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  • 1.
    Abdi, Aram
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare.
    Förekomsten av socialt stöd och sociala relationer i arbetslivet: En kvalitativ studie om betydelsen av socialt stöd och social relation mellan chefer och anställda2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study was to examine the social relationship and social support at the daily work. Furthermore, this study aimed to create an understanding of the importance of social relations and support between employees and supervisors within an organization. For this purpose, 10 interviews were conducted with employees and supervisors from one municipality and two authorities.

    The study showed that strong working relationship and social support within a workplace and between supervisors and employees can create the prerequisite for a higher efficiency and better health among employees. Furthermore, the study showed that a good relationship and support between supervisors and employees can increase the motivation and feeling of a strong entity among employees. The result of the study also indicated the importance of a strong structure build buy a good dialogue and support between supervisors and employees within an organization.

  • 2.
    Ahlstedt, C.
    et al.
    Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Health Services Research, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Eriksson Lindvall, C.
    Department of Business Studies Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Holmström, Inger K.
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Health Services Research, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Muntlin Athlin, Å.
    Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Health Services Research, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
    What makes registered nurses remain in work?: An ethnographic study2019In: International Journal of Nursing Studies, ISSN 0020-7489, E-ISSN 1873-491X, Vol. 89, p. 32-38Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Registered nurses’ work-related stress, dissatisfaction and burnout are some of the problems in the healthcare and that negatively affect healthcare quality and patient care. A prerequisite for sustained high quality at work is that the registered nurses are motivated. High motivation has been proved to lead to better working results. The theory of inner work life describes the dynamic interplay between a person's perceptions, emotions and motivation and the three key factors for a good working life: nourishment, progress and catalysts. Objectives: The aim of the study was to explore registered nurses’ workday events in relation to inner work life theory, to better understand what influences registered nurses to remain in work. Design: A qualitative explorative study with an ethnographic approach. Methods: Participant observation over four months; in total 56 h with 479 events and 58 informal interviews during observation; all registered nurses employed at the unit (n = 10) were included. In addition, individual interviews were conducted after the observation period (n = 9). The dataset was analysed using thematic analysis and in the final step of the analysis the categories were reflected in relation to the three key factors in theory of inner work life. Results: Nourishment in a registered nurse context describes the work motivation created by the interpersonal support between colleagues. It was important to registered nurses that physicians and colleagues respected and trusted their knowledge in the daily work, and that they felt comfortable asking questions and supporting each other. Progress in the context of registered nurses’ work motivation was the feeling of moving forward with a mix of small wins and the perception of solving more complex challenges in daily work. It was also fundamental to the registered nurses’ development through new knowledge and learning during daily work. Catalysts, actions that directly facilitate the work, were highlighted as the possibility to work independently along with the opportunity to work together with other registered nurses. Conclusion: This study has a number of implications for future work and research on creating an attractive workplace for registered nurses. Working independently, with colleagues from the same profession, integrated with learning, visible progress, and receiving feedback from the work itself, contribute to work motivation. 

  • 3.
    Aliyar, Hannah
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare.
    Anställdas upplevelser av förändringar i kommunal vård och omsrog2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 4.
    Almqvist, Linda
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Groth, Lina
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    "Gneta på...": Hur bör en politiskt styrd organisation agera för att inte påverkas av förändrade förutsättningar? 2012Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    It’s of great importance to implant innovation in organisations that act in an influenced and changeable environment. An organisation that’s affected by for example political decisions has a bigger challenge facing this. We also see that organisations within the service sector and mainly services that occur close to people have a more difficult task when it comes to the subject innovation. There is a limit in efficiency and development within organisations who acts in this area. Because the world always changes we think that organisations always need to face this to be able to deliver, and then it’s important that service companies are aware of the importance of innovation. Innovation within organising need not mean a whole new way of organising, but it can point out knowledge and its flow in the company. Even new ways of thinking who permeates an organisation can be the start of implanting a more innovative environment. We believe that a more proactive action can gain organisations development and efficiency. By this we mean that organisations can work more with their visions of the future and work more active with predicting the future and what it can offer. This can in turn gain implanting of innovation in companies.

  • 5.
    Amsih, Nancy
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Sambandet mellan self-efficacy och kreativitet: En teoretisk studie2009Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Creativity has great influence on society, organisations and individuals. On the basis of behavioristic principles, such as the ones on learning, this study has treated creativity as an opportunity that can be developed by the individual. Self-efficacy, which implies the belief that one is capable of performing in a certain situation, is one of many bricks that help creativity form itself in its special manner. This study has a focus on self-efficacy and those theories that self-efficacy has emerged from, and on creativity. The purpose was to, with help of a literature-study, discuss whether self-efficacy can have a helping hand as well as a damaging effect in the creative activity. Further along the report has shown that the relation between all concepts is a clearly appearing, which has led to an account on how nearly associated they are.  

