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  • 1851.
    Andrijasevic, Neda
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering.
    Johansson, Mirjam
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering.
    Digital Compositing for Photorealism and Lighting in Chroma key film studio2012Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Photorealism is what visual effects are all about most of the time. This report entails digital compositing and studio lighting, in relation to Chroma key film material, aimed to give a photorealistic impression.

       One of the identified problems in this report is that compositors may get Chroma key footage where the lighting is done poorly, which means a lot of extra work for the compositors and it might even make it impossible to create the desired end result.

       Another problem recognized is that the knowledge that these professions possess is often tacit, not available in texts or even functionally defined.

       Considering these problems, the purpose of this report is to articulate and try the tacit knowledge found in respect to these research questions:

    • Which factors can alter the photorealistic impression of filmed Chroma key material?
    • To what extent can different factors be altered in the compositing process, for a photorealistic result?
    • How can a photorealistic result from composited Chroma key material be enabled and facilitated, with focus on studio lighting?

      

       Methods used to answer these questions are interviews with compositors, a case study of a small video production, and the production of video clips, including studio lighting and compositing.

       While professionals often write about the importance of consistency in image characteristics between different element that are composited together, this report defines which specific features that ought to be consistent, for a photorealistic result.

       Further findings are focused on the limitations of the compositor; i.e. the features that are possible to manipulate and the features that have to be set correctly when filming in the studio, to enable a photorealistic outcome. Nonetheless, the main focus will be on the features of lighting set in the Chroma key film studio.

       In fact, there are many features that are crucial for enabling and facilitating the compositing of a photorealistic end product. While some of the findings are new, others confirm what has already been presented. 

  • 1852.
    Andriollo, Tito
    et al.
    Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark.
    Hellström, Kristina
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Materials and Manufacturing.
    Sonne, Mads R.
    Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark.
    Thorborg, Jesper
    Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark.
    Tiedje, Niels
    Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark.
    Hattel, Jesper
    Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark.
    Uncovering the local inelastic interactions during manufacture of ductile cast iron: How the substructure of the graphite particles can induce residual stress concentrations in the matrix2018In: Journal of the mechanics and physics of solids, ISSN 0022-5096, E-ISSN 1873-4782, Vol. 111, p. 333-357Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Recent X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements have revealed that plastic deformation and a residual elastic strain field can be present around the graphite particles in ductile cast iron after manufacturing, probably due to some local mismatch in thermal contraction. However, as only one component of the elastic strain tensor could be obtained from the XRD data, the shape and magnitude of the associated residual stress field have remained unknown. To compensate for this and to provide theoretical insight into this unexplored topic, a combined experimental-numerical approach is presented in this paper. First, a material equivalent to the ductile cast iron matrix is manufactured and subjected to dilatometric and high-temperature tensile tests. Subsequently, a two-scale hierarchical top-down model is devised, calibrated on the basis of the collected data and used to simulate the interaction between the graphite particles and the matrix during manufacturing of the industrial part considered in the XRD study. The model indicates that, besides the viscoplastic deformation of the matrix, the effect of the inelastic deformation of the graphite has to be considered to explain the magnitude of the XRD strain. Moreover, the model shows that the large elastic strain perturbations recorded with XRD close to the graphite–matrix interface are not artifacts due to e.g. sharp gradients in chemical composition, but correspond to residual stress concentrations induced by the conical sectors forming the internal structure of the graphite particles. In contrast to common belief, these results thus suggest that ductile cast iron parts cannot be considered, in general, as stress-free at the microstructural scale. 

  • 1853.
    André, Felix
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Mechanical Engineering.
    Effektivisering av lagerprocess kopplat till kundbehov2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 1854.
    André, Ida
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Natural Science and Biomedicine.
    Suez, Issis
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Natural Science and Biomedicine.
    Patientupplevelser av informationsbehovet i samband med en magnetresonanstomografisk-mammografi: En intervjustudie2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Magnetresonanstomografiska undersökningar av brösten (MRT-mammografi) har utförts i över två decennier. Undersökningen görs vid mammografiskt oklara fynd, planering inför kirurgi samt vid kontroll när det finns ökad risk för bröstcancer. Informationen inför en magnetresonanstomografisk undersökning är avgörande då information angående undersökningsprocedurer ökar patientmedverkandet vilket kan gynna bildkvalitén inför diagnostik. Syftet med studien var att undersöka patientupplevelser av informationsbehovet i samband med en MRT-mammografisk undersökning. Urvalet för studien bestod av 6 patienter som genomgick en MRT-mammografi under månaderna februari till april 2015. Studien har en kvalitativ ansats där enskilda telefonintervjuer gjorts. Insamlad data har analyserats med innehållsanalys som resulterat i 4 kategorier: Informationsmetod, Kunskap och tidigare erfarenheter, Röntgensjuksköterskans interaktion med patienter och önskat informationsinnehåll. Informationen i samband med undersökningen anses vara tillräcklig och bra enligt de flesta informanterna. Brister belyses dock i den nuvarande informationen och förbättringsutrymmen så som information på andra språk, vägbeskrivning samt information om undersökningsproceduren har angivits. En viktig kategori som synliggjorts under studiens gång är Röntgensjuksköterskans interaktion med patienter. Röntgensjuksköterskans information är ett komplement till informationen som givits i samband med en MRT-mammografi och har en betydande roll i mötet med patienter. 

  • 1855.
    André Kramer, Ann-Catrin
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Natural Science and Biomedicine.
    Kariesutveckling i primära bettet hos barn från tre till sex års ålder2011Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 1856.
    André, Samuel
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Product Development. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Product Development - Computer supported engineering design.
    Supporting the utilization of a platform approach in the engineer-to-order supplier industry2017Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Manufacturing companies are continuously faced with requirements regarding technology novelty, shorter time to market, a higher level of functionality, and lower prices for their products. This is especially true of suppliers that develop and manufacture highly customized products within the automotive industry. It is not uncommon that a request for a new product or subsystem goes out to several suppliers and that the one that can deliver the product most quickly and at the lowest price receives the contract. It is therefore vital for any supplier to answer to quotation requests rapidly and with a high level of precision while also ensuring that company assets are used efficiently. Other issues that apply to suppliers in the automotive industry are heavily fluctuating requirements during development projects, each customer’s individual preferences, and the ever changing interfaces with the OEM product with which the supplier’s product is to be integrated. Platform strategies have been widely accepted in industry to serve a wide product variety while maintaining business efficiency. However, the challenge of applying a platform strategy at the supplier level in the face of the reality described above has not been fully investigated. Platform approaches tend to require a focused development of the platform, which in turn requires some knowledge about which future variants are to be derived from the platform. The research presented in this thesis investigates the state of practice in industry regarding the challenges, needs, and current use of platforms. To respond to the identified need, a platform approach is proposed that expands the scope of what a product platform has traditionally contained. This is undertaken to aid in the development of highly customized products when physical modules or component scalability does not suffice. The platform approach provides a coherent environment for heterogeneous design assets to be used in product development, supporting both the activity of designing and off-the-shelf solutions. The approach is based on identifying and modelling generic product items that are associated with descriptions governing their design. By describing the outcome of technology and product development like finished designs, design guidelines, constraints, etc., in a standardized format, the platform continues to evolve. To aid in using the platform approach, a support system called Design Platform Manager is introduced at a company active as a secondtier supplier in the automotive industry. The system enables the creation of generic product items that can be structured, instantiated, and associated with descriptions, which aids in realizing product variants. The aim of the platform approach and tool is to support the quotation and continued design processes by identifying valid knowledge to use as circumstances, such as requirement changes or new design iterations, warrant. The support tool and overarching model have been evaluated by company representatives, who reported good results.

