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  • 51.
    Ponomareva, Yuliya
    et al.
    Linnaeus University.
    Umans, Timurs
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi. Kristianstad University, Plattformen för forskning om verksamhetsförlagd utbildning och professionslärande.
    Managerial discretion: balancing opportunities and threats2013In: Academy of Management Proceedings, ISSN 1543-8643, no 1, p. 13759-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The concept of managerial discretion has previously been discussed in the two distinct fields of corporate governance and strategic management research. Strategy researchers view discretion as a scope of opportunities for managers to act upon, while the corporate governance view is that  discretion is a potential threat for a company. We attempt in this paper to unite previously divergent perspectives on the concept by building a comprehensive model that explains the antecedents of managerial discretion at organizational and environmental levels. Within this framework, we develop a typology of managerial discretion consisting of four distinct categories. We propose that the four categories of discretion will inform situations where managers will have different degrees of influence on organizational outcomes.

  • 52.
    Ponomareva, Yuliya
    et al.
    Linnaeus University.
    Umans, Timurs
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi. Kristianstad University, Plattformen för forskning om verksamhetsförlagd utbildning och professionslärande.
    Managerial discretion: balancing opportunities and threats2013Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 53.
    Ponomareva, Yuliya
    et al.
    Linnaeus University.
    Umans, Timurs
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi. Kristianstad University, Plattformen för forskning om verksamhetsförlagd utbildning och professionslärande.
    Managerial discretion: the missing link between governance and strategy2015Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 54.
    Sarwary, Zahida
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.
    Umans, Timurs
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi. Kristianstad University, Plattformen för forskning om verksamhetsförlagd utbildning och professionslärande.
    Igelström, Bengt
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.
    Professionalism and relationship quality in banks: SME perspective2013Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of the paper is to understand how SMEs perceive professionalism its influences on the customer loyalty of the banks they work with. This is being explored through investigating the black box found in the relationship between these two concepts. The paper hypotheses that corporate image and relationship quality are the intervening variables in the professionalism relationship to customer loyally, while switching barriers are then serve as moderators of the relationship between corporate image and relationship quality and customer loyalty. The paper is based on a survey answered by 335 owners of SMEs in Sweden. The findings of the paper indicate that 1) increasing perception of banks’ professionalism has a positive impact on banks’ corporate image and on the relationship quality SME possesses, 2) increasing positive perception of the banks’ corporate image and increasing relationship quality leads to higher customer loyalty, 3) switching barriers do not moderate the relationship between perceived corporate image and relationship quality of the bank SME works with, 4) that perceived corporate image and relationship quality mediate the relationship between perceived professionalism of the bank in its influence on customer loyalty of SME to its bank.

  • 55.
    Schmidt, Manuela
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Umans, Timurs
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi. Kristianstad University, Plattformen för forskning om verksamhetsförlagd utbildning och professionslärande.
    Experiences of well-being among female doctoral students in Sweden2014In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 9, p. 23059-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study was to explore how female PhD students experience and perceive their well-being. Focus groups were conducted with female PhD students employed at a Swedish university. The study was performed using a phenomenological hermeneutic approach based on the concept of the lifeworld, used as both a philosophical perspective and a methodology. Three main themes emerged from the analysis: being true to oneself, being in the sphere of influence, and performing a balancing act. By unfolding these themes, the study shows that perceptions and experiences of well-being in female PhD students are a multifaceted phenomenon and materialize through interaction of different aspects of ‘‘self ’’ (agent) and ‘‘others’’ (structure). As well as illustrating these perceptions and experiences, the study also presents female PhD students’ conceptualization of their well-being, expressed in terms of a white-water rafting metaphor.

  • 56.
    Umans, Timurs
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi. Kristianstad University, Plattformen för forskning om verksamhetsförlagd utbildning och professionslärande.
    Cultural diversity and firm performance: mediating role of ambidextrous orientation2012Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 57.
    Umans, Timurs
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi. Kristianstad University, Plattformen för forskning om verksamhetsförlagd utbildning och professionslärande.
    Russian speaking Latvians: a bridge to the West or Trojan horse from the East. The life of Russian business2019In: The life of Russian Business, Information Age Publishing, 2019Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 58.
    Umans, Timurs
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi. Kristianstad University, Plattformen för forskning om verksamhetsförlagd utbildning och professionslärande.
    Top management team’s cultural diversity and firm performance: the mediating role of ambidextrous orientation2013In: Corporate Ownership & Control, ISSN 1727-9232, E-ISSN 1810-3057, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 882-891Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This  paper examines the  influences of  cultural diversity in  the top management team (TMT) on organizational performance. The link between the two is investigated through the path dependency model, where firm ambidextrous orientation serves  an intervening role. The  results of  the  study suggest that TMT cultural diversity will have a negative influence on firm performance due to the decreasing degree of ambidextrous orientation being a result of TMT diversity. The study is based on the  survey  filled  out  by  82  CEO  of  Danish  and  Swedish  listed  corporations. Studies  theoretical contribution is expressed in uncovering the mediating role of firm’s ambidextrous orientation on the TMT diversity – performance relationship.

