The same, only different:Doing management in the intersection between work and private life for men and women in small-scale enterprises

Vinberg, Stig, Hagqvist, Emma, Tritter, Jonathan Q, Wall, Erika and Landstad, Bodil (2019). The same, only different:Doing management in the intersection between work and private life for men and women in small-scale enterprises. Work, Employment and Society , (In Press)

Abstract

The aim of this article is to elucidate how male and female managers of small-scale enterprises in Norway and Sweden relate to and experience the intersection between work and private life. A qualitative content analysis was adopted to explore interviews with 18 managers. The analysis resulted in three primary categories: conflict as a part of the deal, using management to construct balance, and management identity contributing to enrichment. A key theme that emerged was doing management. Both men and women reproduced masculine values in describing their management identity and in explaining how they enacted management. This clear identification was used to legitimate conflict, construct balance and explain the interaction between work and private life as enriching. How the managers enacted gender emerged primarily in how they related to family responsibilities and their feelings of guilt in relation to home and children.

Divisions: Languages & Social Sciences > Sociology and Policy
Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC)
Languages & Social Sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords: gender and management, enacting management roles, work-life balance, worklife conflict, work-life enrichment, small-scale enterprises
Accepted Date: 2019-07-29
Published Online Date: 2019-11-07
Authors: Vinberg, Stig
Hagqvist, Emma
Tritter, Jonathan Q ( 0000-0002-1651-2428)
Wall, Erika
Landstad, Bodil

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