällen. The results also indicate a positive overall satisfaction with the destination where 90% of the respondents were willing to visit again. 

    A total of 398 markers were placed on the maps in three sub-sections; 139 indicate places visitors preferred for lodging, 220 places preferred to visit, and 39 places to be improved. Challenges we experienced with the PPGIS study included low response rate and low motivation for the visitors to engage in mapping exercise. 

    To conclude, our results show that PPGIS seem to have potential in providing useful insights to inform transport planning processes, however challenge remain on how to properly sample respondents and to motivated engagement in the mapping exercise. 

  • 757.
    Walldén, Michaela
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Skoglund, Linn
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Betydelsen av en genomtänkt introduktion: En kvalitativ studie om den nyexaminerade sjuksköterskans första tid i arbetslivet2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 758.
    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.

  • 759. Walters, Trudie
    et al.
    Duncan, Tara
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Second Homes and Leisure: New Perspectives on a Forgotten Relationship2015 (ed. edited volume)Book (Other academic)
  • 760.
    Ward, Alexandra
    Dalarna University, School of Culture and Society.
    Investigating Education and Skill Requirements in the UK Hotel Industry: A content analysis of job advertisements2021Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    As the tourism and hospitality industry in the UK continues to face devasting losses from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and recruitment shortages from Brexit, the need to innovate and adapt is paramount to its future success andsustainability. Recognition of education and relevant qualifications is one such tool the industry can harness in order to become more resilient, relying on professionals who have the knowledge and expertise to drive the industry forward. This research therefore aims to highlight the current situation in regard to the skills and requirements UK hotel employers are seeking and how education is perceived and prioritised at present within the industry.

    A content analysis of 112 online job advertisements (ads) for a variety of hotel positions in the UK was conducted in order to fulfil the research aim. The data collected was then analysed manually by coding and categorisation of themes using a phronetic iterative approach. The findings of the research show that education is prioritised less than previous profession related experience. It also highlighted that soft skills were more frequently mentioned than hard skills suggesting their overall importance in comparison. These findings are in line with the current literature regarding the wider hospitality industry and offer a contribution in terms of highlighting the issue of education and by providing employers and educational institutions a basis from which to inform their current practices. 

  • 761.
    Warneryd, Martin
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Energy Technology. RISA; Mälardalen University.
    Håkansson, Maria
    RISE.
    Karltorp, Kersti
    RISE; Jönköping International Business School.
    Unpacking the complexity of community microgrids: A review of institutions’ roles for development of microgrids2020In: Renewable & sustainable energy reviews, ISSN 1364-0321, E-ISSN 1879-0690, Vol. 121, article id 109690Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Community microgrids implemented in existing electricity grids can meet both development targets set out in the Paris agreement: 1. mitigate greenhouse gas emissions through increased implementation of renewable energy sources, and 2. to adapt to climate related disturbances and risk of catastrophes. Community microgrids are, however, complex to implement and institutional change is needed to reach their full potential. The purpose of this article is to review existing literature and analyze institutional developments influencing the growth of community microgrids. The literature describes a concentration of microgrid activities in specific regions: USA, EU, Asia and Australia. Varying reasons for implementing community microgrids were found in the different regions but similar institutional developments occurred, albeit with differing emphasis due to contextual specificities. Formal directions do however influence informal institutions even though their aims differ. Power utilities stand out as a critical actor and both formal and informal institutions put pressure on utilities to update their traditional business models. This article illustrates how informal and formal institutions play a significant role in the growth of community microgrids in existing electricity grids and provide interesting examples which can be utilized by policymakers. Microgrid development is still in a formative phase and further institutional change in the form of updated regulations is needed.

