Gender diversification in the U.S. Forest Service: Does it still matter?

Brown, Greg, Harris, Chuck and Squirrell, Trevor (2010) Gender diversification in the U.S. Forest Service: Does it still matter?. Review of Public Personnel Administration, 30 3: 268-300. doi:10.1177/0734371X10368219

Author Brown, Greg
Harris, Chuck
Squirrell, Trevor
Title Gender diversification in the U.S. Forest Service: Does it still matter?
Journal name Review of Public Personnel Administration   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0734-371X
Publication date 2010-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0734371X10368219
Volume 30
Issue 3
Start page 268
End page 300
Total pages 33
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, U. S. A.
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
Abstract The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has historically provided a useful model for understanding administrative behavior and organizational change. In 1990 and 1996, nationwide studies of USFS employees were conducted to evaluate the emergence of a new resource management paradigm and to examine the role of workforce diversification, especially gender, in contributing to organizational change. In 2008, a new survey of Forest Service employees was conducted to measure what changes have occurred over the last decade. More than a decade later, workforce diversification continues to evoke powerful negative and positive attitudinal responses among USFS employees. Larger organizational issues, especially reduced program budgets and a reduction in workforce, have stalled agency diversification efforts, reducing opportunities for women to enter leadership roles. The authors’ analysis suggests that the USFS is operating from a “discrimination-and-fairness” organizational diversity paradigm rather than a “valuing-and-integrating” paradigm, which will ultimately limit the benefits purported to accrue from workforce diversification. Copyright © 2011 by SAGE Publications
Keyword Workforce diversity
Organizational change
Employee attitudes
Forest Service
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Publications
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