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Breaking the glass ceiling: How to change an organizational culture to increase the share of women at executive level
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis investigates how an organizational change can lead to an increased share of women at top management positions. Based on interviews at Sandvik, an organization that has received extensive attention for its efforts to increase the share of female executives, the study aims to understand how an organizational culture is changed in a way that will lead to more women at top management positions. The study also aims to give an answer to how the change process is implemented and what kinds of changes in content that are needed. The empirical findings are analyzed using a theoretical framework based on change management literature and female leadership literature. The results of the study indicate that actions to increase gender diversity should be integrated in the overarching company strategy. There are further indications that it can be enough to have a personal conviction from a prominent leader within the organization to start the change process. Commitment and support from top management is thereafter vital. A final indication is that the changes in content should be aimed at changing the mindset of the employees throughout the organization.  

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2015. , 59 p.
Keyword [en]
change, change management, organizational culture, cultural change, female leadership, glass ceiling
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-255863OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-255863DiVA: diva2:823771
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Master Programme in Business and Management
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Available from: 2015-06-24 Created: 2015-06-18 Last updated: 2015-06-24Bibliographically approved

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