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  • 201.
    Arvidsson, Anna
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Business Administration.
    Kooperativt företagande och hållbar utveckling: En studie om gemensamma drivkrafter bakom kooperation och hållbarhet2015Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Idag är hållbar utveckling ett ämne som diskuteras på flera plan i samhället och det finns en tendens att företag vill betona sin hållbara inriktning. Detta arbete handlar kooperativa företag och hur de värderingar som kooperativ arbetar med påverkar hållbar utveckling. Kooperation och företag med sociala mål möter problem som är kopplat till valet av associationsform och detta får konsekvenser som påverkar möjligheter till finansiering och trovärdighet. Genom intervjuer med personer som antingen driver ekonomiska föreningar eller arbetar med kooperation presenterar detta arbete gemensamma drivkrafter hos kooperation och hållbar utveckling. Vilka drivkrafter som ligger till grund för valet att starta ett kooperativt företag och vilka värderingar som hållbarhetsbegreppet för med sig visar sig vara liknande på flera punkter. Vidare visar arbetet att forskningen kring dessa ämnen kan upplevas begränsade och att synen på hållbarhetsbegreppet inom forskningen är mer inriktat mot miljöaspekten än som ett helhetsbegrepp.

  • 202.
    Arvidsson, Anna
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Business Administration.
    Johansson, Matilda
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Business Administration.
    En studie om ledare och medarbetares upplevelser av organisationsförändring2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    To implement an organizational change can be overwhelming for those individuals who work in the organization. Evaluation of results or the process of change rarely occurs and one reason may be lack of resources in the organization or that it´s not a priority. When an organization sees the result they usually compare it to the goals underlying the change, if the result reach the goals it is sees as "successful" if not, the result is "unsuccessful". This study aims to examine how the results are experienced by employees and management who have undergone a change and how they relate it to the goals. The caseorganization has completed a move to new temporary premises while the reconstruction will be completed. We have chosen to study a department within the organization, they have two levels, employee- and management. The study has a qualitative approach where the collection of data is made of semi-structured interviews with twelve respondents, ten employees and two from management. These have been interpreted and presented based on two themes throughout the entire study, communication, and personal experiences.

    There are several elements in the changeprocess that can contribute to employee acceptance. Employees can more easily accept change if they receive information early in the process which gives time to adapt (Shin et al, 2015). Individuals within an organization need to be seen and to be involved in order to be able to feel satisfied with the change (Liljengren et al, 2003). The result of the interviews showed that respondents don´t have the same experience of the result and that everyone did not describe the same goal with the change. All received the same information about the move, some feel that they have been involved and feel satisfied, others feel that they haven´t been involved, which contributed to the discontent of the change. The conclusion of this study is that participation in the process gives a positive experience of the result and a higher acceptance if less satisfying working condition occurs. This study has shown that there are differences between employees and managements experience of organizational change and one way to find these differences is to routinely evaluate the results.

  • 203.
    Arvidsson, Louise
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design.
    Kutavicius, Ignas
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design.
    Vänta! Vart tog alla idioter vägen?!: En kvantitativ studie av beteendemönster för politiskt åsiktsutbyte hos Facebook-, Twitter- och Reddit-användare2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Social media has become a big part of how we communicate with each other. It has also become a virtual meeting point to discuss politics. But is the communication model used by some of the most popular social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and Reddit adapted well enough for political discussions to take place in a democratic way? Eli Pariser (2011) argues that personalization algorithms lock us in a filter bubble, while other studies also have found that users actively block out information that is not in line with their own political opinion themselves, resulting in selective exposure (Garrett, 2009). In this study we use a survey research to get insight about Facebook, Twitter and Reddit users behavioral and interaction habits with political content and how it affects political content visibility on their own feeds. The results have shown that majority of our respondents often share and in other ways interact with political content that primarily is in line with their own opinion, but show interest in discussing politics even with those they disagree with. Our research participants have also expressed a desire for a more balanced spectrum of political opinions in their feeds as well as discussions. They have also pointed out that there is a need for improvements in moderation of political discussions so they do not turn into smear and hate speech.

  • 204.
    Arvidsson, Mikaela
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Business Administration.
    Wilenius, Frida
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Business Administration.
    Värdet av investering i kompetensutveckling: En fallstudie på GKN Aerospace Sweden AB, en högteknologisk tillverkningsindustri2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The staff is the company’s most important asset is a common expression and compe-tence is considered today as a condition for good results and success (Björklund & Holmqvist, 1999; Johansson & Johrén, 2011). It can though be difficult to concretize increased knowledge in education, which requires a discussion of how the business and employees are affected. Few organizations today have structured systems to track and discover the value and the positive impact that an investment in competence development may entail (Chong et al., 2000). GKN Aerospace Sweden AB is actively working with a training tool for competence development called the "Training Days". The purpose of these training days is that with the help of internal trainers educate the staff to raise skills and to encourage the exchange of knowledge. The purpose of this study is to develop a proposed calculation model for investment in competence development and to study the effects that these internal training days provide, both from an individual perspective and an organizational perspective. The study consists of a qualitative and interpretive appro-ach, in which methods of data collection consists of informants interviews and a survey. The idea of the "Training Days" and internal trainers aims that everyone can share their knowledge, because there is a lot of expertise within the organization. The concept means that employees train other employees, resulting that the company pass on knowledge of key employees to other employees. The results and the conclusions from the study showed that knowledge and information from the "Training Days" was valuable and contributed to improve the participants’ work and led mainly to more general knowledge but also more in-depth knowledge. The model applied to the concept is the bottom-line which according to Smith (2004) is a model of evaluation character, supplemented by monetary measures where the focus of the method lies in determining the effects of investments on a participant level. The effects of these educational interventions considered for the employees to be increased efficiency, improved job performance and improved work quality. From an organizational perspective obtains a competitive advantage as employees possess a deep and general knowledge, as well as it presumably have some impact on the company’s financial performance and success

  • 205.
    Arvidsson, Mikaela
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Business Administration.
    Wilenius, Frida
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Business Administration.
    Svensson, Ann
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
    The Value of Investments in Competence Development and Cross-Cultural Knowledge Sharing2015In: Proceedings Cross-Cultural Business Conference 2015, Steyr, Austria / [ed] Margarethe Überwimmer, Teresa Gangl, Martina Gaisch, Robert Füreder, David Humbarger, Friedrich Bauinger, Hannes Hofstadler, Jörg Kraigher-Krainer, Christian Stadlmann, Pavel Štrach, Andreas Zehetner (Eds.), Aachen: Shaker Verlag, 2015, p. 13-27Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 206.
    Arvidsson, Ola
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
    Karlsson, Frida
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
    Är Kinas växelkurs rätt prissatt?: Håller Kinas växelkurs enligt PPP mot USA, Storbritannien och Tyskland2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study was to investigate if the relative Purchasing Power Parity holds for the Chines exchange rate since the reform on their currency in year 1994. Comparisons were made with Chinas three largest trade partners USA, UK and Germany between the years 1994 to 2013. Stationary and cointegration has been controlled on all variables in order to proceed to regression tests for the monthly data. We used data for the countries consumer price index, nominal exchange rate and real exchange-rate. The result of the study showed that the relative Purchasing Power Parity does not hold. We also used diagrams of the real exchange rate for a simplified test. These also showed that neither absolute nor relative Purchasing Power Parity holds.

