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  • 1951.
    Ulvenblad, Pia
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Knowledge Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Research (KEEN).
    Berggren, Eva
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Knowledge Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Research (KEEN).
    Winborg, Joakim
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Knowledge Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Research (KEEN).
    The role of entrepreneurship education and start-up experience for handling communication and liability of newness2013In: International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, ISSN 1355-2554, E-ISSN 1758-6534, Vol. 19, no 2, p. 187-209Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose – The aim of this study is to test the assumption that ability to handle communication and iability of newness (LoN) is enhanced by academic entrepreneurship education and/or previous start-upexperience.

    Design/methodology/approach – The data collection includes a questionnaire with a total sample of 392 responding entrepreneurs in Sweden. Statistical analyses are made between entrepreneurs with academic entrepreneurship education respectively previous start-up experience. Findings – The findings show that entrepreneurs with experience from entrepreneurship education report more developed communicative skills in the dimensions of openness as well as adaptation, whereas the dimension of other-orientation is found to be learned by previous start-up experience. When it comes to perceived problems related to LoN the differences between the groups were not as strong as assumed. However, the differences observed imply that also for handling LoN the authors identify a combined effect of possessing start-up experience as well as experience from entrepreneurship education. Consequently, entrepreneurs with experience from both, show in total the most elaborated skills.

    Practical implications – One way to improve future entrepreneurship educations is to make students more aware of the mutual profit in a business agreement and how to communicate this in a marketing situation. Another suggestion is to include starting business as a course work.

    Originality/value – This study not only meets the call for actual outcome from entrepreneurship educations in terms of changed behaviour but also for interdisciplinary research in the entrepreneurship field in integrating leadership research with focus on communication.

  • 1952.
    Ulvenblad, Pia
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET), Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Knowledge Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Research (KEEN).
    Blomkvist, Marita
    Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET), Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Knowledge Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Research (KEEN).
    Winborg, Joakim
    Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET), Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Knowledge Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Research (KEEN).
    Academic entrepreneurship: the structure of incubator management and best practice reported on Swedish business incubators websites2011In: International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, ISSN 1476-1297, E-ISSN 1741-8054, Vol. 12, no 4, p. 445-458Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this paper is to describe the extent and content of information regarding incubator management structure, selection, support and network mediation on Swedish incubators websites and analyse connections between how different incubator management structure have an impact on the content of incubator best practice. The data is based on information reported on 44 incubator websites in Sweden processed within the SPSS system. The findings show that incubators with more male representation in board and coach/advisor personnel report a more active part in business support including network mediation.

  • 1953.
    Ulvenblad, Pia
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).
    Cederholm Björklund, Jennie
    The Rural Economy and Agricultural Society, Lilla Böslid, Sweden.
    A leadership development programme for agricultural entrepreneurs in Sweden2018In: The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, ISSN 1389-224X, E-ISSN 1750-8622, Vol. 24, no 4, p. 327-343Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose:

    This article describes the five-phase process of a leadership development programme conducted with agricultural entrepreneurs who own and manage dairy farms in Sweden. The programme primarily focused on leadership of employees and on self-leadership. The article’s purpose is to present a template for leadership development programmes that can be used in the agricultural sector and in other industry sectors as well.

    Design/Methodology:

    The empirical data come from interviews with agricultural entrepreneurs, agricultural advisors and authors of a book on leadership in its various forms. Observations were also conducted of the instruction in the leadership development programme.

    Findings:

    First, agricultural entrepreneurs (and possibly entrepreneurs in other sectors) benefit from leadership development programmes in which the concept and practice of self-leadership are emphasized. Second, such programmes are more valuable to participants if other actors (e.g. academics and advisors) are participants. Third, coaches are useful as support for the programmes’ participants. Practical Implications: An implication of this study is the finding that working with the knowledge transfer and dissemination to advisors and entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector can enhance leadership competences in the industry. Role transformation (e.g. advisor to coach) can also enhance the transfer of such leadership competences.

    Theoretical implications:

    An implication for theory is to include a self-leadership module in leadership theories about learning leadership in development programmes.

    Originality/Value:

    Knowledge transfer and dissemination through leadership development programmes for agricultural advisors and entrepreneurs can have a beneficial effect on industry leadership and management. In addition to the traditional leadership skills that many leadership development programmes teach, such programmes also need to emphasize self-leadership.

  • 1954.
    Ulvenblad, Pia
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).
    Hoveskog, Maya
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).
    Tell, Joakim
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).
    Ulvenblad, Per-Ola
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).
    Ståhl, Jenny
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).
    Barth, Henrik
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).
    Agricultural business model innovation in Swedish food production: The influence of self-leadership and lean innovation2014Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This conceptual paper focuses on the need for knowledge in leadership, organization and innovative thinking that exist in primary production throughout the value chain from the farm to the final consumer. There are also needs in terms of improving and developing the entire value chain from the farm to the final consumer. Self-leadership and lean innovation is in this paper proposed to enhance the possibilities for business model innovation in the food production. The aims of the paper are two folded; Firstly, the aim is to present a framework containing self-leadership and lean innovation and how these theoretical approaches can facilitate and shape business model innovation in the agricultural sector. Secondly, the aim is to show a way of working with this problem area in order to meet these needs in the agricultural sector. A framework for business model innovation is presented as well as an interactive research design addressing the problem area in terms of action research in which learning networks is an important concept. The paper concludes with suggestions for future research challenges. 

