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Holmberg, Leif
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Emsfors, E. & Holmberg, L. (2015). Uncertainty, Information Practices and Accounting in Small Firms. Small Business Institute® Journal, 11(1), 49-64
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Uncertainty, Information Practices and Accounting in Small Firms
2015 (English)In: Small Business Institute® Journal, ISSN 1944-1150, E-ISSN 1944-1169, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 49-64Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The question  addressed  is how small  firms  compensate for  deficiencies in  their accountinginformation systems and what other means they apply to handle uncertainty in their environments. Empirical data was gathered from six small firms representing two different branches of the service industry: craft and culture. A qualitative method was employed and data comes from in depth interviews with the managers and has been structured according to the framework of Simons (1995). Data indicates that most of the studied firms lack significant portions of a formal managing accounting information system. Instead, they rely upon external information, through strategic networks of competitors, customers, employees and branch organizations, to make pricing and development decisions. A practical as well as a theoretical implication  is that management control frameworks need  to  explicitly  take  intoaccount trust and trustworthiness both in relation to environment and to employees.

National Category
Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-16303 (URN)
Available from: 2016-12-08 Created: 2016-12-08 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved
Rudenstam, N.-G. & Holmberg, L. (2014). Inter-organizational cooperation: a rehabilitation project based on cooperation between health care and three social service agencies. Health, 6(5), 342-349
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Inter-organizational cooperation: a rehabilitation project based on cooperation between health care and three social service agencies
2014 (English)In: Health, ISSN 1949-4998, E-ISSN 1949-5005, Vol. 6, no 5, p. 342-349Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: Cooperation between organizations is an often-suggested remedy for handling unsolved borderland problems. However, actual projects aiming at cooperation are seldom very successful. The purpose here is to highlight obstacles related to cooperation between different organizations based on a case study of a rehabilitation project where health care and several social service organizations (social insurance, social welfare, and the local employment agency) were involved. Data were gathered through participation and interviews. Findings: It seems that efficient cooperation requires an understanding of the participating organizations’ differences in work logic as well as work practices. Furthermore, only certain fairly standardized “normal” problems may be handled through organized cooperation while non-routine exceptional problem requires a more fully integrated work organization. Implications: Obstacles to cooperation are highlighted and ways to improve the possibilities of cooperation between organizations are suggested although such possibilities are generally hampered by differences in work logic.

Keywords
Cooperation, Health Care, Social Service, Work Logic, Rehabilitation
National Category
Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-11819 (URN)10.4236/health.2014.65050 (DOI)
Available from: 2014-03-05 Created: 2014-03-05 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
Holmberg, L. (2013). Problem perception, technology and effectiveness in medical practice. Journal of Evaluation In Clinical Practice, 19(5), 868-874
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Problem perception, technology and effectiveness in medical practice
2013 (English)In: Journal of Evaluation In Clinical Practice, ISSN 1356-1294, E-ISSN 1365-2753, Vol. 19, no 5, p. 868-874Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Rationale, aims and objectives  Evidence-based medicine and clinical guidelines have been found difficult to implement in the clinical practice – mainly because lack of evidence quality and guidelines that, generally, do not account for variations in the medical cases. Variation in the medical cases enhances task uncertainty and uncertainty seems to be further enhanced through clinical guidelines. In this article, concept development is attempted, where task uncertainty is classified into a few medical problem-solving processes according to differences in medical technology and in the (initial) perception of the medical problem. Furthermore is argued the need for using different strategies in evaluating performance quality in medical health care depending on the variation in the degree of task uncertainty.

Method  Qualitative data about medical activities related to certain diseases are used to exemplify problem-solving processes representing different types of task uncertainty.

Results  It is argued that the main characteristics of medical problem-solving processes vary according to differences in medical technology and perception of perceived medical problem. Four main medical problem-solving processes are defined and demonstrated through empirical examples.