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  • 762. Warren, Anne Reath
    et al.
    Sheikhi, Karin
    Lindén, Sofia
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Swedish as Second Language.
    Avery, Helen
    Linnéuniversitetet, Institutionen för språk (SPR).
    Hedman, Christina
    Identitets- och kunskapsutveckling i studiehandledning på modersmål: perspektiv från forskning och utbildning2018In: Modersmål, minoritet och mångfald - Flerspråkiga identiteter i en nordisk utbildningskontext: Abstracthäfte, Falun: Högskolan Dalarna , 2018, p. 41-42Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    I den svenska grund- och gymnasieskolan kan elever få stöd i olika skolämnen genom att bearbeta ämnesstoff på andra språk än svenska i så kallad. studiehandledning på modersmålet (SHMM). Detta är en lagstadgad rättighet för alla elever som behöver det. SHMM har funnits sedan 1960-talet, men det är bara under de senaste två åren som forskningen om studiehandledning har tagit fart. Forskningen visar hur SHMM kan stötta elevernas språk- och kunskapsutveckling samt bidra till ett stärkande av deras identitetsutveckling, men att organiseringen av SHMM ofta är ogenomtänkt och resurserna otillräckliga (Avery, 2017; Reath Warren, 2016; Wedin & Wessman, 2017). Inga särskilda kvalifikationer krävs dessutom av studiehandledare, verksamheten är tidsbegränsad och SHMM betraktas inte som undervisning, vilket har bidragit till verksamhetens marginalisering. Dessa villkor avspeglar en generell tendens att nedprioritera minoritetsspråk (Lainio, 2013). I kollokviet lyfter vi resultat från ny forskning som visar hur SHMM, när den är väl genomförd och organiserad, bidrar till språk- och kunskapsutveckling, Vidare diskuteras de möjligheter som studiehandledning erbjuder avseende elevers möjligheter att utveckla en flerspråkig identitet samt vilka attityder till flerspråkighet som förekommer bland studiehandledare, lärare och familjer.  Anne Reath Warren ger en introduktion till SHMM och presenterar studien ”Studiehandledning på modersmål – ett tillfälligt utrymme för transspråkande”. En analys av flerspråkiga praktiker under 13 lektioner visar hur transspråkande under studiehandledning uppfyller fem funktioner som bidrar till språk- och kunskapsutveckling och utmanar monoglossiska språkideologiska perspektiv i den aktuella undervisningskontexten (Reath Warren, 2016). Karin Sheikhi bidrar med en presentation om “Utbildning för studiehandledare på modersmål”. Studiehandledare är ett yrke som inte är reglerat och verksamma studiehandledare idag är en mycket heterogen grupp. Att utforma en utbildning som är lämplig och anpassad för yrkesrollen är därmed en utmaning. Presentationen bygger på en studie av utformning, genomförande och utvärdering av utbildningar för studiehandledare. Sofia Lindéns presentation bygger på material från hennes pågående avhandlingsprojekt om pedagogisk stöttning i undervisningskontexter med SHMM och nyanlända elever. Begreppet stöttning är centralt i presentationen och diskuteras med utgångspunkt i fältanteckningar av undervisningsobservationer under SHMM samt utifrån intervjuer med studiehandledare, nyanlända elever och klass/ämneslärare. Helen Avery diskuterar utifrån analyser av videomaterial, observationer och intervjuer studiehandledning i matematik och dess specifika villkor. Tre aspekter berörs: lärares föreställningar om väsentliga färdigheter och progression, klasslärares förmåga att stödja elever och förklara problem samt vilken betydelse föreställningar om språk har för hur studiehandledning ges i matematik.

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  • 763.
    Weiderstål, Daniel
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Källqvist, Marcuz
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Employer Branding idag: Attraktivitet genom sociala medier2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The use of social media has during the last couple of years increased and is now a

    major part of most of the organizations marketing strategies. But how does this fit

    with the Employer Branding strategies? And how does this affect the

    organizational attractiveness as an employer? These were two of the questions we

    wanted to examine and analyze. In order to answer these questions, we conducted

    interviews with six different companies divided into 3 subgroups. The intention of

    this was to get a wider perspective of how the implementation of social media in

    the Employer Branding could work. And could this change the recruitment

    process?

    What we could see afterwards is that more time is spent on taking references

    online through social media sites. Some say it is more honest than the traditional

    references that the candidate got to choose. Other conclusions that we could find

    was that it is important to use social media in todays market but it is crucial to use

    it in a proper way. Companies must form a strategy based on their Employee

    Value Proposition in order to reach the wanted receivers using social media. It is

    also important that the Employee Value Proposition is based on the companies’

    corporate values.