  • 1857.
    André, Samuel
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Product Development - Computer supported engineering design.
    Towards a Platform Approach Supporting the Interface Between Technology - and Product Development2016In: Proceedings of the DESIGN 2016 14th International Design Conference, Dubrovnik, May 16-19, 2016. / [ed] Marjanović, D., Štorga, M., Pavković, N., Bojčetić, N., Škec, S., The Design Society, 2016, p. 1987-1996Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The separation of technology development (TD) and product development (PD) is adding to the challenge that suppliers face. They are to conduct long term TD and at the same time tailor products when the order arrives. This paper proposes a platform approach in order to describe some conceptual knowledge. An example from the automotive business where early simulations of concepts are performed during TD is presented. The focus is on how these simulations can support the transfer of knowledge from TD to PD and how they are to be described in order to communicate the technology’s ability to adapt.

  • 1858.
    André, Samuel
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Product Development. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Product Development - Computer supported engineering design.
    Elgh, Fredrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Product Development. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Product Development - Computer supported engineering design.
    Creating an ability to respond to changing requirements by systematic modelling of design assets and processes2017Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    System suppliers, e.g. original equipment suppliers, are important for the success of many products. They design a unique solution, often in close collaboration with other companies, based on different product concepts and/or core technologies. The solution can then be manufactured in different quantities depending on the client’s need. High level of customization is required as the interfaces are not standardized, the performance is not negotiable, requirements are not initially fixed and the specific system interacts with, is affected by, or affects other systems that are simultaneously developed. A system supplier commonly designs and manufactures solutions for different OEMs and must support many models and variants in their product portfolios. Efficiency, short lead-time, continuous technology development, and adaptability are essential for the competitive edge. A product platform approach has been a success for many companies to enable variety at low cost, however, it is not applicable for system suppliers. This work describes the result from a case study where a platform approach enabling a new way of structuring, publishing and managing design assets and processes was introduced at a company with the purpose to improve the ability to respond to changing requirements in the quotation process and the subsequent product development activities.

  • 1859.
    André, Samuel
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Product Development. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Product Development - Computer supported engineering design.
    Elgh, Fredrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Product Development. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Product Development - Computer supported engineering design.
    Introducing a platform approach at a supplier for efficient design of highly customized systems2017Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 1860.
    André, Samuel
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Product Development, Production and Design.
    Elgh, Fredrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Product Development, Production and Design.
    Modeling of transdisciplinary engineering assets using the design platform approach for improved customization ability2018In: Advanced Engineering Informatics, ISSN 1474-0346, E-ISSN 1873-5320, Vol. 38, p. 277-290Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Original equipment suppliers (OES) that develop unique products are continuously faced with changing requirements during both the quotation and product development processes. This challenge is a different reality from companies that develop off-the-shelf products for the end consumer, which use fixed specifications and where product platforms have been a strong enabler for efficient mass customization. However, product platforms cannot adequately support companies working as OES. The reason is that a high level of customization is required which means that interfaces cannot be standardized, the performance is not negotiable, requirements are not initially fixed, and the specific system interacts with, is affected by, or affects other systems that are simultaneously developed in a transdisciplinary environment. The design platform (DP) approach provides a coherent environment for heterogeneous and transdisciplinary design resources to be used in product development by supporting both designing and off-the-shelf solutions. This research describes the introduction, application and further development of the DP approach at an automotive supplier to support the development of customized solutions when traditional modularity or platform scalability do not suffice. A computer tool called Design Platform Manager has been developed to support the creation and visualization of the DP. The support tool has a connection to a product data management database to link the platform model to the various kinds of engineering assets needed or intended to support variant creation. Finally, the support tool was evaluated by the case company representatives showing promising results. 

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  • 1861.
    André, Samuel
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Product Development. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Product Development - Computer supported engineering design.
    Elgh, Fredrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Product Development. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Product Development - Computer supported engineering design.
    Johansson, Joel
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Product Development. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Product Development - Computer supported engineering design.
    Stolt, Roland
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Product Development. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Product Development - Computer supported engineering design.
    The design platform – a coherent platform description of heterogeneous design assets for suppliers of highly customised systems2017In: Journal of engineering design (Print), ISSN 0954-4828, E-ISSN 1466-1837, Vol. 28, no 10-12, p. 599-626Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Companies developing highly customised products are continuously faced with fluctuating requirements during the early and late stages of the product development (PD) process. This differs from companies that develop end-consumer products, which uses fixed specifications and where product platforms have been a successful enabler for efficient customisation. However, in the past, product platforms have not been able to fully support companies working in an engineer-to-order business environment. This article outlines the results from a three-year collaborative research project between academics within the area of engineering design and practitioners from the engineer-to-order industry. The research introduces a design platform (DP) that aims to support the development of customised products when traditional platform concepts do not suffice. The platform approach provides a coherent environment for heterogeneous design assets to be used in PD by supporting both the design activity and the finished solutions. The needs and abilities regarding such a platform were investigated through a series of interviews and workshops at four companies. Then, the DP was modelled and support tools were developed. Finally, company representatives evaluated the complete DP and its applications, reporting promising results.

  • 1862.
    André, Samuel
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Product Development - Computer supported engineering design.
    Stolt, Roland
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Product Development - Computer supported engineering design.
    Elgh, Fredrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Product Development - Computer supported engineering design.
    A platform model for suppliers of customized systems: Creating an ability to master fluctuating requirements2016In: Proceedings of the ASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2016, Charlotte, August 21-24, 2016., 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Companies developing highly customized products within the supplier industry are continuously faced with fluctuating requirements during both the quotation process and continued development. This research proposes a platform approach to aid suppliers when modularity or platform scalability do not suffice. The platform approach, Design Platform, focuses on descriptions that not only contain information about tangible components and systems but also information, knowledge and methods supporting the actual design of the product. A support system called Design Platform Manager has been developed to aid in using the platform approach and is introduced at a supplier active in the automotive industry. The system enables creation of generic product items that can be structured and instantiated to become product variants as well as Design Elements that are blocks of knowledge that describe a design or supports the activity of designing. A first evaluation is made that overall shows good result according to the company representatives.

