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'Most books on Organizational Behaviour are still gender-free zones. This book however treats gender as it needs to be treated, as a fundamental organizing principle of organization’. Professor Paul Iles, of Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University: Challenging mainstream accounts of organizational behaviour and management, which treat gender as an optional extra, this book demonstrates how it can be an essential organizing principle. Each chapter covers one or more of the principal mainstream topics before deconstructing and critiquing these and suggesting other ways of understanding these issues.


The chapter examines gender differences in relation to organizational commitment and motivation. It considers the ways in which organizations seek to secure commitment via consensual values and common behaviours and actions. The differences between men and women's capacity for enticement into this construction of meaning are examined. As such the chapter makes a gross distinction between men and women in order to make a case for the gendered discussion of theories of work motivation. However, it should be obvious that this is not a distinction between men and women per se but between linear and rational conceptions of the organization and embodied, experiential approaches, between instrumental behaviour and a sense of community. In this sense, women are used in the text as a cipher ...

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