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  • 1.
    Bron, Mikael
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Communication Systems.
    Hantering av fysiska säkerhetsrisker – en kunskapsöversikt2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The competence to manage risks related to health, security, fire and safety is a sought-after skill.This is especially noticeable in both business and public administration job postings for therecruitment process of managers, administrators or coordinators to security departments. At thesame time there is little specialist literature available in Swedish on the subject of risk managementin the context of protecting assets and people from physical security threats. The lack of literatureaffects the study of risk management from a physical and procedural security perspective,particularly at an academic level where this is a relatively new topic. To move forward and expandthe field of knowledge is an important step, not only for the scientific community but also for theindustry. This bachelor thesis attempts to be an initial but significant contribution to a topic thatis likely to grow. By mapping what has already been published on the subject in English as wellas summing up and analyzing the scientific knowledge from similar disciplines the thesis has alsohad an additional goal: to reach out with knowledge to those dealing with risk management inpractice, and thus raising their awareness and developing their professional skills.The purpose of this study is to present the current state of knowledge and at the same time toshow the width and depth of the risk management process. This is done by identifying similaritiesand differences in definitions, process descriptions, problems and best practice of the studied areaswhile at the same time account for any criticism offered against risk management as a concept.The results show that there are more similarities than differences in the risk management processand methods regardless of whether the purpose is to protect people and assets from healthhazards, crime, fire or accidents.The paper has been conducted as a descriptive literature study and a comparative textual analysis.The risk management process has been described with reference to the generic ISO standard(31000:2009, Risk management - Principles and guidelines). Also, ten common risk analysismethods that cover all steps in the risk assessment process have been described. The narrative andrelated analysis follow the same order as the ISO-standard process description.The material has been supplemented and compared with guidelines and scientific papers from threetypes of risks management contexts: (1) health hazards, (2) fire and safety, and (3) security.The paper also provides examples of the inconsistent use of terms and definitions both between andwithin different disciplines involved in risk management. One of the conclusions of the report is thatcreating a unified, universal terminology to be used in the security context probably is impossibleas well as being not necessary. Instead, certain terminological misunderstandings can be avoided byproviding clear definitions and explanations of their meaning in each particular case.

  • 2.
    Hansson, Martina
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Economics.
    Kalantari, Leila
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Economics.
    The reason for appointing more women to top positions2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Objective: Our main objective is to identify why the executive management positions of most companies in Europe are not moderately genders diverse. Within this objective we study the pattern of gender representation and diversity in a specific company (named Company A) and investigate theoretically why more women should be appointed to the top positions.

    Research and practical implications: This thesis contributes to a better understanding of the reason behind not having moderately gender diverse executive management by studying Company A, taking into consideration that gender diversity positively influences a workplace. In addition it helps to raise the awareness of C-level management in the Company A; gives them an idea of what they should work with to get more women into management positions and show them the benefits for the organisation if appointing more women to top positions.

    Scope of the thesis: Due to the scope of this thesis, our research is limited to only consider the gender diversity at the executive level within Company A.

    Findings: This thesis has explored and identified that a gender diverse workforce drives economic growth and can capture a greater share of the consumer market. Diversity fosters a more creative and innovative workforce and is needed to realize a company’s full potential.

    Based on the outcomes from the theory part and the quantitative and the qualitative research of this thesis; it is clear that executive management of many engineering companies are not moderately gender diverse. The same result was found when studying gender ratio in executive positions at Company A that authors have examined.

    The reasons behind lacking a moderate gender diverse executive management, according to our study, are:

    - Lower number of females with several years of experience and relevant competence for engineering jobs compared to men. It is easier to find highly experienced men with the right knowledge compared to women.

    - Longer leaves of absence due to maternity leave. There are more women than men that take a leave of absence from the company for long periods, this leads to smaller networks and longer time to build experience.

    - Most top managers hire from their existing networks; people whom they have been working with previously, who are mostly men and who are performing well. Therefore the recruiting process is another reason as to why there are more men than women in executive positions.

  • 3.
    Johansson, Gorana
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Economics.
    En etnografisk resa inom sårvården: Mötet med specialiserad vård av svårläkta sår inom hemsjukvården2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study is an empirical work about healthcare in the process of transformation. The speciic healthcare concerns foot and leg wound care within the homecare. The theoretical frame of the study relies on the Activity theory applied onto the healthcare workers involved into the wound care of the hard healing leg and foot ulcers. The transformation process involving this activity is seen as the example of the expansive learning and which is part of the activity theory. The method used is known, according to the Engeström (the leading figure within the currunt Activity research) as "etnography of trouble". The focus is on identifying conflicts which take place within the work activity. The purpose of the study was to increase understanding of how the wound care business is performed in home care in light of expansive learning theory. Results show the need for the wound care within the homecare to develop at the subject level as much as the system level. There are two specific developmental areas in concern, the tehnical-instrumental (development of digital assistance) and interaction-communication dmension (development of a new communication channel on vertical level). Both solutions liberate individuals competens. In the question of communication channel connected to the leadership this would create conditions for tehnical solutions to appear quicker.

  • 4.
    KARAOULANIS, ANDREAS
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Economics.
    MONFORT, FREDERIC
    A comparative study of women in top managerial positions in Greece and the United Kingdom(UK)2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Problem formulation: The main research questions of this comparative study are as follow: How does the Maculinity Index (MAS), which is similar in both UK and Greece, express itself inside organisations, in terms of culture (norms, values)? How can this help to understand the differences found in the representations of women in both countries?

    Purpose: The purpose of why this study was contacted is to describe several MAS expressions in the organisational culture in order to find out how these expressions can help us understand the differences in female representation in both countries (UK and Greece).

    Literature: The main literature, upon which the whole study s was based upon, is the Hofstede’s cultural dimensions theory as described in:

     

    1. Hofstede, G. 2014. Cultural Tools: Country Comparison. [Online]. Available at: <http://geert-hofstede.com/countries.html> [Accessed: 13th January 2015], and

     

    1. Hofstede, G., Hofstede, G. J. & Minkov, M. 2010. Cultures and organizations: Software of the mind. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

     

    Numerous literature sources were used throughout this thesis, which can be found in references.

     

    Method: The authors used the case study approach for this research as described in Yin’s “Case Study Research: Design and Methods. 5th Ed.” (2014). The main methods used for the collection of the empirical findings were documentation, interviews, informal discussions and archival records.

     

    Key findings: The major findings of this research indicated that at Alpha Bank, the male dominated powerful “in- groups”, by framing the recruitment and the selection process, by recruiting mainly male friends and relatives,  reproducing the male dominated culture inside the company. At Tata Steel, the masculine organisational culture was mainly the results of gender role norms associating STEM disciplines and leadership with masculinity. Some women were perceived to violate their femininity when being assertive or holding traditionally male positions. In addition, the “double burden syndrome” was considered to be an important barrier to women’s career advancement in Britain whereas it was not affecting Greek women as much due to the collectivistic characteristics of the Greek societal culture with parents usually helping their daughters and daughters-in-law with baby-sitting and in-house “obligations”.

  • 5. Vogel, Christina
    et al.
    Stamer, Arne
    Heckathorn, Arturo
    GuStAF: A Guide for the Strategic Analysis of Frameworks for municipal sustainability planning2019Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 HE creditsStudent thesis
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