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  • 51.
    Agosti, Madelaine
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Hälsovetenskap. Kristianstad University, Forskningsmiljön Människa - Hälsa - Samhälle (MHS).
    Andersson, Ingemar
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Hälsovetenskap. Kristianstad University, Forskningsmiljön Människa - Hälsa - Samhälle (MHS).
    Ejlertsson, Göran
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Hälsovetenskap. Kristianstad University, Forskningsmiljön Människa - Hälsa - Samhälle (MHS).
    Erlandsson, Lena-Karin
    Lunds universitet.
    Främjar metoden "Livspussla - hälsa i vardagen" personalens upplevelse av hälsa och balans i vardagen?2013Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 52.
    Ahlman, Marie
    et al.
    Kristianstad University College, School of Health and Society.
    Lindh, Helen
    Kristianstad University College, School of Health and Society.
    Wikström, Barbro
    Kristianstad University College, School of Health and Society.
    Patientens informationsbehov efter hjärtinfarkt2009Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Bakgrund: Insjuknandet i hjärtinfarkt är oftast akut och kan påverka patienten under en lång tid. Vårdtiden är kort och patienten drabbas ofta av en kris. Förutom adekvat behandling behövs information för att känna trygghet och för att kunna göra livsstilsförändringar som förebygger återinsjuknande. Sjuksköterskan kan vägleda och motivera till ett hälsosammare liv både under och efter sjukhusvistelsen. Syfte: Syftet med studien var att beskriva patientens informationsbehov vid hjärtinfarkt under och efter sjukhusvistelsen. Metod: En litteraturstudie har gjorts där 13 vetenskapliga artiklar har granskats. Resultat: Patienterna önskade information från olika källor. Informationen skulle vara lättförståelig och samstämmig. Individuell information var viktig och skulle vara uppdelad på flera tillfällen. Informationsbehovet såg olika ut beroende på om patienten var inskriven på sjukhus eller hade kommit hem. Slutsats: Patientundervisning under sjukhusvistelsen och efter utskrivningen är nödvändigt för att minska den informationsbrist som många patienter upplever efter hemkomst. Ett samarbete behövs mellan slutenvården och primärvården då all information inte kan ges vid ett tillfälle. Detta skulle kunna vara kostnadseffektivt då risken för återinsjuknande troligtvis minskar för en patient som är välinformerad.

  • 53.
    Ahmed, Danial
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Oldehed, Erik
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Relationen mellan ägarstruktur, agentkostnad och risk i EU-länders banker2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Previous financial crises have resulted in a greater focus on bank’s risk taking. The crises have shown how the bank’s instability may create a devastating effect on the global market, which has given rise to several studies focus on bank’s risk. Bank’s attitude towards risk taking can be explained by its ownership structure where the owners may have different risk preferences.

     

    Research studies have found a relationship between the concentration of ownership and bank risk, but without any consensus on the sign of the relationship. The purpose of this study is to investigate how ownership concentration affects bank’s default risk. The study has been performed on banks within the EU countries. Furthermore, the nature of the bank’s largest shareholders has been taken into consideration to distinguish whether they have an impact on the relationship between ownership concentration and risk. In addition, six hypotheses were formulated which aim to investigate the relationship between ownership concentration, agency costs and the default risk, based on the agency theory and theories on corporate governance. For this study’s survey a quantitative method has been used in conjunction with a deductive approach.

     

    Our findings show that there exists a relationship between ownership concentration and bank risk. More specifically, our study shows that the relationship is different depending on the nature of the owner. For some types of owners, we have identified a positive relationship between ownership concentration and bank’s default risk, while for other types of owners we have instead identified a negative relationship. Finally, this study shows that agency costs are greater when shareholders perform a lower degree of monitoring of the management. 

  • 54.
    Ahmed, Halgan
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Nilsson, Sandra
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Vilka faktorer förekommer, och hur utförligt beskrivna är de, i kommuners beslutunderlag vid fastställande av VA-taxan?2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose:

    The aim of this study is to analyse the factors that occur in decision-making purposes in the determination of VA-fee and the detailed description of what these are. This is to give a fully recognition of the basis for decision data that is based on the municipalities in Sweden.

    Method:

    Inferring the hermeneutic philosophy probably a greater understanding realized when we test the knowledge gained by conducting a pilot study. This means that during the course of the study we moved between theory and empirical data, and obtained an adbuctive reaearch approach.

    Theory:

    The study is based on previous research in the area that has been used to identify our traditional and non-traditional factors.

    Empiric:

    The data collection method we have used is a semit-structured depth interview based on five different municipal water and sewage operations, all traditional forms.

    Analysis:

    We performed a comprehensive analysis to identify differences and similarities between the municipalities and the existence of the factors. All municipalities are taking account of traditional factors when they occur but it varies between the non-traditional factors, and its occurrence.

  • 55.
    Ahmetaj, Zana
    et al.
    Kristianstad University College, School of Health and Society.
    Radu, Laura
    Kristianstad University College, School of Health and Society.
    Faktorer som påverkar hur patienter med lungcancer upplever sin smärta och mötet med sjuksköterskan2009Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Lung cancer is the fifth most common form of cancer and a cancer-related cause of death in Sweden. The majority of patients suffering from lung cancer are around 70 years old, barely a hundred people each year become ill before the age of 50 years. Purpose: To describe the factors that affect how patients with lung cancer experience their pain and the contact with the nurse. Method:  A systematic literature study was conducted in which both qualitative and quantitative articles were reviewed. Conclusion: The result showed that pain perception and the meeting with the nurse is individual and depends on many factors. The physical and mental pain went together and influenced each other. Patients felt that nurses' lack of time, could create misunderstandings, meaning that they could receive inadequate information and that their pain could be underestimated. Discussion: The results were discussed based on Travelbees nursing theory. The nurse should see the patient as an individual and treat his pain with respect, giving him the time, the understanding and the information he needs.

  • 56.
    Ahmeti, Ilir
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Aktievärdering: aktievärderingsmodeller och dess tillämpning vid privatplacering2010Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background The stocksaving has during the last century increased and become more popular in Sweden and during the last 20 years the number of Swedes who save in stocks has more than doubled. While the interest in stocksaving has increased so has the interest in private saving. Today there is a group of people who live of the income which is generated from the stockmarket, they are called “Daytraders” and they do “Daytrading”.  They constantly observe the stockmarket and act as soon as new information that can affect the stockrate is revealed. And then there is also a group which makes purchases a few times a week or more seldom.

     

    The valuationmodels have through time changed and there are several models to choose from. The models are built by many complex assumptions that can affect the outcome of the valuation.

     

    Purpose The purpose of this essay is to examine which of the theoretical stockvaluationmodels are used in private saving, and to find the reasons for the choice of model. In cases when the stockvaluationmodels are not used as a main valuationmodel a part of the purpose is also to find other factors that can affect the outcome of the valuation.

     

    Method Based on the purpose the choice was made to use a qualitative method with personal interviews as a tool. The choice of method and tool was based on that depth information was needed to fulfill the purpose. My examination comprises five persons who do private saving in stocks. Their activity on the stockmarket varies, meaning that some buy more frequently and some more seldom. 

     

    Result The result of my examination shows that several of the theoretical stockvaluationmodels are not used in private saving, there are only two models that the privatesavers actually use. There are mainly three arguments to why the theoretical stockvaluationmodels are not used in private saving. The first argument is that the responders consider several models not to be motivating, they are not relevant. The second argument is that some of the models are considered to complicated and the third argument is that in many cases there is a lack of useable data.