  • 59.
    Umans, Timurs
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi. Kristianstad University, Plattformen för forskning om verksamhetsförlagd utbildning och professionslärande. Kristianstad University, Research environment Auditing, Organisation and Society (AOS).
    Andersson, William
    Planken, William
    Genell, Kristina
    Kristianstad University, Research environment Auditing, Organisation and Society (AOS). Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi och arbetsliv.
    Smith, Elin
    Kristianstad University, Research environment Auditing, Organisation and Society (AOS). Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi och arbetsliv.
    Top management team’s shared leadership, organizational control systems and organizational ambidexterity: study of Swedish municipal corporations2016Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 60.
    Umans, Timurs
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi. Kristianstad University, Plattformen för forskning om verksamhetsförlagd utbildning och professionslärande.
    Broberg, Pernilla
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi. Kristianstad University, Plattformen för forskning om verksamhetsförlagd utbildning och professionslärande.
    Collin, Sven-Olof Yrjö
    Linnaeus University.
    Nilsson, Sofie
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Olsson, Emma
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Organization culture and well-being of Swedish auditors2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The paper explores relationship between organizational context and auditors’ well-being. Where organizational context is explored through the prism of three types of organizational culture: clan, hierarchy, adhocracy and market and well-being represented by job satisfaction, life satisfaction and life balance. The study is based on the survey of 209 Swedish auditors performed in spring 2014, and explored the relationship between organizational context and auditors’ well-being by the means of correlations and multiple regression analysis. Results of the study indicate that clan organizational culture is the strongest positive driver of auditors’ well-being. Study also indicates that hierarchy culture has a positive effect on auditors’ job satisfaction, while market culture has a negative influence on auditors’ life balance. Findings of the study have implications for both theory and practice, in that it established the link between different aspects of organizational context and auditors’ well-being consequently suggesting human resource strategy of managing organizational context to auditing firms.

  • 61.
    Umans, Timurs
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi. Kristianstad University, Plattformen för forskning om verksamhetsförlagd utbildning och professionslärande.
    Broberg, Pernilla
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.
    Fjelkner, Annika
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.
    Smith, Elin
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.
    Diversity and learning outcomes in student dyads during work integrated learning projects2015Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 62.
    Umans, Timurs
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi. Kristianstad University, Plattformen för forskning om verksamhetsförlagd utbildning och professionslärande.
    Broberg, Pernilla
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi. Kristianstad University, Plattformen för forskning om verksamhetsförlagd utbildning och professionslärande.
    Schmidt, Manuela
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Hälsovetenskap II.
    Nilsson, Sofie
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Olsson, Emma
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Feeling well by being together: study of Swedish auditors2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    As guardians of the public interest, auditors represent a unique occupational group. The paper explores organizational culture as an antecedent of auditors’ well-being, which is assumed to have important consequences for the quality of auditors’ work.This study is based on a survey of 207 Swedish auditors. Using established and validated instruments measuring aspects of organizational culture and personal well-being, the study employed correlations and multiple regression analysis in testing the relationship between the two.The results of the study suggest that increasing the degree of collectivistic organizational culture has a positive effect on three aspects of well-being: job satisfaction, life balance and life satisfaction.This study is the first attempt to explore well-being of auditors and its antecedents represented by organizational culture. Contrary to the expectation that auditors take an individualistic approach to their work, this study establishes that auditors feel best in a work environment characterized by a collectivist organizational culture.