  • 1955.
    Ulvenblad, Pia
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Knowledge Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Research (KEEN).
    Ulvenblad, Per-Ola
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Knowledge Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Research (KEEN).
    Bank Financing of the Innovative Firms – How Do Bank Officers Perceive the Communication of the Entrepreneur?2012Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 1956.
    Ulvenblad, Pia
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Knowledge Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Research (KEEN).
    Winborg, Joakim
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Knowledge Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Research (KEEN).
    Billström, Anders
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Knowledge Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Research (KEEN).
    Entrepreneurs’ perceptions of stakeholder importance and timing - A Pecking Order Stakeholder (POS) perspective of incubator businesses2012Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 1957.
    Valassis, Kostantin
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET).
    de Rosen, Yannick
    Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET).
    Adaptation/Standardization of SMEs’ Marketing Mix Elements across borders2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Nowadays, the globalization phenomena makes companies of every size think beyond domestic market. However, implement an international strategy that is efficient is not a simple task for firms. Indeed, companies have to respond to market specific context while they have different characteristics. In the literature, with regard to the adaptation/standardization of the marketing mix, most of the researches have built their theories upon the analysis of multinationals’ cases. Little attention has been paid on the cases of SMEs although in different topics of interest it has been seen that these two types of companies do not behave exactly the same ways. Therefore, this thesis aims to find the reasons affecting the SME’s decision of adapting/standardizing the marketing mix and how do they proceed to do so.

    A qualitative research has been done with one Belgian small-medium enterprise (Bruyere) that evolves in the chocolate industry and more precisely in the market of pralines. The data gathered, thanks to the interview of two managers of Bruyerre, are structured with the theoretical framework beforehand developed. The analysis and discussion section contrasts and compares the theoretical framework and the data gathered.

    The research brought specific and significant findings about the small-medium Belgian enterprise (Bruyerre). Beyond general factors affecting their decisions either to adapt or standardize the element of the marketing mix strategy across nations, in this case, we found that managers have to build strong relationships with their partners across nations, take into consideration the nature of their product when deciding the strategy of adaptation/standardization and be flexible for their partners’ requests.

  • 1958.
    van den Brink, Jakob Jan
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Centre for International Marketing and Entrepreneurship Research (CIMER).
    Martensson, Jesper
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Centre for International Marketing and Entrepreneurship Research (CIMER).
    Entry mode decision for Swedish business-to-business firms internationalizing to India2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    AbstractTitleEntry mode decision for Swedish business-to-business firms internationalizing to India. AuthorsJesper Mårtensson, Joep van den BrinkSubjectMaster Thesis in International Marketing KeywordsInternationalization, Entry Mode, BRIC-markets, Internal & External Factors, Effectuation & Causation. Question(s)How do internal and external factors influence the entry mode decision for Swedish business-to-businessfirms internationalizing to India?How can the entry mode decision process be characterized for Swedish business-to-businessfirms when internationalizing to India?How does the entry mode, used by Swedish business-to-business firms in India, follows the Transaction Cost Approach to entry modes and the Resource Based Approach to entry modes?PurposeThe purpose of this study is to get a deeper understanding of how internal and external factors influence the entry mode decision forSwedish business-to-business firms that internationalize to India. Furthermore, the study aims at bringing in a process-based view of the entry mode decision literature.The study also aims to investigate entry modes used in India to see how it followsthe recommendations of the transaction cost and the Resource Based explanation to entry mode choice. MethodQualitative multiple case study consisting of three cases. The data was collected through personal interviews. The cases have been analyzed using a within-case analysis and a cross-case analysis.ConclusionThe findings of our study show that firms evaluate just a few internal and external factors when internationalizing to India. As can be derived from our study, the product has an importantinfluence on the entry mode decision for the investigated firms. The more standardized a product is, the easier it is to penetrate the Indian market using low-control entry modes. The higher the complexity of the product, the more knowledge is required from the firm and thus, the higher the likelihood for a firm to internationalize to the Indian market using high-control entry modes. It is also shown that firms tend to rely on earlier experiences when internationalizing to India, whereas this could limit the firms for choosing the right entry mode. Furthermore, the specific market barriers for the Indian market have an influence on the entry mode decision as well. It is also found that firms that have a causational approach to foreign entry mode will not allow for a rapid switch in the level of foreign involvement before they have reliable information as a base for the decision. The firms with an effectual approach made their entry mode decision based on selecting an entry mode with low resource commitment, seeing their achieved turnovers in India as a bonus.

  • 1959.
    van Ees, Hans
    et al.
    University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands.
    Gabrielsson, Jonas
    Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
    Huse, Morten
    BI Norwegian School of Management, Oslo, Norway & Tor Vergata University, Rome, Italy.
    Toward a Behavioral Theory of Boards and Corporate Governance2009In: Corporate governance: An International Review, ISSN 0964-8410, E-ISSN 1467-8683, Vol. 17, no 3, p. 307-319Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Manuscript Type: Review

    Research Question/Issue: A coherent alternative to an economic approach of corporate governance is missing. In this paper we take steps towards developing a behavioral theory of boards and corporate governance.

    Research Findings/Results: Building upon concepts such as political bargaining, routinization of decision making, satisficing, and problemistic search, a behavioral theory of boards and corporate governance will focus more on (1) interactions and processes inside and outside the boardroom; (2) the fact that decision making is made by coalitions of actors and objectives are results of political bargaining; and (3) the notion that not only conflicting, but also cooperating, interests are parts of the boards' decision making and control over firm resources.

    Theoretical Implications: The consequences are a new research agenda for boards and corporate governance. The agenda will focus on actual instead of stylized descriptions of board behavior. In a behavioral perspective the emphasis on problems of coordination, exploration, and knowledge creation may dominate over problems of conflict of interest, exploitation, and the distribution of value. A future research agenda based on a behavioral framework calls for novel and adventurous research designs.

