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  • 1.
    Abebaw, Meron Kebede
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Matukuta, Willard Kingstone
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Technology and Customers’ Experiences in Fashion Physical Stores: The Case of Sweden2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Title: Technology and Consumers’ Experiences in Fashion Physical Stores: The Case of Sweden

    Level: Master Thesis in Business Administration

    Author: Meron Kebede Abebaw; Willard Kingstone Matukuta

    Supervisor: Agneta Sundström, PhD

    Examiner: Maria Fregidou-Malama, PhD

    Date: May, 2018 

    Aim: The aim of this study is to analyze whether in-store digital technology in fashion retailers are used to change the customers’ shopping experience and behavior.

    Method: This study chooses qualitative research and used both primary and secondary data collection as method.

    Results and conclusions: This study have reached to conclude that: with the current advances in technology, physical stores can use in-store technology to give customers a new experience; physical stores perceive that using in-store digital technology will change customers shopping experience. Also, marketing mix inputs and technology affect customers’ behavior.

    Suggestions for future research: For future research, how smart fitting rooms may influence the customer experience in the physical store will be important to study. Researchers can also consider understanding customer responses to in-store technology. Finally, a customer’s perspective to both suggestions should improve the knowledge on whether digital solutions are preferred in in-store shopping or not.

    Contributions of the thesis: This thesis contributes to the current state of theories on in-store technology by showing atmosphere has effect on customers’ experiences and behavior in addition to the marketing mix. On the managerial perspective, analyzing the installation of this technology will enable to identify its effect on customers’ experiences and behavior. In addition, on the societal perspective, the behavior of customers will help in motivating younger generation to utilize this in-store technology.

  • 2.
    Abrahamsson, Isak
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Karlsson, Malin
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Värdeinvestering – en hållbar strategi för överavkastning?: Ett test av investeringsstrategin F_SCORE på värdeaktier med hög book-to-market kvot2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Aim

    The main aim is to test if Piotroskis F_SCORE applied on stocks with high book-to- market ratio outperforms the market portfolio and therefore determine the level of market efficiency. The secondary aim is to provide knowledge to business executives about the relevance of a book-to-market policy.

    Method

    This study is a quantitative research which assumes a positivistic research philosophy with a deductive approach. Several regression analyses have been used to confirm the statistical significance of the different estimated parameters. The empirical results give answers to two hypotheses based on the aim of this research. The empirical data have been collected from Thomson Reuter Datastream, compiled in Excel and analyzed with the statistical software Stata.

    Result & Conclusions

    The empirical results of this study show that the value portfolio has a higher return than the market index. The risk-adjusted return for the value portfolio is higher compared to the market portfolio. This indicates that the higher return of the value portfolio is not due to a higher risk. By the results of this study there is not possible to determine whether the market is fully efficient or not. It is only possible to exclude the strong and semi-strong form of market efficiency.

    Suggestions for future research

    For future studies, we suggest further research about the weak form of market efficiency. Using historical data to determine future return, as Contrarian model, is one suggestion to reach further evidence of market (in)efficiency. Since F_SCORE assumes a normal distribution and because of the poor performance of the low F_SCORE firms another suggestion is short-sell these stocks to see if the return ca be increased. This empirical field needs further research about which factors that causes the higher return for these stocks. The small firm effect, liquidity and behavioral finance are just a few anomalies that may have a relationship with excess return.

    Contribution of the thesis

    The investment strategy in this research shows a higher excess return compared to the market index as well as a higher risk-adjusted return over the given period. This is not only a contribution to investors but also in a theoretical field due to the efficient market hypothesis. F_SCORE have a normal distribution curve where the stocks with F_SCORE of 5 or higher generally have a higher mean return. Another contribution is the relevance of book to market ratio as a useful strategy for valuating companies. The practical contribution gives business executives better understanding about the relevance of a book-to-market policy when attracting investors. 

  • 3.
    Ahldén, Magnus
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Domeij, Petter
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Effekterna på företags finansiella rapporter och nyckeltal efter införandet av IFRS 162019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syfte: Den nya leasingstandarden IFRS 16 träder i kraft i år, 2019, vilken innebär att företag ska kapitalisera sina operationella leasingavtal. Huvudsyftet med studien är därför att undersöka hur denna kapitalisering påverkar företag med avseende på deras finansiella rapporter och nyckeltal. Studien har även ett delsyfte vilket är att undersöka hur väl kapitaliseringsmodellen har estimerat operationella leasingavtalens påverkan utifrån utvalda nyckeltal hos företag.

    Metod: Studien använder ett kvantitativt tillvägagångssätt med en deduktiv forskningsansats. Empiriska data har samlats in med hjälp av en innehållsanalys där de dokument som granskats är årsredovisningar. Det insamlade materialet har sedan granskats med hjälp av deskriptiv statistik och bivariata analyser. Kapitaliseringsmodellen har också tillämpats för att kunna jämföra modellens estimeringar med verkliga utfallet. Resultaten har sedan diskuterats och lett till studiens slutsatser.

    Resultat & Slutsats: Resultaten av studien visar att tillgångar och skulder ökar för företag efter införandet av IFRS 16. Studien kommer fram till att branscherna hälsovård och detaljhandel kommer påverkas mest, att mindre företag samt mindre finansiellt begränsade företag påverkas mer. Studien finner att kapitaliseringsmodellen i regel har fungerat bra, främst inom branschen fastigheter och för större företag.

    Uppsatsens bidrag: Teoretiskt bidrar studien till avsaknaden av forskning om de faktiska effekterna hos företag på grund av implementeringen av IFRS 16. Den ger också ett svar på hur väl kapitaliseringsmodellen har fungerat, vilket kan vara användbart för såväl analytiker som forskare. Det praktiska bidraget är att studien bidrar till en ökad förståelse kring hur företag och olika branscher påverkas av den nya leasingstandarden.

    Förslag till fortsatt forskning: Ett förslag till vidare forskning är att studera ett större urval för att kunna få ett mer generaliserbart resultat. Ett annat förslag är att göra liknande studier i andra länder, för att se om regelförändringen slår hårdare på andra marknader.

  • 4.
    Ahlm, Matilda
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Eriksson, Sabina
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Hur företag redovisar värdeskapande genom The International <IR> Framework2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Society awareness of environmental issues has recently increased, which also led to the increase in demand for sustainability reporting. This has in turn resulted in the number of sustainability report becoming more and more recent. Sustainability reports are therefore usually very long and complex as the stakeholder’s needs are wide and large. Since these reports have not previously been integrated with the financial information of the company, this is something that should be done and therefore results in so-called integrated reporting. IR is a way for companies to report their value creation in the short, medium and long term. The purpose of IR is to expand traditional approaches to managing the various capital and business model that affect value creation. Based on this, the purpose on the study has been developed, which is to analyse how companies report value creation by applying the framework The International <IR> Framework.The study has a positivist point of departure and a major qualitative research strategy but with some quantitative elements in which a deductible research effort has been applied. The empirical material of the study has been collected from integrated reports and presented by diagram. The analysis has been carried out by data against previous research. The study's results show that business models affect the company's presentation of the value creation and that the International <IR> Framework is applied more and more when companies report a lot of capital. This result shows that it is in line with previous research and that the content element business model is a useful tool for reporting value creation. Suggestions for further research is to investigate why many companies do not link their business model with value creation though this study shows that the business model is useful tool for reporting value creation. Further, it would also be interesting to conduct a similar study when The International <IR> Framework has established itself and then study whether there are any significant differences.

  • 5.
    Ahlqvist, Malin
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Örn, Niklas
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    En studie av den positiva marknadsreaktionen vid VD-byten i Norden: Hur reagerar investerare på kön, ålder och rekryteringskrets vid tillkännagivandet av en ny VD?2019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Title: A study of the positive market reaction to CEO changes in the Nordic region.

    Level: Student thesis, final assignment for Bachelor Degree in Business Administration 

    Authors: Malin Ahlqvist and Niklas Örn

    Supervisor: Jan Svanberg

    Date: 2019 - June

    Aim: The purpose of this study is to analyze how the Scandinavian market reacts to the announcement of a new CEO and to analyze how the factors gender, age and recruitment method can affect this reaction.

    Method: The study has a positivistic research philosophy with a deductive basis. The study applies an Event study and is thus associated with a quantitative research method.

    Result & Conclusions: The results of the study indicate a positive market reaction in Scandinavia at the announcement of a CEO change. The study also indicates a positive market reaction for both women and men. Furthermore, the study indicate that the market reaction is positive in Sweden and Finland as well as negative in Denmark and Norway. The market reaction for men under median age is positive while the reaction for men over median age is negative, the market reaction for women based on age is opposite to men. The study indicates that there is a positive reaction when the incoming CEO is internally recruited and a negative reaction when the incoming CEO is externally recruited. However, some parts of the results are not significant, therefore it cannot be ruled out that certain parts of the results are random.

