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A cultural perspective on leadership to face challenges with agile methods: A case study in the Nordic Banking Industry
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM).
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Ett kulturellt perspektiv på ledarskap för att bemöta utmaningar med agila metoder (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This paper explores the ideas of culture and leadership as a unified phenomenon and a means to face challenges caused by implementing new ways of working in knowledge intensive organizations. By creating a supportive culture and trusting in employees, managers can give decisive authority to employees, which will increase motivation, and enable managers to focus on strategy and vision. The research was conducted as a case study at one of the larger Nordic banks. The findings suggest that a cultural perspective on leadership can be used to increase motivation, and help understand the challenges of complex organizations.

Abstract [sv]

Den här uppsatsen utforskar idéer kring kultur och ledarskap som ett gemensamt fenomen och som ett verktyg för att bemöta utmaningar som uppstår då nya sätt att arbeta implementeras i kunskapsintensiva organisationer. Genom att skapa en stödjande kultur och genom att lita på de anställda kan chefer beslutande ansvar till de anställda, vilket kommer öka motivationen bland de anställda samt ge cheferna mer tid till att fokusera på att utveckla strategi och vision. Forskningen utfördes som en case-studie på en av de större nordiska bankerna. Slutsatserna i den här uppsatsen pekar mot att kulturellt ledarskap kan användas som ett verktyg för att öka motivation, och för att förstå och bemöta the utmaningar som uppstår i komplexa organisationer.

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2019. , p. 56
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TRITA-ITM-EX ; 2019:282
Keywords [en]
Cultural leadership, Agile methods, Motivation, Organizational culture, Leadership, Knowledge Intensive Organization.
Keywords [sv]
Kulturellt ledarskap, Agila metoder, Motivation, Organisationskultur, Ledarskap, Kunskapsintensiv Organisation
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Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-264056OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-264056DiVA, id: diva2:1371897
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