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  • 2001.
    Wensberg, Eric
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Budgetlös styrning2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Bakgrund: Under 1970-talet börjar företag förändra sitt arbetande med traditionell budget. Detta p.g.a.att budgeten inte ses som tillräckligt flexibel i världens olika förändringar. Många företag väljer att förbättra den traditionella budgeten med olika förbättringsåtgärder. Som ett exempel på detta är Handelsbanken som väljer ett nytt system Beyond Budgeting/Budgetlösstyrning. Ett ekonomistyrningssystem som är den traditionella budgetens motsats.

    Syfte: Studien syftar till att se hur de olika systemen fungerar i reella verksamheter, och speciellt de som har erfarenheter av Beyond Budgeting. Den vill också undersöka om man får liknande svar vid som litteraturen beskriver Beyond Budgeting.

    Metod: Uppsatsen använder sig av en kvalitativ undersökningsmetod och en fallstudie som undersöker ämnet Beyond Budgeting. Primärdata är insamlad egenom semistrukturerade intervjuer som sedan jämförts med sekundärdata i form av tidigare undersökningar samt litteratur.

    Slutsats: I undersökningen av de berörda företagen kunde ingen av dem ange en negativ effekt, alla de undersöka företagen beskrev BB helt utan brister. Enligt EAF/The Evolutionary Adoption beskrivs organisationers val av förändrade system, är anledningen att organisation upplever BB/Beyond Budgeting som nästintill felfritt. BB är designat att vara flexibelt och vara den traditionella budgetens motpol vilket de valda organisationerna eftersträvar. BB är också ett system som ger en överblick med nyckeltal och teknisk utveckling vilket EAF och empirin bekräftar. Nyckeltalen och den tekniska utvecklingen har gett BB dess framgång som ett lyckat system.

  • 2002.
    Westberg, Elias
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    NÄTVERKSMARKNADSFÖRING: Direkthandel med fokusering på home party2012Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Marketing is an extremely broad concept and the number of methods available to promotetheir businesses are enormous. In today's society we are exposed to thousands of marketingmessages and most of the sort we automatically deleted. It is therefore important to be able tomarket themselves in the most efficient manner possible. There is no marketing method isbest for all businesses, but every company has to investigate and try the method that suits thethem. A form of marketing that is cost-effective is network marketing, where it is aboutpeople becoming distributors for the company and markets its products and recruiting newdistributors. The company pays compensation to each distributor based on what the dealerachieves in sales in its network, and thus the company pays for its advertising after theproduct has been sold, which means that no unnecessary cost to marketing exist.Since this form of selling is not in store but go directly from the company to end usersthrough any retailer, it is about direct selling. In this survey the aim is to find out if people areinterested to be these retailers and help companies market products through direct sellinghome party method. This study revealed that many have been at home party like customer andalso have bought anything, and that look good for networking companies. But actually beingdistributor do not seem to be interesting, which is a problem for these companies. Why theinterest in itself be a distributor was so low in the future will not be in this study, andtherefore requires more research on the subject. However, the form of compensation besignificant, since the pricing in this industry is on a commission and a majority of theparticipants in this study emphasized their commitment to a fixed normal monthly salary.

  • 2003.
    Westerberg, Gunilla
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Pedagogisk ledare eller curlingrektor?: Arbetslagens förväntade behov av ledning och rektors roll2009Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 2004.
    Westerdahl, Natalie
    University of Skövde, School of Business.
    Autenticitet: - En studie om betydelsen av autenticitet i vår nutida upplevelse-ekonomi2014Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Today's consumers are no longer satisfied with a single product, they want added value, an

    image to relate to, to fit in, but also adapt their products for their specific needs. We are in a

    kind of experience-economy. Demand on where the product that I buy comes from, who made

    it, what country the person lives in, if the package fits into my bathroom-shelf and how the

    product feels, are going to play a more and more important role for consumers. A product

    should feel authentic, thus genuine. What makes a thing true for a person, might not make it

    true for another, therefore companies individualize products more and more. This has led to a

    plethora of different offers, which is something that we as consumers also expect. This essay

    describes the added value that today's consumer’s want and why that is the case. The creation

    of added value in the product and forging emotional relationships with consumers is an

    important part of the theory section in terms of understanding what authenticity is and who

    wants it. The study is conducted with respondents, active in the skincare-industry to find

    answers to the problem statement in the essay. The analysis and conclusion contains the

    nuances of responses from respondents, which answers the questions that are based on the

    theory section of the essay. The analysis and conclusion contains the shades of responses

    from respondents to see how authenticity takes form in companies marketing

    communications.

  • 2005.
    Westerlund, Johanna
    University of Skövde, School of Business.
    Uppfattningen av aktivitetsbaserade arbetsplatser: En kvantitativ studie om hur aktivitetsbaserade arbetsplatser uppfattas av anställda inom en kunskapsintensiv organisation2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Technological development in combination with organizations becoming increasingly knowledge-intensive, has given rise to new ways of working that call for new ways of designing workplaces. The modern office concept activity-based workplaces means that all workplaces are designed according to the overall work tasks that occur within the organization. Earlier research and studies show several advantages with the concept, but few of them correspond to how the employees perceive it in practice. Hence, the purpose of the current study is to investigate how employees in a knowledge-intensive organization perceive an activity-based workplace. To generate an overall picture of how employees in a knowledge-intensive organization perceive an activity-based workplace, a quantitative method in the form of a web-based survey was used. Respondents consisted of employees in an audit firm and the result reinforces previous research on the subject, where benefits such as better communication and collaboration increases, while on the other hand creates concentration difficulties for many employees. It also turns out that employees adapt differently to the new concept depending on how involved they feel they have been in the design of the activity-based workplace. Furthermore, the result indicates that certain factors that are important for employees to appreciate their workplace, such as being able to regulate airing, light and noise levels where they work, disappear due to the implementation of the activity-based workplace. In sum, the study confirms previous research, showing that the activity-based workplace is not suitable for all employees and would need to be further developed and adapted in order to benefit all parts of an organization.

  • 2006.
    Westerlund, Johanna
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Business.
    Franzén, Julia
    University of Skövde, School of Business.
    Vad attraherar kvinnliga IT-studenter vid val av arbetsplats?: En kvantitativ jämförande studie mellan män och kvinnors preferenser vid val av arbetsplats2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In today's labor market, it is important for organizations growth to both recruit and keep talented people and the understanding of what is decisive for a person when choosing where to seek employment, is therefore more important than ever. Although Sweden is ranked as one of the world's leading countries in terms of gender equality and IT is one of the country's largest professions, women only account for one-fifth of all those working in the profession. One reason why there is a lack of women in the industry, according to previous studies, may be that men and women´s preferences in choosing a workplace differ. Previous studies show that men and women have different preferences in choosing a workplace and it may be one of the reasons why they choose to work in different industries. Basically, we chose to investigate whether there are differences between men and women's preferences, which could be the reason for the lack of women working in IT in the automotive industry. In order to find out, we have investigated the preferences of men and women in the choice of workplace as well as the differences between men and women's perceptions of the automotive industry. A quantitative survey in the form of an inquiry was conducted and the results showed that the discrepancy between men and women's preferences is low and that prejudices such as previous research on women's relation to IT show are not fully correct.

