An empirical study of the applicability of the ghetto thesis to secretarial work in Australia and New Zealand

Maguire, Heather (1996) An empirical study of the applicability of the ghetto thesis to secretarial work in Australia and New Zealand. Management Papers, 6 (4). University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia, pp. 1-31.

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Abstract

In recent years, innovations in office technology combined with organisational restructuring have demonstrated the potential to alter traditional perceptions of secretarial work as a 'female ghetto' occupation. This paper reports the findings of a study of secretarial work in Australia and New Zealand. The study investigated secretarial work from both labour market and organisational perspectives in order to assess the current status of this type of work. The findings indicate that secretarial work has progressed out of its traditional 'ghetto' status in respect to autonomy, pay and working conditions. However, in respect to promotional opportunities and stereotyped gender attributes, the 'ghettoised' nature of the occupation is still evident.


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Item Type: Book (Commonwealth Reporting Category A)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: USQ publication.
Depositing User: Dr Heather Maguire
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Management and Organisational Behaviour
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2008 05:51
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2013 04:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: ghetto thesis; secretarial work; dual labour market
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150311 Organisational Behaviour
16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169901 Gender Specific Studies
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9405 Work and Institutional Development > 940501 Employment Patterns and Change
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4458

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