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  • 2021-05-10

    New book about tackling HR issues as a manager

    A manager’s ability to successfully navigate problems in a way that inspires confidence can be crucial to how the solution turns out. Cooperation with HR specialists is key.

    In their textbook “Chef och HR – att möta personalproblem tillsammans” (“Manager and HR – tackling personnel issues together”), Kristina Palm, visiting research fellow in Working Life Science at Karlstad Business School, and Dag Calminder, work environment and labour law consultant, use a new approach to put managers and HR consultants in complex situations.

  • 2021-04-26

    Karlstad University is planning for a gradual return to on-campus teaching

    Vice-chancellor Johan Sterte has made a new decision regarding teaching in the current pandemic. The decision is made to allow the University’s organisation to prepare for a gradual return to campus.

    As a general rule, distance teaching and examination will continue in the autumn semester of 2021. However, some exceptions can be made to facilitate the gradual return to campus.

    “This autumn, we will conduct on-campus teaching to whatever extent is possible”, says vice-chancellor Johan Sterte. “This decision allows us to start preparing for a gradual return.”

    First priority to new students in study programmes

  • 2021-04-13

    Industry 5.0 to promote innovation and sustainability in manufacturing

    The EU programme titled Industry 5.0 aims to employ research and innovation to achieve a more sustainable and human-centric European industry. Some of the work within this initiative is carried out at Karlstad University. This week will see the installation of an industrial collaborative robot, which will not only increase the quality of our engineering courses and programmes but also strengthen the collaboration with industry partners within the project.

    “The modern industry is in great need of skilled personnel in automation and robotics”, says Jorge Solis Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering. “Using collaborative robots in manufacturing makes it qualified work, adding production value and facilitating customisation and personification of products. To improve the industry’s chances to recruit skilled employees, Karlstad University aim to furtherly develop the quality of our courses and programmes.

  • 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.

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