  • 2007.
    Westerlund, Patrik
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Nieminen, Tapani
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Marknadskommunikation: Sinnesmarknadsföring inom klädbutiker beroende på om den är riktad mot män eller kvinnor2011Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Genom att tillämpa sinnesmarknadsföring i butikens marknadskommunikation så kan konsumenterna bli mottagliga för det budskapet som sänds ut till dem. Däremot är det få marknadsförare som idag arbetar aktivt med sinnesmarknadsföring. Detär en viktig del i att driva en butik då denna kommunikation kan vara en helt avgörande faktor i hur människan upplever butiken och produkterna. Syftet meduppsatsen är att analysera hur butikschefer tillsammans med medarbetarna arbetar med sinnesmarknadsföring samt hur konsumenterna påverkas av detta. Uppsatsens undersökning kommer att ge svar på hur olika marknadsföringssätt skiljer sig beroende på vem den riktar sig mot. Frågan som kommer att besvaras i uppsatsen är: Hur reagerar män och kvinnor på budskap som har till avsikt att påverkaderas sinnen?

  • 2008.
    Westin Kornblad, Birgitta
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Larm, Marita
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Pedagogers utsagor och resonemang om mötet med barn som är identifierade med språkstörning.2009Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    One of the most important tasks of school is to teach all children to read. The aim of thisstudy is to elucidate and to analyze the statements and arguments, of the pedagogues,concerning meeting with children with identified language disorder. We want to spotwhat is said to be of significance in order to stimulate these students' readingdevelopment in the first to the third grade. In order to find answers, to the questions ofthe issues, we have used a qualitative method with unstructured interviews. In the studyfive pedagogues were interviewed, all of them with experience of working with studentswith language disorder. The result shows that the opinion of the respondents, aboutwhat is of significance in order to stimulate the reading development of these students isthe relationship to the student, to meet on the level of the student, organizationflexibility, amount experience, external help and parent collaboration. With support ofschedules the student’s individual reading development can be followed and the workaccordingly organized by the pedagogues. The difficulties influence their learningthrough the years and primary their reading development. Therefore, the strength of thestudent and the using of the five senses must be taken to heart in the education, in orderto better incorporate reading. Of great importance for reading development, of studentswith language disorder, is tailored, structured and joyful stimulus of the language, inways of variation and also the student’s motivation. Fundamental, as the pedagoguesstress in the statements, is the need of information before meeting with these students,the importance of linguistic awareness and the part taking of the parents.

  • 2009.
    Wetterström Stålarm, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
    Jag nöjer mig med godkänt: En studie om elevers mål mot betyget A eller E2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study is based on examining why some students “settle for E”. Why do some students choose to strive for the grade E and others for A in the context of theoretical exams? Four students at a vocational upper secondary school program have been interviewed in this qualitative study to understand which motivational aspects that can influence students in their studies. The results show that students value the ratings differently, one student has doubts about the ability to perform an A, and students are influenced by their classmates’ motivation to study. The discussion pointed out the value of feedback and that students rather should be encouraged for their efforts rather than for their personal characteristics.

  • 2010.
    White, Stuart
    University of Skövde, School of Business.
    Narcissistic chief executive officers and corporate acquisitions: An upper echelons perspective2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study investigates how chief executive officer narcissism impacts the organizations strategic decisions and outcomes. Rooted in the idea that the organization is a reflection of its top managers, I theorize that narcissistic chief executive officers may influence the decision process leading to corporate acquisitions. Furthermore, taking into account the Dotcom bubble and subprime-crash, research on merger waves is incorporated into the research framework as an outside of the organization effect impacting organizational outcomes. Using a sample of 116 acquisitions by 60 chief executive officers at public listed U.S. firms this is tested from 1994-2017. The results show little to no connection between chief executive officer narcissism and corporate acquisitions in total, international acquisitions or through truly large acquisitions. Though there is a positive connection between observable characteristics such as education and age influencing the decision to acquire firms. When comparing the sample of 116 acquisitions to a general market sample of 4379 acquisitions, a connection to merger wave theory is identified.

  • 2011.
    Wiberg, Gustav
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Open Source, Pedagogik och Teknik: rekommendation av pedagogisk OS-programvara2006Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med denna undersökning är att erhålla relevanta frågeställningar som ska utgöra engrund för att ge en rekommendation på en pedagogisk Open Source-programvara som stödjere-learning. En utvärderingsmodell skapas för att få fram ett relevant resultat baseras på svarenpå dessa frågeställningar. Utvärderingsmodellen tillämpas i en fallstudie för att visa enpraktisk användning av modellen. Det framgår vad som är relevant att tänka på vidinförskaffande av en Open Source-programvara som ska vara så pedagogisk som möjligt.

  • 2012.
    Wiberg, Olivia
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Business.
    Smedman, Sofia
    University of Skövde, School of Business.
    Kvalitativ jämställdhet på ledande positioner: En studie om kvinnliga chefers ledarskap2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background and problem: The background of this study is that there still exists a qualitative inequality in senior positions. Although women both have the ability and willingness to act as managers, they constitute a minority in these positions. Consequently, there is a problem when companies do not take advantage of female managers and their skills to the same extent as with male managers. Therefore, the problem investigated in this study is: Why are women still in a minority among managers in senior positions?

    Purpose and Method: The purpose of this study is to create a deeper understanding of the characteristics female managers ́ leadership from an employee perspective. This understanding will lead to suggestions on how a business can work to promote qualitative equality in management positions. The method used for the study was a qualitative method in which data was collected through semi-structured interviews with female managerial employees at different branches in Western Sweden.

    Empiricism: The empirical result has shown indications of how employees perceive their managers as well as the properties that mirror their leadership. The results have shown that the properties could be divided into three areas of skills that managers should possess in order to implement a leadership that is considered beneficial to employees and make them satisfied at work. These properties are: personal-, interpersonal- and group-oriented skills that consist of a variety of properties.

    Analysis: The analysis have shown that there are both similarities and differences between this study and the results of earlier studies. Where these differences and similarities have enabled that the purpose and the problem for this study has been answered.

    Conclusion: The conclusion of this study’s results have shown that it is important to work for qualitative equality within the company, as the results showed that female managers apply effective leadership that consists of a combination of both male and female leadership, a so-called "double combination". This thereby indicates that women can be effective managers just as well as men. 

