Browsing by Subject "esimiesidentiteetti"

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  • Katainen, Petra (Helsingin yliopisto, 2018)
    Purposes. Working life has changed because of economic globalization and development of technology. That is why, leadership is nowadays seen in a different way. Traditionally leadership is seen as a way to lead tasks. Now the aim is to lead innovation and transformation in the organization. Leadership and management have been studied a lot but many of the studies focus on how other people see the leader and his/her actions. Therefore, research on leader identity is needed. A leader identity refers to a leader's perception about oneself as a leader. There is only a little research about leader identity. Moreover, studies rarely take all the levels of identity into account. Thus, the aim of this study was to examine leader identities and their construction. The research questions were: 1) What kinds of components are there in leader identities in expert organization? and 2) What types of leader identities can be found? Methods. The research participants of this study were ten managers who all worked in the same expert organization in public sector in Finland. The data of this study was collected by interviewing these ten managers. Thereafter, the collected data was analyzed using both content analysis and narrative analysis. Narrative analysis was used to form type stories. Results and conclusions. Leader identities in the expert organization were strongly built on leaders' role and expertise. Leaders experienced that the public sector organization enables or limits them to implement their own leader identity. Three different leader identity types were constructed: an expert leader, a leader who encourages collaboration and his/her followers' development, and a leader who develops corporate culture and supervisory work in the organization. Leader identity displays strongly both personal and social aspects of identity. Therefore, for the construction of leader identity it is important that the leaders in their organizations find their own ways to lead.
  • Lumivaara, Salla (Helsingin yliopisto, 2018)
    Objective. The context of this thesis is working life and personnel training, to be more specific managerial and leadership work and management training as a framework of learning and identity construction. The objective of this study is to investigate meanings that examinees give to the management training they participated in and meanings that that training has had concerning developing their leader identities. An also how do they perceive and experience the everyday work of a manager. The management training in question is part of personnel training and the participants are persons that are starting their managerial and leadership careers. The approach in this study was narrative in which narratives of the examinees are examined as intermediator and constructor of knowledge and meanings. The fundamental assumption was that identity is personally and socially determined, constructed and told by people themselves. Methods. At the first stage of collecting research material a questionnaire was used to reach the examinees for interviews. Ten persons who participated in management trainings were interviewed. They were all working in the same Finnish commercial company. Interviews were conducted as focused interviews and the material was analyzed using inductive content analysis with narrative methods. Outcomes and conclusions. The results show that the management training help to improve overall conception, develop competencies, increase professional self-confidence and networking. The training also increased understanding towards managerial and leadership work particularly what comes to roles and responsibilities as well as everyone´s own conception of self as a manager. The results show that the interviewees experienced that the training offered them concretes benefits for everyday managerial and leadership work as well as support for developing a leadership identity and strengthen professional agency.