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  • 6151.
    Tönnäng, Christoffer
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS).
    Larsson, Madeleine
    Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS).
    MEDIER, POLITIK & JÄRNRÖR: En studie av fem olika nättidningars skildring av Sverigedemokraternas Järnrörsskandal2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med studien är att studera medierapporteringen avSverigedemokraterna i samband med Järnrörsskandalen med hjälp avgestaltnings- och primingteorin. Materialet bestod av artiklar från Svenska Dagbladet, Expressen, Aftonbladet, Dagens Nyheter och Fria Tider. Materialet analyserades både kvantitativt och kvalitativt.

    Våra analyser från denna studie visar hur informationsflödet sprids mellan tidningarna och hur de med hjälp av ett gemensamt underlag har konstruerat händelsen. Samtliga tidningar gör sin egen tolkning av Järnrörsskandalen med hjälp av individuella källor och perspektiv. Expressens gestaltning av avslöjandet ifrågasätts aldrig utan godtas i samtliga tidningar som vi tittat på.

  • 6152.
    Törnblom, Emma
    Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS).
    ”Varför jag lära svenska...”- några invandrarkvinnors syn på svenskspråksinlärning2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

     ABSTRACT

    This study focuses on immigrant women in Sweden and how their perceptions of resource loss may affect their motivation to learn Swedish. Focus group discussions were conducted with immigrant women who partake in a Swedish language learning project. Their Swedish language skills were very limited, and all of them had no or very few years of elementary level education. Results of the study suggest that the strongest motivator to learn Swedish is its potential role in facilitating everyday activities.

     

     

     

     

  • 6153.
    Törnkvist, Anna
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare.
    Cohen, Jacline
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare.
    ”Man måste ju tillåta sig själv att ha känslor, det är ju ändå människor vi har att göra med”: En kvalitativ undersökning om utredande socialsekreterares hantering av sina emotioner utifrån mötet med klienten2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The study’s intention is to achieve an understanding for social workers' management of feelings within social work at a social service centre through qualitatively fieldwork. Our intention is also to receive an insight of the components that might have an impact on the feeling management and also what consequences this feeling management might have for the social worker. The gathered material in the study is based on interviews to receive a detailed view of the informants' work situation. The interviews were performed on eight social workers investigating cases concerning children, young adults and families in a specific county, which contributed to a common working structure and culture that have simplified our research.

    The result shows that what reduces the risk of psychological illness for the social workers is social response and support from, among others, colleagues where they have a chance of space and can express their feelings in a relaxed environment. Because of the need for social workers to build a relationship to their clients, they are in a complex situation in the meeting with the client where they have a combination of a more surfaced acting and a deeper acting. Therefore social workers must show their humanity during the client meetings to construct a feeling of security, which demands a balance between having a certain emotional freedom to express oneself without breaking the role as a professional.

  • 6154.
    Törnlöf, Mathilda, Shulemaja- Simsek, Shule
    Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS).
    Handlingsplan – företagets utvecklingsverktyg för att förbättra det systematiska arbetsmiljöarbetet?2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Handlingsplan ingår i det systematiska arbetsmiljöarbetet. Det systematiska arbetsmiljöarbetet ska finnas på alla svenska arbetsplatser. Handlingsplanen är ett dokument där mål och strategier som företagen ska följa upp gås igenom.

  • 6155.
    Tøsssebro, Jan
    et al.
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.
    Bonfils, Inge S.
    Metropolitan University College, Copenhagen, Denmark.
    Teittinen, Antti
    Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Helsinki, Finland.
    Tideman, Magnus
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), The Wigforss Group.
    Traustadottir, Rannveig
    University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland.
    Vesala, Hannu
    Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Helsinki, Finland.
    Normalization Fifty Years Beyond: Current Trends in the Nordic countries2012In: Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, ISSN 1741-1122, E-ISSN 1741-1130, Vol. 9, no 2, p. 134-146Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The authors discuss recent developments in services for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) in the Nordic countries. They note that all of the countries saw important reforms during the 1990s, regarding both deinstitutionalization and decentralization. However, they posit that the litmus test of the reforms is not what happens during reform years, but after the reform energy decreases and political attention fades. Thus, developments after 2000 are of particular interest. The comparative analysis is based on research reviews in the five Nordic countries. The analysis observed a trend toward larger group homes and congregations, inequality across municipalities, marketization, and new public management, but also an increasing emphasis on consumer rights and the use of the personal assistance scheme in services for people with ID. The authors conclude that diverging trends coexist, with improvements going together with significant setbacks. They explore the trends from a political science perspective and, in particular, note how they relate to recent shifts in public management and changing drivers of change.

