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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.

Gender Cultures, Tactics and Strategies
Gender cultures, tactics and strategies

It would be wrong to speak of ‘women’ as having a philosophy of change in organisations, since many women are as conventional in their views of hierarchy, bureaucracy and management as most of the men they join. Nonetheless there is a strong voice among women that is characteristically of women, speaking for a different way of doing things. It may not be well articulated and it may sometimes be utopian but it embodies a vision of something new … Many women prioritise for instance social orientation over a narrow task orientation. … One said we see ourselves as agents of change, the “managers of tomorrow”. (Cynthia Cockburn 1991: 71)

The term gender tends to refer to the ...

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