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  • 2019-03-20

    Network meeting and course in co-production of knowledge: On digitization, value and business processes

    Network meeting, guest lecture, part of course – and what's more, co-production of knowledge. When process orientation in practice was on the agenda, around 50 participants from different companies, organisations and Business School IT students attended the meeting.

    On 8 March, students and professionals spent the whole morning focusing on process orientation, digitization and how best to create value. The event was a network meeting for process orientation in practice (PoP) and Swedish Association for Quality in the Värmland, Dalsland, and Örebro regions, as well as part of the course Business Development with a Process and Multi-Party Perspective for students in IT design, IT, project management and business systems. The aim was to acquire knowledge, be inspired and not least to produce knowledge together.

  • 2019-03-20

    Research on crisis preparedness will receive new EU funding

    A new project on needs-driven research and development of methods and tools for IT-supported crisis management training was recently granted 4.8 million Swedish krona from the EU’s regional development fund Interreg. The project CriseIT 2 is a collaboration between 12 partners in Sweden and Norway.

    As the name suggest, CriseIT 2 builds upon the previous project CriseIT – Preparing for Future Crisis Management, which was finalized at the end of 2018.

  • 2019-03-13

    Swedish Innovation Index shows that Ikea is Sweden’s most innovative company

    Ikea is the most innovative company on the Swedish market followed by MTR Express and Netflix in second and third place. This is according to the Swedish Innovation Index, a new index which focuses on innovation from the customers’ perspective, developed by researchers at CTF, Service Research Center at Karlstad University, Sweden.

    There are different types of innovation and different ways to measure innovation. For companies, organisations, decision makers and politicians, innovation contributes with generating growth, increased competitiveness and developing welfare.

    "From a customer point of view, innovation is a value-creating experience supported by a product or a service. This is what our index measures", say Per Kristensson, Professor and Director at CTF, Service Research Center at Karlstad University.

  • 2019-02-07

    New index presents Sweden’s most innovative companies from the customers’ perspective

    Which Swedish company is the most innovative, if you ask the customers? This is what researchers at CTF, Service Research Center at Karlstad University, are investigating. The results will be presented in the Swedish Innovation Index, a national ranking of companies' innovative ability where the customers make up the jury.

    "The Swedish Innovation Index differs from traditional ways of measuring innovation since it is based on the customers’ perspective, unlike traditional ways that often are based on companies' internal activities and costs", says Per Kristensson, Professor in Consumer Psychology and Director at CTF.

  • 2019-01-29

    New research project on regional differences in health care utilization

    Why is primary health care utilization per person almost twice as high in for example the Stockholm region compared to the Östergötland region? The difference in health care utilization between Swedish regions is large and has increased over time. Researchers from Karlstad, Gothenburg and Verona have begun searching for the answers.

    In the research project "Regional variation in health care utilization: explaining the large differences using evidence from regional migration", researchers from Karlstad Business School and University of Gothenburg, will address what explains and drives the increasing and large regional variations.

  • 2018-12-20

    The packaging determines if consumers recycle Christmas correctly

    Should the plastic lid on the milk carton packaging be left or torn off before sorting? And what about the plastic packaging around meat products, should you rinse out the food residues before sorting? At Christmas time the amount of household waste increases, and recycling is often experienced as messy, time consuming and complicated. These are the findings from a new study conducted by researchers at CTF, Service Research Center at Karlstad University.

    The researchers have investigated how the packaging design affects sorting. They found that the decision between throwing out or recycling was surprisingly complex. When it comes to taking care of the packaging, time plays a big role.