Organizational Change and Employee Concerns in the Finnish Defence Forces




Gender, Organization


The Finnish Defence Forces (FDF) have, in accordance with other public sector organizations in the Nordic countries, undergone many change processes in this millennium. Changes in the FDF have been related to government savings and more recently the fluctuating security environment. The purpose of the study is to show how these change processes have meant somewhat different things to men and women in the FDF, and these differences have an intersectional character. In order to explain, how potent experienced changes are in explaining the concerns of the personnel, and how they possibly interact with gender, age and personnel group, we analyzed survey data by using logistic regression. The survey was addressed to all salaried personnel of the FDF in 2015. The analysis showed that the logic of the examined, personally experienced, organizational changes deepened divisions produced by civil/military and gender hierarchies.

Author Biographies

Minna Leinonen, University of Tampere

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Work Research Centre. E-mail:

Risto Nikkanen, University of Tampere

Researcher, Work Research Centre

Katri Otonkorpi-Lehtoranta, University of Tampere

Postdoctoral Researcher, Work Research Centre. E-mail:




How to Cite

Leinonen, M., Nikkanen, R., & Otonkorpi-Lehtoranta, K. (2018). Organizational Change and Employee Concerns in the Finnish Defence Forces. Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, 8(3).