    Practical Implications: A behavioral theory of boards and corporate governance will be closer to actual board behavior than the traditional economic approach and research about boards and corporate governance may thus become more actionable for practitioners. © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  • 1960.
    van Huizen, Elina
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
    Olsson, Sara
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
    Hybridisering i statligt ägda bolag: En fallstudie av Lernia AB2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Sedan bolagiseringen av statliga affärsverk och myndigheter har staten börjat äga aktiebolag. Dessa bolag har två styrlogiker, affärsmässighet och demokrati, vilket innebär att de både har ett vinstintresse och ett samhällsintresse. Bolag som har båda dessa egenskaper kallas för hybridorganisationer. På grund av dessa intressen, som anses vara motstridiga, blir en hybridorganisation komplex (Thomasson, 2013). Denna studie studerar således hur hybridisering kan uppfattas i statligt ägda bolag med fokus på bolagets mål och identitet. Studien består av en fallstudie av Lernia AB, ett statligt ägt bolag som är verksamma inom bemanningsbranschen. Till grund för studien ligger material kring hybridisering och statligt ägda bolag men också ekonomistyrning och målstyrning, vilket beskrivs i den teoretiska referensramen i kapitel tre samt kapitel fyra. Primärdata, som presenteras i studiens femte kapitel, samlades in genom intervjuer med fyra av Lernias medarbetare. Dessa har någon form av ansvar och arbetar på olika nivåer i företaget. I sjätte kapitlet analyseras den teoretiska referensramen tillsammans med empirin. Resultaten från studien, som presenteras i studiens sjunde kapitel, visar på att målen i hybridiserade statligt ägda bolag, präglas av ett samhällsintresse och ett vinstintresse, där det även finns en balans dem emellan. Således styrs bolaget av båda styrlogikerna, vilket kännetecknar hybridorganisationer. Däremot präglas företagets identitet av ett stort samhällsintresse, vilket styr företaget och dess medarbetare i sättet av vara och agera. Denna studie visar också på att vilket mål som de anställda tycker är viktigast varierar utifrån vilken kunskap, position och egenskaper de har, vilket tydligt visar på att organisationen är hybridiserad. 

  • 1961.
    Van Schuppen, Henk-Jan
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET).
    Hrakhouskaya, Maryia
    Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET).
    Development of a conceptual framework of motivators for professionals in a multicultural organization with a hybrid R&D structure: How to avoid carrot management2011Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study was set out to design a conceptual framework of motivation practices for multicultural organizations with a hybrid R&D structure. We derive four separate motivational needs from specific cultural dimensions. These motivational needs give us the possibility to link certain motivational practices with the cultural settings. A case study was conducted in order to provide empirical support for the conceptual framework.

  • 1962.
    Van Schuppen, Henk-Jan
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET).
    Strutz, Burkhard
    Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET).
    The effect of knowledge sharing: A study of the influence of knowledge sharing on strategic alliance performance2010Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This master’s thesis was performed with the purpose of analysing the influence of knowledge sharing on the performance of strategic alliances. For responding to the research question, a deductive approach was chosen; first, a theoretical model, based on existing theories about knowledge sharing in strategic alliances, was developed, which was then transformed into hypotheses; this was followed by a survey among 50 manufacturing firms within the EU. The empirical data was thereafter analysed and the hypotheses were tested through a regression analysis. The study revealed several results: (a) it became apparent throughout the theoretical research, that knowledge sharing is not directly measurable, but had to be described by its composing aspects; (b) the results obtained through the regression analysis showed that (1) the trust among the alliance partners, (2) the degree to which the firms’ shared knowledge is explicit, and (3) the degree to which the contributed knowledge is related to the firm’s core knowledge, have a positive impact on the performance of an alliance.

  • 1963.
    van Vugt, Maik
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
    Bizzotto, Marta
    Halmstad University.
    Critical Success Factors of Mobile platforms in the Start-up Phase2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 1964.
    van Vugt, Maik
    et al.
    Halmstad University.
    Jacobsen, Ole
    Halmstad University.
    Applying the value grid model; an examination of Google2017Student paper other, 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In the last twenty years, Google had a tremendous growth, from a small project of two PhD students to one of the most valuable companies on the globe. This growth is characterised by the versatile of the company, next to its search engine, Google explored many different value chains along the way. In this study, the value grid model is used to examine their movements. It can be stated that Google used, and uses, the paths/dimension as implied by Pil and Holweg (2006) to explore new opportunity and demand. The main reason why Google is able to do so is because of its board and management, who are innovative, and open-minded. Next to the top management is the appearance of Google in many different sectors and value chains a reason of their growth. The variety in businesses allows them to create a “Google experience”, and thus a competitive advantage in comparison with their main competitors who do not have this ability. 

  • 1965.
    VENKATESH, UMA DEVI
    Halmstad University.
    CRITIC OF A BOOK: BENEFITS OF PRIVATE AND PUBLIC INTELLIGENCE2012Student paper other, 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 1966.
    VENKATESH, UMA DEVI
    Halmstad University.
    LITERATURE REVIEW ON BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE: BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE SOFTWARE FOR EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS2012Student paper other, 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 1967.
    VENKATESH, UMA DEVI
    Halmstad University.
    QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS OF VALUE GRID MODEL: DEVELOPING VALUE GRID MODEL FOR IKEA FROM VALUE CHAIN ANALYSIS2012Student paper other, 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 1968.
    VENKATESH, UMA DEVI
    Halmstad University.
    QUALTITATIVE ANALYSIS OF BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE: BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE FOR IBM WITH SMARTER SELF-SERVICE ANALYTICS2012Student paper other, 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 1969. Verhoeven, Peter
    et al.
    Sha, Nana
    A study based on Kano model to improve satisfaction of students at university libraries in Sweden2017Student paper other, 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This paper designed the questionnaire for the case and combines the Kano Model with the LibQUAL+TM model to understand the students’ perception and expectation of the library service quality in Sweden. Also, find a specific way to improve the satisfaction of the students.

