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The assertion of female managers facing male leadership: A comparative study between the banking, consulting and agri-food industries in France.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration. KEDGE Business School. (Group 34)
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration. KEDGE Business School. (Group 34)
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration. KEDGE Business School. (Group 34)
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Background: Women in senior positions have been, for a long time, discredited. We wanted to study their current situation and understand how they assert themselves in their companies. We thought it would be interesting to see their link to management and leadership.

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to understand the position of female managers in organizations through the exploration of gender roles, characteristics and stereotypes.

Method: We conducted our research by reviewing literature about leadership theories, management versus leadership and gender influences over leadership. Then, we conducted a qualitative study with a comparison analysis between the banking, consulting and agri-food industries in France to update the current knowledge regarding female managers, to understand how they assert themselves.

Conclusion: The results suggest that it is still hard for women to assert themselves and reach manager or leader positions. However, this is mostly due to their own perceptions of themselves. Women tend to lack self-confidence, which is unfortunate because female managers generally use a transformational leadership style which is considered as one of the best, which means they have all the keys to become both successful managers and leaders, using androgynous characteristics. They also endure the maternity leave and tend to sacrifice their professional career for the benefit of their family life. Women simply need to be more confident and keep asserting themselves. 

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2019. , p. 72
Keywords [en]
Leadership, transformational leadership, management, gender roles, stereotypes, gender characteristics.
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-44181ISRN: JU-IHH-FÖA-1-20190875OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-44181DiVA, id: diva2:1321309
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JIBS, Business Administration
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2019-06-04, B4065, Jönköping University, Gjuterigatan 5, 553 18, Jönköping, 15:13 (English)
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Available from: 2019-06-26 Created: 2019-06-07 Last updated: 2019-06-26Bibliographically approved

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