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  • 51.
    Umans, Timurs
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Sektionen för hälsa och samhälle.
    Research angles on cultural diversity in top management teams2009In: Problems & Perspectives in Management, ISSN 1727-7051, E-ISSN 1810-5467, Vol. 7, no 1, p. 90-105Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Article lays a research agenda for the studies of cultural diversity in top management teams, by reviewing models, methods and definitions utilized within this stream of research. It reviews three different models that are used in studies of cultural diversity of top management teams, as well as elaborates on different methods, and conceptualization of culture. The article concludes with a discussion, and suggests the research agenda in studies of cultural diversity in top management teams, proposing the use and combination of models, methods, as well as conceptualization and measurement of culture. The key result of this paper is development of the analytical framework for the studies of cultural diversity in top management teams and proposition of the alternative ways of operationalization of culture and exploration of the black-box of team processes.

  • 52.
    Umans, Timurs
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.
    Russian Speaking Latvians: A Bridge to the West or Trojan Horse from the East. The life of Russian Business2019In: The life of Russian Business, Information Age Publishing , 2019Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 53.
    Umans, Timurs
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Sektionen för hälsa och samhälle.
    The bottom line of cultural diversity at the top: the top management team's cultural diversity and its influence on organisational outcomes2012Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This dissertation investigates the relationship between cultural diversity in top management team (TMT) and organisational outcomes. The theoretical framework developed within this dissertation identifies three major concerns in this relationship. Firstly, the issues related to the lack of research on the contingencies, secondly problems associated with the method of inquiry, and thirdly the conceptualisation of culture. Adopting these issues as a guide for further investigation, this dissertation investigates the black box of the TMT process through the use of both qualitative and quantitative methods/concepts, adopting national and ethnic diversity as proxies for cultural diversity. The majority of the studies in the group and TMT research indicate that cultural diversity is usually associated with negative group and organisational outcomes. The finding of this dissertation, however, indicate that TMT cultural diversity has a positive effect on organisational outcomes albeit under two conditions. Firstly, when TMT cultural diversity mirrors cultural diversity of the Board of Directors, indicating the importance of TMT interaction in the upper apex of the organisation, and secondly, when TMT has a shared vision that reduces the perceived negative influence of cultural diversity on TMT process and subsequently on organisational outcomes.

  • 54.
    Umans, Timurs
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.
    Top management team’s cultural diversity and firm performance: the mediating role of ambidextrous orientation2013In: Corporate Ownership & Control, ISSN 1727-9232, E-ISSN 1810-3057, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 882-891Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This  paper examines the  influences of  cultural diversity in  the top management team (TMT) on organizational performance. The link between the two is investigated through the path dependency model, where firm ambidextrous orientation serves  an intervening role. The  results of  the  study suggest that TMT cultural diversity will have a negative influence on firm performance due to the decreasing degree of ambidextrous orientation being a result of TMT diversity. The study is based on the  survey  filled  out  by  82  CEO  of  Danish  and  Swedish  listed  corporations. Studies  theoretical contribution is expressed in uncovering the mediating role of firm’s ambidextrous orientation on the TMT diversity – performance relationship.

  • 55.
    Umans, Timurs
    et al.
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.
    Andersson, William
    Planken, William
    Genell, Kristina
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Forskningsmiljön Auditing, Organisation and Society (AOS).
    Smith, Elin
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Forskningsmiljön Auditing, Organisation and Society (AOS).
    Top management team’s shared leadership, organizational control systems and organizational ambidexterity: study of Swedish municipal corporations2016Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 56.
    Umans, Timurs
    et al.
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.
    Broberg, Pernilla
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.
    Collin, Sven-Olof Yrjö
    Linnaeus University.
    Nilsson, Sofie
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Sektionen för hälsa och samhälle.
    Olsson, Emma
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Sektionen för hälsa och samhälle.
    Organization culture and well-being of Swedish auditors2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The paper explores relationship between organizational context and auditors’ well-being. Where organizational context is explored through the prism of three types of organizational culture: clan, hierarchy, adhocracy and market and well-being represented by job satisfaction, life satisfaction and life balance. The study is based on the survey of 209 Swedish auditors performed in spring 2014, and explored the relationship between organizational context and auditors’ well-being by the means of correlations and multiple regression analysis. Results of the study indicate that clan organizational culture is the strongest positive driver of auditors’ well-being. Study also indicates that hierarchy culture has a positive effect on auditors’ job satisfaction, while market culture has a negative influence on auditors’ life balance. Findings of the study have implications for both theory and practice, in that it established the link between different aspects of organizational context and auditors’ well-being consequently suggesting human resource strategy of managing organizational context to auditing firms.

