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  • Edenborg, Emil
    Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES). Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science.
    Sörberg, Anna-Maria, 2017. Homo­nationalism. Stockholm: Leopard förlag.2017In: Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, ISSN 0039-0747, Vol. 119, no 2, 338-341 p.Article, book review (Other academic)
  • Mårtensson, Kristofer
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.
    Sundberg, Adam
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.
    Mot nya mål?: Om sambandet mellan ekonomi och sportsliga resultat hos svenska elitfotbollsklubbar2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The economics of football has seen considerable changes over the last two decades. The total revenue for clubs in the top European leagues has risen dramatically, mostly due to bigger sponsor deals and more TV-income. This has made the world of football a giant industry where business strategy tends to play a bigger part. The majority of the research on the field has been devoted to how the sport performances of a football club affect the revenue of the club, but less attention has been paid to what impact the overall economics have on the clubs future success on the pitch. This paper aims to examine the link between economic ratios and the short- and long-term sport performance in the top tiers of Swedish football, by using a dataset of 31 clubs over the period 2000-2016. The results show that the total asset together with the ratio between wages and total income, could explain sport performance one year later with an R2 of 44 % in a multiple regression. The result also indicates that this may be explained by the total amount of wages a club is able to pay. Findings are presented along with a discussion on how the governing bodies of football could consider how regulation is communicated to the clubs. 

  • Ström, Annika
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Rhetoric.
    Gyldenstolpe, Carl (Creator)
    Gyldenstolpe, Gustav (Creator)
    En frånvarandes samtal med en frånvarande: Bröderna Daniel, Carl och Gustav Gyldenstolpes brev till Nils Gyldenstolpe 1660–1679: Utgåva av latinsk text i urval, översättning samt inledning av Annika Ström2017Collection (editor) (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    Denna bok innehåller en utgåva med svensk översättning av 114 brev, skrivna på latin under den andra hälften av 1600-talet. Breven är författade av de tre bröderna Daniel, Carl och Gustav Gyldenstolpe och riktar sig med några få undantag till deras äldre bror Nils som flyttat från hemmet i Åbo till Stockholm för att göra ämbetsmannakarriär.

    I breven erbjuds vi många glimtar av dåtidens samhälle, av det skånska kriget där en av bröderna deltog, om privata händelser och av de vardagliga problem som ofta handlade om att hålla samman familjen under kärva förhållanden. Vi informeras även om de verksamheter som bedrevs av jurister och ämbetsmän i stormaktstidens svenska statsförvaltning med förgreningar kring hela Östersjön.

    Förutom sitt värde som historiska källor ger breven inblickar i dåtidens utbildningsväsen med ett särskilt fokus på inlärningen av latin och retorik. De visar också på den höga latinkompetens som individer besatt under tidigmodern tid i Sverige samt hur detta nylatin var ett kommunikationsmedel som smidigt kunde utnyttjas för alla förekommande sociala behov.

  • Velkova, Julia
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Sharing technology and media as digital commons: sensibilities and tensions from making invisible things visible2016In: Selected Papers of AoIR 2016: The 17th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers, 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper explores the internal social structures among producers who are radically committed to openness through sharing technology and content online. It foregrounds that in these practices, openness and sharing are not only about creating open knowledge, public digital culture and technologies, but also trigger practices of self-control, discipline, and contestation over what is to be made public and how. The author argues that the ways in which these are negotiated have implications for the broader domain of cultural production online. The next two papers each look at the social structures promoted through open source practices by exploring how actors committed to them are trying to affect institutional politics.

  • Velkova, Julia
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Jakobsson, Peter
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Between decommodification and recommodification: negotiations of value in open-source cultural production2015In: Selected Papers from Internet Research 16: The 16th Annual Meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers, 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The authors of this paper revitalize classic work on gift economies, exploring the ways in which the fiscal and moral economies are articulated together in commons-based production. Through a multi-sited ethnographic study of open source animation film-making communities tracing the movement between actors and objects across different regimes of value, the authors describe negotiated transitions from commons to commodity and back again. They argue that when engaging with producers’ own accounts of their community-based processes and the agonistic ethics holding sway there, we are better able to see the fluid dynamics of decommodification and recommodification taking place within commons production integrated into the commodity-based capitalist economic environment.

  • Klerby Blomqvist, Martin
    Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
    Förskoleundersökningen: ett kvalitetsverktyg?2017Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Every year the city of Stockholm is giving out a survey to all parents who have a child in a pre-school. In the pre-school survey parents are asked to answer 26 questions with the purpose of improving the quality of the pre-schools and of helping other parents in the search and choice for a pre-school for their child. The purpose of this inquiry is to investigate how the pre-school managers think about parents doing the assessment and grading of the quality of the work of the pre-school and what consequences it implies to their job. To conquer the purpose of the study five interviews have been done, four out of which were made with pre-school managers and one with a director who has a position in pre-school matters within the district administration of the municipality. With support of an interview guide the aim was to hear the managers own story. Since the pre-schools are up for grading and assessment by outsiders I also want to look for signs indicating that the pre-schools are potentially moving towards a more market oriented way of organizing their work. This has been studied with the assistance of the theory of performativity and questions to inquire in what way the different establishments try to meet the demand of transparency.

    The study shows that the pre-school managers are eager to involve the parents and make them aware of what they are doing and how they work within the establishment. But on the other hand, they question whether the parents have either the knowledge or the interest it takes to evaluate the efforts of the pre-school in such a way that it really helps to improve quality in the establishment. Despite that, the managers stress that the result of the pre-school survey is important, especially when it comes to attracting new children to their pre-school.

  • Stiernstedt, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies. Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Baltic & East European Graduate School (BEEGS).
    The Sustainability of Native Advertising: Organizational Perspectives on the Blurring of the Boundary Between Editorial and Commercial Content in Contemporary Media.2017In: What is Sustainable Journalism?: Integrating the Environmental, Social and Economic Challenges of Journalism / [ed] Peter Berglez, Ulrika Olausson & Mart Ots, New York: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2017, 277-295 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • Olsson, Johanna
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences.
    Öhlander, Katrin
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences.
    Earnings management: En studie om ägarkoncentrationens påverkan på förekomsten av EM i svenska börsföretag2017Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • Fust, Jens
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education.
    Förstapersonsbeskrivningar och förstapersonsmetoder i Francisco Varelas neurofenomenologiska forskningsprogram2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The present paper critically examines the epistemic status of first-person accounts and first-person methods in Francisco Varela’s research program neurophenomenology, which integrates a phenomenological perspective in cognitive science. The paper also questions Varela’s description of neurophenomenology as an ontological recategorization of nature and a solution to the hard problem of consciousness.

