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


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 identities 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.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Sociology and Policy
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC)
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
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Uncontrolled Keywords: enacting management roles,gender and management,small-scale enterprises,work–life balance,work–life conflict,work–life enrichment,Accounting,Sociology and Political Science,Economics and Econometrics,Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
Publication ISSN: 1469-8722
Last Modified: 20 May 2024 07:33
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2019 10:44
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2020-04-01
Published Online Date: 2019-11-07
Accepted Date: 2019-07-29
Authors: Vinberg, Stig
Hagqvist, Emma
Tritter, Jonathan Q (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-1651-2428)
Wall, Erika
Landstad, Bodil



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