  • 207.
    Arvidsson, Rebecca
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Business Administration.
    Gustavsson, Christina
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Business Administration.
    Från medarbetare till ledare: En mellanchefs förutsättningar2015Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    En mellanchef arbetsleder det praktiska arbetet närmast produktionen, och rätt person kan utveckla en verksamhet på ett bra sätt. Många företag i olika branscher väljer internrekrytering av mellanchefer och låter redan kunnig arbetande personal i företaget avancera till arbetsledande positioner. Dessa blir ofta operativa chefer, arbetar närmast de anställda och påverkar produktionsutfallet i högsta grad. Att få en förändrad position inom företaget ger förändrade relationer och arbetsuppgifter. Genom studier av internrekryterade mellanchefer, som tagit klivet från medarbetare till mellanchef, undersöktes upplevelsen av att byta position.

    Syftet med studien var att skapa en ökad förståelse för internrekryterade mellanchefers roll inom företag. Genom att ta del av deras personliga erfarenheter ville vi också få svar på vår forskningsfråga: Hur beskriver mellanchefer övergången från medarbetare till ledare, och hur ser de på sin yrkesroll?Undersökningen har bedrivits utifrån kvalitativa djupintervjuer med sju mellanchefer från olika branscher. Det empiriska materialet har studerats utifrån en analysmodell som belyser mellanchefernas kompetens och förmåga till kommunikation, lojalitet och acceptans, samt även personlighet och förmåga till förståelse. Att fånga berättelser från övre chefer och medarbetare kan i fortsatta studier med fördel kombineras denna forskning.Slutsatsen för vår forskning är att de internt rekryterade mellancheferna är genomgående nöjda med sin roll, och beskriver hur de med åren hittat sätt att hantera svårigheter. Mentorskap, samt utbildning i konflikthantering i tidigt skede skulle gynna förutsättningar för dessa mellanchefers yrkesroll. Detta gynnar produktiviteten och de mänskliga resurserna, samt skapar goda förutsättningar till det kommande ledarskapet.

  • 208.
    Aryal, Sarad
    et al.
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
    Omulo, Jemima Ndege
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
    Swedish government domestic rhetoric that justifies land investments in Africa: A Case Study2019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis is conducted as a single case study with a qualitative approach. With the help of Bacchi’s ‘what is the problem represented to be’ (WPR) approach, we conducted qualitative textual analysis on official publications collected from the Swedish government; Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Environment and Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) to understand how land investment in Africa is framed in these publications, specifically, in terms of the environmental, economic and socio-political benefits it provides for the Swedish citizens, host country and the world at large. This study contributes to the knowledge of how policy is justified with respect to different actors by referring to their interests, although such kinds of justification contradict the image potraited by the country. Through publications analyzed, the findings show that a sustainable environment, improvement of gender equality and women’s rights and economic growth are the main justifications for Sweden’s land investment in Africa. The overall conclusion is that more emphasis is put on economic justification in host country interest while on Sweden and Global interest they emphasis more on environmental interests.

  • 209.
    Asal, Mahar
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
    Jalilvand, Abol
    Loyola University, Chicago.
    Do Size and Value Premia Vary across Industry and during the Bull and Bear Market Conditions?: Evidence from the Euro Area2014In: Proceedings of Eurasia Business Research Conference / [ed] Mr. Md. Mahbubul Hoque Bhuiyan, 2014, Vol. no 319Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The elimination of exchange rate risk and overall integration of the European equity markets have created new opportunities to utilize industry-specific diversification strategies for portfolio and risk management decisions. Using daily return data for five major industries in the Euro area over the period, 2001-2012, our findings show that an industry-specific three-factor Fama and French type model provides a robust explanation of security returns. While, our results further emphasize the widespread influence of the “value” and “size” premiums in the Euro area, we show that the pattern, sign, size, and significance of these factors vary widely across different industries and during the “bull” (2003-2007) and “bear” (2007-2009) market conditions. The size premium predominantly plays a positive, stable and significant role in explaining security returns under different market conditions. On the other hand, the results for the value premium is not convincing. Its estimated coefficients are both positive and significant (30% of all cases), and negative and significant (66% of all cases). Nor does our results provide convincing evidence for the conventional risk-based argument in support of the existence of size and value premiums in the Euro area. Value stocks are generally associated with higher betas than those of growth stocks only during the bear market condition. The betas for small caps are consistently lower than those for the large caps. Finally, the momentum effect does not appear to play a strong rule in explaining security returns in the Euro area.

  • 210.
    Asal, Maher
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
    Estimating the Cost of Equity Capital of the Banking Sector in the Eurozone2015In: Journal of Applied Finance and Banking, ISSN 1792-6580, E-ISSN 1792-6599, Vol. 5, no 6, p. 69-96Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The objectives of this paper are, first, to estimate the long-run cost of equity capital for the banking sector using data from the Eurozone, US, UK, Sweden and Switzerland for the period 1999-2014. Our inference differs from that of previous studies because we employ a dynamic panel GMM model with a fixed effect and a multi-factor asset pricing framework to explain the variation of the cost of equity capital across banks in terms of risk-factors including, bank size, leverage, business cycle and regulations. Second, this model analyzes whether the cost of equity of banks in Eurozone differs from banks’ cost of equity in the U.S. Our findings show that the multi-factor asset pricing framework does provide a robust explanation of the cost of equity for banking sector. Our findings are consistent with those of IIF (2011) in that a higher leverage ratio, an increase in capital requirement and regulation resulting in an increase of the cost of equity in the banking sector. However, the pattern, sign, size, and significance of these factors vary widely between the Eurozone and the US

  • 211.
    Asal, Maher
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT.
    Has the Euro Boosted Equity Markets in the Euro Area?2012In: Journal of Business Administration Research, ISSN 1927-9515, Vol. 1, no 2, p. 51-70Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper analyses the impact of the Euro on the development of equity markets in the Euro area and compares the results with those of the United States, UK, and Japan. Specifically, using data on 11 EMU countries from 1990-2010, we examine the impact of the Euro on different measures of stock market size, market liquidity, and concentration. It then uses a variety of ARFIMA and GARCH models to test whether the volatility returns have decreased following the introduction of the Euro. We found that the Euro enhances the depth and the liquidity in Euro area equity markets and that concentration and the unconditional volatility of returns have significantly increased in most Euro area equity markets. Furthermore, although our results identify the United States, Italy, Greece, and Euronext as the fastest growing markets on aggregate, it identifies Ireland and Germany as the lowest growing markets when information on market size, liquidity measures, volatility, and concentration measures.

  • 212.
    Asal, Maher
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
    Is there a bubble in the Swedish housing market?2019In: Journal of European Real Estate Research, ISSN 1753-9269, E-ISSN 1753-9277, Vol. 12, no 1, p. 32-61Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose This paper aims to investigate the presence of a housing bubble using Swedish data from 1986Q1-2016Q4 by using various methods. Design/methodology/approachFirst, the authors use affordability indicators and asset-pricing approaches, including the price-to-income ratio, price-to-rent ratio and user cost, supplemented by a qualitative discussion of other factors affecting house prices. Second, the authors use cointegration techniques to compute the fundamental (or long-run) price, which is then compared with the actual price to test the degree of Sweden'€™s housing price bubble during the studied period. Third, they apply the univariate right-tailed unit root test procedure to capture bursting bubbles and to date-stamp bubbles. Findings The authors find evidence for rational housing bubbles with explosive behavioral components beginning in 2004. These bubbles do not continuously diverge but instead periodically revert to their fundamental value. However, the deviation is persistent, and without any policy correction, it takes decades for real house prices to return to equilibrium.Originality/value The policy implication is that monetary policy designed to contain mortgage demand and thereby prevent burst episodes in the housing market must address external imbalances, as revealed in real exchange rate undervaluation. It is unlikely that current policies will stop the rise of house prices, as the growth of mortgage credit, improvement in Sweden’s international competitiveness and the path of interest rates are much more important factors.