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  • 764.
    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

  • 765.
    Wendemagegnehu, Taleyihun Tadese
    Dalarna University, School of Culture and Society.
    The influence of social media on the travel decisionmaking behavior of Ethiopian educational tourists in Poland: The case of Ethiopian educational tourists in Poland2021Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The impact of international mobility and globalization on universities has led to a greater need for students. Thus, throughout students stay in their destinatio ncountry, prospective students access a variety of sources of information and make simultaneous decisions about where to travel; decision making is required at everystage of the travel process (pre-travel, during travel, and post travel). Previous to the advent of social media dominate traditional sources of information, such as print media, educational fairs and university websites. The social media websites such as social networking (Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn,), microblogging (Twitter,Tumblr), photo sharing (Snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest), Video sharing (YouTube,Facebook Live, Periscope, Vimeo) become an alternative source of university information as many young people and students engage, work and participate in this online community.

    The purpose of this thesis is to research the influence of social media on the decision-making process of Ethiopian educational tourists in Poland, as well as how other factors (such as others’ comments, replies, and tour reviews) influence the process of their travel decision making. The data collection tool was a survey that included demographic questions, closed ended questions, multiple choice questions, a rating scale (Likert 5 scale model), and a few open-ended questions. The survey questionnaire was completed by 137 international students. The study's findings indicate that social media has a sizable influence and role as a source of information for Ethiopian educational tourists in Poland at every stage of their travel decisionmaking process, and that other factors (such as others' comments, replies, and tourreviews) influenced their decision-making process as well. Overall, this study helps to gather insights into Ethiopian educational tourists' decision-making behavior in Poland. Due to the fact that the research will contribute cross-national knowledge about educational tourists' behavior during the travel decision-making process in a destination, it will have a significant impact on promoting domestic travel and tourism in Poland.

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  • 766.
    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.

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  • 767.
    Westman, Nellie
    Dalarna University, School of Teacher Education.
    ”…det finns ingen styrka i att måla en bild”: Genusaspekter i elevers bildskapande och attityder till bildämnet2023Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Uppsatsens syfte har varit att bidra med ny kunskap kring elevers föreställningar om genus och hur det speglas i deras bilder samt hur pojkars och flickors attityder av bildämnet skiljer sig åt, och i så fall hur. För att få svar på dessa frågor genomfördes en kvalitativ intervjustudie kombinerat med bildelicitering där nio elever deltog. Resultatet visar att könsmarkörer och genuskoder har en tydlig framträdande roll i elevernas bilder. Detta lyfts fram genom att flickor målar mer med dova färger och använder symboler, medan pojkar illustrerar sig själva som maskulina, använder sig av vänskapsdialog och starka färger. Däremot är det få av eleverna som bryter traditionella normen för vad som är typiskt kvinnligt eller manligt. Under studiens gång framkom det hur bildämnet uppfattas mer ägnat för flickor än pojkar vilket resulterar ett större engagemang och intresse från flickornas sida. 

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  • 768.
    Wibeck, Victoria
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet.
    Johansson, Madelaine
    Linköpings universitet.
    Larsson, Anna
    Linköpings universitet.
    Öberg, Gunilla
    Linköpings universitet.
    Communicative aspects of environmental management by objectives – examples from the Swedish context2006In: Environmental Management, ISSN 0364-152X, E-ISSN 1432-1009, Vol. 37, no 4, p. 461-469Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Management by objectives (MBO) is a technique for integrating ecological concerns into national political and administrative structures. Politicians determine environmental objectives and interim targets to be implemented and assessed by civil servants in national, regional, and local contexts. Well-developed organizational communication is a prerequisite for MBO. However, communication-related obstacles can arise when using MBO in public environmental management. We examine communicative aspects of environmental MBO, looking specifically at the implementation, administration, and assessment of Swedish environmental quality objectives. Our argument is illustrated by quotations from individual and focus group interviews. We conclude that communicative problems may arise, because different actors interpret messages from different perspectives, depending on their agendas, prior knowledge and experience, and positions in the administrative system. It is crucial to recognize the dialogical aspects of communication, by involving the receiver of a message in a process of response. In addition, the different timeframes underlying different arguments could contribute to misunderstandings between actors involved in handling environmental issues. In assessing the achievement of environmental objectives, indicators are used as communicative tools. It is important to investigate whether and how these indicators contribute to the de- and recontextualization of environmental objectives.

