Women, Business and Leadership
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Women, Business and Leadership

Gender and Organisations

Edited by Alexander-Stamatios Antoniou, Cary Cooper and Caroline Gatrell

This timely and comprehensive book analyses the role of women in leadership from both managerial and socio-emotional perspectives. The authors review the issues that affect real women in business and evaluate what can be done to support and develop women managers. Chapters explore topics such as the stereotyping of leading women, gender equality and discrimination, the glass ceiling and barriers to promotion, the work/home conflict, the gender pay gap and job insecurity, female authority and career development.
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Chapter 13: Gender norm enforcement at work

Jason C. Potwora and Tahira M. Probst

Abstract

Understanding the role of gender in organizations is becoming increasingly relevant. With attention focusing on diversity, organizations need to develop approaches that focus on the root cause of workplace inequity, rather than only the symptoms. Research into gender in organizations has shifted focus over time from viewing gender as something brought into organizations by employees, to viewing organizations as stages for the reproduction of gender expectations. While theory has moved to stress the importance of the context, current methods of measuring that context, while useful, have limitations. To address these issues, this chapter discusses the concept of organizational gender climate and introduces a new way of measuring gender climate.

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