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"Vi kvinnor får vara med, under förutsättningen att vi beter oss som männen": En kvalitativ studie om kvinnliga chefers upplevelser av könsskapande inom den mansdominerade IT-branschen
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to examine how our way of doing gender affect female managers in the male-dominated IT organizations and how the female managers handle the consequences they entail.

The study is based on a qualitative research approach where we gathered empirical data through semi-structured interviews. In this study, six respondents with varying experiences of management role within the IT organizations participated. The results are analyzed with the help of previous research and the theoretical framework which included Pierre Bourdieu's theory masculine domination and the West and Zimmerman's theory doing gender.

In our study, we concluded that female managers in the male-dominated IT organizations feel the need to adapt to a greater degree than their male counterparts. As a result of the contradictions that exist in the female gender norms versus the role expectations placed on managers, who have a male character, women need to downplay their femininity, including  by adjusting their language.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 58 p.
Keyword [en]
Male-dominated, gender norms, role expectations, female managers, IT organizations
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-56002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-56002DiVA: diva2:1077924
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Sociologi
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Available from: 2017-03-01 Created: 2017-03-01 Last updated: 2017-03-01Bibliographically approved

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