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Women in Science


Indek, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm

Monday, 12 September, 18:30 - 19:45
Room: Musensaal (Saal 2.0)

Gender perspectives on academic organizations - structures, culture and management

Organizations are gendered in many ways, and this has an impact on the conditions for men and women in their daily work and in their careers. Academic organizations are no exception to this. The gendered conditions in universities and research institutions do not only have an effect on numbers, but also on the ideals, norms and expectations that women and men in science meet. Perceptions of gender create organizational structures. Values and norms about gender are embedded in organizational culture. The presentation includes theories on gender and organization, and examples from empirical research on work for change to increase gender equality in science and academic organizations. It also presents theories on gender and management with specific focus on management in academic organizations and the importance of increasing the number of women in leading academic positions.


Anna Wahl Professor (Chair) Gender, Organisation and Management at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, since 2008. Guest-professor at Tema Genus, Linköping University (2012-2014) and Department of Business Administration, Karlstad University (2004-2005). Current research interests are the gendering of management in different contexts, work for change and the impact of gender equality in organisations. Recent publications include articles in Leadership through the Gender Lens, (2010) Husu, Hearn, Lämsä and Vanhala (eds.), On the Shoulders of Giants (2011), Jenssen and Wilson (eds.), Gendering management. In Sandberg, Åke (ed.) Nordic lights. Work, management and welfare in Scandinavia. Stockholm: SNS förlag (2013) and NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research (Male managers challenging and reinforcing the male norm in management, 2014).

 EMBO Women in Science Programme

Just as many women as men start out on life science careers. But many more men go on to senior academic positions. The reasons why are complex. In the interest of science it is important that the best scientists have the opportunity to pursue a career, and that it is not gender (or any other secondary characteristic) that determines the chances of success.

At EMBO, we are committed to monitoring gender balance in all our activities, developing initiatives to counteract imbalances and to raising awareness of issues facing women scientists as their careers advance.