  • 63.
    Umans, Timurs
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi. Kristianstad University, Plattformen för forskning om verksamhetsförlagd utbildning och professionslärande.
    Broberg, Pernilla
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi. Kristianstad University, Plattformen för forskning om verksamhetsförlagd utbildning och professionslärande.
    Schmidt, Manuela
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Hälsovetenskap II.
    Nilsson, Sofie
    Kristianstad University.
    Olsson, Emma
    Kristianstad University.
    Feeling well by being together: study of Swedish auditors2016In: Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, Vol. 54, no 1, p. 79-86Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: As guardians of the public interest, auditors represent a unique occupational group. The group that has shown to experience high level of stress and overload often being associated with environmentally imposed responsibility as well as organizationally imposed performance demands. It is the later aspects, represented by the concept of organizational culture, that is being highlighted in this papers and its relationship to auditors well-beingOBJECTIVES:The paper aims to explore organizational culture as an antecedent of auditors' well-being, which is assumed to have important consequences for the quality of auditors' work.Methods: This study is based on a survey of 207 Swedish auditors. Using established and validated instruments measuring aspects of organizational culture and personal well-being, the study employed correlations and multiple regression analysis in testing the relationship between the two.Results: The results of the study suggest that increasing the degree of collectivistic organizational culture has a positive relationship with three aspects of well-being: Job satisfaction, life balance and life satisfaction.Conclusions: This study is the first attempt to explore well-being of auditors and its antecedents represented by organizational culture. Contrary to the expectation that auditors take an individualistic approach to their work, this study establishes that auditors feel best in a work environment characterized by a collectivist organizational culture.

  • 64.
    Umans, Timurs
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi. Kristianstad University, Plattformen för forskning om verksamhetsförlagd utbildning och professionslärande.
    Collin, Sven-Olof
    Kristianstad University, Department of Business Administration.
    Tagesson, Torbjörn
    Kristianstad University, Department of Business Administration.
    Ethnic and gender diversity, process and performance in groups of business students in Sweden2008In: Intercultural Education, ISSN 1467-5986, E-ISSN 1469-8439, Vol. 19, no 3, p. 243-254Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article investigates the complex interrelation between ethnic and gender diversity, process and performance among groups of business students. The article is based on an empirical survey of business students working on a complex assignment in groups of two to five in a small Swedish university. The results indicate that gender diversity leads to positive group outcomes, while ethnic diversity appears to create negative group outcomes. Intervening process variables, such as group communication, conflict and effectiveness in problem solving, were not found to be influenced by diversity, or to influence group outcomes. While the non-influence of intervening variables can probably be explained by methodological difficulties, the negative outcome for ethnic diversity indicates a need to help students better manage ethnic diversity in order to reap its benefits.

  • 65.
    Umans, Timurs
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi. Kristianstad University, Plattformen för forskning om verksamhetsförlagd utbildning och professionslärande.
    Smith, Elin
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.
    Isolated islands in the upper apex of organisations: in search of interaction between the board of directors and the top management team2013In: Corporate Ownership & Control, ISSN 1727-9232, E-ISSN 1810-3057, Vol. 10, no 2, p. 80-90Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper reports on the interaction of compositional effects of boards of directors (BoD) and top management teams (TMTs) on firms' financial performance. Composition of both groups is investigated for cultural, age, tenure and gender diversity. We explore effects of demographic diversity in the two power groups on performance in interaction with each other by bringing in the similarityattraction paradigm to argue for the relationship. Study data are from consolidated financial statements in annual reports of listed Swedish corporations. Our findings suggest that while differences in gender, age and tenure diversities have no effect on firm performance, close alignment of cultural diversities of the BoD and TMT does have a positive effect of firm performance.

  • 66.
    Zander, Lena
    et al.
    Uppsala University.
    Butler, Christina
    Storbritannien.
    Mockaitis, Audra
    Australien.
    Herbert, Kendall
    Australien.
    Lauring, Jakob
    Danmark.
    Mäkelä, Kristiina
    Finland.
    Paunova, Minna
    Danmark.
    Umans, Timurs
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi. Kristianstad University, Plattformen för forskning om verksamhetsförlagd utbildning och professionslärande.
    Zettinig, Peter
    Finland.
    Team-based global organizations: the future of global organizing2015In: The future of global organizing: progress in international business research / [ed] Verbeke, Alain, van Tulder, Rob, Drogendijk, Rian, Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2015, 10, p. 227-243Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose

    We propose team-based organizing as an alternative to more traditional forms of hierarchy-based organizing in global firms.

    Methodology/approach

    Advancements in the study of global teams, leadership, process, and outcomes were organized into four themes: (1) openness toward linguistic and value diversity as enhancing team creativity and performance, (2) knowledge sharing in team-based organizations, (3) the significance of social capital for global team leader role success, and (4) shared leadership, satisfaction, and performance links in global virtual teams.

    Findings

    We identify questions at three levels for bringing research on team-based organizing in global organizations forward. At the within-team individual level, we discuss the criticality of process and leadership in teams. At the between-teams group level, we draw attention to that global teams also need to focus on relationships and interactions with other teams within the same global firm, for example, when sharing knowledge. With respect to the across-teams organizational level, we highlight how bringing people together in global teams from different organizational units and cultures creates the potential for experiential individual and team-based learning, while making the firm more flexible and adaptable.