  • 1863.
    André, Samuel
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Product Development - Computer supported engineering design.
    Stolt, Roland
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Product Development - Computer supported engineering design.
    Elgh, Fredrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Product Development - Computer supported engineering design.
    Introducing Design Descriptions on Different Levels of Concretisation in a Platform Definition2015In: Product Lifecycle Management in the Era of Internet of Things / [ed] Bouras, A., Eynard, B., Foufou, S., Thoben, K.-D., Springer, 2015, p. 800-810Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Product platforms has been widely accepted in industry as a means to reach both high product variety while maintaining business efficiency. For suppliers of highly customised products, however, the development of a platform based upon predefined modules is a challenge. This is due to the large differ-ences between the various systems their products are to be integrated into and the customer's individual preferences. What is common for most platform descriptions is the high level of concretisation, such as predefined modules, they are built upon, but how can companies act when that is not possible? Are there other principles that can be used for the definition of a product platform? This paper presents a concept to incorporate other types of descriptions of different levels of concretisation into a product platform. Parts of the concept has been realised in a computer support tool and tested at a case company in order to improve their quotation process.

  • 1864.
    André, Samuel
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Product Development - Computer supported engineering design.
    Stolt, Roland
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Product Development - Computer supported engineering design.
    Elgh, Fredrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Product Development - Computer supported engineering design.
    Johansson, Joel
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Product Development - Computer supported engineering design.
    Poorkiany, Morteza
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Product Development - Computer supported engineering design.
    Managing Fluctuating Requirements by Platforms Defined in the Interface Between Technology and Product Development2014In: Advances in Transdisciplinary Engineering: Moving Integrated Product Development to Service Clouds in the Global Economy / [ed] Cha, J., Chou, S.-Y., Stjepandić, J. , Curran, R., Xu, W., Amsterdam: IOS Press, 2014, p. 424-433Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Product platforms play an important role for the efficient customisation and variant forming of products in many companies. In this paper four different companies ranging from OEM to B2B suppliers have been interviewed on how they engage in technology and product development, create and maintain product platforms and how they respond to the changing requirements on the platforms and on the products and product families derived from them. The objective is to find how product platforms are used to meet the demands of efficient product customisation. The companies all have identifiable product platforms and established processes for product development. However, there are differences in how they define technology development, how the platforms are created, maintained, replaced and what the platforms contain. The introduction of new technology into the platforms and how the platforms are used from a Lean product development perspective has been of interest in the survey as reported in the paper.

  • 1865.
    Andréasson, Åsa
    Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication.
    Förskollärare- en profession med barnen i fokus: En studie om hur sex förskollärare ser på sin yrkesroll och sitt uppdrag när barn i gruppen far illa eller riskerar att göra det2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 1866.
    Andrén, Cecilia
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science.
    Hugo, Beatrice
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science.
    Petersson, Karin
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science.
    HIV - det drabbar inte mig: - En innehållsanalys baserad på biografier2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Hiv is a chronic illness which attacks the immune system. There is an ignorance around hiv and prejudices and stigmatisation in the community regarding the hiv-positives. A diagnosis brings a life adjustment and the person goes through a transition. The nursing profession contains the meeting with individuals and helps them through the transition and give information about risks of health and infection.

    Aim: Describe the experience of knowledge about a positive hiv-diagnosis and the management of the diagnosis.

    Method: A content analysis of biographies uses to illustrate the individuals subjective experiences.

    Results: Three themes arrives in the result. Death as follower; it reveals that the announcement of the hiv-diagnosis is linked to different feelings and it’s unique for each person, death is crucial. Close the door or come out; the choice to live openly with the disease or keep it as a secret is connected to stigmatization. The end of life or the beginning of something new; how to deal with and accept the situation so a transition can lives through.

    Conclusion: This study can contribute to an increased comprehension forpeople who lives with hiv.  The knowledge about the diagnosis could contribute to a more individual medical care.

  • 1867.
    Andrén, Erik
    et al.
    Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration.
    Fors, Oskar
    Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration.
    Actively Managed Investments: A comparison of US hedge and equity mutual funds2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Over the past years, the total assets under management among hedge funds and equity mutual fundshave increased significantly. The question from an investor point of view iswhich investment vehicle can provide the greatest return adjusted for risk. The purpose of this study involves an analysis on the historical net asset values todetermine and evaluate what one can except from actively managed hedge andequity mutual funds. It supports the determination of the most profitable asset, adjusted for risk, as part of a diversified portfolio. The performance is measured net of fees and costs with the inclusion of potential performance fees individual hedge funds may apply. Hedge funds practice different investment approaches depending on what strategy is applied and hence, return levels can vary dramatically. The study is designed to answer questions by comparing net returns and risk-adjusted returns for respective investments and the different hedge fund strategies. With a deductive research approach, the analysis is conducted by applying existing models and theories as the Fama-French three-factor model through time-series regressions measuring excess returns (alpha), risk-adjusted performance measures as Sharpe ratio, M-squared and the Sortino ratio. The results show that hedge funds outperform equity mutual funds in all examined aspects and produce positive monthly net alphas,on average. Equity mutual funds are unable to provide investors with positive excess returns and subsequently fail the purpose of an actively managed fund by providing returns lower than the return of the market. The results are increasingly strengthened with both time-series regressions and performance measures showing homogenous results and reaching the equal conclusions. From the conclusions that hedge funds provide the most profitable investment compared to equity mutual funds, the hedge fund strategy CTA/managed futures strategies perform best in both net and risk-adjusted terms.

  • 1868.
    Andrén, Johanna
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication.
    Juberg, Erik
    Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication.
    Man kan inte läsa allt: En litteraturstudie om lärares val av klassisk skönlitteratur i årskurs 4-62019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Debatten gällande införandet av en litterär kanon i litteraturundervisningen har pågått i media och skolor runt om i landet under de senaste åren. Detta väckte intresset att närmare undersöka hur lärare väljer skönlitteratur till undervisningen, då det idag inte existerar någon formell kanon i den svenska skolan. Syftet med denna litteraturstudie var att granska vad forskning inom litteraturundervisning i modersmålsundervisningen lyfter fram som avgörande faktorer för lärares val av klassisk skönlitteratur. Vi ville även undersöka vad forskningen säger om huruvida lärare ser på klassisk respektive nutida skönlitteratur på olika sätt, ställer olika krav på dem, samt vilka konsekvenser detta i så fall kan få för elevernas utbildning ur ett likvärdighetsperspektiv. För att göra det utgick vi från följande frågor: (1) På vad baserar lärare sina val av skönlitterära klassiker?, (2) Hur skiljer sig lärares krav på klassisk respektive nutida skönlitteratur för barn och ungdomar gällande inkludering, ur exempelvis mångfalds- och genusperspektiv? och (3) Vilka konsekvenser får lärares val av klassiker för en likvärdig litteraturundervisning?För att kunna besvara dessa frågor genomfördes en litteraturstudie där källmaterial som behandlar lärarens val, litteraturundervisning och svenskämnet analyserades genom närläsning.Resultatet av studien visade att lärare i stor utsträckning baserar sina val av skönlitteratur på en informell kanon som bygger på egna och andras erfarenheter. Lärare väljer också litteratur utifrån hur elevgruppen ser ut och dess motivation, samt vad läraren har för mål med undervisningen. Det visade sig att kraven som ställs på klassisk och nutida skönlitteratur skilde sig, men inte ur det hänseende frågan avsåg. Svaret på den tredje frågan var att litteraturundervisningen i den svenska skolan inte är likvärdig. Detta på grund av bristande direktiv i kurs- och läroplan, avsaknad av fortbildning för lärare samt ibland bristande tillgång till böcker och avsaknad av fungerande skolbibliotek. 

