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This book offers a radical reassessment of organizational forces for change and barriers encountered by the `challenging women' - senior women managers faced with the task of transforming their organizations. Much has been written about women at work, the `glass ceiling' and discriminatory employment practices. This study is seminal in the linkage it makes between gender, innovation and organizational transformation. The book highlights the implications of this for all types of organizations and women managers everywhere.


This book is concerned with the role that women play in organizational change and how male gender cultures influence the direction of public administration transformation. The influence of male gender cultures on men, women and institutions is tacitly accepted but its effect on challenging women and their creativity is little acknowledged. Gender matters are complex and the dominant gender culture influences men and women in their reactions to those who challenge common narratives and behaviours. Women are not all the same; they are as diverse as men and every woman has her own particular way of handling the male cultures in which we live. The accounts in this book demonstrate how challenging women managers are extremely innovative and should be in demand within any ...

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