  • 6156.
    Uggla, Caroline
    Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science.
    Swedish Second Language Learners’ Ability to Pronounce English Contrastive Consonant Phonemes2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study is to investigate sixth form students’ pronunciation, and their

    exposure to English during their English lessons in school. The focus of the study is to

    investigate whether or not the students have problems with pronouncing the contrastive

    consonant phonemes that do not exist, or are rarely used in the Swedish language

    (i.e /z/).

    In order to investigate the students’ pronunciation, questionnaires were handed out,

    followed by a reading exercise that was recorded. Also, a questionnaire was handed out

    to the students’ teachers in order to investigate their thoughts about the importance of

    teaching pronunciation. The participating students and teachers in this essay were

    chosen from a school in the south-west part of Sweden.

    The results in this essay show that the majority of the students participating had

    difficulties pronouncing the English consonant phonemes which do not exist, or are

    rarely used, in Swedish i.e /z/, /tʃ/ and /dʒ/. Furthermore, the results in this essay show

    that the students are more likely to pronounce English words with consonant phonemes

    similar to those used in Swedish.

  • 6157.
    Ugglesjö, Caroline
    Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS).
    En diskursiv icke-identitet?: Ett anspråk på asexualitet inom vardagens sexualitetsdiskurs2014Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

     Uppsatsen syftar till att undersöka hur avståndstagandet från sexuell praktik – det vill säga asexualitet – problematiseras inom vardagliga kanaler, så som inom film och media. I det samtida samhället utgör den heterosexuellt aktiva parrelationen en norm utifrån vilken alla andra intima relationer jämförs, granskas och bedöms. Genom att analysera och dekonstruera denna sexualitetsdiskurs traditionellt tvingande praxis, lägger uppsatsen vidare fokus på att synliggöra den asexuella erfarenheten i relation till nämnd heteronorm. Uppsatsens material utgörs av tre filmer som på sina respektive sätt presenterar, och samtalar kring, sex, sexualitet och sexuell identitet. Uppsatsens teoretiska utgångspunkter representeras av Michel Foucault och hans resonemang kring diskurs, sexualitet och queer, samt av Judith Butler och hennes resonemang kring den heterosexuella matrisen, kön och genus. Resultatet visar i huvudsak att talet om asexualitet endast kan förekomma i samband med talet om sexualitet. Detta motsatsförhållande leder till återbekräftandet av heterosexualitet som den korrekta sexualiteten, vilket både tycks begränsa och möjliggöra för asexualitet: Begränsa på så sätt att det asexuella inte kan talas om, om det inte sätts i relation till något (heterosexualitet i detta fall) – samt möjliggöra på så sätt att man inom just denna motsatsrelation finner utrymme att uttrycka och vidareutveckla en queer-inspirerad, asexuell ordlista och identitet.