    Contribution of the thesis: This thesis contributes to fill the research gap that exists regarding the market reaction to CEO changes related to age, gender, recruitment method and a comparative Scandinavian perspective.

    Suggestions for future research: This study shows on several occasions a significant market reaction the day before the actual announcement date of the CEO change, we believe a study to further study the reason behind this result would be of interest. Two more suggestions for further research are presented in the study.

  • 6.
    Ahmadi, Elena
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences, Occupational health science. University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.
    Vilhelmson, Pär
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Macassa, Gloria
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences, Public health science.
    Larsson, Johan
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences, Occupational health science. University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.
    FRAMFÖR (Framgångsrika företag i Gästrikland): ett longitudinellt projekt om ledarskap, arbetsmiljö och effektivitet – fördel för både forskning, utbildning och ett hållbart arbetsliv?2016In: Inkluderande och hållbart arbetsliv: Book of abstracts - FALF 2016, Östersund: Mittuniversitetet , 2016, p. 48-48Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    Projektbeskrivning: FRAMFÖR har under 15 år bedrivits i Gästrikland i samarbete mellan utbildning och forskning vid Högskolan i Gävle, företagsutvecklare vid kommuner, företag och näringslivsorganisationer. Varje år delas utmärkelsen FRAMFÖR ut till 50 företag. Ambitionen är att uppmuntra framgångsrika företagare och visa upp intressanta exempel på hur framgång kan skapas. Processen startar med att 120 företag (>4 anställda) nomineras utifrån finansiella kriterier (ex. omsättningstillväxt, vinstmarginal). Sedan genomför studenter vid Ekonomprogrammet intervjuer med cheferna för dessa företag. Intervjuerna sker utifrån ett standardiserat frågeformulär kring arbetsmiljö, ledarskap, organisering och effektivitet. Avslutningsvis väljer en jury ut de 50 mest framgångsrika företagen utifrån såväl finansiella kriterier som studenternas intervjuresultat. Projektets trippel helixuppbyggnad (Utbildning, Forskning och, Företag) skapar nyttor för olika intressenter.

    Utbildningsnyttor: Studenterna får möjlighet till interaktion med företagare i sin direkta närhet. Aktiviteterna underlättar att uppfylla utbildningsmål där flera mål kan uppfyllas med samma aktiviteter. Förståelse för näringslivets förutsättningar samt kunskaper om ett vetenskapligt angreppssätt ökar.

    Forskningsnyttor: Stärker pågående forskning om hälsofrämjande och effektivt ledarskap inom arbetshälsovetenskap samt företagsutveckling inom företagsekonomi. Det stora urvalet av företag ger en bra bild av företagen i regionen och en möjlighet att följa dem över tid. Ambitionen är att få mer kunskap om hållbara och effektiva företag. Fördjupade studier av utmärkelseföretag möjliggörs och ett doktorandprojekt med inriktning på ledarskapsbeteenden, organisationsfaktorer, tidsanvändning samt chefers/medarbetares arbetsmiljö/hälsa i utmärkelseföretag är uppstartat.

    Företagsnyttor: Företagare får möta studenter och förstå hur de tänker. Ställda frågor, t.ex. rörande arbetsmiljö och ledarskap, kan starta reflektionsprocesser som bidrar till fortsatt utveckling. FRAMFÖR-utmärkelsen delas ut vid en högtidlig tillställning där företagarna kan bygga nätverk. Flera företagare lyfter fram det positiva symbolvärdet av att få utmärkelsen.

    Projektets framtid: Målet är att fortsätta ytterligare 15 år och fortsätta utveckla nyttorna för samtliga intressenter. Ett prioriterat område är återkoppling till företag i någon form samt ökad samverkan mellan studenter och företagare.

  • 7.
    Ahmadi, Zahra
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration. KTH.
    Market orientation and public housing companies in the Swedish declining market2016Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The licentiate thesis consists of three papers with the particular topic in public housing. They discuss how the public housing companies manage the transition to higher economic demands meeting increased customer and market requirements. These studies focus specifically on how the public housing company deal with market challenges associated with the decision to demolish, maintain and/or new construction. Market-oriented perspective can be a tool for the public housing companies to achieve better customer value and enhance economic development. Although the market orientation concept has contributed to valuable improvements in research, the thesis assumes that it is necessary to distinguish between that the public housing companies operate market-oriented to meet customer requirements and their focus on innovation. Paper I develops market/innovation types and then investigates how public housing companies adapt to these types. It was found that economic conditions in the municipality have a major impact on the housing companies, causing them to act innovatively and create superior customer value by innovations. The study confirms that the implementation of market and innovation orientation contributes to competitive advantages in growing markets, while weak economic conditions impair implementation in declining markets. Paper II addresses how public housing companies in declining markets act based on the concept of market intelligence. This study suggested and tested whether there is a positive link between collecting customer information, disseminating it in the organization, and responding to customer needs, and whether this link has an impact on strategic performance. The result shows that weak links exist in the process; the efficiency of intelligence distribution in public housing companies is affected mainly by their responsiveness to customer needs. Paper III also addresses the public housing companies’ market strategies in declining markets. This study, based on a market-strategic perspective, compares how public housing companies act in relation to customer wants compared to the private housing market. The result shows that public housing companies are more engaged in carrying out new construction, renovation, and reconstruction, as well as taking more social responsibility compared to the private sector. In particular, their concern for the customers’ social needs is evident.

  • 8.
    Ahmadi, Zahra
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Moderating effects on market orientation and strategic performance: A study of public housing companies in Sweden2018Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 9.
    Ahmadi, Zahra
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Moderating effects on the market orientation and strategic performance relationship in public housing2019In: Baltic Journal of Management, ISSN 1746-5265, E-ISSN 1746-5273Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose - The purpose of this study is to examine how external factors moderate public housing companies’ market orientation and strategic performance relationship.

    Design/methodology/approach – The quantitative method was applied to data from a survey sent to 289 public housing companies in Sweden. A hierarchical, multicollinearity diagnostics–moderated regression analysis is used to test the research hypotheses.

    Findings – The results reveal moderating factors. The companies take several initiatives to inform themselves about customers’ needs and distribute the information within the company, but economic conditions, as well as market and technological turbulence in the municipalities, moderate the relationship between market orientation and strategic performance. Economic conditions make it difficult for public housing companies to strategically act based on market needs when making decisions and planning construction strategies (strategic performance).

    Research limitations/implications – This study is limited by focusing on public housing companies, a sector that differs radically from the open market. The study highlights the effects of moderating factors that are important for companies’ strategic performance and long-term construction strategies. From this limited focus, researchers might use the results to compare both similar and different market situations.

    Practical implications – The results of the study are useful for companies facing a similar market situation of external moderating constraints. The result might be used in future research related to the area in focus.

    Originality –This research adds new knowledge to market research by including the impact of economic conditions, which provide insight into how to develop and use market knowledge in real estate and public housing markets.

  • 10.
    Ahmadi, Zahra
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    The role of competitive strategy and market orientation: the effect of innovation and sustainability - a study of public housing companies2019Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 11.
    Ahmadi, Zahra
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration. KTH, Bygg- och fastighetsekonomi.
    The role of market orientation in public housing companies: A study of MO’s effect on construction strategies2018Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The development of public housing companies in Sweden is strongly influenced by legal, economic, and demographic changes. The companies long tradition of taking responsibility for customer welfare in living have recently been criticized for excessive dominance over price setting, which is claimed to give them competitive advantages in the housing market. New legislation in 2011 requires financial return on investment, implying increased competition with radical changes for the companies. Because of the law, they find themselves transitioning from the role of being responsible for living conditions in Sweden to having to work in a businesslike manner with increased competition.The purpose of this dissertation is to analyze how the public housing companies’ deal with market orientation constructs and what their impact is on construction strategy choices. Theoretically, the market orientation concept is seen as a tool for companies to create superior value for the customers and influence strategic performance, which is a relationship tested and analyzed in this dissertation.The research was conducted through data collection stages using qualitative and quantitative methods. In the first stage, a qualitative pilot study was conducted with interviews of 15 managers in 11 public housing companies in central Sweden. In the second stage, two quantitative comparative studies of public and private housing companies in declining markets in central Sweden were conducted, collecting data from 23 (22 survey respondents) public and 37 private housing companies (16 respondents). In the third and final stage, two quantitative studies were conducted, collecting data from all 289 public housing companies (165 respondents) in Sweden.Results of the five studies show, firstly, that economic condition in the municipality have a major impact on the housing companies’ construction strategies, causing them to act innovatively in order to create superior customer value. Secondly, market orientation efforts contribute to competitive advantages in growing markets, while weak economic conditions limit the companies’ construction strategy choices in declining markets. After analyzing the link between market orientation constructs and construction strategy in declining markets, results showed that the public housing companies demonstrate higher responsiveness to customer demands compared to the private sector, but these have no effects on construction strategy. Thirdly, the analysis of moderating (external) and mediating (corporate social responsibility) effects on the market orientation and construction strategy relationship confirms that economic conditions in society influence construction strategy planning and decisions. The results of the mediating effects of CSR indicate that environmental and social issues have a positive influence on the market orientation and construction strategy relationship.