  • 2013.
    Wickelgren, Mikael
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    En skiss över Volvos historia2011In: Volvo i våra hjärtan - hur skall det gå?: En närdiskussion om "nationalklenoden" Volvo / [ed] Sten Jönsson & Mikael Wickelgren, Malmö: Liber, 2011, p. 30-62Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 2014.
    Wickelgren, Mikael
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Varumärket Volvo2011In: Volvo i våra hjärtan - hur skall det gå?: En närdiskussion om "nationalklenoden" Volvo / [ed] Sten Jönsson & Mikael Wickelgren, Malmö: Liber, 2011, p. 86-114Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 2015.
    Wickelgren, Mikael
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Business. University of Skövde, Enterprises for the Future.
    Andersson, Thomas
    University of Skövde, School of Business. University of Skövde, Enterprises for the Future.
    Cäker, Mikael
    University of Gothenburg, Sweden / Trondheim Business School, Norway.
    How incentive systems arrived in Sweden: a tale of travelling ideas and ghost myths in action2018In: International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy, ISSN 1478-1484, E-ISSN 1741-8135, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 67-81Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper describes and explains how and why incentive systems began spreading in Sweden, despite the differences between the dominating business values in the USA (where incentive systems originated) and Sweden. A ghost myth in Sweden’s national business system explains why it happened when it did. Theories on travelling ideas underemphasise the fact that organisations/countries hold varying and competing ideas of suitable practices at the same time. Ghost myths are important alternative concepts which are activated when contextual circumstances arise for a shift in practices. This research is based on a hermeneutic and qualitative approach using texts and interviews and it highlights the role of ghost myths in terms of how ideas travel and how they are translated in different contexts.

  • 2016.
    Wickelgren, Mikael
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Andersson, Thomas
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Cäker, Mikael
    School of business, economics and law, University of Gothenburg.
    The infusion of incentive systems in Sweden - translating ideas from one context to another2013Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 2017.
    Wickelgren, Mikael
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Kazemi, Ali
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Andersson, Thomas
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Tengblad, Stefan
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Personalledning i detaljhandeln: Ledarskap och medarbetarskap i svenska butiker2012Report (Refereed)
  • 2018.
    Wickerath, Susanne
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Definitions of an intangible asset: in context with HGB, IFRS and US-GAAP2008Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

     

     

    This Bachelor thesis deals with the definition of Intangible Assets in the context of

    financial reporting. The purpose is to integrate intangible assets into the balance

    sheet. After a thorough analysis of the ongoing research shows that there is general

    consensus concerning intellectual property, and general confusion concerning

    knowledge, information and organization capital. Some have what it takes to enter

    balance sheets, while others still lack a holistic concept that is generally accepted

    and fulfils the demand of accounting. Neither of them is reported according to the

    presently available and established knowledge. This thesis shows that a prerequisite

    for an improved reporting is the consequential extension of accounting principles for

    intangible assets. The fact that the term “intangible asset” became a gathering of all

    possible intangible phenomena demands counter-actions. One of its reasons is the

    demand for the measurement of relative performances of intangible assets. This

    thesis shows that reporting absolute figures for intangible assets does not stand in

    contrast with this, but can deliver the necessary data set for a holistic analysis that

    also deals with intangible assets.

     

     

  • 2019.
    Widell, Karin
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
    Hanna, Tornblad
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
    "Education is the key of life": A Minor Field Study about the discourses of parental involvement in two Tanzanian primary schools2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In Tanzania, the enrolment in school is high but the students’ performance is in general low. Parents are seen as important agents to provide students with opportunities to succeed in school. It is therefore of interest to investigate what is being said about parental involvement (PI) in the Tanzanian school. The aim with this study is to identify and analyse common assumptions about PI in the context of the Tanzanian primary school. We had the opportunity to travel to Tanzania for eight weeks to investigate this. Qualitative semi-structured interviews with eight parents and two teachers about PI were carried out in two rural villages. Questions to the parents about their perception of education were furthermore asked in order to achieve a background for their statements about PI. The study is based on a discourse analytical approach, meaning that the result was obtained through identifying discourses by analysing the respondents’ statements. The analysis resulted in five discourses: Education for the future, PI as a resource, PI as pressures from teachers, PI as a lack of education and PI as paying attention to children’s education. The contents which fill the discourses are discussed in relation to the context of the study as well as perception of the relationship between home and school. The parents in this study value education highly and their involvement is mostly about contributing with financial support. Yet, the teachers are demanding a higher involvement from parents. The low socioeconomic background is a barrier for many parents to become involved. A conscious effort, aimed at getting parents more involved, is needed in order to increase the children’s academic performance.

  • 2020.
    Widsing, Veronica
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Grundell, Åsa
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Pedagogers användning av verktyget pekplattan i förskolan: Pekplattan som stöd för barns språkutveckling2014Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Technology is a big part of every child living in the community, this gives us a responsibility to give children the opportunity to explore and experiment with IT tool touchpad in order to stimulate children's language development in their early years. In the kindergarten curriculum (Lpfö 98 /2010) , it is written that preschool should promote children's development in the simple technology of everyday life (a.a.).

    IT development is constantly moving forward, constantly discovered new amazing applications on the computer tools we use today. The technology is here to stay! How can we communicate our knowledge to the children within the area of ​​use the touchpad when it comes to children's language development?

    The purpose of this study is to investigate how the touchpad used in the preschool activities to promote children's language development. The study highlights the authors how educators use the touchpad as a tool for promoting language development of children from a didactic perspective.

    This study is qualitative as the authors have done their own analyzes and interpretations based on observations, and that the authors highlight educators' views and ideas how to use the touchpad interviews. Eleven teachers at three different departments were interviewed and six observations have been carried out.

    The result shows how teachers use the touchpad to promote children's language development. The issues that are important in the study answered by respondents' interview responses and the observations don. The discussion includes the authors ' thoughts on teachers' attitudes to IT tool touchpad. The developed theory in the study are discussed and linked to the purpose of the study and issues.

  • 2021.
    Widéll, Maja
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Lundberg, Linda
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Konflikter i arbetslag: En studie kring hinder och möjligheter i förhållande till lärarrollen2008Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The study describes, through a qualitative method, the expressions teachers have about conflicts in work groups as a possibility or an obstacle for the teacher role. Furthermore the study aims to give an understanding of the consequence of conflicts for the teacher role. Qualitative interviews were individually conducted with teachers from three different schools teaching children aged between 10-12.

     

    The concept of conflict has during the teacher education mainly discussed through a student perspective. By being in school, the study authors noted that conflicts are also common among teachers, where the effects on various affected professional. In this context, formed an interest around the area, on the basis of whether the conflicts appears as a possibility, and an obstacle to the teacher role.

     

    The result of the study shows that conflicts in teacher teams are described as a possibility, respectively an obstacle in the role as teacher. The managing of a conflict is described as decisive in how the conflicts are considered. The teachers' experience, attitude and knowledge of conflicts in working groups are essential for the results of the conflicts. The teachers express conflicts in working groups mainly as a negative occurrence for the teacher role. Difficulties that can appear concerns cooperation, deficient commitment, the teacher's health and deficient development. In the context the study's results also show the possibilities gained from a conflict in a working group, it encourages increased creativity, improved cooperation and a more successful development work.

  • 2022.
    Wikström Bennulf, Christer
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Larsson, Lars
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Infärgningens nyanser: Tolkningar av infärgning vid kärn- och karaktärsämnen på gymnasiet ur ett lärarperspektiv2008Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of the study is to examine the possibilities and difficulties, which six qualified teachers of subjects specific to programs and core subjects at an upper secondary school see.

