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- Theorizing Gender-and-Organization: Changing Times…Changing Theories?
- Disturbing Thoughts and Gendered Practices: A Discursive Review of Feminist Organizational Analysis
- Organizations as Symbolic Gendered Orders
- Was will der Mann?
- Feminism, Post-Feminism, and Emerging Femininities in Entrepreneurship
- ‘Meaning That Matters’: An Organizational Communication Perspective on Gender, Discourse, and Materiality
- Female Advantage: Revisited
- The Rocky Climb: Women’s Advancement in Management
- Leadership: A Matter of Gender?
- Negative Intra-Gender Relations between Women: Friendship, Competition, and Female Misogyny
- Sex, Gender, and Leadership: What Do Four Decades of Research Tell Us?
- Gendered Constructions of Merit and Impression Management within Professional Service Firms
- Gender and Careers: Obstacles and Opportunities
- The Glass Cliff: Examining Why Women Occupy Leadership Positions in Precarious Circumstances
- Power and Resistance in Gender Equality Strategies: Comparing Quotas and Small Wins
- Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
- Organizational Culture, Work Investments, and the Careers of Men: Disadvantages to Women?
- Challenging Gender Boundaries: Pressures and Constraints on Women in Non-Traditional Occupations
- Contextualizing Men, Masculinities, Leadership, and Management: Gender/Intersectionalities, Local/Transnational, Embodied/Virtual, Theory/Practice
- Masculinities in Management: Hidden, Invisible, and Persistent
- Masculinity and Sexuality at Work: Incorporating Gay and Bisexual Men’s Perspectives
- Doing Gender Differently: Men in Caring Occupations
- Masculinity in the Financial Sector
- Masculinities in Multinationals
Abstract and Keywords
While men and masculine discourses dominate management and organization, their conceptualization and interrogation are neglected even in critical studies of work and organization. Management is a scene for discourses of masculinity that prevent too many women invading the protected space where homosocial constructions and masculine performances reproduce power and privilege for men. It keeps the feminine at a safe distance so as to minimize the threat of the Other to masculine discourses and their performative outcomes, for the greatest fear is to fail to be a ‘real man’. The chapter illustrates this through an examination of the financial sector for the aggressively instrumental and competitive pursuit of the highest level of economic reward renders the discourses of masculinity more visible in this sector, and especially after the numerous scandals associated with and following from the global financial crisis of 2007–8. Transparency in this sector was thought likely to restrain the excessive salaries and bonuses but has had the opposite effect because high levels of pay are viewed as a sign of manliness.
David Knights is Professor at Bristol Business School and Swansea University’s College of Business, Economics and Law, and Visiting Professor at Stockholm University and Lancaster University.
Maria Tullberg is Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer at the School of Business, Economics, and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her research focus is on gender in business, with special attention to management.
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