Linnaeus Knowledge Environment: Digital Transformations
The challenges within the area of digitalisation are numerous and how we handle them is crucial for the future. The purpose of the knowledge environment Digital Transformations is to tackle these societal challenges by developing and disseminating the knowledge required to create digitally competent people and organizations, who in turn can accomplish a sustainable digital society.
Societal challenge: digital transformations
The Swedish Government Office's digitalisation strategy describes how societal development today and in the foreseeable future will be shaped by digitalisation. Important societal challenges that digitalisation affects are, of course, how we can best achieve the various aspects of sustainability – generation of and access to new knowledge, economic welfare and social inclusion, to name just a few. The societal challenges associated with digital transformations are complex and require knowledge and vision that combine different perspectives and many angles.
What is a Linnaeus Knowledge Environment?
Meeting societal challenges with knowledge in creative environments that integrate education, research, and collaboration – knowledge environments – is something that permeates Linnaeus University’s vision and work.
Seven of our knowledge environments have been appointed Linnaeus Knowledge Environment. They all work interdisciplinary in order to get a broad take on the societal challenges within each field.
The knowledge environment Digital Transformations brings together cross-disciplinary knowledge and expertise to identify and better understand the opportunities and societal challenges that digitalization brings to diverse sectors. Our approach builds upon cross-disciplinary perspectives that engage in activities within fields such as digital businesses, digital health, digital learning, and digital humanities. The activities include research and education competence development in close collaboration with the surrounding society.
Digital Transformations provides a platform that brings together research, education, and private and public sectors with a commitment to different aspects of digital transformations. By gathering diverse sectors, the knowledge environment fosters collaboration to holistically tackle multiple social, cultural, technological, economical, and organizational dimensions of digital transformations. Through novel applied research in collaboration with diverse stakeholders, Digital Transformations aims to generate knowledge to contribute to a just, equal, and sustainable digital society.
The field of e-health focuses on knowledge- and evidence-based utilization of digital technology in nursing and care. Digital technology can contribute to effective, secure, and sustainable nursing and care practices, and good and equal health among citizens. The area focuses on research, evaluation, education and collaboration with the surrounding society, patients and nursing and care personnel.
Digital health provides a dynamic and interdisciplinary knowledge and learning environment providing education within e-health at several levels. Within the Linnaeus University Centre for Data Intensive Sciences and Applications (DISA), several of our researchers work with data-intensive research, such as big health data and digital clinical decision support.
The field of digital learning conducts activities which lie in the intersection between digital technologies, education and life-long learning. The focus is on the different processes related to the development and the utilization of digital technologies, in order to create added value for sustainable education, teaching, learning and business models.
More specifically, it revolves around three core interrelated areas: technical, pedagogical, and organizational.
- The technical area focuses on the development of new digital technologies and methods to support education and learning.
- The pedagogical area centers on the digitally enabled context of teaching and learning.
- Finally, the organizational area focuses on innovation of educational practices through the implementation and development of digital technologies and novel business models.
The digital humanities field focuses on how the recent developments in digital technologies and interactive applications are creating new social tools and conditions for people to connect and interact. Digital humanities represents a bridge between the arts and humanities and information technology at Linnaeus University. The area engages in understanding how digital technologies change the ways we communicate, socialize, and collaborate.
These new forms of digital enhanced communication and collaboration have been rapidly adopted and integrated into people’s everyday lives. The field of digital humanities serves as a catalyst for driving a societal and cultural change, with a focus on innovation and sustainable development.
The digital businesses field focuses its efforts on activities within the theme of digital business innovation. Digital innovation, triggered by the advancement and plethora of digital technologies, has become a key concern for most organizations. Digital technologies nowadays represent the backbone of contemporary businesses, enabling unparalleled product, service, and business model innovations.
Amazon, Netflix, Uber, Tencent and Spotify are a few vivid examples of firms who have managed to capture the full potential of digital technologies in an innovative way. Despite the opportunities, existing businesses struggle to harness the full potential of digital technologies.
Digital innovation is a challenging process characterized by increased complexity. It represents a new logic of organizing and doing business, demanding multiple and perpetual organizational and institutional modifications. We assume an interdisciplinary approach and collaborate closely between faculties, the business community, and the public sector, to contribute with generation of new knowledge.
Digital working life
Digitization causes changes in the working life. These affect not only the performance of organizations and the productivity of the employees, but also job satisfaction, work–life balance, employee autonomy and monitoring at hierarchical levels.
In digital working life, we work with the positive and negative effects of digitalisation on working life and its organization. This may include questions about the importance of digitalisation for skills supply, the relationship between work and private life, different professions, employment conditions, employee autonomy, different work processes, the work environment, productivity and control systems.
