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Alvinius, Aida, Docent
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Alvinius, A. (2019). A Gender Perspective on Teachers as Crisis Managers. NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, 27(2), 5-138
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Gender Perspective on Teachers as Crisis Managers
2019 (English)In: NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, ISSN 0803-8740, E-ISSN 1502-394X, Vol. 27, no 2, p. 5-138Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Stressful conditions affect communities at different levels and may involve occupational groups not normally associated with issues of crisis and security. Teachers in the compulsory school system are members of such a group. The purpose of this study is to examine teachers’ view of their own role as crisis management actors in a female-dominated occupation. A Grounded Theory approach applying a gender perspective was used as an analytical tool for data processing. In total, 16 informants from four different schools in two different municipalities in Sweden were interviewed. The analysis of these interviews shows that teachers’ perceptions of risk, crisis, and security are influenced and characterized by social and emotional regulation aimed at (a) reducing vulnerability, (b) increasing the sense of security, and (c) regaining or restoring a sense of order and control. These strategies have been discussed froma gender perspective as teachers do not regard themselves as legitimate crisis management actors.

Keywords
teacher, gendered work environment, Grounded Theory, crisis management, emotional and social regulation
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8527 (URN)10.1080/08038740.2019.1588373 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-05-02 Created: 2019-05-02 Last updated: 2019-08-23Bibliographically approved
Larsson, G. & Alvinius, A. (2019). “An undisturbed afternoon of writing”: a qualitative study of professors’job satisfaction. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education
Open this publication in new window or tab >>“An undisturbed afternoon of writing”: a qualitative study of professors’job satisfaction
2019 (English)In: Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, ISSN 2050-7003, E-ISSN 1758-1184Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to model factors that contribute to job satisfaction amonguniversity professors.Design/methodology/approach – The approach was qualitative; 12 in-depth interviews were conductedwith Swedish university full professors representing 11 different academic subjects.Findings – Five facets of job satisfaction were identified: distal environment (e.g. impact on society and thescientific community), proximal social environment, self (e.g. receiving external credit and experiencinginternal pride), the uplifts of daily life and formal conditions (e.g. pay and opportunities to continue afterretirement). A model was inductively developed according to which professors’ job satisfaction is influencedby interacting contextual and individual antecedent conditions.Research limitations/implications – Because a qualitative approach was used, with a limited number ofinformants, there is a lack of representativeness and the concepts generated are of a sensitizing rather than adefinitive character.Practical implications – Attention should be paid to university professors’ need for autonomy, otherwisepublic management control strivings may become counter-productive.Originality/value – A new model of professors’ job satisfaction with a richness of details was developed.

Keywords
Qualitative method; Job satisfaction; Theoretical model; Professors
National Category
Psychology Sociology
Research subject
Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8531 (URN)
Available from: 2019-05-02 Created: 2019-05-02 Last updated: 2019-05-22
Fors Brandebo, M. & Alvinius, A. (Eds.). (2019). Dark Sides of Organizational Behavior and Leadership. London: INTECH
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Dark Sides of Organizational Behavior and Leadership
2019 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In recent years, scholars have focused more on the "dark sides of leadership." Both the negative and positive aspects of the relationship between leaders and followers are considered. But the relationship between leaders and followers is also influenced by the context in which the relationship occurs. Organizational aspects such as culture and structures are studied in relation to how negative leadership develops. Organizations, just like humans, are able to develop justifications for their actions, to self-aggrandize by claiming their exclusivity. In this book, the dark sides of organizational behaviors and leadership are considered from different aspects and contexts. The book contributes knowledge of how negative leadership develops, what part organizational structures play, and what the consequences are for the leader, the subordinates and the organization.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: INTECH, 2019
Keywords
destructive leadership, dysfunctional organizational behaviour
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8201 (URN)10.5772/intechopen.71976 (DOI)978-1-78984-751-2 (ISBN)978-1-78984-750-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-10-21 Created: 2018-10-21 Last updated: 2019-01-16Bibliographically approved
Alvinius, A., Holmberg, A. & Johansson, E. (2019). Do military leaders resist organizational challenges?. Journal of Resistance Studies, 5(1)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Do military leaders resist organizational challenges?
2019 (English)In: Journal of Resistance Studies, ISSN 2001-9947, Vol. 5, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Armed forces in many Western countries have been facing societal change processes for more than twenty years; including value changes, government savings and, more recently, by the unstable security environment. The starting point here is that there is a relationship between processes of societal change and organizational challenges. The purpose of this study is to examine how military leaders manage and respond to different kinds of organizational challenges, focusing on resistance. The empirical material was collected using a grounded theory approach. Informants possessing wide experience of leadership participated in this study. The qualitative analysis describes the coping strategies, acceptance and resistance found among military leaders when dealing with organizational demands. Challenges caused by societal changes are experienced as negative aspects of organizational structure. This may be an explanation for why military leaders cope with them applying both resistance and acceptance. However, our main conclusion is that resistance to change stays within a culture of obedience.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Ed: Irene Publishing, 2019
Keywords
resistance, military leadership, organizational challenges
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden; Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8529 (URN)
Available from: 2019-05-02 Created: 2019-05-02 Last updated: 2019-09-23Bibliographically approved
Thielen, A., Sivertun, Å., Hyllengren, P. & Alvinius, A. (2019). Frames of the terrorist attack in Sweden: a qualitative study of true and fake news coverage. International Journal of Emergency Management
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Frames of the terrorist attack in Sweden: a qualitative study of true and fake news coverage
2019 (English)In: International Journal of Emergency Management, ISSN 1471-4825, E-ISSN 1741-5071Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

