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Bäck, Thomas
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Haake, U., Lindberg, O., Rantatalo, O., Grimm, F., Siljebo, J. & Bäck, T. (2023). Leadership in swedish public organizations: a research review in education and care. Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, 13(2), 63-85
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2023 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, E-ISSN 2245-0157, Vol. 13, no 2, p. 63-85Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article is a review of recent Swedish leadership research in two large public-sector areas: education and care. By comparing and contrasting research in these areas, we unveil the specifics and commonalities of research in public-sector leadership. We reviewed research articles from 2018 to 2020 and analyzed theories used, data-gathering methods employed, and topics researched. The results show some fundamental differences between the two areas. Compared to research on education, research on care is to a larger extent non-theoretical and is often focused on change management, quality assurance, and leaders’ roles in employee health. Conversely, studies on education are theory driven and mostly focused on leaders’ roles in learning and shared leadership. We discuss the state of Swedish public leadership research and make suggestions for mutual learning and moving forward in this research field.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
VIA University College, 2023
Keywords
Health, Working Environment & Wellbeing, Learning & Competencies, Organization & Management
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-201571 (URN)10.18291/njwls.134896 (DOI)2-s2.0-85162105430 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2022-12-08 Created: 2022-12-08 Last updated: 2024-01-17Bibliographically approved
Bäck, T. & Karp, S. (2021). Den mentala träningens väg in i polisutbildningen. In: Staffan Karp; Lars-Erik Lauritz (Ed.), Samverkan för framgång: 20 år med polisutbildningen i Umeå (pp. 69-75). Umeå: Enheten för polisutbildning, Umeå universitet
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2021 (Swedish)In: Samverkan för framgång: 20 år med polisutbildningen i Umeå / [ed] Staffan Karp; Lars-Erik Lauritz, Umeå: Enheten för polisutbildning, Umeå universitet , 2021, p. 69-75Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Enheten för polisutbildning, Umeå universitet, 2021
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
police science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-190547 (URN)978-91-7855-689-2 (ISBN)978-91-7855-690-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2021-12-17 Created: 2021-12-17 Last updated: 2022-03-28Bibliographically approved
Bäck, T. (2020). från polisutbildning till polispraktik: polisstudenters och polisers värderingar av yrkesrelaterade kompetenser. (Doctoral dissertation). Umeå: Umeå universitet
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2020 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[en]
from police education to police practice : police students’, and policeofficers’ perceptions of professional competences
Abstract [en]

The aim of this dissertation is to build knowledge about the transition from an educational to an occupational context. More specifically, the dissertation focuses on the transition from police education to police practice by studying the way police students and police officers perceive the importance of a number of professional competences related to their future occupations. The aim is also to study whether the importance of these competences has changed between the time of their police education and their work as police officers and to what extent the respondents perceive that police education contributed to the development of these competences.

Methodologically, this dissertation is in some parts based on cross-sectional data. In other parts, it is based on longitudinal data and uses a combination of both quantitative and qualitative data. The quantitative data are based on questionnaires given to police students at the beginning and end of their police education and to police officers after a few years of police practice. The questionnaire used in sub studies B, C and D is part of the European cooperation project called Recruitment, Education, and Career in the Police (RECPOL). The qualitative data are based on interviews. Theoretically, a frame factor perspective is used to analyse and understand the dissertation’s empirical data.

The results show a change in the way the respondents perceive the importance of the studied competences over time. The police students generally valued theprofessional competences higher at the beginning of their education and significantly lower at the end of their education. As police officers, however, they valued the importance of these competences almost as high as they did at the beginning of their education. The results show small differences between how male and female police students and police officers valued these competences. When the respondents reflected on the reasons why the significance of the competences changed over time, different themes emerged. The results also show that police education’s contribution to the development of these competences is clearly lower than the extent to which they are perceived as important for work as police officers. In the interviews, reflections on the reasons for this indicated a discrepancy between the educational and occupational contexts.

One conclusion is that police students at the end of their education need to better understand that they have not fully learnt everything they need to know and that they are becoming police officers with the capacity to continue developing professionally and contributing to the police as a learning organization.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet, 2020. p. 53
Series
Akademiska avhandlingar vid Pedagogiska institutionen, Umeå universitet, ISSN 0281-6768 ; 126
Keywords
Police students, police officers, professional competences, framefactor perspective, gender, educational and occupational context
National Category
Pedagogy
Research subject
education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-167442 (URN)978-91-7855-184-2 (ISBN)978-91-7855-185-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2020-02-14, NBVH 1031, Norra Beteendevetarhuset, Umeå, 10:00 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Note

Delstudie A har titeln "Från student till yrkesverksam polis - mental träning i polisutbildningen och polisyrket: Polisstudenters och yrkesverksamma polisers upplevda kompetens i mental träning".