  • 1869. Andén, M
    et al.
    Andén, G
    Tengström, A
    Leissner, P
    Wallin, J
    Andersson, L
    Lund, L
    Larsson, C
    Harlid, R
    Sandin, E
    Granlund, Mats
    Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. CHILD.
    Kvalificerat stöd till personer med flerfunktionshinder2000Other (Other academic)
  • 1870.
    Anefur, Hilda
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science.
    Vestvik, Sölvi
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science.
    Kulturell kompetens inom barnhälsovården: Sjuksköterskors beskrivning av sin kulturella kompetens2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Children with a foreign background have increased in the Swedish primary child health care services. Previous studies show that there are health differences among these groups. This requires an increased cultural competence, to best meet the needs of these families. Aim: The aim is to elucidate nurses’ descriptions of cultural competence, when encountering families with a foreign background in primary child health care services. Method: The study has a qualitative design and twelve nurses in the field of child health care were interviewed. The material was analyzed with a deductive content analysis based on the Campinha-Bacote (2002) model of cultural competence in health care. Findings: Nurses receives most cultural competence through experience and wishes to develop this competence. There is an uncertainty in assessing children's development and health due to language barriers and cultural differences as well as concerns that language and developmental deviations are discovered later. Guidelines on cultural aspect were lacking, and there was unawareness among nurses about the cultural aspect of the guidelines already in place. Conclusion: Equal health care for all children requires clear guidelines and more education for increased cultural competence.

  • 1871.
    Anehall, Carola
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Rehabilitation.
    Thongchai, Ming
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Rehabilitation.
    Aktivitetsbalans och stress hos gymnasieungdomar på yrkesprogram i gymnasiet: En jämförelse mellan könen2019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    High school youths experience a lot of stress, mainly because of studies. The mental illness among young people increases and girls are significantly more stressed than boys. Stress can affect the study motivation negatively and can lead to interruptions that delay entry into the labor market. The aim of the study was to survey occupational balance and stress among girls and boys at vocational programs in high school. A quantitative study in the form of a survey was conducted with 50 respondents at various upper secondary schools in southern Sweden. Spearman's rank correlation coefficient (rho)was used to analyze whether there was any relationship between occupational balance and stress. The majority of respondents had medium occupational balance (39) or higher, there was no statistically significant difference in occupational balance between the sexes. There was a statistically significant difference in perceived stress between the sexes, girls perceived more stress than boys. There was a statistically significant relationship between occupational balance and perceived stress in girls. To enable for young people to maintain or improve occupational balance can be a way to promote and prevent stress and other mental illness.

  • 1872.
    Anehammar, Ida
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science.
    Hägg, Olivia
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science.
    Livet efter en mastektomi2017Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syfte: Syftet med denna litteraturöversikt var att beskriva kvinnors upplevelse efter en mastektomi. Metod: En litteraturöversikt som bygger på artiklar med kvalitativ design utfördes som baseras på elva vetenskapliga artiklar av kvalitativ design. Artiklarna analyserades och resultatet presenteras med hjälp av huvudteman och underteman baserat på fynden i analysen. Resultat: Resultatet byggdes upp av två huvudteman, fysiska och psykiska svårigheter samt existentiella och sociala utmaningar. Under dessa teman formulerades fem underteman, Att leva med smärta, en förändrad identitet och självbild, oro och känsla av ensamhet, tankar kring livet och döden, familjen och samhället. Slutsats: Litteraturöversikten visade på hur kvinnors kroppsuppfattning påverkades negativt efter en mastektomi, då de kände sig mindre kvinnliga och inte bekväma i sin kropp framför sin partner vilket påverkade sexlivet samt det sociala samspelet med omgivningen. Stöd från familj, vårdpersonal och andra kvinnor med erfarenhet av mastektomi ansågs viktigt.

  • 1873.
    Anello, Giuseppe
    et al.
    Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Centre of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (CeLS).
    Plucinski, Matthias
    Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Centre of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (CeLS).
    Improving the Inbound Flow of a Manufacturing Company: Leveraging dimensions of a buyer-supplier relationship to influence the on-time delivery performance in an inbound supply chain - A case study within the Swedish manufacturing industry2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Competition nowadays occurs between different supply chains, rather than between individual firms. Thus, it is not enough to measure the performance of a company individually, but the relationships between companies need to be taken into consideration as well. The need to broaden and complement their internally focused performance measurement practices has been recognized by manufacturing companies, which moved from arm-length purchasing transactions towards buyer-supplier relationships (BSRs). In this context, the focus lies on the connection between dimensions of a buyer-supplier relationship (BSR) and on-time delivery (OTD) performance.

     

    Purpose: The purpose of this study is to explore different dimensions of BSRs within a manufacturing company’s inbound supply chain, to identify potential difficulties within those dimensions as well as to integrate problem solving approaches into a checklist. Thus, the thesis aims at generating contributions to literature considering the detected research gaps.

     

    Method: This study is following an abductive approach due to the possibility to simultaneously review existing theory when analyzing the empirical findings. Furthermore, an exploratory and qualitative study has been chosen in order to take a deep dive into means of actively using and shaping BSRs to improve the OTD performance. Empirical data has been gathered through semi-structured and focus group interviews with companies operating in the manufacturing industry. The empirical data has been analyzed using summarizing, categorizing and pattern matching.

     

    Conclusions: Analyzing and comparing empirical findings with literature revealed a connection between BSR dimensions and OTD performance. The dimensions extracted from literature have thereby been supported by the empirical findings, even though they did not prove to be equally applicable for both buyers and suppliers. In addition to that three further dimensions have been identified in the case study, namely Competence, Internal Collaboration and Product Portfolio, showing a significant improvement potential for the underlying business relationship as well as the manufacturing industry in general. Besides the fact that the formulated research questions have been answered another significant insight of the study might be helpful for practitioners: When considering the high number of parties involved into the execution of an inbound supply chain as well as their various impacts on different BSR dimensions, it becomes clear that OTD performance should not be measured as a supplier KPI but rather as a supply chain KPI.

  • 1874.
    Anely, Yaschilal Shitaye
    Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School.
    Contextualizing entrepreneurial networks in Ethiopia: The case of the Ekubs of the Gurage ethnic group2017In: Contextualizing Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies and Developing Countries / [ed] Marcela Ramirez-Pasillas, Ethel Brundin & Magdalena Markowska, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017, p. 146-156Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 1875.
    Anema, Jens
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management.
    Fraga, Fernando
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management.
    Decision making framework for managers: Profit by forecasting, costs and price management2009Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Forecasting, cost management and pricing policies are topics which have beenwidely investigated over time. Due to a lack of scientific research about therelationships between each of those subjects, these methods have beeninvestigated in combination with their outcomes. The purpose of this work was todevelop a framework which can be used by managers who want to make adecision in either of the subjects mentioned before. By the use of a qualitative, interpretive research design, a literature review was performed which led to some interesting findings. Generally, it can be said that the methods are not related directly, although the outcomes are linked and can often be used as a criterion for the decision making process for the other methods.