  • 769.
    Wigren, Maud
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Hållbart ledarskap: En studie av den psykosociala arbetsmiljön hos chefer. Är det någon som tänker på chefernas psykosociala arbetsmiljö?2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study was to investigate whether the right conditions for conducting sustainable leadership and investigating how the managers of current company look at their psychosocial work environment.

    To investigate the purpose, a qualitative method has been used, where interviews formed the material for data collection. The interviews were conducted using a semi structured interview guide; the material was then transcribed to ease the analysis work.

    What does it mean for leaders to work with sustainable leadership? Through the leadership´s influence on motivation, dedication and achievement, it is of great importance for sustainability development efforts. In addition to their daily duties, a manager must that the staff is in place, attend meetings, take responsibility for employees having a good working environment. The demands of today´s managers and leaders are increasing, but do they have the knowledge they need to run a sustainable leadership?

    The results show that the managers of the organization I have visited to some extent work in a sustainable way, without being aware of it. Problem areas identified by respondents, however, are time shortages, stress, high workload and burnout.

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  • 770.
    Wiklund, Jonas
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    El-Jazzar, Rami
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Organisationskultur och ledarskap: En kvalitativ studie om organisationskultur på en större industriverksamhet i region Dalarna2020Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study aims to investigate organizational culture as a phenomenon, how leaders work to implement culture in the business, and how the organization's employees experience and are influenced by the organizational culture. The empiric for this study was gathered from a major industrial organization in Dalarna, Sweden, through seven semi-structured interviews, where two of the respondents hold senior positions. One of the other respondents works as a project manager and the remainder are employees in the affected business.

    The result shows that the organizational culture is characterized by respect, good organizational values, community and a consistent view of what is important for a strong organizational culture. The leaders' efforts to disseminate and incorporate the culture that is being sought, are to set a good example and work to eliminate prestige within the company by blurring boundaries between the roles, to some extent. Also, to convey a sense of participation and community to the employees by involving the employees in decision making. The employees' experience is that there is a good community within the labor act, but that the community vis-à-vis other work teams and the business as a whole is deficient. It is also described that feedback and wishes are well received and that it is perceived to be a good climate for dialog, but that the lack of opportunities to interact with leaders causes the culture to suffer.

    One conclusion drawn is that leaders within the organization have mediated the organizational values they want to permeate the business, as the study respondents have a common idea of the factors that are important for a sustainable and strong culture within the organization. A subsequent conclusion is that subcultures exist within the studied business, which can become and tend to be detrimental to the collective culture. As the division of smaller groups is inevitable, which means that subcultures are also more easily formed, therefore it becomes important for the organization's leaders to work with symbolic actions to root out the sense of belonging to the core business. Another conclusion shows that the lack of close contact and relationship between leaders and employees, makes the experience that the leaders do not exactly lead by example. This is because they have no insight into what their leaders are doing and vice versa. Consequently, the fact that leaders do not show employees that they know what they are working with and what they do, nor does it account for what they themselves do also show effects on the view of leadership and the collective culture of the organization.

    Only by understanding how individuals within the cultural context perceive the culture, what norms and values prevail and understanding how this can have an effect on the result, can the organization also develop (Abu-Jarad et al. 2010). Therefore, in order to understand the culture within an organization, the premise must be based on the notion of which cultural factors are important, how individuals who work within the culture are also influenced by this and how the organization works to create a sustainable culture.

    Organizational culture is strongly characterized and implemented by the leaders of the organization, who are the ones who can directly influence cultural conditions (Schein, 2010). Therefore, high demands are placed on leaders in the organization to act with exemplary behavior in order to manifest which actions, actions and behaviors are okay and what is not acceptable. They do this through their way of leading, rhetorical abilities and by setting a good example. This is considered important for emphasizing collective identity and also a sustainable culture.