  • 12.
    Ahmadi, Zahra
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Berggren, Benny
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Public housing companies in transition: from governmental tools to profit-making organizations2020Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 13.
    Ahmadi, Zahra
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration. KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Real Estate and Construction Management, Building and Real Estate Economics.
    Lind, Hans
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Real Estate and Construction Management, Building and Real Estate Economics.
    Strategies in decling housing markets: a comparison of public and private housing companies2016Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 14.
    Ahmadi, Zahra
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Lind, Hans
    School of Architecture and the Built Environment, KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Sustainable strategies in a declining housing market: a comparative study2018In: International Journal of Management Practice, ISSN 1477-9064, E-ISSN 1741-8143, Vol. 11, no 4, p. 400-421Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study is first to examine and comparesustainable strategies within public and private housing companies in decliningmarkets in central Sweden. Then, the study evaluates the impact of newlegislation that requires public housing companies to act in a ‘businesslike’way, in the same way as a long-term private company. A quantitative studywas conducted based on a survey sent to 72 housing companies. The resultsshow that public housing companies are more strategy oriented than privatehousing companies. The results can be viewed as an on-going interactionprocess, where a company’s strategies affect its profit. The study aims toincrease the understanding of activities within housing companies in adeclining market that engage the companies in sustainable strategies toimprove their market knowledge and profit.

  • 15.
    Ahmadi, Zahra
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Sundström, Agneta
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    The market intelligence impact on strategic performance in declining markets2017In: International Journal of Applied Business and Economic Research, ISSN 0972-7302, Vol. 15, no 15, p. 457-473Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study examines how companies in declining markets operate in the context of market intelligence, responding to customer needs and applying them tostrategic performance. A quantitative survey was sent to 214 public housing companies. The results indicate that market intelligence creates commitment and is significant. A positive relationship was found between data gathering, dissemination, and responsiveness, which indicates that the companies comprehend market needs but companies have difficult to manage construction strategies that improve strategic performance. There was a low value of strategic performance; a link between market intelligence and the chosen strategy was not confirmed. Companies know what the market wants but base their decision on previous strategic performanceon economic conditions in the municipality instead.

  • 16.
    Ahmadi, Zahra
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Sundström, Agneta
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    The role of market intelligence in declining markets: public housing companies in Sweden2015Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 17.
    Ahmadi, Zahra
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Sundström, Agneta
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    The Role of Market Intelligence in Declining Markets: Public Housing Companies in Sweden2015In: Journal of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing, ISSN 1049-5142, E-ISSN 1540-6997Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 18.
    Ahmed, Javed
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Khan, Abdullah Al Mamun
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Influence of National culture on internal communication process. A study on universities in Bangladesh & Sweden.2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Aim: The aim of this study was to investigate how national culture influence internal communication of university.

     

    Methodology: A qualitative approach was chosen to conduct this research. Semi structured interview were taken. Interviews were taken by face to face, skype and phone call. Ethical approach was considered while interpreting the data.

     

    Findings:

    Our study showed that high power distance has negative impact on internal communication. We found that high power distance creates block between supervisors and subordinates to share information. Thus it creates barriers for effective communication flow and hinders organizations development. Our study also found that power distance is available in both countries but the degree of power distance is varied from one to another. In our study we also found that Individualism and collectivism has effect on internal communication. Our study showed that Individualistic or collectivistic decision making process of university effect internal communication of university in both countries. Previous study suggests that high power distance country tends to be a collectivistic country. Though the result is not always true. However, we found that true in our study.

     

    Contribution: The study adopts employee centric approach to explore the effects of culture on internal communication. This is an important contribution to previous researches that focused on internal communication from different perspectives, inclusion of cultural differences on internal communication has added value to the research field. Moreover, this paper contributes insights in cultural differences as well as employee perspective and by doing so it suggests theorist and practitioners that how internal communication can relate to employee’s engagement in different cultural perspectives.

     

    Limitations: The major limitation of this study was that this study only focused on Hofstede’s power distance and individualism as cultural dimensions. Other dimensions were not focused. Another limitation of this study was the sample size. The sample size is too small to represent the whole population in regards to university perspective.

     

    Suggestions for further research: Additional qualitative or quantitative methods can be required to explore the findings in different aspects. The study focuses on the educational institute. The findings may vary in accordance with the different industry and sectors. The study provides the guidelines regarding the impact of cultural differences on internal communication. Future research could consider other important factors that may have profound impact on internal communication in different settings.

     

  • 19.
    Akter, Ruzlin
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Rathnayaka, Shashiprabha
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    The Impact of Organizational Culture and Leadership on Organizational Innovation2019Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Abstract Title: The Impact of Organizational Culture and Leadership on Organizational Innovation

    Level: Final assignment for Master Degree in Business Administration

    Authors: Ruzlin Akter and Shashiprabha Rathnayaka

    Supervisor: Zahra Ahmadi, PhD

    Examiner: Maria Fregidou-Malama, PhD

    Date: 2019 – January

    Aim: The aim of the study is to explore the impact of organizational culture and leadership in the development of organizational innovation.

    Method: The study is based on twelve qualitative interviews from six different organizations. The organizations have been selected randomly but with consideration of innovativeness. Two of the organizations have been selected from Sri Lanka and four organizations from Sweden. This study has been conducted by following an inductive qualitative research method using structured and semi-structured interview. Inductive approach has been followed to analyze the data.

    Result & Conclusion: Organization culture and leadership together have an influence for developing innovation. The findings of the study suggest that process and job oriented culture, and transactional leadership has both positive and negative impact in developing innovation. Our findings suggest that result oriented culture, employee oriented culture, pragmatic culture, open system and transformational leadership are more effective than process oriented, job oriented, normative culture and transactional leadership for developing innovation.

    Suggestion for Future Research: Though this study has used six organizations, the numbers of participants is low for each organization. This study has not focused on any specific industry and national culture. Therefore the suggestion for further study is to use more participants and to be industry specific. Researcher can also go in depth to identify which factors are particularly the reasons for the failure and success of innovativeness to this particular industry through comparing the national culture.

    Contribution: This study has made a theoretical contribution by connecting organizational culture and leadership with innovation and provides a new reflection regarding the impact of ii process oriented culture and job oriented culture. This study contributes to the implication to managers where managers can serve best for the culture while knowing about the influential result of the culture and leadership on innovation. With the help of this study, organizations will be able to identify the factors that may help them to be innovative and competitive in market. Ultimately the organization will be able contribute to the national economy of its country.

    Key words: Organizational Innovation, Leadership, Organizational Culture.

  • 20.
    AL Hareere, Rafeh Ibraheem Taleb
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Bekic, Kenan
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    The relationship between leadership and organizational culture: Handelsbanken in Sweden2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Abstract

    Title: The Relationship between Leadership and Organizational Culture

    Level: Master Degree in Business Administration 

    Authors: Al Hareere, Rafeh and Bekic, Kenan

    Supervisor: Maria Fregidou- Malama 

    Examiner: Ehsanul Huda Chowdhury

    Date: 2018-10-10

    Aim: The aim of the study is to explore the relationship between leadership and organizational culture in a financial organization. The study has been conducted in Handelsbanken, Sweden.

    Method: The study is based on ten qualitative interviews with managers and employees in Handelsbanken, Mid-Sweden offices. We used inductive approach by comparing findings with existing theory.

    Result & Conclusions: Leadership depends mostly on corporate values and individuals´ personalities within SHB.  We noticed predominantly notion of transformational leadership, consisting of democratic, empowering and participative leadership. SHB´s corporate culture is strong and cohesive, resembling mostly guided missile type of culture. We argue that leadership and corporate culture affect each other, in case of Swedish Handelsbanken through employee motivation and empowerment and internal recruitment and development of future managers.

    Suggestions for future research: We suggest a study where the possible existence of transactional and laissez faire leadership could be proven within a financial organization as well as studies on other types of corporate culture and conducting similar studies within financial organizations to make comparisons between the organizations.

    Contribution of the thesis: This study contributes to theoretical knowledge development about leadership and corporate culture and the interconnection between them within a financial organization, as presented in case of Handelsbanken, Mid-Sweden offices.

    Key words: Leadership, corporate culture, transformational leadership; democratic, empowering, participative leadership; guided missile corporate culture, financial organization

  • 21.
    Almqvist, Sanna
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Wiberg, Pernilla
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Prestationsmätningar och medarbetarengagemang: En fallstudie om kopplingen mellan medarbetares inställning till prestationsmätningar gällande kundnöjdhet och långsiktiga mål samt strategier2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Title: Performance measures and employee engagement: A case study about the connection between employees attitude toward customer satisfaction measures and long-term goals and strategies.