  • 6.
    Anbäcken, Els-Marie
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.
    RECENSION av boken: Jason Danely (2014). Aging and Loss: Mourning and Maturity in Contemporary Japan.New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press,246 pp. ISBN 978 0 8135 6516 3 (paperback)2016In: International Journal of Ageing and Later Life, ISSN 1652-8670, E-ISSN 1652-8670, Vol. 10, no 2, p. 103-107Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 7.
    Andersson, C Elisabeth
    Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication, Educational Sciences and Mathematics.
    Är det något speciellt med SKOLPROJEKTET?: - utvärdering av en kommunal satsning på skolutveckling2015Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    I denna rapport redovisas resultatet från en utvärdering av ett kommunprojekt inom förskola, grundskola och gymnasium inom Flens kommun, kallat Skolprojektet. Det övergripande målet med projektet har varit att det ska bidra till att alla elever i kommunen successivt nu och i framtiden ska klara godkända resultat i skolan. Tidsperioden för genomförandet av projektet har varit tre år med avslut mars 2015. Konkret har projektet inneburit att främst förskolor, grundskolor, gymnasium och fritidshem och egentligen alla samhällsmedborgare ska involveras i detta projekt, allt för att stödja alla elever till att uppnå måluppfyllelsen.

  • 8.
    Andersson, Camilla
    et al.
    Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Bjärås, Gunilla
    Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Tillgren, Per
    Mälardalen University, Department of Caring and Public Health Sciences.
    Östenson, Claes-Göran
    Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
    A longitudinal assessment of inter-sectoral participation in a community-based diabetes prevention programme2005In: Social Sciences & Medicine, ISSN 0277-9536, Vol. 61, no 11, p. 2407-2422Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    To understand the development of inter-sectoral participation in the three intervention municipalities of Stockholm Diabetes Prevention Programme (SDPP) case studies with a longitudinal assessment were conducted using the spidergram method, document analysis and group discussions. At three time points, the members of the local steering committees assessed the extent of participation from narrow to wide inter-sectoral participation in five key areas: planning, resources, leadership, network and implementation. Wide participation of various interest groups was recognised in planning and implementing activities whereas local resources, the representation of the leadership and the extent of the network were perceived as more restricted. Expert involvement varied during the programme period but was not regarded as exerting control over the local programmes. Participation within the local steering committees decreased, with a stronger focus on the project co-ordinator and other local partners in latter years. The extent of partner engagement increased due to focusing on activities approaching multi-sector collaboration and institutionalisation. Overall, communication and shared responsibility appeared critical in influencing both the development and perception of participation. In conclusion, to understand the dynamic process of participation at different times, areas and levels, the development and use of evaluation designs combining different methods and information sources throughout the lifespan of a project are recommended. 

  • 9.
    Andersson, Carina
    Mälardalen University, Department of Innovation, Design and Product Development.
    Upplevelser av budskap: Fallstudier av hur användare upplever och förstår information i användargränssnitt2007Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
    Abstract [sv]

    När användbarheten studeras av den information som presenteras i ett användargränssnitt på en datorskärm kan det framkomma vad som fungerar effektivt och korrekt. I sådana sammanhang förs sällan någon diskussion om hur den information som presenteras kommunicerar med en användare.

    Syftet med detta forskningsprojekt är att på ett generellt plan öka kunskapen om olika analytiska perspektiv för att studera den information som presenteras i ett användargränssnitt på en datorskärm, som ett led till att skapa begriplig information för människor. Mer preciserat är syftet att få en djupare förståelse för hur en informationslämnare kan kommunicera med en informationsanvändare genom den information som presenteras i ett användargränssnitt. Målet med forskningsprojektet är att presentera ett antal relevanta analytiska perspektiv som kan användas för att beskriva hur presenterad information i ett användargränssnitt kan kommunicera med en användare. Forskningsresultatet bidrar med ett ramverk som kan ligga till grund för ett analysstöd. Forskningsresultatet bidrar även med en ansats för framtida forskning inom området.

    Forskningsprojektet bygger på fyra fallstudier. Analysobjekten i fallstudierna utgörs av fyra olika användargränssnitt på datorskärm, vilka används inom olika myndigheter, organisationer och företag. Vartdera användargränssnittet och dess informationsdesign studeras med hänsyn till: informationslämnarnas önskemål och intentioner, informationsanvändarnas upplevelse och förståelse av information och kontexters påverkan.

    De slutsatser som dras är bland annat att informationsdesign i ett användargränssnitt på datorskärm upplevs och förstås av användare i samklang med inre, när och yttre kontext. Dessa kontexter kan studeras utifrån tre olika perspektiv, ett semiotiskt, ett retoriskt och ett narrativt perspektiv. En sådan analys kan framhäva den kommunikation som sker mellan de budskap som informationslämnaren vill berätta, hur den presenterade informationen i användargränssnittet arrangeras och komponeras och hur olika kontexter påverkar användarnas upplevelse och förståelse av den information som presenteras.

