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A comparative study of women in top managerial positions in Greece and the United Kingdom(UK)
Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, Fakulteten för teknikvetenskaper, Institutionen för industriell ekonomi.
2015 (Engelska)Självständigt arbete på avancerad nivå (magisterexamen), 10 poäng / 15 hpStudentuppsats (Examensarbete)
Abstract [en]

Problem formulation: The main research questions of this comparative study are as follow: How does the Maculinity Index (MAS), which is similar in both UK and Greece, express itself inside organisations, in terms of culture (norms, values)? How can this help to understand the differences found in the representations of women in both countries?

Purpose: The purpose of why this study was contacted is to describe several MAS expressions in the organisational culture in order to find out how these expressions can help us understand the differences in female representation in both countries (UK and Greece).

Literature: The main literature, upon which the whole study s was based upon, is the Hofstede’s cultural dimensions theory as described in:

 

  1. Hofstede, G. 2014. Cultural Tools: Country Comparison. [Online]. Available at: <http://geert-hofstede.com/countries.html> [Accessed: 13th January 2015], and

 

  1. Hofstede, G., Hofstede, G. J. & Minkov, M. 2010. Cultures and organizations: Software of the mind. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

 

Numerous literature sources were used throughout this thesis, which can be found in references.

 

Method: The authors used the case study approach for this research as described in Yin’s “Case Study Research: Design and Methods. 5th Ed.” (2014). The main methods used for the collection of the empirical findings were documentation, interviews, informal discussions and archival records.

 

Key findings: The major findings of this research indicated that at Alpha Bank, the male dominated powerful “in- groups”, by framing the recruitment and the selection process, by recruiting mainly male friends and relatives,  reproducing the male dominated culture inside the company. At Tata Steel, the masculine organisational culture was mainly the results of gender role norms associating STEM disciplines and leadership with masculinity. Some women were perceived to violate their femininity when being assertive or holding traditionally male positions. In addition, the “double burden syndrome” was considered to be an important barrier to women’s career advancement in Britain whereas it was not affecting Greek women as much due to the collectivistic characteristics of the Greek societal culture with parents usually helping their daughters and daughters-in-law with baby-sitting and in-house “obligations”.

Ort, förlag, år, upplaga, sidor
2015. , s. 79
Nyckelord [en]
Gender, managerial, Greece, UK, business, comparative
Nationell ämneskategori
Kulturstudier Företagsekonomi Nationalekonomi Genusstudier Arbetslivsstudier
Identifikatorer
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-914OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-914DiVA, id: diva2:821781
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IY2578 Magisterarbete MBA
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IYABA MBA-programmet
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2015-06-03, 18:07 (Engelska)
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Tillgänglig från: 2015-06-23 Skapad: 2015-06-15 Senast uppdaterad: 2015-06-23Bibliografiskt granskad

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