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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.

Innovative Women Are Challenging Women
Innovative women are challenging women

The challenge can be expressed as the paragon of the new professional. She is committed to the poor and weak, and to enabling them to gain more of what they need and want. She is democratic and participatory in management style; is a good listener, embraces error and believes in falling forward; finds pleasure in enabling other to take initiatives; monitors and controls only to a core minimum of standards and activities; is not threatened by the unforeseeable; does not demand targets for disbursements and achievements; adjures punitive management; devolves authority expecting her staff to use their own best judgements at all times; give priority to the front-line; and rewards honesty for her, watchwords are truth, ...

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