  • 6158.
    Uhrbom, Oskar
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET).
    Jandorff, Jesper
    Investeringsbedömning av energieffektiva småhus i trä2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this essay is to describe how Boverkets Byggregler has affected the cost ofnewly built houses from 2003 to 2012, to Boverkets Vision 2025. The purpose is also to findagent-principal relations in the construction sector.When investing in an energy efficient house the operating costs are reduced compared to aconventional house. But due to the lower operating costs, the investment cost rises. In thisstudy, we find out if it is economically viable to invest in an energy efficient house comparedto a conventional house from the customer's perspective.The study's approach has been qualitatively where we in collaboration with Derome Hus hadaccess to three conventional reference houses and a passive house and data that was necessaryto conduct viability assessments on houses. We conducted five interviews with people fromDeromekoncernen and Varbergs kommun.The calculation methods we have used in this study are present value method, annuity methodand a sensitivity analysis. In the present value method, we have calculated all future cashflows to year zero for a fair and comparable pricing to occur. Annuity method allocates theentire investment cost in equal annual annuities. In the sensitivity analysis, we test differentoutcomes in profitability as a result of change in the future price of electricity and districtheating. The electricity price changes we have used in the sensitivity analysis are a priceincrease of 1%, 2% and 3%. The same goes for the price of district heating. We have assumeda calculation time of 20 years and 50 years, where 20 years is the average time a person livesin the same house in Sweden and 50 years is estimated to be the approximate economiclifetime for a house.The results of the study indicate that passive house is the most economically viable option at acalculation time of 50 years. But at a calculation time of 20 years the reference house from2003 is the most profitable option. A principal-agent relation was also located whereFinansinspektionen and Boverket makes it more difficult for an individual to buy a house.

  • 6159.
    Ukehaxhaj, Visare
    et al.
    Halmstad University.
    Kallenberg, Christine
    Halmstad University.
    FÖR MÅNGA KOCKAR...: En kvalitativ intervjustudie om upplevelser och erfarenheter av samverkan mellan Kriminalvård och Socialtjänst.2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med studien är att belysa och framhäva faktorer som påverkar samverkan mellan Kriminalvård och Socialtjänsten i samband med utslussningen. Hur respektive myndighet förhåller sig till sina riktlinjer och upplever samverkandet sinsemellan men även hur före detta klienter upplever respektive myndighet och samverkan mellan dem. Systemteori, hur olika system påverkar varandra och individen samt nätverk, vilken betydelse det har för individen har varit grundläggande verktyg för att analysera samverkan mellan myndigheterna. Genom en kvalitativ forskningsmetod baserad på intervjuer med sju respondenter undersöker vi utslussningsprocessens olika delar. Detta för att framhäva faktorer som kan påverka utslussningen och hur samverkan kan bidra till en lyckad utslussning för klienter. Studien visar att bland annat ekonomi, olika riktlinjer och mål som är avgörande verktyg i frågan om samverkan. Långa handläggningstider, ansvarsförbindelser, lämpliga boenden, vårdvistelse och vem som bär kostnadsansvaret är faktorer som påverkar klienterna och myndigheternas arbete med klienterna i samband med utslussningen

     

  • 6160.
    Ullén, Anna
    et al.
    Halmstad University.
    Agnesson, Emma
    Halmstad University.
    När mediebild blir till självbild: Feministernas förhållande till mediebilden av dem själva2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med studien är att undersöka hur feminister uppfattar, förhåller sig till och hanterar den mediala bilden av feminister. Detta är relevant för att lyckas bryta de normer som uppstått kring feminister och även för att se hur man själv som feminist arbetar för att nå detta mål. Att undersöka detta leder till att den vetenskapliga forskningen kring den makt medierna har att påverka stora fenomen i samhället utvecklas, men det ger även förståelse hur detta uppfattas och hanteras av de som befinner sig inom ramen av vad fenomenet behandlar. Frågeställningen är: hur uppfattar, förhåller sig till och hanterar feminister den mediala bilden av feminister?

    Metod och material:  Denna studie har tillämpat kvalitativa intervjuer, i form av en fokusgrupp och två individuella intervjuer, för att kunna besvara forskningsfrågan.

    Huvudresultat : Feminister uppfattar en negativ bild av feminism i media. Den är politiserad, kategoriserad eller används som identifikation i stället för att användas som ståndpunkt. Egen kunskap och intresse är den främsta egenskapen som behövs för att kunna bryta den normativa bild som uppstått i dagens samhälle.