  • 57.
    Umans, Timurs
    et al.
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.
    Broberg, Pernilla
    Linköping University.
    Emsfors, Jennifer
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Fakulteten för ekonomi.
    Källström, Lisa
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Fakulteten för ekonomi.
    Tjärnemo, Helene
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Fakulteten för ekonomi.
    Images of the accounting profession and its development: Gender, Contextual Domains and Role2019Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 58.
    Umans, Timurs
    et al.
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.
    Broberg, Pernilla
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.
    Fjelkner, Annika
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.
    Smith, Elin
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.
    Diversity and learning outcomes in student dyads during work integrated learning projects2015Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 59.
    Umans, Timurs
    et al.
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.
    Broberg, Pernilla
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.
    Schmidt, Manuela
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Avdelningen för Hälsovetenskap II.
    Nilsson, Sofie
    Högskolan Kristianstad.
    Olsson, Emma
    Högskolan Kristianstad.
    Feeling well by being together: study of Swedish auditors2016In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assessment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, E-ISSN 1875-9270, Vol. 54, no 1, p. 79-86Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: As guardians of the public interest, auditors represent a unique occupational group. The group that has shown to experience high level of stress and overload often being associated with environmentally imposed responsibility as well as organizationally imposed performance demands. It is the later aspects, represented by the concept of organizational culture, that is being highlighted in this papers and its relationship to auditors well-beingOBJECTIVES:The paper aims to explore organizational culture as an antecedent of auditors' well-being, which is assumed to have important consequences for the quality of auditors' work.Methods: This study is based on a survey of 207 Swedish auditors. Using established and validated instruments measuring aspects of organizational culture and personal well-being, the study employed correlations and multiple regression analysis in testing the relationship between the two.Results: The results of the study suggest that increasing the degree of collectivistic organizational culture has a positive relationship with three aspects of well-being: Job satisfaction, life balance and life satisfaction.Conclusions: This study is the first attempt to explore well-being of auditors and its antecedents represented by organizational culture. Contrary to the expectation that auditors take an individualistic approach to their work, this study establishes that auditors feel best in a work environment characterized by a collectivist organizational culture.

  • 60.
    Umans, Timurs
    et al.
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.
    Broberg, Pernilla
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.
    Schmidt, Manuela
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Avdelningen för Hälsovetenskap II.
    Nilsson, Sofie
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Sektionen för hälsa och samhälle.
    Olsson, Emma
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Sektionen för hälsa och samhälle.
    Feeling well by being together: study of Swedish auditors2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    As guardians of the public interest, auditors represent a unique occupational group. The paper explores organizational culture as an antecedent of auditors’ well-being, which is assumed to have important consequences for the quality of auditors’ work.This study is based on a survey of 207 Swedish auditors. Using established and validated instruments measuring aspects of organizational culture and personal well-being, the study employed correlations and multiple regression analysis in testing the relationship between the two.The results of the study suggest that increasing the degree of collectivistic organizational culture has a positive effect on three aspects of well-being: job satisfaction, life balance and life satisfaction.This study is the first attempt to explore well-being of auditors and its antecedents represented by organizational culture. Contrary to the expectation that auditors take an individualistic approach to their work, this study establishes that auditors feel best in a work environment characterized by a collectivist organizational culture.

  • 61.
    Umans, Timurs
    et al.
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.
    Collin, Sven-Olof
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Institutionen för ekonomi.
    Tagesson, Torbjörn
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Institutionen för ekonomi.
    Ethnic and gender diversity, process and performance in groups of business students in Sweden2008In: Intercultural Education, ISSN 1467-5986, E-ISSN 1469-8439, Vol. 19, no 3, p. 243-254Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article investigates the complex interrelation between ethnic and gender diversity, process and performance among groups of business students. The article is based on an empirical survey of business students working on a complex assignment in groups of two to five in a small Swedish university. The results indicate that gender diversity leads to positive group outcomes, while ethnic diversity appears to create negative group outcomes. Intervening process variables, such as group communication, conflict and effectiveness in problem solving, were not found to be influenced by diversity, or to influence group outcomes. While the non-influence of intervening variables can probably be explained by methodological difficulties, the negative outcome for ethnic diversity indicates a need to help students better manage ethnic diversity in order to reap its benefits.

