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Organisational culture as a barrier to women’s promotion

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Show simple item record O'Connor, Pat 2010-06-03T14:45:06Z 2010-06-03T14:45:06Z 1996
dc.description peer-reviewed
dc.description.abstract Over the past five years increasing attention has been paid to the importance of what Witz and Savage (1992) have described as the gendered nature of organizations. This paper focuses on what they have called the “significance of difference” within the context of a discussion of the perceived reality of organizational culture. Using a thematic qualitative analysis of data from 40 focus groups, involving a stratified random sample of 162 women at middle and senior levels of the Administrative, Nursing and Paramedic sectors of two Irish Health Boards, four aspects of this organizational culture are described viz. the perceived reality and implications of a male hierarchical model of authority, the perceived reality of a woman's place in that structure; the perceived marginalization of female professional projects and the existence of a coping style of management. The paper suggests that these aspects of organizational culture are by no means peculiar to these Health Boards. Indeed, these Boards are unusual only insofar as they have legitimated a challenge to male hegemonic culture by implicitly valuing “difference”, through prioritizing the idea that women - who constitute the majority of their staff - should be employed “at the top of their capacity” (Doherty, 1994). en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Economic and Social Studies en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Economic and Social Review;31/1, p187-216
dc.subject significance en_US
dc.subject difference en_US
dc.title Organisational culture as a barrier to women’s promotion en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research
dc.type.restriction none en
dc.identifier.local 10AH002
dc.internal.rssid 1115661

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