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Gary N. Powell & Sharon Foley

In: Handbook of Gender & Work

Chapter 15: Romantic Relationships in Organizational Settings: Something to Talk about

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Romantic Relationships in Organizational Settings: Something to Talk about
Romantic relationships in organizational settings: Something to talk about
Gary N.Powell and SharonFoley

In Bonnie Raitt's popular song “Something to Talk About” (1991), two people who are not at present romantic partners are being talked about as if they were. Romantic relationships in organizational settings are talked about at great length. They are frequently depicted in television shows, movies, and novels. When a public official is involved in a workplace romance, as was U.S. President Bill Clinton with White House intern Monica Lewinsky (Isikoff & Thomas, 1998), the relationship receives an enormous amount of public attention. However, such relationships are rarely talked about in the scholarly literature. The purpose of this chapter is to stimulate talk among scholars ...

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