     

    Level: Final assignment for Bachelor Degree in Business Administration

     

    Author: Sanna Almqvist and Pernilla Wiberg

     

    Supervisor: Tomas Källquist

     

    Date: 2018 – january

     

    Aim: The background to this study is based on previous research highlighting different aspects of the benefit of performance measurement from a leader or company perspective. But they request more research on how employees attitude to performance measurements leads to engagement. Our aim is thus to increase understanding of how employees' attitude towards performance measurements within customer satisfaction engages them in their daily work to strive towards long-term goals and strategies.

     

    Method: This study is influenced by a hermeneutic and social constructionist perspective. The empirical data has been collected through qualitative semistructured interviews. The interviews were covered by topics that were found in theoretical framework based on previous research on the subject. Through an abductive research method, empirical data and the theoretical frame of reference have been analyzed in interaction and influenced each other in order to answer the aim of the study.

                                              

    Conclusions: The conclusion of the study is that a positive attitude toward measurements within customer satisfaction, engage employees in everyday work. The study also points to that different involvement of employees leads to the pursuit of different kinds of goals.

     

    Contribution of the thesis: This study, from a theoretical point of view, contributes to illustrating employees' attitude to customer satisfaction measurements, as well as their perspective on linking performance measurement with long-term goals and strategies. Furthermore, previous research in employee engagement is also confirmed.

     

    Suggestions for future research: The study reveals that it would be interesting for further research to illustrate similarities and differences within the two different traces of customer satisfaction measurements found in this study, indirect and direct measurements of customer satisfaction.

  • 22. Alrutz, Marie
    et al.
    Berg, Henrik
    Berndtson, Rolf
    Curman, Barbro
    Ekstrand, Lars
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Eliasson, Maria
    Frenkel, Lillemor
    Frölander, Carin
    Gustavsson, Tomas
    Helgeson, Tore
    Henning Planck, Ebba
    Holgersson, Charlotte
    Iveroth, Einar
    Jansson, Tomas
    Jerbrant, Anna
    Kamél, Elisabeth
    Kihlström, Eva
    Kåresjö, Bo
    Lindgren, Monica
    Ludvig, Lindlöf
    Molinder, Olof
    Oscarson, Kjerstin
    Packendorff, Johann
    Rapp Ricciardi, Max
    Runsten, Philip
    Sjöholm, Håkan
    Sundin, Ola
    Säfström, Carita
    Trossing, Malin
    Wallmon, Monika
    Villför Larsson, Pia
    Wenell, Torbjörn
    Andreas, Werr
    Wikforss, Örjan
    Projektledning2013Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Projektledning är ett yrke med egen certifiering. Det pågår en spännande utveckling inom området och det blir allt viktigare att hålla sig ajour med utvecklingen.

    Det övergripande målet med den här handboken är att vara en ständigt aktuell heltäckande bok om projektar­bete. Innehållsmässigt täcker den både frågor som har med struktur och styrning att göra och frågor om ledning av människor och mänskliga processer i grupp. Kompetens inom projekt byggs av både kunskap och erfarenhet. Vi följer kontinuerligt aktuell forskning inom dessa områden och bjuder in intressanta forskare att medverka som författare. Vi skildrar verkliga projekt och låter erfarenheterna få plats, både de bästa erfarenheterna och de utmaningar som man tagit sig igenom.

    Handboken är levande och det innebär att artiklar tas bort för att ge plats för nya, i takt med att den uppdateras fortlöpande.

  • 23. Alsaid, Loai Ali
    et al.
    Mutiganda, Jean Claude
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Political and business leaderships in managing public service organisation2018In: Corporate Ownership & Control, ISSN 1727-9232, E-ISSN 1810-3057, Vol. 15, no 4Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study analyses the relationship between the state’s political ideologies and the implementation of cost management strategies during the re-privatisation of a public sector organisation. Drawing on the Dillard et al.’s (2004) conceptual framework, we conducted a case study in a public sector organisation operating in the electricity market of Egypt. Data was gathered through document analysis, interviews, meetings observations and continuous interactions with key informants from 2013 to 2014. The findings show that the implementation of cost management strategies had a political basis, grounded in the state’s reformative ideologies concerning re-privatisation of the public sector organisation. The re-privatisation failed because the state failed to convince a potential international investor. A theoretical contribution is to show the relevance of cost management strategies when used as a political tool to achieve a business goal, such as improving a public sector organisation’s performance management in a developing country. This is the first empirical case study to analyse management accounting change based on the state’s political ideologies in the Maghreb region of Africa. The key difference between this global trend elsewhere and in the Egyptian State, as in some other Islamic countries, is that Egypt was both nationalistic and militarised.

  • 24.
    Alsén, Elin
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Moberg, Johanna
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Värderelevans och immateriella tillgångar: De immateriella tillgångarnas värderelevans för den svenska kapitalmarknaden2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syfte: De immateriella tillgångarna är svårvärderade och diffusa tillgångar. Det har länge pågått en diskussion angående huruvida hantering av de immateriella tillgångarna påverkar värderelevansen och användbarheten av de finansiella rapporterna. Syftet med studien är att undersöka värderelevansen av de redovisade immateriella tillgångarna för kapitalmarknaden utifrån ett redovisningsperspektiv.

    Metod: Metoden grundas i Ohlson-modellen. Data från årsredovisningar har samlats in och sedan analyserats genom flera multipla regressioner och en korrelationsanalys. 

    Resultat & Slutsats:Resultatet av studien visar att det finns ett positivt signifikant samband mellan de totala immateriella tillgångarna och aktiepriset. Resultatet av denna studie visar således att de redovisade totala immateriella tillgångarna ger värderelevant information till kapitalmarknaden. Dock visar sig endast posterna FoU och patent vara värderelevanta för kapitalmarknaden när värderelevansen av de immateriella tillgångarna uppdelat i specifika poster undersöks.

    Förslag till fortsatt forskning:  Ett fåtal tidigare studier undersöker tillförlitligheten av de redovisade immateriella tillgångarna. Då tillförlitlighet precis som värderelevans är en av de fundamentala egenskaper redovisningsinformation bör besitta är det intressant att även undersöka hur tillförlitlig kapitalmarknaden anser att de redovisade immateriella tillgångarna är. Då tidigare forskning hävdar att det är svårt att mäta de immateriella tillgångarna på ett tillförlitligt sätt vore det relevant att undersöka om detta stämmer.

    Uppsatsens bidrag: Studien ger bevis för att de totala redovisade immateriella tillgångarna är värderelevanta. Det huvudsakliga praktiska bidraget med studien är att den kan ge intressenter en bättre förståelse för hur redovisningsinformation om de immateriella tillgångarna påverkar aktiepriset.

  • 25.
    Amin, Md. Khaled
    et al.
    American International University-Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
    Chowdhury, Ehsanul
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Zaman, Mahmud Habib
    North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
    Understanding the Determinants of Technology Driven Services Adoption by the Rural Consumers in Bangladesh2018In: Journal of Business Administration, ISSN 1680-9823, Vol. 38, no 1 & 2, p. 103-115Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study sought to ascertain the possible determinants that sway rural consumers’ behavioral intention to use technology driven services in Bangladesh. Using the self-administrated questionnaire followed by several in-depth interviews and focus group discussions (FGDs) as supporting instruments, this study analyzed information gathered from one hundred and three respondents, drawn purposively from a village locally known as Dollar Bazar, situated in Manikganj district of Bangladesh.  All respondents were provided with the structured and self-administrated questionnaires and advised to quantify their responses in a 7-point Likert scale ranging from Strongly Disagree (SD) to Strongly Agree (SA). Questionnaire items were primarily adopted from prior studies, pertinent to Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) diffusion, adoption, and acceptance. Results of the study reveal that the three retained observed variables; Service Perception (SP), Perceived Interaction (PI), Intention to Use (ITU) have good degree of internal consistency. Moreover, confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) results brought out the facts that the variable, namely Perceived Interaction (PI) is significantly affecting the dependent variable while Service Perception (SP) has no significant effect on the intention to use which are quite consistent with the earlier estimates in this field. Findings of this study have theoretical contributions as it directly contributes by enhancing the outlook of the literature of technology adoption, and provide managerial implications for ICT driven organizations (i.e. Telecom companies, Value Added service [VAS] providers, Financial Institutions) by enhancing knowledge regarding the rural consumers of Bangladesh and their behavior. 

  • 26.
    Amiot, André
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Hallin Johansson, Fredrik
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Governance and CEO compenastion incentives2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Society's awareness of the importance of environmental-, social- and economic issues has increased over the last decades. This increased interest has led to the development of the Corporate Social Responsibility concept (CSR) in which companies actively work simultaneously with environmental, social and economic issues that extend beyond what is legally required by these companies in order to achieve a more sustainable society. As the interest in CSR has increased, a debate whether CSR is value-creating or should be considered an agency cost has arisen. To approach this question previous researches have used the CEO compensation to examine if the engagement in CSR actually is an agency cost or a value creating activity and found that agency costs can be mitigated by tying incentives to performance. Based on these assumptions this study will examine the link between CSR and agency costs using the existence of a CSR related compensation incentives for CEOs related agency costs.

