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Introduction to the Handbook of Research Methods on Gender and Management

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The motivation for this Handbook is to provide an essential resource for researchersin gender and management, and for those in other fields of study including adulteducation, leadership, culture, media and politics. Gender and management researchis challenging, conducted in a wide range of geographical and organisational contexts,approached from individual, organisational and social levels of analysis. In thisHandbook, contributing authors are unified in understanding gender as a complex,dynamic, socially constructed phenomenon, (re)created through processes and practicesthat maintain difference. This understanding brings attention to the ongoing‘doing’ of gender, and how it is socially situated in our everyday practice, includingin organisational and workplace contexts. Typically focused upon deeply embeddedsocial issues and structural inequalities, gender and management research is concernedto make these issues and inequalities explicit within a particular socio-culturaland political context, and to provide understandings of how and why they persist inorder to inform action for change. Gender and management scholars therefore requirea repertoire of methodologies and methods capable of getting under the surface ofeveryday discourses, practices and processes, organisational routines and systems toaccess how gender organises, shapes, operates and influences. Evidencing the broadreach and fundamental importance of gender and management research, contributorsto the Handbook are internationally diverse and draw on multiple disciplines in theirresearch. These include management; leadership; organisation studies; public administration;sport; critical policy; entrepreneurship; accounting; sociology; culturalstudies; adult education; ethics; philosophy; human resource development; mediastudies; and science and technology studies.The Handbook encompasses methodologies and methods that probe, exploreand unearth gendered behaviours, interactions, systems, processes and practices.These include methods and approaches rarely utilised in gender and managementresearch such as oral history, institutional ethnography, and quantitative methods formining large volumes of data. Our categorisation of chapters emphasising either theautoethnographic, practical, critical or methodological acknowledges a primary focalpoint in each of the studies. However, we recognise that this is by no means a perfectcategorisation and that the chapters, reflective of the multiplicity of gender andmanagement research, may easily span different categories. Nonetheless, we hopethis categorisation, and the acknowledgement of their interconnections, is helpful inrecognising how gender and management research cannot work in isolation from thebroader socio-cultural context, but must continually strive to challenge, question andcall to account the wider systems in which we work and live

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Author(s): Stead V, Elliott C, Mavin S

Editor(s): Stead, V; Elliott, C; Mavin, S;

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Handbook of Research Methods on Gender and Management

Year: 2021

Pages: 1-10

Print publication date: 14/09/2021

Online publication date: 13/09/2021

Acceptance date: 09/09/2020

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing


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ISBN: 978178897792