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Managing Scottish Higher and Further Education: a comparison of (re) gendered organisations.

Thomson, Emily and McTavish, D (2007) Managing Scottish Higher and Further Education: a comparison of (re) gendered organisations. Public Management Review, 9 (3). 421 - 433. ISSN 1471 9045

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This article outlines the traditional gendered nature of further and higher education and how this has been challenged by long term developments. The focus on managerialism and competition provides a context for a re-invigorated 'agentic' (associated with masculinity) gendering. Non-executive management in further and higher education is deeply unbalanced in gender terms. Senior management in universities is male dominated but significantly more balanced in colleges. Furthermore, in universities, the career dynamic which privileges research and the gendering of this in favour of males, more than outweighs some new career spaces open to women. In colleges, the 1990s evacuation of many male managers created openings for women but in a particularly tough economic and business environment in which some have suggested that women have been used to bolster an 'agentic' male styled approach to management; others that a more adaptive less stereotypical approach is emerging.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1471 9045
Additional Information: Emily Thomson now of Glasgow Caledonian University
Uncontrolled Keywords: Further education; gender; higher education; new public management;
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 370 Education
Library of Congress Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Item ID: 2143
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 12 May 2008 12:19
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2013 16:14
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/2143

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