Available from: 2020-01-24 Created: 2020-01-21 Last updated: 2020-01-21Bibliographically approved
Bäck, T. (2020). Police officers' perceptions of professional competence.
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2020 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The aim of the present follow-up study on a cohort of Swedish police students is to build knowledge of how they now as police officers perceive the importance of competencies like specific knowledge, practical skills, and reflexivity in relation to their police work. The aim is also to study whether the importance of these competence dimensions has changed from the time of their police education to their police work. To what extent do the respondents perceive that their police education has contributed to the development of certain competence dimensions? Based on both qualitative and quantitative data, the results show that respondents in their roles as police officers estimate the importance of the competencies’ specific knowledge, practical skills, and reflexivity higher than they did as police students. The results also show that in general, police education’s contributions to the development of these competencies are clearly lower than the extent to which they are perceived as important for work as police officers. In the interviews, reflections on the reasons for this indicate a discrepancy between the educational and occupational contexts. A conclusion from this study is that the police occupational culture seems to affect police students more than the formal police education. Another conclusion is that police education needs to clarify the difference between the educational practice designed to optimize a learning situation and the occupational practice in which knowledge should be applied.

Keywords
Police students, police officers, competence, frame-factor perspective, gender, educational and occupational context
National Category
Pedagogy
Research subject
education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-167439 (URN)
Projects
loa
Available from: 2020-01-21 Created: 2020-01-21 Last updated: 2022-12-29
Liljeholm Bång, M., Bäck, T. & Johansson, A. (2020). Reflektion som verktyg för lärande i mental och fysisk förberedelse för polisyrket. In: Staffan Karp och Oscar Rantatalo (Ed.), Reflektion som professionsverktyg inom polisen: (pp. 79-89). Umeå: Enheten för polisutbildning, Umeå universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Reflektion som verktyg för lärande i mental och fysisk förberedelse för polisyrket
2020 (Swedish)In: Reflektion som professionsverktyg inom polisen / [ed] Staffan Karp och Oscar Rantatalo, Umeå: Enheten för polisutbildning, Umeå universitet , 2020, p. 79-89Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Enheten för polisutbildning, Umeå universitet, 2020
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-175748 (URN)978-91-7855-333-4 (ISBN)978-91-7855-334-1 (ISBN)
Available from: 2020-10-07 Created: 2020-10-07 Last updated: 2020-10-14Bibliographically approved
Bäck, T. & Haake, U. (2020). Upplevda reflexiva kompetenser i polisutbildning och yrkespraktik. In: Staffan Karp och Oscar Rantatalo (Ed.), Reflektion som professionsverktyg inom polisen: (pp. 42-52). Umeå: Enheten för polisutbildning, Umeå universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Upplevda reflexiva kompetenser i polisutbildning och yrkespraktik
2020 (Swedish)In: Reflektion som professionsverktyg inom polisen / [ed] Staffan Karp och Oscar Rantatalo, Umeå: Enheten för polisutbildning, Umeå universitet , 2020, p. 42-52Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Enheten för polisutbildning, Umeå universitet, 2020
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-175746 (URN)978-91-7855-333-4 (ISBN)978-91-7855-334-1 (ISBN)
Available from: 2020-10-07 Created: 2020-10-07 Last updated: 2020-10-14Bibliographically approved
Bäck, T., Vallès, L. & Padyab, M. (2017). Police students' perceptions of professional competences: a comparative study of Catalonia and Sweden. Police Practice & Research, 18(5), 478-491
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2017 (English)In: Police Practice & Research, ISSN 1561-4263, E-ISSN 1477-271X, Vol. 18, no 5, p. 478-491Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study is part of the European cooperation project, Recruitment, Education, and Career in the Police. The overall aim of this study is to compare how Swedish and Catalan police students perceive different competence dimensions in relation to their future profession, and how the perceptions of these competence dimensions change from the beginning to the end of the training program. The empirical data is based on identical questionnaires that were distributed to police students in Sweden and Catalonia. The results show different patterns in how Catalan and Swedish police students perceive the importance of the different competences at the beginning and at the end of their basic training programs. The implications of this study show that more knowledge is needed about the next step; that is, how the police students use these competencies in their professional work.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2017
Keywords
Police students, police education and training, comparative study, professional competences, Catalonia and Sweden
National Category
Pedagogical Work Didactics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-137991 (URN)10.1080/15614263.2017.1288121 (DOI)000405223300005 ()2-s2.0-85011829484 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-07-31 Created: 2017-07-31 Last updated: 2023-03-23Bibliographically approved
Rantatalo, O., Haake, U., Lindberg, O., Sparrhoff, G. & Bäck, T. (2016). Den pluralistiska ledarskapsforskningen: en översikt över svenska avhandlingarom ledarskap 2003–2014. Nordiske organisasjonsstudier, 18(3), 3-29
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2016 (Swedish)In: Nordiske organisasjonsstudier, ISSN 1501-8237, Vol. 18, no 3, p. 3-29Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [sv]

