Gendered Inclusion in Leadership and Managerial Roles

Event Date: 23 October 2017

Cranfield Management Research Institute
Building 38
Cranfield School of Management
Cranfield
MK43 0AL

Middlesex University Business School, Middlesex University presents:

Gendered Inclusion in Contemporary Organisations

Seminar 4: Gendered Inclusion in Leadership and Managerial Roles

To advance debates concerned with gender inequality in contemporary organizations, this seminar series argues for a shift in how we theorise and understand the persistence and experience of ongoing discrimination. Specifically, the series calls for a move away from explanations based on an assumption of exclusion (underpinned materially and symbolically by a masculine norm) towards a focus on critically scrutinising the way in which women and men are included in organizations today.

Seminar 4 will explore the extent and conditions of the gendered inclusion in leadership and managerial positions. While the scarcity of women in senior leadership positions is regularly lamented, there have been recent initiatives to get women in senior positions and management posts. This seminar will critically explore how women are included in those senior leadership positions. We will look at how women narrate their stories when they ascend to top leadership positions, how and under which conditions women are included, how ‘acceptable’ femininities are constructed in organisations and the ways in which this inclusion may create new exclusion and inequalities.

Speakers include:

– Professor Yvonne Benschop, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
– Professor Yvonne Due Billing, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
– Dr Elaine Swan, University of Sussex, UK
– Dr Scarlett Brown, King’s College London, Grant Thornton, UK
– Dr Jill Armstrong, University of Cambridge, UK
– Ms Heide Baumann, Liberty Global, Chatham House, University of Cambridge, UK

Organisers: The seminar series is organised by Dr Maria Adamson (Middlesex), Prof. Elisabeth Kelan (Cranfield), Dr Patricia Lewis (Kent), Prof. Nick Rumens (Portsmouth), Prof. Martyna Sliwa (Essex).

Programme:

Professor Yvonne Benschop (Radboud University, The Netherlands) – Multiple Femininities in Leadership?

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Dr Scarlett Brown (King’s College London, Grant Thornton, UK) – New Girls’ Networks and Handbag Clubs: Gendered Networking Practices on the Route to the Boardroom

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Dr Jill Armstrong (Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, UK) – Quiet Ambition: How career women influence their daughters’ ambition

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Heide Baumann (University of Cambridge, UK) – Stories of women at the top – narratives and counter-narratives of women’s (non-)representation in executive leadership

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Professor Yvonne Due Billing (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) – Gendered Expectations, Accountability and Leadership Roles

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