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Den mansdominerande branschens inverkan på kvinnligt chefskap: En studieinom IT-branschen
University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The male-dominant industry's impact on female management : A study in the IT industry (English)
Abstract [sv]

Syftet med denna studie är att undersöka kvinnliga chefers upplevelse och framställningen av deras egenskaper i en mansdominerad bransch. Studien tar reda på hur den mansdominerade kontexten inverkar på kvinnors chefskap när det kommer till upplevelse och framställning av egenskaper. Fokus är riktat mot att kunna tolka den inverkandeeffekten av den manliga konstruktionen på både individnivå och från sin omgivning. Den tidigare forskningen ger en inblick i kvinnor som chefers upplevelse av hinder och möjligheter i sin chefsposition. Vidare har den teoretiska referensramen visat hur den sociala omgivningen skapat förväntningar inom könsroller och egenskaper som är kopplade till kvinna respektive man. Studien använder sig av tolv kvinnliga chefer i höga chefspositioner som arbetar inom IT på Volvo. De kvinnliga chefernas respons bidrar med en förståelse för deras chefskap i den mansdominerade IT-branschen. Resultatet av studien konstaterar att upplevelsen för de kvinnliga cheferna har påverkats av den mansdominerande kontexten. Centrala faktorer som påverkat deras upplevelse i sittchefskap har varit minoritetsställningen, balansen mellan den privata och professionella rollen, strukturella hinder samt högre krav på sin arbetsprestation. Fortsatt har resultatet visat att alla kvinnliga chefer har präglats till att framställa manliga egenskaper för att smälta in den mansdominerade arbetsmiljön. De mest imiterade manliga dragen har visat sig vara, strategisk, analytisk och beslutsfattare. I helhet har de kvinnliga cheferna varit överens om att upplevelse och framställning av egenskaper påverkas av personlighet och omgivning.

Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to examine experiences of female leadership and representation of their characteristics in a male-dominated industry. The study finds out how the male dominated context influences women's leadership when it comes to experience and representation of their characteristics. The focus is on being able to interpret the impact of the male construction on both the individual level and the environmental. The previous research gives an insight into women as managers' experience of obstacles and opportunities in their managerial position. Furthermore, the theoretical reference frame has shown how the social environment has created expectations in gender roles and characteristics that are linked to woman and man. The study uses twelve female managers in higher management positions who work within IT at Volvo. The response of the female managers contributes to an understanding of their leadership in the male-dominated IT industry. The result of the study states that the experience for the female managers has been influenced by the male-dominant context. Key factors that are influencing their experience in their management have been the minority position, the balance between the private and professional role, structural barriers and a higher demand on their work performance. The result has continued to show that all female managers have been characterized to produce male characteristics in order to blend into the male-dominated work environment. The most imitated male features have proven to be, strategic, analytical and decision makers. In summary, the female managers have agreed that the experience and representation of characteristics is influenced by personality and surroundings.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019.
Keywords [en]
Female leadership, male dominated, experience and characteristics
Keywords [sv]
Kvinnligt chefskap, mansdominerad, upplevelse och egenskaper
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-21628OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-21628DiVA, id: diva2:1343712
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Företagsekonomi - Civilekonom
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Available from: 2019-08-26 Created: 2019-08-19 Last updated: 2019-08-26Bibliographically approved

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