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Organizational resistance through organizing principles: the case of gender equality in the military
Swedish Defence University, Department of Political Science and Law, Political Science Division.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0389-6095
Swedish Defence University, Institutionen för ledarskap och ledning, Leadership and Command & Control Division Karlstad.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5070-4979
2024 (English)In: Gender in Management, ISSN 1754-2413, E-ISSN 1754-2421, Vol. 39, no 3, p. 313-327Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – Previous studies show that the implementation of gender equality encounters resistance in military organizations, but it is often invisible or seen as confined to anonymous structures or troubled individuals. This paper aims to show how the Swedish Armed Forces (SAF) use organizational principles to resist implementing gender equality measures.

Design/methodology/approach – The study is a qualitative analysis of discursive strategies in the SAF’s 2013–2018 annual reports to government.

Findings – The organizing principles of instrumentality and distance, while existing in parallel with gender equality efforts, actually pursue logics that prevents the SAF from implementing gender equality. The principle of instrumentality in this context means that gender equality in the SAF is of secondary interest to organizational members. The principle of distancing from the problem includes strategies that alienate female from male officers.

Originality/value – The contribution of this paper is the finding that the use of organizing principles represents conscious organizational resistance to go gender equality efforts. This kind of use needs to be revealed and criticized to change military organizations.

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2024. Vol. 39, no 3, p. 313-327
Keywords [en]
Organizational resistance, Discursive strategies, Gender equality, Organizing principle, Military organization
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Gender Studies Political Science
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Political Science; Leadership and Command & Control
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-11732DOI: 10.1108/GM-05-2022-0180OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-11732DiVA, id: diva2:1786058
Available from: 2023-08-07 Created: 2023-08-07 Last updated: 2024-03-14Bibliographically approved

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