  • 62.
    Umans, Timurs
    et al.
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Institutionen för ekonomi.
    Collin, Sven-Olof
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Institutionen för ekonomi.
    Tagesson, Torbjörn
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Institutionen för ekonomi.
    Ethnic and gender diversity, process and performance in groups of business students in Sweden2007Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper investigates the complex interrelation between ethnic and gender diversity, process and performance in groups of business students. The paper is based on an empirical survey of business students working on a complex assignment in groups of two to five in a small Swedish university. The results indicate that gender diversity leads to positive group outcomes, while ethnic diversity appears to create negative group outcomes. Intervening process variables, such as group communication, conflict and problem solving were found to be strongly influenced by diversity, or to strongly influence group outcomes. While the non-influence of intervening variables can probably be explained by methodological difficulties, the negative outcome for ethnic diversity indicates a need to help students better manage ethnic diversity in order to reap its benefits.

  • 63.
    Umans, Timurs
    et al.
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Forskningsmiljön Auditing, Organisation and Society (AOS).
    Kockum, Martin
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Fakulteten för ekonomi.
    Lindberg, Sofie
    Nilsson, Elin
    Digitalization in the banking industry and workers subjective well-being: contingency perspective2018Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 64.
    Umans, Timurs
    et al.
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Forskningsmiljön Auditing, Organisation and Society (AOS).
    Kockum, Martin
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Avdelningen för ekonomi.
    Nilsson, Elin
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Fakulteten för ekonomi.
    Sofie, Lindberg
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Fakulteten för ekonomi.
    Digitalisation in the banking industry and workers subjective well-being: contingency perspective2018In: International Journal of Workplace Health Management, ISSN 1753-8351, E-ISSN 1753-836X, Vol. 11, no 6, p. 411-423Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore how bankers perceive digitalisation relating to their subjective well-being. The paper seeks to further explore how this relation is contingent on the aspect of structural organisation represented by the concept of individualist/collectivist organisational culture.

    Design/methodology/approach – The study is based on the survey distributed to employees of 18 bank offices in the south of Sweden, which 161 employees answered. The analysis of the data was performed by descriptive statistics, principle component analysis, Pearson correlations, multiple linear and moderating multiple linear regression analyses.

    Findings – The study indicates that bankers’ experience digitalisation as a four-faceted construct: a tool for information management, and work optimisation, customer relation management and as a change agent. The study suggests that the use of digital tools for work optimisation has a positive relation to the work- related dimensions of subjective well-being as well as a spillover effect on the life balance and life satisfaction dimensions. It also indicates that the information management dimension has a positive relation to the life satisfaction aspect of subjective well-being. Finally, the study found that increasing the degree of collectivist organisation culture has a positive moderating effect on the relation between the use of digital tools for work optimisation and life balance and subjective well-being, respectively.

    Originality/value – The study reveals a new way of operationalising digitalisation in banks and is the first study of its type to explore the relationship between digitalisation different facets and banker subjective well-being.

  • 65.
    Umans, Timurs
    et al.
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Forskningsmiljön Auditing, Organisation and Society (AOS).
    Lidén, Alina
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Avdelningen för ekonomi.
    Collaborative learning and foreign students happiness: implementation and reflections2018In: Högskolepedagogisk debatt, ISSN 2000-9216, no 1, p. 6-20Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 66.
    Umans, Timurs
    et al.
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.
    Smith, Elin
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.
    Isolated islands in the upper apex of organisations: in search of interaction between the board of directors and the top management team2013In: Corporate Ownership & Control, ISSN 1727-9232, E-ISSN 1810-3057, Vol. 10, no 2, p. 80-90Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper reports on the interaction of compositional effects of boards of directors (BoD) and top management teams (TMTs) on firms' financial performance. Composition of both groups is investigated for cultural, age, tenure and gender diversity. We explore effects of demographic diversity in the two power groups on performance in interaction with each other by bringing in the similarityattraction paradigm to argue for the relationship. Study data are from consolidated financial statements in annual reports of listed Swedish corporations. Our findings suggest that while differences in gender, age and tenure diversities have no effect on firm performance, close alignment of cultural diversities of the BoD and TMT does have a positive effect of firm performance.

