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Managing gender diversity in top management teams

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conference contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by J Syed, P Murray
This paper argues a case for challenging the customary emphasis on masculine values in top management teams (TMTs) as a means for making better use of gender diversity. We argue that conventional diversity management practices involve a narrow hegemonic masculine approach towards increasing women’s (and men’s) participation in employment. We suggest that TMTs benefit when learning to integrate skilled and talented women and men into a single, cohesive work culture that enhances teams’ performing capacities. While seeking to avoid an essentialist discourse, the paper builds on the theory of diversity and ‘difference’ (instead of ‘sameness’) to demonstrate the relationship between feminine values, team member diversity, communication skills and representation. Multiple contextual factors are also recognised as influential better identified through a social constructionist approach to team development.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Editor

Kennedy J; Di Milia V

Parent Title

Proceedings of the 20th ANZAM Conference [electronic resource] : Management : pragmatism, philosophy, priorities

Start Page

1

End Page

18

Number of Pages

18

Start Date

01/01/2006

ISBN-10

1921047348

Location

Yeppoon, Qld.

Publisher

Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management

Place of Publication

Lindfield, NSW

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

International conference; Macquarie University;

Era Eligible

No

Name of Conference

Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management. International conference

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