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Primadonnor eller legosoldater: Vad motiverar svenska soldater att delta i internationella insatser?
Swedish National Defence College.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Since the year of 2010, when the Swedish military made a transition from a conscript to a voluntary force, numerous people from the Swedish defence force have participated in international missions. This study seeks to understand the motivation and sacrifice behind the choice to travel abroad to countries like Afghanistan and Mali to preserve peace. This is being done through the theory of Helle Hein’s four motivational profiles, namely The Prima donna, The Performance Addict, The Pragmatist, and The Pay Check Worker. The empirical data consists of answers from 131 respondents to a survey sent to soldiers on duty in Mali (July 2016) and 3 semi-structured interviews with soldiers who have returned home.

The result of the study is presented through various diagrams and show that the motivational factors of The Performance Addict overshadows the others. Furthermore is the theory’s relationship between motivational profile and level of sacrifice confirmed, even though it should be interpreted with some caution.

Abstract [sv]

Sedan år 2010, när svenska försvaret gick i från ett värnplikts- till ett yrkesförsvar, har flera tusen svenska soldater deltagit i internationella insatser. Den här studien undersöker motivationsfaktorer och uppoffring hos de som väljer att åka till länder som Afghanistan och Mali för att bevara freden. Det sker genom Helle Heins fyra motivationsprofiler, nämligen Primadonnan, Prestationsjägaren, Pragmatikern och Löntagaren. Den empiriska datan består av svar från 131 respondenter från styrkan i Mali (juli 2016) samt 3 semi-strukturerade intervjuer med soldater som har återvänt hem.

Resultatet av studien presenteras genom olika diagram och visar att motivationsfaktorerna hos Prestationsjägaren dominerar. Vidare bekräftas teorins samband mellan motivationsprofil och grad av uppoffring, även om det resultatet ska tolkas med viss försiktighet.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 45 p.
Keyword [en]
Soldier’s motivation, Swedish armed forces, international peace operations, UN, Helle Hein’s 4 archetypes
Keyword [sv]
Soldaters motivation, svenska försvaret, fredsbevarande insatser, FN, Helle Heins 4 arketyper
National Category
Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-6313OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-6313DiVA: diva2:974668
Subject / course
Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot krishantering och internationell samverkan
Educational program
Kandidatprogrammet
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2016-10-28 Created: 2016-09-27 Last updated: 2016-10-28Bibliographically approved

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