    

  • 57.
    Al Assaad, Rana Mohammed
    et al.
    Kristianstad University College, School of Health and Society.
    Olsson, Helena
    Kristianstad University College, School of Health and Society.
    En jämförelse mellan fyra olika metoder för identifiering av individer med muntorrhet - en pilotstudie2008Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    There are several ways to identify individuals with dry mouth, but there are few studies made in which the different methods have been compared with each other.The aim of this pilotstudy was to compare different methods for identifying individuals with dry mouth. Fifty individuals aged 50 to 75 years were included in this studie. These where randomly chosen among patients at the dental clinic at Kristianstad University College. Four different salivary measurements were conducted: 1) collection of unstimulated saliva, 2) collection of stimulated saliva, 3) the so called “mirrortest”, and 4) analyse using cottonrolls. The result showed a statistically significant correlation between collection of unstimulated saliva, collection of stimulated saliva and analyse with the help of cottonrolls. There were no statistically significant correlations between the mirrortest and any of the other tests. The statistical correlations between the tests were only obtained at high saivary secretion rates, as the studie had too few participants with low secretion rate to perform any comparisons between the methods at low secretion rates. There is a need for more research concerning standardization of the cottonroll method and to determine it’s values of low secretion rate. However, the overall feeling is that this method, if it’s preformed correctly and with a good scale, can be a suitably alternative for saliva measurments of people who has difficultys conducting the normal salivatests.

  • 58.
    Al-Asi, Karim
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Axelsson, Victor
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Är fyra år bättre än tre?: Hur påverkar akademisk bakgrund en revisors framtid?2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    I juni 2013 ändrade Revisorsnämnden utbildningskraven för att bli auktoriserad revisor, numera räcker det således med tre års akademisk utbildning. Minst antal utbildningsår för auktorisation är fortfarande åtta, men den nya regleringen resulterar i att två av dessa utbildningsår valfritt kan fördelas mellan den akademiska eller praktiska utbildningen. Revisionsbranschen lockar årligen till sig en mängd nyutexaminerade studenter, varav de flesta troligtvis har ambitioner om att bli framgångsrika revisorer. Mot denna bakgrund torde det vara intressant för studenter, högskolor/universitet och revisorer att få reda på hur man bäst fördelar sina utbildningsår, för att inhämta de bästa förutsättningarna inför auktorisationsprovet. Syftet med denna studie därför är att förklara hur man bäst fördelar åren inom den akademiska respektive praktiska utbildningen för att uppnå auktorisationen på kortast tid, med bäst provresultat och med störst sannolikhet att bli godkänd. Studien fokuserar på att undersöka revisorer som har skrivit auktorisationsprovet minst en gång. Genom kvantitativ data från 76 respondenter, har vi lyckats få fram resultat som indikerar att ett års extra akademisk utbildning troligtvis resulterar i bättre förutsättningar inför auktorisationsprovet. Resultaten från undersökningen kunde inte verifiera studiens hypoteser. Det har däremot kunnat påvisas vilken roll byråerna har för förutsättningarna, inför auktorisationsprovet. Det vill säga, de revisorer som jobbar på en större byrå tycks bli auktoriserade på kortare tid samt uppnå bättre provresultat i jämförelse med revisorer på en mindre byrå. Vidare resulterade studien i att individer med en magisterexamen, eller högre, tenderar att jobba på en större byrå, medan individer med en lägre examensnivå tenderar att jobba på en mindre byrå.

  • 59.
    Albarkawi, Bassam
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Tallroth, Sebastian
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    En hotad omvårdnad?: Sjuksköterskans arbete under hotbild2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Bakgrund: Hot och våld på sjukhus är ett växande problem både i Sverige och globalt. Vad händer med omvårdnaden när detta sker och hur påverkas de som arbetar med vård när hoten kommer in på avdelningarna?  Syfte: Belysa hur omvårdnaden och sjuksköterskans situation påverkas när sjuksköterskan som arbetar i somatisk vård arbetar under hotbild.  Metod: En litteraturstudie av både kvalitativa och kvantitativa forskningsartiklar. Studierna som inkluderats berör vad som händer med omvårdnaden och sjuksköterskan under hotfulla eller våldsamma situationer. Studier som tar upp hot och våld inom somatiken och även artiklar som berör ämnen kring arbetsplatsrelaterat våld. De som exkluderats är studier som uteslutande fokuserat på hot och våld från patienter från psykiatriska vårdinrättningar samt patienter med uttalad nedsatt kognitiv förmåga.  Resultat: Stress, ångest rädsla, fysiska och andra psykiska konsekvenser var faktorer som påverkade för både omvårdnaden och sjuksköterskorna som arbetade med somatisk vård och blev utsatta för hotbild.  Diskussion: Tar upp problematiken kring resultatet samt vilken påverkan det har på sjuksköterskan, patienten och vårt samhälle utifrån lagstiftning, genus, medbestämmande, folkhälsa och utveckling. Diskussionen tar därför upp problematiken kring, hur hot och våld tar tid och hur det påverkar sjuksköterskan och i förlängningen vårdsituationen, hur rädslan påverkar sjuksköterskan och hur sjuksköterskans undvikande kan förhindras.

  • 60.
    Albin, Rebecca
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Eriksson, Gustav
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Cut your hair and get a job: A study of how Swedish employers see business graduates from an ambidexterity perspective2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Employability is a field of research and a concept that has developed considerably over the past century. Today, employability contributes to discussions in higher education, psychology and even labour market politics. What influences employability is thus of great importance to a number of stakeholders. Since employability consists of assets that make an individual employable, the employer’s perception of employability is essential. An area within organisational strategy called ambidexterity discusses the competitive advantage that can be obtained by hiring staff with certain characteristics, indicating that there could be a relation between ambidexterity and employability.

     

    The purpose of this study is to explain how organisational ambidexterity influences employers’ preference in regards of employability. To do so, a conceptual model was developed from theoretical research. The model included: education, experience and personal characteristics. A questionnaire was used to collect data in order to explain the relation between ambidexterity and employability.

     

    The findings of the study did not show that organisational ambidexterity influences employer preferences regarding employability considerably even though indications that a relation exists were found. Moreover, the study findings indicated that other factors such as gender and age of recruiter might have an influence on employer preferences instead. 

  • 61.
    Alcheva, Valentina
    et al.
    Kristianstad University College, School of Health and Society.
    Yonggang, Cai
    Kristianstad University College, School of Health and Society.
    Lingyan, Zhao
    Kristianstad University College, School of Health and Society.
    Cause related marketing: how does a cause-related marketing shape consumer perception, attitude and behaviour?2009Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    American Express initiated a new marketing strategy twenty-five years ago. Forevery new card user the company donated one cent for the recovery of the Statueof Liberty. The success of the campaign exceeds the expectations. This strategywhere a company declares to spend a defined amount of money for a special causein order to push up its sales is called Cause-Related Marketing. Now more andmore companies use the cause-related marketing strategy as a way out of saturatedmarkets and growing consumer awareness. Billions of dollars are spent every yearin cause campaigns.

    Because it is a relatively new approach many researches has shown interest in thismarketing communication strategy. However, there is still lack in the field ofcause-related marketing and especially in the consumer part.

    This is also the field of interest for this dissertation and in particular how doescause-relates marketing strategy shape consumer attitude, perception and buyingbehaviour? In order to find out the answer of this question we relied on differenttheories and in addition we conducted a questionnaire among international students.

    The results, even though restricted trough the sample, showed that there is aconnection between the cause-related marketing and buying behaviour andattitude. Consumers are more likely to support companies which are engaged incause campaigns and tend to develop positive attitude toward this company and itsproducts. The research was limited to sample of students who took part in thequestionnaire. A further investigation in this field could deliver deeperinformation and be useful for companies and researchers in the field of marketingcommunication and marketing strategies.

  • 62.
    Alexandersson, Emma
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Bakom deras ryggar: En studie om intern kontroll2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    After the big scandals of the 21st century, internal control became a crucial role amongst most companies. According to previous research, strong internal control can protect companies from frauds, errors and mistakes. This study clarifies the variation in companies’ information concerning internal control. Furthermore, a quantitative method is used to successfully respond to this purpose and the information is composed from the annual reports of 235 listed companies in Sweden. This study has a theoretical framework that is based on previous research and several different theories. The theories that are used is legitimacy theory, agent theory, positive accounting theory and institutional theory. Consequently, based on this outline, five hypotheses are developed. Further, these hypotheses are tested using various statistical analyzes. The result of this study indicates that there are numerous of factors that may affect the company's information regarding internal control in the annual report. Conclusively, the study indicates that size, ownership structure and the application of the COSO framework affect the amount of disclosures in the company's annual reports. In addition, the study indicates that the quantity of information disclosed in the annual reports is not depended on the industry or audit firms used.

