Urvalsprocesser vid val av styrelseledamot i en svensk storbank sett ur ett genusperspektiv

  • Joakim Högvall
  • Rasmus Sandberg

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    The purpose of this dissertation is to define what criteria that are decisive and what it is that controls the selection process when choosing a new member of the board from a gender perspective.  The survey is based on the board of Handelsbanken which is one of the major banks in Sweden with the largest misallocation between the genders. Most of the studied material is printed sources in form of annual reports and scientific articles but also a questionnaire that has been sent to Alecta which is one of the parts representing the nomination for board members in the bank. The survey is also divided into three different parts which are human capital, social identity and leadership. The purpose of the theories is to see whether they reflected the actual conditions in the board of Handelsbanken.  Each part has been analyzed and then linked together in the conclusion.

    The analysis is done by linking the theory and the empirical method with the answers from the questionnaire. The result of the survey shows that there isn’t any big difference between the genders in the board at Handelsbanken when you look closer to human capital and leadership. However, the study shows that the men in the board of Handelsbanken have created a social network and are more likely to surround themselves with people that are similar to their background, profiles and values. This also makes it easier for the ones in the group to recommend other people in their network to join the board of Handelsbanken when selecting a board member and therefore both men and women outside the group have difficulties to join.

    By repeating this survey in the future, we can tell if the ambition, through the existing guidelines, are met to a greater extent, that is, if the gender division of the board better reflect the future visions of the gender distribution becoming  more even and the number of female board members are expected to increase. It would also be of great interest to extend the survey over longer time because it is a slow working process.

    Date of Award2012-Nov-28
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorHåkan Jankensgård (Supervisor) & Elin Smith (Examiner)

    Educational program

    • Degree of Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Business Administration (50202)


    • gender
    • leadership
    • human capital
    • social identity
    • board

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