  • 771.
    Wikström, Amanda
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Culture and Society.
    Pettersson, Katarina
    Dalarna University, School of Culture and Society.
    En förbisedd men samordnande aktör: En kvalitativ studie om hur individer i en HR-funktion upplever sin roll vid arbetsanpassning2022Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    A large part of the workforce suffers from health issues at some point during their work life. As a result, there are statutory requirements for the employer to carry out work adjustments, partly to counteract health problems and so that employees on sick leave can return to work. However, research rarely covers the HR-function and therefore we have chosen to investigate how individuals in the HR-function perceives its role when work is modified for employees on sick leave. This study is limited to modified work when an employee on sick leave will return to work. Through a qualitative method were eight interviews conducted with informants in an HR-function. The results of the study show that individuals in an HR-function is a highly involved and important actor with a coordinated function.

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  • 772.
    Wikström, Heléne
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Zakrisson, Lovisa
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Sjukfrånvaro och påverkansfaktorer: En fallstudie om sjukfrånvaro2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 773.
    Wikström, Rebecka
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Culture and Society.
    Lundberg, Erika
    Dalarna University, School of Culture and Society.
    ”Här får du nyckeln till kontoret och nu är det bara att köra”: En kvalitativ studie om betydelsen av arbetsintroduktion för nyanställda2022Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The workplace related introduction is an important part for the organization and for the new employees. The recruiting process is costly for the organizations and if it is not followed up by an introduction, the money invested can be vaisted. A structured and well-developed introduction that includes several different elements can create better conditions for the organization to benefit from its investment. The new employees becomes embedded in the organization and can carry out their tasks more efficiently. An introduction that is well implemented can increase the motivation of the employee and can contribute to a higher extent of loyalty to the organization. Because of this, it is interesting to examine how the introduction is carried out and prioritized in organizations.

    This study aims to gain a deeper understanding of how different approaches and by combining them provide conditions for a better workplace introduction. There are several different perspectives that affect work introductions and how these should be implemented. In this study, we have compiled the perspectives under summary headings (the introductionprocess, interaction between colleagues, mentor support, practical information and follow-up and feedback). The study was conducted at a public organization in the middle of Sweden. With the help of contact persons at the organization, we got in touch with the respondents that during the past year conducted an introduction and were still employed at the organization. After conversations with the organization's contact persons, there was a desire to investigate the organization's manager introductions. Subsequently, eight newly hired managers were elected as the study's respondents.

    The results reported in this study show a lack of structure and commitment around the manager introductions at the organization. The respondents' introductions differ and they have all experienced different approaches. Another example from the result is shortcomings from the organization in socialization and follow-up.

     

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  • 774.
    Wilhelmson, Lena
    et al.
    Department of Education, Stockholm University, Sweden.
    Moström Åberg, Marie
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Occupational science.
    Backström, Tomas
    School for Innovation, Design and Technology, Mälardalen University, Sweden.
    Köping Olsson, Bengt
    School for Innovation, Design and Technology, Mälardalen University, Sweden.
    Enabling transformative learning in the workplace: an educative research intervention2015In: Journal of Transformative Education, ISSN 1541-3446, E-ISSN 1552-7840, Vol. 13, no 2, p. 219-238Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this article is to discuss the potential of an educative research intervention to influence the quality of the learning outcome in the workplace as interpreted from the perspectives of adult learning theory. The research project was designed as a quasiexperimental, mixed-methods study. In this article, quantitative survey data were taken as the point of departure, and qualitative data were used for the purpose of analyzing aspects of learning. An educative research intervention may support a transformative learning quality when the manager and employees have to deal with severe difficulties, and they succeed in doing so by sharing responsibilities and having the strength to engage in the development process in the workplace. It is possible to support transformative learning in the workplace through an educative research intervention that encourages managers to educate themselves and their employees to think and act in new ways, aiming at integrated autonomy, increased interaction, and learning.

