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The Career Patterns of Women in Management. The Strategies of Women within the Gender Regime of Organization

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Krizkova, Alena

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Abstract In the article, issues relating to the sociopolitical measures aimed at increasing flexibility in managing the relationship between the spheres of work & family on the individual level of life strategies are examined within the framework of the gender theories of organization. The environment of management is described as a gender regime in which an organizational masculinity functions. This a priori establishes unequal conditions for the formation of women's career patterns. On the basis of a case study of the life strategies of women in managerial positions & other results drawn from research on the management environment from a gender perspective, the author identifies strategies employed toward women, who in the management environment are in the position of tokens, by the gender regime & its actors in the highest positions of the organizational hierarchy, & identifies the strategies that in connection with these conditions are created by women who desire to succeed in an environment set up in this way. The certain degree of flexibility that on the individual level can be achieved in the management environment is founded on a gender contract, which in the end continues to disadvantage women because it emerges in connection with the given structure of set rules of the environment. If flexibility is to be introduced as a nondiscriminatory mechanism, organizational masculinity as such must be called into question.
Classification Family Sociology, Sociology of Sexual Behavior; Women's Studies, Feminist Studies, Gender Studies
Free Keywords Professional Women; Tokenism; Sexual Inequality; Masculinity; Managers; Career Patterns
Publication Year 2003
Page/Pages p. 447-467
Journal Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, 39 (2003) 4
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications