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  • 1. Aaboen, Lise
    et al.
    Löfsten, Hans
    Bengtsson, Lars
    Nourishment for the piggy bank: facilitation of external financing in incubators2011In: International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation, ISSN 1470-6075, Vol. 10, no 3/4, 354-374 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper, we argue that incubators facilitate access to external financing for their incubatees. Incubators use a wide range of activities to facilitate the accessing of external financing from public and private sources. We have grouped these into two sets of activities. The general activities aim to develop the conditions for external financing through information, education of incubatees, network-building and lobbying activities. The specific activities aim to assist the individual incubatee in their pursuit of external finance through help in application procedures, establishing need for capital, making contacts with the best public or private investor, etc. Based on the survey data, we have also shown that it is more common for incubatees to attract external capital compared to non-incubator firms. The incubatees seem especially successful in attracting public capital. The incubatees also attract more private external capital, however, the observed frequency of private capital in the incubatees are low.

  • 2.
    Aagaard, Anna-Eva Sparf
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
    Group Structure: Specialists and Generalists2011Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this thesis is to discuss and explore the subject of organizing generalists and specialists. The purpose of this thesis is to explore and discuss different alternatives on organizational grouping from a generalists and specialists perspective. It will explore theories around organizational design, different organizational structures and give insight to the specialist and generalist function that can be found in most types of organizations. The aim is to be able to present different aspects of organizing generalists and specialists and to be able to answer the problem question: Is there a best organizational structure for specialist and generalist groups? The study is a qualitative study and the process of induction will be used. The epistemological standpoint is interprevistic and the ontological is more towards constructionism. The methods used are 1) the collection of and qualitative analysis of texts and documents and 2) qualitative semi-structured interviewing. The analysis is based on grounded theory method. The result and conclusions of the study is that generalists most likely do fit better in organizational forms such as simple structure, adhocracy and network organizations. Specialists tend to prefer bureaucracy or functional/unitary organizations. Keywords: generalists, specialists, organization, group structure

  • 3.
    Aagesson, Ingela
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Health Science.
    Hammarström, Matilda
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Health Science.
    Vad är det för vits med humor i vården?2006Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Bakgrund. Skratt och humor inom vården kan minska stress, oro, rädsla och utbrändhet. Humor kan även bygga relationer och lätta upp stämningen. Humor kan användas som kommunikationsmedel mellan människor. Syfte. Syftet med studien var att belysa hur humor i vården påverkar patienter och personal. Metod. Litteraturstudie där sju vetenskapliga artiklar granskades och analyserades med inspiration av Graneheim och Lundmans (2004) analysmodell. Resultat. Studiens resultat påvisade att humor ansågs ha en viktig funktion i vården. Humor hjälpte till att bemästra svåra situationer, att hantera känslor, bidra till välbefinnande och påverka relationen och kommunikationen. Slutsats. Inom vården uppfattades humor vara viktig för både vårdpersonal och patienter. Humor ansågs kunna påverka patienter och vårdpersonal genom att vara en hjälp till att bemästra situationer, bidra till välbefinnande, hantera känslor och underlätta relationen och kommunikationen.

  • 4.
    Aandahl, Hanna
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Planning and Media Design.
    Tryggare Park: Åtgärdsförslag för Kroksbäcksparken ur ett trygghetsperspektiv2011Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Kan trygghet skapas? Trygghetsfrågorna har fått ett allt större utrymme i debatten om staden. Forskningen och debatten är långt ifrån entydig och recepten på trygghet varierar kraftigt mellan olika länder. Grovt kan de förespråkade åtgärderna delas in i två läger: säkerhet och trygghet. ”Säkerhet” med framför allt situationell brottsprevention med den filosofin att skadegörelse, våld och stölder leder till otrygghet, vilket i sin tur leder till att människor inte vågar ta plats i det offentliga rummet. Konsekvensen blir att de offentliga platserna mister sin sociala kontroll, och kriminalitet och otryggheten får ytterligare spelrum. ”Trygghet” förespråkar istället skapandet av en levande stad där folk vågar ta plats och på så sätt utöva en social och informell övervakning. I detta arbete undersöker jag hur tryggheten fungerar och hur den kan ökas i en otrygg park i södra Malmö -Kroksbäcksparken,

  • 5.
    Abari, Farzad Foroughi
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Signal Processing.
    Optimization of Audio Processing algorithms (Reverb) on ARMv6 family of processors2008Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Audio processing algorithms are increasingly used in cell phones and today’s customers are placing more demands on cell phones. Feature phones, once the advent of mobile phone technology, nowadays do more than just providing the user with MP3 play back or advanced audio effects. These features have become an integral part of medium as well as low-end phones. On the other hand, there is also an endeavor to include as improved quality as possible into products to compete in market and satisfy users’ needs. Tackling the above requirements has been partly satisfied by the advance in hardware design and manufacturing technology. However, as new hardware emerges into market the need for competence to write efficient software and exploit the new features thoroughly and effectively arises. Even though compilers are also keeping up with the new tide space for hand optimized code still exist. Wrapped in the above goal, an effort was made in this thesis to partly cover the competence requirement at Multimedia Section (part of Ericsson Mobile Platforms) to develope optimized code for new processors. Forging persistently ahead with new products, EMP has always incorporated the latest technology into its products among which ARMv6 family of processors has the main central processing role in a number of upcoming products. To fully exploit latest features provided by ARMv6, it was required to probe its new instruction set among which new media processing instructions are of outmost importance. In order to execute DSP-intensive algorithms (e.g. Audio Processing algorithms) efficiently, the implementation should be done in low-level code applying available instruction set. Meanwhile, ARMv6 comes with a number of new features in comparison with its predecessors. SIMD (Single Instruction Multiple Data) and VFP (Vector Floating Point) are the most prominent media processing improvements in ARMv6. Aligned with thesis goals and guidelines, Reverb algorithm which is among one of the most complicated audio features on a hand-held devices was probed. Consequently, its kernel parts were identified and implementation was done both in fixed-point and floating-point using the available resources on hardware. Besides execution time and amount of code memory for each part were measured and provided in tables and charts for comparison purposes. Conclusions were finally drawn based on developed code’s efficiency over ARM compiler’s as well as existing code already developed and tailored to ARMv5 processors. The main criteria for optimization was the execution time. Moreover, quantization effect due to limited precision fixed-point arithmetic was formulated and its effect on quality was elaborated. The outcomes, clearly indicate that hand optimization of kernel parts are superior to Compiler optimized alternative both from the point of code memory as well as execution time. The results also confirmed the presumption that hand optimized code using new instruction set can improve efficiency by an average 25%-50% depending on the algorithm structure and its interaction with other parts of audio effect. Despite its many draw backs, fixed-point implementation remains yet to be the dominant implementation for majority of DSP algorithms on low-power devices.

  • 6. Abarkan, Abdellah
    The study of urban form in Sweden2009In: Urban Morphology, ISSN 1027-4278 , Vol. 13, no 2, 121-127 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Early research on urban form in Sweden was undertaken before the First World War. After the Second World War research was influenced by the major criticisms levelled at comprehensive urban renewal and suburban mass housing. These criticisms were particularly on the ground that values embodied in the traditional built environment were being ignored. Increased interest in the study of historical urban fabrics was associated with the development of methodologies reliant on the concepts of typology and morphology. These development were dependent on the activities of individual researchers until the very recent development of wider co-ordinating research organizations.

  • 7.
    ABBAS, FAHEEM
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
    Intelligent Container Stacking System at Seaport Container Terminal2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Context: The workload at seaport container terminal is increasing gradually. We need to improve the performance of terminal to fulfill the demand. The key section of the container terminal is container stacking yard which is an integral part of the seaside and the landside. So its performance has the effects on both sides. The main problem in this area is unproductive moves of containers. However, we need a well-planned stacking area in order to increase the performance of terminal and maximum utilization of existing resources.

    Objectives: In this work, we have analyzed the existing container stacking system at Helsingborg seaport container terminal, Sweden, investigated the already provided solutions of the problem and find the best optimization technique to get the best possible solution. After this, suggest the solution, test the proposed solution and analyzed the simulation based results with respect to the desired solution.

    Methods: To identify the problem, methods and proposed solutions of the given problem in the domain of container stacking yard management, a literature review has been conducted by using some e-resources/databases. A GA with best parametric values is used to get the best optimize solution. A discrete event simulation model for container stacking in the yard has been build and integrated with genetic algorithm. A proposed mathematical model to show the dependency of cost minimization on the number of containers’ moves.

    Results: The GA has been achieved the high fitness value versus generations for 150 containers to storage at best location in a block with 3 tier levels and to minimize the unproductive moves in the yard. A comparison between Genetic Algorithm and Tabu Search has been made to verify that the GA has performed better than other algorithm or not. A simulation model with GA has been used to get the simulation based results and to show the container handling by using resources like AGVs, yard crane and delivery trucks and container stacking and retrieval system in the yard. The container stacking cost is directly proportional to the number of moves has been shown by the mathematical model.

    Conclusions: We have identified the key factor (unproductive moves) that is the base of other key factors (time & cost) and has an effect on the performance of the stacking yard and overall the whole seaport terminal. We have focused on this drawback of stacking system and proposed a solution that makes this system more efficient. Through this, we can save time and cost both. A Genetic Algorithm is a best approach to solve the unproductive moves problem in container stacking system.

  • 8.
    Abbas, Gulfam
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Computing.
    Asif, Naveed
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Computing.
    Performance Tradeoffs in Software Transactional Memory2010Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Transactional memory (TM), a new programming paradigm, is one of the latest approaches to write programs for next generation multicore and multiprocessor systems. TM is an alternative to lock-based programming. It is a promising solution to a hefty and mounting problem that programmers are facing in developing programs for Chip Multi-Processor (CMP) architectures by simplifying synchronization to shared data structures in a way that is scalable and compos-able. Software Transactional Memory (STM) a full software approach of TM systems can be defined as non-blocking synchronization mechanism where sequential objects are automatically converted into concurrent objects. In this thesis, we present performance comparison of four different STM implementations – RSTM of V. J. Marathe, et al., TL2 of D. Dice, et al., TinySTM of P. Felber, et al. and SwissTM of A. Dragojevic, et al. It helps us in deep understanding of potential tradeoffs involved. It further helps us in assessing, what are the design choices and configuration parameters that may provide better ways to build better and efficient STMs. In particular, suitability of an STM is analyzed against another STM. A literature study is carried out to sort out STM implementations for experimentation. An experiment is performed to measure performance tradeoffs between these STM implementations. The empirical evaluations done as part of this thesis conclude that SwissTM has significantly higher throughput than state-of-the-art STM implementations, namely RSTM, TL2, and TinySTM, as it outperforms consistently well while measuring execution time and aborts per commit parameters on STAMP benchmarks. The results taken in transaction retry rate measurements show that the performance of TL2 is better than RSTM, TinySTM and SwissTM.

  • 9.
    ABBASIAN, ARMIN
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Spatial Planning.
    Importance of Urban Squares as Public Space in Social Life: A New Design of Fisktorget in Karlskrona City2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Nowadays, the impact of technological growth‏ ‏on people’s life and our society is remarkable, ‎inevitable and also worrying. The excessive influence of technology in ‎individuals’ lives has caused our community to change towards more privatisation and ‎secluded life. At this point, the role of urban public spaces in social life has become more ‎prominent and significant. Issues of social life in public spaces and the relations with creating a ‎vibrant and dynamic city has not been given too much attention in urban planning and design. ‎This thesis raises the question of considering public spaces and how urban public spaces ‎‎(especially squares) can encourage/persuade citizens ‎to increase social interaction‎. Initially, it describes a clear definition of public spaces and urban squares. Thereafter, the study addresses ‎effectual factors from the human perspective which can help to achieve the successful design of an ‎urban public square. The aim of the work is to comprehend how it might be possible to improve ‎social life and behaviour in public spaces (squares) and consequently to attain a framework in ‎order to design. Ultimately, a design is proposed for Fisktorget (Fish Square), which is one of most important public places in the Karlskrona city in Sweden. The proposed design is based on studies and analyses that have been done throughout this thesis. 

  • 10.
    Abbireddy, Sharath
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
    A Model for Capacity Planning in Cassandra: Case Study on Ericsson’s Voucher System2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Cassandra is a NoSQL(Not only Structured Query Language) database which serves large amount of data with high availability .Cassandra data storage dimensioning also known as Cassandra capacity planning refers to predicting the amount of disk storage required when a particular product is deployed using Cassandra. This is an important phase in any product development lifecycle involving Cassandra data storage system. The capacity planning is based on many factors which are classified as Cassandra specific and Product specific.This study is to identify the different Cassandra specific and product specific factors affecting the disk space in Cassandra data storage system. Based on these factors a model is to be built which would predict the disk storage for Ericsson’s voucher system.A case-study is conducted on Ericsson’s voucher system and its Cassandra cluster. Interviews were conducted on different Cassandra users within Ericsson R&D to know their opinion on capacity planning approaches and factors affecting disk space for Cassandra. Responses from the interviews were transcribed and analyzed using grounded theory.A total of 9 Cassandra specific factors and 3 product specific factors are identified and documented. Using these 12 factors a model was built. This model was used in predicting the disk space required for voucher system’s Cassandra.The factors affecting disk space for deploying Cassandra are now exhaustively identified. This makes the capacity planning process more efficient. Using these factors the Voucher system’s disk space for deployment is predicted successfully.

  • 11.
    Abdallah, Lana
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Economics.
    Persson, Mattias
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Economics.
    The effects of environmental uncertainty conditions on organisational innovativeness and performance of SMEs.2014Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Innovativeness is considered to be an important factor for firm’s survival and their ability to compete in today’s market. Therefore, researchers have become more interested in studying innovativeness and its drivers. Studies have also showed that there’s a positive relationship between environmental uncertainty and innovativeness. Organisations are responsive to turbulent environments through innovativeness in order to stay competitive and improve performance. The purpose of this thesis is to rank critical environmental factor’s effect on organisational innovativeness of small and medium enterprises in Sweden, through investigating the impact of market/demand turbulence and technological turbulence on innovativeness. Additionally, we want to examine the relationship between innovativeness and business performance, as well as the indirect relationship between environmental uncertainty and performance. Based on previous literature, we have developed hypotheses and proposed a research model to study the formulated problems. Data for the study were collected from 50 SMEs in Sweden, through a survey with well-known scales and were analysed using regression analysis. The results of the study, reveal that environmental uncertainty has a positive effect on the innovativeness of SMEs. In addition, technological turbulence showed to have a positive significant effect on an SME’s innovativeness; however, contrary to general belief, market/demand turbulence did not have any prominent effect. Our findings also proved that innovativeness have a strong positive impact on business performance, and that only technological turbulence have an indirect influence on performance through innovativeness. This study aimed to contribute to the management a better understanding, of which conditions of environmental turbulences SMEs should adapt to, in order to increase their level of innovativeness. Keywords: environmental uncertainty, organizational innovativeness, performance, market/demand turbulence, technological turbulence, SMEs.

  • 12.
    Abdelraheem, Mohamed Ahmed
    et al.
    SICS Swedish ICT AB, SWE.
    Gehrmann, Christian
    SICS Swedish ICT AB, SWE.
    Lindström, Malin
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
    Nordahl, Christian
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
    Executing Boolean queries on an encrypted Bitmap index2016In: CCSW 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Cloud Computing Security Workshop, co-located with CCS 2016, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2016, 11-22 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We propose a simple and efficient searchable symmetric encryption scheme based on a Bitmap index that evaluates Boolean queries. Our scheme provides a practical solution in settings where communications and computations are very constrained as it offers a suitable trade-off between privacy and performance.

  • 13.
    Abdelrasoul, Nader
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
    Optimization Techniques For an Artificial Potential Fields Racing Car Controller2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Context. Building autonomous racing car controllers is a growing field of computer science which has been receiving great attention lately. An approach named Artificial Potential Fields (APF) is used widely as a path finding and obstacle avoidance approach in robotics and vehicle motion controlling systems. The use of APF results in a collision free path, it can also be used to achieve other goals such as overtaking and maneuverability. Objectives. The aim of this thesis is to build an autonomous racing car controller that can achieve good performance in terms of speed, time, and damage level. To fulfill our aim we need to achieve optimality in the controller choices because racing requires the highest possible performance. Also, we need to build the controller using algorithms that does not result in high computational overhead. Methods. We used Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) in combination with APF to achieve optimal car controlling. The Open Racing Car Simulator (TORCS) was used as a testbed for the proposed controller, we have conducted two experiments with different configuration each time to test the performance of our APF- PSO controller. Results. The obtained results showed that using the APF-PSO controller resulted in good performance compared to top performing controllers. Also, the results showed that the use of PSO proved to enhance the performance compared to using APF only. High performance has been proven in the solo driving and in racing competitions, with the exception of an increased level of damage, however, the level of damage was not very high and did not result in a controller shut down. Conclusions. Based on the obtained results we have concluded that the use of PSO with APF results in high performance while taking low computational cost.

  • 14.
    Abdelsamad, Deena
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Video Transmission Jerkiness Measure2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Digital video transmission is widely used nowadays in multimedia. Frame dropping, freeze and reduced number of frames in the transmitted video are common symptoms of bad transmission quality. In order to assess the quality of transmission, a criterion is introduced in a model for a no reference video jerkiness measure [3]. This model is dierent from the former models presented as it depends on viewing conditions and video resolutions, so it is applicable for any frame size from QCIF to HD. The model uses simple mathematical equations of jerkiness and can be used for any video sequence [3]. A model of reduced reference method (Qtransmission) which depends on a pre-measured Jerkiness is introduced as a suggestion of future work.

  • 15.
    ABDOLMOHAMMAD, BANAFSHE
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Economics.
    Internationalization Process of Born Global Firms in IRAN2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 16.
    Abdul, Shakoor
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
    Electronic Customer Relationship Management (eCRM) from the Perspective of Two Banks with Online Marketing in Pakistan: case of HSBC PK and Standard Chartered Bank PK2011Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study observes an approach which is known as explorative because it aims to evaluate and examine online media as a tool for e-CRM. In addition, this involves the approach known as iterative also depends on the data, which is qualitative in congestion with observational information. This study builds on the existing literature and theories within customer relationship marketing (CRM). The subfield to CRM, called e-CRM, is further studied the phenomenon of online marketing and online CRM (customer relationship management) in a banking business context. The study builds upon empirical studies of two banks using online banking on a daily basis. The empirical material was collected through face-to-face interviews in order to gain knowledge and understanding of how corporations use e-CRM. Moreover, observations were conducted in order to gain a deeper understanding of how differently e-CRM was used by the two banks, and to see how customers reacted to their initiatives. e-CRM is a new way to interact, it involves rapid interactions that are spread faster and can be visible to anyone using the Internet. It comes along with many challenges as well as great opportunities. It is vital that managers can direct the employees to use online sources and e-CRM in a correct way in accordance with the brand values to avoid contradicting messages. It needs to be used by employees with social competence, as it involves interaction with customers. Organizations need to be involved in e-CRM and online media to be able to influence what people write about the corporation. It is a valuable channel in order to gain customer knowledge and customers' opinions about the business and their offerings. Its also a way to acknowledge complaints and thus be able to handle them. An adequate complaint handling can in turn enhance customer relationships. As e-CRM is a relatively new and constantly evolving phenomenon, it requires curiosity and courage. Further, it can be used to create emotional bonds with customers by providing a personalization.

  • 17.
    Abdulla, Akar
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Estimating Erosion in Oil and Gas Pipe Line Due to Sand Presence2011Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Transporting solid particles in oil and gas flow cause erosion damage to the pipeline and fittings. The aim of this thesis is to study the effect of impact velocity on the erosion damage in 90 degree long elbow by using two different erosion models namely, Oka model and E/CRC model. Those correlation applied at air-borne sand eroding, methane-borne sand eroding, mixed gas-borne sand eroding, and multiphase (gas- oil) borne sand eroding Inconel 625. The commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code STAR-CCM+ is used to obtain the average and maximum erosion rate by using the above mentioned models and compared them with the previous results.

  • 18.
    Abdullaev, Shuhrat
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
    Abdurahmonov, Sharof
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
    Title: Potentials of Insurance Market Development in Jizzak region2007Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Title: Potentials of Insurance Market Development in Jizzak region Authors: Shuhrat Abdulaev, Sharof Abdurahmonov Supervisor: Anders Hederstierna Department: Business Administration, Blekinge Technology Institute Course: Master’s thesis in Business Administration, 10 credits Background and Problem Discussion: The main reasons why we have chosen this topic “Potentials of insurance market development in Jizzak region” for our thesis are the followings: 1) Strong and Competitive insurance market is one of the essential parts of well-developed market economy. How to reach well-developed insurance market is a complex problem that the economy of Uzbekistan is facing now. 2) Having studied previous researches regarding insurance market of Uzbekistan and the role of marketing in development of companies we concluded that there are huge potentials for growing in insurance market which have not learned yet. Purpose: The purpose of this thesis is to find the answers to following questions: How is the current situation in the insurance market of Uzbekistan? What kind of insurance services are there and what is the demand for them? The determination of main clientele of insurance companies; The determination of factors that can affect on insurance services The analysis of proportion of population who do not apply for insurance services and the reasons; The role of marketing research in companies’ growth; Method: This research used Quantitative method. Survey technique used to conduct a quantitative study. Primary data collected through questionnaire. Secondary data collected from banks and department of Statistics of the local government. This research can be seen as deductive research since it begins by examining theories related to insurance and consumer behavior to insurance services. Following hypothesis were developed by the assumption that • Person’s insurance expenditure dependent of their annual income • Person’s positive opinion about insurance dependent of their gender • Person’s positive opinion about insurance dependent of their age • Person’s positive opinion about insurance dependent of their education • Person’s who is insured dependent of their income Theory: The theory section contains a review of theories concerning in economic nature and functions of insurance, marketing in insurance, insurance market in Uzbekistan. Analysis: Statistical program SPSS 14v.(Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) - is used to compute the correlation values and the regression coefficients. The results presented in appropriate table and graph. We divided our analysis into three parts: 1) Using the secondary data, we analyzed accidents that happened during the last two years, obligatory insurance, insurance companies in Jizzak. 2) We analyzed dependence of respondents’ annual insurance expenditure on their annual income using the multiple regression analysis. 3) Based on the primary data and using Chi-square statistical test, we analyzed consumer behavior to insurance service interviewing people individually. Conclusion: Analysis showed that insurance premiums mostly come from obligatory insurance. We discovered that banks are the main clients of insurance agencies at the present and insurance market undeveloped yet, the main reasons are low level of insurance culture, low level of citizens income, lack of understanding by the population and legal entities the need in insurance services; undeveloped economy of country, which doesn’t allow the insurance market to develop as a whole; lack of brokerage companies to work with insurance agencies; lack of skilled specialists and prepared insurance managers.

  • 19.
    Abedini, Margareta Mark och Marcel
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Department of Spatial Planning and Civil Engineering.
    Att upptäcka Mellanstaden: En studie av stadens ytterområden med Kristiansta som exempel2002Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Det är många faktorer som påverkar stadsutvecklingen och som skapar stadens identitet. Medverkande krafter är de offentliga och privata aktörernas intressen, den nationella bostadspolitiken, den befintliga fysiska strukturen samt stadens historiska bakgrund. I en tid då globalisering och kulturella förhållanden skapar en konkurrens mellan städerna kan stadens identitet och ekonomisk utveckling ses som viktiga faktorer i strävan efter att göra staden attraktiv. Avregleringen av bostadsmarknaden har bidragit till att privata aktörer får allt större inflytande över stadsutvecklingen. Olika grupper som till exempel företagarföreningar satsar på stadskärnans förnyelse. Centrumförnyelse och tilltalande bostäder i centrala lägen är aktuella projekt med inriktning på att göra staden tilltalande. Handel, nöjen, kultur, och attraktivt boende är viktiga för staden i kampen om företag, befolkning, turister och andra besökare. I de medelstora och stora städerna finns en form av stadsstruktur som vi här kallar mellanstad. Med mellanstaden menar vi de områden som är belägna mellan den täta stadskärnan och landsbygden. I mellanstaden finns många typer av bebyggelse. Småskalig äldre bebyggelse ?samsas? med storskalig miljonprogramsbebyggelse, villamattor, arbetsplatsområden, bilvårdsanläggningar, externhandel, trafikleder, tomma ytor med mera. Trenden när det gäller attraktivt boende går mot två håll. Det ena är att man väljer att bosätta sig i stadskärnan och det andra är att man väljer ett boende utanför staden, gärna i ?sjönära? läge. De mindre tätorterna kan i många fall erbjuda mycket goda boendemiljöer. Att bo utanför staden har blivit en möjlighet i vårt moderna IT-samhälle. I staden har de olika bostadsområdena fått olika attraktionskraft. Det finns stadsdelar med långa bostadsköer samtidigt som andra områden har tomma lägenheter. En stor del av stadens befolkning bor i mellanstadens bostadsområden. En del av dessa områden besväras av dåligt rykte. Den publicitet dessa får är oftast i negativ form. Den uppmärksamhet, som riktar sig mot staden, berör främst staden centrala delar. Därför vill vi sätta fokus på mellanstaden. Mellanstaden har många resurser, kvaliteter och möjligheter samtidigt som det finns brister och problem. Till resurserna hör närheten till naturen, låga markkostnader och att det ofta finns markreserver. Till nackdelarna och svagheterna hör bilberoende, segregation, storskalighet och minskad närservice. Otrygghet och dålig tillgänglighet kan även höra till mellanstadens problem. Trivsel och livskvalitet i vardagsmiljön är viktig för hela stadens utveckling. En god miljö kan stärka ortens konkurrenskraft och bidra till en positiv stadsutveckling. Vid framtida lokaliseringar av nya arbetstillfällen inom ?high-tech? ses livskvalitet i vardagsmiljön som en viktig utvecklingsfaktor. Även servicenäringarna anses vara beroende av god stadsmiljö. (Sverige 2009) Det finns många olika sätt att verka för en god livsmiljö. Att stadens centrum går mot en renässans är ganska tydlig. Vi frågar oss om stadsutvecklingen stannar i centrum, eller om den berör stadens alla delar. För att få en uppfattning om vilka förutsättningar mellanstaden har gör vi ett nedslag i en medelstor svensk stad, Kristianstad. Vi kommer att söka efter kvaliteter utifrån de boendes perspektiv och deras syn på en god livsmiljö. Det sker främst utifrån barn och ungdomars synvinkel och ur ett ekologiskt perspektiv. Vi funderar även på vad som kan förbättras. Viktiga faktorer att ta hänsyn till i stadsplaneringen är det historiska arvet, infrastrukturen, byggd miljö, landsbygd, välfärd, människors livsformer och vardagsliv. (Sverige 2009) Problemformulering Det finns många åsikter om stadens olika delar och vem som bor var. Centrum är till för ?innefolk? och ungdomar med god ekonomi. I miljonprogramsområdena bor invandrare och människor med olika problem. Villamattor för ?medelsvensson? med Volvo, husvagn och hund. Nyproducerade bostäder i attraktiva lägen för IT-folket och så vidare. Det går att räkna upp åtskilliga fördomar om staden och vem som bor var. Eftersom vi i det här arbetet främst kommer att inrikta oss på mellanstaden kanske vi upptäcker att fördomarna besannas eller att områden som anses som utsatta problemområden kanske inte alls upplevs som sådana av de boende. I dagens svenska städer ligger oftast stadsdelarna som öar runt en centrumkärna som även den är en ö. Centrum har specifika funktioner som ett tätare utbud av handel, kultur och nöjen än vad den övriga staden har. Bostadsområdena knyts till centrum genom trafikleder. Det finns ofta mellanrum mellan själva stadskärnan och övriga områden. Många öar ligger relativt isolerade mellan olika trafikleder. Där blir ofta bilberoendet ett faktum i en tid med förändrad närservice. Utvecklingen har gått mot ett boende där homogena grupper bor i olika stadsdelar. De frågor man kan ställa sig är: · Går det att stärka stadens olika delar så att en helhet uppstår · Kan mellanstaden bli hållbar ur social, ekologisk och ekonomisk synvinkel. · Finns det någon möjlighet att genom planering och politik motverka segregation Syfte Utifrån dessa frågor är syftet med detta examensarbete: - att identifiera stadens olika delar för att se vad mellanstaden har för möjligheter och brister. - att söka idéer till hur man genom planering kan öka trygghet, trivsel och tillhörighet för de som bor i mellanstaden. - att studera om det finns olika möjligheter att knyta ihop stadens öar och stärka mellanstaden och dess samhörighet med centrum Tillvägagångssätt För att identifiera stadens olika delar gör vi först en allmän historisk tillbakablick på Sveriges stadsutveckling. Vi kommer även att beskriva olika drivkrafter som påverkat stadsbyggandet under 1900-talet. Vi kommer även att precisera vilka områden som vi anser ingår i mellanstaden. Därefter kommer en diskussion om nuläget, trender och framtid. Senare i arbetet tar vi upp staden Kristianstad som exempel. För att få en förståelse för hur just den staden kommit till och hur den har växt fram gör vi en kort beskrivning av Kristianstads utveckling och en analys av staden. Efter det visar vi vad vi har bedömt vara Kristianstads mellanstad. I mellanstaden väljer vi sedan ut ett område som vi kommer att arbeta vidare med i en grundligare studie utifrån två synvinklar en ekologisk och en social. Den sista delen av arbetet omfattar förslag som framkommit genom studier av stadsdelen. Förslaget redovisas i form av en ?idékatalog? tillsammans med inspirationsbilder. Arbetet avslutas med en diskussion om mellanstaden och hur man i framtiden bör arbeta för att stärka de kvaliteter som finns där.

  • 20.
    Abel, Kathleen A.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Integrating Economics with a Strategic Sustainable Planning Method; To enhance decision making processes.2005Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Abstract: The complexity of environmental, social, economical, and technological objectives creates a challenge for decision makers when prioritizing the right measures that will move a project or organization toward sustainability at least cost. Currently there are methods or tools available to assist in this decision making and through a strategic approach potentially enhance the process. The focus of this thesis is to evaluate how the quantitative nature of economic detail as a tool which has been informed by a strategic sustainable framework can contribute to the complex decision making process for sustainable development when prioritizing measures. A two- step matrix format is used to represent the proposed approach. The complexity of sustainable development issues for decision makers within Sweden’s energy sector provides a suitable case study to explain this approach. Karlskrona, Sweden district heat was chosen. The results revealed an enhanced decision making process utilizing the proposed approach in district heat thus ensuring organizational and social profitability as defined by, static and dynamic efficiency and equitable allocation. The thesis concludes that the suggested approach has the potential to enhance the decision making process for strategic sustainable development when prioritizing measures in district heat and may be universal in its application in many other sectors. However, further validation of the approach through testing in real life situations is recommended.

  • 21.
    Abela, Paul
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Roquet, Omar
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Zeaiter, Ali Armand
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Determining Organisational Readiness for the Future-Fit for Business Benchmark2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 22.
    Abelsson, Sara
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Signal Processing.
    Propagation Measurements at 3.5 GHz for WiMAX2007Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Propagation measurements at the frequency 3.5 GHz for the WiMAX technology have been conducted. The purpose of these measurements is that a coverage analysis should be accomplished. The mathematical software package MATLAB has been used to analyze the collected data from the measurement campaign. Path loss models have also been used and a comparison between these models and the collected data has been performed. An analysis prediction tool from an application called WRAP has also been used in the comparison with the collected data. In this thesis, diff

  • 23.
    Abghari, Shahrooz
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
    García Martín, Eva
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
    Johansson, Christian
    NODA Intelligent Systems AB, SWE.
    Lavesson, Niklas
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
    Grahn, Håkan
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
    Trend analysis to automatically identify heat program changes2017In: Energy Procedia, Elsevier, 2017, Vol. 116, 407-415 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study is to improve the monitoring and controlling of heating systems located at customer buildings through the use of a decision support system. To achieve this, the proposed system applies a two-step classifier to detect manual changes of the temperature of the heating system. We apply data from the Swedish company NODA, active in energy optimization and services for energy efficiency, to train and test the suggested system. The decision support system is evaluated through an experiment and the results are validated by experts at NODA. The results show that the decision support system can detect changes within three days after their occurrence and only by considering daily average measurements.

  • 24.
    Abghari, Shahrooz
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Computing.
    Kazemi, Samira
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Computing.
    Open Data for Anomaly Detection in Maritime Surveillance2012Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Context: Maritime Surveillance (MS) has received increased attention from a civilian perspective in recent years. Anomaly detection (AD) is one of the many techniques available for improving the safety and security in the MS domain. Maritime authorities utilize various confidential data sources for monitoring the maritime activities; however, a paradigm shift on the Internet has created new sources of data for MS. These newly identified data sources, which provide publicly accessible data, are the open data sources. Taking advantage of the open data sources in addition to the traditional sources of data in the AD process will increase the accuracy of the MS systems. Objectives: The goal is to investigate the potential open data as a complementary resource for AD in the MS domain. To achieve this goal, the first step is to identify the applicable open data sources for AD. Then, a framework for AD based on the integration of open and closed data sources is proposed. Finally, according to the proposed framework, an AD system with the ability of using open data sources is developed and the accuracy of the system and the validity of its results are evaluated. Methods: In order to measure the system accuracy, an experiment is performed by means of a two stage random sampling on the vessel traffic data and the number of true/false positive and negative alarms in the system is verified. To evaluate the validity of the system results, the system is used for a period of time by the subject matter experts from the Swedish Coastguard. The experts check the detected anomalies against the available data at the Coastguard in order to obtain the number of true and false alarms. Results: The experimental outcomes indicate that the accuracy of the system is 99%. In addition, the Coastguard validation results show that among the evaluated anomalies, 64.47% are true alarms, 26.32% are false and 9.21% belong to the vessels that remain unchecked due to the lack of corresponding data in the Coastguard data sources. Conclusions: This thesis concludes that using open data as a complementary resource for detecting anomalous behavior in the MS domain is not only feasible but also will improve the efficiency of the surveillance systems by increasing the accuracy and covering some unseen aspects of maritime activities.

  • 25.
    Abheeshta, Putta
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Software Engineering.
    Comparative Analysis of Software Development Practices across Software Organisations: India and Sweden2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Context. System Development Methodologies (SDM’s) have been an area of intensive research in the field of software engineering. Different software organisations adopt different development methodologies and use different development practices. The frequency of usage of development practices and acceptance factors for adoption of development methodology are crucial for software organisations. The factors of acceptance and development practices differ across geographical locations. Many challenges have been presented in the literature with respect to the mismatch of the development practices across organisations while collaborating across organisations in distributed development. There is no considerable amount of research done in context of differences across development practices and acceptance factors for adoption of a particular development methodology. Objectives. The primary objectives of the research are to find out a) differences in (i) practice usage (ii) acceptance factors such as organisational, social and cultural b) explore the reasons for the differences and also investigate consequences of such differences while collaborating, across organisations located in India and Sweden. Methods. A literature review was conducted by searching in scientific databases for identifying common agile and plan-driven development practices and acceptance theories for development methodologies. Survey was conducted across organisations located in India and Sweden to find out the usage frequency of development practices and acceptance factors. Ten interviews were conducted to investigate, reasons for differences and consequences of differences from the software practitioners from organisations located in India and Sweden. Literature evidences were used to support the results collected from interviews. Results. From the survey, organisations in India have adopted a higher frequency of plan driven practices when compared to Sweden and agile practices were adopted at higher frequency in Sweden when compared to India. The number of organisations adopting "pure agile" methodologies have been significantly higher in Sweden. There was significant differences were found across the acceptance factors such as cultural, organisational, image and career factors between India and Sweden. The factors such as cultural, social, human, business and organisational factors are responsible for such differences across development practices and acceptance factors. Challenges related to communication, coordination and control were found due to the differences, while collaborating between Indian and Sweden sites. Conclusions. The study signifies the importance of identifying the frequency of development practices and also the acceptance factors responsible for adoption of development methodologies in the software organisations. The mismatch between these practices will led to various challenges. The study draws insights into various non-technical factors such as cultural, human, organisational, business and social while collaborating between organisations. Variations across these factors will lead to many coordination, communication and control issues. Keywords: Development Practices, Agile Development, Plan Driven Development, Acceptance Factors, Global Software Development.

  • 26.
    Abiodun, Fashakin Teniola
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
    Oluwatosin, Odumade Adebola
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
    EFFECTS OF THE EXTERNAL CONSEQUENCES OF ORGANIZATIONAL ACTIVITIES ON EMPLOYEE MOTIVATION2007Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY TOPIC: Effects of the External Consequences of Organizational Activities on Employee Motivation Fashakin, Teniola Abiodun Odumade, Adebola Oluwatosin SUPERVISOR: Alsen, Göran COURSE: Master Thesis in Business Administration DEPARTMENT: School of Management, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden PROGRAMME: Master of Science in Business Administration PURPOSES: The purposes of our thesis include the following: • To know the activities carried out by organization(s) • To know the external consequences of these activities • To know how these consequences affect employee motivation • Identify certain external factors that actually measures employee motivation RESEARCH QUESTION: How Do the External Consequences of Organizational Activities Affect Employee Motivation? METHODS: Our thesis involves looking into 3 different but inter-related issues- organizational activities, external consequences and employee motivation. And so, we collated data using the secondary as well as the primary sources of data. Our secondary data includes a review of the literature which is to enlighten us on what has been studied about our topic while the primary data encompasses gathering data by constructing a questionnaire, conducting interviews, and also organising focus groups; all of these to aid giving answer(s) to our research question. FINDINGS: From the research we conducted as well as the analysis we made, we were able to get a proof that there is a strong link between an organization’s activities, the external consequences of such activities as well as how the relationship between these two affects employee motivation. We have been able to establish the fact that employees also look outside their organization for incentives that could enable them to perform their duties properly.

  • 27.
    Abiti, Alex
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
    Adzraku, William
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
    The Impact of Financing Structure and Macroeconomic Variables on Profitability of listed Ghanaian banks2011Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    ABSTRACT The sustainability of banks profitability is very important to national economy. This is because banking institution serves as financial intermediary and hence supports the flow of funds from the borrower to the user of fund to grow economic activities. However banks profitability is affected by various variables both internal and internal. Some of these may be control by the banks whiles other may not be controlled internally. To investigate the impact of financial structure and macroeconomic variables on listed banks profitability in Ghana, secondary financial data of all the seven (7) listed banks were collected from the Ghana Stock Exchange. The profitability variables or ratios used are return on equity (ROE), return on asset (ROA) and net profit net interest margin (NIM). The financial structure components considered are the long-term debt to the total capital; short-term debt to total capital. The macroeconomic variables include the GDP, inflationary rate and the Exchange rate (GH¢ per US$). A correlation matrix was run using SPPS regression tool with profitability ratios as the dependent variables whiles the macroeconomic and the financial structure variables are considered as the independent variables. The results were mix: the ROA is negatively related to both total debt and short term debt and the relationship are significant. However, ROA is positively related to long term debt but not statistically significant. ROA is also negatively related to GDP and not statistically significant. ROA is positively related and statistically significant to exchange rate. Again, inflation is positively related to ROA but not significant. ROE on the other hand is statistically significant and positively related to short term debt and total debt. Exchange rate, long term debt is negatively and significantly related to ROE while inflation is positively but insignificantly related to ROE. However, ROE is insignificantly but negatively related to GDP. Net Interest Margin (NIM) is significantly and positively related to short term debt but insignificantly and positively related to inflation. NIM is, however, significantly and negatively related to total debt. This implies that an increase in sales growth, total debt and firm size is likely to result in a fall in NIM. Also, exchange rate, GDP and long term debt are negatively and insignificantly related to NIM. It is important to note that negative relationship between dependent variable and independent variable implies that if the dependent variable increases then the independent variable decreases. Ghanaian banks take advantage of the high inflation regime to increase cost of borrowings to their valued customers to increase their net interest margin and hence increase profitability while strategically using short-term debt in their financial structure to avoid paying long-term high cost of borrowings which will economically destroy shareholders value. Again the banks also increase their assets base as the economy grows (GDP) to improve their profitability in terms of returns on equity through higher banks size to meet all customers and economic activities The study provides an empirical conclusion that listed Ghanaian banks use 80.23% debt and 17.77% equity hence the capital structure of Ghanaian banks is hugely skewed toward debt. However, the debt structure of listed Ghanaian banks indicates more than 70% short term debt and less than 9% long term debt. Thus the impact of capital structure and macro-economic variables on profitability of Ghanaian listed banks is such that short term debt positively influences profitability and long term debt negatively affects profitability.

  • 28.
    Aboagye, Stella
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Health Science.
    Tour, Nicole
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Health Science.
    Att vårda patienter med hepatit C -Ur blivande sjuksköterskors perspektiv: En empirisk kvalitativ studie2015Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Bakgrund: Över 130 miljoner människor i världen lider av kronisk hepatit C och av dessa människor kommer ett betydande antal utveckla levercancer eller skrumplever. För närvarande finns det inget vaccin mot hepatit C däremot finns bromsmedicin som bromsar hepatit C. Blivande sjuksköterskor som har vårdat patienter med hepatit C på sjukhus upplever sig vara i högriskzon för att bli smittade av patienter med hepatit C.

    Syfte: Syftet med studien var att belysa blivande sjuksköterskors upplevelser vid omvårdnad av patienter med hepatit C på sjukhus.

    Metod: Studien var en empirisk kvalitativ studie där fem blivande sjuksköterskor från en högskola i södra Sverige blev intervjuade. Innehållsanalysen till studien var inspirerad av Graneheim och Lundmans innehållsanalys med grund från Krippendorff.

    Resultat: Utifrån innehållsanalysen framkom det fyra kategorier, upplevelser av kunskapsbrist, rädsla för smitta, vikten av att följa hygienrutiner vid omvårdnadsarbete och vikten av att bedriva personcentrerad omvårdnad. De blivande sjuksköterskorna upplevde sig ha bristande kunskap om hur omvårdnaden ska gå till för patienter med hepatit C på sjukhus, de upplevde även rädsla av att bli smittade av hepatit C vid omvårdnadsarbetet med dessa patienter. De blivande sjuksköterskorna ansåg att det är viktigt att följa hygienrutinerna för att minimera risken för blodsmitta vid omvårdnadsarbetet med hepatit C-patienter. De blivande sjuksköterskorna ansåg att en av de viktigaste delarna i omvårdanden med hepatit C-patienter är att bedriva personcentrerad omvårdnad på ett professionellt och respektfullt sätt.

    Slutsats: Sjuksköterskestudenter är rädda för att ge omvårdnad till patienter med hepatit C på sjukhus, därför behövs mer kunskap om hur omvårdnadsarbetet ska gå till för dessa patienter för att sjuksköterskestudenterna ska kunna känna sig trygga och vilja ge omvårdnad till patienter med hepatit C på ett personcentrerat vis. 

  • 29.
    AbouAbsi, Natali
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Economics.
    Einwächter, Ida
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Economics.
    Små oberoende företags attityd till kontanter och kort som betalmedel2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syfte: Syftet med denna uppsats är att undersöka vilken attityd mindre oberoende företag har till kontanter och betalkort som betalmedel i allmänhet och vid låga köpesummor i synnerhet. I undersökningen kommer vi att studera vid vilken summa som handlarna upplever det som acceptabelt att kunder betalar med betalkort. Metod: Studien har genomförts med hjälp utav en kvantitativ metodansats, då vi ville få en bred förståelse för småföretagarnas syn utav olika betalmedel i allmänhet samt vid betalningar under 100 kronor i synnerhet. För att ta del utav förståelsen kring vår studie utgick vi ifrån det positivistiska synsättet, då vi efterstävar kunskap kring händelser som kan mätas. Vi genomförde enkätundersökningar med ett hundratal företagsägare ur urvalsgruppen för att kunna ta del utav den objektiva verkligheten och för att sedan påvisa denna med hjälp utav den numeriska informationen vi samlat in. Slutsats: Studiens resultat visade att urvalsgruppens inställning till olika typer utav betalmedel vid lägre köpesummor huvudsakligen var att kontanter var att föredra. En slutsats som går dra utifrån detta resultat är att kortbetalningssystemet grundar sig i en felaktig prissättning vid låga köpesummor där bankerna tar ut en procentuellt hög avgift vid varje korttransaktion. För att öka kortbetalningarna vid låga summor krävs det att prisstrukturen ses över något som skulle kunna göras genom att ett subventionssystem upprättas alternativt att banken sänker transaktionskostnaden. För framtida betalmedel visar studiens resultat att det är viktigt att ta i beaktande att det blir ett enhetligt system med en balanserad prissättning.

  • 30.
    Abrahamsson, Adam
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology.
    Secic, Kenan
    Blekinge Institute of Technology.
    Facebook och dess marknadsföring riktad mot ungdomar: En studie om ungdomars attityd mot marknadsföring på Facebook2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Abstract

    Title: A study on teenager’s attitude towards marketing on Facebook

    Authors: Adam Abrahamsson and Kenan Secic

    Supervisor: Anders Wrenne

    Department: Blekinge Institute of Technology

    Course: A bachelor thesis in business administration, FE1453

    Scope: 15 credits               

    Purpose:The aim of this study is to contribute new knowledge about how marketing on Facebook can affect teenagers, as well as what awareness and understanding there is in this target group about marketing on Facebook. We are also interested in looking at whether there are any differences between the teenagers from the perspective of critical and rational thinking.

    Method: To be able to answer our questions and fulfill our purpose, we chose to conduct a survey in four different schools, in the district of Karlskrona. The survey was carried out in the seventh and ninth classes as these are expected to have students who are 14 and 16 years old. In total, we received 169 responses, of which 86 came from the younger target group and 83 came from the older target group. We picked schools because we considered the classrooms as a suitable environment for a survey, and a place where we can gather a large number of people from our target audience in one place. Because of the lack of resources in terms of time, all four schools where from the same district.

    Conclusion: The main conclusions of this study are that 14 and 16-year-old Swedish adolescents, in Karlskrona, generally have a positive attitude toward marketing on Facebook. But we can also notice that there is a difference in attitude toward marketing on Facebook between 14 and 16-year-olds depending on what kind of marketing it is. We believe that this difference may be because the age groups are at different stages of cognitive development and therefore are at different stages in their rational and critical thinking. 

  • 31.
    Abrahamsson, Annika
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
    Bernström, Angelica
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
    Gustafsson, Jonna
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
    Målstyrning i offentlig verksamhet: En studie av de anställdas upplevelser och deras delaktighet i målstyrning på Skatteverkets Blekingekontor / Result control in the public sector – A case study of the experiences of the employees regarding their participation in result control at the local Tax Offices in Blekinge2008Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Sammanfattning Titel: Målstyrning i offentlig verksamhet – En studie av de anställdas upplevelser och deras delaktighet i målstyrning på Skatteverkets Blekingekontor. Författare: Annika Abrahamsson, Angelica Bernström och Jonna Gustafsson Handledare: Eva Lövstål Institution: Blekinge Tekniska Högskola Kurs: Kandidatarbete i företagsekonomi 15 hp Syfte: Syftet med studien är att beskriva och försöka identifiera vad det får för konsekvenser på lokal nivå att en målstyrd offentlig verksamhet samtidigt är en hierarkiskt uppbyggd organisation där besluten fattas på en högre nivå. Det vi främst behandlar i vår studie är hur målen och målstyrningen upplevs av de anställda och vad det är som påverkar att de ska känna sig delaktiga. Metod: Studien genomfördes på Skatteverkets Blekingekontor med hjälp av tre kvalitativa intervjuer med en chef och två informatörer. Vi genomförde även en kvantitativ enkätundersökning bland de anställda. Detta för att få ett bra underlag till att besvara vår frågeställning. Slutsatser: Vår studie visar att konsekvensen av att Skatteverket är en målstyrd verksamhet där målen sätts högt i hierarkin blir att de anställda på lokala kontor upplever en begränsad delaktighet när målen sätts. De anställda upplever dock till viss del att de är delaktiga i att utforma sin egen arbetssituation, trots att de lokala målen tilldelas dem. Vi gör även tolkningen att kommunikation kring mål är en bidragande faktor till hur meningsfulla målen anses vara. Samtidigt leder kommunikation vanligtvis till att de anställda upplever en högre grad av delaktighet på sin arbetsplats.

  • 32.
    Abrahamsson, Charlotta
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Department of Business Administration and Social Science.
    Mattsson, Tuve
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Department of Business Administration and Social Science.
    Finansiell riskredovisning2001Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Forskningsproblem: De två forskningsfrågor vi utgått från i denna studie är: ? Hur ser företagens riskredovisning ut på deras hemsidor idag? ? Hur ser företagens avvägningar ut vid redovisning av risker och riskpolicyer? Vi tittar även närmare på om det kan vara lämpligt att dela in företagen i olika grupper till exempel efter bransch och lönsamhet. Syfte: Vårt syfte är att kartlägga företagens riskredovisning till aktiemarknaden på deras hemsidor och att undersöka de avvägningar som företagen har gjort vid beslutet att redovisa/inte redovisa dessa risker och policyer. Metod: Detta är en kvantitativ totalundersökning som utförts med hjälp av en enkät och studier av de aktuella företagens hemsidor. De företag som ingår i vår population är alla A-listade företag på Stockholms fondbörs som uppgivit en svensk kontaktadress via e-mail på deras hemsidor. Slutsatser: Enligt våra observationer redovisar företag risker i följande ordning efter fallande förekomst, valutarisker (64%), ränterisker (58%) samt finansieringsrisker (47%). Motsvarande siffror för policyerna är genomgående lägre men rangordningen är densamma: valutapolicy (63%), räntepolicy (37%) samt finansieringspolicy (24%). Vi ser även tecken på en medveten avvägning i dessa frågor från företagen. Den skillnad vi här ser mellan företagens värdering av riskerna och policyerna är att finansieringsrisken/ policyn värderas högt av företagen i förhållande till den benägenhet att redovisa som vi har observerat i denna studie. Det verkar vara som att en stor anledning till att begränsa denna typ av information, utifrån företagens perspektiv, är att den begränsar handlingsfriheten. Däremot verkar brist på verktyg för informationsförmedling inte vara ett problem. Vi finner tendenser som indikerar att branschindelningen kan vara en lämplig indelning för företag med tanke på deras riskredovisning, medan lönsamheten verkar ha störst inflytande på företagens redovisning av finansieringsrisker och policyer.

  • 33.
    Abrahamsson, Charlotte
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Systems and Software Engineering.
    Wessman, Mattias
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Systems and Software Engineering.
    WLAN Security: IEEE 802.11b or Bluetooth - which standard provides best security methods for companies?2004Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Which security holes and security methods do IEEE 802.11b and Bluetooth offer? Which standard provides best security methods for companies? These are two interesting questions that this thesis will be about. The purpose is to give companies more information of the security aspects that come with using WLANs. An introduction to the subject of WLAN is presented in order to give an overview before the description of the two WLAN standards; IEEE 802.11b and Bluetooth. The thesis will give an overview of how IEEE 802.11b and Bluetooth works, a in depth description about the security issues of the two standards will be presented, security methods available for companies, the security flaws and what can be done in order to create a secure WLAN are all important aspects to this thesis. In order to give a guidance of which WLAN standard to choose, a comparison of the two standards with the security issues in mind, from a company's point of view is described. We will present our conclusion which entails a recommendation to companies to use Bluetooth over IEEE 802.11b, since it offers better security methods.

  • 34.
    Abrahamsson, Evelina
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Spatial Planning.
    Översvämningsrisker i kustnära städer: Sölvesborg, Karlshamn, Ronneby, Karlskrona2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 35.
    Abrahamsson, Lisa
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology.
    Lagerqvist, Amelie
    Blekinge Institute of Technology.
    Att formas och att formge: Normkritisk mönsterformgivning2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Our society is made up of norms that say how we should look, behave and live our lives. Many of these norms focuses on how you as a man or woman should behave in relation to your gender. Gender norms are reflected in design and what we design in products, furniture and buildings. With a gender specified norm critical approach, we examine how gender norms are reflected in design and how we as designers can design with norm criticism. With pattern design as an exploratory approach, we want to highlight and examine how gender norms affect and is repeated in what we design, just like a pattern is defined by lines and shapes that are repeated or experienced to be repeated.

    During our investigation it appears that patterns can contribute with discussion and stance that will work in multiple forums. We examine how unisex and male and female can be embodied in patterns, and how norm criticism works as an approach in a design process.

  • 36.
    Abrahamsson, Marcus
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Magnusson, Christian
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Svensson, Henrik
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Evrat, Xavier
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Driving Module For Existing Flight Carts2002Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    We needed to design an electric-driven module to place underneath a serving-cart, to facilitate the work made by the cabin personal and thereby prevent work injuries.

  • 37.
    Abrahamsson, Maria Westerling
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
    ”Det beror på hur det är med allt annat runt omkring” upplevelser av den psykosociala arbetsmiljön i kvinnodominerade yrkesgrupper2012Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    I en empirisk studie gjordes fyra djupintervjuer angående den psykosociala arbetsmiljön hos kvinnliga undersköterskor och pedagoger. Studien genomfördes på två olika arbetsplatser inom samma organisation. Undersökningen gjordes med syftet att söka en ökad förståelse för medarbetarnas egenupplevda psykosociala arbetsmiljö, och även försöka utröna vilka faktorer som anses påverka och vara viktiga för densamma. En intervjuguide utarbetades, vars intention var att utreda vilka faktorer som informanterna anser särskilt viktig i frågan. Grundstenarna för undersökningen är psykosocial arbetsmiljö och gruppsykologi och i förlängningen även folkhälsa. Undersökningen gjordes på kvinnor inom barn och äldreomsorg och den insamlade datan analyserades med ett hermeneutiskt förfarande. Det visades bland annat att en arbetsplats där arbetsrotation praktiseras anser sig ha ett bra socialt klimat med få konflikter och de faktorer som personalen kan styra över själva tas om hand på ett effektivt sätt. Alla deltagare upplevde stress på arbetsplatsen och hade liknande sätt att hantera denna. Ett annat fenomen som visade sig var att personal som känner varandra privat eller har någon annan slags privat relation bildar ofta subgrupper på arbetsplatserna.

  • 38.
    Abramsson, Veronica
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Health Science.
    Selander, Malena
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Health Science.
    Palliativ vård2005Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    I dagens samhälle drabbas många människor av cancer, där flertalet av de drabbade lider av smärta. En liten del av Danmarks cancerpatienter har möjligheten att avsluta sitt liv på Hospice. Syftet med studien var att genom fyra intervjuer belysa danska sjuksköterskors upplevelser av att vårda cancerpatienter med smärta på Hospice. Studien är fenomenologiskt inriktad. Teoretikern som användes i studien ar Katie Eriksson. Hon framhäver att kroppslig smärta på grund av sjukdom kan vara outhärdlig och skapa en ångest inför sjukdom till en själslig och andlig död. Som metod i studien användes innehållsanalys, där intervjuerna analyserades och sammanställdes. Resultatet i studien tyder på att sjuksköterskor upplever närvaro som en väsentlig del av vården med smärtpåverkade cancerpatienter. Analysen visar att närvaro innefattar närhet, beröring samt kommunikation.

  • 39.
    Abshir, Layla
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Health Science.
    Pettersson, Malin
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Health Science.
    Att vårda personer med fetma: Vårdpersonalens erfarenheter2013Student thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Bakgrund: Fetma betraktas som ett folkhälsoproblem i många delar av världen och det blir allt vanligare att personer med fetma söker sjukvård. Tidigare forskning har visat att det kan vara en utmaning för vårdpersonalen att erbjuda patienter med fetma en god och säker vård. Dessa utmaningar måste uppmärksammas så att vårdandet för dessa patienter kan förbättras samt förhindra skador på patienter och personal. Syfte: Syftet med studien var att beskriva vårdpersonalens erfarenheter av att vårda personer med fetma. Metod: Det gjordes en litteraturstudie med kvalitativ ansats som baserades på sju vetenskapliga artiklar. Analysen genomfördes utifrån Graneheim och Lundmans tolkning av innehållsanalys. Resultat: Analysen resulterade i två kategorier och fyra undekategorier. Den ena kategorin var Hinder i omgivningen med underkategorierna Utrustningens otillräcklighet och Begränsningar i miljön. Den andra kategorin var Konsekvenser för vårdpersonalen och hade underkategorierna Risk för arbetsskada och Behov av mer personal och tid. Slutsats: Det framkom i studien att utrustning och fysisk miljö visade sig vara otillräcklig och risken för skada på både personal och patient ökade i samband med vårdanet av personer med fetma. Framtida forskning borde fokusera på hur vårdandet av personer med fetma kan förbättras.

  • 40.
    Abualhana, Munther
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Computing.
    Tariq, Ubaid
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Computing.
    Improving QoE over IPTV using FEC and Retransmission2009Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    IPTV (Internet Protocol Television), a new and modern concept of emerging technologies with focus on providing cutting edge high-resolution television, broadcast, and other fascinating services, is now easily available with only requirement of high-speed internet. Everytime a new technology is made local, it faces tremendous problems whether from technological point of view to enhance the performance or when it comes down to satisfy the customers. This cutting edge technology has provided researchers to embark and play with different tools to provide better quality while focusing on existing tools. Our target in dissertation is to provide a few interesting facets of IPTV and come up with a concept of introducing an imaginary cache that can re-collect the packets travelling from streaming server to the end user. In the access node this cache would be fixed and then on the basis of certain pre-assumed research work we can conclude how quick retransmission can take place when the end user responds back using RTCP protocol and asks for the retransmission of corrupted/lost packets. In the last section, we plot our scenario of streaming server on one side and client, end user on the other end and make assumption on the basis of throughput, response time and traffic.

  • 41.
    Abu-Sheikh, Khalil
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Systems and Software Engineering.
    Reviewing and Evaluating Techniques for Modeling and Analyzing Security Requirements2007Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The software engineering community recognized the importance of addressing security requirements with other functional requirements from the beginning of the software development life cycle. Therefore, there are some techniques that have been developed to achieve this goal. Thus, we conducted a theoretical study that focuses on reviewing and evaluating some of the techniques that are used to model and analyze security requirements. Thus, the Abuse Cases, Misuse Cases, Data Sensitivity and Threat Analyses, Strategic Modeling, and Attack Trees techniques are investigated in detail to understand and highlight the similarities and differences between them. We found that using these techniques, in general, help requirements engineer to specify more detailed security requirements. Also, all of these techniques cover the concepts of security but in different levels. In addition, the existence of different techniques provides a variety of levels for modeling and analyzing security requirements. This helps requirements engineer to decide which technique to use in order to address security issues for the system under investigation. Finally, we found that using only one of these techniques will not be suitable enough to satisfy the security requirements of the system under investigation. Consequently, we consider that it would be beneficial to combine the Abuse Cases or Misuse Cases techniques with the Attack Trees technique or to combine the Strategic Modeling and Attack Trees techniques together in order to model and analyze security requirements of the system under investigation. The concentration on using the Attack Trees technique is due to the reusability of the produced attack trees, also this technique helps in covering a wide range of attacks, thus covering security concepts as well as security requirements in a proper way.

  • 42. Aceijas, Carmen
    et al.
    Brall, Caroline
    Schröder-Bäck, Peter
    Otok, Robert
    Maeckelberghe, Els
    Stjernberg, Louise
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Health Science.
    Strech, Daniel
    Tulchinsky, Theodore H
    Teaching Ethics in Schools of Public Health in the European Region: Findings from a Screening Survey2012In: Public Health Reviews, ISSN 0301-0422, E-ISSN 2107-6952, Vol. 34, no 1Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A survey targeting ASPHER members was launched in 2010/11, being a first initiative in improving ethics education in European Schools of Public Health. An 8-items questionnaire collected information on teaching of ethics in public health. A 52% response rate (43/82) revealed that almost all of the schools (95% out of 40 respondents with valid data) included the teaching of ethics in at least one of its programmes. They also expressed the need of support, (e.g.: a model curriculum (n=25), case studies (n=24)), which indicates further work to be met by the ASPHER Working Group on Ethics and Values in Public Health.

  • 43. Acevedo Peña, Carlos Gonzalo
    Developing Inclusive Innovation Processes and Co-Evolutionary Approaches in Bolivia2015Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The concept of National Innovation Systems (NIS) has been widely adopted in developing countries, particularly in Latin American countries, for the last two decades. The concept is used mainly as an ex-ante framework to organize and increase the dynamics of those institutions linked to science, technology and innovation, for catching-up processes of development. In the particular case of Bolivia, and after several decades of social and economic crisis, the promise of a national innovation system reconciles a framework for collaboration between the university, the government and the socio-productive sectors. Dynamics of collaboration generated within NIS can be a useful tool for the pursuit of inclusive development ambitions.

     

    This thesis is focused on inclusive innovation processes and the generation of co-evolutionary processes between university, government and socio-productive sectors. This is the result of 8 years of participatory action research influenced by Mode 2 knowledge-production and Technoscientific approaches.

     

    The study explores the policy paths the Bolivian government has followed in the last three decades in order to organize science, technology and innovation. It reveals that Bolivia has an emerging national innovation system, where its demand-pulled innovation model presents an inclusive approach. Innovation policy efforts in Bolivia are led by the Vice-Ministry of Science and Technology (VCyT). Moreover, NIS involves relational and collaborative approaches between institutions, which imply structural and organizational challenges, particularly for public universities, as they concentrate most of the research capabilities in the country. These universities are challenged to participate in NIS within contexts of weak demanding sectors. 

     

    This research focuses on the early empirical approaches and transformations at Universidad Mayor de San Simón (UMSS) in Cochabamba. The aim to strengthen internal innovation capabilities of the university and enhance the relevance of research activities in society by supporting socio-economic development in the framework of innovation systems is led by the Technology Transfer Unit (UTT) at UMSS. UTT has become a recognized innovation facilitator unit, inside and outside the university, by proposing pro-active initiatives to support emerging innovation systems. Because of its complexity, the study focuses particularly on cluster development promoted by UTT. Open clusters are based on linking mechanisms between the university research capabilities, the socio-productive actors and government. Cluster development has shown to be a practical mechanism for the university to meet the demanding sector (government and socio-productive actors) and to develop trust-based inclusive innovation processes. The experiences from cluster activities have inspired the development of new research policies at UMSS, with a strong orientation to foster research activities towards an increased focus on socio-economic development. The experiences gained at UMSS are discussed and presented as a “developmental university” approach.

     

    Inclusive innovation processes with co-evolutionary approaches seem to constitute an alternative path supporting achievement of inclusive development ambitions in Bolivia. 

  • 44.
    Acharya, Mod Nath
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Computing.
    Aslam, Nazam
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Computing.
    Coordination in Global Software Development: Challenges, associated threats, and mitigating practices2012Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Global Software Development (GSD) is an emerging trend in today's software world in which teams are geographically dispersed, either in close proximity or globally. GSD provides certain advantages to development companies like low development cost, access to cheap and skilled labour etc. This type of development is noted as a more risky and challenging as compared to projects developed with teams under same roof. Inherently the nature of GSD projects are cooperative in which many software developers work on a common project, share information and coordinate activities. Coordination is a fundamental part of software development. GSD comprises different types of development systems i.e. insourcing, outsourcing, nearshoring, or farshoring, whatever the types of development systems selected by a company there exist the challenges to coordination. Therefore the knowledge of potential challenges, associated threats to coordination and practices to mitigate them plays a vital role for running a successful global project.