  • Velkova, Julia
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Repairing and developing software infrastructures: The case of Morevna Project in Russia2017In: New Media and Society, ISSN 1461-4448, E-ISSN 1461-7315, 1-17 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article discusses how alternative software infrastructures can emerge out offrictions, failure, and repair in the attempts of media creators to evade piracy. Usinga case from the geographical fringes of Russia called Morevna Project, and theoriesof infrastructures and repair, the article suggests how repair can lead to the slow,mundane and fragile formation of what I refer to as ‘situated’ digital infrastructures forcultural production. While pirate-based media production can push creators to searchfor and develop alternative infrastructures, the latter emerge as fragile frameworksthat are constantly threatened from collapse and suspension. The continuous work ofintegrating diverse interests across local and online media-related contexts and practicesbecomes an essential stabilising force needed to perpetuate these infrastructures andprevents them from falling back into oblivion.

  • Utterborn, Ylva
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Kindstedt, Linus
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Djurattraktioner: En studie om djurattraktioner utifrån svenska intressenters perspektiv2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Using animals in the tourism industry is common, although some research on the subject has been directed towards people's ethical concerns. Tourist activities such as elephant riding, dolphin shows or visiting zoos are common features during the holidays. In this study, we will try to provide new knowledge about how visitors relate to and argue about animal attractions. This paper aims to study animal attractions based on the views of different Swedish stakeholders and their views on animal attractions related to tourism. The study is based on a qualitative method where interviews have been conducted with the following stakeholders: Kolmården zoo, animal rights organization Djurens Rätt, tour operator NAZAR, as well as regular visitors of animal attractions. In addition to this, a site observation has also been made and questionnaires were distributed at Kolmården zoo. The chosen theories for the study are based on two main themes which are: “Animals and ethics” as well as “Animal spaces in relation to visitor’s experiences”. In the result chapter, each stakeholder’s view of animal tourist attractions is presented. The chapter starts with the results based on the producer's perspective and then switched to the visitors. Thereafter, the result is analyzed in relation to previous research and theory. The conclusion of the study is presented in the last chapter, along with an accompanying discussion. The results shows that animal welfare is the most important to all stakeholders but there are different perceptions how to ensure the future for the animals.

  • Johansson, Emelie
    Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
    Man sitter i heta stolen utan livlina ibland: En ämnesdidaktisk studie om hur lärare implementerar undervisning om de mänskliga rättigheterna samt om det sker med en koppling till aktuella samhällsfrågor i media2017Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • Lüsch, Therese
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.
    Kvalitetsutvärdering inom högre utbildning: En fallstudie av hur kvalitetsutvärdering uppfattas av professionen vid Karolinska Institutet2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Society's demands for auditing and evaluating public activities are increasing, while the criticism of these processes is clear, both in research literature and in mass media. This paradox makes quality evaluation within public organizations interesting to study. Studies show that the profession in the organizations evaluated often has insufficient knowledge about why the evaluation is conducted and what the results from it are expected to be used for. The purpose of this study is to investigate how the profession at Karolinska Institutet (KI) experience that the activities they represent are evaluated, The results could hopefully be of use when developing of existing or creating new quality systems. The study focuses on how the profession experiences the purposes and potential uses of evaluation. In order to achieve the purpose of the study and answer the study questions, nine program directors were interviewed at KI during spring 2017. The transcribed interviews were then analyzed and interpreted, based on a theoretical framework based on both general organization theory and theories that focus on evaluation and quality. The study's results show, among other things, that there is initially some skepticism among the program directors regarding evaluations, but that the evaluation process once implemented is perceived as relatively rewarding. The evaluation process seems to be more rewarding than the product being created.

  • Vu Luu, Josefine
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.
    Villacrez Ramos, Tomas
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.
    Vd - byte: Marknadens reaktion vid tillkännagivandet av en manlig respektive kvinnlig vd2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • Nassef, Noor
    et al.
    Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
    Tidlund, Nathalie
    Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
    Ett synligt osynliggörande: En kvantitativ innehållsanalys och en kvalitativ idéanalys av köns- och rasmarkerande konstruktioner i läseböcker2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • Abdi Ali Ahmed, Yousra
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Development Studies.
    A Study on behavioral Health Interventions for Neglected tropical diseases: What is missing in current health interventions?2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Aim: The aim of this paper is to provide a deeper understanding of the spread of NTDs but to also determine what is missing in the health interventions that are conducted in the countries affected by NTD.

    Method and theory: The method used in this paper is the theory testing approach which is the Social Cognitive Theory. Development in the 1970s by A. Badura, it’s based on the concept of interaction between personal, environmental and social factors.

    Results: The results showed that both the previous research and today’s health interventions lack the understanding of the roll social and personal factors play in the spread of NTD. They mainly target the environmental factors and medical. Therefore, the NTDs are still endemic despite the effort during many years.

  • Brickstad, Filip
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.
    Rundqvist, Johanna
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.
    Impression management i hållbarhetsredovisning: En studie om bolag inom drivmedelsbranschen2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Bakgrund och problemdiskussion: Sociala och miljömässiga frågor har blivit allt viktigare i dagens samhälle. Detta har gjort att trycket har ökat på företag till att lägga mer fokus på hållbarhetsfrågor. En bransch som tidigt ville förbättra sitt rykte och redovisa hur de arbetade med dessa frågor var drivmedelsbranschen.

    Vissa företag väljer att spendera mer tid på grön marknadsföring än faktiska åtgärder för att minimera företagets påverkan på miljön, vilket kallas för greenwashing. En process som beskriver skillnaden mellan faktiska åtgärder och vad företaget presenterar utåt är impression management.

    Syfte: Syftet med denna studie är att undersöka hur impression management används inom drivmedelsbranschen, då denna bransch kritiseras för sin användning av “grön marknadsföring”. Av denna anledning vill vi även jämföra hur hållbarhetsredovisningar utformas för att se hur användandet av impression management kan skilja sig åt.

    Teoretisk referensram: De teorier som presenteras i denna studie är impression management, attributionsteorin, legitimitetsteorin och intressentteorin.

    Metod: Studien bygger på de fem ledande företagen inom drivmedelsbranschen: Statoil, Shell, St1, OKQ8 och Preem. Tre kategorier inom impression management, reading ease manipulation, attribution of performance och rhetorical manipulation, användes som grund till att göra innehållsanalyser på företagens hållbarhetsredovisningar.

    Resultat och analys: Resultatet presenteras med hjälp av tabeller och figurer och analyseras utifrån de tre kategorierna inom impression management, den teoretiska referensramen samt tidigare forskning.

    Slutsats: Av de hållbarhetsredovisningar som granskades kunde vi se att alla företag använder sig av impression management i någon form och att det går att utläsa både likheter och skillnader mellan företagen och de studerade kategorierna. 

  • Bonow, Madeleine
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.
    Modern gethållning och getostproduktion2017In: Geten i Sverige: Kulturhistoriska och samtida perspektiv / [ed] Katharina Leibring och Ingvar Svanberg, Uppsala: Institutet för språk och folkminnen , 2017, 135-152 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    This article discusses the re-emergence and modernisation of traditional goat cheese production in Sweden, in particular in the northern county of Jämtland. The data have been gathered through fieldwork and interviews with goat farmers, authorities and others involved in the production of goat cheese. As early as the 1970s, a number of initiatives were taken to formalise the productive activities of this sector and to improve product quality. The most important project was the launch of the cooperative Jämtspira at the beginning of the 1980s. In contrast to other Swedish cooperatives, this organisation involved its members in developing a common trademark and a standardised product range, undertaking joint marketing efforts, and finding creative solutions to infrastructure problems. Jämtland was strengthened and modernised, largely owing to the active part played by regional authorities in this process. The national artisan centre Eldrimner, which became a hub for small-scale food production, is another important institution that has strengthened local knowledge and taught cheesemaking skills to new goat farmers from all over Sweden. Although many obstacles have been removed and the sector has found successful solutions to strategic issues relating to product development and marketing, there are still significant structural shortcomings that could reduce profitability and endanger the future development of the sector. 