In general, digital working life concerns the relationship between IT users – in roles such as manager, employee, customer and citizen – and various digital systems for communication and administration. The importance of digitalisation and automation for future labour markets is also central to the theme.
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The knowledge environment Digital Transformations includes well-established and internationally recognized researchers and research groups. Within the extensive competence that exists in the environment, our goal is to integrate different knowledge and activities from an interdisciplinary perspective. This is to identify, develop and validate sustainable solutions to meet society's challenges. The research carried out in the knowledge environment also includes collaboration with local and global actors in the public sector and industry. This contributes to both broader and deeper analyzes of digital transformations through different sectors and fields.
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Seedfunding call April opening!
To stimulate collaboration between employees in various subjects at Linnaeus University, the knowledge environment offers seed funding reoccurringly, for various research and education projects. The seed funding is primarily intended to be used to identify new collaboration opportunities, explore possible research issues in a feasibility study, collect empirical material, develop educational content and/or develop research proposals related to digital transformations. A part of the funding available is especially aimed at writing larger applications for external funding.
During 2023 we have two different rounds of seedfunding. The first smaller call opened in February. The second one (deadline April 30) is now open, to projects related to digital transformation.
More about the call April 2023 and how to apply (pdf).
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February application round
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- Detecting ’signs of learning’ in six-year-olds’ meaning making about science through digital tools
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- Digital Excavations: Text mining approaches for a better archaeology
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- Everyday life and urban platforms in China and South Korea
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- Interactive video training tool and training scenario development for Emergency Medical Services
- The strategic competence management process, AI based solutions and the entrepreneurial mindset
- The paradox of over empowerment: Does patient empowerment have its limits?
- Digital transformation of communication between school and home
- Interactive simulations in professional education and training to strengthen self-confidence in difficult meetings in future professional practice
Digital transformations work strategically to provide opportunities to create new, interdisciplinary educations, as well as develop existing programs that have a direct connection to the field. Researchers and teachers with different backgrounds in computer science, informatics, media technology, sociology, library science, health informatics and business administration work together to be able to provide new perspectives on and applications in different areas. This will give our students a clear and modern competence that makes them especially attractive to employers.
The establishment of new educations at advanced level has already started. Today, we run several new master programmes with a focus on e-health, digital humanities, educational technology and digital business. Renewal of existing courses and programmes within the knowledge environment will be a central issue for the knowledge formation.
We also see great opportunities to create new courses and master programmes together with other universities in Sweden and various universities in Europe within the framework of our European cooperation project EUniWell.
Programmes and courses
First-cycle level (bachelor)
Six programmes are given within the field of digital transformations; all of them in Swedish.
Second-cycle level (master)
- Master Programme in eHealth (120 credits; health informatics)
- Digital Business Development, Master Programme (60 credits; informatics)
- Information Systems, Master Programme (120 credits; informatics)
- Social Media and Web Technologies, Master Programme (120 credits; media technology)
- Educational Technology, Master Programme (120 credits; educational technology)
- Digital Humanities, Master Programme (120 credits; digital humanities)
We also offer a large number of courses in English in the knowledge environment’s main fields of study. Carry out a search for courses in these subjects.
We have well-developed collaborations with a number of well-respected universities, both regionally, nationally and internationally. Researchers within Digital Transformations collaborate very actively with various actors in the public sector, including several municipalities and regions, with other authorities in Sweden, as well as with various companies both in Sweden and abroad.
The steering group's main commistion includes the following tasks:
- To develop a business plan for activities within Digital Transformations.
- To develop a budget for the knowledge environment for the coming years.
- To develop an organization for the operational work of Digital Transformations.
The operational work includes coordinating external grant applications and coordinating research within the environment. Also to identify new possible research areas, links to relevant educations and implications for collaboration and commissioned training.
Marcelo Milrad is contact person and chair of Digital Transformations.
- Anita Mirijamdotter Professor
- +46 470-70 86 35
- +46 70-337 75 24
- Evalill Nilsson Senior lecture and operational manager
- +46 480-44 60 01
- +46 73-037 79 13
- Glenn Sjöstrand Senior Lecturer
- +46 470-70 88 84
- Italo Masiello Professor
- +46 470-70 82 03
- Jesper Andersson Professor, Dean
- +46 470-70 84 60
- Koraljka Golub Professor
- +46 470-70 89 09
- Marcelo Milrad Professor
- +46 470-70 87 25
- +46 73-396 95 74
Based on assignments from Digital Transformations' steering group, the operational group works with the continued development of the knowledge environment according to the items under the heading Steering group above.