  • 6161.
    Ullén, Sandra
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS).
    Zeqiri, Marigona
    Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS).
    Anonyma Alkoholister: Vilken inverkan självhjälpsgruppen har på gruppdeltagarnas välbefinnande2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Abstract

    We are interested in group meetings of the self-help group Alcoholic Anonymous and the emotional energy created therein. We examine which impact self-help group AA has on its group participants regarding: group meetings, dealing with alcoholism and identity. Group membership has great value for individuals; it provides social identity and possibility to self-value. Previous research shows that group members of self-help groups who have been sober for a period of time experience higher self-esteem and less anxiety compared to non-members. Our thesis is based on a hermeneutic approach. The focus in this approach lies in the way people think, feel and experience a specific phenomenon. We have three different topics; group meetings, alcoholism and identity. Based on the results and analysis, we can conclude that our informants have been increased well-being and better quality of life since they started going to AA. The results show a clear pattern of group meetings have helped the informants to handle and process emotions like shame by sharing with them and listen to others' experiences. The deference emotion system is a way to avoid feelings such as shame through conformance in various situations, which makes you behave in conformity to refrain rejection. The high emotional energy of the interviewees were in coming to AA meetings is what helps them to become sober. Shame as the stigma previously led to disappear when the emotional energy increases as informants are becoming more receptive to advice on how to deal with the stigma. The processing of the stigma helps to become aware of their social identity as an alcoholic. The high level of emotional energy increases the self-esteem which makes it easier for individuals to fit into their community while being able to be themselves. This is the result of a successful interaction ritual chain. 

     

  • 6162.
    Ulvenblad, Per-Ola
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).
    Innovation på landsbygden och i dess företag – för hela samhällets bästa2017In: Så här ligger landet – tankar om landsbygdsprogram och landsbygdsutveckling, Jönköping: Jordbruksverket , 2017, p. 140-148Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 6163.
    Ulvenblad, Per-Ola
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).
    Ulvenblad, Pia
    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).
    An overview of sustainable business models for innovation in Swedish agri-food production2019In: Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences, ISSN 1943-815X, E-ISSN 1943-8168, Vol. 16, no 1, p. 1-22Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Companies in the agri-food sector are under increasing pressure to adopt sustainable business models that consider not only economic but also both social and environmental aspects. This paper examines how Swedish food producers use sustainable business models to innovate their businesses. The empirical data comes from a telephone survey with 204 companies and from case studies of 4 companies. A conceptual framework regarding sustainability-oriented innovation (SOI) and a eight sustainable business model archetypes are used to map and analyse the sustainability innovation practices and the sustainable business models. The results show a surprisingly sustainable business focus taken by many companies, which is not only on optimization, but also on organizational transformation and on systems building. The results show the companies vary as far as which archetypes they match. The most common archetype matches are ‘Maximise material and energy efficiency’ and ‘Adopt a stewardship role’. Only 10% measure success solely in financial terms, while 80% measure success in financial terms as well as social and environmental terms. Another conclusion is that companies in the agri-food sector have unique characteristics and the value intention of the entrepreneurs is an important building block in sustainable business model innovation. © 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

  • 6164.
    Ulvenblad, Pia
    Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET), Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Knowledge Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Research (KEEN).
    Entrepreneurs´ communication behaviours in technology-based and service-based businesses – a resource dependence perspective2010In: New Technology-Based Firms in the New Millennium: Volume VIII / [ed] R. Oakey, A. Groen, G. Cook & P. Sijde, Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2010, p. 133-146Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 6165.
    Ulvenblad, Pia
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Knowledge Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Research (KEEN).
    Entrepreneurs’ communicative behaviour in technology-based versus service-based businesses - A resource dependence perspective2010In: New Technology Based Firms in the New Millennium, ISSN 1876-0228, Vol. 8, p. 133-146Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    To enhance the understanding of entrepreneurial communication strategies in the start-up phase of the business, a resource dependence perspective is presented. Resources can be categorized in several ways. Penrose (1959), one of the pioneers in the resource-based view, and the subsequent work of, for example, Wernerfelt (1984) and Barney (1991), have brought the individual, the entrepreneur and especially resources within the business into focus. The process school of the resource-based view focuses on processes and activities and internal strategic capabilities (Tucker, Meyer, & Westerman, 1996). Furthermore, capabilities are based on developing, carrying and exchanging information through the business's human capital (Tucker et al., 1996). Grant (1991, p. 122) defined such capabilities as ‘complex patterns of coordination and cooperation between people, and between people and (tangible) resources’. Baum, Locke, and Smith (2001) and Lee, Lee, and Pennings (2001) found that new businesses’ internal capabilities are the primary determinants of the businesses’ performance. One of the intangible resources could be a business reputation (Deephouse, 2000). A positive reputation creates advantages in order to obtain, for example, financial capital. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited

  • 6166.
    Ulvenblad, Pia
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Knowledge Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Research (KEEN).
    From Communicative Practices to Communication Strategies: A Model of Entrepreneurs´ Communication Strategies in the Start-Up Process2015In: New Technology-Based Firms in the New Millennium Volume XI / [ed] Aard Groen, Gary Cook & Peter Van Der Sijde, Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2015, 1, p. 247-259Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this chapter is to propose a model of entrepreneurs' communication strategies in the start-up process by synthesizing previous empirical research. The focus on communication strategies in the start-up process is important for several reasons. We know that many businesses fail during the first year of existence and others are liquidated during the first three years of operation. We also know that new businesses face problems when entering the market. These problems are assumed to arise partly due to the liability of newness (LoN), that is lack of a track record and legitimacy. The model of communication strategies is built upon entrepreneurs' communicative practices since strategy is seen as a social practice. The chapter also emphasizes communication strategies as being a part of the research field strategic entrepreneurship. The model focuses communicative behaviours in terms of the message and the conversation as well as the chosen strategy in terms of planned and emergent strategies. Three types of communication strategies emerge from the communication practices; (i) content-centred, (ii) behaviour-centred and (iii) adaptive-centred. Copyright © 2015 by Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

  • 6167.
    Ulvenblad, Pia
    Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET), Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Knowledge Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Research (KEEN).
    Growth intentions and communicative practices: Strategic entrepreneurship in business development2009Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis focuses on the “will and skill” of individuals who take part in activities of running a business. The aspect of “will” is studied in terms of growth intentions and the aspect of “skill” is studied in terms of communicative practices. The overall purpose is to explore how entrepreneurs think and talk about growth and how they act in their communicative practices to express their growth intentions and to mobilize resources for their businesses. To meet the overall purpose four empirical studies have been conducted. The empirical data consist of interviews and observations “shadowing” entrepreneurs, as well as mail questionnaires to Swedish entrepreneurs. Perspective Text Analysis (PTA) has been used to analyse growth intentions, and reveals growth in both a pragmatic sense and an institutionalized sense. Pragmatic growth refers to talk about growth in terms of space for development, space for money and status, and/or space for security and control. Institutionalized growth refers to talk about growth in terms of a winning scenario or a threatening scenario. The analysis regarding communicative practices resulted in six categories of communicative behaviour in the business start-up: (i) from no one to someone, (ii) from small to big, (iii) from inexperienced to experienced, (iv) from one role to another role, (v) from alone to a network member, and (vi) from silence to conversation. Further, the entrepreneurs show other-orientation, openness and adaptation in their communicative behaviour. In addition, entrepreneurs with previous experience from entrepreneurship education report higher willingness in the dimension of openness and adaptation in communication. The communicative practices are merged into a model of content-centred, behaviour-centred and adaptive-centred communication strategies. Entrepreneurs’ “will and skill” with focus on communication strategies are proposed to be an important part of strategic entrepreneurship.

  • 6168. Ulvenblad, Pia
    Sustainability and cooperation aspects in business models of agri-food firms in Sweden2018Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 6169.
    Ulvenblad, Pia
    Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET), Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Knowledge Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Research (KEEN).
    The challenge of communication (ChoC): Communicative skills in the start-up phase of a business2008In: Small Enterprise Research: The Journal of SEAANZ, ISSN 1321-5906, Vol. 16, no 1, p. 2-15Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Entrepreneurs in newly started businesses need to think of communication in a strategic way since they lack a “track record” and suffer from liability of newness. The aim of this paper is to capture entrepreneurs´ communicative skills using a framework of leadership theories focused on the dimensions (i) other-orientation, (ii) openness and (iii)adaptation. The data is collected through structural observations “shadowing” five entrepreneurs in Sweden. The findings show that the entrepreneurs are both oriented toward others and open to input from them. They often adapt to the situation and act in accordance with the co-actor’s interest. However, they also withhold their standpoint when they find it necessary. The entrepreneurs with highgrowth orientation were those that showed the most frequent other-oriented and opened behaviour during the observations. They were also adaptive in their communication with different counterparts.