    This study is characterized to be positivistic and within the field of positive accounting research as it has deductive approach in which hypotheses are formulated that this study intends to test which are based on what fundamental economic theories and previous research have found that may affect agency costs. The empirical data are manually collected from companies’ on NasdaqOMX Stockholm 2016 annual reports followed by an analysis of the data using univariate t-test and multiple regressions in order to relate these findings to previous research. This study finds no direct evidence that CEO compensation incentives related to CSR affect agency costs which means that we have not closed the ongoing debate whether CSR engagement is creating shareholder value or should be considered an agency cost. Nonetheless, the results show indications that agency costs are higher for companies that use CEO compensation incentives related to CSR which indicates that CSR is not beneficial to shareholders but should instead be regarded as an agency cost at the expense of shareholders. The result also indicates that a positive accounting research is not particularly useful on a small stock market with reliable results because the findings can not be generalized in a broader perspective

  • 27.
    Amiot, André
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Kroon, Filip
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Beslutsfattare i SMEs hantering av kapitalstruktur med avseende på kontroll & självständighet: En kvalitativ studie2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Aim: Previous research highlights the factors of control and independence as important for SMEs' choice of capital structure. However, their is a lack of research including decision makers which creates deeper understanding how and why decision makers in SMEs are affected.

    Purpose: The purpose of this study is to illustrate how decision makers in SMEs handle the problem of capital structure with regard to control and independence factors.

    Method: The study is based in an actor’s view with influences from hermeneutics and social constructionism. The research approach is abductive based on the shifting between theoretical and empirical reflection. The empirical material has been gathered through semi-structured interviews. The theoretical framework is based on previous research with regards on a constructive approach. The approach is to seek out the respondents' perspective on society and not objective facts based on a narrative analysis.

    Contribution: This study illustrates that control and independence affect decision makers during the investment process and in their choice of funding. The study suggests that decision makers refer to maintain control and independence by making decisions themselves and thus controlling the investment. The result highlights that speed and agility affect decision makers choice of funding with regards to control and independence factors. The study also highlights that decision makers in SMEs do not assume any set of capital structure and therefore differ from previous research. 

  • 28.
    Andersson, Anna
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Nilsson, Caroline
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Kvinnliga styrelseledamöter och hållbarhetsprestationer: en kvantitativ studie om förhållandet mellan kvinnliga styrelseledamöter och hållbarhetsprestationer hos europeiska bolag2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Aim: Female directors are one internal driver of sustainability commitment. Board system and litigation risk may influence the relationship between female directors and sustainability performance. Previous research hasn’t taken risk and board system into account, which we intend to do. The aim of this study is to examine the relationship between the proportion of female directors and sustainability performance in European companies.

     

    Method: The study adopts a positivist research philosophy with deductive approach. A quantitative research strategy with cross-sectional design are used, therefore we draw on secondary data from Asset4 for the year 2015. The sample amounts to 2123 European companies whose data have been analyzed in SPSS and presented in charts and figures.

    Result & conclusions: The study finds a significant positive relationship between the proportion of female directors and sustainability performance. Two-tier system and low litigation risk contribute to the impact female directors have on sustainability performance.

     

    Suggestions for future research: The board culture is important for the studied relationship. Therefore, similar studies that take the arena of the board into account would be valuable. To determine causality between female directors and sustainability performance, we suggest longitudinal research. Further studies in selected European countries are proposed to clarify the importance of gender quotas to sustainability performance.

     

    Contribution of the thesis: Our study expands the literature of business administration about the relationship between female directors and sustainability performance in companies with two-tier system and low litigation risk. The study has implications for stakeholders and the discussion about gender quotas.

  • 29.
    Andersson, Filip
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Fred, Marcus
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Virtuell Kunskapsöverföring: En kvalitativ studie om hur intranätet möjliggör kunskapsöverföring2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Title: Virtual Knowledge Transfer – A qualitative study on how the intranet enables knowledge transfer.

    Level: Final assignment for Bachelor Degree in Business Administration

    Author: Filip Andersson och Marcus Fred

    Supervisor: Daniella Fjellström och Signe Jernberg

    Date: 2017 - August

    Aim: The aim of this study is to create an understanding of how employees use the intranet to obtain explicit knowledge 

    Method: This study is based on a hermeneutic perspective. The gathering of empirical material is based on a qualitative research method in form of semi-structured interviews. The theoretical framework is based on prior research within the Knowledge Management field. An interview guide has been formed based on the theoretical framework, the empirical result is therefor based on the interview guide. A thematic analyze is used where themes have been created out of the empirical results.

    Result & Conclusions: The study shows that employees mostly are using the intranet to obtain explicit knowledge in connection to recurrent problems and questions related to work.

    Suggestions for future research: Limitations of the study are based on the problems with the generalizability connected to the semi-structured interviews that are done within one company. More research in a bigger context needs to be done.

    Contribution of the thesis: This study contributes with a more compelling theory when it comes to the usage of the intranet to obtain explicit knowledge. As well as a updated view on relevant models connected to the knowledge transfer research.

    Key words: Knowledge, knowledge management, knowledge transfer, intranet

  • 30.
    Andersson, Katja
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Magnil, Emma
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Extern och intern CSR och dess påverkan på företagets marknadsvärde: En kvantitativ studie på europeiska börsnoterade företag2019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Aim: The relationship between CSR and the company’s market value has been studied in several previous studies. Our study focuses instead on how the company’s market value changes when external and internal CSR are separated. The purpose of this study is to investigate how the company’s market value changes if the gap between external and internal CSR increases or decreases.

     

    Method: The study is a quantitative study with the starting point of the positivistic philosophy with a hypothetical-deductive approach. This study uses a cross-sectional design of 147 listed European companies for the years 2008 to 2017. Secondary data from the Thomson Reuters Datastream has been used for this study and the collected data has then been analyzed in the SPSS statistics program.

     

    Result & Conclusions: The result of the study shows a weak indication that the market value increases as the differences between external and internal CSR increase. The results suggest that because of institutional differences between European countries, the influence over the company may vary for different stakeholders.

     

    Contribution of the thesis: The study contributes to filling the gap of research that exists for European companies on the relationship of the gap between external and internal CSR and its impact on the company’s market value. The study also contributes with a unique combination of six external and six internal CSR variables for studies on the relationship between external and internal CSR. The practical contribution of the study is information for companies to take stakeholders into consideration in order for the company to better plan how to divide resources between external and internal CSR, so this in turn gives a positive impact on the company’s market value.

     

    Suggestions for future research: There may be cultural differences between countries and continents, so it would be interesting to conduct the study in different continents.

  • 31.
    Andersson, Lisa
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Westlund, Anna
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies.
    Påverkar ägarstrukturen sambandet mellan CSR och investeringseffektivitet?: En kvantitativ studie på 227 europeiska företag2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) är en pågående diskussion inom företagsekonomisk forskning, likväl som investeringseffektivitet är intressant för företagens lönsamhet. Vi undersöker huruvida ägarstrukturen i företag påverkar sambandet mellan CSR och investeringseffektivitet.

  • 32.
    Andersson, Patrik
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Nilsson Hansen, Erik
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Användningen av hållbarhetsindikatorer i SME: De utmaningar och möjligheter små och medelstora företag står inför2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Problemdiskussion och Syfte: Hållbarhet är ett ständigt aktuellt ämne i dagens samhälle, ofta med företag i fokus. Vi fann att ett verktyg för hur företag kan påverka ekonomi och hållbarhet var hållbarhetsindikatorer som tillhandahålls av Global Reporting Initiative, men att det saknades forskning kring hållbarhetsindikatorers möjligheter och utmaningar och hur de påverkar verksamhetsstyrningen i små och medelstora företag. Det för oss vidare till studiens syfte. Syftet med denna studie är att öka förståelsen för användningen av hållbarhetsindikatorer och särskilt dess utmaningar och möjligheter i verksamhetsstyrningen med avseende på små och medelstora företag.

     

    Metod: Studien antar ett hermeneutiskt och socialkonstruktivistiskt perspektiv med abduktiv forskningsansats, vilket gett oss möjligheten att växla mellan teori och empiri under studiens gång. Vi har i studien använt oss av en kvalitativ forskningsdesign, där det empiriska materialet grundar sig i semistrukturerade intervjuer hos små och medelstora företag i Gävle. För att analysera det insamlade materialet, har vi använt oss av narrativ analys, då vi har utgått från respondentens perspektiv och sammanställt teman kring respondenternas svar.