  • 1970.
    Victor, Mofjell
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
    Case studies about swedish companies2016Student paper other, 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose with this paper is to investigate and get deeper understanding of case studies about Swedish companies. I will focus on the way the case studies have been constructed, the purposes of the studies and how well the findings may be implemented to other contexts. I find this interesting because case studies are something that can benefit every company in other to in some way improve and streamline the business. The data used in this paper will be obtained from various case studies within the subject “Swedish companies” and therefore analyzed to draw conclusions.

    The findings from this study is that every case study is unique, and there is not one single, optimal way to construct a case study. One must take the purpose of the study into consideration and establish the study from this. However, there are common traits between case studies, such as the ways of obtaining data for the studies and the uniqueness of research question. How well the findings of a case study can be generalized to other contexts also depends on the uniqueness of the purpose of the study.

  • 1971.
    Victor, Mofjell
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
    Factors for universities to consider for trade shows: Exhibit marketing for universities2017Student paper other, 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This paper investigates factors universities should consider when attending trade shows. The findings are based both on earlier studies, but also a research on this subject. The purpose of this study is to examine important aspects of exhibit marketing for universities which subsequently could be improved to improve the performance at a trade show. The findings of this study are that the booth staff, the layout of the booth, pre-show communication with the desired audience, among others, are important factors for universities to consider when attending trade show.

  • 1972.
    Victor, Mofjell
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
    How could universities use trade shows better?: Exhibit marketing for universities2017Student paper other, 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 1973.
    Videmann, Jordan
    et al.
    Halmstad University.
    Depestele, Valentin
    Halmstad University.
    Effect of music on customer's behavior in ourchassing process2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Marketing is a tool that must always be sharpened to meet the market needs. In a world of constant evolution, marketers are looking for new ways to attract and capture the attention of consumers. The emergence of new forms of marketing makes sales experience increasingly rich and increasingly difficult. The points of sale must offer originality to rival and beat the competition in all aspects. The use and stimulation of the senses through sensory marketing makes more satisfactory consumer experience and allows to differentiate in the market. Different theories say that music is an atmospheric element that influences consumer behavior. However, these writings do not take into account demographic factors. Nevertheless a difference between generation is present in the way of consuming. The study is focused on Generation Y in order to know the specificities of this one. In fact, generation Y has evolved in a very intense musical framework and it would be interesting to observe their behavior in-store face a stimulus in order to analyze the influence.

  • 1974.
    Viksten, Annelie
    Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET).
    Vilka faktorer påverkar storleken på biståndet?2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Då bistånd i många fall inte fungerat som förväntat har det bildats stark kritik där man menar att det är ineffektivt. En del av biståndsforskningen tittar på vilka faktorer som kan göra biståndet effektivare.Debatten har resulterat i att man i Sverige år 2007 genomförde en Landfokusering där valde man ut 33 länder för fortsatt samarbete. År 2011 har dock ingen större skillnad skett i hur många länder Sverige ger bistånd till. I den här uppsatsen genomförs en ekonometrisk tvärsnittsanalys där jag vill studera sambandet mellan storleken på biståndet år 2011 och ett antal förklarande variabler.Mitt resultat indikerar att Sverige ger mycket till länder som redan får mycket bistånd av andra. Resultatet visar även att Sverige ger mer till de 33 utvalda samarbetsländerna än övriga biståndsmottagare.

  • 1975.
    Vlahek, Davor
    et al.
    Halmstad University.
    Sjöstrand, Maria
    Halmstad University.
    Arbetskraftskostnadens inverkan på sysselsattningen och arbetslösheten2010Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 1976.
    Voordeckers, Wim
    et al.
    Hasselt University, Hasselt, Belgium.
    Van Gils, Anita
    Maastricht University, Maastricht, Netherlands.
    Gabrielsson, Jonas
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL). Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
    Politis, Diamanto
    Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
    Huse, Morten
    University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany & Department of Communication and Culture, Norwegian School of Management BI, Oslo, Norway.
    Board structures and board behaviour: A cross-country comparison of privately held SMEs in Belgium, the Netherlands and Norway2014In: International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics, ISSN 1477-9048, E-ISSN 1741-802X, Vol. 9, no 2, p. 197-219Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this study, we examine and compare formal board structures and actual board behaviour in privately held SMEs. We integrate and build on ideas from institutional theory and the behavioural theory of the firm to propose that privately held firms have specific governance needs that 'decouple' formal board structures from actual board behaviour. Following this logic, we expect board structures to vary across countries while board behaviour does not. We test this in a cross-country sample of SMEs in Belgium, the Netherlands and Norway. The empirical results support the proposition that board structures are largely decoupled from actual board behaviour in privately held SMEs. Overall, the findings imply that it is possible to coordinate and disseminate board development research and practice across countries despite national differences in formal board structures. Copyright © 2014 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

  • 1977.
    Vriens, Dirk
    et al.
    Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands.
    Solberg Søilen, Klaus
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Centre for International Marketing and Entrepreneurship Research (CIMER).
    Disruptive intelligence - How to gather information to deal with disruptive innovations2014In: Journal of Intelligence Studies in Business, ISSN 2001-015X, E-ISSN 2001-015X, Vol. 4, no 3, p. 63-78Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Disruptive innovations are innovations that have the capacity to transform a whole business into one with products that are more accessible and affordable (cf. Christensen et al. 2009). As Christensen et al. argue no business is immune to such disruptive innovations. If these authors are right, it might be relevant to be able to recognize these innovations before they disrupt a business. Incumbents may use this information to protect their business and others may use it to participate in the disruption. Either way, gathering information about potential disruptive innovations is a relevant activity. The production of this information (we call this information "disruptive Intelligence") is the topic of this paper. In particular, we analyze disruptive innovation theory and formulate several intelligence topics which may help in predicting disruptive innovations. In addition, we formulate several ’biases’ which may impair the production of ’disruptive intelligence’.