  • Public defence: 2017-10-27 10:00 MA 624, Huddinge
    Bertilsson, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, History of Ideas.
    Frihetstida policyskapande: Uppfostringskommissionen och de akademiska konstitutionerna 1738–17662017Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Regulating education is a vital part of government. This thesis is inspired by recent changes on the political landscape of higher education. It is guided by an interest in how political objectives and concepts of ideal social relationships are transformed and expressed through government university policies and their consequences. An early stage of what is now commonly referred to as the modern state and the modern research university, rather than present or relatively recent developments, will be explored. Instead of studying trends on the European continent, the thesis inquiries into an attempt made by the Swedish government to revise the constitutions of Swedish schools and universities through the so-called Educational Commission appointed in 1745.

    The purpose of the thesis is to apply a modern policy perspective to the Educational Commission’s attempt at reforming the constitution of the Swedish universities. The aim is to illuminate the construction of university regulations and to place this within a larger framework of policy making during the Age of Liberty (Frihetstiden) in Sweden.

    The Commission was an attempt by the Swedish government to implement educational changes based on a holistic view of the realm. It was one of several contemporary initiatives with nationwide ambitions. The Commission did not, however, succeed in reaching its formal objectives, but by placing too much emphasis on what the Commission did not achieve one risks overlooking other results and consequences. It initiated new communication structures, operating procedures and accountability schemes. It changed the regulations for assessing higher education making the university transparent and accountable to the government in new ways. New administrative routines for producing university reform were introduced.

    The Commission also provided university actors with a legitimate channel for voicing their opinions in relation to the government. They were given a legitimate position to formulate problems, questions and solutions regarding the university. The demands of the professors for increased autonomy in seeking knowledge and providing education stood against the claims made by the government for added control and insight into academic affairs. Through the Commission, the views of the professors were put into circulation in an official political context.

  • Svartheden, Joakim
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Kriget och katedern: Officersutbildningen, omdömet och det okända2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this thesis has been to illustrate the conditions for development of judgement-based professional skill, by means of institutionalised officer training. The study has been based on two questions: 1) What is, in the context of the exercise of the officer profession and the military school environment, the nature and epistemological foundations of the judicious action? 2) In what way can institutionalised officer training ensure the development of the judgment of future military leaders?This study is presented in the form of a scientific essay, departing from a personally experienced dilemma, which subsequently gets subjected to personal reflection as well as theoretical analysis, in which the author acts as both the subject and the object. The explo-ration has its starting point in the assumption that there is a decisive difference between knowing-that, knowing-how and knowing what, of which especially the latter requires judge-ment. Through a survey of the epistemological concepts of Aristotle and of Maria Hammarén applied to the professional skill of the officer and the military school environment, it is estab-lished that the judicious action is an indispensable part of the professional skill and that per-sonal judgement in its turn is a trained ability, first of all shown in action. A conclusion in this respect is that an officer needs the ability to make judicious decisions based on intuition as well as on analytical thinking, depending on the situation. The author puts Hammarén’s ideas of professional skill being developed through a combination of experience and reflection preferably organised in a reflecting practice, in the context of the military teacher.Another conclusion is that the judgement in (not least the military) professional skill in fact is the sound judgement, i.e. the ability to make and implement ethically well-founded decisions. This subject is further explored in relation partly to Hannah Arendt’s ideas of the role of sound judgement in a bureaucratic organisation, and partly to moral philosophical theories, put in the context of military professional skill and school environment. A conclu-sion is that the ethical education must aim at developing the willingness to do good, as well as the eye for judging what actions being morally right in a certain situation.The author also presents possible methods for establishing a reflective praxis within a military school environment.

  • Thorslund, Mårten
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies.
    Periurbana jordbrukare i norra Mälardalen och deras uppfattning om begreppen hållbar utveckling och hållbart jordbruk2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Today, most of us live without a physical understanding of what agriculture does in and for modern societies and what its implications are. This makes it hard to see all the complex facets surrounding the farming practice and its connection to our past, present and future.

    This study explores how peri-urban farmers experience what they find to be a weak practice of the for them purely theoretical phenomenon of sustainable development. Five in-depth interviews were conducted with unconventional farmers in fertile Swedish agricultural area around Mälardalen. Nearby cities include Stockholm, Enköping and Uppsala.

    The qualitative empirical study deals with issues of peri-urban agriculture and sustainable intensification of agriculture. But above all describes clusters of how the farmers experience the concept of sustainable development. The methodology of phenomenology is used as a way of experiencing what the farmers express both explicitly and implicitly.

    By adding the term sustainable farming, a triangulation is done for a sustainable development. Two peer-reviewed studies that launch the terms ecological understanding (Carlsson 1999) and distance moral (Almers 2009), together with the sustainability terms, make a more robust theoretical framework for interpreting a sustainable development.

    The third peer-reviewed study by Larsson (2016) uses scenario analysis of what an up-scaled agriculture in Polish and three Baltic states could mean for the Baltic sea region.  The scenarios point out the effects of either converting into Ecological Recycling Agriculture (ERA) or to the conventional agriculturarl policy (CAP) as promoted in Sweden and the European Union.

    The empirical study as well as the peer-reviewed studies mutually find a dissonance between theory and practice between governance, organizations, farmers and consumer behavior when it comes to sustainable farming as well as a sustainable development as defined by the UN (WCED 1987).

    The study raises how a sustainable intensified farming, SIA, (Rockström 2016) and the theoretical framework of sustainable development could benefit from a higher level of ecological understanding and distance moral. The study also suggests a new term: ecemony, from a semantic merger of the terms economy and hegemony. By ecemony I argue that the economy has been given such prominance by and for us, that it pours through our minds and collective thoughts and governance so that it now constitutes our common senses. 

