Becoming an International Man: Top Manager Masculinities in the Making of a Multinational Corporation

Susan Meriläinen, Janne Tienari, Eero Vaara

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Purpose We address gender and management in contemporary globalization by focusing on the ways in which male top managers in a multinational corporation (MNC) construct their identities in interviews with researchers. Design/methodology/approach Our qualitative analysis is based on interviews with virtually all top managers in the Nordic financial services company Nordea (53 men and two women). Findings We specify how becoming international induces a particular masculine identity for the top managers. In becoming international, however, their national identification persists. The unstability of the MNC as a political constellation leaves room for questioning the transnational identity offered. Originality/value Our findings suggest that in the global world of business, national identity can also be interpreted as something positive and productive, contrary to how it has been previously treated in feminist and men’s studies literature.
JulkaisuEquality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal
TilaJulkaistu - 2010
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Vertaisarvioitu alkuperäisartikkeli


  • globalization
  • top management
  • men
  • masculinities
  • MNC
  • identity


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