  • 1978.
    Vu-Thi, Xoan
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
    Stenberg, Emma
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
    A Literature Review of the field of Knowledge Management Systems2017Student paper other, 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Knowledge Management Systems (KMS) studies, with roots from the information theory, knowledge and knowledge management (KM) has increased during the past years and moved to a broader spread of occupations. Therefore, a need of a literature review on the field of KMS arose and is fulfilled in this article. From selected ample scientific articles in the field some major similarities and controversies as well as research gaps were discovered.  Conclusions from the review result in that even if there are some differences in the field regarding knowledge and KM most authors agree on the bases of KMS. Another conclusion result in a connection to the information theory that mainly concern about information exchange and the relevant process, which was first developed by the founder Claude E. Shannon from the thematic school.  

  • 1979.
    Vu-Thi, Xoan
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
    Stenberg, Emma
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
    Local History of Scania: The Embedded Drivers in Movement from Agriculture to Industry2017Student paper other, 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 1980.
    Vu-Thi, Xoan
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
    Stenberg, Emma
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
    Local-History-of-Scania-the-embedded-drivers-in-movement-from-agriculture-to-industry-Stenberg-Vu-Thi2017Student paper other, 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Scania is well known for its agriculture, previously the region consisted of mostly agricultural landscape and farming. Scania is the wealthiest part in Sweden of agricultural landscape and stands out from the rest of the country’s landscape. In the late eighteenth century the industrialization came to the region and the agriculture developed in pace with the industry. Most previous studies have described the evolution from agriculture to industrialization and urbanization of the region but seemed to fail to investigate the embedded drivers that drove the transformation. Therefore this study investigated embedded drivers during the period from agriculture to industrialization in the region of Scania. The result showed that factors of agricultural transformation, social change and entrepreneurship were the key embedded drivers for transformation.

  • 1981.
    Wagner, Beverly
    et al.
    Department of Marketing, Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow, UK.
    Svensson, Göran
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Centre for International Marketing and Entrepreneurship Research (CIMER). Oslo School of Management, Oslo, Norway.
    A framework to navigate sustainability in business networks: The transformative business sustainability (TBS) model2014In: European Business Review, ISSN 0955-534X, E-ISSN 1758-7107, Vol. 26, no 4, p. 340-367Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose

    – The purpose of this paper is to describe a transformative business sustainability (TBS) model of stakeholders and sources in sustainable business practices with an interface and exchange node of resource residuals.

    Design/methodology/approach

    – The research is based upon a grounded methodology drawn from four in-depth case studies, spanning over six years in different countries and industries. Data were gathered from multiple sources, and interview transcriptions were returned to interviewees for clarification, accuracy, final proofreading and approval.

    Findings

    – The TBS model complements existing research by emphasising the importance of commitment to an overarching vision through corporate leadership assigning areas of strategic priority that respond to current and future environmental regulation and social needs.

    Research implications/limitations

    – Efforts aimed towards business sustainability and application of sustainable business practices in business networks include interfaces and interactions between involved stakeholders and sources. We argue that stakeholders and sources should be recognised as intertwined, where resources used in activities in a business network causing resource residuals may be recovered and reused by other actors in the business network.

    Practice implications

    – The TBS model can be used by managers to plan, implement and assess practices to provide a holistic view of sustainable business activities that supports the development of a company and its network. It may also be used to map and navigate interactions between elements within and external to the company.

    Originality/value

    – The principal contribution of the current research is twofold, a TBS model and a tool to map and navigate corporate sustainability efforts. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

  • 1982.
    Wagner, Beverly
    et al.
    University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom.
    Svensson, Göran
    Oslo School of Management, Oslo, Norway.
    Conceptual Development of a Sustainable Business Approach2010In: Cuadernos Aragoneses de Economía, ISSN 0211-0865, Vol. 20, no 1, p. 19-34Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article sets out literature to underpin a conceptual framework that explains one way to organise sustainable business approaches. The literature review highlights seven interconnected issues, the natural environment, driving forces, purchasing policies, value-adding processes, intermediaries, retail practices and the marketplace. It is through a combination of these concepts that retailers, wholesalers, producers, suppliers and other intermediaries join forces to create sustainable approaches across the business network.

  • 1983.
    Wagrelius, Oskar
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
    Eriksson, Sara
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
    Is fat the new skinny?: A study on weight and perception of models in green marketing2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Title: Is fat the new skinny? A study on weight and perception of models in green marketing.

    Date: 2018-05-22

    Level: Bachelor Thesis in International Marketing

    Author: Oskar Wagrelius & Sara Eriksson

    Supervisor: Ulf Aagerup

    Problem formulation: How does the perceived weight and warmth/competence of a model in green marketing affect sales through perceived greenness and attractiveness?

    Purpose: The purpose of this study is to increase the knowledge, for brands being green, about how the choice of models in their advertisement will impact the brand's perception and affect greenness, attractiveness, and sales. The goal is to understand if the choice of a diverse model (considering weight) might be more effective considering green marketing and brands who want to be perceived as warm and/or competent.

    Theoretical framework: In this thesis, the theoretical framework is made up of existing theories on brand positioning, brand identity, consumer behavior, the perception of people and the usage of models.

    Methodology: This thesis is conducted with a deductive approach through a quantitative study made up of 131 respondents since non-coffee drinkers and non-coffee buying respondents as well as, non-Swedish people were excluded from participating. A total of 160 people responded to the online survey. The groups were randomized as to which one of four different surveys they got to answer. Secondary sources are scientific articles and books, journals as well as websites since the topic is in an academic viewpoint under-researched.

    Empirical findings: This thesis and its findings consist of an analysis of the quantitative study which is presented through theoretical models, figures, diagrams and tables as well as text.

