"Barry and Hansen have gathered an impressive array of contributors to speculate where the management and organization field might be headed. The Handbook offers refreshing and proactive insights that confront our assumptions about organizations and challenge us to expand our thinking and inquiry. It it must reading for anyone who seeks to understand how we look at, live in, and act on organizations."—Thomas G. Cummings, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern CaliforniaTen years ago critical theory and postmodernism were considered new and emerging theories in Business and Management. What will be the next new important theories to shape the field? In one edited volume, David Barry and Hans Hansen have commissioned new chapters that will allow readers to stay one step ahead of the latest thinking. Contributors draw on research and practice to introduce ideas that are considered 'fringe' and controversial today, but may be key theoretical contributions tomorrow. Each chapter sets these ideas in their historical context, lays out the key theoretical positions taken by each new approach and makes it clear why these approaches are different to more mainstream concepts. Throughout contributors refer to existing studies that show how these developing themes will change the Business and Management arena.Researchers, teachers and advanced students who are interested in the future of Business and Management scholarship will want to read this Handbook.
Chapter 92: Un-gendering Organization
Gender is now widely acknowledged as being an important part of our analyses of organization. This is a result of the absorption of a powerful and extensive body of theoretical development, epistemological and political critique, empirical analysis, methodological innovations, and practical social and organizational improvements, influenced in particular by four decades of feminist scholarship. Yet this is a position only recently achieved and still subject to many blindnesses and omissions, particularly in mainstream work. So it may seem paradoxical that we are about to offer an argument, not for completing the process of gendering organization that we celebrate, but for undoing the process, for moving beyond the limitations of existing conceptions of gender towards ungendering.
The notion of ‘un’ doing or ‘un’ gendering ...