  • Gunnarsson-Östling, Ulrika
    et al.
    KTH.
    Svenfelt, Åsa
    KTH.
    Alfredsson, Eva
    IVL.
    Aretun, Åsa
    VTI.
    Bradley, Karin
    KTH.
    Fauré, Eléonore
    KTH.
    Fuehrer, Paul
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Hagbert, Pernilla
    KTH.
    Isaksson, Karolina
    IVL.
    Malmaéus, Mikael
    IVL.
    Malmqvist, Tove
    KTH.
    Buhr, Katarina
    IVL.
    Finnveden, Göran
    KTH.
    Francart, Nicolas
    KTH.
    Hornborg, Alf
    Lunds universitet.
    Stigson, Peter
    IVL.
    Öhlund, Erika
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.
    Scenarier för hållbart samhällsbyggande bortom BNP-tillväxt2017Report (Other academic)
  • Svenfelt, Åsa
    et al.
    KTH.
    Alfredsson, Eva
    KTH.
    Aretun, Åsa
    Bradley, Karin
    KTH.
    Fauré, Eléonore
    KTH.
    Fuehrer, Paul
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Gunnarsson-Östling, Ulrika
    KTH.
    Hagbert, Pernilla
    KTH.
    Isaksson, Karolina
    KTH.
    Malmaéus, Mikael
    IVL.
    Malmqvist, Tove
    KTH.
    Stigson, Peter
    IVL.
    Testversion av scenarier för hållbart samhällsbyggande bortom BNP-tillväxt2015Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The strong research environment ”Beyond GDP growth - Scenarios for sustainable building and planning” explores what could happen in the Swedish society when growth is not seen as an end in itself but the goal is instead other qualities that society might wish to achieve. The purpose of this report is to describe the test version of scenarios for Sweden in 2050. The scenarios are qualitative and aim to create a basis for further development, discussion and analysis. The scenarios are so-called normative backcasting scenarios which means that they illustrate future states in which four sustainability targets (climate, land use, participation and resource security) are to be attained. The focus of the four scenarios are: 1) collaborative economy, 2) local self-sufficiency, 3) automisation for quality of life, and 4) circular economy in the welfare state. The scenarios are presented as descriptions of the future in Sweden, with a brief description of global trends and developments in Sweden that may explain the scenario assumptions. A lot of work remains. For example, the scenarios will be presented and discussed in several forums in the coming year, and the feedback from the discussions will be incorporated into a new version of the scenarios. Economic modeling of the scenarios will also be performed, and after that sustainability assessments of scenarios and in depth studies of parts of the scenarios.

  • Viberg, William
    Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
    Konflikthantering och hierarki: En studie av konflikter, hierarki och makt utifrån förskolepersonalens perspektiv2017Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    During my years working in pre-school, I have been fearful of bumping into colleagues and ending up with a conflict in the workplace. I have worked in a handful of preschools around Stockholm and more or less have encounted the same phenomenon everywhere.

     

    In my study, I want to immerse myself in this phenomenon. I want to hear from those who work in preschools if they also have experienced what I have experienced.

     In order to complete this qualitative study, I have used semi-structured interviews with preschool teachers and pre-school assistants to collect empirical data for the purpose of transcribing and interpreting it. Interviews have taken place in the southern suburbs of Stockholm within the reach of the metro.

     

    The study shows that preschool assistants and preschool teachers have fairly similar views of conflicts and conflict management but differ in their solutions of how to respond to and work with them within the work team. The study also reveals that the assistants often feel inferior to the teachers despite the similarity in tasks and this is because of the power that comes with higher education.

    At the same time that assistants feel inferior, they also have a great respect for the pre-school teachers.

     

    The main reason for conflicts between educators is stress, misunderstanding and criticism, but they can also involve lesser issues.

     

    Furthermore, the study shows that it is necessary and desired to have more knowledge about conflict management, but that this is rarely available due of the lack of time. 

  • Berg Niemelä, Anton
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences.
    Invävdhet, medlemskap och aktivering: En teoriutveckling av Carnegieskolan och en studie om hur invävdhet i metaorganisationer inverkar på regeringskansliets beslutsfattande2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this thesis is to further develop the organizational theory of the Carnegie school by contributing a theorization of how organizations handle being embedded in meta-organizations when making decisions and acting. To meet this purpose, the thesis focuses on integrating the theory of the Carnegie school with Ahrne & Brunssons theory of meta-organizations to develop a theory of membership in metaorganizations as a certain type of embeddedness and describe how organizations relate to their membership in decision-making and action. The empirical part of the thesis consists of a comparative cross-case study concerning how the government offices of Sweden responded to becoming members in the Schengen Area and the UN:s Agenda 2030 for sustainable development. The thesis’ results shows that the government offices responded to their embeddedness by activating and directing certain parts of its organization towards the meta-organization in order to handle the demands and expectations the membership entailed. The results further show that the embeddedness has affected the government offices’ structures for decision-making as the organization has integrated elements from the meta-organization into its own decision-structures to facilitate decision-making and handling conflicts. The thesis also show how membership in a meta-organization is used as an external point of reference for the organization’s operations in an intendedly rational way. The thesis thereby contributes to organizational theory with the concept of activation from a within-organizational perspective, a description of how membership in meta-organizations affect decision-making and action within the government offices, as well as foundations for a further theoretical understanding of the role membership is assigned within a member-organization and why organizations actively choose to embed their decision-structures in their environment.

  • Cecilgård, Sofie
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education.
    Alla skrivdiskurser finns i läroplanen - men finns de i läroboken?: En diskursanalys av läroböcker för skrivundervisning i ämnet Svenska, åk. 22017Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study has been to examine which of Ivaničs discourses of writing and learning to write could be found in three popular textbooks for ages 8-9 in the subject Swedish, and which of these the books focused on the most. The study has focused on written tasks and texts that cover writing and have been analysed using Ivaničs framework in Discourses of writing and learning how to write. The analysis and results of the study has then been compared to results from research about the Swedish subject in the curriculum to see how the textbooks actually follow our current curriculum. That research was done by Caroline Liberg et al, and has been essential to reach the results, seeing as it directly connects with this study. By conducting this research, I have aimed to shine a light on what these textbooks actually contain regarding discourses of writing, and whether or not it corresponds with the current curriculum for Swedish.

     

    The results have shown that writing tasks and other text that can manifest a discourse of writing in textbooks for the Swedish subject, ages 8-9, focuses mostly on the skills and genre discourses. It also excludes the discourse regarding a sociopolitical discourse completely. This tells us that even though all three examined textbooks contain elements of our current curriculum, not one of them follows everything in it. The results and analysis has also shown us that many interpretations of the curriculum exist, and that it is difficult to decode exactly how a textbook should follow it. To decide which parts of the curriculum that are vital to follow is also a difficult matter to determine from this textbook sample. As a result of this study I have also learned that the responsibility to decide which textbooks that are used and why, is up to the teacher, and that it demands a lot of her/him to make an informed decision.

  • Rehnberg, Hanna Sofia
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Swedish Language. Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Academy of Public Administration.
    Mer än en god historia: Om organisationers berättande i sociala medier2016In: Nordicom Information, ISSN 0349-5949, Vol. 38, no 2, 89-93 p.Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    De sociala medierna har förändrat spelplanen för företag som använder berättelser för att stärka sitt varumärke. Numera är företagens berättelser inte längre monologiska, utan berättandet har blivit en gemensam aktivitet. Dagens strategiska berättelser skapas i hög grad i samspel mellan företag, konsumenter och traditionella medier. De digitala arenorna innebär dessutom ökade möjligheter att på ett enkelt sätt skapa interaktion kring berättelserna. Företagen har gått i bräschen, men på senare år har även offentliga organisationer börjat nosa på det digitala berättandet.

