Leadership, gender and organisational culture at catalonian universities: Case studies: Case studies

Georgeta Ion*, Marina Tomàs Folch

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In this paper we summarize the most relevant findings from two research studies carried out at Catalonian universities. The purpose is to incorporate a gender perspective into the study of university management. The methodological approach is qualitative, based on in-depth interviews with university professors, questionnaires completed by five departmental female leaders from four public universities from Catalonia, participatory observation and documentary analysis. The results show that Catalonian public universities seem to promote a no-gender differences leadership style. Despite this, there are some cultural aspects related to feminine or masculine leadership styles in organizations. For example, the organizations led by women are more communicative and team-work oriented. Women managers apparently identified more with male gender paradigms and displayed male-type leadership behaviors. Male leaders are more results -oriented, while female leaders focus more on collaboration and transformation aspects. The study analyzes the role of women in both horizontal and vertical management structures, taking into account their expectations and perceptions. This paper pursues the argument that gender is a crucial, yet neglected, aspect of organizational analysis, and puts forward the idea that organizational culture provides a critical, but undeveloped, focus for the analysis of gender consideration. © Common Ground, Georgeta Ion, Marina Tomás Folch.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-342
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Learning
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009


  • Gender studies
  • University leadership


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