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  • 1.
    Andersson, Eira
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
    Andersson, Lisa
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
    Men’s agency and resistance in the gendered mining workers’ collective2016Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 2.
    Andersson, Lisa
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
    Gender equality: for a social sustainable development in Nordic mining2015Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 3.
    Andersson, Lisa
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
    Sprickor i arbetarkollektivet?: Möjligheter till förändrade genusmönster i gruvnäringens arbetsorganisationer2016Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 4.
    Andersson, Lisa
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
    Johansson, Maria
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
    Betydelser av kön, klass och plats i svensk gruv- och skogsnäring2016Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 5. Andersson, Lisa
    et al.
    Johansson, Maria
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
    Genusmönster och jämställdhet i den svenska gruv- och skognäringen2015Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 6.
    Andersson, Lisa
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
    Johansson, Maria
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
    Industri i förändring?: Komplexa ojämlikheter i svensk gruv- och skogsnäring2016Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 7.
    Arboleda, Jhon
    Luleå University of Technology.
    Hälsopromotion i offentlig sektor2019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 8.
    Johansson, Jan
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
    Abrahamsson, Lena
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
    Bergvall-Kåreborn, Birgitta
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Computer Science.
    Fältholm, Ylva
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
    Grane, Camilla
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
    Wykowska, Agnieszka
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
    Work and Organization in a Digital Industrial Context2017In: Management Revue, ISSN 0935-9915, E-ISSN 1861-9908, Vol. 28, no 3, p. 281-297Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    There are clear signs that digitalization attempts such as Industry 4.0 will becomemore apparent in workplaces. This development requires reflections and considerationsso we do not create more problems than we solve. In our paper, we have raisedseveral questions related to the Industry 4.0 that need answers: Is Industry 4.0 a discourse,an organizational model, or just technology? Does the requirement for flexibilitycall for a new labour market? How will Industry 4.0 affect competence andskill requirements? Will Industry 4.0 encourage a new gender order? Will Industry4.0 take over dangerous routine work or will old work environmental problems appearin new contexts and for other groups of workers? Can we rely on robots aswork mates or will they spy on us and report to management? Based on our analysis,we addressed four knowledge gaps that need more research in relation to thedigitalization of work: The relationship between new technology, working conditions,qualifications, identity, and gender; the future of the workers' collective;crowdsourcing in an industrial context; and human-machine interaction with a focuson integrity issues.

  • 9.
    Johansson, Stina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
    Jakten på ett hållbart arbete – fackliga utmaningar och möjligheter i mötet med lean2017Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Managementkonceptet lean innehar idag en ledande position inom svensk industri alltsedan konceptet fick sin genomslagskraft på mitten av 1990-talet. Trots att konceptet som sådant väcker frågeställningar om dess inverkan på medlemmarnas arbetsmiljö är det omöjligt för fackföreningsrörelsen att stå emot denna trend; istället har de att finna vägar för att hantera lean. Utifrån ett arbetsvetenskapligt perspektiv har jag följt och kritiskt granskat relationen mellan fackföreningsrörelsen och lean.

     

    Syftet med denna avhandling är att identifiera och diskutera fackliga utmaningar och möjligheter kopplade till det ökande användandet av lean, här illustrerat av fackförbundet IF Metall. För att styra implementeringen av lean till att bli ett koncept som stödjer, inte motarbetar, fackliga ideologier och medlemmarnas krav på en säker, utvecklande arbetsmiljö och en trygg anställning lanserade IF Metall 2009 strategin ’det hållbara arbetet’. Vilande på tankarna från den sociotekniska skolan och erfarenheterna gjorda i tidigare strategier, ’det goda arbetet’ (Svenska Metallarbetareförbundet, 1985) och ’det utvecklande arbetet’ (Industrifacket, 1995), bygger denna strategi på tankarna om en utvecklad arbetsorganisation. 

     

    Avhandlingen bygger på kvalitativa semistrukturerade intervjuer med fackliga representanter på olika nivåer och positioner, dokumentstudier, fältanteckningar från informella samtal vid deltagande fackliga aktiviteter samt analyser av tidigare forskning i ämnesområdet.

     

    Avhandlingen identifierar och diskuterar de fackliga utmaningarna och möjligheterna kopplade till införandet av lean, detta  i termer av kampen om rollen som arbetarnas röst, förändrade industriella relationer, kampen mellan kollektivism och individualism samt en stark jämställdhetsdiskurs i samhället. 

