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  • 2021-03-29

    Community collaboration for researchers

    Sustainable Agenda is a network in the municipalities of Forshaga and Munkfors where companies, associations, public agencies, and Karlstad University collaborate to achieve climate neutrality.

    Sustainable Agenda is a vital part of the efforts to reach the goals specified in the Paris Agreement and the global Agenda 2030 goals by reducing greenhouse gas emissions at an annual rate of 16%. Experiences from other networks and research show that collaboration is a key factor in achieving climate neutrality and a sustainable local industry.

  • 2021-03-22

    The importance of combining new technology with more interpersonal innovation

    To achieve better effects in healthcare, new technological innovations should be implemented alongside structural changes.

    We often associate the word “innovation” with the roll-out of a new product, the success or failure of which is determined by market forces. However, service research adopts a different perspective and focuses on how innovation can lead to new forms of consumer-generated value-creation, thereby expanding the concept of innovation to include various service sectors.

    Peter Samuelsson, PhD in Business Administration, recently defended his doctoral thesis, “Framing service innovation in healthcare”, where he took a closer look at healthcare.

  • 2021-03-09

    CriseIT 2 provides crisis training for companies during the pandemic

    Surveys from several parts of the country indicate that the pandemic has accelerated digitisation for Swedish companies. The vision for the CriseIT 2 project is well matched with this rapid digitisation. The timing is perfect for the development of an accessible, cost-effective, and flexible crisis management training concept that creates security.

    On 14 and 15 December, the district heating went out at a major hospital…
    At least that was the scenario for a couple of drills conducted with CriseIT 2. Two departments at Locum, a company that manages several hospitals, practised using the training concept developed within CriseIT. The exercises were combined with a Teams video conference.

  • 2021-02-26

    What are the challenges that organisations in the public sector face in their efforts to create public value?

    That is the question Sara Davoudi has looked into in her doctoral thesis, “What happened with the leviathan of the Public Sector? The challenges of vertical coordination in regional public organizations and its effect on public value”.

    Sara Davoudi, PhD in Business Administration, tell us about your research.
    - My research is about vertical coordination, which is best described as the communication between public sector actors and the challenges associated with that. Many different private and public actors have participated on different levels. I have examined whether their communication is adequate to create the tax-funded public value that is their raison d’être.

  • 2021-02-26

    DAMI4.0 – New research centre pools expertise in red-hot area

    Steam engines, electrification, and CNC – three seminal events in industrial history. These days, digitisation is putting pressure on the industry. With the new research centre called DAMI4.0, Karlstad University will be ready to meet the industry’s demands for new technology.

    Noisy steam engines and welding robots have made a huge difference to industrial development. 2021 finds us at the threshold of the fourth industrial revolution with various technological solutions that will generate more sustainable production and act as a fail-safe for human error.

  • 2021-02-24

    The substitute chemical bisphenol F can be linked to children's cognitive development

    Researchers at Karlstad University, Uppsala University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York have found that exposure to bisphenol F (BPF) during early pregnancy can be linked to poorer cognitive function in children at 7 years of age. BPF has replaced bisphenol A (BPA) in a wide range of products as the EU has banned BPA in products for children. This study is the first to show that prenatal exposure for the substitute chemical BPF is associated with impaired cognitive development in children.

    It has long been known that BPA is a hormone-disrupting chemical, affecting e.g., children's neurological development, contribute to infertility, and increase the risk of hormone-related cancer. Therefore, since 2011 there has been a ban within the EU against using BPA in e.g., baby bottles and children's toys. In addition, the switch to BPA-free materials has begun in various parts of the food industry (baby food jars, drink bottles and other household utensils) and a switch to BPA-free cash receipts. Taken together, these changes mean that exposure to BPA has decreased.

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