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  • 775.
    Wirén, Allison
    Dalarna University, School of Culture and Society.
    Fadersrollen i Hollywoodfilm: En genreöverskridande analys av teman och mönster i amerikanska filmer2024Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med denna uppsats är att ta reda på hur fadersrollen ser ut i amerikansk film, genom att undersöka det utifrån olika filmgenrer med tidsspannet från år 1999 till år 2023. Detta görs för att undersöka ifall det finns genrebundna samt genreöverskridande mönster alla pappor går efter, och förekommande teman som flera filmer kryssar i. Genom att kvantitativt samt kvalitativt analysera ett tjugotal filmer, med pappa som protagonist, i fem olika genrer med hjälp av karaktärsteori och maskulinitetsteori, framkom det att det fanns en del teman som var utmärkande för vissa genrer. Trots det, fanns det ett övergripande mönster hos papporna mellan genrerna. Slutsatsen blev att en stor majoritet av papporna är ensamstående, som har svårt att komma överens med sitt barn eller hantera att vara pappa och mamma samtidigt. I majoriteten av genrer inkräktar ett farligt hot mot familjen, vilket innebär att pappans viktigaste uppgift i filmen är att skydda sitt barn mot alla odds. Här har pappan chansen att bevisa sin manlighet som han tidigare i många filmer har haft svårt att hävda. På grund av denna händelserika resa i filmerna genomgår han en utveckling som karaktär vilket för honom närmare sina barn.

  • 776.
    Xin, Shiyao
    Dalarna University, School of Culture and Society.
    Exploring domestic visitors’ perceived destination image of Sanya, China2021Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Destination image is vital for DMOs and destination managers to differentiate their destinations and stand out from the competition with other destinations. Given the dynamic and changeable nature of destination image, continuous research updates are necessary. This paper conducts a study on Sanya, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in China. To ensure the sustainability and stability of Sanya's tourism recovery and development after the epidemic, an updated study of its image is necessary. Tourists are increasingly using travel blogs to share their travel experiences online with other potential tourists as a reflection of the true image perception of their own experiences. Therefore, using it as the data source to study the perceived image is less biased compared to surveys and interviews. This research aims to explore Sanya’s destination image perceived by domestic tourists by analyzing UGC. It can help destination managers and tourism marketers understand domestic tourists' perceptions and provide them with references and directions for developing more attractive and sustainable policies and marketing campaigns. A combination of quantitative and qualitative methods was conducted to capture richer information to analyze the images in an integrated perspective. The findings revealed that for the specific attributes of Sanya’s image, the cognitive image of travellers was strongly presented here, as those attributes are based on meeting the basic needs of tourists. And the cognitive aspect is the source of the affective aspect. Positive and negative feelings were mainly expressed here, while neutral feelings were not so obvious. In the context of the pandemic, the overall perception of Sanya was positive, especially in terms of natural environment, hotels, dining, and transportation of Sanya. However, negative images regarding pollution, limited activities during bad weather, safety issue, and queuing still need to be improved. From the positive image of tourist feedback, price reduction can be a highly effective measure to attract tourists and stimulate tourism recovery. Given that most tourists are repeat visitors, they generally expressed a willingness to return to Sanya next time, and generally showed a willingness to recommend Sanya to others, reflecting the conative aspect. This research provides implications for destination managers and marketers to recognize positive images and to repair and improve negative images in a timely manner, thus contributing to the development of Sanya's tourism industry and increasing its competitiveness after the pandemic.

  • 777.
    Ybrahim, Rawan
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Kränkande särbehandling i arbetslivet: En kvalitativ intervjustudie om hur kränkande särbehandling uppstår i organisationer med utredningsfokus2019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study is to investigate why victimization occurs in organizations and to create an understanding for how working groups perceive faktaundersökning (a Norwegian investigation method for victimization). The method used is a qualitative interview study in which three investigators and three clients of the investigation method faktaundersökning were individually interviewed. Three reports from the investigations has also been analysed and later used in the result. Four different cases in three different organizations has been investigated for this study in total. The study shows that all organizations had an insufficient working environment with multiple factors that were the underlying cause of the emerge of victimization, bullying and conflicts. These factors were later able to be categorized as; communication, leadership and roles, organizational structure and culture, policies, understanding and values. The study thus showed that the individuals who performed the negative interpersonal actions were the result of an insufficient organizational and social work environment. Furthermore, the study showed that the respondents experienced the faktaundersökning as dry, direct and hard to go through for both the different parties, but also the working groups and the organizations. The study showed that it is important that all parties are offered emotional support as soon as possible in order for the parties to feel fairly treated and thus become more willing to cooperate in the investigations. According to the respondents, trust and impartiality between investigators and the parties were an important aspect for the investigation to generate in such a true result as possible, where the right of reply plays a crucial role in the legal certainty of the investigation.

