The effect of project leader on the organizational culture in R&D, A case study in Volvo Car Corporation

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Type: Examensarbete för masterexamen
Master Thesis
Title: The effect of project leader on the organizational culture in R&D, A case study in Volvo Car Corporation
Abstract: The interest in project leadership is growing in different industries. In addition, the way of behaviours, interaction and cooperation among employees or generally participants, which is defined as organizational culture, is another important topic among leaders. The combination of them presents the critical roles of the project leader in the organizational culture. Therefore, this study describes the organizational-culture to present a wide picture of the culture in an organization; then combines it with the role of the project leader and discusses about leadership-culture. Then, it goes further and discusses about the communication as a critical task of a leader in the organizational-culture. This dissertation is a case study among different levels of project-leaders in R&D organization in Volvo Car Corporation. Volvo car is a well-known car manufacturing company in producing safest cars in the world that established in 1927 in Gothenburg - Sweden. The objective of this study is to discover the effect of leadership on the organizational culture (associated to communication) in R&D organization. This research uses mixed methodology, which is the combination of qualitative and quantitative. Qualitative method provides an opportunity to discover the culture (associated to communication) in R&D organization and furthermore explore the empowerment areas that can be elaborated in the future; and the quantitative methods provide information about the relationship between leadership roles and communication. As a conclusion, it can be seen that the organizational culture in R&D in Volvo Car Corporation is established well according to the specifications of the company. On the other hand, it can be seen that there is a need to do some evolutions in different sections to see the possible improvements in the culture of R&D organization. Furthermore, we can see the strong correlation between communication and leadership roles in this organization.
Keywords: Samhällsbyggnadsteknik;Civil Engineering
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Chalmers tekniska högskola / Institutionen för bygg- och miljöteknik
Chalmers University of Technology / Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Series/Report no.: Examensarbete - Institutionen för bygg- och miljöteknik, Chalmers tekniska högskola : BOMX02-16-128
Collection:Examensarbeten för masterexamen // Master Theses

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