  • 10.
    Anna, Gustafsson
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Implementering av delat ledarskap inom en kommunorganisation2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This report addresses the management innovation and how shared leadership is a form of it. The report is a compilation of what shared leadership means and how two municipal organizations works with shared leadership. The two minicipal organizations are Strängnäs and Vällingby. One municipality (Strängnäs) is meanwhile this report produced during insertion of shared leadership. The other (Vällingby) has about two years experience of working with this form of leadership. The main question for this work is why does a local organization implements shared leadership? Other questions are how does shared leadership work? How does one avoid confusion and ambiguity for employees? What advantages and disadvantages are there with shared leadership? And what can be done better ? Through well- selected literature in the form of books, articles, reports, etc. a picture of how shared leadership is part of a management innovation has been created. To complement this, there have been interviews with unit managers who are working or will be working with shared leadership. The reason for writing this report is that in today's situation there is not much information about shared leadership, much less on shared leadership in the local organizations. The results of this work show that there are many different forms of shared leadership, that there are several different ways to implement shared leadership in a local organization. A form does not need to fit all businesses, but it is important to adapt the leadership mold after their own business. We have listed a number of pros and cons of shared leadership  the opportunities and risks there might be and how best to way implement shared leadership in a organization.

  • 11.
    Asghar, Adeel
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology.
    Khan, Shahid Kalim
    Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology.
    ‘‘How can marketing research help innovative SMEs in exploitation of international opportunities in their early internationalization? ’’ A Swedish Case Study: Role of Market Research in internationalization of SMEs2009Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    DateMay 29th, 2009LevelMaster Thesis in International MarketingAuthorsShahid Kalim Khan: Körsbärsvägen 4b, LAG 218, 11423 Stockholm, Sweden Mob: +46 700641495 Email: iamkalim@gmail.comAdeel Asghar: Rum 235, Kallgatan 1 B, 63226 Eskilstuna, Sweden Mob: +46 700783841 Email: adeel1031@gmail.comTutorDaniel TolstoyTitleHow can marketing research help innovative SMEs in exploitation of international opportunities in their early internationalization? A Swedish Case StudyPurposeSMEs are well known for their innovative and risk taking approach. This study aims at providing them with a strategic framework or method to analyze the marketability of their products or services and exploit internationalization opportunities. It also focuses on helping them in reducing their risks linked with cross border business opportunities.Methodology/DesignThis research is performed through case study method. A new conceptual model has been developed by integrating relevant standard approaches within field of research. This model has been further explained by implementing it on case company (Widforss).ConclusionsThis study claims to make a significant and creative contribution to the field of SMEs internationalization through two theoretical models named as International SME Model of Innovation Exploitation (ISMIE) and Proactive International Entrepreneurship model (PIE). Both of these models use marketing research as key success factor. However, sufficient empirical evidences could not be provided due to limitations. Whereas, the practical contribution for the case firm named as Widforss industries is very evident.

  • 12.
    Astvik, Wanja
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.
    Larsson, Robert
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.
    Welander, Jonas
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.
    Tillit i styrning och ledning för en hållbar arbetsmiljö inom socialtjänsten – en fallstudie av Nyköpings kommun.2018In: Styra och leda med tillit:: Forskning och praktik / [ed] Louise Bringselius, Stockholm: Regeringskansliet , 2018, p. 139-165Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Kapitlet syftar till att beskriva hur en mer tillitsbaserad styrning och ledning kan gestalta sig inom socialtjänstens verksamheter genom en analys av individ- och familjeomsorgen i Nyköpings kommun. Resultaten visar att grunduppdraget, det vill säga det ansvar som verksamheten förväntas ta gentemot medborgarna utifrån lagstiftningen har stort utrymme i styrningen snarare än mål, som de för tillfället styrande politikerna formulerar. Kvantitativa mått kompletteras med kvalitativa verksamhetsbeskrivningar och kontinuerlig dialog om verksamhetens kvalitet, brister och utvecklingsbehov. Ansvarsavgränsningar som inte gynnar klientens bästa kan motverkas genom hur ekonomistyrningen används. Här framstår det som väsentligt att undvika konkurrens, incitament och repressalier i styrningen som leder till fokus på den egna enhetens ekonomi snarare än verksamhetens kvalitet. Styrning och ledning som söker säkerställa förmåga, integritet och hjälpvillighet hänger intimt samman med arbetsmiljöfrågorna. När organisationen identifierar och åtgärdar reella hinder som försvårar ett professionellt socialt arbete är det tydligt att organisation tar ansvar för både verksamhetskvalitet och arbetsmiljö. Att säkerställa integritet och hjälpvillighet innebär också en konsekvent hållning till principer och värderingar som speglar ett offentligt ämbetsmannaetos. Via öppenhet och dialog i organisationen är det de gemensamma värdena som bidrar till ett gemensamt ansvar för verksamhetens kvalitet och en hållbar arbetsmiljö.