  • 1876.
    Angelopoulos, Panagiotis
    et al.
    Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Marketing and Logistics.
    Leivo, Piia
    Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Marketing and Logistics.
    Drivers and barriers for relocation of freight operators to smaller airports - A case study at Jönköping airport (Axamo)2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Air freight sector has been a growing market worldwide for many years. The rapid growth of scheduled freight aircraft services in particular has been a remarkable feature of the international airline industry during the past decades. Air freight traffic has grown faster than passenger traffic and the production of goods has become more dependent upon air freight services that link global supply chains together. Air transportation is useful when the goods must be delivered quickly and it also allows for more flexible hub-and-spoke networking structures, which are able to offset some of the problems of indirect flows. The concept of developing regional air-cargo centres can be seen from many different perspectives. The most important factors in airport location selection are connectivity to existing road and rail transport networks and current or potential freight traffic volumes. Right location allows firms to develop their own resources, consolidate their competitive position and nurture their growth. Once the company has located it is hard to relocate, so that is why the location decision has to be made carefully.

    Purpose: The main purpose of this thesis was to reveal the key factors, either positive or negative, which can affect the decision of air freight operators to relocate their express services to smaller airports.

     

    Methodology: The chosen method for this thesis was the mono method because the data collection technique was qualitative. Based on that interviews, the authors finalized their topic and their research questions and built question lists, one for the Jönköping airport (Axamo), one for the companies that already operate in Jönköping airport and one for companies that do not operate there. The authors decided to have semi-structured interviews with all the interviewees in order to cover the different themes of their research.

     

    Findings: The main findings from analysing the empirical data revealed that there are many different positive and negative factors that can affect the decision making for relocation of freight operators. The most important that were identified concern the airport’s infrastructure, location, quality of provided services, number of passenger flights and price policy. Moreover, the weather conditions at the region, the customers’ demand and connectivity with road and rail networks are also very influential.

  • 1877.
    Angelopoulos, Panagiotis
    et al.
    Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Centre of Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
    Leivo, Piia
    Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Centre of Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
    The bottleneck effect of road transportation at the Finnish - Russian border stations: A prospective “One-stop” border crossing model2012Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The flow of goods to Russia has grown faster than the bottleneck can handle and the infrastructure on Finnish eastern borders has been stretched to the limit. The authors choose this topic according to their educational background and the direct and indirect future opportunities that can rise up for everybody by a possible solution.

    Purpose

    The main purpose of this thesis was to identify the main reasons for the inefficient border crossing process at the border station in Vaalimaa. The authors will analyse the current situation at the border crossing station in Vaalimaa from two different perspectives: Finnish Customs and Logistics Companies. The authors will propose a possible solution by improving the border crossing process

    Methodology

    Qualitative research method is used in order to get the most dependable information for the reasons of the problems. The aim was to get information about the current situation at the border crossing point in Vaalimaa rather than quantitative information. The qualitative research method will allow authors to go deeper inside the topic by interviewing the logistics companies, who are using the route via Finland to Russia and, as well as, Finnish customs and border guards, who are working in Vaalimaa. After the data collection, the authors will propose their own solution for the crossing border problems and they will conclude the research by measuring its validity and reliability.

    Conclusion

    The authors will present the main reasons for the inefficient border crossing process, which are bureaucracy, legislation issues, criminality level and poor IT-systems. In order to solve the problem and manage all the possible changes, Russia and EU should have a closely cooperation in any level. The authors after analysing the current situation in Vaalimaa, created the “One-stop” model as an improvement of the whole border crossing process.

  • 1878.
    Angelova, Kristina
    et al.
    Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Centre of Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
    Petrachkova, Irina
    Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Centre of Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
    Cold chain management in the food industry of Sweden: Enhanced utilization of temperature monitoring solutions2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 1879.
    Angelova, Milena
    et al.
    Technical University of sofia, BUL.
    Vishnu Manasa, Devagiri
    Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, Institutionen för datavetenskap.
    Boeva, Veselka
    Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, Institutionen för datavetenskap.
    Linde, Peter
    Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, Biblioteket.
    Lavesson, Niklas
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Computer Science and Informatics, JTH, Jönköping AI Lab (JAIL). Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, Institutionen för datavetenskap.
    An Expertise Recommender System based on Data from an Institutional Repository (DiVA)2019In: Connecting the Knowledge Common from Projects to sustainable Infrastructure: The 22nd International conference on Electronic Publishing - Revised Selected Papers / [ed] Leslie Chan & Pierre Mounier, OpenEdition Press , 2019, p. 135-149Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Finding experts in academics is an important practical problem, e.g. recruiting reviewersfor reviewing conference, journal or project submissions, partner matching for researchproposals, finding relevant M. Sc. or Ph. D. supervisors etc. In this work, we discuss anexpertise recommender system that is built on data extracted from the Blekinge Instituteof Technology (BTH) instance of the institutional repository system DiVA (DigitalScientific Archive). DiVA is a publication and archiving platform for research publicationsand student essays used by 46 publicly funded universities and authorities in Sweden andthe rest of the Nordic countries (www.diva-portal.org). The DiVA classification system isbased on the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) and the Statistic Sweden's (SCB)three levels classification system. Using the classification terms associated with studentM. Sc. and B. Sc. theses published in the DiVA platform, we have developed a prototypesystem which can be used to identify and recommend subject thesis supervisors in academy.

  • 1880.
    Angelova, Milena
    et al.
    Technical University of Sofia-branch Plovdiv, BUL.
    Vishnu Manasa, Devagiri
    Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, Institutionen för datalogi och datorsystemteknik.
    Boeva, Veselka
    Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, Institutionen för datalogi och datorsystemteknik.
    Linde, Peter
    Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, Biblioteket.
    Lavesson, Niklas
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Computer Science and Informatics, JTH, Jönköping AI Lab (JAIL). Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, Institutionen för datalogi och datorsystemteknik.
    An Expertise Recommender SystemBased on Data from an Institutional Repository (DiVA)2018In: Proceedings of the 22nd edition of the International Conference on ELectronic PUBlishing, 2018Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Finding experts in academics is an important practical problem, e.g. recruiting reviewersfor reviewing conference, journal or project submissions, partner matching for researchproposals, finding relevant M. Sc. or Ph. D. supervisors etc. In this work, we discuss anexpertise recommender system that is built on data extracted from the Blekinge Instituteof Technology (BTH) instance of the institutional repository system DiVA (DigitalScientific Archive). DiVA is a publication and archiving platform for research publicationsand student essays used by 46 publicly funded universities and authorities in Sweden andthe rest of the Nordic countries (www.diva-portal.org). The DiVA classification system isbased on the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) and the Statistic Sweden's (SCB)three levels classification system. Using the classification terms associated with studentM. Sc. and B. Sc. theses published in the DiVA platform, we have developed a prototypesystem which can be used to identify and recommend subject thesis supervisors inacademy.