  • 778.
    Zager, Merle
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Rättvik – This is where it happens!?: Enhancing stakeholder collaboration for rural tourismdevelopment with the help of nearby mega sport events2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The presented study investigates how rural tourism destinations can benefit from a mega sport event that is hosted in a city nearby. This is done by examining the case study of Camp Norway, an initiative of the municipality of Rättvik, which was hosted during the FIS Nordic Ski World Championship in Falun 2015. For this purpose semi-structured interviews were conducted with several key stakeholders and members of the steering committee of the project. The research aimed to answer what the concept was actually about, what the stakeholders expected, how they collaborated and how they evaluate the project. It was explored that a main intention of the project was to bring the tourism stakeholders of the municipality together and thus enhance their collaboration for the future. Although the expectations concerning visitor numbers and economic benefits were too high and have not been met, the overall concept evaluation is still very positive. This is due to the fact that the actors have recognised the importance of close stakeholder collaborations especially in the rural tourism industry and have successfully established a common ground for future projects in Rättvik. The case of Camp Norway can be taken as an example also for other rural tourism destinations, how to improve local stakeholder collaboration by innovatively benefitting from nearby events.

  • 779.
    Zarzycka, Aleksandra
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Young tourist’s preferences in context of cultural tourism in Podlasie´s region2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The present paper constitutes a review of the results of a study concerning cultural tourism conducted on a group of students from selected higher education institutions in Bialystok. The aim of this paper is to analyze young tourists' preferences in Podlasie's region in terms of cultural tourism: their choice of activities and attractions, as well as trip related characteristics in contrast to the preferences of young non-cultural tourists. Quantitative research approach has been applied in the study in order to meet the objective of this paper, as the quantitative methods allow to summarize vast sources of information and facilitate comparisons across categories and over time (Kruger, 2003, p.18-19). An online survey was used as a technique to carry out the research. The main results indicate that students, as cultural tourists, prefer a variety of activities (both cultural and non-cultural) in diverse locations and do not limit themselves to any dominant attractions. The work has its value within the cultural tourism literature, as it discusses the potential of the tourist youth market in the developing rural area of post-communist country, Poland. The paper offers suggestions on a more in-depth further research.

  • 780.
    Zeng, Wenjie
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Ready to Cope with the Sharing Economy in Tourism Service: Small and Medium-Sized Travel Agencies in China2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis work investigates the response of China’s SME travel agencies to the growth of

    the sharing economy in travel and tourism services, with the aim to formulate practical

    recommendations for industry insiders. Through in-depth interviews conducted in the city of

    Shanghai, the thesis produces an outline of how the SME travel agencies perceive sharing

    economy in Chinese context. The aspects of business performance are studied for both

    incumbent travel agencies and those emerging sharing start-ups. The key concepts of sharing

    economy are focused and used to examine the sharable potential of SME travel agencies in

    order to achieve the aim of this thesis. It is revealed that SME travel agencies in Shanghai

    have adopted various new practices in response to market changes. It appears that the gradual

    development of their proactive “collaborative activities” interprets the tenets propagated by

    the sharing economy advocates. As sharing propensity becomes formidable, it is

    recommended that SME travel agencies should focus in line with key principles of the

    sharing economy on sharable potential in their products, distribution channels and sales

    personnel.

  • 781.
    Zhao, Long
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Abukadirov, Kudratilla
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Europe as Chinese Outbound Travel Market:: Analysing Travel Patterns of Chinese Tourists in Selecting EuropeanDestinations2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    While China has become one of the larger tourism destination regions in the recent years, allindications point to China establishing itself as the biggest tourist outbound market in the nearfuture. As such, numerous countries prepare to attract more Chinese travelers with a higherspending power in order to sustain or extend the current level of tourism related income. Forpotential European destinations, it is therefore essential to understand the travel motivations aswell as the obstacles Chinese travelers face when considering Europe as a travel destination.Therefore, the aim of this research is to contribute to the understanding of the Chinese outboundtourism market towards European destinations. This was achieved by analyzing the impacts oftravel obstacles and the push and pull factors of Chinese travelers. This analysis has been basedupon the development of the travel flows in the past 10 years, in terms of tourist numbers, and isexplained by economic, political and social factors (i.e. push and pull).The method used within this research consists of quantitative secondary data. The data isrecorded from the World Tourism Organization statistics and re-analyzed using the LocationQuotient.While in the past much of the outbound tourism was concentrated in several countries the resultsindicate that destination choices vary more and more while all countries in this study recorded anincrease in Chinese tourists. The analyzing-results also indicated that with the rise of the Chineseeconomy, the number of outbound tourists will relatively rise. Moreover, the findings indicatethat the flow of outbound tourists from China has risen, also owing to relaxation of major staterestrictions and change of intervening obstacles.After analysing the situation of tourism market [during the past decade] between Europe andChina, the authors are able to comment about the future trends. Furthermore, suggestions forfuture investigation are presented.

