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The Construction of Management

Competence and Gender Issues at Work Bronwen Ann Rees, Senior Research Fellow, Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University, UK
Despite continuing equal opportunity approaches, women are still significantly under-represented at senior management levels and earn less than male colleagues. The author questions whether competence systems – developed and implemented in the workplace to provide objective measurement of management performance – contribute to, rather than improve, women’s disadvantaged position in the workplace.
Extent: 224 pp
Hardback Price: $127.00 Web: $114.30
Publication Date: 2004
ISBN: 978 1 84376 228 7
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  • Business and Management
  • Critical Management Studies
Despite continuing equal opportunity approaches, women are still significantly under-represented at senior management levels and earn less than male colleagues. The author questions whether competence systems – developed and implemented in the workplace to provide objective measurement of management performance – contribute to, rather than improve, women’s disadvantaged position in the workplace.

Drawing together the threads of critical theory, feminism and post-modernism into a new conceptual framework, the book provides an exciting departure from existing methods of analysis and points a new and challenging way forward for future researchers in management.

The Construction of Management is a rich and lively work, providing innovative theoretical and methodological approaches as well as practical solutions. In this way, the book will appeal to scholars of business and management, industrial relations and gender studies as well as business managers and consultants.
‘The Construction of Management explores the competence approaches from the perspective of women managers, providing a new understanding of contemporary management and women’s career prospects in business. It has features in common with Terry Apter’s vision of the socially constituted barriers faced by professional women, offering new insight into future possibilities.’
– Elizabeth Garnsey, The Judge Institute for Management Studies, University of Cambridge, UK
Contents: Foreword Introduction 1. Ways of Thinking About Women at Work: Building a Theoretical Perspective 2. A Gendered Sense of Self 3. Interpreting Organisational Life 4. The Birth of the Competent Manager 5. Competent Organisations 6. Competence as Discipline 7. Writing Out Gender 8. Competence: Empowerment Rather Than Control 9. Finding a Way Forward: Competence as Organisational Learning 10. Embodying the Subject: Integrating Separation and Connection Afterword Appendices References Index