Kvinnor och ledarskap i kooperativa företag – Kooperativa Förbundet

by Foric, Damir

Abstract (Summary)
Despite the fact that Sweden is one of the most equal societies in the world, the women are still underrepresented in the top positions in Swedish business world. This study is about female leadership in cooperative businesses. Leadership is a process where the purpose is to influence others regardless if that person has a formal leadership position or not. The purpose of this study is to describe and exemplify how female leaders in cooperative companies lead by giving insight in their experiences, family situation, career and their opinions about female leadership. For the purpose of the study interviews are conducted with four female board members of The Swedish Cooperative Union. The study shows that female leaders are strong, competent, democratic leaders who lead through open communication and teamwork. Female leaders think that a family is seen as potential obstacle in their careers. The study has shown that the keys to a successful career are: good contacts, taking a chance, actively show willingness and desire to advance, get a mentor, learn to say no and not to risk burning out in the beginning of the career.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Högskolan i Gävle

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:leadership female sex and gender power environment cooperation equality


Date of Publication:07/11/2007

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