    The study is qualitative and began with a pilot survey and was followed by six interviews with upper secondary school teachers who all have experiences of vocational- and preparing for ensuing studies programs. The interviews were performed at the school which made the respondents feel safe and therefore gained a higher quality in the answers.

    The theories chosen consists of a definition what integration of subjects specific to programs and core subjects involves, ways to look at knowledge and a description of when theory integrates with practice in the education.

    The results indicate that a big difficulty for teachers who work with integration of theoretical subjects and practical subjects at the vocational training education is to agree on a common opinion of integration of theoretical subjects and practical subjects at the vocational training education. Mayor factors for this collective understanding are cooperation and planning. Further more can changes of premises and schedules prevent situations where the cooperation doesn’t work. This means among other things that the school’s organisation ought to take a bigger responsibility, carry the message and look after the work with integration of theoretical subjects and practical subjects at the vocational training education. Results of integration of theoretical subjects and practical subjects at the vocational training education indicates that students see more relations and learns more when using integration.

  • 2023.
    Wikström, Niclas
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Business.
    Sjöholm, Daniel
    University of Skövde, School of Business.
    Välj rätt känd profil: En studie inriktad på kapitalvarubranschen. Företagens användning av marknadsföringsmetoden Celebrity endorsement, tillsammans med kundernas uppfattning.2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 2024.
    Wilbert, Julieta K. W.
    et al.
    Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil.
    Durst, Susanne
    University of Skövde, School of Business. University of Skövde, Enterprises for the Future. South Ural State University, Chelyabinsk, Russian Federation.
    Aisenberg Ferenhof, Helio
    Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil.
    Selig, Paulo M.
    Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil.
    Unlearning at the Individual Level: An Exploratory Case Study in a High Power Distance Country2018In: Journal of Innovation Management, ISSN 1000-324X, E-ISSN 2183-0606, Vol. 6, no 3, p. 17-39Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents a case study that addresses factors that influence unlearning at the individual level. These factors were studied in a public sector organization located in a country characterized by high power distance. The case organization went through a change process of a daily routine caused by the introduction of a new technology. Data were collected through semi structured face-to-face interviews with shop floor agents in the state of Santa Catarina/Brazil. The results highlight the strong influence of the support of formal leaders on the unlearning process of individuals, suggesting that managers operating in a high power distance environment have to make bigger efforts compared to their counterparts in small power distance settings to promote unlearning processes of employees. The study advances the limited body of knowledge regarding unlearning in general and unlearning at the individual level in particular. It also stresses the influence of the national cultural dimension on the unlearning process of individuals.

  • 2025.
    Wilhelmsson, Emma
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Varumärkens påverkan av konkurrensmedel: hur påverkar valet av konkurrensmedel butikens arbete med att förstärka varumärket?2008Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    I dagens samhälle har varumärken kommit att spela en allt mer betydelsefull roll för konsumenten. Vi exponeras för dem dagligen och det är därför näst intill omöjligt att inte påverkas av dem. Ett varumärke innebär inte enbart ett namn på en produkt utan även dess identitet, det vill säga de mervärden, värderingar samt uppfattningar som varumärket medför. I och med företagens ökade marknadsföringsåtgärder har det blivit svårare att kunna urskilja sig ifrån mängden. Det har därför blivit allt viktigare att kunna positionera sig på marknaden genom att skapa differentierade produkter för att kunna synas i mängden och nå ut till konsumenten. Genom att ha ett väl genomarbetat varumärke och en bra positionering kan företaget finna sin unika position på marknaden och därigenom skapa en plats i kundens medvetande. Butikerna utsätts alltså för en allt mer konkurrenskraftig marknad där detta arbete blivit allt viktigare att granska och utveckla. Undersökningen syftar till att beskriva hur butiker arbetar med att förstärka sitt varumärkes identitet samt positionering. Jag vill utreda hur det faktiska arbetet ser ut och hur detta arbete påverkas av de olika konkurrensmedel butiken har valt.

    Samtliga undersökta butiker har en unik varumärkesidentitet och arbetar på olika sätt med att förstärka sitt varumärke samt sin position. En av de intervjuade butikerna är Din Sko som just nu genomgår en förändring av sin positionering där de vill öka modegraden samt förbättra kvaliteten på produkterna. En strategi har därför utvecklats för att kunna bli allt mer konkurrenskraftiga, bland annat genom att förändra sina marknadsföringsåtgärder. De andra butikerna vars butikschefer har intervjuats är Hemköp, Pressbyrån samt ICA Maxi. De tre olika kedjorna har väl inarbetade varumärken och arbetet med att förstärka dem sker till stor del genom att trycka på de egenskaper de redan besitter samt ständigt utveckla och förbättra dem. För samtliga butiker som ingår i undersökningen påverkas arbetet med att förstärka sina varumärken på olika sätt av de konkurrensmedel de valt. Ett av Din Skos främsta konkurrensmedel är priset vilket försvårar deras arbete med att genomföra en förändring då detta är kostnadskrävande men får ändå inte påverka prisnivån i någon större bemärkelse. Hemköp och Pressbyrån satsar på konkurrensmedel som kräver stora resurser vilket kräver en relativt hög prisnivå på sortimentet. Detta kompenseras genom att butikerna ständigt måste påvisa på sin varumärkesidentitet och dess egenskaper för att kunderna ska tycka att det är värt att lägga några kronor extra för att handla i de båda kedjorna. ICA Maxi satsar på flera konkurrensmedel vilket gör att höga förväntningar skapas. För att behålla kundernas lojalitet måste företaget ständigt förbättra det svåra arbetet med att uppfylla dessa förväntningar.

  • 2026.
    Williams, Christopher
    et al.
    Durham University Business School, Durham, United Kingdom.
    Durst, Susanne
    University of Skövde, School of Business. University of Skövde, Enterprises for the Future.
    Exploring the transition phase in offshore outsourcing: Decision making amidst knowledge at risk2018In: Journal of Business Research, ISSN 0148-2963, E-ISSN 1873-7978Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We explore the transition phase in information system (IS) offshore outsourcing, focusing on ongoing decisions made in a client-vendor arrangement and the implications these decisions have for knowledge at risk. Drawing on time-compression and knowledge at risk literatures we argue that firms will need to make ongoing transitional decisions over time as knowledge intensive work is increasingly handed over from client to vendor. We conduct a longitudinal exploratory case study of a strategic development project transitioned from a European client to a company in India over a 4-year period. Analysis indicates: (1) four distinct phases of the transition: penetration, embedment, ramp-up and stabilization; (2) how transitional decisions and knowledge at risk vary across these phases. Results from the longitudinal approach have implications not only for understanding the ‘what’ and ‘how’ in IS offshore outsourcing but also for a deeper insight into the ‘when’ question.

