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Power Resources Among Female Military Personnel
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Leadership Division, Stockholm.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5464-5259
2020 (English)In: Rethinking Military Professionalism for the Changing Armed Forces / [ed] Hachey, Krystal K.; Libel, Tamir; Dean, Waylon H., Cham: Springer International Publishing , 2020, p. 95-112Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The Armed Forces are one of Sweden’sSweden largest governmental organizations and at the same time one of Sweden’s most genderGender-segregated and male-dominated workplaces. Recruiting more women into the organization is one of the organization’s main goals for personnel planning, along with providing them with more opportunities for career developmentCareer development. This study sought a deeper understanding of the power resourcesPower resources that can be identified and which are used by female military personnel within the armed forces. A total of 16 women were interviewed and their ranks ranged from soldier/sailor to general/admiral. The qualitative analysis of the interviews shows that female military personnel use power resources to adapt to the male-dominated organization’s demands and to even out perceived asymmetric power relationships in their daily professional work. The power resources can be explained using four themes: structural power resources, cultural and social power resourcesSocial power resources, emotional power resources, and minority perspective as a power resource. More female military personnel would have increased the task effectiveness of the military organization. To make that possible, the Swedish Armed ForcesSwedish Armed Forces would have to discuss the prevailing masculinity norm, the meaning of being a man, and the gains of a more gender-equal organization.

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Cham: Springer International Publishing , 2020. p. 95-112
Keywords [en]
military women, power resources, Swedish armed forces, military professionalism, gender perspectives, qualitative study
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Gender Studies
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Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-10335DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-45570-5_7ISBN: 978-3-030-45569-9 (print)ISBN: 978-3-030-45572-9 (print)ISBN: 978-3-030-45570-5 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-10335DiVA, id: diva2:1596520
Available from: 2021-09-22 Created: 2021-09-22 Last updated: 2021-09-28Bibliographically approved

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