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  • 2020-01-22

    Students acquired new perspectives on procurement

    The issue of procurement is important in terms of making space for new welfare innovations. In a workshop at Karlstad University, DigitalWell process managers inspired students to procure digital solutions for a healthier working environment.

    The workshop, a component included in the course Acquisition of Information Systems, was offered to students in the IT Design and Web Developer programmes. DigitalWell process managers Marika Martin and Malthe Vesström had created exercises for the students, who were asked to formulate specifications for a digital solution that promoted physical activity in a workplace to prevent ill health, based on a given scenario.

  • 2019-12-19

    Marie Karlsson Tuula is a new ambassador against honour-based violence

    Marie Karlsson Tuula, a Professor of Civil Law at Karlstad University, has been appointed one of the 2020 ambassadors against honour-based violence by the national organisation GAPF (Glöm aldrig Pela och Fadime). The reason is that she has taken an important stand against honour-based violence and is committed to working against it.

    “It feels amazing and surprising,” says Marie Karlsson Tuula. “The appointment is an honour for me, but I think that it is also positive for Karlstad University and an opportunity to strengthen the brand of the University further. We will take advantage of this through working actively to make people aware of honour-based violence and raise these issues to counteract their invisibility.”

    Marie Karlsson Tuula has worked against honour-based violence for long periods of her working life, for instance when she was Chief of Police in Mölndal 1990-2002.

  • 2019-12-19

    Karlstad University receives nearly 18 million SEK for research co-produced with the business sector

    CTF, Service Research Center at Karlstad University, receives approximately 18 million SEK from the Knowledge Foundation for a new research project in collaboration with the business sector. In the project the researchers will examine how experiences and development of services through digitalization is affecting customers and companies.

    "We are very happy and grateful that the Knowledge Foundation has given us the opportunity to deepen our research on digitalization, customer experiences and servitization. It will give CTF the opportunity prioritize these important issues - issues that are important both for business and society." says Lars Witell, Project Manager and Professor of Business Administration at CTF.

  • 2019-12-17

    Breakthrough for research in real-world environments for DigitalWell

    Can an app help visitors at the Central Hospital in Karlstad find the way? This is what a new research study will investigate. The study is a breakthrough for research in real-world environment within DigitalWell.

    The study is a part of DigitalWell Research, a sister project to DigitalWell, and is linked to the case: “Find the way”. It is difficult for patients and family members to find the way at the Central Hospital, and in the study the researchers will investigate if a digital tool will help visitors find the way when visiting the hospital. In addition to helping the patients reach their destination, the hospital reception staff will spend less time guiding visitors.

  • 2019-12-17

    Welcome Kristin Svärd, new PhD student in Business Administration

    We are happy to welcome Kristin Svärd, new PhD student in Business Administration at Karlstad Business School. Kristin will be placed at CTF, Service Research Center, and she is also part of the Swedish Research School of Management and IT, MIT. In her research she will focus on digital innovations, and the effects they have on individuals, organizations and society.

    What do you hope to achieve with your research?
    "Digitalization and digital innovations have a large impact on how we run organizations and consume services, it has also changed our behavior and attitude towards the outside world. There are some knowledge gaps that need to be filled with new theory to contribute to an increased understanding, and to promote continued development and practical implementation in society." says Kristin Svärd.

  • 2019-12-16

    New food packaging project awarded sustainability prize

    On December 5, researchers at CTF, Service Research Center at Karlstad University, received the Lidl Future Initiatives award of 3.8 million SEK to start up a new research project on transformative packaging design. The project aims to increase consumers’ and packaging developers’ knowledge of plastic food packaging.

    "We want to help explain the confused debate about plastic packaging by developing new knowledge, and to create a guide on how to choose packaging that has less impact on the environment, says Helén Williams, Associate Professor of Environment and Energy systems and project leader in the new project. We need to raise awareness on the functions of packaging, and understand how it can contribute to reducing food waste – it is necessary to reduce food waste in order to meet the challenges to reduce the food sectors impact on the climate."