Women and Men in Management

An updated edition of a well-respected volume last published more than 10 years ago, this is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the impact of gender on career success .

Women and Men in Management
By Gary N Powell & Laura M Graves
Publisher: Sage Publications
Pages: 262 Price: £29 ISBN 0-7619-2196-6 Reviewed by Alison Norris
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This book would interest women who need to find out exactly what they are up against, men who want to understand what all the whingeing is about, and businesses looking to secure the allegiance of some of their most productive employees.

Drawing from more than 900 sources of rigorous empirical research, it combines objective analysis and balanced debate in a comprehensive yet accessible study.

Starting with an explanation of the difference between sex and gender, the authors move through the development of social roles, the enforcement of gender differences, recruitment issues, mixed teams, and women as leaders. They also include a section on sexual harassment, an analysis of workplace romance, and advice on tackling sex differences.

The authors talk about traditional and modern sexism, give a surprisingly convincing argument against diversity in teams, and while recognising that gender differences based on stereotypes have a negative influence on relations in the workplace, they emphasise the importance of valuing the uniqueness of each individual.

Finally, they list practical ways of encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.


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Alison Norris is HR manager, Sandwell Mental Health NHS & Social Care Trust

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