  • 782.
    Åström, Alva
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Eriksson, Susanna
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Resource Management.
    Linjechefers upplevelser av stödet från en centraliserad HR-funktion: En kvalitativ studie baserad på linjechefernas perspektiv2020Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this essay is to investigate and analyze how line managers experience the support of a centralized HR function. The study is a qualitative case study and has been conducted within Falu Municipality consisting of nine qualitative interviews with line managers. The HR function consists of many different departments and in this study a demarcation has been made to the HR center.

    After the interviews, the results were compiled and analyzed based on literature and previous research. Therefore it was possible to interpret the collected empiricism in relation to theory. After the interviews, the line managers experiences turned out to be varied. The study shows that the line managers experience a professional support and response from the HR center. The result also presented that the relationship between the parties is important, but also a prerequisite for cooperation. Furthermore, the result shows expectations that HR center should be easily accessible and have the ability to support with their knowledge. The result states that most line managers find it useful that the HR function is centralized. The organization creates the opportunity for specialist knowledge of the HR specialists, which promotes support to the line managers. It turns out that the personal contact is meaningful to the line managers, but it also confirms that it is made more difficult by the fact that the HR function is centralized.

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  • 783.
    Åström, Eva
    et al.
    Högskoleverket, Stockholm.
    Green, Peter
    Högskoleverket, Stockholm.
    Magnusson, Anna-Karin
    Högskoleverket, Stockholm.
    Roos, Erik
    Högskoleverket, Stockholm.
    Vänje, Annika
    Högskoleverket, Stockholm.
    Frihetens pris: ett gränslöst arbete : en tematisk studie av de akademiska lärarnas och institutionsledarnas arbetssituation2008Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
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  • 784. Åström, Kurt
    Högskolan i Falun/Borlänge1982Report (Other academic)
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  • 785.
    Åteg, Mattias
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Occupational science.
    Andersson, Ing-Marie
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Occupational science.
    Rosén, Gunnar
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Occupational science.
    Change processes for attractive work in small manufacturing companies2009In: Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing, ISSN 1090-8471, E-ISSN 1520-6564, Vol. 19, no 1, p. 35-63Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The article originates from research in interaction between researchers and companies in a network, which has led to an increasing awareness among managers on issues such as reasons behind difficulties in attracting competent labor. Particularly, attention has been directed toward the importance of work environment improvements that increase the attractivity of industrial work. To deal with such challenges, for more than 5 years a number of small engineering companies, with research support, have been engaged in change processes based on the concept of attractive work. The purpose of the article is to develop knowledge and understanding for how small engineering companies can create more attractive work. One goal is to make it possible to draw conclusions about the employees’ experiences of changes in the attractivity of industrial work. Efforts in this direction have been conducted through work environment assessments (before and after the changes) and through administration of a questionnaire. The results show that it is possible to analyze how employees experience changes in the attractivity of work. This is most interesting from the perspective that the results can be used for assisting further improvements.

  • 786.
    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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  • 787.
    Palm, Kristina (Speaker)
    Karolinska Institutet; KTH.
    Öppen föreläsning: Vägar till ett hållbart digitalt arbetsliv2018Other (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Kristina Palm kommer att samtala om konsumtionen av mänskliga resurser inom arbetslivet och hur vi kan forska om samt utveckla och stärka hållbara arbetssystem för ett mer hållbart arbetsliv.

    Kristina Palm, disputerad vid KTH, studerar i sin forskning hållbart arbete och är från 2017 projektledare för forskningsstudien "Vägar till ett hållbart digitalt arbetsliv" som finansieras av AFA Försäkring.

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