Managing gender diversity in top management teams

Syed, Jawad and Murray, Peter A. (2006) Managing gender diversity in top management teams. In: ANZAM 2006: Management: Pragmatism, Philosophy, Priorities, 6-9 Dec 2006, Yeppoon, Australia.

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This paper argues a case for challenging the customary emphasis on masculine values in top management teams (TMTs) as a means for making better use of gender diversity. We argue that conventional diversity management practices involve a narrow hegemonic masculine approach towards increasing women’s (and men’s) participation in employment. We suggest that TMTs benefit when learning to integrate skilled and talented women and men into a single, cohesive work culture that enhances teams’ performing capacities. While seeking to avoid an essentialist discourse, the paper builds on the theory of diversity and ‘difference’ (instead of ‘sameness’) to demonstrate the relationship between feminine values, team member diversity, communication skills and representation. Multiple contextual factors are also recognised as influential better identified through a social constructionist approach to team development.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information (displayed to public): Copyright 2006 (The authors).
Depositing User: Assoc Prof Peter Murray
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2011 10:18
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: diverse teams; diversity contexts; femininity, gender; leadership, masculinity
Fields of Research (FoR): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150311 Organisational Behaviour
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910499 Management and Productivity not elsewhere classified

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