  • 63.
    Alexius, Susanna
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet.
    Grossi, Giuseppe
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi och arbetsliv. Kristianstad University, Research environment Governance, Regulation, Internationalization and Performance (GRIP.
    Decoupling in the age of market-embedded morality: responsible gambling in a hybrid organization2017In: Journal of Management and Governance, ISSN 1385-3457, E-ISSN 1572-963X, Vol. 22, no 2, p. 285-313Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper contributes to the understanding of hybrid organizations by refining the concept of decoupling as a strategic response to conflicting objectives and institutional expectations (Meyer and Rowan in Am J Soc 83:340–363, 1977). In today’s popular responsibility discourse one notes a hopeful “win–win” ideal that invites attempts, by companies in particular, to realize and balance conflicting values and to strive to fulfil both profit objectives and responsibility objectives. Although institutional theory has long acknowledged the strategic response of decoupling in organizational contexts, the potential of exploring and refining how this concept may be used to analyse strategic responses in the contemporary era of market-embedded morality has yet to be explored (Shamir in Econ Soc 37:1–19, 2008). There are good reasons to do so as the present-day discourse on the relation between the economy and morality offers a new set of options and challenges for legitimately responding to institutional demands. This paper draws on an explanatory, rich ethnographic and longitudinal case study of a Swedish fully state-owned company operating in the post 1990s gambling market. We suggest that contemporary hybrid organizations positioned at the crossroads of bureaucratic and market schemes of organizing, may find themselves in a particularly tight spot and seek legitimacy by decoupling—not only by adopting certain legitimizing structures, but also and increasingly with reference to market-embedded morality, a commoditizing of responsibility in their contested market setting. Based on the case findings, we suggest a distinction between organization-based decoupling and market-based decoupling and propose that market-based decoupling may be attractive to hybrid organizations owing to it being less sensitive to scrutiny and accountability claims. But at the same time, our findings indicate that market-based decoupling poses a risk to hybrid organizations, as it does not offer the same degree of legitimacy with key stakeholders/the general public as organization-based decoupling does.

  • 64.
    Alfredsson, Betty
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Ewesson, Frida
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Mångbesökares upplevelser av omvårdnad på akutmottagning och i primärvård: en litteraturöversikt2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Bakgrund: Mångbesökare är en utsatt patientgrupp med ett stort behov av omvårdnad och behöver kontinuitet i vården, både inom akutsjukvård och i primärvård.

    Syfte: Syftet med studien var att beskriva mångbesökares upplevelser av omvårdnad på akutmottagning och i primärvård.

    Metod: En litteraturöversikt med åtta artiklar har analyserats induktivt, sammanställts genom innehållsanalys som genererade i kategorierna bemötande och respekt.

    Resultat: Mångbesökare hade både positiva och negativa upplevelser som beskrivs genom mötet, att känna sig omhändertagen, att känna förtroende, att bli besviken, att känna sig underlägsen, tillfredställelse och tacksamhet, att bli betrodd och lyssnad på samt upplevelser av personcentrerad omvårdnad.

    Diskussion: Etisk reflektion möjliggör förbättring för mångbesökare och för vårdpersonalen på individnivå och som arbetsgrupp. I denna litteraturöversikt upplevde mångbesökare i Sverige att de saknade personcentrerade omvårdnad och SBU:s sammanställning visade att patienter i Sverige i allmänhet upplevde personcentrarad omvårdnad positivt. Det kan därför vara viktigt att implementera personcentrerad omvårdnad oavsett patientkategori inom hälso- och sjukvården i Sverige. Ur ett samhällsperspektiv blir det fördelaktigt för mångbesökare och sjukvård att arbeta genom samplanering och uppföljning. Det kan leda till att mångbesökare upplever mindre känsla av skuld och minskar antalet besök, vilket kan resultera i bättre folkhälsa. För att förbättra omvårdnaden i det första mötet med mångbesökare men även ur ett allmänperspektiv skulle det vara önskvärt med ett prioriteringssystem för omvårdnad, detta för att omvårdnad inte ska negligeras. Mångbesökare är en grupp med stort behov, ett prioriteringssystem möjliggör att omvårdnad lyfts fram.

  • 65.
    Al-Hilly, Fatin
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Mufti, Magdalena
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Olsson, Lousie
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Kommunikationssvårigheter: mellan sjuksköterska och patient som är immigrant med annat modersmål2010Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background: To provide good health care requires good communication between nurse and patient. When the nurse caring for patient whom are immigrant with a different native language, the nurse’s language skills are sometimes insufficient and they are in able to understand and to be understood, which can lead to misunderstandings. Method: The literature review was based on 14 articles. Researches were made in the databases; Cinahl, PubMed, and Elin@Blekinge. Articles from 2000-2010 were included. Articles were reviewed by Forsberg & Wengström template. Aim: The aim was to describe nurses' communication problems and the implications of meeting patients who are immigrants with a native language. Results: The results are presented in four categories: use of interpreter, inadequate language skills, frustration and pre-understanding. The nurse experienced that nursing a patient with inadequate language skills led to limited nursing and miscalculations. The nurse also expressed the dissatisfaction at the lack of care given to non-native speaking patient and was worried about the quality of care provided. The nurse believed that patients with language difficulties required more time and was more of a burden on health care than patients without language barriers. Discussion: To facilitate communication with patients who are immigrants with a native language, a professional interpreter should be hired. Multilingual nurses can also be helpful as interpreters.

  • 66.
    Ali, Adnin
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Brånemo, Josefin
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Vi tar tempen på ert CO2-utsläpp!: en studie av hållbarhetsredovisningars användbarhet2010Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The environment has become an important part in people´s lives, and in today´s society stakeholders demands have increased upon companies when it comes to sustainability reports. How these sustainability reports are designed depends on whom it’s for, laws and regulations, and the companies own norms and values. The purpose of sustainability reports is to measure, monitor and compare a company´s enviromental impact. It’s not only about integrating economics, but also enviromental and social standards together to get both financial and competitive advantages.

    Sustainable Value method is a new model and is the first real method that can be used to evaluate a company´s resources, both financial, social and enviromental to a sustainable value.This model is used to compare the resource efficiency between companies.

    In this thesis, a documentary study with an experimental approach has been made.Sustainability reports from six selected companies (in the engineering and forestry sector) have been investigated with respect to their accounting for carbon dioxide, and an experiment using the method “Sustainable Value Approach” was subsequently performed. The purpose of this study was to examine the usefulness of sustainability reports by using the Sustainable Value methodology. As a bonus, we determined how effective the six firms used their carbon resources, in monetary terms.

    We found out, that all sustainability reports have been useful to make calculations under the Sustainable Value methodology. Only Atlas Copco gave a positive sustainable value (SV),which means that only Atlas Copco has generated higher returns with its carbon emissions compared to our benchmark had with the same emissions.

  • 67.
    Ali, Hayder
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Spets, Rasmus
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Virtualisering av skrivbordsmiljöer: en teknisk jämförelse2016Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Detta arbete syftar till en jämförelse av olika skrivbordsvirtualiserings produkter och hur respektive miljö ser ut. I utredandeavsnittet presenteras information om skrivbordsvirtualiserings olika lösningar och hur de fungerar. Arbetet redogör för de två stora aktörerna inom detta område, Citrix och VMware. Utredandeavsnittet presenterar även lite information om Nvidias grafiklösningar i de olika miljöerna. Genomförandeavsnittet presenterar information från intervjuer med representanter från de två stora aktörerna. Arbetet presenterar även information från en representant från Nvidia, USA. Intervjuerna har skett via e-mail eftersom personligt möte varit väldigt svårt att lösa. Intervjuerna behandlar frågor om respektive lösning om hur de fungerar och även om användarvänlighet och åtkomst för användare. Fokus ligger på användarvänlighet och åtkomst för användare i respektive lösning. Efter arbetet kan det dras några slutsatser. Främst att de två miljöerna som undersökts är ganska lika när det gäller virtualisering av skrivbord. De är uppbyggda på liknande sätt och fungerar på nästan samma sätt när det gäller åtkomst för användare.

