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A comparative study of women in top managerial positions in Greece and the United Kingdom(UK)
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Economics.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
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”.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 79 p.
Keyword [en]
Gender, managerial, Greece, UK, business, comparative
National Category
Cultural Studies Business Administration Economics Gender Studies Work Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-914OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-914DiVA: diva2:821781
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IY2578 Master's Thesis (60 credits) MBA
Educational program
IYABA MBA programme
Presentation
2015-06-03, 18:07 (English)
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Available from: 2015-06-23 Created: 2015-06-15 Last updated: 2015-06-23Bibliographically approved

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