     

  • 6170.
    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).
    Barth, Henrik
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).
    Cederholm Björklund, Jennie
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science. The Rural Economy and Agricultural Society, Halmstad, Sweden.
    Hoveskog, Maya
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Business Model Innovation (BMI).
    Ståhl, Jenny
    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).
    Barriers to Business Model Innovation in the Agri-Food Industry2017Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 6171.
    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).
    Barth, Henrik
    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.
    Hoveskog, Maya
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Business Model Innovation (BMI).
    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).
    Barriers to business model innovation in the agri-food industry: A systematic literature review2018In: Outlook on Agriculture, ISSN 0030-7270, E-ISSN 2043-6866, Vol. 47, no 4, p. 308-314Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The importance of business model innovation (BMI) is widely recognized. BMI is especially important in the agri-food industry that faces enormous challenges as the demand for food increases worldwide. Much of the BMI research focuses on the technology and biomedical industries. Far less attention has been paid to the agri-food industry. This article is a systematic literature review of the BMI research in the agri-food industry. The article’s aim is to identify and categorize various barriers to BMI as described in the literature (in English) published in peer-reviewed journals between 1990 and 2014. The findings show a fairly even distribution among external and internal BMI barriers. Because the main barrier is the mind-set that is resistant to change, it is recommended the researchers and practitioners should focus more on the cognitive barriers to BMI in the agri-food industry.

  • 6172.
    Ulvenblad, Pia
    et al.
    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).
    Hoveskog, Maya
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Business Model Innovation (BMI).
    Ulvenblad, Per-Ola
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).
    Unpacking priorities of agri-food companies in Sweden: Insights from a survey of Sustainable Business Models2018Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 6173.
    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.

  • 6174.
    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).
    Hansson, Agneta
    Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET), Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Knowledge Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Research (KEEN).
    World-Class Entrepreneurship- and Innovation Programmes in Sweden - Focus on Gender Perceptions2011Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 6175.
    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’ web sites2010Conference paper (Other academic)
    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 different incubator management structure and 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.

  • 6176.
    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.

  • 6177.
    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.

  • 6178.
    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).
    Cederholm Björklund, Jennie
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science. The Rural Economy and Agricultural Society.
    The emergence of a leadership development program for agricultural entrepreneurs: The case of Sweden2016Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 6179.
    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. 

  • 6180.
    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)
  • 6181.
    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)
  • 6182.
    Urbas, Anders
    Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS), Centre for Studies of Political Science, Communication and Media (CPKM).
    Den svenska valforskningen: Vetenskapande, demokrati och medborgerlig upplysning2009Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis is an examination and a critical account of the Swedish Election Studies, carried out at the Department of Political Science, Gothenburg University in collabo­ration with Statistics Sweden. The primary sources are the fifteen main reports delivered to the public through the years 1977 – 2006. The method is to reconstruct some central blocks of thought and ideas in these reports, on the one hand, and to scrutinize and criticize them, on the other. The overarching result is that the Swedish Election Studies, in spite of its proclaimed scientific objectivity and value-neutrality, in fact can be characterized as permeated by normative political thought, explicitly as well as implicitly.

    Concerning the view of science, the Swedish Election Studies proclaims objectivity and value-neutrality. This is criticized in the thesis as impossible, from the point of view of philosophy of the social sciences, and as de facto wrong, since normative political thought is shown to be both present and important in all the reports.

    Concerning the Swedish democratic system, the Swedish Election Studies: 1) use Sweden as its immediate starting-point for description and explanation, and not some specific ideal or normative perspective, 2) maintain that Swedish democracy, empirically seen, equals electoral and representative democracy (swed. “valdemokrati”), 3) and that Swedish democracy, equally empirically seen, is in good health. This is criticized in the thesis as containing a subtly masked and deviously defended implicit normative ideal, i.e electoral and representative democracy, as a democratic model, and for leading to an equally implicit and masked guardianship of the existing democratic system in Sweden.

