Locating gendered work practices: a typology

McKenna, Bernard, Verreynne, Martie-Louise and Waddell, Neal W. (2016) Locating gendered work practices: a typology. International Journal of Manpower, 37 6: 1085-1107. doi:10.1108/IJM-12-2015-0210

Author McKenna, Bernard
Verreynne, Martie-Louise
Waddell, Neal W.
Title Locating gendered work practices: a typology
Journal name International Journal of Manpower   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0143-7720
Publication date 2016-07-19
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1108/IJM-12-2015-0210
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 37
Issue 6
Start page 1085
End page 1107
Total pages 36
Place of publication Bingley, United Kingdom
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose: Unequal workplace gender outcomes continue to motivate research. Using the prism of work-life-(im)balance, we show how identity salience and motivation contribute to a subject position that for many reproduces socially gendered practices of workplaces.

Design/methodology/approach: After initial inductive computer-assisted text analysis, we innovatively move to deductively analyze data from focus group and semi-structured interviews of 18 female and 19 male Australian managers in the financial and government sectors.

Findings: We find that a gendered sense of reflexivity is virtually non-existent among the female Australian managers and professionals interviewed in this research. The inductive stage of critical discourse analysis revealed a substantial difference between men and women in two concepts, responsibility and choice. These form the axes of our typological model to better explain how non-reflexive gendered workplace practices are “performed”.

Practical implications: This empirical research provides a foundation for understanding the role of choice and responsibility in work-home patterns for women.

Originality/value: By not specifically using a gender lens, we have avoided the stereotypical understanding of gendered workplaces.
Keyword Unequal workplace gender outcomes
Socially gendered practices
Gendered workplaces
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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