  • 13.
    Asztalos Morell, Ildiko
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology.
    Bock, Bettina
    Dynamics of change and reconstitution in hegemonic and rural gender regimes2008In: Gender Regimes, Citizen participation and Rural restructuring, Amsterdam: Elsevier , 2008, p. 347-378Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 14.
    Asztalos Morell, Ildiko
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology. Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology.
    Bock, BettinaUniversity of Wageningen.
    Gender regimes, citizen participation and rural restructuring2008Collection (editor) (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    This book aims to unravel how rural gender regimes are constituted, enforced, made sense of and resisted, and ho struggles of resistance lead to empowerment and change in various countries in the four corners of Europe as well s Australia and India. The book focuses on the intricate relationship between laws and institutions and everyday life. It analyzes on the one hand how laws and institutions are constituted and on the other hand how gender regimes are built at the local rural level, sometimes in compliance with these frames and sometimes contesting them, The articles, in diverse ways, give voice both to women’s struggles for recognition and men’s voices in gendered rural societies. Through applying the concept of the welfare state and gender regimes within rural research, this book contributes to the further development of a comparative theoretical framework for rural gender studies. The importance of integrating rural gender studies into both the mainstreams of rural and feminist research has been emphasized in previous research, as has that of developing comparative analytical frameworks. The conceptual framework adopted in this volume wets out to meet this challenge by approaching rural gender relations and the meeting point of two core research areas: gender regimes and rural transformative processes. Research into gender regimes offers a promising analytical framework for comparing gender relations in diverse rural settings. At the same time, by addressing rural concerns deriving from the specificity of rural transition processes and gender regimes, the approach also contributes to an elucidation of the complexity of citizenship.

  • 15.
    Asztalos Morell, Ildikó
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.
    Can Renewable energy contribute to poverty reduction? A case study on Romafa, a Hungarian Leader2015In: Evaluating the European approach to rural development: Grass-roots experienceso f the LEADER Programme / [ed] Leo Granberg, Kjell andersson and Imre Kovách, Burlington: Ashgate, 2015, p. 183-206Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 16.
    Asztalos Morell, Ildikó
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.
    On the Roma precarious experience facing Pentecostalism2015In: The new social division:: Making and unmaking Precariousness / [ed] Donatella Della Porta, Sakari Hänninen, Martti Siisiäinen & Tiina Silvasti, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, p. 139-158Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 17.
    Asztalos Morell, Ildikó
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.
    Self-sacrificing motherhood: Rhetoric and agency in the era of collectivization in two parallel life-stories"2015In: The Soviet Past in the Post-Soviet Present / [ed] Ilic, Melanie and Leinard, D, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, p. 179-198Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 18.
    Asztalos Morell, Ildikó
    Mälardalen University, Department of Social Sciences.
    The Rise of Agrarian Entrepreneurs in Hungary During the Period of Transition to Capitalism2005In: Gender Transitions in Russia and Eastern Europe, Eslöv: Gondolin , 2005, p. 233-256Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 19.
    Asztalos Morell, Ildikó
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.
    Utmaningar och möjligheter för digitaliserat arbete och organisering – delstudie 7: Digitalisering och förändrade kunskapskrav, flexibilitet, kompetensförsörjning och mångfald2017Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    En av utgångspunkterna för denna studie var att teknik förändrar arbetets villkor, samtidigt som teknik i sig är inte deterministisk. Sättet teknik implementeras bygger på social organisering. Arbetets sociala villkor är drivande för utveckling av tekniken likväl för hur tekniken utnyttjas. Denna studie undersökte olika samband mellan teknologiska utveckling och hur utnyttjandet och utvecklingen av teknik organiseras inom ett metallindustriföretag. För de ena undersöktes styrning, handlingsutrymme, innovation och kunskapsöverföring (del 1) för de andra undersöktes förändrad kunskapskrav, flexibilitet, kompetensförsörjning och mångfald (del 2). Digitalisering av styrningen (IT) och automatisering av maskiner (OT) är två aspekter av teknologiska förändringar som driver utvecklingen framåt.

     

    Kompetens och kunskapskraven för operatörerna har förändrats med digitalisering och automatisering. Paradoxalt arbetsuppgifter både utarmas (tyst kunskap av operatörer standardiseras och utförs av OT styrd teknologi) och blir komplexare (man inte bara övervakar maskiner och IT som styr dem, men behöver även kunna ingripa fysiskt i vissa arbetsmoment eller i fall av ”strul”). Då teknologin är sammanbyggd i löpande band krävs större ansvar för teamet. Är det strul på ett ställe i produktionskedjan, påverkas alla andra.

