Going beyond the male norm in management

Yvonne Billing, University of Copenhagen

13th Mar 2008  02:30 pm - Room 397 Merewether Building

This paper reflects on the continuous comparison of male and female leadership and seeks to explore whether there are alternatives to such gender dualisms. On the basis of interviews with managers in Scandinavia (primarily women), I argue that we need to develop more sophisticated ways of capturing women's experiences. This would require moving beyond simplistic concepts of 'the male norm' and 'organizations are inherently gendered'.

Yvonne Billing is a leading European scholar in the study of gender and organizations. She has co-authored (with Mats Alvesson) influential and much-cited titles such as Gender, Managers and Organizations (1994, de Gruyter) and Understanding Gender and Organizations (1997, Sage). Her current research program focuses on the critical evaluation of gender, management and leadership. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Copenhagen.