  • 68.
    Alioska, Milifer
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Integration av mångkulturella elever i skolan: En kvalitativ studie från skolkuratorers perspektiv2011Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The Swedish school in today’s society is multicultural. One of the main questions is how to integratethese students in the Swedish society. The purpose with the study is to explore how schoolcounsellors’ work to promote the integration of multicultural students and what factors can influencethe integration of these students. To clarify this, the terms integration and multicultural are explainedand discussed.It is an qualitative study consisting of interviews. The interviewed informants are all school counsellors.These are specifically chosen based on that they work in schools with a high number ofmulticultural students. The work with integration has failed in Sweden, where it exists a separationbetween ”us” and ”them”, which makes them feel like outsiders. This separation also exists in theschool environment.Integration is a process in which Swedes and people with foreign background live together andwhere people understand each other and each others culture. A multicultural youngster is one who isgrappling to find himself between two cultures: who asks himself “who am I? and “who do I wantto be?” These school counsellors strive to work for an understanding between them and multiculturalstudents. An understanding for each others cultures and values. One factor that can hamperthe integration is if the student’s parents do not want their children to participate in classes whichare supposed to be against their religion or culture. Another factor that hampers the integration aresegregated schools and neighborhoods. In which these students never really participate in the Swedishsociety but live as they would in their homeland.

  • 69.
    Alm, Karin
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi och arbetsliv. Kristianstad University, Research environment Governance, Regulation, Internationalization and Performance (GRIP.
    Traditionella undervisningsformers problematik och pedagogiska resurs2017In: Högskolepedagogisk debatt, ISSN 2000-9216, no 1, p. 16-24Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 70.
    Al-Mashat, Dolfakar
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Företagens val att bestyrka hållbarhetsredovisningen: en studie om hur de svenska börsnoterade företagen påverkas av olika faktorer vid bestyrkandet2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Samhällets förväntningar kring ansvarstagandet hos företagen har ökat drastiskt under de senaste årtionden. Som följd till detta har antalet företag sedan 1900-talet i större utsträckning börjat redovisa icke-finansiella rapporter frivilligt. Dessa icke-finansiella rapporter har sin benämning idag som hållbarhetsredovisning. Det kvarstående problemet är trovärdighetsgapet på hållbarhetsredovisningarna och som lösning till problemet kan en tredje-part anlitas i syfte att säkerställa att hållbarhetsinformationen är trovärdig. Denna säkerställning som tredje-parten utför benämns bestyrkande. Syftet med denna uppsats var att undersöka hur olika faktorer påverkar de svenska börsnoterade företagens val att låta hållbarhetsredovisningar bestyrkas samt valet av bestyrkandegivare. Den positivistiska forskningsfilosofin har använts i uppsatsen och det har anammats en kvantitativ metod med en deduktiv ansats.

    Faktorerna som har undersökts är lönsamhet, branschtillhörigheten, användandet av Global Reporting Initiative (GRI):s riktlinjer samt företagsstorlek. Datainsamlingen har skett genom skriftiga källor där information hämtades från alla 255 svenska börsnoterade företag. Endast 105 av de 255 företagen hade upprättat en hållbarhetsredovisning och ingick i studien. Hypoteserna prövades genom statistiska tester och analyser med utgångspunkt i uppsatsens teoretiska referensram.

    Resultatet visade att bestyrkande samt val av bestyrkandegivare inte påverkades av lönsamhet. Bestyrkande påverkades inte heller av bransch och GRI, men däremot av storlek. Vidare påverkades bestyrkandegivare inte av storlek, men däremot av bransch och GRI. Detta eftersom de större företagen har bättre resurser och därmed mer råd att bestyrka hållbarhetsredovisningen. De börsnoterade företagen i Sverige som befinner sig inom de sociala- och miljökänsliga branscherna säkerställer sin legitimitet gentemot samhället och därför anlitar de revisorer vid bestyrkandet av hållbarhetsredovisningen. Det föreligger ett åtagande av GRI:s riktlinjer som är förknippat med kravet att lämna trovärdig information. Denna rapporterade information i hållbarhetsredovisningen blir mer trovärdig med bättre kvalitét genom ett bestyrkande av revisorer.

  • 71.
    Almberg, Wah-Sui
    et al.
    Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University.
    Kjellin, Harald
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Reusing patterns for indexing and communicating knowledge and insight2011In: International Journal of Computer Information Systems and Industrial Management Applications, ISSN 2150-7988, Vol. 3, p. 530-538Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Analogies can be used in most areas of human communication to highlight points of special interest. The creation of specific, specialised patterns, examples, or analogies for facilitating communication is resource-consuming. We therefore hypothesize that there are universal patterns that can be used and reused more economically, compared to specialised patterns, for indexing and communicating knowledge. We have conducted empirical tests with altogether 204 students, each one of whom was given 20 minutes to solve problems from six different scientific areas. The results of our tests show clearly an improvement of their problem solving skill when universal patterns were employed as cognitive aids. The average result of the test group that used universal patterns was 81 per cent higher than that of the control group.

  • 72.
    Almborg, Ann-Helene
    et al.
    Institute of Gerontology, School of Health Sciences, Jönköping University.
    Ulander, Kerstin
    Kristianstad University College, School of Health and Society.
    Thulin, Anders
    Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm.
    Berg, Stig
    Institute of Gerontology, School of Health Sciences, Jönköping University.
    Discharge planning of stroke patients: the relatives' perceptions of participation2009In: Journal of Clinical Nursing, ISSN 0962-1067, E-ISSN 1365-2702, Vol. 18, no 6, p. 857-865Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    To describe relatives' perceived participation in discharge planning for patients with stroke and identify correlates to perceived participation. Stroke affects both patients and their relatives and previous research shows that relatives were often dissatisfied with their perceived involvement in discharge planning and the information they get. Prospective cross-sectional study. The study comprised 152 consecutively enrolled relatives (mean age = 60.8 years) of acute stroke patients admitted to a stroke unit in southern Sweden during 2003-2005. Data were collected through interviews 2-3 weeks after discharge using 'Relative's Questionnaire about Participation in Discharge planning'. This instrument measures perceived participation in three subscales: R-Information-Illness, R-Information-Care/support, and R-Goals and Needs. The Overall Rating of Relative's Perceived Participation in Discharge Planning was measured by a visual analogue scale (VAS) (1-10 score). Among the relatives, 56-68% reported positively according to R-Information-Illness, but 46-53% perceived that they did not receive any information about care/medication/rehabilitation/support. About 80% perceived no participation at all in goals and needs. The mean value of the VAS was 3.89 (SD 3.40) score. Regression analyses revealed that longer stay at hospital, patients with higher education, and relatives of female patients and female relatives were associated with relatives' perceptions of higher participation in discharge planning. Relatives perceived that they needed more information and knowledge about stroke and care/medication/rehabilitation/support. They also needed to be more involved in goal-setting and in identifying patient needs. Professionals should take into consideration these associated variables to improve relatives' perceived participation. Clinicians should give more attention to the altered situation of stroke patients' relatives when planning for continuing care and when setting postdischarge goals for the patients. The professionals need to develop strategies to involve relatives in sharing information, goal-setting and needs assessment in discharge planning.