  • 67.
    Umans, Timurs
    et al.
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Forskningsmiljön Auditing, Organisation and Society (AOS).
    Smith, Elin
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Sektionen för hälsa och samhälle.
    Andersson, William
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Fakulteten för ekonomi.
    Planken, William
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Fakulteten för ekonomi.
    Top management teams’ shared leadership and ambidexterity: the role of management control systems2018In: International Review of Administrative Sciences, ISSN 0020-8523, E-ISSN 1461-7226Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The study explores how top management teams’ shared leadership is related to organizational ambidexterity in public-sector organizations, theoretically and empirically considering how this relationship is contingent on the management control system. Using a sample of 85 Swedish municipal housing corporations, we find that shared leadership has a positive relationship with organizational ambidexterity in public-sector organizations. Moreover, increasing use of new public management control systems, based on combined reward and performance controls, positively moderates this relationship. The study also finds that traditional public management control systems, based on combined planning and administrative controls, do not moderate the relationship between top management teams’ shared leadership and organizational ambidexterity. Accordingly, this article contributes to the public and strategic management literature, as well as to managerial practice.

  • 68.
    Umans, Timurs
    et al.
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.
    Smith, Elin
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Forskningsmiljön Auditing, Organisation and Society (AOS).
    Andersson, William
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Avdelningen för Ekonomi och arbetsliv.
    Planken, William
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Avdelningen för Ekonomi och arbetsliv.
    Top management team’s shared leadership, organizational control systems and organizational ambidexterity: study of Swedish municipal corporations2017Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 69.
    Wennberg, Karl
    et al.
    Linköping University.
    Umans, Timurs
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.
    Enkelspårig syn på jämställda styrelser2015In: Svenska Dagbladet, ISSN 1101-2412Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 70.
    Zander, Lena
    et al.
    Uppsala University.
    Butler, Christina
    Storbritannien.
    Mockaitis, Audra
    Australien.
    Herbert, Kendall
    Australien.
    Lauring, Jakob
    Danmark.
    Mäkelä, Kristiina
    Finland.
    Paunova, Minna
    Danmark.
    Umans, Timurs
    Högskolan Kristianstad, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.
    Zettinig, Peter
    Finland.
    Team-based global organizations: the future of global organizing2015In: The future of global organizing: progress in international business research / [ed] Verbeke, Alain, van Tulder, Rob, Drogendijk, Rian, Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2015, 10, p. 227-243Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose

    We propose team-based organizing as an alternative to more traditional forms of hierarchy-based organizing in global firms.

    Methodology/approach

    Advancements in the study of global teams, leadership, process, and outcomes were organized into four themes: (1) openness toward linguistic and value diversity as enhancing team creativity and performance, (2) knowledge sharing in team-based organizations, (3) the significance of social capital for global team leader role success, and (4) shared leadership, satisfaction, and performance links in global virtual teams.

    Findings

    We identify questions at three levels for bringing research on team-based organizing in global organizations forward. At the within-team individual level, we discuss the criticality of process and leadership in teams. At the between-teams group level, we draw attention to that global teams also need to focus on relationships and interactions with other teams within the same global firm, for example, when sharing knowledge. With respect to the across-teams organizational level, we highlight how bringing people together in global teams from different organizational units and cultures creates the potential for experiential individual and team-based learning, while making the firm more flexible and adaptable.

    Theoretical implications

    The potential of the relatively underexplored idea of global team-based firms as an alternative to hierarchy open up questions for empirical research, and further theorizing about the global firm.

    Practical implications

    Practitioners can learn about organizational, team, and individual challenges and benefits of global team-based organizing.

    Originality/value

    A century-old dominant organizational form is challenged when moving away from hierarchy- and hybrid-based forms of organizing toward team-based global organizing of work.

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