On 7 April 2017, a terrorist attack occurred in central Stockholm. A hijacked lorry was intentionally driven into crowds along a pedestrian street. The purpose of this study was to qualitatively explore how the media framed this terrorist attack. The data collection approach was inductive and explorative, mainly involving searching electronic media databases. The qualitative analysis of 1294 articles resulted in four overarching themes describing how the terrorist attack was framed in the media. These frames are as follows: the incident, framed as confirmed, unconfirmed and denied information; the perception of leadership and authorities as trustworthy; the site perceived as a place of sorrow; and crisis management framed as the initial and sequential framing of the professionals, the heroes and the villains. The primary conclusion is that true as well as fake news affects crisis management and public opinion, which may create challenges for the entire society within the crisis management area. 

Keywords
terrorist attack; media; fake news; Sweden; crisis management
National Category
Sociology Psychology Political Science Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden; Military Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8532 (URN)
Available from: 2019-05-02 Created: 2019-05-02 Last updated: 2019-08-26
Holmberg, A. & Alvinius, A. (2019). How Pressure for Change Challenge Military Organizational Characteristics. Defence Studies
Open this publication in new window or tab >>How Pressure for Change Challenge Military Organizational Characteristics
2019 (English)In: Defence Studies, ISSN 1470-2436, E-ISSN 1743-9698Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article elaborates on how structural, normative and functional pressures for change may challenge military organizational characteristics. We problematize theoretically and exemplify empirically what consequences these pressures can have on military organizational characteristics, arguing that they constitute major challenges for managing in particular normative pressures for change. The empirical examples suggest that bureaucratic, hierarchical, narcissistic and greedy traits of the organization are challenged by normative pressures such as value changes and normalization. Another source of challenge is professionalization processes. Structural challenges, on the other hand, are managed by the organization and do not seem to inhibit the workings of organizational characteristics. The plausibility probe conducted questions the sustainability of military organizational characteristics in their traditional disguise, in particular due to legitimacy concerns. It is suggested that future research should be directed towards analyzing how military organizations manage pressure for change and whether their characteristics are questioned.

Keywords
military organizations, organizational characteristics, pressure for change, organizational change, armed forces, Sweden
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik; Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8377 (URN)10.1080/14702436.2019.1575698 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-02-07 Created: 2019-02-07 Last updated: 2019-03-25Bibliographically approved
Fors Brandebo, M. & Alvinius, A. (2019). Introductory chapter: Dark sides of organizations and leadership – an integrative approach and definitions. In: Fors Brandebo Maria and Alvinius Aida (Ed.), Dark Sides of Organizational Behavior and Leadership: . London: INTECH
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introductory chapter: Dark sides of organizations and leadership – an integrative approach and definitions
2019 (English)In: Dark Sides of Organizational Behavior and Leadership / [ed] Fors Brandebo Maria and Alvinius Aida, London: INTECH, 2019Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: INTECH, 2019
Keywords
destructive leadership, dysfunctional organizational behaviour
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8202 (URN)10.5772/intechopen.71976 (DOI)978-1-78984-750-5 (ISBN)978-1-78984-751-2 (ISBN)
Note

