Praised for book on working life2018-10-03
The book ”Arbete & Välfärd” (Work & Welfare) will be out in February 2019, but has already been awarded one on of the honorary awards of Kurslitteraturpriset – Sweden's highest award to authors of new course literature. Among the authors were two Karlstad researchers – Ann Bergman, professor in Working Life Science at Karlstad Business School and Jan Ch Karlsson, professor emeritus in Sociology and nowadays a retired working life researcher.
“Arbete & Välfärd” is a book on staff, working environment and organisation. It is also a book which gives different and sometimes questioning perspective on management, staff and organisational models in Sweden. The book is critically socially scientific with aspects such as power, gender, class, ethnicity and trade union organisation. The aim is, among others, to set a good foundation for seminars and deep discussions in working life education.
The editor of the book is Åke Sandberg, sociologist, MBA and professor emeritus at Stockholm University. The co-authors are 28 leading researchers at different universities in Sweden and within different disciplines and fields, for example sociology, psychology, pedagogy, political science, working life science and business administration,
The book has now been awarded one of the honorary awards and a check for 50 000 kronor by the Kurslitteraturpriset – Sweden's highest award to authors of a new course literature.
- It is incredibility exciting and an honor of course. The book would never have been made without such a fine collaboration among many different researchers. The fact that Jan and myself had the opportunity to contribute with a chapter each with a co-author each, also feels like an acknowledgment to the competence within working life science here in Karlstad, says Ann Bergman.
The motivation of the jury is as follow:
“For an extensive basic book that takes on the task to describe the connection between work and welfare in Sweden. Nearly 30 authors have made a joint effort to create a comprehensive picture that moves from individual level, via organization/mesolevel to societal level. The book is filled with new and sometimes different perspectives that set a good foundation for seminars and deep discussions in the programme. An important book that contributes with knowledge in a form that is exciting and also challenges and makes the student think for themselves.