Ledarskap har i ett internationellt perspektiv studerats över tid men hittills vet vi ganska lite hur det svenska forskningslandskapet ser ut. Svensk ledarskapsforskninghar anekdotiskt konstaterats vara svag samtidigt som Sverige, med en arbetsmarknad präglad av samförstånd och korta beslutsvägar, utgör en intressant kontext för ledarskapsstudier. En delaspekt av forskning om ledarskap är hur fenomenet studerats i avhandlingar. Givet dessa konstateranden syftar följande forskningsöversikt till analysera doktorsavhandlingar om ledarskap skrivna 2003–2014. Specifikt besvaras fyra frågor: 1) Vilka ämnen och institutioner studerar ledarskap? 2) Vad studeras i avhandlingar om ledarskap? 3) Hur har ledarskap studerats? 4) Vilka kunskapsbidrag kan identifieras i de analyserade avhandlingarna? Totalt analyserades 70 avhandlingar i studien och valet att analysera avhandlingar motiveras av att doktorsavhandlingar kan spegla lokal praxis och trender i kunskapsbildning inom akademin. Resultatet visar på att ledarskap som forskningsfält är fragmenterat mellan olika ämnen och forskningsbedrivande institutioner, att kvalitativa metoder var vanligare än kvantitativa samt att förvånansvärt lite av forskningen relaterar till, eller tar avstamp ifrån, andra svenska eller skandinaviska forskargruppers arbeten. I artikeln diskuteras avslutningsvis hur bristande kommunikation mellan forskningsmiljöer kan hänga ihop med att ledarskap i många av destuderade avhandlingarna studerats instrumentellt som en delmängd av andra ämnesområden.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bergen: Fagbokforlaget, 2016
Keywords
Ledarskap, forskningsöversikt, ledning, avhandlingsanalys, ledarskapsforskning, chefskap
National Category
Other Social Sciences Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-128569 (URN)
Available from: 2016-12-07 Created: 2016-12-07 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Bäck, T. (2015). Police Students’ Values of Competence Related to a Professional Career. In: Sandra Bohlinger, Ulrika Haake, Christian Helms Jørgensen, Hanna Toiviainen and Andreas Wallo (Ed.), Working and Learning in Times of Uncertainty: Challenges to Adult, Professional and Vocational Education (pp. 89-101). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers
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2015 (English)In: Working and Learning in Times of Uncertainty: Challenges to Adult, Professional and Vocational Education / [ed] Sandra Bohlinger, Ulrika Haake, Christian Helms Jørgensen, Hanna Toiviainen and Andreas Wallo, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2015, p. 89-101Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2015
Series
Research on the Education and Learning of Adults ; 4
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-107943 (URN)978-94-6300-242-4 (ISBN)978-94-6300-243-1 (ISBN)978-94-6300-244-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-08-31 Created: 2015-08-31 Last updated: 2020-01-21Bibliographically approved
Söderström, T., Bäck, T., Eliasson, I. & Persson, E. (2013). Forskningen synar ny spelarutvecklingsmodell. Svensk Idrottsforskning: Organ för Centrum för Idrottsforskning, 22(4), 38-40
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2013 (Swedish)In: Svensk Idrottsforskning: Organ för Centrum för Idrottsforskning, ISSN 1103-4629, Vol. 22, no 4, p. 38-40Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Centrum för Idrottsforskning, 2013
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-84632 (URN)
Available from: 2014-01-13 Created: 2014-01-13 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
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