  • 45.
    Acka, Germain Kofi
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
    Ntsiful, Samuel
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
    Odorh, Obinna
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
    CUSTOMERS’ ADOPTION BEHAVIOUR IN INTERNET BANKING: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF GHANA AND SWEDEN2010Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Internet banking has now become a global phenomenon. It is the fastest growing service that banks can offer in order to gain and retain new customers. However, the issue of adoption behaviour or pattern by final consumers seems to be a pivotal issue in the successful implementation of Internet banking which has benefited people from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and from country to country. In some countries, Internet banking has proven to be very reliable, effective and efficient whilst in some others, they are found to be extremely dormant due to adoption behaviour. This study therefore tried to investigate if there are differences in Internet banking adoption behaviour between Ghana and Sweden. One bank each from Ghana and Sweden was selected for this study. The study employed the theory of the Extended Technology Acceptance Model by Davis and Venkatesh (2000). This model looks at the individual Perceived Usefulness, Perceived Ease of Use and Psychological Attachment of adoption. These three parameters of the theory lead to Behavioural Intention which has a positive correlation with actual usage. The study was based on both qualitative and quantitative approaches and questionnaires were administered to some selected Internet banking customers of the two banks using purposive sampling technique. In the same vein, one banking staff each from the two banks knowledgeable in the Internet banking system of their banks was interviewed. The study concludes that there is only a marginal or subtle difference in the adoption behaviour in Internet banking between Ghana and Sweden and that the low patronage of Internet banking in Ghana as compared to that of Sweden is due to reasons other than customers’ adoption behaviour.

  • 46.
    Ackah, John
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
    Vuvor, Sylvester
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
    The Challenges faced by Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Obtaining Credit in Ghana.2011Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study, The Challenges faced by Small and Medium Enterprises in Obtaining Credit in Ghana, was undertaken to highlight the issues facing SMEs in Ghana in their quest to accessing bank credit (loans) from financial institutions (banks & non– banks) to undertake various activities; be it general business operations or carrying out expansion project all in the name of fulfilling the objectives as being job creators and helping to reduce poverty. In tackling this topic, the quantitative approach was adopted. Questionnaires were circulated to 80 SMEs in the Accra and Tema metropolis selected through a technique of convenience sampling. Based on the responses received through these questionnaires, the following major findings came to the fore. There are institutions such as bank and non-bank financial institutions that are willing to provide funds to SMEs but Ghanaian SMEs are not able to meet the requirements of these financial institutions. Chief among these requirements is the issue of collateral, which most SMEs cannot provide. Aside this is the other issue of small equity base of these SMEs among others. Secondly, those who are able to access this credit are also faced with high interest rates and short repayment periods making it very difficult to embark on any developmental or expansion projects. Another interesting revelation with regards to the high rate of defaults in repayment of loans contracted, relates to the tight Cash flow situations of these SMEs that is mostly due to difficulties in the management of the account receivables of the respective SMEs surveyed. The study concludes with some recommendations to help free up capital or credit to the SME sector. Among the recommendations are encouraging financial institutions (banks & non-banks) to establish factoring services, enforcement of the credit reporting act and finally provision of tax incentives for banks that lend to SMEs to encourage others to do same.

  • 47.
    Acosta, Kerly
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Sangari, Arash
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Webster, Jessica
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Energy Strategies towards Sustainability: a comparative analysis of community energy plans from Sweden and Canada2008Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis examines community energy planning in Sweden and Canada with the aim of revealing strategies that move communities towards energy sustainability. Unsustainable energy activities are identified as major threats on both local and global levels. The challenges for energy systems are discussed and a possible scenario of a future community with sustainable energy production and consumption is presented. The literature review examines community energy planning guidebooks and key theoretical and methodological concepts including ingenuity, soft energy paths and backcasting from socio-ecological principles of sustainability. Following an analysis of energy supply and demand in a broad systems context, and a review of policies and programs supporting or hindering community energy planning, energy plans from eleven Swedish and eleven Canadian communities are evaluated. Characteristics of progressive energy planning as uncovered in the literature review form a framework for evaluating the visions, strategies and actions described in the plans. Sweden is recognized as an early player in community energy planning. Although Swedish energy plans do not contain all of the identified progressive strategies, national leadership and funding have played a role in Sweden’s successes. More recent Canadian plans are found to be highly progressive, suggesting that Canadian communities who follow their plans can too be successful in transforming their energy systems towards sustainability.

  • 48.
    Acquah-Hagan, Douglas
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
    Aggrey-Bosu, Spencer
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
    The impact of the Audit Commission on the management control systems of local authorities: The case of London Borough of Lambeth2011Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This case study uses qualitative and quantitative analyses to examine the impact of the annual audits undertaken by the Audit Commission (hereafter the AC) at London Borough of Lambeth (LBL) on its management control system (MCS). The analysis reviews the audits undertaken between the years 2000 and 2010 and analyses the management reaction to these results to identify the impact on MCS. The objective of the research was achieved by developing research questions which served as a research framework. The study focused primarily on three research questions: (1) have the audit scores of the AC influenced MCSs at LBL?; (2) how has the audit scores of the annual audits completed by the AC influenced the MCS of LBL?; and (3) why has the audit scores of the annual audits completed by the AC influenced MCS at LBL?. The theoretical framework used in this study focused on three bodies of literature: the work of the Audit Commission, auditing and audits scores, and MCSs. The thesis used content analysis to analyse LBL’s submissions; audit results and recommendations; and improvement plans. Data for the analysis were collected via documentation, archival records, interviews, and direct and participant observation. As a local government authority, LBL receives most of its annual finance from central government to deliver services to local residents and businesses. As a result the central government, through the AC, audits them every year to ensure that they are effective and efficient with their resources. Between the years 2000 and 2004, LBL audit scores were one star out of possible four stars and this represented considerable risk to its continuous survival. It is worth noting that a council with more than three consecutive score of one star is classified as a failing organisation and that council is taken into ‘special measures’ – a situation where the central government takes administrative control of the council. The trend of audit scores at LBL had indicated the council needed to improve in the areas of: • Financial planning and monitoring; • Service performance improvement in areas such as cultural services; • Performance management processes; and • Use of resources and internal capabilities. After the audit recommendation of 2004, the council developed an improvement plan. This led to the implementation of the new financial control systems, performance management procedure and personnel control system. LBL’s performance measurement imitates the balanced scorecard approach developed by Kaplan and Norton (1992). The reactions at LBL are congruent with the findings of Asel (2009) which demonstrated that organisations with high perceived uncertainty are more likely to change their MCS. The research objectives limited the study scope which has opened opportunities for future research in local authorities such as: MCS as a package; the influence of other stakeholder; trade union contribution to MCS; and organisational leadership at local authorities. It is also worth noting that the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is in a consultation process with an intention to outsource the work of the AC with effect from 2012/13 audits (www.audit-commission.gov.uk).

  • 49.
    Acs, Zoltan J.
    et al.
    London School of Economics and Political Science, GBR.
    Braunerhjelm, Pontus
    Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum, SWE.
    Karlsson, Charlie
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Economics.
    Philippe Aghion: recipient of the 2016 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research2017In: Small Business Economics, ISSN 0921-898X, E-ISSN 1573-0913, Vol. 48, no 1, 1-8 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Professor Philippe Aghion is the 2016 recipient of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research, consisting of 100,000 Euros and a statuette designed by the internationally renowned Swedish sculptor Carl Milles. He is one of the most influential researchers worldwide in economics in the last couple of decades. His research has advanced our understanding of the relationship between firm-level innovation, entry and exit on the one hand, and productivity and growth on the other. Aghion has thus accomplished to bridge theoretical macroeconomic growth models with a more complete and consistent microeconomic setting. He is one of the founding fathers of the pioneering and original contribution referred to as Schumpeterian growth theory. Philippe Aghion has not only contributed with more sophisticated theoretical models, but also provided empirical evidence regarding the importance of entrepreneurial endeavours for societal prosperity, thereby initiating a more nuanced policy discussion concerning the interdependencies between entrepreneurship, competition, wealth and growth.

  • 50.
    Ada, Ketchie
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Meret, Nehe
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Hila, Shapira
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    For the Creative Problem-Solver: An Integrated Process of Design Thinking and Strategic Sustainable Development2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Since the dawn of humanity design has influenced human life. Today, facing the depletion of the socio-ecological system, increasing complex problems threaten humanity’s existence. Design has been a contributor to creating such problems, yet with appropriate tools can become a source for solutions. Design Thinking (DT) was identified as a possible approach that could contribute to Strategic Sustainable Development (SSD). The purpose of this thesis is to examine potential contributors and hindrances of the DT process with regards to SSD, and create a prototype for an integrated process that could help achieve more strategic and sustainable outcomes. With the use of the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD) as a lens to examine the above, along with interviews, Action Research and expert feedback, an integrated process was created. Results of the interviews and FSSD analysis helped shape two prototypes that were examined through the mentioned methods. It was indicated by participants of the Action Research and by experts that the prototype could help reach a strategic and sustainable outcome, and further refinement should be pursued. The final prototype is presented as part of the discussion, suggesting additional tools and actions that if included could create a possible Sustainable DT (SDT) process.

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