    Conclusion: The findings in this thesis shows that green products have a higher purchase propensity than neutral products. Therefore the first assumption is considered to be true. The second and third assumptions are however falsified through the findings that a brands (being either warm or competent) choice of model will not affect the perceived greenness, attractiveness or sales.

  • 1984.
    Walldén, Dean
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
    Woxö, Martin
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
    Militariseringen av EU: Varför valde Sverige att ingå i Pesco?2019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In response to the changing security environment in Europe a process started aimed at increasing cooperation in the security and defence area within the EU. This defence cooperation is called the Permanent structured cooperation (Pesco) and means a more gradual and substantial military cooperation than before in the EU. Through a membership in Pesco, the members commit to more intensively develop of its own defence capabilities in research and acquisition of defence equipment, but also to obtain and maintain a strong defence budget. In addition, the member states should also contribute with battle groups ready for military missions within the framework of the EU.

    How can we understand the logic of Sweden joining more binding defence cooperation like Pesco. The purpose of this study is to identify the underlying driving forces to understand why Sweden decided to join Pesco. This case study uses a theoretical perspective based on Graham Allison's conceptual models to achieve this purpose. Through a qualitative text analysis, the data that is studied in this case study consisting of Swedish government proposition and Defence committee report regarding Pesco and Defence bill 2016-2020. In order to widen the study, mail interviews were conducted with strategically selected informants. Those were members of the Swedish parliament and staff officers in the Swedish Armed Forces.

    The study concludes that the underlying driving forces for the decision were several. The main driving force was that Sweden previously ratified the EU solidarity clause and stated a declaration of solidarity in relation to other member states of the EU. By joining Pesco is also expected to boost Sweden's credibility as a member state of the EU. An additional driving force was to join Pesco at an early stage in order to forge cooperation and have influence in the direction in which Sweden considers compatible with own military nonalignment, and also to continue to drive the intergovernmental nature that Pesco now holds. An additional driving force was also building up the national defence, increase the operational capacity and strengthen the armed forces through the defence cooperation. A majority of the parliamentary parties agreed on joining Pesco because of the previously decided defence bill 2016-2020, which also considers as a driving force for why Sweden chose to join Pesco. 

  • 1985.
    Wallenborg, Emma
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
    Holmqvist, Ida
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
    Byggföretags förberedelser inför en lågkonjunktur: En kvalitativ studie om strategisk planering och styrning2019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 1986.
    Wallin, Ellen
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
    How would a case study look from a feminist perspective?2016Student paper other, 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The issue addressed in this article is how a feminist case study would look like. This includes that the one who does the research, the purpose of the study, the content of the study and to whom the case study contributes should have feminist perspectives in order to be a feminist study. The case studies mapped in this article are limited to case studies about leadership, education and organizations. By analysing 20 different case studies with feminist point of views, I concluded that feminist case studies often includes gender inequality issues like acceptation of gender inequalities or gender employment discrimination but some of them cover how feminism ideology in organizations operate.

  • 1987.
    Wallin, Fredrik
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
    Lindberg, Fredrik
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
    Kampen för tillräcklighet: En fallstudie om situationen bakom kulisserna på Livgardet2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Försvarsmakten har sedan år 2000 varit en organisation under konstant förändring. Till förmån för krigsförbanden har depåorganisationen reducerats personellt under denna förändring. Officerare i depåorganisationen har trots detta fortsättningsvis viktiga uppgifter att lösa för att Försvarsmaktens verksamhet skall fungera.

    Hur upplever officerarna vid Livgardets depåförband sin situation?

    Syftet med studien är att öka förståelsen för hur officerare i depåförbanden upplever och hanterar sin situation. Undersökningen har genomförts som en fallstudie med metoden grounded theory och datainsamling via observationer samt 8 stycken djupintervjuer.

     Slutsats: Officerarna i Livgardets depåförband upplever en orimlig arbetsbörda. Officerarna saknar verktyg för att förändra denna situation och hanterar den genom att lösa uppgifter som de upplever bidrar till att uppfylla grundläggande mänskliga behov för att känna tillräcklighet. Om denna situation inte förändras riskerar dessa officerare att drabbas av utmattning.

  • 1988.
    Wallin, Jonas
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET).
    Ingelstam, Gustaf
    Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET).
    En fastighetsinvestering blir till: -En studie om fastighetsbolagens beslutsmodeller-2012Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 1989.
    Wallin, Martin W.
    et al.
    Department of Industrial Dynamics, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Lindholm Dahlstrand, Åsa
    Department of Industrial Dynamics, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Sponsored spin-offs, industrial growth and change2006In: Technovation, ISSN 0166-4972, E-ISSN 1879-2383, Vol. 26, no 5-6, p. 611-620Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper focuses on the role of sponsored spin-offs for industrial growth and dynamics. A sponsored spin-off is a firm born out of the venturing activities and the active involvement of an established organization; in this paper the latter in the form of retained partial ownership in the new firm. Sponsored spin-offs are one mechanism whereby the respective potential advantages of large and new firms may be exploited. Little is known about the nature and magnitude of contributions by existing firms to the creation of new technology-based firms and the effects these new firms have on innovation, change and renewal.

    In this paper, an empirical sample of 101 Swedish IPO firms is used in the analysis of three research questions. (1) Are sponsored spin-offs an important mechanism for the creation of new technology-based firms? (2) Are sponsored spin-off firms important for industrial growth? (3) Are sponsored spin-offs influencing industrial renewal and change? The results add to the understanding of how, and to what degree the venturing activities of existing firms contribute to the creation of new firms, as well as how and to what extent these spin-offs differ from other new firms in terms of their impact on industrial growth and change.

