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Expatriate paternalistic leadership and gender relations in small European software firms in India
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research.
2015 (English)In: Culture and Organization, ISSN 1475-9551, E-ISSN 1477-2760, Vol. 21, no 5, 409-426 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The study examines how European managers deliver paternalistic leadership in two small IT companies in India, a collectivist, high-power-distance culture where private lives are largely influenced by extended families. In particular, gender aspects are discussed in relation to recruitment and attrition, working hours and leave policies, and building company culture. These small companies experience a different set of challenges from those faced by the big multinationals, and they meet them in different ways, often translating Western management ideas to fit the Indian context. This article shows how managers of these two companies, with their European background, adapt their leadership to the Indian setting and how they handle gender issues. While some degree of paternalistic leadership appears to be a necessity in the Indian context, introducing European ideas of low power differences and regulated policies creates a mix which is appreciated by the employees.

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Uppsala Univ, Ctr Gender Res, Uppsala, Sweden., 2015. Vol. 21, no 5, 409-426 p.
Keyword [en]
paternalistic leadership, SME, gender, India, software industry
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Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-266694DOI: 10.1080/14759551.2015.1068776ISI: 000362716500004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-266694DiVA: diva2:868899
Swedish Research Council, 2010-1897Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2010-0633
Available from: 2015-11-12 Created: 2015-11-10 Last updated: 2015-11-12Bibliographically approved

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