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date: 07 April 2020

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Despite the increasing presence of women in management, most organizations continue to be heavily masculinist in culture. This chapter critically explores the reasons why masculinities persist in management, highlighting the ways they remain hidden and invisible even while heavily influencing the wider organizational culture. Drawing on feminist poststructuralist theories of gender identity and particularly the masculine subject, the chapter examines managerial practices such as performativity and how such practices serve to sustain both a masculinist organizational paradigm and many managers’ sense of self. The chapter concludes by recognizing that, while women managers do, for the most part, occupy a different discursive place to most men managers, their experiences of becoming a leader/manager invariably require them to convincingly replicate masculine discourses as gendered subjects.

Keywords: masculinities, management, performativity, identity

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