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Male managers challenging and reinforcing the male norm in management
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Organization and management. (Fosfor/organisation, ledning och förändring)
2014 (English)In: NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, ISSN 0803-8740, E-ISSN 1502-394X, Vol. 22, no 2, 131-146 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores the possibilities of male executives challenging the masculine norm in management through greater gender awareness in organizations. The impact of presence of women managers and a gender equality discourse in a large male-dominated company in Sweden is in focus in this empirical study. Results demonstrate how constructions of management change when awareness of gender inequality increases. Men challenge the norm when questioning the ideology that justifies men's domination in management. At the same time, constructions of masculinity expand to include new equality ideals and consequently add on possibilities for male managers, thus reinforcing the male norm in management. Constructions of women change, as individual women managers are described as superior, but women managers are still seen as deficient and less suitable for management, as belonging to a gendered category. The implications for organizational analysis and organizational work for change are greater awareness of how gender equality (GE), can simultaneously challenge and reinforce the masculine norm in management. The positive construction of women in management does not necessarily challenge the masculine norm in management, unless GE work is linked to challenging the masculine norm as part of the dominant organizational culture.

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Aalborg: Routledge, 2014. Vol. 22, no 2, 131-146 p.
Keyword [en]
Male managers, male norm in management, gender awareness
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Social Sciences
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Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-159192DOI: 10.1080/08038740.2013.864702ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84903193615OAI: diva2:783152

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