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Socialt hållbara gaseller: En studie om hur Gasellföretag arbetar med intern social hållbarhet genom sin verksamhetsstyrning
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Socially sustainable Gazelles : A study on how Gazelle companies work with internal social sustainability through their operations management (English)
Abstract [sv]

Bakgrund: Corporate Social Responsibility har haft stor genomslagskraft de senaste decennierna. Inom fältet har tidigare studier primärt fokuserat på den miljömässiga och ekonomiska aspekten samtidigt som social hållbarhet givits mindre utrymme. Tidigare forskning visar att verksamhetsstyrning spelar en central roll vid implementering av CSR-relaterade aktiviteter, vilket gör det intressant att undersöka företags arbete med social hållbarhet utifrån ett styrningsperspektiv. Social hållbarhet anses vara en viktig faktor för tillväxt vilket gör Gasellföretag, små snabbt växande företag, till intressanta subjekt för en studie inom detta område.

Syfte: Syftet med studien är att bidra till ökad förståelse om och hur Gasellföretag säkerställer intern social hållbarhet genom sin verksamhetsstyrning

Metod: Studien är en flerfallstudie och antar en kvalitativ metod med en induktiv ansats. Då tolkning varit av central betydelse vid studiens genomförande har hermeneutiken utgjort den filosofiska utgångspunkten. Empirin utgörs av semistrukturerade intervjuer med sju Gasellföretag, vilket kompletteras med dokumentstudier samt observationer.

Slutsats: Gasellföretag arbetar aktivt med intern social hållbarhet. Primärt sker arbetet genom aktiviteter som främjar anställdas välmående och kompetensutveckling. Arbete med intern social hållbarhet har även en positiv inverkan på nyrekrytering och bibehållande av personal. En av de viktigaste styrverktygen för främjande av intern social hållbarhet är kommunikationsverktyg. Belöningssystem är också en form av verksamhetsstyrningsverktyg som anses vara betydande för intern social hållbarhet.

Kunskapsbidrag: Denna studie bidrar med ökad förståelse för hur Gasellföretag arbetar med intern social hållbarhet samt vilka verksamhetsstyrningsverktyg som används för att göra detta.

Abstract [en]

Background: Corporate Social Responsibility has had a great impact in recent decades. Within this field of research, previous studies have primarily focused on the environmental and economic aspect, while less space has been given to the aspect of social sustainability. Previous research shows that operations management plays an important role in implementing CSR-related activities, which makes it interesting to examine companies’ work with social sustainability from a governance perspective. Social sustainability is considered an important factor for growth, which makes Gazelle companies, small and fast-growing companies, interesting subjects to study within this field of research.

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to contribute to an increased understanding of and how Gazelle companies ensure internal social sustainability through their operations management.

Method: A multiple case study has been carried out using a qualitative method with an inductive approach. Interpretation has been important when executing this study, hence hermeneutics has been the philosophical starting point. The empirical work consists of semi-structured interviews conducted on seven Gazelle companies, accompanied by document studies and observations.

Conclusion: Gazelle companies work actively with internal social sustainability. Primarily, the work is performed through activities that promote the well-being and professional development of employees. Work that is related to internal social sustainability also has a positive impact on recruitment and maintaining staff within the company. One of the most important tools for promoting internal social sustainability is communication tools. Reward systems are also considered to be tools with great significance for internal social sustainability.

Science contributions: This study contributes with an increased understanding of how Gazelle companies work with internal social sustainability and which operations management tools that

are used to perform this work.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 98
Keywords [en]
Gazelle companies, internal social sustainability
Keywords [sv]
Gasellföretag, intern social hållbarhet
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-160346ISRN: LIU-IEI-FIL-A--19/03065--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-160346DiVA, id: diva2:1352609
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Master Thesis in Business and Economics Programme (Business Administration)
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