  • 1990.
    Wallin, Victor
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET).
    Wentzel, Niklas
    Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET).
    Vem är controllern?: En kvalitativ studie om controllern i rollen som styrorienterad och traditionell ekonomichef2011Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Abstract

     

     

    There are many definitions of what the profession controller imply, which indicates that the profession is difficult to define. The purpose of this study is to describe the controller's job role in medium-sized manufacturing companies within the private sector and if the controller’s role focuses more on controlling-oriented tasks or more on traditional business tasks. Therefore we enunciated the following framing of question: Is today’s controller in manufacturing companies more controlling-oriented or more a traditional chief financial officer? We chose to conduct a qualitative study because it enables a deeper understanding and then we chose a deductive approach where we went from theory to empiricism. In our theoretical framework we described various characteristics, skills, roles and ways of working as part of the controller's profession. Our empirical study involved personal interviews with five controllers, which were supplemented by a survey where the respondents ranked their tasks in relation to time. The result shows that we can’t demonstrate that the controller works with more controlling-oriented tasks or more with traditional business tasks, but we believe that the controller works with both controlling-oriented- and traditional business tasks.

     

    Keywords: Controller, Role, Chief financial officer, Controlling-oriented

  • 1991.
    Wallquist, Frida
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
    Zetterqvist, Ronja
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
    Sociala medier - ett effektivt sätt att stärka varumärket: En studie om hur sociala medier används i varumärkesstärkande syfte2019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 1992.
    Wamsler, Erika
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
    Jonsson, Linnea
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
    Reinventing Traditional Shopping2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Digitalization has impacted online retailing heavily, however traditional stores have not

    changed as much in comparison. Earlier studies have not only suggested how stores could

    reinvent themselves, but also indicated that brands could have great advantages by doing so.

    Furthermore, the customer experience and it’s reinforced importance within brick and mortar

    has been highlighted. It has also been established that the customer experience could be

    strengthen by implementing advanced technology. Due to the lack of research within the

    subject and a mainly theoretical discussion about how and why stores implement advanced

    technology in store, this study aims to investigate from more practical point of view how and

    why companies implement advanced technology. This study has a qualitative method, by

    conducting a total of 7 interviews. Five interviews were conducted with employees within

    different retailing companies implementing advanced technology in store; BMW, Clas

    Ohlson, Volvo Car Company, Volkswagen and Synsam Group. To continue, two

    complementary interviews from a rather general market perspective were conducted; one

    with AMF Fastigheter on their new project The Lobby focusing on the development of the

    future store and one with Curiat (NZ) Limited a subject specialist on Augmented Reality,

    which was one of the most common technologies in this study. The study identifies several

    factors correlating to how and why brands reinvent their physical stores through advanced

    technologies. In order to implement the technology successfully, such as Virtual Reality,

    Augmented reality and Interactive Digital Signage, traditional retailers have to modify their

    business models and their operational skills within the organization. One main motivation as

    for why traditional retailers implement advanced technology is a changed consumer behavior

    and market. This puts a new kind of pressure on traditional retailers and stresses the

    importance of the customer experience. The customer experience and relationships can be

    strengthened by implementing advanced technology and are two important factors as to why

    retailers utilize advanced technology in store. Traditional retailers also use the implemented

    advanced technology as a marketing tool, in order to market themselves as innovative and

    meet the new market. In addition to this, there has been a change in communication between

    customer and store. Retailers can use the advanced technology in order to not only interact in

    a new way with their customers, but also communicate through various of their channels.

    This creates a smoother and more seamless experience for the customer, and connect offline

    with online.

  • 1993.
    Wasserman Stexgård, Katarina
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
    Walter, Emil
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
    Att organisera och leda militär verksamhet vid påfrestningar: Utmaningar och lösningar2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Swedish armed forces are normally organized for education and training on a daily basis, for the purpose of rapidly being able to deal with sudden events or strains. What signifies a military organization and command dealing with these kinds of strains whilst maintaining a high level of operational effect? What challenges do they face and what kinds of solutions are available? In order to expand the perspective a comparison was made with a military unit and an emergency hospital. This study was carried out withan inductive and qualitative method, and seven semi-structured interviews were conducted. By the perspectives of High Reliability Organizations and Ambidextrous Organizations, the results are discussed. The resemblances between the two researched units are surprisingly striking in the investigated areas of interest. In order to improve organization and command at the researched military unit, the authors recommend the following actions: the use of joint functions command groups to a greater extent in order to enhance the ability to handle strains and sudden events, to strive for a greater level of situational awareness on all levels in the organization and the demand for loyalty to organization and structure of management decided by the commander. These actions are deemed to increase the level of operational effect at the unit.

  • 1994.
    Waters, Rupert
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Centre for International Marketing and Entrepreneurship Research (CIMER).
    Clusters and resilience: economic growth in Oxfordshire and Cambridgeshire2015In: International Journal of Global Environmental Issues, ISSN 1466-6650, E-ISSN 1741-5136, Vol. 14, no 1/2, p. 132-150Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Oxfordshire and Cambridgeshire are two of the most important knowledge economies in the UK. Home to world class research universities and public and private research laboratories as well as a full range of business and professional services to support the development of the knowledge economy, they have been identified as exemplars of high technology local economies by both policy makers and academics (see for example, DTI, 2002; Garnsey and Lawton Smith, 1998). This paper draws on national datasets relating to economic issues such as new firm formation, sectoral composition and gross value added to review the continued development of these centres, before conclusions are drawn on the extent to which the presence of successful clusters (Spencer et al., 2010) influences outcomes for the local economy more generally, and how Oxfordshire and Cambridgeshire have performed over the last ten years. Copyright © 2015 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