  • Eriksson, Niklas
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Archaeology.
    Svärdet (1663-1676): Ett regalskepp byggt på holländskt manér2017In: META Historiskarkeologisk tidskrift, ISSN 2002-0406, 7-26 p.Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Svärdet (1663-1676) - a ship built in the Dutch manner. During the first half of the  Seventeenth century the Swedish navy relied on Dutch master shipwrights who built ships in what was dubbed as ‘the Dutch manner’ Det holländska manéret. By the midcentury, the relations between the countries deteriorated to war. In this situation the Swedish Admirality sought for shipbuilding competence in England, which resulted in the introduction of the English manner – Det engelska manéret. In 2011 the remains of the ship Svärdet was discovered outside Öland. The ship was built 1660 to 1663 and sank during a battle in 1676. This paper presents the results from the initial survey of the wreck. Together with written sources and some preserved images of the ship it has been possible to get an impression of what the ship looked like. Focus of the paper is to present Svärdet as an example of one of the last ships built by the Dutch master shipwrights.

  • Eriksson, Niklas
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, MARIS (Maritime Archaeological Research Institute). Stockholms universitet.
    Riksäpplet: Arkeologiska perspektiv på ett bortglömt regalskepp2017 (ed. 1)Book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Riksäpplet deals with a shipwreck that has a neglected position in the grand narrative of the history of the Swedish navy. The story of its destiny and the missing accounts in scholarly and popular works in history says something about heritage processes within Swedish maritime archaeology.

    On 5 June 1676 Riksäpplet came loose and adrift from its moorings outside Dalarö Sea fortress. The hull struck a rock and sank. The loss was considered both ignominious and embarrassing and the ship’s fate has been overlooked in all major history books. The rock onto which Riksäpplet sank was named ‘Äpplet’ after the incident, and the wreck itself has become an integrated component of the underwater seascape. As a consequence the wreckage has never enjoyed a proper ‘discovery’ or undergone documentation under the sensational forms that many other famous shipwrecks have, even though they have sunk in more inconvenient places.

    In Eriksson’s study the official handling of Riksäpplet’s wrecked body is compared to the more wellknown ships Kronan and Svärdet, which both sank during battle only days before. Eriksson draws on different motifs and driving forces behind the study of naval wrecks from the period from his comparison, and the differences are discussed. Riksäpplet has never achieved a prominent position with the romanticising works of history that honour the national heroes and their deeds which are associated with this era of the Swedish Empire. The first half of the book thus sets out to unpack the ideas that have led to the relative disinterest in Riksäpplet in comparison to other shipwrecks.

    The second half of the book sets out to analyse Riksäpplet from a specific archaeological perspective, with focus on the ship as material culture. Eriksson’s departure is to explore the relatively low budget fieldwork that has been done at the wreck site. He the combines those facts with a survey of the artefacts recovered from the wreck, of which all are kept in museum archives and private collections. This, in addition to his studies of preserved written correspondence concerning the construction of the ship, has brought new insights into seventeenth-century shipbuilding and how the balance between the global political superpowers affected this trade. In this context Riksäpplet has great potential to show how military alliances are materialized through ships’ architecture.

  • Jamal, Fadi
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Grönberg, Jonas
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Huddinge kommun destinationsutveckling och marknadsföring2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: The purpose of this study is to investigate how Huddinge municipality works with destination development and marketing.

    Method: We have used both quantitative and qualitative method. Data has been collected from primary and secondary sources relevant to the study.

    Theory: Consists of theories of destination, marketing, development.

    Result: The result of the study is that a municipality today can do without tourism.

  • Karlén, AnnSofie
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies.
    Giftpåverkan av kolloidalt silver på Blåstång Fucus vesiclosus2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Silver is commonly used in clothes, cosmetics, pharmaceutical products as well as water refinement products these days. With the increased usage of silver there is an increased risk that the amount of silver in nature raises and that it affects ecosystems. Aquatic ecosystems have shown to be sensitive to the toxic effects of the silver. The bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus) is one of the most important species in the Baltic Sea and is of major importance for the survival of other species. The purpose of the study is to increase the knowledge of colloidal silver toxic effects on the bladderwrack. This study measures the stress level and leakage of pigment of the bladderwrack which has been exposed to different levels of colloidal silver. The study was conducted at Askö laboratory during the period 19/4 to 25/4 -2017. The results show that colloidal silver has a significant stressful effect on bladderwrack, especially at the higher levels. During a period of three days, significant values of the higher concentration, was found over three consecutive measurement events. Thereafter the bladderwrack recovers. A second study of two and a half days shows two significant values in succession, with a subsequent weak rejuvenation at higher levels. The study also shows that the stress level varies over time. Measures on the water that the bladderwrak laid in during the stress measurements showed that the bladderwrack released more dye, the higher the concentration of colloidal silver to which they were exposed. Despite the low sample size, the bladderwrack shows signs of stress but after multiple test corrections the values ​​were not significant. The Baltic Sea has aggravating factors such as slow water exchange, low salinity and a lot of pollution. Resistance is low. The bladderwrack is a structurally important species in the Baltic Sea ecosystem. If larger colloidal silver is released due to increased use, there is a risk that the bladderwrack may be stressed.

  • Seppälä, Jimmy
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education.
    G som i gemenskap: En kvalitativ studie om gemenskapande i dataspel ur ett produktionsperspektiv2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

     Denna studie handlar om att undersöka hur man bygger gemenskap via dataspel, hur man tänker när man designar dessa, hur dataspelsföretagen håller ihop gemenskapen genom att uppmana till deltagande både inom dataspelen samt externa plattformar som Facebook, Twitter och diverse diskussionsforum. Studien utgår från ett produktionsperspektiv där tanken är att få veta vad de som arbetar på dataspelsföretag har för syn på gemenskap och arbetar för att skapa och bibehålla den. Till det används två begrepp, gemenskap och deltagande. Gemenskapande är en ständigt pågående process som vi människor utövar medan deltagande är något som har blivit allt vanligare inom produktionen där användarna bjuds in till att vara en del av den. Metoden som används för att ta reda på detta är semistrukturerade intervjuer med personer inom dataspelsindustrin eftersom det som undersökes krävs att man frågar någon professionell inom området. Studien visar att gemenskap inte är en primär del i början av dataspelets design men att företagen vet om hur viktig den är under dataspelets livstid. Genom att företagen själva engagerar sig i gemenskapen och genom att uppmuntra till deltagande knyter de an gemenskaper kring sig. Det skapas en så kallad fangemenskap vilket gör att användarna identifierar sig med företagen och knyter sig runt dessa och då sker gemenskapande.

  • Aaltonen, David
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.
    Sköld, Mathias
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.
    Behöver pensionssystemet en förändring?: En studie om investmentbolag i premiepensionssystemet2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: The purpose of this study is evaluate if there is another investment opportunity than the current investment opportunities in the Swedish pension system. In order to do this the study will produce a portfolio of a Swedishand an international investment company with a good balance between risk and return for a comparison of today’s premium pension scheme.

