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Det idébärande ledarskapet: En fallstudie av ledarskapskulturen i Arbetarnas bildningsförbund (ABF)
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis describes and analyses how the leadership culture is constructed by the leadership discourse and leadership practices, in the Swedish non-profit organisation ABF, the Workers Education Association. The theoretical framework for the study is based on the practice theory by Swidler (2001) who claim that culture conceptualizes as practices in interaction with discourse. The empirical material consists of policy documents for the study of leadership discourse, and twelve qualitative interviews with leaders about their leadership practices. The empirical results show that the leadership discourse is based on three concepts: Carrying of idéas, Communicating and Developing. The leadership practice of the organisation is demonstrated through six leadership approaches: The communicative, The democratic, The stringent, The development focused, The situated and The positive. These approaches are used in internal and external activities. The conclusion of the study is that there is a clear stringency between the leadership discourse and leadership practices within the organisation which creates the leadership culture within ABF. The values and approaches expressed in the leadership discourse are also described in the interviews as practiced by the leaders.

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Keyword [en]
Non-profit organisation, Leadership culture, Leadership discourse, Leadership practices
National Category
Social Sciences Pedagogy
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-110169OAI: diva2:861255
External cooperation
Arbetarnas Bildningsförbund Kristin Spolander, Ombudsman Uppsala län
Educational program
Master's Programme in Leadership and Organisation
Available from: 2015-10-16 Created: 2015-10-16 Last updated: 2015-10-16Bibliographically approved

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