Barsel og business
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Wulff, Catrine1, Forfatter
Albrechtsen, Helge2, Vejleder
1Det Samfundsvidenskabelige Fakultet, Københavns Universitet, København, Danmark, diskurs:7001              
2Sociologisk Institut, Det Samfundsvidenskabelige Fakultet, Københavns Universitet, København, Danmark, diskurs:7013              
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Ukontrollerede emneord: barsel, kvinder, organisation, forventninger
 Abstract: This thesis presents a qualitative study of the consequences of maternity leave for women in management positions. The means of research have primarily been in-depth interviews with eight women holding management positions in companies or organisations that have adopted the Danish initiative “Charter for more women in management”. In endorsing the charter, adopting organisations and companies have undertaken making concrete efforts to increase the number of women in management positions and document these efforts in base line reports. In my analysis I draw on the base line reports as a supplement to the interviews.

The theoretical points-of-departure have been organisational theory and feminist theory supplemented by theories from psychology. These theories all indicate a need for more women in management, but also explain why women still make up a minority in top management. The thesis also refers to studies on women in management, as well as the consequences for these women of taking maternity leave. The theories and studies suggest there is still a long way to go before equal career opportunities for women and men is a reality, and that maternity leave often becomes a point of conflict between employer and employee. Finding such suggestions notable, I wished to examine whether it is possible to combine motherhood with a career, or if starting a family means losing a position in management.

From my study, I conclude that combining family with a career is not impossible. The eight mothers interviewed all kept their jobs while on maternity leave, and some were even promoted while on maternity leave. Only two of the interviewed mothers stayed at home for a year following childbirth. However, the six mothers who returned faster, all underlined that it had been a voluntary choice to return when they did, and that they had not experienced pressure from their workplaces to return as quickly as they did. My study also concludes that “Charter for more women in management” has not been implemented in the eight women’s workplaces and has therefore not had any effect on the women’s career opportunities or their return to work after maternity leave. Instead the women mention a woman-friendly culture in their workplace combined with respect for their skills and performances as the reason they have achieved a top position in management.
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 Type: Speciale
Alternativ titel: Et studie af barselsorlovens konsekvenser for kvinders karriere
Alternativ titel: Maternity leave and business
Alternativ titel: a study of the consequences of maternity leave for women and their career
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Sprog: Danish - dan
 Datoer: 2012-09-03
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 Publiceringsinfo: København : Københavns Universitet
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 Type: Speciale
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