Sustainable Development in Organizations
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Sustainable Development in Organizations

Studies on Innovative Practices

Edited by Mattias Elg, Per- Erik Ellström, Magnus Klofsten and Malin Tillmar

An increasingly competitive environment can lead to considerable problems for many organizations as they struggle to adapt to change. As a result, they fail to create the conditions that can lead to sustainable development over the long term, thus affecting the capabilities of employees. This book provides a fresh perspective on sustainable change and development in organizations, as well as a critical perspective on lean implementation, work environment and sustainability.
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Chapter 12: Women small-business owners challenge regional gender contracts?

Birgitta Sköld


In the past 25 years, New Public Management (NPM) ideas have circulated internationally and thus become a global trend (Sahlin-Andersson, 2002). Even though there are differences in how and to what extent these neoliberal, market-based ideas have been adopted, they have had an impact on public sector organizations, especially in the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries (Hood, 1995; Sahlin-Andersson, 2002; Pollitt and Bouckaert, 2004). This chapter presents a longitudinal quantitative study as an example of gendered consequences of the currently ongoing restructuring of the Swedish public sector. NPM concepts influenced by the management of private sector organizations and the market are spreading (Czarniawska and Joerges, 1996) through the municipalities of Sweden. These ideas are seen as solutions to create efficiency and introduce free choice into public organizations (Forssell and Jansson, 2000), but also as a means to solve other problems in society like gender equality (Wottle and Blomberg, 2011). Parallel to these ideas, entrepreneurship and small-business ownership have come to be of greater interest to politicians and researchers (Sundin, 2008).

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