Managers Talk about Gender: What Managers in Large Transnational Corporations Say about Gender Policies, Structures and Practices

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Title: Managers Talk about Gender: What Managers in Large Transnational Corporations Say about Gender Policies, Structures and Practices
Author: Hearn, Jeff; Piekkari, Rebecca; Jyrkinen, Marjut
Contributor: Hanken School of Economics, Department of Management and Organisation, Management and Organisation
Belongs to series: Research Reports - 69
ISSN: 0357-5764
ISBN: 978-952-232-068-1
Abstract: Mainstream research on management generally continues to ignore gender relations. Even so, over recent years there has been a major growth of international research on gender relations in organizations. Yet, most of this has focused on gender relations in lower or middle levels rather than at the apex of the organization. This book draws on research on gender policies, structures and practices of management in large Finnish corporations.
It builds on earlier survey work of gender policies in the 100 largest corporations in Finland, to examine, through qualitative interviews, more detailed gendered processes in seven selected corporations. These represent corporations that are ‘relatively active’, ‘moderately active’, and ‘not active’ in relation to gender equality. Key issues include contrasts between formal policies and organizational practices; different corporate contexts and individual managers’ views; definition and scope of gender policy; and the relation of gender policies and diversity policy.
This focus on gender policies is understood and located within organizational structures, most obviously gendered corporate hierarchies. Important structures include national context in relation to transnationalization, relations of headquarters and subsidiaries, and interrelations of management, policy development and policy implementation.
Gender relations in practice and gender practices are considered in more detail. These women and men managers operate at the intersections of gendered transnational managerial work, careers and family-type relations, including marriage and children, or lack thereof. Women and men managers may be part of the same management levels or management teams, but have totally different family-type situations and gendered experiences. Interconnections of management, domestic life and transnationalizations are intensely gendered matters. The debate on the public/private continues to be important for both gender relations and organizational relations, but complicated through transnationalizations. The modern transnational corporation is considered in terms of gender divisions and gender power, with particular reference to top management. The concluding discussion notes implications for research and policy.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10227/476
URN:ISBN:978-952-232-068-1
Date: 2009-12-02
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