Managing like a Man: Women and Men in Corporate Management

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"Why can’t a man be more like a woman?" seems to be the catchphrase of modern management gurus. They claim to be revaluing feminine "soft" skills as qualities necessary for corporate success. This book looks behind the rhetoric and investigates the gender relations of senior management in a post–equal opportunities world.

The proportion of women managers has risen dramatically in the last twenty years, yet there are still very few women getting to the top. Based on a major study of five multinational corporations...

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Overview

"Why can’t a man be more like a woman?" seems to be the catchphrase of modern management gurus. They claim to be revaluing feminine "soft" skills as qualities necessary for corporate success. This book looks behind the rhetoric and investigates the gender relations of senior management in a post–equal opportunities world.

The proportion of women managers has risen dramatically in the last twenty years, yet there are still very few women getting to the top. Based on a major study of five multinational corporations with model equality policies, this book takes a critical look at women's and men's experience in a changing corporate climate. Wajcman brings to bear feminist theories on equality and difference in employment, together with organizational analysis, in her assessment of whether women really do bring a distinct feminine style of management to tomorrow’s organizations. The main focus is on the processes of masculine organizational culture that sexualize women and exclude them from senior management.

But how comfortable are men with the masculinity of management? This book presents fascinating material on the private lives of managers and looks at the interconnections between home and work for men as well as women. The author reveals how relations between the sexes are negotiated in the corridors of power and at the kitchen sink.

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Rather than considering only women managers, as most such studies have, examines men and women doing the same jobs, and encompasses the experiences of both sexes in the managerial hierarchy. Argues that management incorporates a male standard that positions women as out of place, and that the construction of women as different from men is one of the mechanisms by which male power in the workplace is maintained. The study is based on high-technology, multinational companies with high-sounding equal opportunity claims. Paper edition (unseen), $18.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271018409
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Wajcman is Professor of Sociology at The Australian National University and the author of Feminism Confronts Technology (Penn State, 1991).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Sex Equality in Organizations 10
2 The Gender Relations of Management 31
3 It's Hard to be Soft: Is Management Style Gendered? 55
4 The Corporate Career: 'Why Can't a Woman be More like a Man?' 78
5 Personal Management: Sexuality and Workplace Relationships 108
6 Managing Home Life 132
Conclusion 158
Bibliography 167
Index 178
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