    Concerning the enlightened citizen, the Swedish Election Studies formulate an explicit ideal. Citizens in a democracy should be politically enlightened in order to be self-governing; and according to the accompanying operational criteria, Swedish citizens are. This is criticized in the thesis as an ideal that is reduced to an utter absurdity, where the operational criteria chosen are both narrow and shallow, and the interpretative thresholds low. The accompanying empirical results, and the continuing interpretation in all the reports, are that Swedish citizens always are sufficiently enlightened. This is regarded in the thesis as just another block of thought in the guardianship and normative bias inherent in the Swedish Election Studies.

  • 6183.
    Urbas, Anders
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science, Centrum för lärande, kultur och samhälle (CLKS). Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), The Wigforss Group.
    Malmberg, Claes
    Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science, Centrum för lärande, kultur och samhälle (CLKS), Lärande, Profession och Samhällsutveckling.
    Hållbar utveckling – vem är och bör vara ansvarig?2018In: Lärportalen: Hållbar utveckling / [ed] Claes Malmberg, Stockholm: Skolverket , 2018, p. 1-11Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med kapitlet är att lyfta fram hållbar utveckling som en gemensam angelägenhet vars riktning styrs av de kollektiva beslut som fattas. Detta ställs i relation till ett individuellt perspektiv. Det politiska och demokratiska är genomgående begrepp. Särskilt betonas kategorierna som handlar om politisering och avpolitisering av frågor som handlar om hållbar utveckling. Ni får möjlighet att använda begreppen för att analysera undervisningsmaterialet som används i klassrummet och den egna undervisningens fokus.

  • 6184.
    Urbas, Anders
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science, Centrum för lärande, kultur och samhälle (CLKS). Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), The Wigforss Group.
    Malmberg, Claes
    Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science, Centrum för lärande, kultur och samhälle (CLKS), Lärande, Profession och Samhällsutveckling.
    Hållbar utveckling, avpolitisering och avdemokratisering2018In: Lärportalen: Hållbar utveckling, Stockholm: Skolverket , 2018, p. 1-5Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med kapitlet är att lyfta fram hållbar utveckling som en gemensam angelägenhet vars riktning styrs av de kollektiva beslut som fattas. Detta ställs i relation till ett individuellt perspektiv. Det politiska och demokratiska är genomgående begrepp. Särskilt betonas kategorierna som handlar om politisering och avpolitisering av frågor som handlar om hållbar utveckling. Ni får möjlighet att använda begreppen för att analysera undervisningsmaterialet som används i klassrummet och den egna undervisningens fokus.

  • 6185.
    Urbas, Anders
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science, Centrum för lärande, kultur och samhälle (CLKS).
    Malmberg, Claes
    Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science, Centrum för lärande, kultur och samhälle (CLKS), Lärande, Profession och Samhällsutveckling.
    Värden, demokrati och lösningar på samhällsproblem - exemplet kost och hälsa2018In: Health management: Vinst, värde och kvalitet i hälso- och sjukvård / [ed] Lars Nordgren & Kristofer Hansson, Stockholm: Sanoma utbildning , 2018, 1, p. 181-208Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 6186.
    Urbas, Anders
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), The Wigforss Group.
    Mineur, Therése
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), The Wigforss Group.
    Arvidsson, Jessica
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), The Wigforss Group.
    Tideman, Magnus
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), The Wigforss Group.
    Valfrihetssystem inom primärvården och personer med intellektuell funktionsnedsättning – en kunskapsöversikt2015In: Nordisk Administrativt Tidsskrift, ISSN 0029-1285, no 2, p. 18-36Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    I Sverige trädde Lagen om valfrihet (LOV) i kraft 1 januari 2009 och 2010 blev det obligatoriskt för landstingen/regionerna att införa valfrihetssystem inom hälso- och sjukvårdens primärvård. Valfrihetssystemet innebär att vårdgivare (offentliga och privata) har rätt att etablera sig inom primärvården med offentlig ersättning och att medborgarna har rätt att välja vårdgivare. Syftet är att vårdgivarna ska konkurrera om medborgarna vilket ska leda dels till ökat individuellt inflytande, dels till ökad kvalitet och effektivt inom välfärdssektorn. I denna artikel avrapporteras en kunskapsöversikt på temat valfrihetssystem inom primärvården och vuxna med intellektuell funktionsnedsättning. Insamling av material har skett genom sökningar i databaser (28st), granskning av rapporter och utvärderingar (22st) och kontakter med forskare på området (9st). Slutsatsen av översikten är att tematiken valfrihetssystem inom primärvården och vuxna med intellektuell funktionsnedsättning är outforskad. © Nordisk Administrativt Tidsskrift