  • 73.
    Almborg, Ann-Helene
    et al.
    Institute of Gerontology, School of Health Sciences, Jönköping University.
    Ulander, Kerstin
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Thulin, Anders
    Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm.
    Berg, Stig
    Institute of Gerontology, School of Health Sciences, Jönköping University.
    Discharged after stroke - important factors for health-related quality of life2010In: Journal of Clinical Nursing, ISSN 0962-1067, E-ISSN 1365-2702, Vol. 19, no 15-16, p. 2196-2206Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Aims. This study examines different correlates to health-related quality (HRQoL) of life after discharge in patients with stroke. Background. HRQoL is an important aspect of life after suffering a stroke. Previous research has revealed several variables associated with poststroke quality of life, including age, gender, depression, fatigue, length of hospital stay, functional status and amount of social participation. However, the time span after stroke varies greatly in the different studies. Although the multiple factors that contribute to short-term postdischarge HRQoL have potential importance for discharge planning, to our knowledge, these factors have not been systematically investigated during the earlier days following discharge. Design. Cross-sectional study. Methods. The sample consisted of 188 consecutively included individuals (mean age 74 years, 56% men) from a stroke unit in southern Sweden. The interviews were performed two to three weeks after discharge and included use of the SF-36, the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale, the Barthel Index, the Frenchay Activities Index, performance of interests and survey of patients' perceived participation in discharge planning. Multiple linear regression analysis was conducted to identify variables associated with HRQoL. Results. Multiple regression analyses with the eight scales of SF-36 as dependent variables revealed eight models, one for each scale, which were statistically significant. Depressive symptoms were associated with lower HRQoL. Ability to perform personal and social activities, interests, younger age, education (elementary school) and shorter hospital stay were related to higher HRQoL. Patients' perceived participation in discharge planning was both positively and negatively associated with HRQoL. Conclusions. Several variables were related to good HRQoL two to three weeks post-discharge, particularly fewer depressive symptoms, participation in social activities such as outdoor activities and performance of interests. Relevance to clinical practice. These results can be used to design needs assessment forms of discharge planning to promote adaptation and recovery after stroke.

  • 74.
    Almborg, Ann-Helene
    et al.
    Institute of Gerontology, School of Health Sciences, Jönköping University.
    Ulander, Kerstin
    Kristianstad University College, School of Health and Society.
    Thulin, Anders
    Karolinska University Hospital.
    Berg, Stig
    Institute of Gerontology, School of Health Sciences, Jönköping University.
    Patients' perceptions of their participation in discharge planning after acute stroke2009In: Journal of Clinical Nursing, ISSN 0962-1067, E-ISSN 1365-2702, Vol. 18, no 2, p. 199-209Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Aims and objectives. To describe stroke patients' perceptions of their participation in the discharge planning process and identify correlates of perceived participation.

    Background. Patients have the right to participate in discharge planning, but earlier research has shown that they are often dissatisfied with the information they receive and their involvement in goal-setting during discharge planning.

    Design. Cross-sectional study.

    Methods. The sample consisted of 188 persons (mean age 74 years, SD 11·2) with acute stroke who were admitted to a stroke unit at a hospital in southern Sweden during 2003–2005. Data was collected by face-to-face interviews 2–3 weeks after discharge using the 'Patients' Questionnaire on Participation in Discharge Planning'. This instrument measures perceived participation in discharge planning in three subscales: P-Information, P-Medical Treatment, P-Goals and Needs.

    Results. The percentage of patients who perceived that they had participated in discharge planning was as follows: 72–90% according to P-Information, 29–38% according to P-Medical Treatment and 15–47% according to P-Goals and Needs. Age, education and performance of activities of daily living were significantly related to perceived participation as measured by different subscales.

    Conclusions. Most of the patients perceived that they received information, but fewer perceived participation in the planning of medical treatment and needs of care/service/rehabilitation and goal-setting. Professionals need to pay more attention to patients in different subgroups to facilitate their participation in discharge planning.

    Relevance to clinical practice. To facilitate and increase patients' participation in discharge planning, methods should be implemented for goal-setting and identifying patients' needs. Methods that foster patient participation may improve goal-orientated care, services and rehabilitation after discharge.

  • 75.
    Almquist, Roland
    et al.
    Stockholm University.
    Grossi, Giuseppe
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi. Kristianstad University, Research environment Governance, Regulation, Internationalization and Performance (GRIP.
    van Helden, G. Jan
    Groningen University.
    Reichard, Christoph
    Potsdam University.
    Public sector governance and accountability2013In: Critical Perspectives on Accounting, ISSN 1045-2354, E-ISSN 1095-9955, Vol. 24, no 7–8, p. 479-487Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 76.
    Almqvist, Frida
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    När mat blir sopor, och när den inte blir det: En studie om matsvinn ur ett miljö –och individperspektiv2010Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Svinnet av mat har i Sverige uppskattats till cirka 1 miljon ton per år och sannolikt är det på hushållsnivå som de största mängderna matsvinn uppstår . En färsk undersökning visar att det årligen slängs uppemot 100 kilo mat per person i Sverige, vilket innebär stora och onödiga belastningar på miljö och klimat. Genom att minska svinnet av mat minskar också belastningen på miljön. Syftet med studien har varit att studera attityder till matsvinn i svenska hushåll samt identifiera hinder och förutsättningar för ett minskat svinn. Resultatet bygger på sju enskilda intervjuer med konsumenter och resultatet visar att dessa respondenter ogillar att slänga mat och slänger relativt lite. Svinnets miljöpåverkan tycks inte vara huvudsakligt skäl till att inte vilja slänga mat. Istället är respekt för maten, respekt för de fattiga samt den privata ekonomin mer framträdande aspekter vad gäller orsaker till att inte vilja slänga mat. Dessa känslor har följt med respondenterna från deras egen uppväxt vilket i kombination med kunskaper i matlagning tycks vara förutsättningar som leder till mindre matsvinn.

  • 77.
    al-Rifaie, Fatimah Majid
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Design och datavetenskap.
    al-Rifaie, Mohammad Majid
    Storbritannien.
    Maximising overlap score in DNA sequence assembly problem by Stochastic Diffusion Search2016In: Intelligent systems and applications: extended and selected results from the SAI Intelligent Systems Conference (IntelliSys) 2015 / [ed] Yaxin Bi,Supriya Kapoor, Rahul Bhatia, Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2016, p. 301-321Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper introduces a novel study on the performance of Stochastic DiffusionSearch (SDS) – a swarm intelligence algorithm – to address DNA sequence assembly problem. This is an NP-hard problem and one of the primary problems in computational molecular biology that requires optimisation methodologies to reconstruct the original DNA sequence. In this work, SDS algorithm is adapted for this purpose and several experiments are run in order to evaluate the performance of the presented technique over several frequently used benchmarks. Given the promising results of the newly proposed algorithm and its success in assembling the input fragments, its behaviour is further analysed, thus shedding light on the process through which the algorithm conducts the task. Additionally, the algorithm is applied to overlap score matrices which are generated from the raw input fragments; the algorithm optimises the overlap score matrices to find better results. In these experiments realworld data are used and the performance of SDS is compared with several other algorithms which are used by other researchers in the field, thus demonstrating its weaknesses and strengths in the experiments presented in the paper.

  • 78.
    Althini, Ida
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Tedblad, Malin
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Revidera Mera: en analys av små aktiebolags val av revisionsbyrå2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Since 2010 when the accounting laws in Sweden cha four nged, small businesses are now facing a choice whether to be audited or not. Like all businesses, this includes a choice regarding what auditing firm to hire. Small businesses must consider the pros and cons in greater extent than bigger businesses because of their overall lower resources. This leads to the purpose of the study which is to find out what factors affect the choice of selecting an auditing firm. Previous research and accounting theories suggest that, in addition to the factors of the auditing firm, the business’ corporate structure can affect their choice. Therefore, the study is aiming to analyze both the auditing firms various characteristics and the corporate structure of the business. This is performed by sending out a survey to randomly selected small businesses in Sweden and analyzing the data once received. The result of the study partly confirms the previous studies conducted in the same field. It indicates that the probability for a small business to choose an auditing firm within Big four increases with the business size and the gearing ratio. Further, the result indicates that the less price sensitive a business is. So, the higher they value auditing quality, personal relationship and that the auditing firm is well-known, the higher is the probability that they will decide to hire an auditing firm within Big firms. The research is aiming to increase the understanding regarding auditing choice and help both the auditing firms and the companies to understand what factors can affect the choice. As a topic for future research, we find that the auditors’ independence would be interesting, since this research indicates the relevance of it.

  • 79.
    Alvarez, Lorena
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Bergström, Susanna
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Anhörigas behov av stöd, när de vårdar vuxna närstående med cancer: en litteraturstudie2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Cancer was the second most common cause of death in Sweden in 2011. As the number of beds in hospitals decreases, numerous severely ill patients receive care at home. This results in family members performing important parts of the caring process. The aim of this study was to describe the caregivers' support needs from healthcare professionals when caring for an adult relative with cancer. A literature review was performed, in which results from empirical studies were reviewed and summarized. The result shows that caregivers need information about the disease and education regarding nursing skills. They also have social needs, such as to participate in decision making concerning treatment alternatives, to be kindly met by healthcare professionals, and to have opportunities for respite. The number of caregivers who suffer from anxiety and depression might indicate the presence of unsatisfied needs, which healthcare professionals could identify early in the care process. By putting focus on the caregivers' needs, healthcare professionals can help them achieve an increased feeling of competence in performing the caring role and possibly promote their sense of health and well-being.

