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Hedegaard, J. & Ahl, H. (2019). Catching glimpses of youth: Women’s experiences of their husbands visiting Men’s Shed. In: Carla Vilhena & Maria Helena Gregório (Ed.), The Contributions of Education and Learning For Older Adults’ Well-Being: Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the ESREA -Research Network On Education and Learning of Older Adults (ELOA). Paper presented at The 9th Conference of the ESREA Research Network on Education and Learning of Older Adults (ELOA), Faro, Portugal, 11-13 October 2018 (pp. 310-321). Faro: Universidade do Algarve
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Catching glimpses of youth: Women’s experiences of their husbands visiting Men’s Shed
2019 (English)In: The Contributions of Education and Learning For Older Adults’ Well-Being: Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the ESREA -Research Network On Education and Learning of Older Adults (ELOA) / [ed] Carla Vilhena & Maria Helena Gregório, Faro: Universidade do Algarve , 2019, p. 310-321Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Faro: Universidade do Algarve, 2019
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-44677 (URN)978-989-8859-61-7 (ISBN)
Conference
The 9th Conference of the ESREA Research Network on Education and Learning of Older Adults (ELOA), Faro, Portugal, 11-13 October 2018
Available from: 2019-06-19 Created: 2019-06-19 Last updated: 2019-06-19Bibliographically approved
Ahl, H. & Marlow, S. (2019). Exploring the false promise of entrepreneurship through a postfeminist critique of the enterprise policy discourse in Sweden and the UK. Human Relations
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exploring the false promise of entrepreneurship through a postfeminist critique of the enterprise policy discourse in Sweden and the UK
2019 (English)In: Human Relations, ISSN 0018-7267, E-ISSN 1741-282XArticle in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Contemporary theories of neoliberalism and entrepreneurship are entwined; both hinge upon the use of agency within free markets to realize individual potential, enhance status and attain material rewards. Postfeminism, as a discrete but related discourse, suggests this context is conducive to encouraging women to draw upon their agency, skills and personal profile to enhance achievements and returns. We draw from these related, but discrete discourses, when critically analysing how postfeminist assumptions shape Swedish and UK government policies aimed at expanding women’s entrepreneurship. Despite differing historical antecedents regarding state engagement with equality and welfare regimes, we illustrate how postfeminist assumptions have infiltrated policy initiatives in both cases. This infiltration has, we suggest, suppressed criticisms that in a context of persistent structural discrimination, lack of welfare benefits and contrived aspirational role models, entrepreneurship constitutes a poor career choice for many women. Consequently, we challenge the value of contemporary policy initiatives encouraging more women to enter entrepreneurship.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2019
Keywords
entrepreneurship, equality, gender, policy, postfeminism, achievement, adult, article, case report, clinical article, decision making, female, government, human, market, reward, skill, Sweden, welfare
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-45050 (URN)10.1177/0018726719848480 (DOI)2-s2.0-85066844809 (Scopus ID);HLKLivslångtIS (Local ID);HLKLivslångtIS (Archive number);HLKLivslångtIS (OAI)
Available from: 2019-06-25 Created: 2019-06-25 Last updated: 2019-06-25
Markowska, M., Ahl, H. & Naldi, L. (2019). How mothers narrate their entrepreneurial endeavours? The case of Swedish mumpreneurs. In: : . Paper presented at Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship (ACE) Research Exchange Conference 2019, 5–8 February, Sydney, Australia.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>How mothers narrate their entrepreneurial endeavours? The case of Swedish mumpreneurs
2019 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Mumpreneurship understood as an entrepreneurial activity by women who are mothers is a growing phenomenon worldwide, yet its rise in Sweden is counterintuitive. To understand the circumstances of the participation of mothers in entrepreneurial activities, we use Career Kaleidoscope Model and adopt the narrative perspective and analyze 15 life-stories of Swedish mumpreneurs. Our data show that Swedish mumpreneurs frame their decision to enter entrepreneurship as a choice. The narratives portray them as agents – entrepreneurship results from a reevaluation of one’s own preferences, rather than an adaptation to the role of a mother. Because of the Swedish social welfare system mothers are not pushed into entrepreneurship, yet its design is consequential for their choice to enter into entrepreneurship.

