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Mats Reinhold

I am a doctoral student at the Dep. of Psychology, and I am affiliated with the Gender Research School at the Umeå Center for Gender Studies. My research is about destructive leadership and gender.


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Doctoral student at Department of Psychology
Hus Y, Beteendevetarhuset, Vindarnas torg, Mediagränd 14 Umeå universitet, Beteendevetarhuset, 901 87 Umeå
Project coordinator (on leave) at Research Support and Collaboration Office
Universitetsledningshuset, plan 5, Universitetstorget 4/Petrus Laestadius väg Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå
Affiliated as doctoral student at Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS)
Samhällsvetarhuset, Plan 4

Focus for my research is destructive leadership in working life in Sweden. Destructive leadership can be described as a process over time in which the manager acts hostile or obstructive in relation to an employee's activities, experiences and/or relationships. My dissertation project is interdisciplinary and I use theories and methods from both work and organisational psychology and gender studies.
For my dissertation project I am studying which factors that leads to destructive leadership, as well as how these factors interact with each other.
I studying three different types of factors that may affect leadership:

  • Managerial factors: stress and ability to regulate emotions.
  • Factors that effects subordinates: motivation and performance.
  • Contextual factors in: high demands, conflicts, injustice and organisational constraints. 

My goal is to contribute with new knowledge to the research field of destructive leadership. I hope to be able to state some of the factors that lead to destructive leadership and how they interact with each other. And to be able to propose some alternative actions to preventive the emergence of destructive leadership in working life in Sweden.
I am part of the research group CoLeadR
My dissertation project is part of the research project "The Dark Side of Leadership: The Existence and Causes of Destructive Leadership in Working Life in Sweden".

Key words: destructive leadership, abusive supervision, gender, manager, stress, health, work environment, subordinates health

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1 January 2019 until 31 December 2022