  • 1995.
    Waters, Rupert
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Centre for International Marketing and Entrepreneurship Research (CIMER). Birkbeck, University of London, London, United Kingdom.
    Lawton Smith, Helen
    Birkbeck, University of London, London, United Kingdom.
    Global economic crises and local fortunes: The case of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire2016In: Global Economic Crisis and Local Economic Development: International cases and policy responses / [ed] Jason Begley, Dan Coffey, Tom Donnely & Carole Thornley, New York, NY: Routledge, 2016, p. 30-46Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 1996.
    Waymond, Rodgers
    et al.
    University of Hull, Hull, UK & University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas, USA.
    Simon, Jon
    University of Hull, Hull, UK.
    Gabrielsson, Jonas
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).
    Combining experiential and conceptual learning in management and accounting education2016In: Academy of Management: Proceedings, New York: Academy of Management , 2016, article id 16208Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Within management and accounting education both conceptual and experiential learning have been important learning approaches. However, while experiential learning has been extensively studied in accounting education the critical role of conceptual learning has received considerably less attention. In this article we review theory and research to develop a framework that relates to both conceptual and experiential learning. We use a Throughput Model to suggest and demonstrate that both learning cycles can live alongside each other to support accounting education from both student and educator perspectives. Based on our review and combination we suggest implications for the design and implementation of management and accounting education. Copyright © 2016, Academy of Management

  • 1997.
    Wei, Bin
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET).
    Wang, Yichen
    Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET).
    The Need of a HRM Change from Traditional to Strategic with Organizational Transition: A Case Study of a Swedish High-Speed-Growth Company2012Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    With organizational development, many of management systems should be established and developed to handle different challenges and situations. Flamholtz and Randle (2007) figure out different but typical management orientation and systems at different stages of this development process and emphasize the importance of organizational transition between the stages. Human resource management (HRM) is regarded as one of the most important management systems to overcome challengers and gain competitive advantages during organization development. This paper concentrates on a HRM perspective to research on the relationship between organizational transition and HRM changes.

    The findings show HRM correlated with organizational transition from an entrepreneurial stage to a professionally managed one needs to change from traditional to strategic. The essence of this process is correspondingly a role change from a service provider to a strategic participant. Meanwhile, the functions and abilities to support them in HRM should be changed also.

  • 1998.
    Wendt, Victoria
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
    How users learn about crowdfunding platforms2017Student paper other, 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 1999.
    Wendt, Victoria
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
    The role of the leader in a case study discussion2017Student paper other, 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this paper is to study how the leader’s role in a case study discussion is. In a case study it is the way to the best and the most convincing solution that is important. To be able to do that, it is in common to have a case study discussion where the participants exchange thoughts and ideas about the case with each other. A good case study discussion should lead to more understanding of the case and new approaches for the participants. Case study discussions are often perceived as confused, which is not the idea, therefore it is important that a leader is present during the case study discussion. To lead a discussion that both engages and enhances the understanding is a challenge for the leader. The leader’s role and tasks vary in a case study discussion. The leader’s role depends much on how the group is and behaves and also a lot on how the leader’s personality is. It is also important for the leader to feel how the group interacts together and if the group is used to work with case study discussions or not. The leader’s role may either be highly conductive and driving with a clear structure throughout the discussion, or can the leader take a more supportive role and ask a lot of questions to the participants or can the leader take a passive role and allow the group to drive and structure the discussion forward. The most important task for the leader is to ensure that the discussion is as rewarding as possible for all the participants.

    Keywords: Case Study, Discussion, Communication, The Leader, Roles 

  • 2000.
    Wernant, Paulina
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET).
    Purontaka, Jessica
    Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET).
    Nespresso - Ett koncept att sträva efter2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Nespresso is a part of the Nestlé group and was founded in 1986, in the liaison of the revolutionary new method of brewing coffee. The idea was that everyone should be able to brew themselves a cup of espresso that would taste as if a professional barista had done it. Nespresso has now turned in to a new coffee culture. From the beginning Nespresso only sold their products via their club, Nespresso Club, but in year 2000 they opened their first store in Paris. The first store in Sweden opened year 2006 in Stockholm, followed by one in Malmö year 2012. Nespresso has a strong brand essence and wants consumers to perceive their coffee as a sensorial experience. Too consume coffee is a simple but refined lifestyle that offers timeless elegans. Through Nespressos stores consumers can experience the brand with all of their senses. Therefor the store does not only work as a sales channel but also as a unique display of the company and their passion for coffee (Newsdesk.com).  

    Purpose: The purpose with this essay is to locate the main reasons as to why concept stores create a value.

    Delivery: In order to answer the problem formulation a qualitative examination has been conducted. A variety of angles were examined, both observations done by both authors and interviews. Two consumers where interviewed and two employed at Nespresso, where one of them worked in the actual store in Malmö and the other was manager of Nespresso Sweden.

    Results: Through this study, we concluded that the Nespresso store provides both business and consumer value by the use of different types of sensory strategies that influence both the customers conscious and subconscious.

    Nespresso uses a taste strategy that adds value to the consumer by offering samples of coffee. It leads to that the company can prove that the coffee is good, which in most cases leads to purchase. Regarding tactile strategy in the store gives the opportunity for consumers to feel the products, this creates added value. Respondents in the survey had never bought for example a machine without feeling it. It thus creates added value because the customer then buys the machine.

    The company has managed to add value through their store and servicescape because many customers prefer to visit the store instead of making their purchase online. Many consider the purchase is a pleasant experience and common to all customers is that there is no stress. To continue maintain this mood on the weekends when there are more people, we recommend Nespresso to use more of, and inform of, the so called The Pick-Up Area where customers in advance can order their products. The social density in the store is according to the study high, many customers feel connected to the others in the store and can identify with the brand. In Sweden we have a special coffee culture. If it had been implemented in Nespressos store the social density had increased for sure, but since it is contrary to their concept, this is not recommended.

    Through the study, we concluded that Nespresso has many loyal customers, largely thanks to their unique concept store that adds value both to themselves and to their customers.

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