  • 2027.
    Windhaber, Kevin
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics.
    How interactive storytelling in a digital role-playing game can improve the learnability of Japanese Kanji2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This work explores the possibility of Interactive Storytelling being able to mediate meanings of Chinese Characters used in the Japanese language, or kanji, and successful learning foundations of kanji. A great inspiration for this work was Dr. James Heisig and his series of books “Remembering the Kanji”. The advanced learning principles he proposed were used as a foundation to create an interactive storytelling experience prototype to test if students were able to pick up on said learning strategies and also meanings of kanji. Furthermore, to ensure didactical correctness of the software teachers of Japanese and Japanese studies were asked as well to participate in the test phase with the request for didactic feedback. The obtained results showed that learnability was improved, speaking for the future prospects of this project.

  • 2028.
    Winkler, Philip
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Business.
    Komayesh, Nadia
    University of Skövde, School of Business.
    Ledning och styrning av tvärfunktionella managementteam: En fallstudie som söker att förstå införandet av tvärfunktionella team som organisatoriska utmaningar2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Kostnaden för hälso- och sjukvård i Sverige uppgår årligen enligt Statistiska centralbyrån till drygt 230 miljarder kronor vilket kan anses vara mycket. Den svenska hälso- och sjukvården är viktig för samhället och således blir de interna förhållandena och processerna viktiga för de som arbetar inom hälso- och sjukvården. Denna fallstudie har genom två delstudier undersökt en större hälso- och sjukvårdsorganisation som för drygt 1,5 år sedan genomförde en omorganisering. Specifikt har studien undersökt stödfunktionernas teamarbete och syftar till att öka förståelsen för hur teamens nya organisation teoretiskt kan förstås. Vidare syftar studien till att söka förståelse för hur arbetet som teamen bedriver upplevs fungera och tas emot. I delstudie ett intervjuades 12 medarbetare och chefer och i delstudie två insamlades en webbenkät ifrån 10 verksamhetschefer. Empirin har analyserats tematiskt och visade bland annat att den struktur som teamen verkar inom bättre kan förstås som en matrisorganisation med tillhörande utmaningar. Vidare är några av slutsatserna att den interna kontrollen var bristfällig och att både medarbetare och chefer gavs föga möjligheter till att i förlängningen utveckla ett ansvarsfullt arbetssätt. Diskussion om vad som kan utvecklas har redogjorts. Förslag på framtida forskning är att jämföra planerad- och upplevd styrning med faktisk produktivitet.

  • 2029.
    Wintner, Birgit
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
    "Night, night, sleep tight": Effects of exercise and light on sleep physiology2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 2030.
    Wirén, Klara Li
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Business.
    Shahine, Berola
    University of Skövde, School of Business.
    Svenska konsumenters förtroende till okända nätaktörer: Konsumenters beteende och erfarenheter gällande näthandel2018Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Based on digitalization and IT development marketers and Swedish consumers have increased the number of choices and opportunities regarding sales channels and consumption and through this development new challenges have been introduced to the actors on the market. On the one hand, marketers need to be able to offer consumers sales through various channels such as physical stores and online stores, on the other hand, consumers need to be active information seekers and make many decisions such as judging reliability in selecting online actors and their offers. According to a survey conducted by Kreditor, consumers in general are conscious when it comes to reliability and security regarding consumption via the Internet (Dagens Handel 2007). It can be argued that online shopping can pose risks. Nevertheless, online shopping seems to have been a foothold in the Swedish market and this type of consumption seems to be becoming more common among Swedish consumers (PostNord 2017 & Statistiska Centralbyrån 2017).

    Our study is based, among other things, on theories in consumer behavioral science and different marketing strategies. In order to get a deeper knowledge of factors behind Swedish consumers increasing online shopping we have conducted a survey of the Swedish consumers' opinions about online trading, how often they are trading together with which underlying factors that are important when buying from unknown online players. The survey states, among other things, that positive experiences and imitation drive Swedish consumers to want to shop online. Factors that create trust and willingness to trade with unknown online actors are for example different payment options, consumer privacy-policy, ratings and recommendations from other consumers but also if the companies use multi-channel sales such as both physical and online stores. In our survey we found that trustfulness for online shopping among Swedish consumers arises from marketing strategies such as word of mouth-method and the principle of social evidence. We also found that consumers seem to be active information seekers regarding trade with unknown online operators.

  • 2031.
    Wolmar, Andreas
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Carlsson, Wictoria
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Samverkan mellan förskola och skola: Lärarperspektiv på överlämning av barn mellan verksamheterna2010Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Studien syftar till att presentera förskollärares och lärares syn på vad som kännetecknar samverkan och dess betydelse mellan förskolan och skolan vid överlämningen av barn mellan verksamheterna. Den belyser även den pedagogiska dokumentationens betydelse för förskolans och skolans arbete med barnets utveckling. Studiens syfte uppkom ur teoretiska problem när det beror samverkan mellan förskola och skola, där den pedagogiska dokumentationen torde vara av betydelse för barnets utveckling. Utbildning och våra erfarenheter har också under åren gett ett intryck om att samverkan mellan verksamheterna visats sig vara en brist och att dokumentationen inte har använts på ett sätt som utvecklat barnet vidare.

    Studien är kvalitativ och genomförandet av intervjuerna skedde med hjälp av strukturerade intervjufrågor. Studien baseras på fem intervjuer, tre förskollärares och två lärare i skolan. Förskolorna och skolorna kommunalt drivna inom samma kommun. Resultatet visade på, enligt respondenterna, att samverkan har en stor betydelse inom verksamheterna vid överlämning av barn samt att vårdnadshavarna har en betydande roll för den pedagogiska dokumentationens vikt vid överlämningen. Sekretess och tystnadsplikt är av betydelse när dokumentationen överlämnas till skolorna. Yrkesetiska principer och normer vid samverkan, som till exempel trygghet, ses vara nödvändiga att beakta för barnen när de börjar skolan.

    Diskussionen berör samverkans betydelse, vilket framställs som en förhoppning och förberedande process som gynnar och främjar barnets fortsatta utveckling och trivsel. Studiens diskussion relateras till tidigare forskning och gällande styrdokument för förskola och skola. Samverkan som en röd tråd och organiseringen för att knyta nya vänskapsband lärare och barn emellan diskuteras då det enskilda barnet inte alltid är utgångspunkten. Skolan vill föra in förskolans pedagogik för att ta del av varandras erfarenheter, vilket uppmärksammas som en intressant diskussionsfråga.

  • 2032.
    Woolfson, Charles
    et al.
    Linköping University, Sweden.
    Fudge, Judy
    University of Kent, UK.
    Thörnqvist, Christer
    Linköping University, Sweden.
    Migrant precarity and future challenges to labour standards in Sweden2014In: Economic and Industrial Democracy, ISSN 0143-831X, E-ISSN 1461-7099, Vol. 35, no 4, p. 695-715Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Fears of a ‘race to the bottom’ in labour standards may have been overstated. Nevertheless, using Sweden as a case study, it is argued that the diminished capacity of trade unions to defend labour standards following the Laval judgement of the European Court of Justice, together with a decline in trade union density, a limited remit of enforcement authorities and recent changes to the Swedish labour migration regime, may have detrimental impacts on labour standards, particularly in low-skill low-wage occupations. In combination, these developments are creating new spaces for migrant precariousness within the context of a formerly well-regulated Swedish labour market model.