  • 1881.
    Angjelov, Petar
    et al.
    Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Centre of Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
    Rosén, Carl
    Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Centre of Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
    Risk Management within purchasing: The effect of increased uncertainty on purchasing strategy A case study on Swedish SMEs during the Russian crisis of 20152015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In the last few decades more and more companies started to purchase internationally. Due to the liberalization of countries borders, better communication technology and better infrastructure even small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) engaged into international trade. This allowed them to combine core competency with the ones from suppliers and by that to achieve better market competitiveness. In the same time this widening of network is exposing the small and medium size enterprises to greater risk.

    The purpose of this study is to explore what purchasing risk management strategies small and medium size enterprises apply in order to reduce exposure to environmental risk, and analyze the reasoning behind their choice. The research is done in the context of increased uncertainty for Swedish companies buying from Russia.

    For this study, abductive research approach has been applied and a qualitative study has been carried out using a multiple case study research strategy. Empirical data has been collected by conducting semi-structured interviews with four Swedish SMEs that import from Russia. The findings have been analyzed using the existing theory elaborated in the frame of references.

    The main findings from the analysis are that Swedish SMEs use strategies like Safety stock, Single sourcing and Multiple sourcing in order to protect themselves in purchasing. Furthermore the analysis show that none of these strategies is used in a manner to protect from external environmental risks, and that SME`s managers do not take these risks in consideration when constructing purchasing strategies. By using the scenario of increased uncertainty because of the Russian political situation the analysis concluded that managers change their attitude toward environmental risk in purchasing drastically if the companies are exposed to the same type of risk. After realization of the environmental risk the companies are exposed to, all of the case companies employed multiple sourcing in order to hedge against this risk.

  • 1882.
    Angjelova, Adrijana
    et al.
    Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration.
    Sundström, Petter
    Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration.
    Reducing Consumer Skepticism when Communicating CSR: A study on the efficiency of Cause Fit- and Cause Commitment communication2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this thesis is to be able to conclude which of the two, cause fit communication or cause commitment communication, is the best strategy for companies to adapt when looking to reduce consumer skepticism when communicating their CSR. CSR is nowadays a core component in every business yet so many managers find it hard to justify because they do not reap the benefits from engaging in CSR (Porter & Kramer, 2006). CSR has to be communicated in order for companies to reap the benefits from their endeavors (McElhaney, 2009). However, when companies do this consumers tend to get skeptical about the CSR motives of the company, which results in companies not gaining any benefits from their CSR at all (Bhattacharya, 2010). To solve this problem, researchers have suggested many different communication strategies to reduce consumer skepticism when companies communicate their CSR. In this thesis we test the consumer skepticism reducinge ffects of Cause Fit Communication and Cause Commitment Communication to conclude which of the two is the most efficient at reducing consumer skepticism. To fulfill our purpose we have used a quantitative method and constructed a survey where we have asked people about their perception of different companies’ CSR communication when the companies used Cause Fit Communication or Cause Commitment Communication. The answers from the respondents were analyzed through which we could conclude which of the two strategies is better.

    From our findings it was very hard to conclude which of the two communication strategies was the best at reducing consumer skepticism. However, we could see that Cause Commitment Communication had the highest consumer skepticism reducing effects. After having conducted this research we truly believe that the two communication strategies can be just as efficient at reducing consumer skepticism as long as one follows the guidelines we have provided in this thesis. 

  • 1883.
    Anhammer, Ida
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management.
    Asp, Rebecca
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management.
    Informationssystemets inverkan på SMF i logistikbranschen: Fallstudie på Pallservice Renova Syd AB2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose – The aim of the study is to identify, from an operational and strategic perspective, the impact of a digital information system on SME in the logistics industry.Based on the purpose of the study, two questions have been formulated.

    • What effects can a digital information system provide on an information flow at an operational level?• What strategic benefits can a digital information system give?

    Method – A case study has been conducted on a small logistics company that manages, repairs and manufactures pallets. The data collection was conducted through interviews and observations. Based on the data collection, a literature study has been conducted where an inductive approach has been used. A comparison and analysis between the literature study and empirical data has generated the results of the study.

    Findings – With regards to operational and strategic perspective, a digital information system may have different types of impact on SMEs. From an operational perspective, a digital information system can have the following effects:• Operations can be reduced• Reduction of lead time• Enables increased quality of information and information may be available in real time• Creates prerequisites for forecasts, which in return creates a good basis for planning and decision making

    The benefits identified at a strategic level of implementing a digital information system are:• Competitive advantage• Decision can be taken based on correct information• Creates new opportunities• Better customer relations

    Implications – This study highlights the impact of digitization on companies and provides evidence that digitalization of information systems can lead to shorter lead times, reduced documents and safer information in the flows. The study's findings reinforce and confirm the existing theories that a digital information system can help a company to create more effective processes and a smoother management of its information. The case company illustrate a problem that more logistics companies may experience and where an information system can be a solution for easier management and more up-to-date information.

    Limitations – The purpose of the study is to investigate a company's information flow linked to a specific product category. The economic aspects of information management are not considered in this study.

  • 1884.
    Anicic, Sandro
    et al.
    Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School.
    Orahem Gorge, Etana
    Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School.
    Peychev, Kiril
    Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School.
    The Effect of Entrepreneurial Failure and Human Capital on Learning: A multiple case study2019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Failure is something which most people probably try to avoid. However, even though entrepreneurial failure can put the entrepreneur through emotional, social and financial stress, it can also be viewed as a learning experience (Ucbasaran et al., 2013) and as an opportunity for the entrepreneur to gain human capital like knowledge and skills (Quan & Huy, 2014).The purpose of this thesis is to investigate what impact business failure and human capital have on the entrepreneurial learning of habitual entrepreneurs. Drawing on theory from the field of entrepreneurial failure, human capital and learning, this multiple case study has investigated eight habitual entrepreneurs qualitatively through semi-structured interviews.  The findings suggest that entrepreneurial failure is strongly connected to learning regardless of whether the failure is a bankruptcy or a smaller failure, and on the other hand that financial cost after failure can act as a barrier to learning. In addition, the findings suggest that human capital is is both an outcome of learning, in the sense that knowledge and skills increase with learning, but also that human capital is an enhancer of further learning as well. This implies that entrepreneurs on one hand should be aware of the risks of suffering financially after a failure, but on the other hand that failure can potentially be beneficial and positive as well due to the learning, knowledge and skills it generates.

