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Research Handbook on Women in International Management

Research Handbook on Women in International Management

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Edited by Kate Hutchings and Snejina Michailova

The Research Handbook on Women in International Management is a carefully designed collection of contributions that provides a thorough and nuanced discussion of how women engage in international management. It also offers important insights into emerging and new areas of research warranting future consideration.

Chapter 17: No gender, please, we're international management scholars!

Janne Tienari

Subjects: business and management, gender and management, international business

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My first conference in the field of international business and management was in 2007, when the Academy of International Business (UK & Ireland Chapter) was hosted by King's College in London. There was no gender track at the conference, but I was part of a panel discussion session. Together with colleagues from the UK and Finland, we prepared what we thought was a constructive agenda for spurring debate about studying gender in international organizations. We were eager to discuss a bunch of questions with the audience. Except that there was almost no audience - only five people showed up. We did not expect a huge crowd, but five in a conference with several hundred participants . . . it is safe to say that we were shown our place on the margins. My colleague tried to comfort me by pointing out that the timing was unfortunate as a big name was giving a talk in a parallel session next door. I was not convinced. The experience confirmed my assumptions about the field of international business/international management (IB/ IM): its mainstream core remains totally ignorant of any serious research debate about gender relations. I am sorry to say that there is still a lot of evidence to back up this claim.

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