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faculty in the media speaks up

This is where a selection of articles, written by our faculty, regularly get highlighted. As interesting examples. A way of getting close to the writer and to understand. 

Astrid Kander: Vilseledande om klimatutsläppen av DN:s prisbelönta journalist

PUBLISHED IN
Näringslivets medieinstitut
WHEN
11 November 2021
RESEARCHER SPEAKING UP
Astrid Kander, Professor, Department of Economic History
SPEAKING ABOUT BELOW
What is the article about?
Why should we read it/what can we learn from it?

What is the article about?
”Why tripplecounting and exaggerating Swedish carbon emissions like Dagens Nyheter did this summer is bad for motivation to further cut down emissions.” 

Why should we read it/what can we learn from it?
”To have sharp goals to cut down both Swedish territorial emissions and the consumption based emissions will logically hit Swedish foreign trade very badly at no use for the climate, unless goals are also set to maximize the relative climate benefits of Swedish exports.” 

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Susanne Arvidsson and Fredrik NG Andersson:  Swedish companies do not understand climate risks

PUBLISHED IN
Ekonomibyrån, Svt Play
WHEN
1 November 2021
RESEARCHER SPEAKING UP
Susanne Arvidsson, Associate professor, Department of Business Administration
Fredrik NG Andersson, Associate professor, Department of Economics
SPEAKING ABOUT BELOW
What is your comment (your research) about?
Why should we watch it/what can we learn from it?

What is your comment (your research) about?
“We have studied how companies understand and map the climate risks they face. Our results show that there are large differences in how companies analyze climate risks. There are also large variations between companies about the understanding they have of the difference between physical risks and adjustment risks and how these affect them. Some companies are well versed, but many lack a basic understanding and method for identifying and managing climate risks. The companies' work with scenario analysis and the TCFD framework must be developed.“
Why should we watch it/what can we learn from it?
“Companies play an important role in climate change. If companies do not understand the risks they face and how they need to adapt to climate change, we will not achieve effective change in line with the Paris Agreement. The program covers many interesting perspectives on climate change.“

READ ABOUT/WATCH THE PROGRAMME

Josef Taalbi and Hana Nielsen: Därför slog bensinbilen ut elbilen (and related articles)

PUBLISHED IN
Dagens Nyheter
Nature energy (original article)
WHEN
31 October 2021
RESEARCHER SPEAKING UP
Josef Taalbi, Senior lecturer, Department of Economic History
Hana Nielsen, Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Economic History
SPEAKING ABOUT BELOW 
What is the article (your research) about?
Why should we read it/what can we learn from it?

What is the article (your research) about?
“It is about why we ended up with gasoline cars rather than electric cars at the turn of the 20th century.“
Why should we read it/what can we learn from it?
“Our research shows that the lack of electricity grids was crucial in favoring gasoline cars and that infrastructure matters for technology choice. This lesson from history is relevant today: large-scale investment in infrastructure is needed to support a transition towards electric vehicles and low-carbon mobility, but also renewable energy technologies.“

READ THE ARTICLE
In Dagens Nyheter
In Nature energy
Related articles:
Scientific American
LUSEM

Roland Paulsen: ”Läkarna har tvingats bli ofrivilliga aktivister i kampen mot Försäkringskassan”

PUBLISHED IN
Dagens Nyhteter
WHEN
11 October 2021
RESEARCHER SPEAKING UP
Roland Paulsen, Associate professor in Business Administration
SPEAKING ABOUT BELOW 
What is the article about?
Why should we read it/what can we learn from it?

What is the article about?
"It is about how doctors design their medical certificates to get them approved by Försäkringskassan (the Swedish Social Insurance Agency) and reduce the administrative burden."

Why should we read it/what can we learn from it?
"Possibly to be updated on new research on Försäkringskassan and on the everyday resistance among doctors."

READ THE ARTICLE

Martin Blom and Mats Alvesson: ”Värdegrunderna har sällan så mycket värde”

PUBLISHED IN
Dagens Nyhteter
WHEN
2 October 2021
RESEARCHER SPEAKING UP
Martin Blom, Associate professor in Business Administration, Mats Alvesson, Professor in  Business Administration
SPEAKING ABOUT BELOW 
What is the article about?
Why should we read it/what can we learn from it?

What is the article about?
"We have during the last few years conducted a handful of close-up studies of so called “värdegrundsarbete” in Swedish organizations (private- as well as public sector). The concept värdegrund is hard to translate into English but Core Values is probably the closest we get. Our focus has been on I) the intentions, II) the practice, and III) the outcomes of the efforts, and we have recently published our findings in a book – Värdet av värdegrunder – written together with Andreas Jansson, PhD Candidate here at LUSEM. The article in Dagens Nyheter is a summary of the most important observations in that book."

