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Kulturell Mångfald: Att leda olikheter: En kvalitativ studie om ledarskapets roll för mångfaldsarbete
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship.
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 180 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Cultural diversity: To lead differences : A qualitative study about the role of leadership in  workforce diversity (English)
Abstract [sv]

Abstrakt

Kandidatuppsats i Företagsekonomi III - Organisation & Ledarskap 15 hp Ekonomihögskolan Linneuniversitetet Kalmar

Titel: Kulturell mångfald: Att leda olikheter - En kvalitativ studie om ledarskapets roll för mångfaldsarbete

Syfte: Studien syfte är att bidra med en ökad förståelse för hur kulturell mångfald inom organisationer kan tillvaratas som resurs av ledare. Syftet är även att skapa en förståelse för de olika faktorer som påverkar hur kulturell mångfald hanteras och hur ledarskapet kan användas som verktyg för ett positivt mångfaldsarbete.

Metod: En kvalitativ studie med en induktiv ansats. Tre fallstudier har genomförts inom två universitet samt ett statligt konsultbolag där sammanlagt sex personer har intervjuats.  

Slutsats: Ledarskapet bör vara situationsanpassat eftersom kulturell mångfald inom en organisation betyder en stor del förändringar och olikheter. Kulturell mångfald kan snarare utgöra ett hinder än en resurs om ledare inte vet hur de ska arbeta med och hantera mångfalden. Ledare behöver verktyg för mångfaldsarbetet vilket kan anskaffas på olika sätt, exempelvis genom utbildningar, praktiska seminarier eller arbetsplatsmöten där kommunikation och mångfald kan diskuteras. Mångfaldsarbete kan och bör bedrivas på olika sätt beroende på organisation, men det måste oavsett ske kontinuerligt och på flera nivåer. Det krävs ett aktivt arbete från organisationens ledare för att skapa och bibehålla en medvetenhet kring organisationens kulturella mångfald och därför bör mångfaldsarbete ses som en långsiktig investering.

Abstract [en]

Abstract

Bachelor Thesis in Business Administration III - Organization & Leadership 15 hp

School of Economics at Linnaeus University of Kalmar

Title: Cultural diversity: To lead differences - A qualitative study about the role of leadership in  workforce diversity

Purpose: The purpose of the study is to contribute to an enhanced understanding for how cultural diversity within organizations can be utilized as a resource by leaders. The purpose is to also create an understanding for the different factors that can affect how cultural diversity is managed and how leadership can be used as a tool for positive outcomes in diversity.

Methodology: A qualitative method has been used with an inductive approach. Three case studies were implemented, two were conducted in two Swedish universities and one was conducted in a public consulting company. The case studies had an amount of six people in total that were interviewed.

Conclusion:Leadership should be situational because cultural diversity within an organization mean a great deal of changes and differences. Cultural diversity can therefore rather be a hindrance than a resource if the leader doesn’t know how to work with and manage the diversity that exists. The leader needs tools in order to work with diversity and it can be obtained through different ways, such as; educations, practical seminars or meetings where communication and diversity is discussed. Diversity can and should be managed in different ways depending on organization, it has to be done continuously and on different levels. An active working process is therefore needed from the leaders of the organization in order to create and maintain a consciousness around the cultural diversity of the organization and hence see diversity as a longterm investment.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 75
Keywords [en]
Cultural diversity, leadership, diversity, organization
Keywords [sv]
Kulturell mångfald, ledarskap, mångfaldsarbete, organisation
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-61143OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-61143DiVA, id: diva2:1079250
Subject / course
Business Administration - Organization Leadership; Business Administration - Organization Leadership
Educational program
Tourism Management Programme, 180 credits; Music & Event Management Programme, 180 credits
Presentation
2017-01-13, NY214, Kalmar, 08:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2017-04-18 Created: 2017-03-08 Last updated: 2017-04-18Bibliographically approved

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