Conclusion  What may be regarded as rational behaviour is different for each type of problem-solving processes. Consequently, the processes need different organizational settings and need to be evaluated according to different criteria. Furthermore, from a practical point of view, development and education related to problem perception would seem as important as development of medical technology.

Keywords
clinical pathways, effectiveness, medical problem solving, medical uncertainty, organizational performance
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-8731 (URN)10.1111/j.1365-2753.2012.01866.x (DOI)000329285500021 ()22640223 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2011-11-16 Created: 2011-11-16 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved
Holmberg, L., Augustinsson, S. & Genell, K. (2013). Sustainable effectiveness in (public) service production. In: 22nd Nordic Academy of Management Conference held at University of Iceland, Reykjavík, 21-23 August, 20132013On Practice and Knowledge Eruptions: final program and abstracts. Paper presented at NFF, Island. 21-24 augusti 2013.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sustainable effectiveness in (public) service production
2013 (English)In: 22nd Nordic Academy of Management Conference held at University of Iceland, Reykjavík, 21-23 August, 20132013On Practice and Knowledge Eruptions: final program and abstracts, 2013Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
National Category
Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-10948 (URN)
Conference
NFF, Island. 21-24 augusti 2013
Available from: 2013-08-18 Created: 2013-08-18 Last updated: 2015-12-10Bibliographically approved
Jakobsson, L. & Holmberg, L. (2012). Quality from the patient's perspective: a one-year trial. International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, 25(3), 177-188
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Quality from the patient's perspective: a one-year trial
2012 (English)In: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, ISSN 0952-6862, E-ISSN 1758-6542, Vol. 25, no 3, p. 177-188Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose - Purpose - To study how changing information routines might influence patients’ service quality perceptions. A secondary aim was to test an instrument’s everyday feasibility for healthcare quality assessment.

Design/methodology/approach - Patients often show high grade satisfaction with general care although they display dissatisfaction with information they receive. A questionnaire survey is used to establish pa-tients’ satisfaction with an intervention consisting of introducing standardized guidelines for nursing performance and information provision. Patient satisfaction was assessed through a standardized questionnaire: ‘Quality from the Patient’s Perspective’ (QPP). A cross sectional interventional survey was applied to patients from gynaecological and haematological wards (n=71). A comparison group was used (n=67). Patients were given the questionnaire when their diagnosis was confirmed, after six months and 12 months. Data were collected succes-sively over 36-months.

Findings - Findings - The study group showed an increased satisfaction with information from nurses (p=0.001) but not physicians. However, patients tended to put greater emphasis on socio-cultural issues than information and some kind of cooperation seemed to represent high qual-ity from the patient’s perspective.

Research limitations/implications - Limitations – Successively lower response rate, mainly owing to cancer patients’ deteriorating medical conditions.

Practical implications - Implications for research, practice and/or society –The study seems to verify the concor-dance model’s relative merits and that the softer side of care appears to be more important to patients than specific improvements regarding information

Originality/value - Value - Result confirm that patients’ satisfaction with information had implications for overall quality; but social issues seemed more important and enhancing quality is best achieved through participation and cooperation.

Keywords
Nursing, Satisfaction, Acute services, Concordance model, Sweden
National Category
Business Administration Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-8716 (URN)10.1108/09526861211210402 (DOI)
Available from: 2011-11-16 Created: 2011-11-15 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved
Jakobsson, L. & Holmberg, L. (2011). Individual personal relations: effects on service quality. International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, 24(6), 430-440
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Individual personal relations: effects on service quality
2011 (English)In: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, ISSN 0952-6862, E-ISSN 1758-6542, Vol. 24, no 6, p. 430-440Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this paper is to study patients' attitudes to nurses and investigate what hampering factors occur in the actual nursing situation and what patient features might affect cooperative climates.

DESIGN/METHODOLOGY/APPROACH:

In-depth interviews were conducted with 11 male inpatients suffering prostate cancer. The interviews were personal narrations based on open-ended questions. The theoretical basis is founded in sense-making, trust and competence.

