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Emma Ek Österberg

Senior lecturer

Emma Ek Österberg
Senior lecturer
emma.ek@spa.gu.se
+46 31 786 3922

Room number: A213
Postal Address: Box 712, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Sprängkullsgatan 19 , 41123 Göteborg


School of Public Administration (More Information)
Box 712
405 30 Göteborg
www.spa.gu.se
spa@spa.gu.se
Visiting Address: Sprängkullsgatan 19 , 411 23 Göteborg

About Emma Ek Österberg

Background
Ph.D in Public Administration.

Research interests
My research interest primarily concerns control and organisation in the public sector. More specifically, I am interested in how control is achieved, with a particular focus on scrutiny, and also in how organisations are made amenable to control. These are issues that lie in the borderland between public administration, organisation theory and accounting. The issues are linked to how complex phenomena such as, for instance, quality and efficiency are made measurable and how measurability and scrutability are organised in public operations.

Current research projects
Considerable scrutiny is currently taking place in the public sector, and as far as can be judged scrutiny has become an increasingly widespread technique for controlling and supervising enterprises. Scrutiny exists in various forms – for example, evaluation, inspection, audit, and accreditation. My thesis project deals with inspection, and the overriding question to be answered is how inspection is made possible – how are public operations made inspectable? The essence of this is the inspected, and the starting point is that they are not just the receiver of inspection, but also active to a great extent in the implementation and use of inspection. In an ethnographically inspired study into inspection in schools and geriatric care an analysis was carried out of how the everyday (indicators, statistics, meetings, conversations, documents, reports, correspondence) contributes to the creation of an inspection object that becomes possible for the inspectors to assess, and of how the inspection is interpreted and used by the inspected

Another ongoing project, together with Gustaf Kastberg (University of Lund), is on inspection as a standardisation process, in which the development of inspection in the social field is being studied.

Teaching
I participate in teaching the School of Public Administration's bachelor and master's programmes and in contract education. Within contract education, I teach scrutiny and, more specifically, how it controls as well as about the challenges associated with measuring the results of scrutiny. In the framework of the bachelor programme in public administration, I have during recent years primarily taught control and organisation as well as supervising bachelor's projects and master's theses. I have also previously taught the theory of science and method.

Collaboration
I am involved in the School of Public Administration's contract education programme and also regularly participate in seminars and workshops in the scrutiny field. In terms of research, I am collaborating in several networks, including a network for research into the public sector (NOOS).

Latest publications

Is leadership really the solution?
Emma Ek Österberg, Björn Rombach, Östen Ohlsson
Leadership is the problem, Stockholm, Santérus Academic Press, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Leadership is the problem - and therefore not the solution
Björn Rombach, Emma Ek Österberg
Stockholm, Santérus Academic Press, Edited book 2019
Edited book

Accounting for profitable prevention -The case of social investments
Cristian Lagström, Emma Ek Österberg
The New Public Sector (NPS) Seminar. November 8th-9th 2018, Edinburgh, UK. , Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Accounting for profitable prevention -The case of social investments.
Cristian Lagström, Emma Ek Österberg
European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM). The 10th international public sector conference. 4-6 september 2018. School of Economics and Management, Lund University., Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Objectifying trustworthiness. Market reformation in the transport policy field.
Emma Ek Österberg
Konferensbidrag till New Public Sector Seminar (NPS), Edinburgh: 1-3 november., Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Making public sector innovation governable: The organization of competitive and collaborative innovation in Swedish transport policy.
Emma Ek Österberg, Martin Qvist
Statsvetenskapliga förbundets, Swedish Political Sciene Association (Swepsa) årsmöte Karlstad: 4-6 oktober, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Objectifying trustworthiness. Market re-formation within the transport policy field.
Emma Ek Österberg
European Accounting Association (EAA) 40th Annual Congress. Valencia: 9-11 May, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

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2019

Is leadership really the solution?
Emma Ek Österberg, Björn Rombach, Östen Ohlsson
Leadership is the problem, Stockholm, Santérus Academic Press, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Leadership is the problem - and therefore not the solution
Björn Rombach, Emma Ek Österberg
Stockholm, Santérus Academic Press, Edited book 2019
Edited book

2018

Accounting for profitable prevention -The case of social investments
Cristian Lagström, Emma Ek Österberg
The New Public Sector (NPS) Seminar. November 8th-9th 2018, Edinburgh, UK. , Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Accounting for profitable prevention -The case of social investments.
Cristian Lagström, Emma Ek Österberg
European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM). The 10th international public sector conference. 4-6 september 2018. School of Economics and Management, Lund University., Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

2017

Objectifying trustworthiness. Market reformation in the transport policy field.
Emma Ek Österberg
Konferensbidrag till New Public Sector Seminar (NPS), Edinburgh: 1-3 november., Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Making public sector innovation governable: The organization of competitive and collaborative innovation in Swedish transport policy.
Emma Ek Österberg, Martin Qvist
Statsvetenskapliga förbundets, Swedish Political Sciene Association (Swepsa) årsmöte Karlstad: 4-6 oktober, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Objectifying trustworthiness. Market re-formation within the transport policy field.
Emma Ek Österberg
European Accounting Association (EAA) 40th Annual Congress. Valencia: 9-11 May, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Showing 1 - 10 of 21

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