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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.

British Public Sector Reforms
British public sector reforms

If Enhoven were correct about Homo Economicus, excellent specialist and famous teams in the NHS would not exist … presumably, the same arguments applies to tenured professors like Enhoven as well. If they teach well, they simply get more students and have more papers to grade … indeed, excellent professors like excellent doctors or nurses are swamped with work. According to the doctrine of Homo Economicus, they must be neurotic or irrational. By the same logic, introducing competition into healthcare forces providers and managers to accentuate economic self-interest and starves the other ‘irrational’ spiritual or emotional motives. The culture of commercialism makes ‘dedication’ seem quaint, even foolish. There is a good deal of denial about this obvious effect. ...

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