     

    Slutsats och bidrag: Slutsatsen för denna studie, är att de hållbarhetsindikatorer som tillhandahålls av Global Reporting Initiative medför möjligheter, men även utmaningar, som gör att små och medelstora företag inte ser ett tillräckligt behov till användningen av hållbarhetsindikatorer. Därmed har det visat sig vara ett generellt sett negativt tema kring hållbarhetsindikatorer i praktiken, alltså hos små och medelstora företag. Vi har även sett att det finns motsägande tendenser mellan teori och empiri. Exempelvis framgår det i den teoretiska referensramen att små och medelstora företag kan med hjälp av hållbarhetsindikatorer erhålla ekonomiska fördelar. Det empiriska materialet menar dock att det finns en del utmaningar små och medelstora företag måste lösa innan hållbarhetsindikatorer kan bli nödvändiga. Det bidrag vi främst vill rikta till praktiker, är att avvakta med att fullt använda hållbarhetsindikatorer tills det finns bättre kunskaper och konkreta lösningar kring utmaningarna. I dagsläget anser vi att de möjligheter som medföljer hållbarhetsindikatorer i verksamhetsstyrningen inte klarar att väga upp till utmaningarna som medföljer.

     

  • 33.
    Andersson, Rikard
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Johansson, Anita
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Lönsam CSR: Behöver företag immateriella tillgångar för att tjäna på CSR?2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Title: Profitable CSR: Are intangible assets necessary to earn money on CSR?

    Level: Student thesis, final assignment for Bachelor Degree in Business Administration

    Author: Anita Johansson and Rikard Andersson

    Supervisor: Jan Svanberg

    Date:  2018 – may

    Aim: The purpose of this study was to investigate whether intangible assets constitute the missing link in the bidirectional relationship between CSP and CFP. The aim was also to investigate if the growth phase affects the strength of the relationship.

    Method: The study assumes a positivistic research philosophy with a hypothetical-deductible approach. Secondary data have been collected from the database Thomson Reuters. Time perspective that has been used is called longitudinal design using data from eleven years and this data has been analyzed in SPSS.

    Result & Conclusions: The result provides evidence that intangible assets act as a partial mediator of the positive bidirectional relationship between CSP and CFP. However, the impact of intangible assets in the bidirectional relationship between CSP and CFP depending on growth phase does not show any evident result and cannot be established.

    Contribution of the thesis: The study provides proof that there is a mediating effect from the intangible assets of the bidirectional relationship between CSP and CFP. Even though our result of growth as a variable is not strengthened, this can be the basis for further research and, in spite of everything, has contributed to more knowledge. Our results contribute to the theoretical knowledge that future research can build on while corporate executives can invest in intangible assets while achieving financial goals.

    Suggestions for future research: One suggestion for future research is to include private companies who are missing public sustainable reporting. If another selection is included, it can make the result more justified. Since our study did not bring an evident result about the impact of the growth phase it would have been interesting if further research could be a comparative study. Since it takes time to build up intangible assets a comparison between the same companies during a period of high growth to a period of stagnant growth, could show a more evident result of the impact of the intangible assets.

  • 34.
    Andersson, Simon
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Persson, Gustaf
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    The Country-of-Origin Effect in the Personal Care Market: A study on Swedish consumers’ perception of Chinese products2019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Title: The Country-of-Origin Effect in the Personal Care Market 

    Level: Final assignment for Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration

    Author: Simon Andersson and Gustaf Persson

    Supervisor: Jonas Kågström

    Date: 2019 – January

    Aim: The study aims to analyse Swedish consumers’ perceptions on the Country-of-Origin effects regarding Chinese products.

    Method: The study is based on a quantitative method. The data collection was done with a questionnaire with a deductive approach. The empirical data was collected through a web survey which was published on social media e.g. Facebook and LinkedIn. The data was then processed in the statistical program IBM SPSS Statistics (SPSS) to form models, figures and values. A descriptive-, correlation-, factor- and cluster-analysis was then formed.

    Result & Conclusion: The results showed how different variables correlate, different factors which the variables were grouped in and five different clusters of respondents. The conclusion is that there is a so-called COO-effect for Swedish consumers subconsciously. Furthermore, Swedish consumers are aware of the origin, but rank other quality and price as higher cues.

    Contribution of the thesis: This study aims, with help of previous research and a conducted survey, examine how Swedish consumer perceptions of Chinese personal care products regarding the COO-effect. Furthermore, it provides information on how Swedish consumers ranks certain cues. The study is unique since it provides insight on a market that has not yet been analysed with regard to the COO effect (Sweden) and with a certain product group where there is no current research available in relation to COOeffects. Furthermore, the study contributes to general COO-research, with certain implications deriving from previous research. There are both theoretical and practical contributions of importance, illustrating Swedish consumer perceptions of Chinese products.

    Suggestions for future research: This essay is limited to the Swedish market and focused on a particular product group. There are several other products groups that are yet to be researched in regard to COO-effects/consumer perception. Further research could compare two different product groups with high involvement to analyse the difference between certain product types. A comparison between two (or more) different countries would provide a vertical view of COO-effects, analysing the differences between different consumer perceptions and what cultural variables that may be vital for purchasing decisions.

    Keywords: Country-of-origin (COO), Country-of-origin effects, Product evaluation, Cultural differences, Made in China, Consumer behaviour, Purchase decision, Trust

  • 35.
    Andersson, Therese
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Joelsson, Agnes
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Finansanalytikers syn på hållbarhetrapporter: En studie över vilka kvalitetskriterier som efterfrågas på hållbarhetsinformation2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Aim: Previous research has shown a lack of use of sustainability reports in the analysis process, which can be assigned to distrust in the information and a lack of criteria for the evaluation of information. Therefore, the aim of this study is to understand which criteria financial analysts demand in sustainability reports. The aim is also to illustrate whether a regulation can meet the needs of financial analysts.

    Method: The study adopts a hermeneutic perspective and the research gap that’s being studied is considered to be characterized by social constructivism. By taking part in an abductive research our theory and empiricism approach together through an iterative process. The study applies a qualitative research where empirical data are collected through interviews. The theoretical framework is constructed of previous research and the same themes and headlines runs throughout both empirical and analytical sections.

    Result & Conclusions: The results of the study suggest that it isn’t possible to apply the same kind of reporting and key performance indicators in sustainability reports as used in the financial statements. A sustainability report is aimed more towards qualitative key indicators, which isn’t always possible to measure and compare. The main criteria for sustainability information prove to be relevance, which we can see is one of the causes for the demand of industry-specific key indicators.

    Suggestions for future research: Sustainability reporting is still a relatively new phenomenon in the world of finance, and several of the respondents believe in the rapid development in sustainable thinking and the possibility of developing key indicators in the field. This means that it would be interesting to do a similar study at a later time to see the development of industry-specific standards and indicators of sustainability. 

    Contribution of the thesis: The study's contributions relate to the practice, understanding that sustainability information and financial information can’t be read in the same way, that other methods should be used for sustainability information. This study shows how sustainable information should be valued and refer to various interest groups together with the companies to jointly come up with various industry-specific standards. These we believe would facilitate the execution of sustainability reporting, but also how it should be read for the best application.

  • 36.
    Andersén, Elin
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Strategidiversifiering och organisatorisk prestation i vinstdrivande och icke-vinstdrivande organisationer.: -En kvantitativ undersökning av ridsportorganisationer i Sverige och Finland.2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 37.
    Aras, Umit
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Lundberg, Viktor
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Icke värdeskapande aktiviteter i ren service: En fallstudie om identifiering och kategorisering av spill inom banker2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Titel: Icke värdeskapande aktiviteter i ren service – En fallstudie om identifiering och kategorisering av spill inom banker

    Nivå: C-Uppsats i ämnet företagsekonomi

     

    Författare: Umit Aras & Viktor Lundberg

     

    Handledare: Tomas Källquist

     

    Datum: 2018 - Januari

     

    Syfte: Syftet är att med utgångspunkt i lean skapa förståelse för icke värdeskapande aktiviteter inom rena serviceorganisationer genom att identifiera och kategorisera spill.

     

    Metod: Studien utgår från den hermeneutiska forskningstraditionen och utifrån aktörsperspektivet bygger studien på en världsbild från det socialkonstruktivistiska synsättet. Studien har antagit en abduktiv ansats eftersom förståelse har nåtts genom en växelverkan mellan empiri och teori. Studien bygger på ett kvalitativt förhållningssätt inom vilket tio semistrukturerade intervjuer hos fem olika banker har varit grunden till det material som analyserats tematiskt.

     

    Resultat och slutsats: Resultatet tyder på möjligheter att identifiera och kategorisera icke värdeskapande aktiviteter inom ren service. Studien konkretiserar aktiviteter inom de spillkategorier som överförts från tillverkning till service men visar samtidigt att dess applicerbarhet inom ren service är perspektivberoende. Med avseende på om styrverktyget betraktas som beroende eller oberoende av aktörer visar studien att kategorierna kan behöva modifieras.