  • 213.
    Asal, Maher
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
    Long-run drivers and short-term dynamics of Swedish real house prices2018In: International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, ISSN 1753-8270, E-ISSN 1753-8289, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 45-72Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose

    This paper aims to assess the long-run drivers and short-term dynamics of real house prices in Sweden for 1986Q1 to 2016Q4. More specifically, the author examines the extent to which real house prices are determined by affordability, demographics and asset price factors.

    Design/methodology/approach

    The author conducts a cointegration analysis and applies a vector autoregression model to examine the long- and short-run responsiveness of Swedish real house prices to a number of key categories of fundamental variables.

    Findings

    The empirical results indicate that house prices will increase in the long run by 1.04 per cent in response to a 1 per cent increase in household real disposable income, whereas real after-tax mortgage interest and real effective exchange rates show average long-term effects of approximately – 8 and – 0.7 per cent, respectively. In addition, the results show that the growth of real house prices is affected by growth in mortgage credit, real after-tax mortgage interest rates and disposable incomes in the short run, whereas the real effective exchange rate is the most significant determinant of Swedish real house appreciation.

    Originality/value

    The impact of the two lending restrictions been implemented after the financial crisis – the mortgage cap in October 2010 and the amortization requirement in June 2016 – are ineffective to stabilize the housing market. This suggests that macroprudential measures designed to ease pressure on housing prices and reduce risks to financial stability need to focus on these fundamentals and address the issues of tax deductibility on mortgage rates and the gradual implementation of debt-to-income limits to contain mortgage demand and improve households' resilience to shocks.

  • 214.
    Asal, Maher
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
    Long-Run Drivers and Short-Term Dynamics of the Swedish Real House Prices2016In: Abstract of Economic, Finance and Management Outlook: 7th International Conference on Economics,Finance and Management Outlooks, 15-16 October, 2016, Hotel Grand Flora Dubai, UAE, 2016, Vol. 7, article id 307/16/7 th ICEFMOConference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper uses cointegration and vector autoregressive (VAR) model to investigate the long-run drivers and short-term dynamics of the real house prices in Sweden forthe period 1986Q to 1995Q4. Specifically, we examine the extent to which real houseprices are determined by affordability, demographic, and asset price factors. The empirical results indicate house prices to increase in the long-run by 0.8% in response to a 1% increase in household's real disposable income, while after tax mortgage interest rate and real effective exchange rate show average long-term effects of approximately - 1% and - 5.3%, respectively. Suggesting that fiscal policy aimed todampen real house appreciation needs to adress the issue of tax deductibility onmortgage rate. In addition, our results indicate that the growth of real house prices is affected by the growth of mortgage credit, after tax mortgage interest rate and disposable income in the short run, and among which the real effective exchange rateis the most significant determinant behind Swedish real house appreciation.

  • 215.
    Asal, Maher
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Law, Politics and Economics.
    Non-linear Growth Impacts of Financial Development in Euro Area2012In: International Journal of Economics and Finance, ISSN 1916-9728, E-ISSN 1916-971X, Vol. 4, no 12, p. 23-38Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Using GMM model and data from 11 Euro Area countries and 5 non-Euro countries over the period 1989 to 2011, we explore the nonlinear effects of financial development on the performance of Euro Area economy that is: its growth, capital accumulation, investment and productivity. Four measures of financial developments are examined, namely, liquidity, size, volatility and bank’s loans to private enterprises. Special consideration is devoted to modeling threshold effects of public debt that has increased substantially in recent years in several Euro countries. We found that the effect of stock market size is always positive whether we consider the level of real per capita income or its growth. However, the effect of banking sector, volatility, liquidity and public debt are generally negative. In addition, we find support for the channels of investment, saving, total factor productivity, and capital intensity. For all the four channels, the results indicate a significant negative link between banking development and volatility of stock returns. The impact of debt on growth seems to be negative with the turning point of public debt likely to be between 45-65%.

  • 216.
    Asal, Maher
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
    Testing for the presence of skill in Swedish mutual fund performance: Evidence from a bootstrap analysis2016In: Journal of Economics and Business, ISSN 0148-6195, E-ISSN 1879-1735, Vol. 88, p. 22-35Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We use a pooled panel bootstrap procedure and different benchmark models of performance to investigate presence of skill in mutual fund performance across different investment styles based on Swedish data from February 2007 to March 2015. To check robustness, we apply serial correlation, unit root, and variance ratio tests to examine the predictability and market efficiency of gross and net excess returns. The results suggest that Swedish funds underperform their benchmarks, net of costs. In addition, very few managers outperform the market, and too many managers underperform the market due to good and bad skills rather than good or bad luck. © 2016 Elsevier Inc.

  • 217.
    Asal, Maher
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
    The Impact of Euro on Sectoral Equity Returns and Portfolio Risk2011In: International Advances in Economic Research, Vol. 17, no 2, p. 119-133Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper examines the implications of the adoption of the euro and the resulting monetary policy integration for investors in the Euro area in terms of stock market diversification. In particular, we study the difference between investment strategies based on country indices and on sector indices. In addition, we use GARCH-M to model return and volatility for the daily sectoral euro equity indices from 1992 to 2009 to analyze how and to what extent volatility in the sector equity index is driven by shocks occurring in the US, aggregate European equity index, aggregate Euro Zone equity index, and the global equity index. We find strong evidence that diversification over sectors yields more efficient portfolios than diversification over countries and that the volatility spillover of the aggregated Euro zone equity return index on the sectoral equity return index has increased after the launch of the euro. © 2011 International Atlantic Economic Society 

  • 218.
    Asal, Maher
    et al.
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT.
    Jalilvand, Abolhassan
    Rolseth, Lars
    Do Size and Value Premia Vary Across Industry and Market Conditions?: Evidence from the Euro Area2015In: Journal of Business and Policy Research, ISSN 1449-387, Vol. 10, no 1, p. 1-1Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper investigates whether value and size premia exist in the Euro area’s industry returns and, if so, what factors are driving them. We use a Garch-M (1,1) model on daily return data from the STOXX market indices for five major industries in the euro area. Our findings show that an industry-specific three-factor Fama and French type model does provide a robust explanation of returns over the period, 2001-2012. While, our results further emphasize the widespread influence of the value and size effects in the Euro market, the pattern, sign, size, and significance of these factors vary widely across different industries and market conditions.

  • 219.
    Asal, Maher
    et al.
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Law, Politics and Economics.
    Schäfer, Christian H.
    The Application of Equity Index Futures in Portfolio Management Strategies: An Empirical Study2007Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this book is to analyse how investors can reduce the systematic risk of a portfolio of stocks by using equity index futures, and how the leverage effect of futures can help to seize a market opportunity to lift a portfolio's return. Another contribution is to introduce the reader to the practical handling of equity index futures transactions using Eurex's products.

  • 220.
    Asker Zada, Salar
    University West, Department of Economics and IT.
    Ad Hoc Networks: Performance Evaluation Of Proactive, Reactive And Hybrid Routing Protocols In NS2 2010Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    No infrastructure, no centralized administration and self-configuration are the main characteristics of MANETs. The primary motivation of MANET deployment is to increase portability, mobility and flexibility. However, this mobility causes an unpredictable change in topology and makes routing more difficult. Many routing algorithms have been proposed and tested over the last few years in order to provide an efficient routing in Ad Hoc networks. In this report we will show our conducted study with AODV (reactive), DSDV (proactive) and ZRP (hybrid) routing protocols. The performance of routing protocols have been evaluated carefully by analyzing the affects of changing network parameters such as, number of nodes, velocity, pause time, workload and flows on three performance metrics: packet delivery ratio, routing cost and average end- to- end delay. All the simulation work has been conducted in NS2. Our simulation results show that AODV gives better performance in all designed simulation models in terms of packets delivery ratio. DSDV shows the second best performance. Performance of ZRP is found average.