    Methodology: The study is based on historical data for ten years which further is analyzed through the Pearson R model. The selection consists of investment companies in the Nordic- and the American market. Along with the quantitative study an interview will be made with a representative well familiar with savings and pension investments. Finally the credibility of the study and methodology criticism is presented.

    Theoretical Framework: The theoretical frame of reference consists of previous theories that are relevant to produce the best-suited portfolio. Markowitz modern portfolio theory is the main theory which is supplemented by additional essential measures as the Sharpe ratio. Furthermore, a developed portfolio theory by Grubel & Solnik is applied to get an international perspective.

    Result: The result consists of a presentation of the processed data as underlies the analysis being carried out.

    Conclusions: The study produces a portfolio in the form of Bure Equity AB and Berkshire Hathaway. In comparison with the pre-existing pension options the study’s portfolio shows a significantly higher nominal return. The constellation of Bure Equity AB and Berkshire Hathaway exhibits a nominal return of 19,75 % in relation to the active saver in the premium pension with a nominal return of 7 %. The passive saver assigned to AP7 Safa exhibits a nominal return of 11 %.

  • Lindh, Mia
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.
    Norrbelius, Cissi
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.
    Revision, kvalitet och oberoende: Har uppdragstid och icke-revisionstjänster påverkat revisionen i Sverige?2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study was to investigate whether Swedish auditing have had reduced auditor independence and impaired audit quality due to the presence of non-audit services and the length of audit assignments. Previous research lacks a unified position about whether the audit independence or its quality is affected by the presence of non-audit services or audit tenure. The majority of existing theories cannot prove the correlation between these factors of threatened independent or impaired audit quality. By using quantitative correlation analyzes that test the strength and direction of four different relationships, this study examine if there has been indication of threats to independence or impaired audit quality. Like previous research, this study cannot find evidence that audit quality has been threatened or independence has been compromised for Swedish auditing over the period 2000-2015. Although, a weak correlation has been indicated between high proportion of non-audit services in relation to total audit fees and low frequency of agency rotations. This would be of high value and interesting to investigate further. 

  • Kindström, Jennifer
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.
    Svanholm, Philippa
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.
    Tillkännagivande av nyemission: En eventstudie kring de kortsiktiga effekterna på den svenska marknaden2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this thesis is to determine if there are any significant abnormal returns arising when companies announces an upcoming rights offering on the Stockholm exchange. The thesis also considers possible reasons as to why the market react in different ways by examining the offerings’ underlying motives.

    The thesis adopts a quantitative approach, implemented by adeductive strategy. An event study has been used to study the market movements throughout the RO-announcement. The abnormal return is calculated according to the CAR-model which is later tested for its significance. A multiple linear regression is conducted in order to discover relations between the abnormal return and different independent variables.

    The main frame of theoretical reference is the Signalling Hypothesis as well as the Efficient Market Hypothesis. The study is also inspired by previous research on the subject, all of which are presented in the chapter. These include both recent and older studies on both American, Asian and European markets.

    Results conclude a significant negative abnormal return during the event window. There is a significant relationship between the underlying motive of the rights offerings and its abnormal return. However, no significant relationship can be stated between the frequency of the rights offering and its abnormal return. Underlying motive and frequency of RO’s explain theabnormal return by 10,11%.

  • Mobrin, Tim
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences.
    Dahlström, Tobias
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences.
    IPOs prestation på den svenska marknaden: En kvantitativ studie av marknadsnoteringar på Nasdaq OMX Stockholm och First North under år 2011-20152017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Initial public offering (IPO) means that a company chooses to sell its shares in a public market. Through the years IPO’s have been strongly correlated with something called underpricing. When a company is listed on a trading platform, it has been found that, on average, the subscription price is significantly lower relative to the market value of the company's share. This is defined as underpricing. At the same time, the IPO’s tend to perform worse, or underperform the market in the longer term. This study aims at investigating these two phenomena in order to reject or confirm how the situation has appeared on the Swedish market between 2011-2015. The two trading platforms studied are Nasdaq OMX Stockholm and First North. At Nasdaq OMX Stockholm, the underpricing was 10.25% on average during the study period. On First North, the underpricing was 6.15%, while the average underpricing for all firms was 7.45%.

    The return on the IPO’s of both trading platforms continued to increase in one month and one year term. Relevant reference indexes were used to compare this return with the return on the market. It turned out that the IPO’s selected on Nasdaq OMX Stockholm exceeded their OMXSPI reference index in one month and one year, with 5.37% and 24.40% in average. A significant difference could only be detected in one year. The companies at First North performed poorer than their reference index on average for both one month and one year, with 2.62% and 6.40%. No significant confirmation could be made to generalize the results at First North for the entire population.

    This study finds that there has been an average underpricing of 7.45% over the period 2011- 2015. No unequivocal significant difference between IPO performance and the market can be detected.

  • Mirzaei, Sedigheh
    Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
    Barns inflytande och delaktighet i förskolans samling2017Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Circle time is a worldwide spread phenomenon which simply refers to the activity where children in kindergarten and primary school gather in a circle to communicate or play with one and another. The entire concept can be originated to the german pedagogue Friedrich Fröbels (1782-1852) who invented the first kindergarten. Fröbels described the circle time as an important time of children's days as the element strengthens and develops community and confidence among the children.

    In this study I will analyze and discuss different pedagogue’s ideas and thoughts on the concept of circle time and I will highlight children's participation and influence in the circle time. I want to investigate the mindset of the preschoolers and their experiences of how they make the children involved, and teach them to be involved as an important part of the children's lives. Considering those children’s influence and participation according to Lpfö98 is a prerequisite for the children to be able to influence their situation at preschool.

    In order to investigate the purpose of the collection and the factors that may affect the children's opportunities for participation and influence, I have used the qualitative methodology which is the most important and useful material for answering questions that this investigation is about. The purpose behind my choice of qualitative method is the center for interviewing preschool teachers at the preschools. I have booked 2-3 preschools for this study and I have written down some supplementary questions as a means of reaching the purpose of the study. I have recorded the interview while noting some important points to help the conversation to roll forward.

    The result shows that circle time is a process of learning, where the values lay in the sense of community, interface and group feeling. The results of my empirical material indicate that circle time creates more and wider opportunities for the children to learn participation and influence among preschoolers. The pedagogues’ participation in this study, all came to the same conclusion that the learning process of participation and influence take place when the children are gathered around each other, as they are during circle time. According to them, the activity is the time and place where the children automatically, due to being surrounded by each other, get to learn affinity and community to a group.

  • Lindelöw, Camilla
    Södertörn University, Södertörn University Library.
    Can altmetrics data help researchers fine-tune their publication strategies?2017Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • Castillo, Daniel
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Academy of Public Administration.
    Ljung, Mikael
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Academy of Public Administration.
    Arbetsdelning i praktiken: Satsning på nya avlastande tjänster i Skövde kommun2017Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Arbetsmarknadsmodellen Breddad kompetensförsörjning i Skövde kommun syftar till att avlasta ordinarie kommunal personal och förbättra deras arbetssituation. Genom en ökad arbetsdelning övertar arbetslösa arbetsuppgifter som inte kräver någon formell kompetens, vilket gör att ordinarie personal kan fokusera på sitt kärnarbete.