     

    Förslag till vidare forskning: På grund av studiens subjektiva begränsningar, samt fokus på banker, föreslår vi liknande studier på andra organisationer inom ren service för att pröva resultatet. För att etablera lean inom ren service föreslår vi även forskning som söker konkreta tillvägagångssätt för att reducera icke värdeskapande aktiviteter, eller söker att identifiera och kategorisera spill ur ett externt perspektiv.

     

    Studiens bidrag: Till skillnad från tidigare forskning om lean inom ren service bidrar studien med insikter i spillkategorierna genom att konkretisera aktiviteter. Studien bidrar även med ett modifierat förhållningssätt till spill och skiljer sig på så vis från de kategorier som presenteras i tidigare forskning. Slutligen styrker studien den tidigare forskning som hävdar att rena serviceorganisationer kan effektiviseras genom att applicera lean som styrverktyg. 

  • 38.
    Arvidsson Wallberg, Angelica
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Åhlén, Alexandra
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Ekonomisk förlust för revisionsbyråer: En studie över revisorers fortlevnadsvarningar i Sverige2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Aim: The reporting of an organizations going concern has been center for debate during a long period of time. This is mainly due to auditing scandals where organizations have gone bankrupt without a modified going concern opinion from their auditor. In accounting literature there are conflicting claims about whether auditors are considered independent or not due to their tendency to issue a going concern modified opinion and the influence financial incentives have on auditor independence.

    The aim of this essay is to: Examine if there is a relation between the tendency to issue a going concern modified opinion and the financial loss for the audit firm.

    Method: From previous research hypotheses have been deduced. These hypotheses have then empirically been studied. A quantitative method was used to gather data from Swedish companies’ annual reports from the year 2011-2014. After gathering the data, it was tested and analyzed with a stats program and then presented in different tables.

    Result & Conclusions: This study has found evidence of the self-fulfilling prophecy, which indicates that the auditor withdraws from issuing a going concern modified opinion. Regarding the financial incentives as threats of audit independence, this study gives evidence that the size of Non-audit service fees poses a potential threat. The results of the study also show that there is no significant difference in quality between Big 4 and Non-Big 4 auditors regarding the issuance of going concern modified opinions.

    Suggestions for future research: In this study the financial factors have been taken into account, a combination of both the financial and non-financial factors is the suggestion for future research. A third limitation of this study is that is based upon the auditors’ perspective, therefore a study based solely on the companies' perspective or a combination of both is our suggestion for future research.

    Contribution of the thesis: This thesis contributes with more knowledge to the accounting literature. The study has provided more knowledge about the self-fulfilling prophecy, financial incentives on audit independence and the quality among Big 4 and non-Big 4 audit firms. This thesis has also contributed to further understanding of how problematic it can be for an auditor to issue a going concern modified opinion.

  • 39.
    Awuah, Gabriel Baffour
    et al.
    Högskolan i Halmstad.
    Abraha Gebrekidan, Desalegn
    Högskolan i Skövde.
    Osarenkhoe, Aihie
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Interactive (networked) internationalization: the case of Swedish firms2011In: European Journal of Marketing, ISSN 0309-0566, E-ISSN 1758-7123, Vol. 45, no 7/8, p. 1112-1129Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 40.
    Axelsson, Viktor
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Söderberg, Sebastian
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Positiv avkastning är en kostnad: En eventstudie om svenska och norska målföretags runup och dess påverkan på premien vid företagsförvärv2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Aim: The purpose of this study is to investigate how the target companies’ runup affects thetakeover premium in mergers and acquisitions based on the substitution and markup pricing hypothesis.

    Method: The study has a deductive approach in which an event study has been applied to collectrelevant secondary data from the databases Thomson Reuters Eikon and Zephyr. To study the relationship between the acquisition premium and the target company’s runup a simple regression analysis has been conducted and to study the influence of explanatory variables on runup a multiple regression analysis has been applied.

    Result & Conclusions: The study’s results show that there is a relationship between runup and the takeover premiums. Based on the substitution and markup pricing hypothesis, the study shows that if runup increases by 1 % the takeover premium increases by 0.879 % which means that an increase in the target company's runup is a cost to the acquiring company.

    Suggestions for future research: Suggestions for further research are to study more explanatory variables for a target company's runup and study volume differences in trading of the target company's shares the days prior to bid announcement on the Swedish market to see if the results differ from previous research and other markets.

    Contribution of the thesis: The study’s results contribute knowledge that can explain the variation in takeover premiums and knowledge that a target company’s runup in an acquisition is a cost for the acquiring company.

  • 41.
    Axenfalk Pettersson, Lovisa
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Ericsson, Wilhelm
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Billigt eller dyrt, udda eller jämt?: - Hur prisprecisionseffekten påverkar Willingness to pay2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Abstract

    Title: Cheap or expensive, odd or even?

    - How the price precision effect, affects willingness to pay

    Level: Final assignment for Bachelor Degree in Business Administration.

    Author: Lovisa Axenfalk Pettersson and Wilhelm Ericsson.

    Supervisor: Jonas Kågström.

    Date: 2018 - May.

    Aim: The aim is to further investigate how the price precision effect associated with

    willingness to pay affects sales of real estate transactions.

    Method: Quantitative method through a survey with experimental elements.

    Result and conclusion: The results in the study indicates, regarding prices on the housing

    market, that it is not only the price that affects pursues and WTP. Regarding the marketed

    list price, which attracts the most potential buyers, they should either be a rounded or just

    below price. The most honest market price is a rounded price. A list price set at a precise

    price, is considered to be listed from a serious real estate broker. It also indicates that the

    real estate broker is knowledgeable and puts a serious price based on what the residence

    is actually worth. To get the highest selling price, it can be all of the price precision effect

    prices, rounded price, precise price or just below price. Why the result of the highest

    selling price differ, is depending on the situation on the market and available information

    for the buyer.

    Contribution of the thesis: The contribution for this study has been to create an increased

    understanding about the price precision effect and its prices for the persons involved in a

    buying process. Furthermore, the contribution is that people are influenced by available

    information, affecting the buyer's WTP and what buyers consider about different prices.

    With knowledge from this study, buyers can gain a better understanding of how the

    marketed list price may affect the buyer's WTP for the real estate they are interested in

    buying and its final selling price.

    Suggestion for future research: To summarize the possibilities for future research this

    paper suggests; to analyze the price precision effect from the sellers point of view. To

    analyze the price precision effect in a real setting instead, where actual transactions are

    being made. To further investigate the ratio between the anchoring effect with the price

    precision effect, and how they affect each other. The final suggestions for future research

    is to involve other aspects into the price precision effect, despite only the price, because it

    is not only the price that affects the house buying market.

    Keywords: Price precision effect, WTP - willingness to pay, rounded price, precise price,

    just below price, list price and real estate transaction.

  • 42.
    Backer-Meurke, Anna
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Gioeli, Tove
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Customer Satisfaction Drivers for Industrial Vending Systems: Evidence from the Manufacturing Industry2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Problem: Development of a firm’s offering is a vital weapon for competition. Obtaining knowledge on customer expectations and translating those into product development and superior service delivery is surrounded by prioritisation decisions. Industrial vending systems are proven to be a growing field in terms of deployments but have received little academic attention, especially regarding service quality perception to support customer-oriented innovation processes for suppliers, facilitating such decisions.

    Purpose: To identify key drivers of positive service quality perception and customer satisfaction as well as trust and commitment indicators for business-to-business industrial vending systems.

    Method: Through an explanatory approach, qualitative data on multiple cases was gathered. 14 in-depth semi-structured interviews were held with customers currently using a specific industrial vending system.

    Conclusion: Solution characteristics of industrial vending systems impact service quality perception through compliance with customer requirements. A total of 13 customer satisfaction drivers were identified for the investigated industrial vending system, the most important being efficiency, user-friendliness and timeliness. Further, the presence of individual- and company level trust in customer-supplier relationships positively impacts commitment intentions.

    Contribution: Adds novel knowledge on customer satisfaction for industrial vending systems and contributes with suggestions for managers on how trust and commitment affect customer satisfaction, which can be incorporated into the value promise design, product development and marketing strategies.

  • 43.
    Backman, Jessica
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Hellgren, Fanny
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Det machiavellistiska personlighetsdragets förekomst bland fastighetsmäklare: En studie med fokus på försäljningsprestationer2019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Title: The occurrence of the Machiavellian personality trait among real estate agents: A study focusing on sales performance

     

    Level: Student thesis, final assignment for Bachelor Degrees in Business Administration

     

    Author: Jessica Backman & Fanny Hellgren

     

    Supervisor: Jonas Kågström

     

    Date: 2019 - June

     

     

    Aim: The purpose of this research paper is to analyze the presence of the personality trait Machiavellianism among Swedish real estate agents and its impact on sales performances.

