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Knäcka koderna: praxis kring kön, industriell organisation och ledarskap
Luleå tekniska universitet.
2005 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The main purpose of this doctoral thesis is to describe, analyse and initiate processes of change from a gender point of view. In the present field study the focus is on gender-creating processes in and around formal and informal structures at an engineering company´s organisation. The central theme is the implication of gender in relation to industrial organisation and leadership. The aim of this thesis is i) to identify processes and praxis in the organisation that create both opportunities and obstacles for women who have made an untraditional choice of career as engineers and managers, ii) on the basis of this knowledge and together with practitioners in the organisation initiate processes of change that will increase the proportion of women managers. The doing-gender approach has been used as a theoretical tool in order to understand the processes surrounding technology, leadership and gender in the organisation. Doing gender allows us to initiate process-thinking about how gender is constructed in different social contexts, such as those in industrial organisations. From a doing-gender perspective the central question is what an individual does and not what he or she is. In other words, the focus is on actions. The methodological approach is action-oriented, using as its starting point an interactive research perspective. The interactive approach has a democratic basic outlook, it combines theoretical understanding with practical action. This doctoral thesis helps to elucidate the complexity of gender-creating structures, processes and practices in an industrial organisation. Its empirical method also shows how researchers and practitioners in the organisation can jointly launch processes of change on the basis of a gender-theoretical basis. The thesis presents a gender-theoretical model for change and analysis that is based on the so-called doing-gender approach. This model has been of importance both as an analytical tool and as a starting point for initiating processes of change. The model has four dimensions and they are dissimilar in character and are more or less demanding of time in bringing about changes. They each have an effect and affect each other in various constellations in the gender-creating processes in organisations. The viewpoints that the doing-gender approach communicates makes it possible to change existing attitudes and expectations concerning gender, since the construction of gender is a continually ongoing process that differs in different contexts. One contribution that this thesis makes is to illuminate the complexity of organisation and gender. It contributes to research by providing empirical examples of gender-creating praxis in an engineering company and by showing how we can work on processes of change from a gender perspective.

Abstract [sv]

Avhandlingens grundläggande utgångspunkt är att utifrån ett könsteoretiskt perspektiv utforska och initiera förändringsprocesser. I den aktuella fallstudien har könsskapande processer kring formella och informella strukturer i organisationen varit i fokus. Centrala teman är betydelsen av kön i relation till industriell organisation och ledarskap. Ytterligare en utgångspunkt har varit att utifrån ett interaktivt angreppssätt bedriva forskning och initiera förändringsprocesser tillsammans med aktörer i organisationen. Avhandlingsarbetet har genomförts på det internationella verkstadsindustriföretaget Alstom Power Sweden AB i Finspång. Avhandlingens syfte är att; - Synliggöra processer och praktiker i organisationen som dels utgör möjligheter, dels hinder för de kvinnor som valt en otraditionell yrkeskarriär som ingenjör och chef. - Utifrån ovanstående kunskap initiera förändringsprocesser tillsammans med aktörer i organisationen för att öka andelen kvinnor som chefer. I avhandlingen presenteras en könsteoretisk modell för förändring och analys som tar sin utgångspunkt i det så kallade doing gender perspektivet. Modellen kom att få stor betydelse dels som analytiskt redskap, dels som utgångspunkt vid initieringen av förändringsprocesserna. Den metodologiska ansatsen är handlingsinriktad och tar sin utgångspunkt i det interaktiva forskningsperspektivet. Den interaktiva ansatsen förenar en kunskapsförståelse med praktisk handling, det vill säga förenar teori och praktik. Ett centralt bidrag som avhandlingen ger är att belysa den komplexitet som könsskapande strukturer, processer och praktiker utgör i en industriell organisation. Avhandlingens processempiri synliggör även hur forskare och aktörer i organisationen gemensamt kan iscensätta förändringsprocesser utifrån ett könsteoretiskt perspektiv.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Luleå: Luleå tekniska universitet, 2005. , 197 p.
Doctoral thesis / Luleå University of Technology 1 jan 1997 → …, ISSN 1402-1544 ; 2005:53
Research subject
Industrial Work Environment
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-16807Local ID: 01e5f6b0-5224-11db-9592-000ea68e967bOAI: diva2:989794
Godkänd; 2005; 20060930 (ysko)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29Bibliographically approved

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