  • 221.
    Asp, Johanna
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design.
    Jensen, Caroline
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design.
    Facebookgrupper och delade dokument: En kvalitativ studie om hur studenter använder sociala medier i sitt skolarbete2014Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study is to identify what different types of social media students use and how they actually use these different social medias in their school work.

    Social media is nowdays a natural part of our lives and our society. We interact and communicate with people close to us as well as people on the other side of the world. We use social media to seek information, receive news, share our thoughts, our lives and our opinions. Social media has gained a prominent place in our society and beginning to be used more and more in schools and education. The qualities of social media has been said to stimulate learning and in some cases improve efficiency and facilitate school work.

    We have chosen to look at how students in higher education are using social media in their studies. The selection group we focused on is the first-year students who take the program Digitala Medie at University West. We selected these students based on our own experience of the program, and we know that these students have a fundamental interest in social media and the use of these.

    The results show that Facebook is the social media most used by students, both in their individual work and group work. It is primarily the Facebook function "groups" that is used, where students created two groups for the whole class as well as small groups for each team project. Combined with Facebook groups students use Google docs as a place to collaboratively write texts and presentations. In the individual schoolwork Facebook is primarily used as a communication channel, both with teachers, classmates and team members. The students use the joint groups to contact the teacher by "tagging" them, to get help with problems and answers to questions, to get the support and motivation from classmates and to share essential information.

    In group projects, then current Facebook group works as an extension of the project, this is where most communication, decision-making and cooperation takes place. Even though the students indicate flaws and minor problems with both Google drive and Facebook in context with their school work, none of the participants search for new alternatives. The results of our study may be of interest for other students and teachers as it can inspire to new ways to apply social media in education.

    In our study, we present a variety of tools and services that students use in their schoolwork. We also present distinct examples of how students use different services and platforms. For teachers, this may be interesting to take note of when it can help them to understand students' needs regarding learning tool. It also provides an insight into how students communicate and interact outside the classroom

  • 222.
    Asp Johansson, Vidar
    et al.
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
    Väisänen, John
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
    Vårdens behov av modernisering av sina kommunikationssystem: En kvalitativ studie om varför man använder omodern teknik och hur den skulle kunna digitaliseras2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The interest in digitizing health care in Sweden is increasing, however, there are still old technologies that seem impossible to get rid of. The fax machine is used daily in healthcare and is therefore a difficult process to replace. Studies show that it is necessary to replace the fax machine as it is a safety issue. The fax machine fails in patient safety, which is important to maintain in healthcare. The problem arises because the caretaker must print out the patient information and then fax it and it can be faxed wrong, but even if it is correctly faxed, there are several of the staff members that it gets through.

    This study tries to find out how this information could be digitized by reviewing how the fax is used in healthcare organizations. Replacing the fax could lead to more efficient care, reduce duplication and create more secure communication within the healthcare.

    This study has conducted interviews with a qualitative approach with healthcare staff from municipalities around western Götaland in Sweden for a deeper insight into the use of the fax and how it could be replaced. The theory is based on a sociotechnical perspective, taking into consideration both the technology and social aspects of a process change. Using the theory, previous research has been developed that has been the basis for setting up interview questions. Where all parts of the theory were analyzed to provide the best solution for how the faxed information could be digitized.

    The result of the study showed that it was necessary to change both work processes and create new features in the system to communicate between different systems. Alternatively introduce a common system for all healthcare providers. One needs to know exactly how a process is performed in an organization and digitize it one by one to make the fax disappear completely.

  • 223.
    Asplund Carlsson, Maj
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Herrman, Margaretha
    University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Divison for Health, Culture and Educational Sciences.
    Högberg, Karin
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Media Production.
    Kullgren, Carina
    University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Divison for Health, Culture and Educational Sciences.
    Mårdén, Björn
    University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Divison for Health, Culture and Educational Sciences.
    Att göras till filmarbetare i den nya kulturekonomin2011In: Att göras till filmarbetare / [ed] Margaretha Herrman, Nora: Nya Doxa , 2011, 1, p. 280-298Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 224.
    Asplund, Linn
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
    Lindblad, Sabina
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
    Finanskrisens påverkan på Sveriges export.2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this thesis is to study how the financial crisis in 2007-2008 in the US influenced the Swedish export. The chosen model includes the following variables: total exports, foreign real GDP, export price and the export-weighted effective exchange rate against the Swedish krona. The model is taken from Aydin et al (2004) which in turn has developed the model from Warner and Kreinin (1983). Aydın et al (2004) have used this model in its report to explain the Turkish export supply and import demand. Except the variables in the model it has been added another variable, bank lending to non-financial companies. This variable has been added in order to investigate whether Sweden's exports were affected by a financial crisis in Sweden during this period.In the paper, there will be six different regressions, two showing how the Swedish export looked like before the crisis broke out, two during the crisis and two regressions from 2000 until 2014. This is to clarify how the export was affected by year to year. The last variable that was the Swedish banks' lending to non-financial companies showed no significance to the Swedish imports which then meant that it was concluded, the Swedish exports therefore had no impact of the financial crisis that was in Sweden.

  • 225.
    Assaf, Jessica
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Business Administration.
    Johansson, Julia
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Business Administration.
    Webbutikens uppbyggnad: Faktorer hos en webbutik som influerar unga kvinnors tillit2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Online retailers that sell fashion have recently become more common and the biggest target group for clothes, shoes and accessories today are young women. The large growth of online retailers has resulted in trust concerns by consumers. The purpose of this report is to examine the factors that influence young women to feel trust towards a web store. A qualitative study has been conducted in form of a focus group interview, which examines seven women's attitudes and thoughts towards online retailers. This study is based on a theory of six different factors that affect trust towards online retailers, which go under the term web site quality. The factors are: web site usability, security and privacy, speed of download, product and service information quality, and aesthetic aspects. The report shows that the six factors have a large impact on trust and particularly the completeness of the web site. Also, the study shows that word of mouth has a big influence and can be developed to an additional factor. 

  • 226.
    Assmo, Per
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
    A Time-geographic Appraisal for Local Sustainable Development2015In: International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, ISSN 1832-2077, Vol. 10, p. 15-26Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Sustainable development is often described as including ecological, social and economic dimensions. The conventional view of "sustainable" development is largely based on ideas of economic growth, which promotes expansion in space and compression in time – what we call a global market economy. Furthermore, the dominant conventional view also enhances a technical-economic approach that results in a rather narrow subject specific research focus on specific problems. Thereto connected strategies thereby use general technological and institutional policies and solutions that tend to conceal the reality of how people act and respond in relation to resources and constraints in a time-spatial context. So, the conventional development perspective seems in many ways to be unsustainable in ecological, social and thereby also economic terms. This article is of a conceptual character and focuses on local development in a time-space context. The article is inspired by Hägerstrand's time-geographical approach, and explores an approach that contextualizes processes of change in time and space. This time-spatial approach thereby enhances an alternative view for integrated local social-, economic- and ecological sustainable development processes. In so doing, this approach has the potential to enhance a more all-embracing sustainable development approach applicable to design local policy instruments and strategies.This article is of a conceptual character and focuses on local development in a time-space context. The article is inspired by Hägerstrand's time-geographical approach, and explores an approach that contextualizes processes of change in time and space. This time-spatial approach thereby enhances an alternative view for integrated local social-, economic- and ecological sustainable development processes. In so doing, this approach has the potential to enhance a more all-embracing sustainable development approach applicable to design local policy instruments and strategies.