     

    Operatörsyrken inom metallindustrin ansågs vara typiskt ”manliga” yrken, något som man associerar med tunga lyft och hårda arbetsvillkor. Manlighetsidealen är också kopplade till kontroll över teknik, i motsatts till kvinnlighetsidealen, som är kopplad till omsorg, något som återspeglas i typiska kvinnliga yrken inom omsorg och administration.  Det finns föreställningar digitalisering och automatisering förändrar arbetets innehåll och genom det öppnar för ny organisering av arbete bortom denna könsstereotypiska uppdelning. Vi kan konstatera att digitalisering och automatisering har gjort traditionellt fysisk arbete, så som operatörsyrken inom metallindustri mindre fysiskt krävande. Krav på IT kunnande har ökat, något som tidigare har varit associerad med kvinnliga yrken. Samtidigt digitaliseringen har det lett till att traditionellt kvinnliga yrken, som har använt digital teknologi i uppföljningen av produktionen, har rationaliserats bort. Den nya teknologin har potential att öppna upp för nya sociala mönster, där genusstereotypa åtskillnader kunde lösas upp. Trotts denna öppning verkar att könstereotypa tankesätt finns kvar och könssammansättningen av operatörsyrken domineras fortfarande av män. Studien undersöker bland annat, hur sociala föreställningar om mångfald men även förändrad konkurrens and rekryteringsstrategier bidrar till att förändringsprocessen går sakta, trotts företagets uttalade policy för diversifiering.

     

    Företagets kompetensförsörjningsstrategi förändrades i följd av den ekonomiska krisen och i relation till förändrade efterfrågan på och sammansättningen av arbetskraften. Ökad intern och extern flexibilisering har varit en respons som tillämpas i flera sammanhang.

     

    För det ena, företaget övergick från högkonjunkturens ”öppna porten till samhället” modell där Arbetsförmedlingen och Konvux var viktiga partners för att rekrytera och utbilda efterfrågad arbetskraft till en ny modell i rekrytering. Som följd av ekonomiska krisen rekryteras i nuläget nya operatörer huvudsakligen genom bemanningsföretag. Rekryteringen sker till instegsjobb att täcka tillfälliga fluktuationer p.g.a. sjukdom.

     

    För det andra tillämpas flexibilisering internt. Operatörerna bör lära sig flertal moment i sitt flöde som möjliggör interna omplaceringar. Sådan flexibilitet är även en respons till förändringar i teknologin. Digitaliserad och automatiserad teknologi verkar vara mer känslig till produktionsstopp p.g.a. teknologiskt problem som kan ursaka oplanerade 

  • 20.
    Asztalos Morell, Ildikó
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.
    Voicing Roma Women: Intersectional Marginalities and Social Entrepreneurship of a Roma Women's NGO in Hungary2015In: Institutionalizing Gender Equality: Historical and global Perspectives / [ed] Yulia Gradskova and Sara Sanders, London: Lexington Books, 2015, p. 149-173Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 21.
    Asztalos Morell, Ildikó
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.
    Workfare with a human face?: Innovative utiliziation of public work in rural municipalities in Hungary2014In: Metszetek, ISSN 2063-6415, Vol. 3, no 4Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 22.
    Asztalos Morell, Ildikó
    et al.
    Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Carlbäck, HeleneSödertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden.Hurd, MadeleineSödertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden.Rastbäck, Sara
    Gender Transitions: In Russia and Eastern Europe2005Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 23.
    Asztalos Morell, Ildikó
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.
    Greenfields, Margaret
    Buckinghamshire New Univ, High Wycombe, Bucks, England..
    Smith, David M.
    Anglia Ruskin Univ, Cambridge, England..
    Governing underprivileged Roma migrations within the EU: Receiving country responses and Roma resilience2018In: Local Economy, ISSN 0269-0942, E-ISSN 1470-9325, Vol. 33, no 2, p. 123-126Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 24.
    Axelsson, Karin
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    En analys av Skolverkets satsning på utvecklingsmedel för entreprenörskap i skolan2015Report (Other academic)
  • 25.
    Axelsson, Karin
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation. Stockholms universitet, Sweden.
    Informationens värde och digitalisering ur ett strategiskt styrningsperspektiv: en förstudie inom Trafikverket2018Report (Other academic)
  • 26.
    Axelsson, Tobias
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Personalinvolverat förändringsarbete i industriföretag: Ett verksamhetsledande perspektiv2012Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Title: Workforce involvement innovation in industrial organizations: a management perspective.

     

    Author: Axelsson Tobias

    Tutor: Lindhult Erik

    Mentor: Sjödin Carina

    Subject/curse: Innovation management, KIN190

    Keywords: innovation, management, workforce involvement, organization, industrial sector

    Problem: Scandinavian organizations have a long tradition of workforce involvement and find it essential to have an engaged workforce to handle innovation. Workforce involvement innovation can give many indirect or direct positive effects but the area are (relative) new to the industrial sector. The question that rises is what an industrial sector workforce need to accomplice innovative changes, and what kind of innovative work do they fit for? What possibilities does a workforce have to create ideas in an organization?

    Purpose: With this study the aim is to create a clearer picture about innovative workforce involvement in the industrial sector. The study follows a management perspective and tries to understand workforce involvement through a manager’s eye.

    Method: The study follows a small innovative initiative in which two groups, one internal and one external to a organization use the same material to find innovative solutions to problems in the working environment.  The study is a qualitative action research project, and is focusing on a managers learning process through the project.

