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How to achieve gender diversity in top management: A qualitative study of gender equal companies listed on the Swedish stock exchange
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Alarming statistics provides that only 10,2 percentage of companies listed on the Swedish stock exchange has achieved gender equality in their top management. The fact is that women being discriminated, since men dominates these positions of power. The study is of a qualitative nature and aims to achieve a deeper understanding and knowledge contribution of how gender equal companiesĀ“ has achieved this gender diversity in their top management. Sweden's highest ranking business leaders has been interviewed in order to obtain their view, and the companies they represent, in order to get an answer to what the most important requirements has been in the achievement.

The study's main result has shown that strong core values and corporate culture are basic and required condition for a successful gender equality strategy. A deliberate or emergent strategy can then be successfully implemented, and it is mainly the impact of structural barriers that determine which strategy a company uses. At a deliberate strategy, following measures are in additional to core values and corporate cultural crucial; commitment towards gender equality, a specific plan with clear objectives, and a conscious objective recruitment process. The result found aboute these two factors and three measures also identified a required specific order to follow in order to achieve gender diversity in top management. These findings, which in a near future, aims to contribute to a more gender equal Sweden.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 44 p.
Keyword [en]
Gender equality, gender diversity, top management, Swedish listed companies, strategy, commitment, corporate culture, core values, gender equality plan, recruitment phase, objectives, structural barriers
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-129274OAI: diva2:921159
Available from: 2016-08-19 Created: 2016-04-19 Last updated: 2016-08-19Bibliographically approved

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