  • 227.
    Assmo, Per
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Law, Politics and Economics.
    Creative Industrial Development for Regional Economic Growth: The Example of Regional Film Centres in Sweden.2007In: Uddevalla Symposium 2006: Entrepreneurship and Development - Local Processes and Global Patterns: Revised papers presented at the 9th Uddevalla Symposium, 15-17 June, Fairfax, VA, USA / [ed] Iréne Johansson, Trollhättan: University West , 2007, p. 91-103Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Knowledge and creativity are increasingsly important factors for economic growth. Changes in the economic landscape mean that the location of human capacity becomes a key aspect for knowledge creation and regional economic growth. This article discusses the influence of political-economic structures and the importance of the creative human capital, in relation to the development and localisation of a government supported regional film industry in Sweden. The overall aim for initialising these regional film production centres is to enhance regional economic growth in new creative industrial sectors that can replace and/or supplement the traditional industry in the respective region. This article argues that this kind of creative industry is generally most likely to be mor successful in locations that can provide financial support and attract the key creative human capital. Regions with high population density and diversified economy will thereby be the best suited.

  • 228.
    Assmo, Per
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Law, Politics and Economics.
    Creative Industry Cluster Growth for Regional Development: Illustrations from Sweden2008In: Uddevalla Symposium 2008: Spatial Dispersed Production and Network Governance : Revised papers presented at the 11th Uddevalla Symposium, 15-17 May, 2008, Kyoto, Japan  / [ed] Iréne Bernhard, Trollhättan: University West , 2008, p. 99-113Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    To survive and thrive in market economy, actors seek for continuous increased productivity and effectiveness. To do so, there is a dominant argument that concentration or clustering of economic activities might enhance economic performance and growth. In an increasingly global market, knowledge and creativity are often highlighted as increasingly important factors for economic growth in post-industrial societies. Changes in the economic landscape mean that the location of human capacity becomees a key aspect for knowledge creation and regional economic growth, especially for the development of the creative industry. In many EU countries, political institutions at various levels strive to assist the growth of, or even develop creative economic clusters. But is it possible, through political means, to actually construct a flourishing and sustainable creative industry clusters? And if so, is it possible to attract and/or develop the creative capital, the essential element for the development and growth of the creative industry. The article aims to critically discuss and further develop the conceptual discussion of creative capital, its relation in time and space, and thereby impact on regional economic growth. In an attempt to take the theoretical discussion a step forward, the creative capital theory will be critically analysed, where the author apply comparative studies to examine the impact of creative capital at national, regional and local level in a time-spatial context.  

  • 229.
    Assmo, Per
    University West, Department of Informatics and Mathematics. University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
    Creative industry cluster growth in a global economy: the example of Film in Väst, Sweden2004Report (Other academic)
  • 230.
    Assmo, Per
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
    Development of international collaborations in WIL for post-graduate and PhD programmes2019In: VILÄR 5-6 december 2019, University West, Trollhättan: Abstracts / [ed] Kristina Johansson, Trollhättan: University West , 2019, p. 5-5Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This presentation discuss the development a long term collaboration between University West and universities in South Africa. With a focus on developing the field of WIL in research and higher education, University West is developing two main components.Together with University of the Western Cape (UWC) we develop an International Master Programme in Work Integrated Political Studies. The programme will provide a Master degree in work Integrated Learning, and the programme will be implemented through jointly organised teaching and supervision, conducted in a combined campus/on-line mode, and working closely with the civil society in both countries.Furthermore, together with Central University of technology (CUT) we embark on a collaboration on a third party agreement for PhD students from CUT to study and receive a PhD degree in WIL from University West.

  • 231.
    Assmo, Per
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
    From Global to Local2014In: Uddevalla Symposium 2014. Geography of Growth. The Frequency, Nature and Consequences of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Regions of Varying Density: Revised papers presented at the 17th Uddevalla Symposium 12-14 June, 2014, Uddevalla, Sweden / [ed] Iréne Bernhard, Trollhättan: University West , 2014, p. 85-96Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 232.
    Assmo, Per
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
    Fox, Roddy
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
    International collaboration for pedagogical innovation: Understanding multiracial interaction through a time-geographic appraisal2015In: Knowledge for a sustainable world: A southern African–Nordic contribution / [ed] Tor Halvorsen, Hilde Ibsen and Vyvienne RP M’kumbuzi, Cape Town: African Minds, 2015, p. 207-226Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 233.
    Assmo, Per
    et al.
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Law, Politics and Economics. University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
    Wihlborg, Elin
    Linköping University.
    A time-spatial approach towards integrated sustainable development2011In: Uddevalla Symposium 2011. Entrepreneurial Knowledge, Technology and Transformation of Regions: Revised papers presented at the 14th Uddevalla Symposium, 16-18 June, 2011, Bergamo, Italy / [ed] Irene Bernhard, Trollhättan: University West , 2011, p. 83-94Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 234.
    Assmo, Per
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
    Wihlborg, Elin
    Linköping University.
    An Alternative Time-Spatial Approach Towards Post-Monetarism2011In: Uddevalla Symposium 2010. Innovation and Multidimensional Entrepreneurship - Economic, Social and Academic Aspects : Revised papers presented at the 13th Uddevalla Symposium, 19-22 August, 2010, Jönköping, Sweden  / [ed] Irene Bernhard, Trollhättan: University West , 2011, p. 71-84Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 235.
    Assmo, Per
    et al.
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Law, Politics and Economics.
    Wihlborg, Elin
    Linköping University.
    Beyond the Economic Meanings of Development: A Discussion of Political-Geographical Constructions of Societal Development2007In: Uddevalla Symposium tenth anniversary 2007: Institutions for Knowledge Generation and Knowledge Flows - Buildning Innovative Capabilities for Regions: Revised papers presented at the 10th Uddevalla Symposium, 14-16 June, 2007, University West, Uddevalla, Sweden. / [ed] Iréne Johansson, Trollhättan: University West , 2007, p. 155-168Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Socio-economic development, in any society, includes many productive activities excluded in conventional economic analyses. This paper aims to critically uncover, explore and discuss how productive activities included in societal development are hidden by a monetary bias. By doing so, the paper strives to initiate a critical conceptual discussion related to what is generally indentified as weaknesses and relevant policies in regional development. The goal is to reach beyond convetional economic analyses to unlock and develop implications for conceptual models that can exted perceptions of societal development with its political, temporal and spatial meaning. The paper proceeds as follows: Firstly, through some illustrative empirical examples, uncover the meanings of ´economic´ activities from completely different contexts; Secondly, to explore the more general implications of a perspective/approach, inspired by Hägerstrand, which emphasizes political implications in time and space; Finally, to point out a conceptual discussion that enhances a broadened perspective for societal regional development that reaches beyond the conventional meanings of economic development.

  • 236.
    Assmo, Per
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Law, Politics and Economics.
    Wihlborg, Elin
    Linköping University.
    Home: The Arena for Sustainable Development: A Conceptual Discussion2009In: Uddevalla Symposium 2009: The Geography of Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Revised papers presented at the 12th Uddevalla Symposium, 11-13 June, 2009, Bari, Italy / [ed] Iréne Bernhard, Trollhättan: University West , 2009, p. 91-105Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In contemporary society, environmental problems are most often regarded as global phenomena that require international attention and solutions. However, global environmental problems can be regarded as symptoms and results of people´s daily activities at a local level where, the focus is on the household, defined as a space where individuals live together, where everyday life is organised and takes place. Interpretations and analyses of households and everyday life vary in different academic disciplinary contexts. Even in everyday language, different meanings are attributed to the term. The aim of this paper is to distinguish between, and discuss, understandings of the household as a physical dwelling, as a node of economic resource management, and finally as a social and emotional space. These three dimensions of everyday life are related to the three dimensions of sustainable development and an analysis that can indentify and integrate these dimensions can provide openings to enhance sustainable development processes combining the local and the global.