  • 2033.
    Wu, Yifan
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics.
    Varumärkesplacering i digitala spel: Inverkan av interaktiv belöning och bestraffning på spelarens inställning till och minnesbilder av varumärken2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 180 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Varumärkesplacering i digitala spel i samband med belöning och bestraffning harundersökts i denna studie. Resultat från tidigare studier på varumärkesplacering i spelanvändes i utformningen av undersökningen. Tidigare undersökningar av belöningoch bestraffning och dess inverkan på minnet studerades också. Detta kan vara förstagången som varumärkesplacering i digitala spel undersöks i samband med interaktivbelöning och bestraffning.Två versioner av spelet Supertuxkart skapades för undersökningen; den ena medbelönings- och bestraffningsåterkoppling och den andra utan. Deltagare från Kina ochSverige medverkade i experimentet.Undersökningen visade att varumärken med belöning eller bestraffning har tydligaeffekter på deltagarnas memorering av varumärken. Detta verkar gälla oberoende avdeltagarnas kulturella bakgrund, genus eller erfarenhet av digitala spel. Resultatetvisade även att bestraffning inte nödvändigtvis leder till en negativ inställning hosdeltagarna i samband med varumärkesplacering. Vidare studier behövs för att bättreförstå inställningsförändring i detta sammanhang.

  • 2034.
    Wänegård, Annica
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics. University of Skövde.
    Nordén, Olof
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics. University of Skövde.
    IKT som pedagogiskt verktyg: - en studie om lärares användning av IKT i undervisningen2009Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

     

    The purpose of this study is to investigate the attitude to and experience of information and communication technology (ICT) in teachers teaching and what motivates them.

     

    The study is qualitative and its research material is based on interviews. There are eight interviews and they where carried out at one school with a stated IT profile and at another school without a stated IT profile. The two schools are located in different municipalities, but both are secondary schools.

     

    The result shows that there are differences in attitude between the two schools. The school with a stated IT profile seems to have a more open mind of using ICT when teaching, but both schools sees the lack of availability as one of the main hindrance for using it. None of the participating teachers saw themselves as controlled to use ICT in their teaching. Neither did the guiding principles from The National Agency for Education about using ICT affect their teaching.

  • 2035.
    Wåtz, Christian
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Introduktionsdesign: en tutorial till Dreamlords - The Reawakening2008Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    I denna reflekterande rapport beskrivs processen av arbetet med att skapa en introduktion till spelet Dreamlords the Reawakening (vidare benämnt som Dreamlords). Verket består av ett designdokument (se bilaga), tre spelbara uppdrag samt en serie texter som syftar till att instruera spelaren om hur Dreamlords går till. Inledningsvis ges en bakgrund till Dreamlords historia, genre och målgrupp samt syftet med verket och de mål som har satts upp. Rapporten beskriver sedan förarbetet, planeringen, designdokumentet och det praktiska arbetet. En reflektion kring de val som gjorts under framställandet av verket belyser sedan den kreativa processen. Slutsatsen som presenteras i rapporten är att de arbetsmetoder som använts i framtagandet av introduktionen till Dreamlords har fungerat väl och resulterat i en godtagbar slutprodukt.

  • 2036.
    Xiao, Shengting
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Zhang, Jingyu
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Research on Agricultural Insurance Modes in China2007Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The agriculture is the basic industry of national economy, and as it has the characteristic of feebleness, its development requires the safeguard and support of many kinds of mechanisms. The agricultural insurance has a great significance for avoiding the risk during agricultural production and promoting the rural economy. But at present the demand and supplies of the agricultural insurance are both dispirited, and the status quo of development is not very atisfactory in China. Therefore, develop Chinese agricultural insurance is significant and urgent all the time.

    Although Chinese government has done a lot of innovations and experiments in some places, the agricultural insurance market is still dead-alive in China. This thesis constructs the research from the point of the present situation of the agricultural insurance, studies and compares the data of agricultural insurance modes in Shanghai, Xinjiang and Heilongjiang in the way of using the real diagnosis, thus to propose the new viewpoint on the mode of the agricultural insurance’s present stage which is used to anticipate the future of the agricultural insurance in the end.

  • 2037.
    Xu, Michelle
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Karlsson, Therése
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Upplevd marknadskommunikation och relation genom sociala medier2012Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose is to gain a deeper understanding concerning the changes tocommunication and how these changes are perceived from customers and retail companies.Furthermore the intention is to see if these experiences affect the relationship between customer and company through Facebook.

    This study is based on a combination of quantitative and qualitative approach.Data has been collected with surveys and interviews from two Swedish retail companies and 17 of their customers also participated.

    The result is based upon the answers from only two Swedish retailcompanies and their customers. Because of the few components involved the findings cannotbe generalized.

    The findings are that both companies and customers agree regarding the importanceof a company Facebookpage. They also believe the significance of a company beingconstantly active as well. Though they disagree about the main purpose with the company Facebookpage since the customers and companies’ expectations differ. Both parties believethat the company Facebookpage has the possibility to improve the relation however it seemsto depend on personal experiences and opinions when applying to reality-cases.

  • 2038.
    Yue, Xiabin
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Xing, Bo
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    The impact of R&D intensity on the volatility of stock price: A study of the Swedish Market during year 1997-20052007Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis investigates the theoretical and empirical relationships between a firm’s R&D investment intensity and the systematic risk of its common stock in Sweden. This is done by examining 38 Swedish firms between 1997 and 2005. An overlapping set of 5-year window is chosen to apply to calculate the variables of the samples.

    In this thesis, three factors are introduced as a proxy of main constituents of systematic risk: intrinsic business risk, degree of financial leverage and degree of operating leverage. And we use these three constituents to analysis the relationship between R&D investment and systematic risk.

    The results from Monte Carlos simulations and correlation analysis of our sample show that, in Sweden, firms with higher R&D intensity do face higher stock price volatility in the stock market. At the same time, we attempt to test the relationship among R&D and systematic risk’s three constituents, but find that R&D intensive firms have more financial leverage which is opposite to our expect, which might due to the shortage of data and limitation of our sample selection, and R&D intensive firms do not have obvious relations directly with intrinsic business risk, degree of financial leverage or degree of operating leverage.

  • 2039.
    Yüksel, Caroline
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Nilsson, Therese
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Mobbning: - Förväntningar på skolan ur ett föräldraperspektiv2009Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

     

    The purpose of this study is to make the parents expectations on the schools liability, of when a child ends up in a situation where he/she gets bullied, visible. The study aims also at lifting the parents' thoughts and expectations of the work around the cooperation between the school and the home in this matter. The definition of bullying which underlies this study is: when some or someone repeatedly gets insulting treatment. Different types of bullying are presented to give a background to what bullying could mean. The study is a qualitative examination where seven parents, to children between the ages of 6-12, have been interviewed. The result shows that parents have high expectations on the schools in the matter of cooperation with the homes. It also showed that the parents expect the schools to mark that bullying is unacceptable. The parents also wish for measures and follow-ups in the event of a bullying situation. The conclusion is that commitment, availability and cooperation are important parts which the parents expect from the schools in the case of a bullying situation.