  • 6187.
    Urbas, Anders
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
    Trolle-Schultz Jensen, Jette
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
    Delrapport 1 i projekt Individsamverkansteam (IST) Falkenberg2014Report (Other academic)
  • 6188.
    Urbas, Anders
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), The Wigforss Group.
    Trolle-Schultz Jensen, Jette
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), The Wigforss Group.
    Vetenskap, politik och kommunikation2015In: Vinklade budskap – perspektiv på politisk kommunikation / [ed] Hans Bengtsson, Halmstad: Halmstad University Press , 2015, 1:1, p. 33-46Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 6189.
    Urbas, Anders
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
    Trolle-Schultz Jensen, Jette
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
    Holmquist, Mats
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
    Nyman, Carin
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
    Delutvärderingsrapport 1 i projekt Steget Vidare, Varberg2014Report (Other academic)
  • 6190.
    Urbas, Anders
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science, Centrum för lärande, kultur och samhälle (CLKS).
    Trolle-Schultz Jensen, Jette
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
    Holmquist, Mats
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Regional Learning and Governance (RELL).
    Nyman, Carin
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
    Delutvärderingsrapport 2: Projekt Individsamverkansteam (IST) Falkenberg2015Report (Other academic)
  • 6191.
    Urbas, Anders
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science, Centrum för lärande, kultur och samhälle (CLKS).
    Trolle-Schultz Jensen, Jette
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
    Holmquist, Mats
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
    Staland-Nyman, Carin
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
    Delutvärderingsrapport 1 i projekt Individsamverkansteam (IST) Falkenberg2014Report (Other academic)
  • 6192.
    Urbas, Anders
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science, Centrum för lärande, kultur och samhälle (CLKS).
    Trolle-Schultz Jensen, Jette
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
    Holmquist, Mats
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
    Staland-Nyman, Carin
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
    Delutvärderingsrapport 2 i projekt Steget vidare, Varberg2015Report (Other academic)
  • 6193.
    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.

  • 6194.
    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.

  • 6195.
    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.

  • 6196.
    van Es, Jennifer
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare.
    Viebke, Ninni
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare.
    Kompetensförsörjning: Att behålla medarbetare när fler byter jobb allt oftare2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In today’s Labor market we can see a trend that more and more individuals change jobs moreoften, an unexplained subject in the field of skills supply. The trend places greater demandson organizations to attract, develop and retain their staff. This paper aims to investigate howthis trend can affect organizations work with skills supply and to find out which factorsorganizations are focusing on to keep their staff.This qualitative study that includes eight small and mediumsized organizations from differentindustries shows that some organizations adapt to the trend while others do not. Somemanagers say that the trend is a alternation, something that you are always supposed to beprepared for. Others say that you loose focus on the actual work if you lay your focus on thetrend and how you risk losing your employees. Another part believes that the trend issignificant and that it is important to take into account. The trend has been shown to influenceseveral industries, and many managers choose to focus more on retaining and developing theirstaff today than before. The study also shows that other factors than wages, such asdevelopment and well-being, tend to be more important in today's labor market.

  • 6197.
    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. 

  • 6198.
    Van Raalte, Judy L.
    et al.
    Springfield College, Ithaca, NY, USA.
    Petitpas, Albert J.
    Springfield College, Springfield, MA, USA.
    Andersen, Mark B.
    Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), Health and Sport.
    Rizzo, Julia
    Springfield College, Springfield, MA, USA.
    Using Technology in Supervision and Training2016In: Global Practices and Training in Applied, Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology: A Case Study Appraoch / [ed] J. Gualberto Cremades & Lauren S. Tashman, New York: Routledge, 2016, p. 352-359Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 6199.
    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.

  • 6200.
    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.

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