  • 237.
    Assmo, Per
    et al.
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
    Wihlborg, Elin
    Local alternative development through a time-spatial lens: A case study of Ydre inspired by Hägerstrand2012In: Entrepreneurship, Social Capital And Governance: Directions for the Sustainable Development and Competitiveness of Regions / [ed] Charlie Karlsson, Börje Johansson, Roger R Stough, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012, p. 378-391Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In the contemporary market-oriented society, we seem to be more globally interdependent. The market economy system enhances large-scale production where search for increased productivity strives to 'compress' time. At the same time, the market economy tends to expand in space, for example sells products over longer distances. A result of this 'space expansion' and 'time compression' through the conventional economic market system is that local small-scale production and trade have increasing difficulty in competing and surviving (Assmo and Wihlborg, 2007). Even so, conventional economic growth (valued in monetary terms) is commonly seen as the only way to cure any development problem arising from poverty, unemployment, crime, pollution and depletion of natural resources. In a provocative manner similar to Daly (1992), one can argue that this conventional monetary valued growth perspective is trapped in a terminal state of 'growthmania'. People's organization of daily activities to improve or sustain their livelihood is much more than what is generally calculated and thereby shown in monetary values.

  • 238.
    Assmo, Per
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
    Wihlborg, Elin
    Political entrepreneurship and sustainable growth in rural areas2016In: Political Entrepreneurship: Regional Growth and Entrepreneurial Diversity in Sweden / [ed] Charlie Karlsson, Charlotte Silander and Daniel Silander, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016, p. 83-98Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Political entrepreneurs in local rural settings play a partly different, but still crucial role for local development. Here the prospects for development are more constrained: there are fewer resources and people, but mainly because of a limited local market and transportation constraints. Thus, political entrepreneurs have to use specific time-spatial power strategies to make changes. However, the concept of political entrepreneur includes a variety of roles, actions and characteristics. We will thus elaborate on the meaning of political entrepreneurs in their local time-spatial setting of rural communities. If local political entrepreneurs are to become crucial actors in policy-making and local development, we have to get to know them and no longer consider them as anomalies in the policy process and use them for improved local development. This chapter contributes in three ways to the general aim of the book to show the role that the political entrepreneur might play in promoting entrepreneurship, enterprise and entrepreneurial diversity. First, we will show the importance of the time-spatial setting of the political entrepreneur by using a time-geographical approach. Second, we elaborate on different types of political entrepreneurs. Finally, we will show how differently political entrepreneurs can promote local development by presenting three illustrations based on extensive bottom-up qualitative field studies.

  • 239.
    Assmo, Per
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Law, Politics and Economics.
    Wihlborg, Elin
    Linköping University.
    Turning Time-Spatial Modes: An Alternative Perspective to Integrate Environmental-economic Processes of Change2008In: Uddevalla Symposium 2008: Spatial Dispersed Production and Network Governance : Revised papers presented at the 11th Uddevalla Symposium, 15-17 May, 2008, Kyoto, Japan  / [ed] Iréne Bernhard, Trollhättan: University West , 2008, p. 115-128Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The global market economy is built on a political institutional arrangement promoting free and open trade. The existing natural and human resources make up the basis for all productive activities. The dominating economy strive to reach efficient use of human and natural resources, by enhancing processes of spatial expansion and time-compression.   The conceptual argument in this paper takes its starting point in Hägerstrand´s traditional time-space model. It illustrates two conflicting perspectives the global market economic horizontal norm (expansion in space, compression in time) and the environmental sustainable vertical processes (expansion over time in limited spaces). These two norms head in different directions and environmental sustainability is therefore conflicting with the common meaning of economic development.   In a time-spatial perspective, a sustainable use of resources is spatially limited, and extended over time. A development process, in terms of environmental sustainability, relies on local resource use and extension in time, to limit the use of external input of energy. This process is the opposite to what today is seen as economic development (growth) that compresses time and expands in space, to reach the most favourable comparative advantages.    The monetary market economy is a political construction. What activities and resources that are given a price on the market depend on the istitutional arrangements of property rights, prices and legal structures. Our conceptual conclusion is that the current political construction of the economy is "in-complete" and thus creates and fosters a mis-match with environmental pre-conditions. The political system can have the capacity to use the tools and power to harmonise economic development with environmental sustainability, locally, nationally and globally.

  • 240.
    Assmo, Per
    et al.
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
    Wilhborg, Elin
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering.
    Local Policy Entrepreneurs and Sustainable Development in Rural Areas2015In: Uddevalla Symposium 2015. Regional Development in an International Context. Regional, National, Cross Border and International Factors for Growth and Development: Revised papers presented at the 18th Uddevalla Symposium, 11-13 June, Sönderborg, Denmark / [ed] Iréne Bernhard, Trollhättan: University West , 2015, p. 59-74Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 241.
    Assmundson, Therése
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Business Administration.
    Dahlborg, Viktoria
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Business Administration.
    Bokföringsbrott: Vilka är de bakomliggande orsakerna till att individer begår ett bokföringsbrott, och begås handlingen av ett medvetet val eller av okunskap?2016Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Accounting fraud is a crime committed by individuals who conduct business and don´t do the accounting the right way according to the law. The statutory regulation of accounting fraud oc-curs mainly in two laws. For the individual to create a proper accounting also requires that he takes into account the recommendations and practices that are available. There are many aspects to be considered, and could cause a problem for the businessman if he has no knowledge of this. Because it is easy to start a company in Sweden, many individuals take this opportunity to start a company. In some cases the businessman don´t understand the responsibility that running the company will bring and by that commits a crime. The purpose of the study is to examine if the accounting fraud occurs mainly by conscious actions where individuals know about their obliga-tions, but ignore them for their own benefit. Or is it because the person does not have enough knowledge of the rules and regulation of accounting and commit the crime of ignorance? To con-duct the study, a content analysis conducted on 53 verdicts. This is to get a better understanding of why the accused has been convicted.

    The empirical background is for the reader to get a better understanding of the regulation of ac-counting fraud in Sweden and also to gain an understanding of the analysis. The theoretical framework are factors that previous research says on the reasons of why people commit account-ing fraud. The results obtained using the analysis model that has been developed by the theoreti-cal framework. The results of the study show that accounting fraud is a complex topic, it is not just one factor that represents why an individual commits an accounting fraud but various reasons why the crime has been committed. The interpretation of the results of the study is that it is that middle-aged men who is committing accounting fraud in the most time. There are several reasons that makes the individual commit an accounting fraud. The offender didn´t deliberately commit the crime, and there have been several different types of ignorance. The study shows that a mi-nority of individuals who have broken the law knowingly, accounting crime in these cases is of greed and hoping to cash in on the act.

  • 242.
    Atik, Attila
    et al.
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
    Jabbour, Jean
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
    Legitimacy During Coup Attempts:: A comparative study about the US media framing of coup attempts in Venezuela (2002) and Turkey (2016)2019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study aims to describe and compare the differences and similarities for US mainstream media’s representation of two different coup attempts by using Robert Entman’s Framing theory in terms of legitimacy. The chosen cases are the coup attempt in Turkey (2016) which is an US ally, having a right-wing government and the coup attempt in Venezuela (2002) which has a strained relationship with the US and having left-wing government. The research applies qualitative approach to conduct a small-n case study for comparing and analyzing how the media framed the legitimacy of acts and actors during these two coup attempts. This is an attempt to describe the problematization of theory becoming practice for the US mainstream media regarding the presentation of what is legitimate and what is not. The definition of legitimacy is very clear, but the US mainstream media have issues to reflect this definition to the reality.