  • 1885.
    Anisimova, Tatiana
    Monash University.
    Benchmarking the Corporate Brand in Relation to Stakeholders: A Managerial Perspective2005Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 1886.
    Anisimova, Tatiana
    Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration.
    Brand communication using symbolic brand values: implications for consumer satisfaction and loyalty2015In: Academy of Marketing Annual Conference Proceedings, 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The growing interest of research into idiosyncratic brand values highlights the importance of understanding brand symbolism. However, there is still a limited understanding about this area, and in particular its effects on consumer relationships with brands. This suggests the importance of investigating of how corporate brand symbolism contributes to some of the key performance indicators such as consumer satisfaction and loyalty. This research tests the effects of symbolic brand values on consumer satisfaction and loyalty. Regression results reveal favourable and significant effects of symbolic brand values on both consumer satisfaction and loyalty. This study does not intend to deny the role of economic utilitarianism in formulating brand value marketing strategies, particularly for the companies operating in a technologically intensive markets. The findings of this study point to the strategic role of the brand symbolism in generating both satisfaction and loyalty.

  • 1887. Anisimova, Tatiana
    Corporate brand: The company-customer misalignment and its performance implications2010In: Journal of Brand Management, ISSN 1350-231X, E-ISSN 1479-1803, Vol. 17, no 7, p. 488-503Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Fit or co-alignment between company and customer perspectives is an important theoretical proposition in corporate branding theory. Utilizing three corporate brands in the Australian automobile industry, this research conceptualizes co-alignment as profile deviation and examines the effects of deviation from the company-specified corporate brand on customer loyalty and satisfaction. Management practice tells us that organizations invest significant resources to encourage customer satisfaction and loyalty. From the comparison of congruence models, this study demonstrates that in addition to the quantum of spend, alignment of company and customer corporate brand perspectives can be an important source of customer satisfaction and loyalty. The ideal corporate brand, as specified by senior management was used as a benchmark. The corporate brand construct included corporate associations, corporate personality and customer benefits. The results, which were robust across three corporate brands, generally support the hypotheses of negative performance impact of company-customer misalignment. However, positive performance implications of customer deviation on corporate personality suggest that the effects of misalignment are complex and that it is useful to explore corporate brand dimensions individually.

  • 1888.
    Anisimova, Tatiana
    University of Canberra.
    Evaluating the impact of corporate brand on consumer satisfaction2013In: Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, ISSN 1355-5855, E-ISSN 1758-4248, Vol. 25, no 4, p. 561-589Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to empirically examine the impact of a corporate brand on consumer satisfaction and ascertain which corporate brand attributers had the most influential effects on consumer satisfaction.

    Design/methodology/approach – Using a multiple regression method and an Australian sample of 235 consumers, this paper tests a relationship between consumer-perceived corporate brand and consumer satisfaction.

    Findings – The results demonstrate that a corporate brand acts as a critical predictor of consumer satisfaction thus providing support for the research proposition. The three components of consumer value (functional, emotional and symbolic) were found to be critical and consistent predictors of consumer satisfaction. Corporate associations and core organizational values were also found to be the drivers of consumer satisfaction.

    Research limitations/implications – Although the cross-sectional nature of data collection method limits the data to a single point in time; this research contributes important insights into the factors affecting one of the key performance indicators such as consumer satisfaction.

    Practical implications – The findings have important implications for a corporate branding strategy implementation and effective corporate brand communications that can be employed for enhancing the relationship with the existing consumers as well as acquiring new consumers.

    Originality/value – Consumer satisfaction has primarily been studied as a mediator through which a brand impacts on consumer loyalty. This paper extends existing research by considering a corporate brand as an antecedent and a driver of consumer satisfaction. To address the disparity between operationalisation and conceptualisation of the corporate brand construct, this study maintains a corporate brand is a multidimensional construct and measures it accordingly.

  • 1889.
    Anisimova, Tatiana
    Sydney Business School.
    The effects of corporate brand attributes on attitudinal and behavioural consumer loyalty2007In: Journal of Consumer Marketing, ISSN 0736-3761, E-ISSN 2052-1200, Vol. 24, no 7, p. 395-405Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose – The purpose of this research is to investigate the influence of the corporate brand on attitudinal and behavioural consumer loyalty. This paper empirically demonstrates a significant relationship between consumer-perceived corporate brand and consumer attitudinal and behavioural loyalty.

    Design/methodology/approach – The research is based on a sample of 285 consumers of an automobile manufacturer in Australia. Cronbach alpha and Structural Equation Modelling were used to establish psychometric properties of the corporate brand constructs.

    Findings – This paper establishes two groups of corporate brand attributes: corporate and marketing-level. Corporate-level dimensions include corporate activities, corporate associations, organizational values, and corporate personality. Marketing-level dimensions comprise functional, emotional and symbolic brand benefits. The results reveal that corporate values, corporate brand personality and functional consumer benefits are the most critical and consistent predictors of both attitudinal and behavioural loyalty.

    Practical implications – Through the comprehensive measurement of the corporate brand impact on both attitudinal and behavioural loyalty, this paper offers insights for designing corporate branding strategies and generating consumer loyalty.

    Originality/value – This paper provides empirical validation of the relationship between consumer corporate brand perceptions and consumer loyalty and demonstrates that the influence of each particular corporate brand attribute may be different.

  • 1890.
    Anisimova, Tatiana
    Monash University .
    The Effects of the Corporate Brand on Consumer Loyalty2007Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 1891.
    Anisimova, Tatiana
    University of Canberra (Australia).
    The impact of controllable and uncontrollable communications on consumer loyalty: evidence from Australia2011Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 1892.
    Anisimova, Tatiana
    University of Canberra.
    Using benchmarking to determine corporate brand attributes2012Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 1893.
    Anisimova, Tatiana Anatolevena
    et al.
    Linneuniversitet Ekonomihögskolan, Kalmar, Sweden.
    Weiss, Jan Frederic
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Supply Chain and Operations Management.
    Mavondo, Felix T.
    Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
    The influence of corporate brand perceptions on consumer satisfaction and loyalty via controlled and uncontrolled communications: a multiple mediation analysis2019In: Journal of Consumer Marketing, ISSN 0736-3761, E-ISSN 2052-1200, Vol. 36, no 1, p. 33-49Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: Drawing on the stimulus–organism–response (S-O-R) model, the purpose of this study is to investigate mediating effects of controlled and uncontrolled communications of corporate brand perceptions on consumer satisfaction and loyalty.

    Design/methodology/approach: Structural equation modeling (SEM) was used to test the hypotheses on a sample of 271 Australian automobile consumers.

    Findings: The authors find that while consumer satisfaction is indirectly influenced by corporate-level attributes via controlled and uncontrolled communication, the authors did not find an indirect effect between consumer benefits on consumer satisfaction via controlled and uncontrolled communication. By contrast, the authors find highly significant indirect effects – via controlled and uncontrolled communication as well as consumer satisfaction – for the relationship between, on the one hand, corporate-level attributes and consumer benefits and consumer brand loyalty on the other. Uncontrolled communication was significantly associated with consumer loyalty, a relevant finding that indicates an importance of tracking media coverage and maintaining favorable relationships with the media.

    Research limitations/implications: The cross-sectional method limits data collection to one point in time.

    Practical implications: This study adds to a better understanding of how to leverage corporate brand through communications in ways that it positively resonates with consumers. A fine-grained analysis of corporate brand attributes and consumer-perceived benefits can aid managers in developing specific and more effective marketing strategies.