  • 10.
    Kempff, Marcus
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences.
    Improving Branding Efforts Among Startups by Understanding Brand Identity and Brand Image: A Multi-Case Study on Startups2018Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Two different subjects that have been well researched over the last couple of decades are branding and startups. The intersection of these two subjects has however not been covered nearly as much. Some researchers go as far as claiming it to be an oxymoron. Built on this has this thesis been conducted in order to narrow this gap in research and shed light on the importance of branding efforts among startups. The objective of this study has been:

    To provide a deeper understanding of brand identity and brand image among startups 

    To fulfill this objective, two sub-objectives were established:

    To examine if there exists a gap between brand identity and brand image among startups

    To identify which key factors that influence brand identity and brand image among startups

    The study has been of an explorative and descriptive character with a deductive approach. For research strategy was embedded multi-cases chosen. Data collection has been collected by conducting semi-structured, qualitative interviews. This data has later been analyzed with the analyzation methods within-analysis and cross-case analysis.

    The finding of the study is that there exists a mismatch between the view of the management and the view of the customers. It can therefore be concluded that there is a gap between the brand identity and the brand image among the three startups investigated in this study. Communication and relationship have furthermore been found to be key aspects that affect the magnitude of the gap. 

    The practical implication to be taken from this study is the importance of branding in the early stages of a company. It can furthermore be important for practitioners, mainly managements of startups to be aware of the key aspects communication and relationship, and to work with branding even in the early years of a company. The theoretical contribution has been to investigate in an area where limited research has been made but more is needed. The need of research for entrepreneurs to rely on are desired.

  • 11.
    Lindberg, Malin
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
    Andersson, Eira
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
    Andersson, Lisa
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
    Johansson, Maria
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
    Organizational innovation for gender equality in forestry and mining2016In: Research Handbook on Gender and Innovation / [ed] G. A. Alsos, U. Hytti, E. Ljunggren, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016, p. 170-186Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 12.
    Ringblom, Lisa
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences.
    Gender equality as a business case in Swedish forestry and mining. Understanding complex organizational power structures.2018Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 13.
    Ringblom, Lisa
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Humans and technology.
    Utmanad ordning? En studie av kön och jämställdhetsarbete i den svenska gruvindustrins arbetsorganisationer2019Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Men, masculine symbolism and hard manual labour have long characterised the mine as a workplace. While this still holds true, today more and more miners are women, gender equality is described as a priority and new technologies and new work methods are being implemented. This means that mining organisations demonstrate a duality of both stability and change. This dissertation aims to investigate how gender and gender equality work are constructed and how this affects gender relations in the Swedish mining industry’s male-dominated organisations. With feminist theories as a starting point, gender is understood as a ‘doing’ and organisational structures, processes and practices as constituting social power structures. The dissertation is based on four empirical sub-studies, 15 workplace visits, 20 interviews with miners from underground workplaces and four interviews with HR managers.

    The results show that the relationship between gender and mining is not self-evident, but rather is constantly being negotiated. The increasing number of women in mining makes it more difficult to sustain the idea of mining as by and for men, and new technology and new work methods have provided an opening for renegotiating who can carry out mining. Previously, working in mines was reserved for men; today the gender boundary has shifted within mining and among different workplaces and tasks. In the informal interaction among the miners, jargon serves to preserve the prevailing order of men’s traditional place and dominance, but also as an arena of challenge and resistance. Efforts to increase gender equality are mainly motivated by the perception that gender equality will strengthen the mining companies’ profitability and competitiveness, which in turn affects how efforts to achieve gender equality are formulated. Gender equality is also expected to help improve the psychosocial working environment because of the perception that women have something positive and different (than men) to contribute to the workplace. Women tend to be regarded as a significant part of the problem (the lack of women) and its solution (more women) when these organisations work on gender equality issues. This means that it is mainly women outside the organisations who are to solve the problem of gender inequality in the organisations. The organisations’ ‘gender equality doing’ not only has a bearing on gender and gender relations but also on other power relationships in the organisations, especially class and place. When the male group is brought to the fore as a problem in relation to gender inequality, it is not all men but working class men in rural areas, who are depicted as the problem. In this way, (in)equality is not seen primarily as a question of power, structures and processes within the organisation but is attributed primarily to groups of people in (and outside) the organisations.