  • 80.
    Alvehus, Johan
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.
    All metodlitteratur är inte dålig2014In: Universitetsläraren, ISSN 0282-4973, no 9, p. 27-Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 81.
    Alvehus, Johan
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.
    Att mäta eller inte mäta – tydlighetsparadoxen i professionell verksamhet2014In: Organisation & Samhälle, ISSN 2001-9114, no 2, p. 46-50Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 82.
    Alvehus, Johan
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.
    Professional service organization2015In: The SAGE encyclopedia of quality and the service economy / [ed] Su Mi Dahlgaard-Park, London: Sage Publications, 2015, 1, p. 512-514Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 83.
    Alvehus, Johan
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.
    Skriva uppsats med kvalitativ metod: en handbok2013Book (Other academic)
  • 84.
    Alvehus, Johan
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.
    Jensen, Tommy
    Stockholms universitet.
    Organisation2015 (ed. 1)Book (Other academic)
  • 85.
    Alvehus, Johan
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi. Lund University.
    Spicer, André
    Cass Business School, City University, London, UK.
    Financialization as a strategy of workplace control in professional service firms2012In: Critical Perspectives on Accounting, ISSN 1045-2354, E-ISSN 1095-9955, Vol. 23, p. 497-510Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Recently, there has been an increased focus on finance as a form of control in corporations. In this paper, we explore financialization as an employee control strategy in a Big Four accountancy firm, and more specifically how it affects the everyday lives of the professionals within the firm. We found financialization involved attempts to transform employees working lives into an investment activity where work was experienced as ‘billable hours’ that are ‘invested’ in the hope of a high future pay-off. Employees sought to increase the value of their investment by skilful manipulation. If wisely managed, this investment could yield significant benefits in the future. We argue that financialization involves active employee participation and is a way of binding other forms of control together.

  • 86.
    Ambolt, Amelie
    et al.
    Lund University.
    Gard, Gunvor
    Lund University.
    Sjödahl Hammarlund, Catharina
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society. Kristianstad University, Research Environment PRO-CARE, Patient Reported Outcomes - Clinical Assessment Research and Education.
    Therapeutically efficient components of Basic Body Awareness Therapy as perceived by experienced therapists: a qualitative study2017In: Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies, ISSN 1360-8592, E-ISSN 1532-9283, Vol. 21, no 3, p. 503-508Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background

    Basic Body Awareness Therapy (BBAT) is a physiotherapeutic method used in rehabilitation to increase physical and emotional balance. The aim was to identify and describe perceived therapeutically efficient components of BBAT.

    Methods

    Twenty-four experienced BBAT therapists participated in focus group interviews. The data were analysed with content analysis.

    Results

    One central theme, the therapeutic space consisted of two categories; the therapeutic encounter and the therapeutic tools, which emerged as the core of the perceived therapeutically efficient components. The therapeutic encounter entailed the therapeutic approach, affect attunement, continuous interaction during treatment, affect mirroring and communicating by use of a person-centred approach. The therapeutic tools included adjustment and adaptation, the use of manual, verbal and non-verbal guiding, and creating an atmosphere of safety and sanctuary.

    Conclusion

    The significance of interaction by use of a person-centred approach combined with the ability to continuously adjust the treatment constituted useful guidelines when designing rehabilitation using BBAT treatment.

  • 87.
    Amin, Berivan
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Malin, Danielsson
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Love of brand: a story of an on-going romance2012Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Today, in a world of consumption where almost everything is branded, every consumer has a brand that they love, a so called lovemarks. Nowadays, it takes more than just a commercial to make consumers stay committed to a brand. Consumers need to relate on a more personal level. There lies a deep rooted love, consistent over long periods of time, making the luxury brand consumer’s one the most loyal consumers in the world. Consequently, it is the consumers that decide what a lovemarks is, and why they go back to repurchasing that brand again, a kind of on-going romance between consumer-brand.

     

    The purpose of this dissertation is to explore why consumers develop emotional attachment and loyalty towards brands, leading to a long-lasting, devoted relationship between the consumer and the brand. The aim is to find out elements that are needed to love a brand consistently. The outcome of this study will provide a better look into the consumer’s attitude towards lovemark brands.

     

    A qualitative study has been performed on consumer attitudes towards their lovemarks brand, and the language they use when describing their motive to stay loyal to their brand of preference. Furthermore, the view of what elements are needed for them develop emotional attachment towards that brand is explored.

     

    The conclusion of this dissertation is that in order for consumers to develop loyalty and emotional attachment to brands, they need the elements of emotion, quality, trust, image, timeless fashion, and tradition. These elements combined, make the ultimate consumer that many brands want to have. 

  • 88.
    Amjad, Haydar
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Daabas, Sara
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Vidareutbildning under arbetslivet: små och medelstora revisions- och redovisningsbyråers syn2011Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In our study the purpose was to examine the influence of Continuing Professional Education on small and medium sized auditing- and accounting practices. The study also aims to analyze possible similarities and differences in how small and medium sized auditing and accounting practices are affected of the requirements regarding Continuing Professional Education. In order to fulfill our purpose in the study we conducted interviews with auditors and accounting consultants on small and medium sized auditing- and accounting practices. Totally did we conduct seven interviews with four auditors and three accounting consultants. The majority of auditors and accounting consultants we interviewed are satisfied with the current requirements on Continuing Professional Education and think they contribute to the increase of quality and status of the work tasks performed by auditors and accounting consultants. Respondents also stressed the importance of Continuing Professional Education to maintain and develop the skills among employees. Our respondents prefer two forms of Continuing Professional Education, namely intensive seminars and topical courses. Demand for intensive seminars and topical courses will probably continue to increase, given that these two forms makes it possible for small and medium sized practices to keep current in a time efficient and economical way. Our findings also show that auditors prefer a training where they start out as beginners and end as an expert. On the other hand accounting consultants focus on training that is practical and provides direct benefit to the everyday work.

  • 89.
    Anabtawi, Rewa
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Amin, Berivan
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Environmental CSR-initiatives influence on Brand Equity: a Case of Eco-Labeling2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study was to investigate whether environmental eco-labeling CSR-initiatives have an impact on brand equity. Specifically, if Swan eco-labeling on Ariel’s detergents have an impact on Ariel´s brand equity from a consumer’s perspective. A quantitative study was conducted on Kristianstad University students in Sweden where a sample survey of consumers’ attitudes were collected then analyzed using Spearmans’ correlation coefficient along with independent-samples t-tests. A modified model of Keller´s (2009) customer-based brand equity model (CBBE) was employed along with five proposition regarding CSR´s impact on brand equity. The findings of this study showed that environmental CSR has positive effect on all of the components of brand equity such as; brand awareness, brand image, brand meaning, brand response and brand resonance. In conclusion the findings of this study show that the Swan eco-label on Ariel’s detergents has an impact on how the respondents view Ariel as a brand.

  • 90.
    Ander, Birgitta
    et al.
    Jönköping University.
    Abrahamsson, Agneta
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Samhällsvetenskap. Kristianstad University, Forskningsmiljön Arbete i skolan (AiS).
    Bergnehr, Disa
    Jönköping University.
    'It is ok to be drunk, but not too drunk': party socialising, drinking ideals, and learning trajectories in Swedish adolescent discourse on alcohol use2017In: Journal of Youth Studies, ISSN 1367-6261, E-ISSN 1469-9680, Vol. 20, no 7, p. 841-854Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study explores adolescent reasoning behind the use of alcohol at different types of parties, often house parties, and about the strategies to achieve maturity and prevent losing control. The data consist of semi-structured interviews with 23 adolescents aged 16-18 years (16 males and seven females). The interview transcripts were analysed using an inductive, thematic approach. All informants had personal experience with drinking at parties in different social settings. Our results suggest that the process of learning how to drink, often through failure in terms of being intoxicated, is important for adolescents' who strive to control their alcohol intake resulted in a good time and a break from everyday life. Furthermore, the results indicate that different social settings and party types engender different drinking patterns. Maturity and controlled conduct come across as desired ideals that provide a person with symbolic capital and thus, social status.