     

    Method: The study is based on a quantitative research method with a deductive approach. The primary data of this study is based on a questionnaire. The participants of this questionnaire are 106 registered real estate agents in Sweden. This data was subsequently analyzed in the program jamovi, which resulted in a descriptive analysis, a correlation analysis and a factor analysis.

     

    Result & Conclusions: The result shows that the degree of Machiavellianism negatively affects the investigated real estate agents to all sales performance measures. Furthermore, the result shows that people with a high degree of Machiavellianism thinks to a greater extent that it is okay to use cap prices, front man and to withhold information, to the extent that it occurs. Generally speaking, the participating real estate agents consider that it is not okay to use cap prices, front man and to withhold information. Furthermore, the degree of Machiavellianism is relatively low among the investigated real estate agents.

     

    Contribution of the thesis: The study has contributed to understanding the occurrence of the Machiavellian personality trait among the investigated real estate brokers and how this personality trait affects their sales performance.

     

    Suggestions for future research: In order to gain a deeper understanding of Machiavellianism's influence on sales performance, it would have been interesting to compare how Machiavellianism appears in different cultures in relation to sales performance. To increase the understanding of the subject further, a proposal is to investigate how the degree of Machiavellianism appears in different sales industries.

     

    Key words: “Machiavellianism”, “the dark triad”, “real estate”, “sales performance” and “sales”

  • 44.
    Bektasevic, Ajla
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Vallin, Tanja
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    CSR-prestation och kostnad för eget kapital: en kvantitativ studie på 548 europeiska företag2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Title: CSR-performance and cost of equity capital – a quantitative study of 548 European companies

    Aim: The subject of how corporate social responsibility affects the company’s financial performance has been discussed for a long time, which has contributed to conflicting results. This study has applied cost of equity capital in order to measure financial performance. By considering corporate social responsibility as a transparency effect, which increases firms’ transparency, this study wants to examine if corporate social responsibility can minimize the company’s perceived risk to decrease cost of equity capital.

    Method: The study has applied a positivist research philosophy and a deductive research approach with setting of hypotheses. We used a quantitative research method where the secondary data was collected from Thomson Reuters DataStream. The sample of the study includes 548 companies from eight European countries. The collected data has been processed and analyzed in the statistical program called SPSS and JASP.

    Result & Conclusions: Our results prove that a positive respective negative relationship between corporate social responsibility and cost of equity exists depending on nation.

    Suggestions for future research: One suggestion for further research is to investigate why the relationship between corporate social responsibility and cost of equity appears different in nations.

    Contribution of the thesis: This study contributes to an increased understanding for how corporate social responsibility can affect the company’s cost of equity capital in a European context. The study have contributed to a new research turn concerning how corporate social responsibility can work as a transparency effect too reduce the firms cost of equity capital. It provides further acknowledge on the relationship between corporate social responsibility and financial performance which in previous research shows conflicting results. 

  • 45.
    Berggren, Benny
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    IMPLEMENTING BUSINESS ETHICS IN SALES ORGANIZATIONS2015In: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Value Chain in a Dynamic Environment / [ed] D. Vrontis, Y. Weber, E. Tsoukatos, EuroMed Press , 2015, p. 2482-2484Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 46.
    Berglund, Jenny
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Dahlberg, Moa
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Digital HR: Vilka effekter har digitaliseringen på de anställda och deras relationer?2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Aim: E-HR is an enterprise management system where digital tools are used to manage the human resources of the organisation. Previous research argues that there is a lack of research on the use of e-HR from the employee perspective and also with a focus on how the relationships are affected. The aim of the study is thus to increase understanding of how employees experience the use of e-HR and what effects digitization may have on the relationships in the organisation.

    Method: The study assumes a hermeneutic perspective with inspiration from the operator approach. The research program has an abductive focus in which a qualitative research design has been used with ten semistructured interviews.

    Result & Conclusions: The study shows that e-HR tools are perceived as a valuable support at work, but sometimes with increased workload. Furthermore, the study shows that the relationships have been influenced only to a small extent by e-HR and mainly because communication in larger part is done digitally. The study although shows that digital HR can not replace the personal meeting.

    Suggestions for future research: The study could have been developed even more if the management had been interviewed about the motivation for current digital HR tools. This to study the manager's experiences of the current solutions, but also to see if they have concidered other options. We therefore consider that further research could provide contributions by studying the subject also from the manager's perspective, as there is also a lack of research about their perspective.

    Contribution of the thesis: The theoretical contribution of the study is that e-HR increases the sense of safety and control, but that digitizing can also increase workload. The study also shows that a digital relationship is seen as an opportunity to get a relationship with a larger number of employees within the organization. The practical contribution is the advice to focus on education of the systems as well as to have back-up when the technology fails. The practical contribution of the study also applies to the fact that more organizations should consider using e-HR as a way to gather all the relevant information about the employees in one place.

  • 47.
    Bibic, Alen
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Krusing, Emelie
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Jämställt ledarskap: En studie om det kvinnliga respektive manliga ledarskapets arbete med jämställdhetsfrågor2019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet är att få ökad förståelse för skillnader och likheter som finns mellan hur det manliga respektive det kvinnliga ledarskapet arbetar med jämställdhetsfrågor inom ramen för sitt CSR-arbete.

    Studien upptäckte att det fanns stora skillnader mellan hur de manliga och de kvinnliga respondenterna uppfattade arbetet med jämställdhet. De manliga respondenterna upplevde att jämställdhetsarbetet ofta styrdes av den övergripande CSR-policyn. De kvinnliga respondenterna upplevde däremot att det kvinnliga ledarskapet arbetade med jämställdhet i större omfattning och mer noggrant än det manliga ledarskapet.

  • 48.
    Björklund, Tony
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Building, Energy and Environmental Engineering, Building engineering.
    Steiner, Lars
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Fästning eller fikaställe: Arbetsplatsens förvaltning, identitet och arkitektur2014Book (Other academic)
  • 49.
    Björkqvist, Emma
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Nilsson, Tove
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Identitet & Förtroende: Om ledarens inverkan på medarbetarnas identifikation2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Aim: The aim of the study is to from the employee’s perspective create an increased understanding of the relationship between the organizational identity and the employee´s trust in its leader.

    Method: Since the aim of the study is to increase the understanding of how organizational identity and trust for the leader is experienced a qualitative method have been chosen. For the data collection semi-structured interviews have been used and the ten persons who have been interviewed are employed as real-estate agents in Stockholm, Gävle and Sandviken. The material has later been analyzed through a thematic analysis and the results have been presented and discussed.

    Result & Conclusions: The study's results demonstrate that the employee’s trust in their local leaders affect their identification with the organization as well as the organizational identity. Furthermore, the study indicates that identification and the organizational identity influence each other.

  • 50.
    Blomstedt, Erika
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Puputti, Helen
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration.
    Påverkar frekvensen av återköp den abnormala avkastningen?: En eventstudie om annonseringar av återköpsprogram på den svenska aktiemarknaden2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Aim: Previous research has indicated that share repurchases result in a positive abnormal return on company's share price but only a few studies have examined further if return on share price differs depending on frequency of share repurchases. In Sweden share repurchases are quite unresearched field of study and after share repurchases became legal in 2000 there has been a financial crisis. This study aims to fulfil the research gap in Sweden and examine share repurchases' effect to return on share prices depending on frequency of share repurchase on Swedish stock market. Time period of the study has narrowed down to recession between years 2010-2014 to see eventual difference from time before recession.

    Method: To fulfil the aim of the study event study methodology has been used. The share data for companies that have repurchased shares in chosen time period has been collected from Nasdaq OMX Stockholm. Based on share data cumulative abnormal returns for every share repurchase group have been calculated to compare groups and different time periods. Cumulative abnormal returns are even used to accomplish t-test and one-way ANOVA. Data of the study consist of 68 share repurchase programs that were announced by 41 companies. Those 68 repurchase programs were distributed to three frequency based groups that were ”1”, ”2-3” and ”4-5” share repurchase programs.

    Result & Conclusions: Results of the study are consistent with the previous research about share repurchases resulting in a positive abnormal return. The results are also consistent with the previous research about repurchases signaling an undervalued stock which leads to an increase in interests from the investors. On the contrary this study is not consistent with the previous research about repurchase frequency and recession's impact to return. Because there are only a few studies about repurchasing frequency and recession's impact to return and the results of studies are contradictory, more research needs to be done.

    Contribution of the thesis: It is interesting to see which kind of effect share repurchases result in share price when company is utilizing authorization of share repurchase program. This study indicates that a company in Sweden can predict a positive abnormal return by announcing about repurchase program. The study indicates even that repurchase frequency and recession's impact to return are still uncertain.

    Suggestions for future research: As this study has only examined share repurchases' short-term effect to return on share price, it would be interesting to research long-term effect to return on share price. Also characteristics of companies that repurchase shares and eventual differences between companies that repurchase shares frequent and infrequent would be interesting to see.

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