  • 14.
    Ringblom, Lisa
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
    Abrahamsson, Lena
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
    Omförhandling i gruvan?: om kön, arbete och förändring i den mansdominerade gruvnäringen2017In: Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, ISSN 1654-5443, E-ISSN 2001-1377, Vol. 38, no 1-2, p. 33-54Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article aims to discuss the complexity of stability and change in terms of the relation of gender and work in traditionally male-dominated workplaces, and more specifically in the Swedish mining industry. Mining has for a long time had a close relationship to men and masculinity. From the 1980s until 2005, the proportion of women miners increased from three to six per cent, but during the last ten years the proportion of women miners has increased more rapidly and today the number of women is 15 per cent. What made and makes this change possible? In this article, we merge previous studies concerning mining, gender and organization with new empirical material. Interviews with 20 miners, both men and women, were carried out to present a framework for understanding the contemporary negotiations of gender and work. Our conclusion is that the change in gender patterns can be understood through the following three interlinked processes of stability and change concerning: 1) mining work 2) the relationship between professional identity and masculinity and 3) the companies’ work towards gender equality. Together, these processes create a different outcome than before. Although much is changing in the mining industry, the stability characterizing its gendered relations is at the same time both notably durable and persistent. There is a remaining theoretical challenge to better understand these processes of change, stability and negotiation concerning the relationship of gender and work.

  • 15. Symon, Graham
    Institutions, learning and labour: state policy, management strategies and worker response2007Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The thesis considers the interplay of institutions, lifelong learning and workplace relations. Learning has become a prominent notion in contemporary considerations of the workplace, particularly in the accounts of managerialists and policy makers (Keep & Rainbird, 2000). In its articulated forms of organizational learning and lifelong learning it is seen as a means whereby production can be more dynamic and flexible, while at the same time providing fulfilling experiences of work (Senge, 1990). This thesis - and the papers in it – contends that these notions of learning merit closer critical scrutiny from which an enhanced understanding of a particular (and arguably important) dimension of contemporary workplace relations can emerge. This thesis takes a critical position for its investigations, seeking to challenge orthodoxies constructed from the standpoint of managerialist ideology (Legge, 1995). It finds labour process theory (Thompson & McHugh, 2002) particularly useful in the manner that workplace relations are seen as antagonistic and that the politics of production are regarded as ‘contested terrain’. Managerialst techniques (such as the learning organization) – especially those with a humanistic, unitarist and emancipatory rhetoric – cannot be viewed outside of the wider political economy of the workplace and the social organization of economic activity (Granovetter, 1992). As such, much of the espoused intentions of such managerialist techniques can be viewed as questionable, doing little to reconcile asymmetrical power relations and exploitation.The five papers published over a period of four years vary in scope and method of enquiry. However, what links them is a concern for the concepts represented in the title of this thesis: institutions, learning and labour. More specifically, the papers cover state policy on lifelong learning, the changing management of public sector organizations, social capital, the learning organization (and by implication contemporary management discourses in general) and the industrial relations of lifelong learning. In doing so, critical perspectives on workplace organization are used. Ultimately, a challenge is presented to managerialist and policy discourses of learning which are considered to be instruments of control rather than a means of emancipation for workers. The thesis concludes with the idea that the apparatus and discourses of learning and lifelong learning have been dominated by the state and capital in order to manipulate the culture of the workplace and to establish control of labour processes. As such, the imperative is for organized labour and workers to resist this hegemony and to assert their own learning frameworks.

  • 16.
    Wennberg, Filip
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Fire Engineering.
    Förekomst och hantering av psykisk ohälsa och stress inom räddningstjänsten i Norrbotten: En enkät- och intervjustudie2018Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 17.
    Winkel, Jörgen
    et al.
    University of Gothenburg, Department of Sociology and Work Science.
    Schiller, Bernt
    1University of Gothenburg, Department of Sociology and Work Science.
    Dellve, Lotta
    1University of Gothenburg, Department of Sociology and Work Science.
    Edwards, Kasper
    Technical University of Denmark, Department of Management Engineering.
    Neumann, W. Patrick
    Ryerson University, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Toronto.
    Öhrling, Therese
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human and technology.
    Westgaard, Rolf H.
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim.
    Scientific evidence suggests a changed approach in ergonomic intervention research2017In: The Nordic Ergonomic Society (NES) Conference Lund, August 20-23, 2017., 2017Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Ergonomic interventions have generally been unsuccessful in improving workers’ health, with concurrent rationalization efforts negating potentially successful intervention initiatives. We propose the two aims are considered simultaneously, aiming at the joint consideration of competitive performance and work environment in a long-term perspective (“organizational sustainability”). A prerequisite is a high level of dialogue between the different groups of stakeholders, and we argue that the Nordic countries, through high levels of trust and justice (social capital), have unique opportunity to carry out such research. The present authors bring forth the vision of “a Nordic Model for development of more sustainable production systems”.

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