  • 2040.
    Yüksel, Simon
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Sedin, Peter
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Extern ekonomisk kompetens: Familjeföretag och anlitandet av extern ekonomisk kompetens2012Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Research on family business is quite extensive. But there are still many questions that remain unanswered. An important issue relating to family business development is the desire to bring in external expertise in the finance area. It may involve services such as finance manager, controller or accountant. In this work the authors have attempted to answer the question of why the management of family businesses chooses to bring in external expertise in economics. The theory implies that the family business as long reluctant to bring in external expertise for the benefit of their own family members. The conclusions to be drawn after evaluating responses from eight family business CEOs and externally added staff in finance is that they are mostly very much welcoming the appointment of external staff in finance. Most of the view implies that without the addition of external staff, the companies would not develop as successfully as they have done. They see external staff within the finance area as strength for the new knowledge, experience and skills that businesses will benefit from. Many CEO: s advocates that you get in a person who can come up with other solutions to the problems than the conventional ones, but also a less emotional approach to family business affairs, which may be a distinct advantage. New ideas and knowledge will benefit the company. However, the personal dynamics of the external competence are of great importance to companies in the survey, it should fit into the entrepreneurial spirit and be easy to deal with, but still have privacy. Disadvantages as some have pointed out are for example, if the externally appointed expert may terminate their service or manipulate the records.

    Given all the laws and regulations that govern todays businesses requires a lot of expertise in economics, especially in the consolidated financial statements, taxation, financial statement and annual reports. This knowledge can in a few cases be met by family members, but in the vast majority of companies, you need to get the skills into the company from outside.

    We believe that our study has given us answers to the questions we had put up on the family company's approach to the use of external expertise in economics. Namely, those family businesses that want to develop win a lot of hiring external expertise in economics. Not just economically but also in many other areas.

    Keywords: Family firm, External financial competence, Corporate governance, Complexity of family firms, Succession planning. 

  • 2041.
    Zafran, Ulrika
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Mohlin Z, Emmelie
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Tillbaka till samhället: En undersökning av unga vuxna deltagare i verksamheten Catch Up2011Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Fokuset i denna uppsats ligger på att undersöka hur vilken roll Catch Up spelar för de unga vuxnas återintegrering i samhället via studier och arbete. Studien vill vidare undersöka om större förmåga att integrera sig i samhället stärker deltagarens egen roll i samhället, ändrar dennes attityder mot sig själv och andra samt ökar kommunikationsförmågan. Genom denna studie hoppas vi kunna bidra till en ökad förståelse av de socialpsykologiska problem som de unga vuxna deltagarna i Catch Up upplever samt kunna förklara de problem mekanismer som försvårar unga vuxnas integrering i samhället. Verksamheten Catch Up ligger i Skövde kommun och är en del av socialtjänsten. Verksamhetens mål är myndighetssamverkan kring unga vuxna i åldrarna 18-29. För att delta i verksamheten ska individen vara beroende av försörjningsstöd samt ha ett hinder av någon form, t ex. psykisk ohälsa. Uppsatsen utgår från den symbolisk interaktionistiska traditionen med inslag av teorin om symboliskt kapital. Tillvägagångssättet har en kvalitativ grund med semistrukturerad intervju, där åtta deltagare på Catch Up intervjuades. Resultatet visade att uppmärksamheten individerna får från Catch Ups personal gör att de kan ändra sin attityd gentemot sig själv och samhället till mer positivt. Dessutom ökar och effektivera de sin kommunikationsförmåga samt skapar en större tillit till sin sociala kontext.

  • 2042.
    Zaher, Fadi
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Evaluating Asset-Pricing Models in International Financial Markets2006Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other scientific)
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis consists of three empirical studies on asset-prices in international financial markets. The purpose is three-fold. First, to evaluate whether good predictions of economic variables may be obtained by pooling information from a broad group of financial variables. Second, to formulate asset-pricing models from seven established stock markets. Third, to evaluate the asset-pricing models in the presence of short-sales.

    Chapter 2 applies a large data set, consisting of 167 monthly time series for the UK, both economic and financial, to simulate out-of-sample predictions of industrial production, inflation, three-month Treasury-Bills and other variables. Fifteen dynamic factor models that allow forecasting based on large panels of time series are considered. The performances of these factor models are then compared to the following competing models: a simple univariate autoregressive, a vector autoregressive, a leading indicator, and a non-expectational Phillips curve models. The results show that the dynamic factor models outperform the competing models in forecasting at 6-, 12-, and 24-month horizons. Two main findings are highlighted. First, the financial markets have a predictive power in terms of economic activity. Second, for some variables, the dynamic factor model appears to be more reliable than other competing models.

    In an attempt to analyze the equity premium puzzle and the risk-free rate puzzle, Chapter 3 compares different asset-pricing models within an international framework. To do so, it evaluates the performance of the following models: time separable-constant relative risk aversion, internal habit, external habit with externality, external habits which yield a constant risk-free rate, adaptive learning with constant gain, and state non-separability. The data are from seven industrialized countries, namely the United States, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, France, Denmark, and Sweden. Regarding empirical evidence, this thesis uses the Hansen-Jagannathan approaches to impose volatility restrictions on the asset-pricing models. The time-separable, adaptive learning and external habit models fail, and the evidence favors the internal habit persistence model. However, success is limited to some countries and to the equity premium puzzle rather than the risk-free rate puzzle. Finally, the state-non-separable specification consistently resolves the equity premium puzzle for all the countries.

    Chapter 4 analyzes the effect of market frictions on the equity premium puzzle. Indeed, in the standard asset-pricing model with time-separable preferences, the volatility of the intertemporal marginal rate of substitution is too low for plausible values of risk aversion to be consistent with consumption and asset return data. Following this, the Hansen-Jagannathan method is applied to evaluate the equity premium puzzle for the UK in two directions. First, the time-separable model, the internal and the external habit formation models and the state non-separable model are examined under the assumptions of both frictionless markets and market frictions. Second, a bootstrap experiment is conducted to show that these asset-pricing models violate the Hansen-Jagannathan bound in almost all the samples. Indeed, because of the changes in the sample means in consumption growth and asset returns, all the models appear to be weak under frictionless markets. By contrast, asset-pricing models with market frictions are much more successful in the bootstrap experiment.

  • 2043.
    Zelander Bävholm, Charlotta
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Form och Karaktärsdesign: Formens påverkan på hur människor uppfattar datorspelskaraktärer2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Denna undersökning syftade till att undersöka om människor uppfattade karaktärers personlighet olika beroende på vilken geometrisk form som vävts in i deras design. För att ge en bakgrund till undersökningen går arbetet igenom tidigare undersökningar gällande geometriska former och känslor, ikonografisk analys av bilder på karaktärer, stereotypiska karaktärer och karaktärsdesign.