    Conclusion: The study shows that internal workforce is suited to create incremental solutions which also are easy to implement. It’s not an easy task and the organization has to be prepared to involve several levels of the workforce. A manager who leads the process has to be prepared to receive a lot of criticism and reserving a lot of time to projects. If it’s a bigger project the organization might need to get external help. The study also shows that the workforce needs support through the whole innovative process in projects. This is even if they work with their own ideas and their own working environment. There is no easy way even if you might think that a workforce should manage to improve their own situation.

    • The workforce needs support all through an innovative project.
    • Managers have to reserve a lot of time to innovative projects.
    • Managers have to realize that they will receive criticism and reflect over there own view about situations.
    • An organization that wants to create innovative changes might need to change work assignments, recruit or hire external help to succeed.
    • Workforce innovation projects should result in a better working organization both by actual solutions but also in the commitment of the work force.
    • Workforce involvement increases organizational internal transparency.
  • 27.
    BACKHAUS, PATRICK
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering. Paderborn University, Germany.
    Dodig-Crnkovic, Gordana
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Wikileaks and Ethics of Whistle Blowing2011Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 28.
    Backström, Lisa
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare.
    "Ett arbete som aldrig kommer att sluta": Mellanchefers upplevelser av det systematiska arbetsmiljöarbetet2014Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Work environment has been an important part of the Swedish working life for a long time and with the help of the Working Environment Law the work environment is mandatory. The purpose of this study was to gain a deeper insight into how the system of middle managers systematic work environment looks like. The question was: How do six middle managers perceive and deal with systematic work environment? A qualitative study was conducted with six middle managers from a global company. During the analysis, there were three main themes to be recognized (cooperation and support facilitates the work environment, problem with the systematic work and difficulties with staff) and six sub themes. The results showed that respondents felt great support from management and safety representatives, which according to the respondents made ​​their systematic work environment easier. In contrast, respondents indicated that work environment was extensive and because of that the experience was that the work never gets finished. It also emerged in the results that the systematic work environment is about trying to change staff attitudes. The conclusion is that systematic work environment is not an easy task for middle managers. Moreover, it seems that systematic work environment also involve working to change attitudes and behaviors. The study wants to contribute to a greater understanding of how the system of middle managers work with the systematic work environment looks like.

  • 29.
    Backström, Tomas
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Olsson, Bengt
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Wilhelmson, L
    Åberg, M M
    Åberg, M
    The Managers’ Directing Task2011Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 30.
    Berglund, Karin
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Danilda, Inger
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Interaktiv kritisk forskning: En arena for omprovning av gemensam kunskap2007In: Gemensamt kunskapande: den interaktiva forskningens praktik, Växjö: Växjö University Press , 2007Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 31.
    Berglund, Karin
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Lindhult, Erik
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Conceptualizing everyday entrepreneurship: The case of college students at the risk of dropping out2007Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 32.
    berglund, roger
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication.
    eriksson, annelie
    Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication.
    teknik: i förskolan och grundskolans tidigare år- finns den?2009Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    teknik, skola, förskola, styrdokument, arbeta praktiskt

  • 33.
    Bergström, Emelie
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering.
    Bird, Johanna
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering.
    "ÄTA BÖR MAN, ANNARS DÖR MAN": En studie om möjligheten till implementering av lakto-ovo-vegetarisk och ekologisk kost i Eskilstuna kommuns förskola2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study was to describe the possibility of implementing a lacto-ovo-vegetarian and organic diet in Eskilstuna municipality’s public preschool. Furthermore the purpose was to identify and describe the most important components involved in the implementation and their influence in the process.  The methods used were a survey based on a literature study. This study includes general information about meat production and consumption and also the use of pesticides in farming. It also brings up the environmental and health effects caused by the previously mentioned areas. The effects caused by meat production and consumption are, among others, greenhouse gas emissions and increased risk of some forms of cancer. The effects of pesticides are not fully stated but present studies indicate that the effects, especially regarding the environment, are negative. The study then narrows and describes the situation and organization in Eskilstuna municipality and finally describes the possible implementation process. The conclusion of the study was that an implementation is possible and a needed step towards a reduction of negative environmental and health impact. Learned habits that are created in an early age can act as a base for present and future challenges. Children will become the consumers of the future. An organic and lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet reduces the amount of antropogenic distributed compounds and greenhouse gases to the environment and can function as an instrument towards the achievement of the Swedish Environmental Objectives. Goals that are set by Eskilstuna municipality can also be favored by an implementation of the suggested diet in the public preschool.

