Edited by Kate Hutchings and Snejina Michailova
Chapter 15: Representation as scholars and representing the researched: The gendered position of UK and Australian women academics researching women in management internationally
Like many institutions, universities globally continue to symbolically reflect differentiations between men and women, masculine and feminine, and create and sustain gendered organization systems and hierarchies (Gherardi, 1995). The gendered organizing arrangements of universities have been strengthened by a neo-liberal agenda prevalent in many Western democracies. It has been suggested that this model represents, in most Western economies, a market-led institution of fee-paying students as consumers, measurable learning outcomes and quality assurance accountability (Deem and Brahoney, 2005). Overall, these new institutional and social arrangements have been deemed to have had a greater impact for female academics since they are more likely to take on academic responsibility for administration, quality assurance and curriculum development initiatives (Deem and Morley, 2006; Morley, 2006); in some cases at the expense of time being devoted to research. The argument within develops from the premise that, like many other institutions globally, universities, which have become increasingly internationalized organizations by virtue of having overseas campuses and increasing numbers of overseas students, have symbolically reflected differentiations between men and women, masculine and feminine, and may contribute to creating and sustaining gendered organizational systems and hierarchies. In this chapter we emphasize the gendered nature of academic careers, and the work representation of women in research in academic careers in internationalized universities in the Anglo world (with specific reference to the UK and Australia).
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