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Women in international management: an empirical study of Swedish female expatriates
2001 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis is to provide a better understanding of the views and experiences of Swedish female managers as expatriates. This thesis describes, explores and starts to explain how a Swedish female expatriate can be characterized, how women managers perceive their organizations to influence female expatriation, and the main issues facing female expatriates on their international assignments. Five qualitative case studies have been conducted. The findings suggest that technical competence, senior managerial experience and international experience are crucial competencies for women in order to be selected for expatriate assignments. Personality characteristics are less influential. The findings further indicate that organizations can influence and encourage women’s participation in international management more. Finally, the specific issues that female expatriates face while abroad include host country attitudes, high visibility, dual-career issues and conflicting demands of work and home.

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, Women, Sweden, expatriates, management, assignments
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-43782ISRN: LTU-SHU-EX--01/158--SELocal ID: 19e21ed6-f450-4f84-88f7-6f1ac19ed6d1OAI: diva2:1017023
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
International Business and Economic, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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