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Exploratory study of leadership styles and gender: an analysis of female HR managers styles over their career trajectory in Ireland

Nava, Mariarosa (2014) Exploratory study of leadership styles and gender: an analysis of female HR managers styles over their career trajectory in Ireland. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Purpose – To explore the leadership styles of female HR managers over their career trajectory in Ireland. The main objectives of the research are those of analysing the leadership styles of female HR managers; to examine the link between gender and leadership styles in HR managers over time; to assess if change in leadership styles occurs over the career development trajectory.

Design/methodology/approach - A qualitative mono-research approach with semi-structured interviews with 7 female HR managers is applied to the explorative study in order to gain deep insight of these topics.

Findings – The internal and external environments, the organisational cultures were found as having the most impact on female leadership styles in HR among women.

However, flexibility of approaches, employees’ support and development, and reflections on HR roles are relevant themes connected to leadership change over time and along career developments.

Originality/value – This research adds knowledge and understanding to three areas (leadership styles, gender and HR) so far not considered together. The research updates the leadership styles development of women HR managers facing the global economic challenges. It also expands comprehension of challenges women HR managers face in their career development trajectory.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > Leadership
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Leadership

H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Classes of Labour > Women and Work
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2015 14:16
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2015 14:17
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/1953

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