  • 91.
    Anderberg, Fredrik
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Heimdahl, Sofie
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Att vara eller inte vara med: en studie av kommuners virtuella deltagande2011Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In today's society, the internet is an important part of everyday life. Over recent years the number of electronic services has increased markedly. Communities such as Facebook, consume more of people's time than 5-10 years ago. How can public authorities benefit from these communities or are the municipalities not ready for this? The municipalities determine how their resources should be allocated based on the municipality's needs. The municipalities may be in charge of such matters of public interest which is linked to one municipality or its citizens.

    The purpose of this study is to explain what a virtual meeting platform means and how the public authority can take advantage of the virtual world to create benefits for its citizens by modifying existing tools. We have chosen a deductive approach with elements of induction, and the study is positivistic because of the approach on trying to find absolute knowledge from this study. We have developed five hypotheses by material from a pilot study. The material from the pilot study has served as the basis for a quantitative survey among users of Facebook.

    By introducing the Balanced Scorecard a municipality can, based upon local needs and capabilities, develop goals and measures based on the municipality strategy. We have constructed a model that is partly based on David Lundberg's 5-model (Lundberg, 2009). The model, Heimberg Flower, focuses on the "benefit"-factor which is directed towards the virtual options from which the municipality may choose which options to examine or test.

    Our hypothesis could prove two significant relationships, there is adesire for internet-based services, and that Facebook is preferred over other virtual meeting places for representation by the municipality. Using the modified Balanced Scorecard according to Heimberg Flower, the model can serve as a basis for municipalities in efforts to implement IT solutions that create value for the citizen.

  • 92.
    Anderberg Hansen, Sara
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Andersson, Björn
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Att vara en cirkel i en fyrkantig värld: En litteraturöversikt om HBTQ personers upplevelser av mötet med sjukvården2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Bakgrund: Heteronormativitet genomsyrar samhället och även sjukvården. Detta påverkar mötet mellan HBTQ personer och vårdpersonal. Homosexuella handlingar avkriminaliserades i Sverige 1944. Sedan dess har olika lagar tagits fram i syfte att minska diskrimineringen av HBTQ personer i samhället. 38 % av deltagarna i en studie har någon gång upplevt sig illa bemötta i sjukvården. 36 % legitimerade sjuksköterskor i Sverige skulle välja att inte vårda personer ur HBTQ gruppen om den möjligheten fanns. Syfte: Att beskriva HBTQ personers upplevelser av mötet med vårdpersonal i den somatiska sjukvården. Metod: En litteraturöversikt baserad på 13 kvalitativa vetenskapliga artiklar. Analysprocessen inspirerades av Forsberg och Wengströms modell. Resultat: Tre huvudkategorier med vardera två underkategorier. Upplevelsen av den skickliga vården, upplevelsen av den begränsade vården och upplevelsen av den diskriminerande vården. Det framkom att de flesta upplevde mötet med sjukvården som negativt. Heteronormativa antaganden var ett genomgående tema för resultatet, där både negativa och positiva möten grundade sig i dessa antaganden och frånvaron av dessa. Slutsats: Kunskapen kring olika sexuella läggningar och identiteter måste förbättras inom sjukvården för att skapa en accepterande miljö och ett bättre möte. Detta för att folkhälsan för HBTQ gruppen skall kunna förbättras. Kommunikativa hinder och heteronormativa normer måste belysas redan i utbildningen för vårdpersonal.

  • 93.
    Andersen, Anna-Eva
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Moberg, Catherine
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Bengtsson-Tops, Anita
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Sjuksköterskeutbildningarna. Kristianstad University, Research Platform for Collaboration for Health.
    Garmy, Pernilla
    Kristianstad University, Research Platform for Collaboration for Health. Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Sjuksköterskeutbildningarna. Kristianstad University, Research Environment Children's and Young People's Health in Social Context (CYPHiSCO). Lund University.
    Lesbian, gay and bisexual parents' experiences of nurses' attitudes in child health care: a qualitative study2017In: Journal of Clinical Nursing, ISSN 0962-1067, E-ISSN 1365-2702, Vol. 26, no 23-24, p. 5065-5071Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To describe lesbian, gay and bisexual parents' experiences of nurses' attitudes in child health care.

    BACKGROUND: Lesbian, gay and bisexual people are often reluctant to disclose their gender identity for fear of discrimination. This fear may lead to avoidance of healthcare for themselves or their children and may negatively affect families' health and well-being.

    DESIGN: A qualitative inductive design was employed.

    METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 14 lesbian, gay or bisexual parents (11 mothers and 3 fathers) with child health care experiences in southern Sweden. Interviews were analysed using qualitative content analysis.

    RESULTS: Two themes were identified. One, a 'sense of marginalization', included lesbian, gay and bisexual parents' experiences of heteronormative attitudes among child health care nurses which led them to feel alienated and questioned as parents. Another, 'being respected for who you are', included experiences of being respected and included at child health care appointments.

    CONCLUSIONS: Findings paint a complex picture of lesbian, gay and bisexual parents' interactions with child health care nurses in that they experienced both positive and negative attitudes. Knowledge gaps about lesbian, gay and bisexual families within the child health care field must be filled.

    RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: Child health care nurses should work with the entire family to provide the best care for the child; however, discrimination in health care is common and often caused by a lack of knowledge. The number of children living with same-sex parents has increased more than ten-fold since the end of the 1990s. It is therefore important to explore lesbian, gay and bisexual parents' experiences with child health care nurses' attitudes to improve quality of care.

  • 94.
    Andersson, Adina
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Hansson, Lina
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Hur belöningssystem påverkar Organizational Ambidexterity: en kvantitativ undersökning på bankkontor i Skåne2012Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Organizational Ambidexterity is a relatively new concept and few studies have been done on the subject. Previous studies have focused on how leadership develops Organizational Ambidexterity. Previous investigations have also done research into how its components, exploration and exploitation, can co-exist in an organization where the two components compete for the same resources. To turn your gaze away from the leaders’ role in organizations and how they affect Organizational Ambidexterity, this study has focused on the reward systems influence on Organizational Ambidexterity with the banking organizations as an object.

     

    Reward systems are present in both financial and non-financial terms. Financial rewards are transactions of financial compensation for work performed. Non-financial rewards are compensation which does not involve direct costs to an organization. It may take the form of training or appreciation from the boss.

     

    This study was conducted in such a way that the empirical material that has emerged will explain if and how the reward systems motivate the organization to work in both an exploration and exploitation capacity to achieve Organizational Ambidexterity. This is done in order achieve competitive advantages in the market.

     

    The theory relies on that financial rewards will lead to more exploitative capacity and non-financial rewards elicit more exploratory capability. The empirical material collected does not support this argument in full, since it was found that financial rewards are not used to a greater extent and that financial rewards does not lead to a more exploitative capacity. However, the use of non-financial rewards to a greater extent has partially demonstrated an impact on the organizations ability to work in an exploratory capacity.

  • 95.
    Andersson, Anders-Petter
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Europeiska ljudlandskap – tur och retur: en betraktelse inifrån av ett soundscape-projekt2010In: Nutida musik, ISSN 1652-6082, no 1, p. 45-47Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 96.
    Andersson, Anders-Petter
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society.
    Interaktiv musikkomposition2012Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This dissertation, titled Interactive Music Composition, is a practice based Ph.D. thesis in the field of Musicology. The purpose is to explore if and how one can compose computer based interactive music, that is musically satisfying for an interacting audience, consisting of both laymen and skilled musicians. The text describes the design and reflection in two interactive music installations: Do-Be-DJ, open-air installation in a public park, and, Mufi, with modular and moveable interface. Based on methods and per­spectives in Musicology and Interaction Design, a composition model for interactive music is developed. The model investigates the experience di­mensions listen, explore, compose and collaborate. It also investigates the design dimensions of interaction, narrative structure, composition rule and sound node. The conceptual approach is to apply improvisation and composition methods from jazz, pop and groove based music on interactive music. It also uses the concepts of openess in musical structures and interpretation, musical mediation of actions and meaning and everyday use of music, when composing interactive music. The dissertation contributes to an understanding of how to create composition techniques for interactive music, such as: Direct, varied and shifting response. It reflects on the change in meaning of the musicological terms composition, improvisation, musical work, listener, musician and audience. And on the interaction design terms interaction, gameplay, system and user. The term co-creator is used to describe an actively, interacting and collaborating person, to complement traditional terms like audience, performer and user.

