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Demystifying Leadership in Iceland

An Inquiry into Cultural, Societal, and Entrepreneurial Uniqueness

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  • Introduces the uniqueness of Icelandic business leadership

  • Places a major emphasis on gender equality and power distances

  • Provides interesting case studies to illustrate the paths in development of leadership

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Part of the Contributions to Management Science book series (MANAGEMENT SC.)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Leadership and Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Inga Minelgaite, Svala Guðmundsdóttir, Árelía E. Guðmundsdóttir, Olga Stangej
      Pages 3-6
    3. Inga Minelgaite, Svala Guðmundsdóttir, Árelía E. Guðmundsdóttir, Olga Stangej
      Pages 7-14
    4. Inga Minelgaite, Svala Guðmundsdóttir, Árelía E. Guðmundsdóttir, Olga Stangej
      Pages 15-25
    5. Inga Minelgaite, Svala Guðmundsdóttir, Árelía E. Guðmundsdóttir, Olga Stangej
      Pages 27-38
    6. Inga Minelgaite, Svala Guðmundsdóttir, Árelía E. Guðmundsdóttir, Olga Stangej
      Pages 39-50
  3. Transforming Leadership: An Entrepreneurial Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Inga Minelgaite, Svala Guðmundsdóttir, Árelía E. Guðmundsdóttir, Olga Stangej
      Pages 53-60
    3. Inga Minelgaite, Svala Guðmundsdóttir, Árelía E. Guðmundsdóttir, Olga Stangej
      Pages 61-68
    4. Inga Minelgaite, Svala Guðmundsdóttir, Árelía E. Guðmundsdóttir, Olga Stangej
      Pages 69-77
  4. Transforming Leadership: Gender Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Inga Minelgaite, Svala Guðmundsdóttir, Árelía E. Guðmundsdóttir, Olga Stangej
      Pages 81-88
    3. Inga Minelgaite, Svala Guðmundsdóttir, Árelía E. Guðmundsdóttir, Olga Stangej
      Pages 89-97
    4. Inga Minelgaite, Svala Guðmundsdóttir, Árelía E. Guðmundsdóttir, Olga Stangej
      Pages 99-108
  5. Leadership in Action: Specific Cases

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Inga Minelgaite, Svala Guðmundsdóttir, Árelía E. Guðmundsdóttir, Olga Stangej
      Pages 111-124
    3. Inga Minelgaite, Svala Guðmundsdóttir, Árelía E. Guðmundsdóttir, Olga Stangej
      Pages 125-136
    4. Inga Minelgaite, Svala Guðmundsdóttir, Árelía E. Guðmundsdóttir, Olga Stangej
      Pages 137-150
    5. Inga Minelgaite, Svala Guðmundsdóttir, Árelía E. Guðmundsdóttir, Olga Stangej
      Pages 151-160

About this book

Introduction

This book explores the nature and uniqueness of leadership in Iceland within a business and economic context. Starting with an analysis of Iceland’s geographical location, historical development and societal culture, the authors critically examine the major elements of the Icelandic business environment from an individual to a global level, and from economic prosperity to financial collapse. They particularly focus on leadership and human resource management within this unique societal culture and discuss the specific issues that are unique to Iceland, i.e. entrepreneurship, gender egalitarianism, equality,  low power-distance, reflecting on, and orienting within contemporary leadership theories. The book covers a variety of analytical methods and cases, providing a unique introduction to leadership in Iceland, and opening avenues for further research into this relatively new phenomenon.


Keywords

Entrepreneurship in Iceland Entrepreneurial Leadership at deCODE Genetics Gender Egalitarianism Gender Quota on Management Boards Leadership in Iceland Low Power Distance Management Board Composition in Iceland Women's Leadership in Iceland

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of IcelandReykjavikIceland
  2. 2.University of IcelandReykjavikIceland
  3. 3.University of IcelandReykjavikIceland
  4. 4.Institute of Quality Management and Business Administration (IQB-FHS)FHS St. Gallen, University of Applied SciencesSt. GallenSwitzerland

About the authors

Dr. Inga Minelgaite is an Assistant Professor at the School of Business, University of Iceland. Her main research field is (cross-cultural) leadership and gender. Inga is also interested in emerging fields of leadership such as neuroscience of leadership and followership. Inga has fifteen years of experience working in senior and top management positions in various sectors of business and in multiple countries. Inga is a North-East-Central Europe Area Manager for the Global Preferred Leadership and Cultural Values and a member of a number of other research networks.

Dr. Svala Guðmundsdóttir is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair for the School of Business at the University of Iceland. Her research has focused on cross-cultural adjustment, cultural intelligence, and the national culture of Iceland, along with local human resources. For the past nine years she has been teaching change management, human resources as well as international relations at B.S., M.S., and in the MBA program.

Dr. Árelía E. Guðmundsdóttir is an Associate Professor at the School of Business within the University of Iceland, where she teaches an elective course on Future of work and Leadership. Her research areas are leadership, gender equality, and career development. Árelía has published books and articles on leadership, gender equality, employment relations, career and self-development. Árelía has worked as a consultant for major Icelandic organizations for over twenty years and has participated in public debate in both Icelandic and UK media on her field of expertise.

Dr. Olga Stangej is a Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Quality Management and Business Administration (IQB-FHS) at the FHS University of Applied Sciences St. Gallen, Switzerland. She is also a founder of the Baltic Institute of Family Business. Olga has been simultaneously engaged in academic research, business and management teaching, consulting, and practice. Her research, educational activities, and projects lie in the field of management with a particular focus on leadership and family business.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Demystifying Leadership in Iceland
  • Book Subtitle An Inquiry into Cultural, Societal, and Entrepreneurial Uniqueness
  • Authors Inga Minelgaite
    Svala Guðmundsdóttir
    Árelía E. Guðmundsdóttir
    Olga Stangej
  • Series Title Contributions to Management Science
  • Series Abbreviated Title Contributions to Management Science
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-96044-9
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management Business and Management (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-96043-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-07138-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-96044-9
  • Series ISSN 1431-1941
  • Series E-ISSN 2197-716X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 161
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Business Strategy/Leadership
    Entrepreneurship
    Cross-Cultural Management
    Gender and Economics
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