    Originality/value: The overall thrust of this empirical study, which is to investigate how corporate brand perceptions influence short term (satisfaction) and long term (loyalty) via controlled and uncontrolled communications is original. This study comprehensively conceptualizes and operationalizes the corporate brand as a multidimensional construct consisting of corporate-level attributes and brand-level attributes such as perceived consumer benefits. To examine the hypothesized relationships between and among our constructs, the authors go beyond the commonly studied single mediator model and test a multiple mediator model instead.

  • 1894.
    Anisimova, Tatiana
    et al.
    Linnaeus University.
    Brunninge, Olof
    Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration. Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership (CeFEO). Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Media, Management and Transformation Centre (MMTC).
    Creating competitive brand advantage via connecting and disconnecting historical epochs through heritage brands2018In: 2018 Global Marketing Conference at Tokyo Proceedings, 2018, p. 1258-1260Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 1895. Anisimova, Tatiana
    et al.
    Mavondo, F
    Aligning Corporate Brand Perceptions. Does it Matter?2008In: Contemporary Thoughts on Corporate Branding and Corporate Identity Management / [ed] Tengku Chik Melewar and Elif Karaosmanoglu, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, p. 47-65Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 1896.
    Anisimova, Tatiana
    et al.
    Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration.
    Mavondo, Felix
    Department of Marketing , Monash University , Melbourne , Australia.
    Aligning Company and Dealer Perspectives in Corporate Branding: Implications for Dealer Satisfaction and Commitment2014In: Journal of Business-to-Business Marketing, ISSN 1051-712X, E-ISSN 1547-0628, Vol. 21, no 1, p. 35-56Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: There is a contention in marketing literature that gaps between corporate and key stakeholders’ perspectives have unfavorable implications for corporate brand performance. The current article attempts to empirically substantiate this argument. As such, this article looks at the relationship between a car manufacturer and its dealers and examines it from the perspective of the relationship misalignment.

    Methodology: Applying the Profile Deviation method, this study tests the effects of a manufacturer–dealer corporate brand misalignment on dealer satisfaction and commitment. The manager-specified ideal profile for a corporate brand was used as a proxy for a manufacturer perspective and a benchmark against which dealer perceptions were compared. The corporate brand construct encompassed the dimensions of corporate image, corporate personality and dealer-experienced value. Hypotheses were tested using Pearson correlations and multiple regressions.

    Findings: Results, which were robust across all the corporate brand dimensions, support the hypotheses of negative performance impact of manufacturer-dealer misalignment.

    Originality/value/contribution: This study identifies an important link between the theoretical proposition and the operationalization test of examining performance implications of misalignment. The current study argues for broader integrative thinking and cross-disciplinary research in business-to-business marketing. In the absence of the relevant literature on conceptualization and operationalization in the marketing literature, the article borrows a testing method of Profile Deviation from the management field. By developing a fine-grained analysis, the current study pinpoints specific aspects that require co-alignment in corporate branding, thus facilitating managerial decision-making.

    Research implications/limitations: The current study demonstrates that deviation from a corporate perspective implies a weakness in corporate branding process with negative performance consequences. The Profile Deviation perspective used in this article has focused on a static, cross-sectional approach for specifying and testing misalignment between a manufacturer and its dealer principles. The researchers are encouraged to consider alternative mechanisms to test for misalignment as a dynamic task within a longitudinal research design.

    Practical implications: Companies must be aware of the areas where gaps can occur that impede effective decision-making. Aligning a corporate brand between a company and members of the distribution channel requires careful implementation that encourages dealer inputs in brand operations while avoiding counter-productive implications.

  • 1897.
    Anisimova, Tatiana
    et al.
    Monash University.
    Mavondo, Felix
    Monash University.
    Aligning stakeholders’ chasms. The academic and managerial challenges2003In: ANZMAC 2003 Conference Proceedings Adelaide 1-3 December 2003, 2003, p. 222-228Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 1898.
    Anisimova, Tatiana
    et al.
    Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration.
    Mavondo, Felix T.
    Monash University, Australia.
    Corporate brand: structural equation modelling2015In: Corporate Branding: Areas, arenas and approaches / [ed] T. C. Melewar, S. F. Syed Alwi, London: Routledge, 2015, p. 169-191Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 1899.
    Anisimova, Tatiana
    et al.
    Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration.
    Mavondo, Felix T.
    Monash University, Department of Marketing, Melbourne, Australia.
    Weiss, Jan Frederic
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Supply Chain and Operations Management.
    Controlled and uncontrolled communication stimuli and organic food purchases: The mediating role of perceived communication clarity, perceived health benefits, and trust2019In: Journal of Marketing Communications, ISSN 1352-7266, E-ISSN 1466-4445, Vol. 25, no 2, p. 180-203Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Despite a growing demand worldwide, organic food remains a niche category, with consumers only purchasing it some of the time. This study examines the mediating effects of consumers’ perceived clarity of organic food-related communication, trust for, and perceived health benefits of organic foods in the relationship between controlled and uncontrolled communication stimuli and organic food purchases. We test our hypotheses on a sample of 1011 Australian organic food consumers using Structural Equation Modeling. We find that all mediators except perceived communication clarity perform as hypothesized, with the latter not mediating the relationship between uncontrolled communications and perceived health benefits of organic foods. The results suggest that marketers should ensure clarity in controlled organic food communications, signal health benefits of organic food and build consumer trust to generate organic purchases. 

  • 1900. Anisimova, Tatiana
    et al.
    Mavondo, F.T.
    The performance implications of company-salesperson corporate brand misalignment2010In: European Journal of Marketing, ISSN 0309-0566, E-ISSN 1758-7123, Vol. 44, no 6, p. 771-795Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose – Global competition has increased a manufacturer focus on relationships and optimization of internal processes within channels of distribution. One of the central themes of channel relationships and an important theoretical proposition in corporate branding has been achievement of alignment between corporate and stakeholder perspectives. Using three corporate brands, this study seeks to use a configurational theoretic approach to investigate how deviation of salespeople from the corporate perspective is related to their satisfaction and commitment.

    Design/methodology/approach – The manager-specified ideal corporate brand profile was used as a proxy for a corporate perspective and a benchmark. Applying the Profile Deviation approach to study the effects of misalignment, the authors hypothesise that salespeople's deviation from the corporate perspective is negatively related to their satisfaction and commitment.

    Findings – Results, which were robust across the three corporate brands, partially support the hypotheses. However, positive performance implications of salesperson deviation suggest that the effects of misalignment are more complex than currently viewed in the literature. Findings and implications are discussed and research directions are developed.

    Practical implications – The study offers insights into the areas of corporate brand misalignment, internal branding and salesmanship.

    Originality/value – From the comparison of the three congruence models, it was intended to infer which corporation has succeeded in narrowing the perceptual discrepancy between the corporate and salesperson perspectives. By developing a fine-grained analysis the study pin-points the actual aspects that require co-alignment, thus facilitating managerial decision making.

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