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Entrepreneurship and the reorganization of the public sector: A gendered story
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2011 (English)In: Economic and Industrial Democracy, ISSN 0143-831X, E-ISSN 1461-7099, Vol. 32, no 4, 631-653 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article is about how the international New Public Management (NPM) trend is influencing the cleaning unit and cleaners employed in a Swedish municipality. Before the change, more than 500 cleaners were employed. The municipality wanted former employees to become the providers of the cleaning services. One male manager did so and was welcomed by the leading actors of the municipality. Although the law obliged employees to be transferred to the new provider, they were not. Instead, more than 140 employees, a great majority of them women, established a joint stock company together with the municipality as a temporary co-owner. This company had problems from the very beginning. Both new companies were sold after some years - the mans at a profit and the womens at a loss. This article analyses their story drawing on theories on incentives for entrepreneurship, networks, social capital and gender. The study was conducted for more than 10 years using multiple methods.

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SAGE Publications (UK and US) , 2011. Vol. 32, no 4, 631-653 p.
Keyword [en]
economic change, employee ownership, equal opportunities, institutional change, public sector
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-72020DOI: 10.1177/0143831X10392394ISI: 000296025800006OAI: diva2:456022
Available from: 2011-11-11 Created: 2011-11-11 Last updated: 2011-11-11

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