  • 243.
    Augustsson, Jens
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design.
    Holm, Alexis
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design.
    Framtidens konsumtion av digitala tjänster: En studie kring bruk av digitala tjänster på mobila enheter, baserat på ett Smart City-perspektiv.2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study is to find out how mobile user habits can provide a basis for applications and services based on a Smart City perspective, this by using two scientific methods, interviews and user diaries. The study will also analyze and develop the method for further studies in this subject. The cell phone has in recent years evolved into a unit where the original phone functions and features have become secondary. Even though its main purpose is still to communicate with others, it’s now done primarily through other types of services. Today the development goes from a use of digital services where each unit has a specific purpose, to a practise where they work together and share a common purpose. As a result of the fact that our use and our habits of these devices are changing, the nature of the services provided by these devices are also changing. Due to this, there is an ongoing evolution towards, and a demand for, new services that can take advantage of new technologies to dissolve the border between the digital and the physical reality. Which, from a Smart City perspective, could have great potential in several areas of social and organizational development.

    One can also se that the way we consume digital services is changing. We have gone from having a device centerd focus, were every unit has a specific purpose to a serviced centerd focus, were the units work as a collaborative ecosystem. These units share a collective pupose, to act as a window towards the internet.

  • 244.
    Augustsson, Linn
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT.
    Nilsson, Lovisa
    University West, Department of Economics and IT.
    Vem är den typiska spagästen?2011Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med detta examensarbete är att kartlägga den typiska spagästens konsumentbeteende samt studera dess föränderliga natur med avsikt att bidra till en ökad förståelse för kundbeteendet inom spabranschen. Avsikten med uppsatsen har varit att ta reda på vem den typiska spagästen är.

    Vi har med hjälp av teori inom bland annat konsumentbeteende, kundvärde och kundförståelse tillsammans med en webbaserad empirisk undersökning, studerat vad kunden värdesätter vid val och besök av spaanläggningar. Eftersom vi har strävat efter en förståelse för vem den typiska spagästen är kretsade undersökningen även kring livsstilsfrågor, levnadsvanor och demografiska aspekter. Examensarbetet har skett i samarbete med ett specifikt företag inom spabranschen (Varbergs Stadshotell och Asia Spa) för att därigenom få inblick i en representativ del av vår målpopulation.

    Resultatet av vår undersökning visade att det inte är de sociala aspekterna som är de mest värdefulla för respondenterna vid val av spaanläggning. Istället är det känslan spaanläggningen frambringar, egentid och upplevelsen som står i centrum. I vår strävan efter att ta reda på vem den typiska spagästen är, har vi med hjälp av vår studie kunnat sammanfatta den typiska gästen som

    den självständige livsnjutaren. Vi har därigenom bidragit till en ökad förståelse för spagäster som kundgrupp och vi vill uppmuntra till ytterligare forskning inom området där andra metoder än den vi använt tillämpas. Detta med ändamålet att nyansera bilden av den typiska spagästen och nå den djupa kundförståelse som krävs för att kunna upprätthålla ett troget kundvärdesskapande på ett långsiktigt plan. 

  • 245.
    Avdic, Mirza
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
    The use of legal arguments in Brexit political communication: Legal narrative in political communication within the Brexit environment2019Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis is a descriptive analysis of the importance and use of legal argumentation in the Brexit political communication environment. The emphasis of this thesis is placed upon relevant politicians either in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom or European Commission as the main negotiator form the European Union side in the withdrawal process. Legal arguments present a crucial part of the Brexit process, all the way from the referendum up until this point, they are proving to be the most important thing in the political communication in regards to Brexit. Priming and framing theoretical approaches are utilized in order to determine their importance and how politicians differ in their portrayal in order to satisfy their political preferences.

    The aim is to successfully provide a description of the use of such arguments by the politicians in their own manner, to understand how party affiliates and political preferences are portraying their meaning, thus revealing their importance. The research uses many analytical and methodological aspects, more precisely, qualitative research analysis, along with content analysis approach since the research will reflect on the text-based data.

    The analysis is conducted in accordance to analytical framework, and theoretical guidance of the priming and framing theory. The deduced frames, along with the requisites of the priming theory, represent the basis for the structure of the analysis section. The analysis section also reflects on the two actors of the Brexit phenomenon, so that the research addresses the theoretical aspects, and also respect the fact that the research is conducted in the Brexit environment.

    Based on the shown data, the results show that politicians are indeed using legal arguments to present other issues, and the research also reveals which kind of legal arguments are most used. It shows the way in which politicians are utilizing legal argumentation since they are shifting the focus away from the legal argumentation and placing it on other issues. It is also shown which of the legal arguments are most prevalent and most frequent among the analyzed data. The direct way in which the results have been shown are related to the research questions, and there are three of them.

    Research questions have been established by the help of the theoretical approaches of priming and framing theories. The first research question relates to the use of legal argumentation and their portrayal in international relations sense, and from the shown data it is established that legal argumentation is used to shift the focus from legal arguments to international relations issues, and furthermore the data showed which legal arguments have been used most frequently. Both of these results are related to the nature of the framing and priming theories, framing in which the salience is placed on particular issues, thus shifted from others, and priming in which it has shown what arguments have been used the most.

    The second research question relates to the use of legal argumentation and their portrayal in an economic sense, and from the shown data it is established that legal argumentation is used to shift the focus from legal arguments to economic issues, and furthermore the data showed which legal arguments have been used most frequently.

    Both of these results are related to the nature of the framing and priming theories, framing in which the salience is placed on particular issues, thus shifted from others, and priming in which it has shown what arguments have been used the most.

    The third research question relates to the use of legal argumentation and their portrayal in human rights sense, and from the shown data it is established that legal argumentation is used to shift the focus from legal arguments to human rights issues, and furthermore the data showed which legal arguments have been used most frequently. Both of these results are related to the nature of the framing and priming theories, framing in which the salience is placed on particular issues, thus shifted from others, and priming in which it has shown what arguments have been used the most.

  • 246.
    Axelsson, Adam
    et al.
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
    Toftered, Johan
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
    Är småhus övervärderade i Stockholm, Göteborg och Malmö?2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 247.
    Axelsson, Christer
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science,Working Life and Social Welfare,The Prehospital Research Centre of Western Sweden,Borås,Sweden.
    Herlitz, Johan
    University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science,Working Life and Social Welfare,The Prehospital Research Centre of Western Sweden,Borås,Sweden.
    Karlsson, Anders
    Ambulance Service Sothern,Älvsborg Hospital,Borås,Sweden..
    Sjöberg, Henrik
    Ambulance Service Sothern,Älvsborg Hospital,Borås,Sweden..
    Jiménez-Herrera, Maria
    Nursing Department,Universitat Rovira I Virgili,Tarragona,Spain.
    Bång, Angela
    University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science,Working Life and Social Welfare,The Prehospital Research Centre of Western Sweden,Borås,Sweden.
    Jonsson, Anders
    University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science,Working Life and Social Welfare,The Prehospital Research Centre of Western Sweden,Borås,Sweden.
    Bremer, Anders
    University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science,Working Life and Social Welfare,The Prehospital Research Centre of Western Sweden,Borås,Sweden.
    Andersson, Henrik
    University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science,Working Life and Social Welfare,The Prehospital Research Centre of Western Sweden,Borås,Sweden.
    Gellerstedt, Martin
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
    Ljungström, Lars
    Infektion Disease Department,Skaraborg Hospital,Skövde,Sweden.
    The Early Chain of Care in Patients with Bacteraemia with the Emphasis on the Prehospital Setting2016In: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, ISSN 1049-023X, E-ISSN 1945-1938, Vol. 31, no 3, p. 272-277Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose There is a lack of knowledge about the early phase of severe infection. This report describes the early chain of care in bacteraemia as follows: (a) compare patients who were and were not transported by the Emergency Medical Services (EMS); (b) describe various aspects of the EMS chain; and (c) describe factors of importance for the delay to the start of intravenous antibiotics. It was hypothesized that, for patients with suspected sepsis judged by the EMS clinician, the delay until the onset of antibiotic treatment would be shorter. Basic Procedures All patients in the Municipality of Gothenburg (Sweden) with a positive blood culture, when assessed at the Laboratory of Bacteriology in the Municipality of Gothenburg, from February 1 through April 30, 2012 took part in the survey. Main Findings/Results In all, 696 patients fulfilled the inclusion criteria. Their mean age was 76 years and 52% were men. Of all patients, 308 (44%) had been in contact with the EMS and/or the emergency department (ED). Of these 308 patients, 232 (75%) were transported by the EMS and 188 (61%) had "true pathogens" in blood cultures. Patients who were transported by the EMS were older, included more men, and suffered from more severe symptoms and signs. The EMS nurse suspected sepsis in only six percent of the cases. These patients had a delay from arrival at hospital until the start of antibiotics of one hour and 19 minutes versus three hours and 21 minutes among the remaining patients (P =.0006). The corresponding figures for cases with "true pathogens" were one hour and 19 minutes versus three hours and 15 minutes (P =.009).