National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-45547 (URN)
Conference
Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship (ACE) Research Exchange Conference 2019, 5–8 February, Sydney, Australia
Available from: 2019-08-13 Created: 2019-08-13 Last updated: 2019-08-13Bibliographically approved
Hedegaard, J. & Ahl, H. (2019). Learning to deal with freedom and restraints: Elderly women’s experiences of their husbands visiting a Men’s Shed. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 59(1), 76-93
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Learning to deal with freedom and restraints: Elderly women’s experiences of their husbands visiting a Men’s Shed
2019 (English)In: Australian Journal of Adult Learning, ISSN 1443-1394, Vol. 59, no 1, p. 76-93Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores the effects of activities in Men’s Sheds on elderly women. Specifically, it investigates the opportunities that are made available for women when their husband/partner becomes active in the Men’s Shed movement; focussing on ‘empowerment’, ‘gender identity’ and ‘well-being’. Five focus group interviews and eight individual interviews with elderly women were conducted and subsequently analysed through a content analysis, guided by the concepts of ‘empowerment’, ‘gender-as-performative’ and ‘well-being’. The result indicates that the notions of ‘self-fulfilment’ and ‘self-sacrifice’ are central to understanding how men’s participation in Men’s Sheds has affected elderly women’s empowerment, gender identities, and well-being. When men visit Sheds, it empowers women and offers them a sense of freedom and independence due to the women feeling less concern for their partners and a concomitantly eased bad conscience for leaving the men home alone with nothing to do when the women leave the household to pursue their own activities. Simultaneously, ‘Shedding’ provides new avenues for women to reproduce traditional feminine gender roles where they are primarily responsible for the socio-emotional work within their marriage. This was demonstrated by the women’s extensive engagement by which they, practically and emotionally, prioritised their husbands/partners and their new Shedding experiences.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Adult Learning Australia Inc., 2019
Keywords
empowerment, elderly women, external well-being, internal well-being, gender roles, gender identity, Men’s Shed
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-45123 (URN)000471601400005 ()
Available from: 2019-06-26 Created: 2019-06-26 Last updated: 2019-07-12Bibliographically approved
Ahl, H. & Hedegaard, J. (2019). The theory of conditional social equality: Group homogeneity as a prerequisite for challenging (some) inequalities among older men. In: : . Paper presented at ESREA 10th Conference of the ESREA Research Network on Education and Learning of Older Adults (ELOA), May 10-11, 2019, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The theory of conditional social equality: Group homogeneity as a prerequisite for challenging (some) inequalities among older men
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-44679 (URN)
Conference
ESREA 10th Conference of the ESREA Research Network on Education and Learning of Older Adults (ELOA), May 10-11, 2019, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Available from: 2019-06-19 Created: 2019-06-19 Last updated: 2019-06-19
Ahl, H. & Marlow, S. (2018). Analysing entrepreneurial activity through a postfeminist perspective: A brave new world or the same old story?. In: P. Lewis, Y. Benschop, & R. Simpson (Ed.), Postfeminism and organization: (pp. 141-159). London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Analysing entrepreneurial activity through a postfeminist perspective: A brave new world or the same old story?
2018 (English)In: Postfeminism and organization / [ed] P. Lewis, Y. Benschop, & R. Simpson, London: Routledge, 2018, p. 141-159Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