  • 34.
    Bergström, Matz
    Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology.
    Länken mellan plåga och lycka: En kvalitativ studie om sex kvinnliga barnmorskors upplevelser av mening och meningsfullhet i arbete2011Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Paid work is a major part of most people’s life. It is therefore important for individuals, and society as a whole, that there is meaning in the work being performed and it is perceived as meaningful. Midwives belong to a category of workers who perceive their work as meaningful. The intention of this qualitative interview study was to explore what six female midwives perceived as the meaning of work from an individual and society perspective. The aim was also to reveal what they perceived as meaningful in their work. By using a phenomenological method the essence of the midwives experiences was revealed. The concept of meaning in this study is to be understood as the aim or value of work. Meaningfulness is the concept used to describe a deeper meaning of work. The theoretical framework is based upon three generalised work aims, working for: 1) Financial resources. 2) Social needs and the need for self fulfilment. 3) Other people’s needs. The result shows that on an individual level the midwives experienced meaning in their work due to its changeable nature, which includes variations in tempo and encounters with different colleagues and patients. The meaning of work on a societal level was to create positive experiences among patients based on how there were treated. Good treatment generates positive images of the health care system and also of having children. Experiences of meaningfulness are based in the patient´s need for the midwives competence, and their involvement in other people’s unique life experience. Midwives value working for other people and benefiting society; this gives them an altruistic attitude towards work. They work with the intimacies of life, and their role influences other people’s lives, which contributes to the midwives feeling of having a meaningful job.

  • 35. Bernhard-Oettel, Claudia
    et al.
    Isaksson, Kerstin
    Mälardalen University, Department of Social Sciences.
    Work related well-being and job characteristics among temporary workers in Sweden2005In: Employment Contracts and Well-being among European Workers, Ashgate, Aldershot , 2005, p. 177-200Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 36.
    Biesta, Gert
    University of Stirling.
    Building bridges or building people? On the role of engineering in education2009In: Journal of Curriculum Studies, ISSN 0022-0272, no 41 (1), p. 13-16Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 37.
    Biesta, Gert
    Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication.
    Foundations of democratic education: Kant, Dewey, Arendt2007In: Democratic practices as learning opportunities / [ed] R. van der Veen, D. Wildemeersch, J. Youngblood & V. Marsic, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers , 2007, p. 7-18Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 38.
    Biesta, Gert
    University of Stirling.
    What kind of citizenship for European Higher Education?: Beyond the competent active citizen2009In: European Educational Research Journal, ISSN 1474-9041, Vol. 8, no 2, p. 146-157Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 39.
    Biesta, Gert
    et al.
    University of Stirling.
    Simons, M
    Higher education and European citizenship as a matter of public concern2009In: European Educational Research Journal, ISSN 1474-9041, Vol. 8, no 2, p. 142-145Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 40.
    Björkman, Christina
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden.
    Elovaara, Pirjo
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden.
    Trojer, Lena
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden.
    Feminist Technoscience Rearranging in the Black Box of Information Technology2007In: Gender Designs IT: Construction and Deconstruction of Information Society Technology, Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2007, p. 79-94Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    What kind of focus will feminist research develop at a technical university, where information technology (IT)38 constitutes the overarching research field? In this article we want to illustrate this question with the core issues that we have identified, as well as to animate these with the authors’ stories. Finally, we want to propose a short agenda of issues and challenges for future feminist technoscience research.

  • 41.
    Blomberg, Eva
    Mälardalen University, Department of Social Sciences.
    Gender Relations in Iron Mining Communities in Sweden, 1900-19402006In: Mining Women: Gender in the Development of a Global Industry, 1670 to 2005, Palgrave Macmillan, New York/Basingstoke , 2006Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 42.
    Blomberg, Eva
    Mälardalen University, Department of Social Sciences.
    Vill ni se en stjärna?: Kön, kropp och kläder i Filmjournalen 1919-19532006Book (Other academic)
  • 43.
    Blomkvist, Pär
    et al.
    KTH, Stockholm.
    Johansson, Petter
    KTH, Stockholm.
    A Dynamic Mind. Perspectives on Industrial Dynamics in Honour of Staffan Laestadius2016Book (Refereed)
  • 44.
    Bockgård, Gustav
    et al.
    Uppsala universitet, Seminariet för nordisk namnforskning.
    Tunón, HåkanUppsala universitet, Centrum för biologisk mångfald.
    Gäller vanligt folkvett också för akademiker?: Rapport från ett seminarium om makt och etik2010Conference proceedings (editor) (Other academic)
  • 45.
    Bodén, Elin
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication.
    Hammer, Sofie
    Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication.
    Genusstruktur i barnböcker för förskolebarn2008Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 points / 15 hpStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Denna studies syfte är att undersöka på vilket sätt genus framställs i böcker för barn i förskoleåldern. Det som genomsyrar arbetets syfte är om böcker för barn i förskoleåldern är stereotypa eller inte. I studien har åtta barnböcker undersökts och analyserats utifrån genus. Dessutom har undersökts, genom intervjuer med sex yrkesverksamma förskollärare, hur medvetna pedagoger är om genus i barnböcker. Detta är en kvalitativ studie, det vill säga en småskalig studie. I studien har framkommit att tidigare forskning i ämnet menar att barnböcker är stereotypa i sitt innehåll. Författarna till denna studie har kommit fram till liknande resultat, att de allra flesta barnböcker framställer stereotypa bilder av flickor och pojkar, men menar att författare till barnböcker även försöker förmedla en utmanande bild ur genussynpunkt. I studien har genom intervjuer med förskollärare framkommit att förskollärare i dagens förskola anser sig sakna kunskaper om genus samt ha få kunskaper om vad barnböcker förmedlar om genus.