    Som material för undersökningen skapades sex stycken konceptbilder på karaktärer, en kvinnlig och en manlig för var av de geometriska former som undersöktes: Cirkel, rektangel och triangel. Undersökningen utfördes med hjälp av en enkät där högstadieelever fick kryssa i de personlighetsdrag de förknippade med de olika karaktärerna, samt motivera sina val.

    Resultatet visade att geometriska former påverkade hur respondenterna uppfattade karaktärernas personlighet, men också att många andra attribut spelade en roll, som till exempel ansiktsdrag, kroppshållning och kläder. Slutsatsen skulle kunna bevisas bättre om fler, liknande arbeten gjordes, som fokuserade på flera åldersgrupper eller ställde fler djupgående frågor.

  • 2044.
    Zhang, Qiongyan
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    The Consumption Function of Luxury Goods2009Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The goal of this thesis will be to formulate an economic model that exposes the relationship between consumption of luxury goods and selected factors which includes advertising, disposable income, interest rate, price index and stock premium.

    By building the Multiple Linear Regressions model to formulate the consumption function and using the Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) as the method, it becomes apparent that advertising, disposable income and the previous quarter´s disposable income are the major variables to affect luxury good consumption, of all the factors. Furthermore, the previous quarter´s disposable income has a slightly higher effect than the current one on luxury consumption. Similar studies, which focus on luxury items, have proposed models that test a single or a few variables at a time, and others that concentrate on durable goods have a wide range of variables to examine. I attempt to combine both in my model to test luxury consumption with a wide range of variables.

  • 2045.
    Zieba, Malgorzata
    et al.
    Gdansk University of Technology, Gdansk, Poland.
    Durst, Susanne
    University of Skövde, Enterprises for the Future. University of Skövde, School of Business.
    Knowledge Risks in the Sharing Economy2018In: Knowledge Management in the Sharing Economy: Cross-Sectoral Insights into the Future of Competitive Advantage / [ed] Elena-Mădălina Vătămănescu & Florina Pînzaru, Springer, 2018, p. 253-270Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this chapter is to present and analyze potential risks connected with knowledge that organizations operating in the sharing economy might potentially face. 

  • 2046.
    Ziemke, Tom
    et al.
    Linköping University, Sweden.
    Arvola, MattiasLinköpings Universitet, Sweden.Dahlbäck, NilsLinköpings Universitet, Sweden.Billing, ErikUniversity of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre.
    Proceedings of the 14th SweCog Conference2018Conference proceedings (editor) (Refereed)
  • 2047.
    Zomaya, Homer
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Dautbegovic, Arnel
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Sex lärares uppfattningar kring ämnesintegrerad undervisning som inkluderar fysisk aktivitet.2013Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Our purpose of this study is to investigate which perceptions six different teachers in primary schools have about subject integrated teaching that includes physical activity. To answer our purpose, we as authors performed a qualitative study where we carried out totally six interviews with six teachers from three different schools. Because the sample group is limited, we cannot draw any general conclusions.

     

    In the results, it appears that all respondents believe that physical activity is important for children at school where the respondents connect movement with learning in different ways. They mentioned factors as increased motivation, improved concentration and greater opportunity for individualization for the students. It also appears that subject integrated teaching with motion occurs in the context of various subjects, but the teaching is usually not planned. The results also showed that subject integrated teaching between the subject Physical Education and other subjects are not planned in those three schools. The respondents are positive when it comes to movement in school as well as collaboration with the subject Physical Education. It turns out, however, that according to the respondents, there are various obstacles such as lack of time, running out of space and that it is not always possible to integrate movement with different subjects when children also need to work in peace, they need to work and concentrate in the classroom.

  • 2048.
    Åberg, Lisa
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Business.
    Henry, Jessica
    University of Skövde, School of Business.
    Employee Retention: Utifrån ett generationsperspektiv2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background: In the last couple of years there has been an ongoing change in the Swedish labor market where the knowledge-intensive companies find it harder to retain employees. This because highly educated employees generally are less experience less loyal towards the employer. Why companies wish to retain employees is because they aim for a low employee turnover, which is considered to be important for companies in several aspects. The study focus on important variables for employees, which makes them stay at a company, using a generation perspective. This perspective is used because employee’s work values and preferences are found to be affected by generational belonging.

    Purpose: The purpose of this study is to explore which variables that make employees with different generation belongings stay at knowledge-intensive companies. This by illustrating Employee Retention from the employee’s perspective and using a generation perspective.

    Method: The study applies a qualitative approach since the purpose is to explore the employee’s experienced reality. A case-study method is also applied since it’s suitable for complicated social phenomenon. Fundamental for a case-study is to combine different data collection methods, which is why 10 semi-structured interviews and 25 questionnaires are made within the case-company. The analysis of the data was then made with directions of an analysis strategy, which lead to the conclusion of the study.

    Conclusion: This study has identified the most important Employee Retention-variables within each generation, which also acknowledge that the generational belonging affects the variables that the employees value and consequently makes them stay at a company. The study has also shown that the most important variables that are identified in the different generations, also are found in the psychological contract. If knowledge-intensive companies identifies these variables and thereby strengthen the psychological contract, the output will be organizational loyalty and Employee Retention.

  • 2049.
    Ågren, Anna
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Stämplad för livet?: En kvalitativ studie om ungdomars upplevelser av sluten ungdomsvård2009Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med studien var att få en förståelse för hur ungdomar dömda till sluten ungdomsvård uppfattar sig själva och hur institutionstiden påverkar deras självuppfattning. Studiens vetenskapsteoretiska perspektiv är Socialkonstruktionism och det teoretiska perspektivet är Symbolisk interaktionism. Teorier som används rör Självets socialisation (Mead, 1977 & Berger & Luckmann, 1979), Stämpling och avvikelse (Becker, 1991) samt Totalainstitutioner (Goffman, 1961). Studien bygger på kvalitativa semistruktureradeintervjuer med fem ungdomar dömda till sluten ungdomsvård och som vid intervjutillfället avtjänade sina straff på ett av Statens institutionsstyrelses ungdomshem. Slutsatser som kunde dras av studien var att ungdomarna upplevde sig som avvikande och var rädda för att stämplas som avvikare efter sin tid på institutionen. Vidare upplevde ungdomarna att de förändrats under tiden på institutionen och att de övriga intagna var viktiga för ungdomarnas välbefinnande.

  • 2050.
    Åhlin, Stefan
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Arkadestetik i moderna dataspel: En stilstudie av klassisk shoot'em-up2007Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Uppsatsen undersöker det grafiska och estetiska uttrycket från klassiska spel ur genren shoot’em up, och hur man som grafiker, art director eller speldesigner kan överföra delar av detta uttryck till ett modernt spel skapat med andra förutsättningar. Uppsatsen ligger till grund för ett grafiskt verk kallat Hands of Deliverance, som består av spelgrafik som i sin helhet kan illustrera hur ett sådant modernt spel kan se ut.

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