Edited by Kate Hutchings and Snejina Michailova
Chapter 17: No gender, please, we're international management scholars!
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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