    Detta forskningsprojekt har undersökt praktiska förutsättningar för arbetsdelning vid fyra kommunala enheter. Studien visar att det överlag behövs mer personal och att förutsättningarna för arbetsdelning skiljer sig mellan verksamheterna. Avlastningen har trots detta främjat verksamhetens kvalitet, personalens arbetstillfredsställelse och minskat stressen. En framtida utmaning är dock finansieringen av de nya tjänsterna.

    Daniel Castillo är fil. dr i sociologi och forskningsassistent Mikael Ljung är fil. master i sociologi, båda verksamma vid Förvaltningsakademin, Södertörns högskola.

  • Straarup, Jørgen
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Diversity in Estonian and Swedish primary schools, a pilot study2017Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In primary schools around the Baltic Sea, various forms of diversity are visible. In Estonia, one might expect the Russian-speaking population to be a major source of diversity, but since Estonian and Russian speaking students seldom share classroom, the experience of diversity is found in arenas other than primary school. In Finland, the beginnings of ethnic diversity is perceptible due to increasing immigration. In Sweden, with its longer immigration history, ethnic diversity is tangible in almost every classroom in primary schools.

    The new modes of variation among students, cultural and religious diversity, present a new task for teachers, administrators and headteachers alike, ensuring that the countries’ guidelines for addressing diversity are respected and implemented in the everyday life of schools and students. The differences between the countries around the Baltic Sea notwithstanding, the presence of cultural and religious diversity in a school built on aspirations to tackle social inequality and difference, but not dealing with national, cultural and religious differences, is a new challenge for the school systems.

    To describe the variation between the three countries, as well as parts of the regional variation within the countries, decisions for a pilot study were taken.

  • Dahlby, Jack
    Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
    Läroplanens dramatiska kurva: En dramapedagogisk läsning av Lgr 112016Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study investigates what value educational drama is given in the current national curricula for the compulsory school in Sweden, Lgr 11 and how that relates to a similar study of the four previous curricula. The background to the study presents Mia Marie F. Sternudds disseratiton Dramapedagogik som demokratisk fostran? and uses the four perspectives on educational drama and the analysis of four earlier national curricula, Lgr 62, Lgr 69, Lgr 80 and Lpo 94. The four perspectives are presented along with other definitions of educational drama in Sweden to form the base of analysis in this study; the drama-imperative. The background also presents different epistemological views as a way to show how educational drama relates to a more progressive view on knowledge than traditional education in school. Ivan Illich’s Deschooling Society serves as a counter-weight to traditional education in the background. The results show that all four perspectives of educational drama can be found in Lgr 11, but in varying strength, the discussion suggests that it means that Lgr 11 is open for educational drama but does not explicitly suggest so. This also relates to Sternudds findings which show a movement towards a more progressive epistemological view in the curricula but without necessarily relating this to educational drama.

  • Enman, Fredrik
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.
    Pers, Sebastian
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.
    Varför producera ett annat företags varumärke?: En studie om leverantörsorganisationer i konkurrenssituation gentemot sin distributionskanal2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Introduction: A classic distribution chain consists of a raw material supplier, manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer and consumer. In this chain it's usually the manufacturers that delivers the branded product which ends up in the store shelf. This market has in recent times had a great change in the form of the retailers own brands (PL). These products are made to be similar to the market leader, and they are often placed right next to them on the store shelf. As a rule they have a slightly lower price but the similar quality. These products have risen in popularity and they are expected to rise even more. The retailers however do not manufacture their own products - that is the manufacturer's job. Considering the market is completely mature, this implicates that whenever a new product enters, it does this on the cost of someone else. This study wants to examine how the manufacturers work to keep their place in the distribution chain.

    Purpose: The purpose of this study is to explore the manufacturer's opportunities, risks and strategic possibilities regarding their place in the distribution chain.

    Methodology: This is a qualitative study from the suppliers perspective. The data is collected through semi-structured interviews with key personalities from within the organizations who are engaged with private label production.

    Conclusions: EMV offer the manufacturers many possibilities for growth and strength, but at the cost of lower margins. PL challenges the classic view of the distribution chain and strategies of competition. 

  • Monin Nylund, Désirée
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Andersson, Linnea
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Tourism Studies.
    Search results: Stockholm Archipelago (152): En innehållsanalytisk undersökning av hemsidan TripAdvisor och dess skribenters omdömen om logiverksamheter i Stockholms skärgård2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study was to investigate how hotels and hostels in the archipelago of Stockholm has been reviewed on the website TripAdvisor. Another aim was to analyse how TripAdvisor’s review system is constructed. The used method for this study was content analysis of 152 reviews collected from TripAdvisor. Moreover, observations of TripAdvisor's review system and its point system TripCollective were executed. Four articles were chosen as the theoretical framework for the study in which the authors of the first two articles discuss how consumers choose to act based on reviews online. The authors of the second two articles discuss which components are most frequent in reviews about hotels. The study resulted in an empirical material which demonstrated that TripAdvisor's review system is designed with regards to a number of guidelines and suggestions. These guidelines and suggestions can, or have to be, followed in order to create and publish a review. The most frequent themes in the reviews regarding hotels and hostels in the archipelago of Stockholm were Restaurant (18 %), Accommodation (16 %), Hostship (15 %) and Environment (14 %). Future consumers can be influenced by the writers reviews due to TripAdvisors review system and point system TripCollective.

  • Korolczuk, Elżbieta
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Gender Studies.
    Bunt kobiet AD 2016: skąd się wziął i czego nas uczy?2016In: Przebudzona rewolucja: Prawa reprodukcyjne kobiet w Polsce. Raport 2016 / [ed] Agata Czarnacka, Warsaw: Fundacja im. Izabeli Jarugi-Nowackiej , 2016, 31-42 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [pl]

    Masowe protesty przeciwko projektowi całkowitego zakazu aborcji w 2016 okazały się sukcesem. Udało się nie tylko zmobilizować do działania setki tysięcy kobiet, ale też wymusić na rządzących zmianę decyzji. Projekt Ordo Iuris został odrzucony po pierwszym czytaniu w Sejmie i choć nie była to z pewnością ostatnia próba zaostrzenia prawa aborcyjnego w Polsce, udało się wygrać przynajmniej tę bitwę. Skala i zasięg protestów pokazują ogromny potencjał zaangażowania kobiet, które nie mieszkają w wielkich miastach i które nie uczestniczyły do tej pory w życiu politycznym, a przynajmniej nie tak aktywnie jak przy okazji Czarnych Protestów. Okazało się, że polskie społeczeństwo obywatelskie nie jest bynajmniej uśpione i apatyczne, ale aktywne i gotowe do wyjścia na ulice, gdy sytuacja tego wymaga. Ten rozdział stara się odpowiedzieć na pytania: dlaczego kobiety zmobilizowały się właśnie w tym momencie i jak to się stało, że w 2016 roku doszło do masowego buntu Polek.