  • 46.
    Bozic, Nina
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    Integrated Model of Innovative Competence2017In: Journal of Creativity and Business Innovation, ISSN 2351-6186, Vol. 3, p. 140-169Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This conceptual article contributes to understanding of individual innovative competence by providing a comprehensive view of the concept, integrating different theories from innovation management into one model and linking it to the theory from studies of competence, where Illeris (2013) competence model is taken as the base. The contribution of this article is to fill the gap in existing innovation management theory where most researchers focus only on specific dimensions of innovative competence. The proposed integrated model of innovative competence was developed based on a systematic literature review, using the ISI Web of Knowledge database for Social Science domain between 1980-2016, and different combinations of words “individual” and “innovation” with terms “competence”, “behavior”, “skill”, “attitude” and “trait”, as search words. It shows how individuals need to combine different knowledge, personality traits, functional and interactive skills to demonstrate innovative behavior in practice. There is a certain ambidexterity or two-sidedness in the elements of innovative competence that enables individual to move between exploration of opportunities and generation of ideas on one hand, and implementation and exploitation of ideas on the other. The model can be used in different ways, both in teaching and in organizations. Teachers can use it as a reflection tool to increase understanding of innovative competence among students, but also as the basis for developing practice-based curriculum for strengthening innovative competence among students. Organizations can use the model both as a support in recruiting innovative talent, assessing and developing innovation as a core competence among employees, and when forming innovative teams. 

  • 47.
    Bozic, Nina
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    The impact of contemporary dance methods on innovative competence development2018In: Journal of Business Research, ISSN 0148-2963, E-ISSN 1873-7978, ISSN 0148-2963, Vol. 85, p. 494-503Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The article presents a case of Swedish municipality to demonstrate how principles from contemporary dance and choreography can be used to design and implement long-term artistic interventions on strategic level and enable employees ́ innovative competence development. The study described is a 2-year participatory action research project with practice-based training for 22 innovation leaders from different parts of organization. The results show that dance-based methods enabled participants to develop different innovative skills and strengthened their innovative competence. Unique contributions of dance methods are highlighted with the focus on pro- viding a more humanistic and bottom-up approach to enabling innovation, balancing external organizational goals with the needs and drives of each individual. Choreographic tools provided an innovative frame of thinking about using body, movement, space and time in new ways in everyday work to enable individuals to feel better, develop their personal innovative practice and create conditions they need to be innovative. 

  • 48.
    Bozic Yams, Nina
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Choreographing creative processes for innovation2015In: Artistic Interventions in Organizations: Research, Theory and Practice, Routledge, 2015Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This book chapter describes some concepts and tools from contemporary dance and choreography that provide new insights about enabling innovation in organizations. A choreographic perspective of innovation process with four iterative stages (tuning-in, exploration, reflection and sharing) is presented as an alternative view to existing models in innovation management theory. It is shown how choreographic thinking about using body, space, time and composition was applied in an innovation process designed for a group of practitioners from different companies and public organizations. Positive effects and limitations of this approach are presented and questions for future research suggested.

  • 49.
    Brannemo, Anette
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Granlund, Åsa
    Jackson, Mats
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Need for strategic rightsourcing decision model: - case studies at ABB and Volvo2004In: Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Tools and Methods of Competitive Engineering TMCE 2004, 2004Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 50.
    Broström, Robert
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare.
    Den nya teknikens betydelse för ett arbetsliv utan gränser: En intervjustudie om tjänstemäns erfarenheter av att balansera arbete och fritid i relation till ny teknik2014Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Den här kvalitativa intervjustudien syftar till att undersöka svenska yrkesverksamma tjänstemäns erfarenheter av att balansera arbete och fritid i relation till ny teknik. Den nya tekniken i form av bärbara datorer och smarta telefoner med mera har inneburit att förutsättningarna för den arbetande befolkningen att hantera gränser mellan de två sfärerna arbete och fritid kan ha förvanskat, med ökade risker för konflikt som följd. Hur förhåller sig yrkesverksamma tjänstemän, som är en yrkesgrupp som till stor del använder sig av ny teknik, till ett allt mer gränslöst arbetsliv? Resultaten visar att tjänstemän från tre olika sektorer i en mellansvensk kontext anpassar sitt användande av den nya tekniken utifrån tre olika kategorier i syfte att balansera arbetslivet och privatlivet. Tjänstemännen anpassar sitt användande utifrån sin yrkesmässiga rutin och genom självinsikt. De anpassar sitt användande utifrån olika personliga preferenser och till sist anpassar de sitt användande utifrån de förväntningar som ställs från till exempel kunder och familj. Konsekvenser av detta som framstår som viktiga att ta med sig i förståelsen för yrkesverksammas önskemål gällande den nya tekniken och dess betydelse för balans diskuteras.

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