The chapter was e-published ahead of the completed book 2018-11-05

Available from: 2018-10-21 Created: 2018-10-21 Last updated: 2019-01-14Bibliographically approved
Alvinius, A. & Holmberg, A. (2019). SILENCE-BREAKING BUTTERFLY EFFECT: RESISTANCE TOWARDS THE MILITARY WITHIN #METOO. Gender, Work and Organization
Open this publication in new window or tab >>SILENCE-BREAKING BUTTERFLY EFFECT: RESISTANCE TOWARDS THE MILITARY WITHIN #METOO
2019 (English)In: Gender, Work and Organization, ISSN 0968-6673, E-ISSN 1468-0432, ISSN 1468-0432Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Systemic violence against women in the military has existed for decades, but they have mostly refrained from public resistance. However, in the context of the #Metoo‐movement in Sweden, 1768 women published a call for an end to violence and sexual harassment in the military. We analyze this call as a public resistance effort against the military and find that #Metoo is: 1) challenging the norms of the hyper‐masculine military organization, making resistance towards it visible, and 2) resisting the practices of sexual harassment and lack of responsibility in the military organization. The military organization is questioned when it comes to norms and practices, but there are variations in whether the social order of the military is truly challenged. Still, the call highlights the fragmentation of this “last bastion of masculinity”. More research is needed on the erosion of the militarized norms and practices and the effects of the call.

Keywords
Resistance, military organization, women, #metoo, gendered organization
National Category
Social Psychology
Research subject
Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden; Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8378 (URN)10.1111/gwao.12349 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-02-07 Created: 2019-02-07 Last updated: 2019-03-07Bibliographically approved
Alvinius, A., Wallenius, C. & Larsson, G. (2019). Staff Advisors in Military Context - A Qualitative Interview Study in Swedish Military Staff. Res Militaris
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Staff Advisors in Military Context - A Qualitative Interview Study in Swedish Military Staff
2019 (English)In: Res Militaris, E-ISSN 2265-6294Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

Military organizations have a long tradition of autonomy in relation to other groups. Most positions in military organizations, at least those at the higher levels, are reserved for military officers. However, given the increasing complexity of modern society, civilian specialists have become more common in high-level military staff contexts. The purpose of this study was, through an inductive approach, to gain a deeper understanding of the role of civilian and military advisors in a high-level military staff context. A grounded theory approach was used. The empirical material is based on 10 interviews with advisors in high-level military staffs, three of which were with women. The qualitative analysis resulted in a theoretical model that describes that the trustworthiness of advisors is established through two types of action-logics: (1) through the advisor’s individual strategies - that is, what the advisors themselves do and (2) through an “allowing” structure, which permits an increased freedom of action for advisors. Advisors' positions and skills are unique in a staff environment, which is important in a decision-making process. These two logics influence one another as well as the credibility of the advisor’s agenda. Research limitations/implications are the following: small sample, lack of representativeness, and lack of illumination of possible gender-related aspects. The suggested model may be valuable in military educational settings.    

Keywords
military advisor; collaboration, military, organization
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8200 (URN)
Available from: 2018-10-21 Created: 2018-10-21 Last updated: 2019-03-28
Alvinius, A., Holmberg, A. & Larsson, G. (2018). Leading a Military Organization Effectively in a State of Post-Scarcity. In: Daniel J. Watola & Allister MacIntyre (Ed.), From Knowing to Doing: International Perspectives on Leading Effectively (pp. 105-128). Kingston, Ontario: Canadian Defence Academy Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Leading a Military Organization Effectively in a State of Post-Scarcity
2018 (English)In: From Knowing to Doing: International Perspectives on Leading Effectively / [ed] Daniel J. Watola & Allister MacIntyre, Kingston, Ontario: Canadian Defence Academy Press , 2018, p. 105-128Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kingston, Ontario: Canadian Defence Academy Press, 2018
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik; Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8228 (URN)978-0-660-27430-0 (ISBN)978-0-660-27429-4 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-11-20 Created: 2018-11-20 Last updated: 2019-01-14Bibliographically approved
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