  • 97.
    Andersson, Anders-Petter
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Hälsovetenskap II. Kristianstad University, Research Platform for Collaboration for Health.
    Cappelen, Birgitta
    The Oslo School of Architecture and Design.
    Musical interaction for health improvement2014In: Oxford handbook of interactive audio / [ed] Karen Collins, Bill Kapralos, Holly Tessler, Oxford: Oxford University Press , 2014, p. 247-262Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    During the past decade, tangible sensor technologies have matured and become less expensive and easier to use, leading to an explosion of innovative musical designs within video games, smartphone applications, and interactive art installations. Interactive audio has become an important design quality in commercially successful games like Guitar Hero , and a range of mobile phone applications motivating people to interact, play, dance, and collaborate with music. Parallel to the game, phone, and art scenes, an area of music and health research has grown, showing the positive results of using music to promote health and wellbeing in everyday situations and for a broad range of people, from children and elderly to people with psychological and physiological disabilities. Both quantitative medical and ecological humanistic research show that interaction with music can improve health, through music’s ability to evoke feelings, motivate people to interact, master, and cope with difficult situations, create social relations and experience shared meaning. Only recently, however, the music and health field has started to take interest in interactive audio, based on computer-mediated technologies’ potential for health improvement. Here, we show the potential of using interactive audio in what we call interactive musicking in the computer-based interactive environment Wave. Interactive musicking is based on musicologist Christopher Small’s concept “musicking”, meaning any form of relation-building that occurs between people, and people and things, related to activities that include music. For instance, musicking includes dancing, listening, and playing with music (in professional contexts and in amateur, everyday contexts). We have adapted the concept of "musicking" on the design of computer-based musical devices. The context for this chapter is the research project RHYME. RHYME is a multidisciplinary collaboration between the Centre for Music and Health at the Norwegian Academy of Music, the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO), and Informatics at the University of Oslo. Our target group is families with children with severe disabilities. Our goal is to improve health and wellbeing in the families through everyday musicking activities in interactive environments. Our research approach is to use knowledge from music and health research, musical composition and improvisation, musical action research, musicology, music sociology, and soundscape studies, when designing the tangible interactive environments. Our focus here is interaction design and composition strategies, following research-by-design methodology, creating interactive musicking environments. We describe the research and design of the interactive musicking environment Wave, based on video documentation, during a sequence of actions. Our findings suggest some interactive audio design strategies to improve health. We base the design strategies on musical actions performed while playing an instrument, such as impulsive or iterative hitting, or sustainable stroking of an instrument. Musical actions like these can also be used for musicking in everyday contexts, creating direct sound responses to evoke feelings that create expectations and confirm interactions. In opposition to a more control-oriented, instrument and interface perspective, we argue that musical variation and narrative models can be used to design interactive audio, where the audio is seen as an actor taking many different roles, as instrument, co-musician, toy, etc. In this way, the audio and the interactive musicking environments will change over time, answering with direct response, as well as nose-thumbing and changing response, motivating creation, play, and social interaction. Musical variation can also be used to design musical backgrounds and soundscapes that can be used for creating layers of ambience. These models create a safe environment and contribute to shared meaning.

  • 98.
    Andersson, Anders-Petter
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Hälsovetenskap II. Kristianstad University, Research Platform for Collaboration for Health.
    Cappelen, Birgitta
    Oslo School of Architecture and Design.
    Vocal and tangible interaction in RHYME2014In: Music, Health, Technology and Design / [ed] Stensæth, Karette, Oslo: Norwegian Academy of Music , 2014, p. 21-38Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Our voice and body are important parts of our self-expression and self-experience for all of us. They are also essential for our way to communicate and build relations cross borders such as abilities, ages, locations and backgrounds. Voice, body and tangibility gradually become more important for Information and Communication Technology (ICT), due to increased development of tangible interaction and mobile communication. The voice and tangible interaction therefore also become more important for the fields of Assistive Technology, Health Technology and Universal Design. In this paper we present and discuss our work with voice and tangible interaction in our on-going research project RHYME. The goal is to improve health for families, adults and children with disabilities through use of collaborative, musical, tangible and sensorial media. We build on use of voice in Music Therapy, knowledge from multi-sensory stimulation and on a humanistic health approach. Our challenge is to design vocal and tangible interactive media that are sensorially stimulating. Interactive media that through use, can reduce isolation and passivity and increase empowerment for all the users. We use sound recognition, generative sound synthesis, vibrations and cross-media techniques, to create rhythms, melodies and harmonic chords to stimulate voice-body connections, positive emotions and structures for actions.

  • 99.
    Andersson, Anders-Petter
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society. Kristianstad University, Forskningsplattformen Hälsa i samverkan.
    Cappelen, Birgitta
    The Oslo School of Architecture and Design.
    Vocal and tangible technology for music and health2013In: Book of abstracts: setting the tone: cultures of relating and reflecting in music therapy / [ed] Gro Trondalen, Oslo: The Norwegian Academy of Music , 2013, p. 24-24Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Our voice and body are important parts of our self-expression and self-experience. They are also essential for our way to communicate and build relations cross borders like abilities, ages, locations, backgrounds and cultures. Voice and tangibility gradually become more important when developing new music technology for the Music Therapy and the Music and Health fields, due to new technology possibilities that have recently arisen. For example smartphones, computer games and networked, social media services like Skype. In this paper we present and discuss our work with voice and tangible interaction in our ongoing research project. The goal is to improve health for families, adults and children with severe disabilities through use of collaborative, musical, tangible sensorial media. We build on use of voice in Music Therapy and studies by Lisa Sokolov, Diane Austin, Kenneth Bruscia and Joanne Loewy. Further we build on knowledge from Multi-sensory stimulation and on a humanistic health approach. Our challenge is to design vocal and tangible, sensorially stimulating interactive media, that through use reduce isolation and passivity and increase empowerment for all the users. We use sound recognition, generative sound synthesis, vibrations and cross- media techniques, to create rhythms, melodies and harmonic chords to stimulate body- voice connections, positive emotions and structures for actions. The reflections in this paper build on action research methods, video observations and research-by-design methods. We reflect on observations of families and close others with children with severe disabilities, interacting in three vocal and tangible installations.

  • 100.
    Andersson, Anders-Petter
    et al.
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Hälsovetenskap II. Kristianstad University, Forskningsplattformen Hälsa i samverkan.
    Cappelen, Birgitta
    Oslo School of Architecture & Design.
    Olofsson, Fredrik
    Designing sound for recreation and well-being2014In: Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME 2014) / [ed] Baptiste Caramiaux, Koray Tahiroğlu, Rebecca Fiebrink, Atau Tanaka, 2014, p. 529-532Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper we explore how we compose sound for an interactive tangible and mobile interface, where the goal is to improve health and well-being for families with children with disabilities. We describe the composition process of how we decompose a linear beat-based and vocal sound material and recompose it with real-time audio synthesis and composition rules into interactive Scenes. Scenes that make it possible for the users to select, explore and recreate different sound worlds. In order to recreate, the users interact with the tangible interface in different ways, as instrument, play with it as a friend, improvise and create music and relax with it as ambient sounding furniture. We discuss composition techniques for mixing sound, tangible-physical and lighting elements in the Scenes. Based on observations we explore how a diverse audience in the family and at school can recreate and improvise their own sound experience and play together in open and non-therapeutic everyday situations. We conclude by discussing the possible impact of our findings for the NIME-community; how the techniques of decomposing, recomposing and recreating sound, based on a relational perspective, could contribute to the design of new instruments for musical expression.

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