FINDINGS:

Existential issues related to nursing care were interpreted by nurses as a need for (technical) information. However, respondents indicated a need for professional support regarding their whole life. The social climate seems not to be optimal for existential talk owing to hospital routines. Patients' personal traits also affect the propensity to cooperation, and three types were distinguished: cooperating patients; passive patients; and denying patients. Nurses' competence may be regarded as hierarchical levels from optimising single items, over system optimisation and to optimisation from the patient perspective. The study indicates that not even first-level requirements are met.

RESEARCH LIMITATIONS/IMPLICATIONS:

Only patients' views were studied. Nurses' perceptions would add additional insights. Lack of personal relations and cooperation between patient and nurse may decrease service quality. Patient attitudes seem to be a major obstacle. For some patients, passively receiving technical information may be an excuse for not wanting to participate in mutual sense-making. The supposed need for technical information may also be an excuse for nurses to avoid more sensitive issues.

ORIGINALITY/VALUE:

Better quality of care involves changing patient perceptions and attitudes to what constitutes nursing competence.

Keywords
Sense making, Trust, Competences, Nursing quality, Prostate cancer, Sweden, Patients, Attitudes
National Category
Economics and Business Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-8715 (URN)10.1108/09526861111150699 (DOI)21916145 (PubMedID)
Projects
Organizational Cooperation (Organisatorisk samverkan)
Available from: 2011-11-16 Created: 2011-11-15 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved
Holmberg, L. (2011). Swedish management in an international perspective. Paper presented at Nff, Stockholm.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Swedish management in an international perspective
2011 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-8720 (URN)
Conference
Nff, Stockholm
Available from: 2011-11-16 Created: 2011-11-15 Last updated: 2011-11-18Bibliographically approved
Holmberg, L. (2010). Municipal management cooperation: managing multiple rationalities. Interdisciplinary Studies Journal, 1(1), 27-36
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Municipal management cooperation: managing multiple rationalities
2010 (English)In: Interdisciplinary Studies Journal, ISSN 1799-2702, Vol. 1, no 1, p. 27-36Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Multiple rationality organizations are characterized by the simultaneously incorporation of different kinds of logic and control systems. They have to provide not only for efficiency but also to comply with e.g. ideal of fairness, sportsman­ship, equal rights, and aesthetic values. Elite sport clubs, theatres, and several municipality activities are examples of organizations that have to cope with multiple rationalities. These organizations are often governed through a combination of political and administrative control systems. They cope mainly by decoupling activities and reinterpret the situations but this often leads to paradoxes.

Keywords
multiple rationality, municipal management, organizations, cooperation
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-8712 (URN)
Projects
Organizational Cooperation (Organisatorisk samverkan)
Available from: 2011-11-16 Created: 2011-11-15 Last updated: 2011-11-17Bibliographically approved
Corvellec, H. & Holmberg, L. (2010). Organisationers vardag: sett underifrån (2ed.). Malmö: Liber
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Organisationers vardag: sett underifrån
2010 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Liber, 2010. p. 200 Edition: 2
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-7340 (URN)978-91-47-09568-1 (ISBN)
Available from: 2010-10-22 Created: 2010-10-22 Last updated: 2011-11-17Bibliographically approved
Holmberg, L. & Rudenstam, N.-G. (2008). Cooperation in theory and practice: work logic and work practice as determining factors for cooperation. Kristianstad: Department of Business Studies, Kristianstad University College, 1(4)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Cooperation in theory and practice: work logic and work practice as determining factors for cooperation
2008 (English)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kristianstad: Department of Business Studies, Kristianstad University College, 2008
Series
Working paper series, ISSN 1650-0636 ; 2008:4
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-8717 (URN)
Projects
Organizational Cooperation
Available from: 2011-11-16 Created: 2011-11-15 Last updated: 2012-06-20Bibliographically approved
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