Why should we read it/what can we learn from it?
"The time and resources spent on värdegrundsarbete in Swedish organizations are considerable. It is also a phenomenon that tends to stir up the feelings in many organizations. Therefore, it is important to better understand how it is done and what outcomes – if any – that can be traced. A few of our more important conclusions include:

•    It creates polarization. It is common that the work has some enthusiastic advocates (often management, support staff, and consultants), some fierce opponents (often busy senior and/or well-educated employees) while the large majority of organization members do not seem to care that much.
•    It is easy to find all sorts of rationale behind the efforts. Explicit intentions include handling of a crisis/scandal, new management that wants to show agency, determination and wanting to set the mark on the organization, changing the organization culture, guiding organizational behavior, attracting important stakeholders etcetera. A garbage-can logic seems to dominate in many organizations: we have a solution here, what is now the problem?
•    The work is often done in a rather standardized way. Usually, it starts off as a dedicated project with hope that the line organization/middle managers one day will adopt, learn to like, and maintain the efforts. Numerous of work shops are usually conducted as the main way to communicate and “implement the values” begore it is handed over to the line organization for “business as usual”.
•    It is hard to find any specific results. The problem of identifying and measuring tangible results is something that many, also the most committed advocates, emphasize. Furthermore, positive effects seem to quickly fade when the activities (workshops, seminars, etcetera) decrease in intensity.
•    Common challenges. Frequent problems include a rather vague set of value statements (often three, often strongly “inspired” by others), logical inconsistency between the value statements, and the ambition that all organizational units, regardless of their sometimes very different characteristics, should be united by a set of overall abstract statements. Furthermore, it is much easier to demand that all employees shall participate in mandatory workshops than to single out the few problematic elements that really are in need of correction. 

The problems we have identified might be deterrent but in the case that you still think that a “värdegrundsarbete” (or something similar) is what the organization needs we also included some ideas on how to at least mitigate the risks for failure and ridicule." 

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Annamaria Westregård: About Corona vaccination reagarding new employees

PUBLISHED IN
P1-morgon
WHEN
1 October 2021
RESEARCHER SPEAKING UP
Annamaria Westregård, Associate professor in Business Law
SPEAKING ABOUT BELOW 
What is the interview about?
What can we learn from this interview?

What is the interview about?

"It is about the petition from the liberals and moderates to the government about new employees in health care getting vaccinated."

What can we learn from this interview?

"I talk about the related law and if this is possible, to get all new employees within health related professions, vaccinated. In the private sector this is probably quite simple, but more difficult in the public sector. I think it is more efficient and important to vaccinate the already employed. It's a question about a balance of interests between the employee's integrity and that of others, here the elderly's interest in not getting sick. According to a court, the interest of the elderly would probably be paramount. In some countries you can get relocated, in worst case dismissed, if you refuse vaccination. This is highly topical for the moment."

LISTEN TO THE RADIO PROGRAMME (Annamaria's interview starts at 1:18:50)

Anna Thomasson: Klimatanpassningen kan inte enbart vara ett kommunalt ansvar

PUBLISHED IN
Dagens Samhälle
WHEN
21 September 2021
AUTHOR SPEAKING UP
Anna Thomasson, Associate professor, Vice Dean for education
SPEAKING ABOUT BELOW 
What is the article about?
Why should we read it/what can we learn from it?

What is the article about?
”The article summarizes the results from recent research projects. The article stresses the need to the shed light on the role of local infrastructure, especially urban water management, when it comes to mitigate the effects of climate change. The effects of climate change will, if the local infrastructure is not adapted, threat the capacity of service providers to deliver safe water, protect people and assets from flooding and prevent lakes, rivers and oceans from being polluted. In sum, local infrastructure needs to become more resilient. The main responsibility for local infrastructure lays with the municipalities. Municipalities do however already struggle with large investments and an increasing demand on public service delivery. Consequently, municipalities lack the ability and capacity to shoulder this responsibility. Especially smaller municipalities find the task daunting. In the article we point out the need to recognize this problem and find ways to support the municipalities.”
 
Why should we read it/what can we learn from it?
”The article sheds light of one of the most important, but perhaps also most invisible infrastructure in our society, namely urban water management. With the article we want to shed light on the pivotal role of local infrastructure when it comes to mitigate the risk of climate change and the stress the need to start recognizing these otherwise anonymous assets before it is too late.”

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anna.lothman@ehl.lu.se