  • Korolczuk, Elżbieta
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Gender Studies. Warsaw University, Warsaw, Poland.
    ‘The purest citizens’ and ‘IVF children’: Reproductive citizenship in contemporary Poland2016In: Reproductive BioMedicine and Society Online, ISSN 2405-6618, Vol. 3, 126-133 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article examines the public debate on reproductive technologies in contemporary Poland, focusing on the rhetoricalstrategies used by the main opponents of IVF: conservative politicians representing the leading parties in the Polish parliament andthe representatives of the Catholic Church. The analysis highlights the exclusionary logic inscribed in the construction of the maincategories of political subjects in this debate, revealing important limitations of reproductive citizenship in the Polish context. Thestudy draws on a variety of texts published in print and electronic media between 2007 and 2015, including articles on infertility andreproductive technologies published in the main Polish daily and weekly print publications, online resources (web pages, forums andFacebook pages), documents issued by the representatives of the Church, politicians and experts, e.g. open letters, commentaries,information for the media and interviews.

  • Ögren, Sam
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Auditiv kommunikation i det digitala spelet League of Legends2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This paper is an attempt to replicate Kristine Jörgensen study of auditory functions of sound in the video game World of Warcraft, but doing so on a different game, and that game is League of Legends. By using social semiotic’s multimodal theory I hope not only to replicate the results of Jögensens study, but also come with some new insight in to the field of communication as well as contributing to sound studies which compared to visual representations are not as common. However, the focus is on communication through different semiotic representations. In the end, the results are quite positive although not ground breaking by any means.

  • Andersson, Marie-Louise
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Leva med döden i rummet: Om terapeutisk behandling vid anorexi2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of hisqualitative study is to examine more closely the fronetic knowledge of what it is in a therapeutic treatment thathelps people who are on the edge to develop, or already have developed, long term anorexia. Through threematerials –my own theoretical and practical knowledge and previous qualitative research, one case study fromthe clinical praxis at the Anorexiamottagningen in Stockholm and one field study where one researcher and fivetherapists from two different unities are interviewed. The study has explored common denominators in treatmentwith special focus on the importance of the therapists ́ perspective. All informants have a holistic view and workwith different existential, integrative and systemic models. What stands out in the answers of the informants, andis confirmed by the family and the voice of the client, is that the person behind the symptoms is tuned up –especially for herself – and the illness is downplayed. It is also important that the therapists can mediate boththeir belief that it is a human possibility to become free from anorexia and that there is also good reason tobelieve in the possibility for the individual client to recoup. Other themes of importance are how to deal withanxiety, ambivalence, negative self-images and fear of change, and how to invite to reflection on alternativeways to proceed in life without their “best” friend, Anorexia. This study suggests that my material together withthe account of the family and the contribution of the informants at the treatment units and bring forth aconsiderable amount of collective phronetic knowledge. This suggests that future research look further into someof the aspects discussed in the final reflection.

  • Carlson, Annika
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Medarbetarundersökningen ˗ ett universalmedel mot olika sjukdomar?: En essä om en medarbetarundersökning i en vårdkontext utifrån konsultens perspektiv: Vad skulle Heidegger ha tänkt?2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This scientific essay aims at investigating the phenomenon of employee surveys. The starting point is a personally experienced event from a meeting room in a maternity ward, depicted from my first˗person perspective as an external consultant. The event tells about relational conflicts and organizational problems at the hospital, an uneasy mood in the meeting room, and my feelings of falsity and being inept as well as my actions. The essay tries to illuminate this event with help from the ideas and reasoning of Martin Heidegger, and specifically his discussions in the areas of talk and mood. A phenomenological approach to the event is taken, where the essay through Heidegger's concepts seeks to capture the practical knowledge that formed the basis for the event turning out as it did. 

  • Abbo, Maryam
    Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
    Digitala medier: Användning av surfplattor för att skriva berättelser i svensk språkundervisning2017Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study was to examine the use of tablet computers in a Swedish language, classroom. This study aims to investigate student and teacher attitudes when using tablet computers for story writing. One fifth grade classroom was observed on three occasions and a total of six students and three teachers were subsequently interviewed. This study addresses the following questions:

    • How are tablet computers used for writing stories in a Swedish classroom?

     

    • What opportunities and obstacles do teachers experience when using the tablet computers when it comes to writing stories?
    • Which method was preferred by the students? Writing stories on tablet computers or writing by hand?

    This qualitative study was based on observations and interviews. Analysis of observations and interviews show that the tablet computers appear to help the students with language, organisation and structure in the writing of stories. However, teachers still need to incorporate both writing by hand and using the tablet computers to ensure competence for real-life situations which still use a mixture of both skills. The results also showed that tablet computers are a useful tool for communication when students help each other in their writing. Classroom observations suggest that tablet computers can act as a mediator tool in the Swedish elementary school classroom primarily as it makes the writing process easier for the students. Analysis of teacher interviews suggest that teachers prefer to have students use tablets as it makes the student’s texts clearer, facilitating assessment.

  • Andersson, Jenny
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.
    Ewelina, Pikulik
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.
    Den frivilliga redovisningen av humankapitalet: En jämförelse mellan tre sektorer på Nasdaq OMX Stockholm2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background and research issue: Although human capital is often regarded as an asset, it cannot be included in the balance sheet. Instead, companies may voluntarily present information about their personal in other parts of their annual reports. What type of information, and how it should be reported, is up to the companies to determine themselves. However, research in recent years has shown that companies have ceased to present information about human capital, and that it was only a trend that has now been replaced with other trends. In addition, research shows that reporting has been illogical, and the reporting by the companies differs year to year. Purpose: The purpose of this study is to contribute to an increased understanding if the reporting of human capital differs between companies from different sectors. We want to give a picture if and how different types of companies report human capital. This is for a better understanding if human capital appears to be an important element in the companies accounting, also whether it is prioritized differently depending on which sector they belong to. Method: A total survey of small cap companies from the three sectors industry, technology and healthcare at Nasdaq OMX Stockholm. The measuring instrument disclosure index was used in analyzing and collecting data from the companies’ annual reports. The index was divided into 6 different categories, and was based on a previous index made by Bukh et al (2005), as well as a separate preliminary study. Empiricism: Here gives a deeper insight into the concept of human capital and intellectual capital. In addition, a historical recital from the 1960s to today is presented regarding research and the accounting of human capital. Furthermore, different motives are presented to show why companies choose to present human capital. Conclusion: The outcome of the study showed that there were no direct differences between the sectors. There were more similarities than differences between the sectors regarding how they report human capital. No differences were found regarding the amount of disclosure, and only a few differences was found regarding the type of information disclosed. This result was unexpected, as there were no clear differences in the reporting between each sector. Furthermore, there were large variations in the amount of disclosure between the companies in each sector. The sector with the largest average amount disclosure was the Technology sector. The Healthcare sector came after, and the Industry sector reported least. Regarding what type of information they presented, the Technology sector mainly reported information about different employee distributions. The Industry and Healthcare sector mainly presented information about staff development and motivation.