This book presents the detailed life stories of nine women academics in business faculties throughout North America. Three are in their early careers, three are facing tenure, and three are recognized leaders in their field. Each of the authors presents her story as a set of choices and reveals the alternatives and the decision making process. Many choices are a trade-off between different roles; teacher versus researcher, wife/mother versus professional, researcher versus administrator. Insights are developed and shared with the reader. The women academics in this book represent a wide variety of disciplines, ages, ethnicity, and family makeup. Their paths and insights are different, but their choices are similar, and recurring themes emerge. These are explored by the editors as they tie the stories together and interpret the individual tales. Through reading this book, graduate students and professors alike can get a glimpse into other's struggles and triumphs. They should emerge with specific strategies and a clear idea of the choices that lie ahead. Laypeople who always wondered what academics did with all their free time will get a glimpse into the diversity of responsibilities and opportunities that this profession entails.
About the Author
DIANNE CYR is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Business Administration at Simon Fraser University. She is the president of Global Alliance Management and is the author of The Human Resource Challenge of International Joint Ventures (Quorum Books, 1995).
BLAIZE HORNER REICH is Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Simon Fraser University. Her research focuses on information technology strategy and organizational learning. As a management consultant, she specializes in facilitation and strategic planning.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Denise Rousseau
Early Career Women
Going the Extra Mile by Yolande E. Chan
Keeping the Balance by June N. P. Francis
Early Career Women-The Formative Years
A Good Traveller by Cynthia M. Beath
A "Real Job That Doesn't Seem Like Work" by Sheila M. Puffer
On My Terms by Carolyne Smart
Mid Career Women Trial by Fire
Leaders in Their Field
Going With the Flow by Janice Beyer
A Non Linear Life by Karlene Roberts
Metamorphosis in Three Stages by Mary Ann Von Glinow
Leaders in the Field Making a Difference
Conclusion A Personal Quest