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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
The long-lasting and possibly not very useful question of whether women’s and men’s leadership are similar or differ has not led to conclusive answers. This chapter discusses different stances of the no-difference and the gender-stereotypcal views and the problems in investigating the subject—including complications in how to determine and motivate whether there is a difference in women’s and men’s ways of leading. We argue that it is not necessarily very fruitful to seek general patterns in terms of gender and leadership and argue that understanding gender and leadership calls less for a strict adherence to a specific theory and law-like patterns than an ability to consider a variety of key aspects and dynamics and a variation of tendencies and empirical outcomes.
Yvonne Due Billing is Guest Professor at the University of Lund, Sweden and works at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Lund and a PhD in business administration from CBS (Copenhagen Business School). She is Associate Editor for the journal Gender, Work & Organization and editorial member for the journals Leadership and Organization. Her research areas are gender, organizational cultures, leadership, communication, power, justice, identity, and ethics. She has written many books and articles within the area of gender, work, organization, and leadership, including Understanding Gender and Organizations (Sage 1997, second edition 2009), Gender, Managers and Organizations (de Gruyter, 1994), ‘Questioning the Notion of Feminine Leadership’ (Gender, Work & Organization, 2000), ‘Beyond Body-Counting’ (in Gender, Identity and the Culture of Organization, Routledge, 2002), ‘Gender and Organization: Toward a Differentiated Understanding’ (Organization Studies, 1992), all with co-author Mats Alvesson. Other publications include ‘Are Women in Management Victims of the Phantom of the Male Norm?’ (Gender, Work & Organization, 2011) and The Will to Power (Studentlitteratur, 2006).
Mats Alvesson is Professor of Business Administration at the University of Lund, Sweden, and at University of Queensland Business School, Australia. Recent books include Qualitative Research and Theory Development (Sage, 2011, with Dan Kärreman), Interpreting Interviews (Sage, 2011), Metaphor We Lead By: Understanding Leadership in the Real World (Routledge, 2011, edited with Andre Spicer), The Oxford Handbook of Critical Management Studies (Oxford University Press, edited with Todd Bridgman and Hugh Willmott), Understanding Gender and Organizations (Sage, 2009, second edition, with Yvonne Billing), Reflexive Methodology (Sage, 2009, second edition, with Kaj Skoldberg), Changing Organizational Culture (Routledge, 2008, with Stefan Sveningsson), and Knowledge Work and Knowledge-Intensive Firms (Oxford University Press, 2004).
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