    Theoretical implications

    The potential of the relatively underexplored idea of global team-based firms as an alternative to hierarchy open up questions for empirical research, and further theorizing about the global firm.

    Practical implications

    Practitioners can learn about organizational, team, and individual challenges and benefits of global team-based organizing.

    Originality/value

    A century-old dominant organizational form is challenged when moving away from hierarchy- and hybrid-based forms of organizing toward team-based global organizing of work.

  • 67.
    Österlind, Marie-Louise
    Kristianstad University, School of Education and Environment, Avdelningen för Pedagogik. Kristianstad University, Forskningsmiljön Arbete i skolan (AiS). Kristianstad University, Plattformen för forskning om verksamhetsförlagd utbildning och professionslärande.
    Construing teachers’ quality work: a principal view2014In: The 7th Nordic Working Life Conference - Threats and Possibilities Facing Nordic Working Life: Book of Abstracts and Programme / [ed] Tommy Isidorsson, Göteborg, 2014, p. 187-Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Teachers are the most important school based factor for students’ learning outcomes and educational success. Whereas teachers’ pro-spects of enhancing their students’ development and study results, are significant for their work satisfaction and wellbeing. This suggests that the endorsement of quality teaching will improve student results and teacher wellbeing. Many teachers have difficulties performing in accordance to their professional standards, sick rates are alarmingly high, and several teachers leave the profession. This calls for a re-search approach where teachers’ prospects of performing quality teaching, are related to their options to perform quality-driven profes-sional teacher work, i.e. the work performed to support quality teach-ing. Such an approach take into account factors related to local school leadership, and the organisation of teacher work. This paper aims to bring together teachers’ and principals’ perspectives on quality-driven professional teacher work, in order to gain new knowledge and give implications for praxis. The principals and teachers construe teachers’ options to perform quality-driven professional work in relation to the implementation of a new curriculum and a new grading system, quali-ty certification processes and an ongoing work hour project, and to some extent also to the teachers’ personality and ambitions. The teachers’ also mention factors related to local oranisation processes, and the relations to pupils and fellow teachers. 

  • 68.
    Österlind, Marie-Louise
    Kristianstad University, School of Education and Environment, Avdelningen för Pedagogik. Kristianstad University, Forskningsmiljön Arbete i skolan (AiS). Kristianstad University, Plattformen för forskning om verksamhetsförlagd utbildning och professionslärande.
    Diary-in-Group method: contributions to new practice-based knowledge and to the learning and development of the participants2013In: SAGE Research MethodsArticle in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This case describes the Diary-in-Group method (personal diary notations combined with group sessions) as used in a participative and action-oriented project which intended to contribute to new practice-based knowledge on what it means to be a first-level manager in a Swedish municipal social care administration, and to the learning and development of the participating managers. The project's methodological framework derived from personal construct psychology and phenomenology. The method generated a large amount of data which were analysed using a qualitative descriptive phenomenological approach. The analyses aimed to give voice to the impromptu views and opinions of the managers, thereby contributing to an understanding of the complexity of the managers' organisation and work situation as well as of how this was reflected in their experiences in which various aspects collided. The results raised new questions about municipal managers' ability to handle ideals and requirements which are difficult to consolidate, particularly in times or resource scarcity. In this case, the Diary-in-Group method and its function, and the quality and relevance of the results, are discussed in relation to the project aims.

  • 69.
    Österlind, Marie-Louise
    Kristianstad University, School of Education and Environment, Avdelningen för Pedagogik. Kristianstad University, Forskningsmiljön Arbete i skolan (AiS). Kristianstad University, Plattformen för forskning om verksamhetsförlagd utbildning och professionslärande.
    “What have you bee up to today?”: construing and re-construing head teacher’s work and role2014In: Refresh your constructs!: constructive alternativism in education, psychological care and democracy, 2014Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Head teachers are expected to be pedagogic leaders who support their teachers’ professional development in order to improve long term teaching quality and goal achievement. Research shows that many heads perform a multitude of administrative and hands-on tasks, while trying to balance diverging and sometimes incomprehensive objectives and expectations.

    This paper reports from a project where six Swedish head teachers reflected over their tasks and role, using the diary- in-group-method.

    The results show how the participants construe their role in relation to their complex and multifaceted work situation, and to their personal and professional ambitions. They all seem to have a personal approach to their role, which allow them to balance the contrasting demands and to accomplish a personal equilibrium.

    The participants appreciated the research process, which provided individual reflection on the diverse tasks that filled their days, and collegial feedback and reflection on important aspects of their professional role.

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