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Changing leadership and gender in public sector organizations
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2350-2623
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences.
University of East London.
2012 (English)In: British Journal of Management, ISSN 1045-3172, E-ISSN 1467-8551, Vol. 23, no 3, p. 402-414Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to examine the ways in which leadership at middle management level in the public realm is gendered. This is attempted largely through a consideration of academic literature, supported by some empirical findings from a research investigation into higher education and social work in Sweden and England and a review of literature that reveals varying types of leadership characterized as masculinist. Taking the position that context shapes social relationships and subject positions, and provides opportunities as well as constraints, we consider leadership in the public sector under the sway of newpublic management, framed by neo-liberalism and the valorization of competition, selfinterested instrumentality, uncertainty and risk, operationalized in public sector organizations through performative regimes. It is argued that while some women and men are willing participants in the new regimes, others are antagonistic or ambivalent, finding themselves mired in neo-bureaucratic processes of surveillance and control, often stuck in occupational cul-de-sacs. It is contended that neo-liberalism and new public management are associated with masculinist forms of rationality that elevate individual winners and losers and divert attention from collective issues of gender. Rather than focus on gendered styles of leadership it is suggested that it is more important to look at their gendered performance and effects.

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2012. Vol. 23, no 3, p. 402-414
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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Industrial Work Environment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-12605DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8551.2011.00751.xLocal ID: bc343471-6832-4249-b7d5-c94a9d42560dOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-12605DiVA, id: diva2:985556
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Validerad; 2012; 20111013 (elbe)

Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-05-18Bibliographically approved

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