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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.

Resistance to Women
Resistance to women

I have never been quick to shout male prejudice, and yet I cannot avoid the knowledge that for many men a woman vice chancellor seems an easy target for resentment and envy. The wild stories that sometimes circulate: ‘did you know she had gold plated taps and marble floors in the vice chancellor's private bathroom?’ are only the trivial manifestations of a deeper feeling that the job does not belong to a woman. (Baroness Perry, Guardian, 17 November 1992)

Socialist feminists have strongly argued that to explain the hierarchies in the workplace we need to understand the men's desire to maintain their personal dominance at work. Cockburn (1991) has powerfully shown the extent of resistance to women that persists in British ...

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