    CONCLUSION: Among patients with bacteraemia, 75% used the EMS, and these patients were older, included more men, and suffered from more severe symptoms and signs. The EMS nurse suspected sepsis in six percent of cases. Regardless of whether or not patients with true pathogens were isolated, a suspicion of sepsis by the EMS clinician at the scene was associated with a shorter delay to the start of antibiotic treatment. Axelsson C , Herlitz J , Karlsson A , Sjöberg H , Jiménez-Herrera M , Bång A , Jonsson A , Bremer A , Andersson H , Gellerstedt M , Ljungström L . The early chain of care in patients with bacteraemia with the emphasis on the prehospital setting. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2016;31(3):1-6.

  • 248.
    Axelsson, Gustav
    et al.
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Business Administration.
    Raun, Sebastian
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Business Administration.
    Marknadsföring inom bemanningsbranschen: Fördjupning kring analys-modellers användning2015Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    I denna rapport kommer läsaren till en början att få kort insikt i företaget Lernia samt anledningen till vår rapport. Därefter kommer vi att djupare gå igenom några analysmodeller vilka man kan använda sig vid marknadsföring. De modeller som kommer att tas upp är marknadsföringsmixen med sina 4P och 7P, SWOT-analys och relationsmarknadsföring. I empiri och analys går vi sedan igenom de insamlade materialet från teorin och de intervjuer vi sammanställt för att ge svar på frågan om hur man arbetar med marknadsföring inom bemanningsbranschen. I slutsatsen knyter vi ihop arbetet med våra egna tankar kring modellernas varande i samband med dess faktiska användande inom dagliga arbetet.

  • 249.
    Axelsson, Lenny
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Computer Engineering.
    A Concept of an Interactive Controlled Vertical Blind2011Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    One of the most common devices found worldwide in todays society, is the curtain in

    various designs. Different designs which requires different types of physical efforts to be

    used and adjusted to achieve the intended purpose.

    Due to lack of features in a regular vertical blind and its construction, it makes it hard to

    use and apply with normal behaviours of the human. Where the basic idea is based on a

    static design with a parallel relationship between the individual vertical blinds is the

    prototype based on individual movements of the blinds. A static relationship, which

    requires repeated adjustment through the day and the movement of the sun to achieve the

    desirable functionality. However, when the user gets interrupted and distracted for example

    at work repeatedly during a complete day, his or her performance and creativity at work

    will be reduced.

    In this paper I have chosen to focus on the interaction design of the vertical blind and how

    to improve the interaction relationship between it and the user. Also showing how it is

    possible to create solutions for a simple and common unit like a vertical blind, by means of

    interactive models, use cases, technical predictions and a proposal of a future GUI that

    makes it possible to implement the models in a prototype of an embedded system. 

  • 250.
    Axelsson, Pethra
    University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Business Administration.
    En begreppslig analys av Rättvisande bild2009Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Bakgrund och problemformulering: Begreppet rättvisande bild har sedan införande i svensk lagstiftning varit svårt att definiera. En anledning till detta är att Sverige tillhör den kontinentala redovisningstraditionen medans begreppets hemland, Storbritannien, tillhör den anglosaxiska redovisningstraditionen. USA använder sig av samma redovisningstradition som Storbritannien och har en liten annorlunda definition av begreppet än vad vi har i Sverige. Här i Sverige krockar även begreppet rättvisande bild med det gamla begreppet god redovisningssed. Detta har lett till funderingar och följande forskningsfrågor:  Hur kan begreppet rättvisande bild definieras enligt enhetsteorin respektive ägarteorin? Syftet med denna fråga är att få en förståelse för varför det är svårt att definiera begreppet.  Kan redovisningsskillnader mellan länderna förklaras utifrån rättvisande bild? Syftet med denna fråga är att kunna tydligare se skillnader mellan USA och Sverige vad gäller rättvisande bild.  Vad är begreppsskillnaden mellan rättvisande bild och god redovisningssed? Syftet med denna fråga är att ifrågasätta om verkligen dessa två begrepp behövs eller om man skulle kunna ta bort en ur lagstiftningen. Syfte: Syftet med denna uppsats är att göra en kontextuell tolkning av rättvisande bild. Principer och värderingar formar uttrycket rättvisande bild och ligger till grund för det. Dessa ska jag ta upp för att få fram en större förståelse i vad som ligger till grund i konstitution av rättvisande bild. Lagtexten går bara ytligt in på vad rättvisande bild innebär. Detta ska nu undersökas. Läsaren ska även få en insikt i skillnader mellan Sverige och USA vad gäller rättvisande bild och vad som kan vara relevant referenspunkt när det kommer till detta begrepp. Metod: Studien består av en litteraturstudie med ett hermeneutiskt tolkningssätt. Genom att tolka olika texter önskar jag få fram en ökad förståelse för vad begreppet rättvisande bild innebär. Studien använder sig utav lagtext, forskningsrapporter, läroböcker samt artiklar för att få en så bred och objektiv bild som möjligt av begreppet. Rättvisande bild är ett levande begrepp som rekonstrueras och dekonstrueras hela tiden i samhället och har därmed fått olika betydelser, vilket jag fördjupar mig i några av dessa i studien. Resultat: Genom studiens gång har det visat sig att begreppet rättvisande bild kan definieras som att om man följer riktlinjer och principer inom enhetsteorin eller ägarteorin, beroende på vilken teori man använder, så får man en rättvisande bild. Årsredovisningens resultat måste vara lika sann som fair, vilket inte alltid är så lätt. I USA är fair value och present fairly tydligare förklarat än rättvisande bild i Sverige, vilket kan sägas bero på att både USA och Storbritannien har samma redovisningstradition. Fair value är en utvecklad variant av marknadsperspektivet av rättvisande bild medans present fairly är en utvecklad variant av det etiska perspektivet av begreppet. Teoretiska skillnader mellan begreppet rättvisande bild och god redovisningssed finns, men enligt tidigare studier verkar det inte finnas någon praktisk sådan. Detta leder till slutsatsen att om något av begreppet ska tas bort så blir det rättvisande bild, då god redovisningssed är befäst inom redovisningen.

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