A critical component of the contemporary neoliberal turn has been the rise of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial behaviours (Campbell and Pedersen, 2001). In developed nations, this era has been exemplified by a marked increase in entrepreneurship and new venture creation; entrepreneurial activity has also been integrated into the corporate environment encouraging individualised employee agency to generate innovative problem solving (Dannreuther and Perren, 2012) At a micro-level, we have seen the emergence of the ‘enterprising self’ and society where individuals assume responsibility for their own lives managing social welfare provisions previously provided by the state (du Gay, 1994; Down and Warren, 2008; Ahl and Nelson, 2015). These shifting expectations have been made possible by enabling legislative and institutional changes such as de-regulation, the decline of trade unions, privatisation of state services and liberalised markets (Perren and Dannreuther, 2012). Contemporaneously, the populist cultural promotion of entrepreneurship through various media has positioned it as a desirable career option with increasing status and social worth (Swail, Down, and Kautonen, 2013). 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2018
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-41297 (URN)10.4324/9781315450933-8 (DOI)2-s2.0-85049979616 (Scopus ID)978-1-138-21221-3 (ISBN)978-1-315-45093-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-08-29 Created: 2018-08-29 Last updated: 2018-12-20Bibliographically approved
Hedegaard, J. & Ahl, H. (2018). Catching glimpses of youth: Women’s experiences of their husbands visiting Men’s Shed. In: : . Paper presented at The 9th Conference of the ESREA Research Network on Education and Learning of Older Adults (ELOA), Faro, Portugal, 11-13 October 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Catching glimpses of youth: Women’s experiences of their husbands visiting Men’s Shed
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-41472 (URN)
Conference
The 9th Conference of the ESREA Research Network on Education and Learning of Older Adults (ELOA), Faro, Portugal, 11-13 October 2018
Available from: 2018-09-17 Created: 2018-09-17 Last updated: 2018-09-17
Ahl, H., Bergmo-Prvulovic, I. & Kilhammar, K. (Eds.). (2018). Human resource management: A Nordic perspective. London, UK: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Human resource management: A Nordic perspective
2018 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London, UK: Routledge, 2018. p. 226
National Category
Pedagogy Business Administration Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-41464 (URN)9781138592834 (ISBN)9781138592858 (ISBN)9780429489761 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-09-17 Created: 2018-09-17 Last updated: 2018-10-26Bibliographically approved
Ahl, H. (2018). Introduction: Nordic perspectives on human resource management. In: Helene Ahl, Ingela Bergmo Prvulovic & Karin Kilhammar (Ed.), Human resource management: A Nordic perspective (pp. 1-13). London, UK: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introduction: Nordic perspectives on human resource management
2018 (English)In: Human resource management: A Nordic perspective / [ed] Helene Ahl, Ingela Bergmo Prvulovic & Karin Kilhammar, London, UK: Routledge, 2018, p. 1-13Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The Nordic countries consistently rank in top positions of the best places to live and work in the world. They have resilient economies, a well-educated workforce, high labour market participation, job security, and encompassing welfare systems and are facilitated by an institutional context characterised by trust and transparency. Nordic HR practices are embedded in a tradition of workplace democracy, flat organisations, low power distance, open and informal communication, codetermination, and close cooperation between management and labour unions. But the Nordic countries are also embedded in the global economy. This book offers insights into how Nordic HRM responds to global challenges, such as demographic changes, migration, or skills shortages that necessitate inclusionary HR strategies focussed on workforce development.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London, UK: Routledge, 2018
National Category
Pedagogy Business Administration Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-41461 (URN)9781138592834 (ISBN)9781138592858 (ISBN)9780429489761 (ISBN)
Note

Introduction

Available from: 2018-09-17 Created: 2018-09-17 Last updated: 2018-11-20Bibliographically approved
Sköld, B., Tillmar, M., Ahl, H., Berglund, H. & Pettersson, K. (2018). Kvinnors företagande i landsbygdskommuner med fokus på Småland och Öland. Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Kvinnors företagande i landsbygdskommuner med fokus på Småland och Öland
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2018 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2018
Series
HELIX Rapport ; 18:001
National Category
Business Administration Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-41465 (URN)
Available from: 2018-09-17 Created: 2018-09-17 Last updated: 2018-09-17
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0001-9367-7472

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