Disappearing Acts: Gender, Power, and Relational Practice at by Joyce K. Fletcher

By Joyce K. Fletcher

Chosen as a finalist within the George R. Terry e-book Award awarded via the Academy of administration for impressive contribution to the development of administration knowledge.

With its movement from hierarchical to team-based constructions and its dismantling of practical obstacles, the association of the longer term is touted as an intensive departure from conventional versions. the employee of the longer term, we're informed, needs to be a collaborative group participant, capable of provide and obtain support, empower others, and function in a global of interdependence. This new employee wishes relational talents and emotional intelligence—the skill to paintings successfully with others and comprehend the emotional context during which paintings occurs. mockingly, the very talents that supply businesses a aggressive virtue should be accurately those who hinder person employees—especially women—from advancing.

during this ebook Joyce okay. Fletcher provides a learn of woman layout engineers that has profound implications for makes an attempt to alter organizational tradition. Her examine indicates that emotional intelligence and relational habit frequently "get disappeared" in perform, now not simply because they're useless yet simply because they're linked to the female or softer facet of labor. even if they're based on acknowledged pursuits, those behaviors are considered as beside the point to the office simply because they collide with robust, gender-linked photographs of excellent staff and winning agencies. Fletcher describes how this collision of gender and tool "disappears" the very habit that corporations say they wish and undermines the potential for radical switch. She indicates why the "female virtue" doesn't appear to be advantaging adult females or corporations. eventually, she indicates ways in which contributors and companies could make noticeable the invisible work—and people—critical to organizational competence and transformation.

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The shadowing of the seventh, who was in manufacturing design, was aborted after two hours because my presence on the shop floor was so intrusive that note taking was impossible. The Nature of the Shadowing In contacting each engineer to arrange the shadowing I explained that I wanted to explore how work gets done in this environment and that I was particularly interested in the experience of people who did not fit the stereotype of a white male engineer. Probably because each was aware that others had been shadowed by different members of the research team for other aspects of the project, my request seemed to need little explanation.

As a result, introductions were rarely necessary. Rather, I experienced being acknowledged warmly, with some joking as to who was the ‘‘lucky’’ person being shadowed. Even when there were people whom I had not met, their nonverbal cues indicated that most knew I was a member of a research team, one of the ‘‘Ladies from the Ford Foundation,’’ as we came to be known. I arrived for the shadowing at 7:30 each morning and went directly to the engineer’s cubicle to wait for her. Most arrived sometime around 8:00 and were thrust immediately into activity or interaction of some sort.

It had to do with understanding an exercise of power that was covert and unobtrusive, where people behaved in a certain way, not because they were forced by ‘‘A’’ to do so, but because it seemed like the right, or only reasonable, thing to do. 11 Poststructuralists focus on the unobtrusive, systemic exercise of power and how dominant groups determine meanings. ’’ 12 It is a research perspective that calls attention to the power of conventional wisdom. Rather than accepting that certain truths are self-evident, it asks how these truths came to be self-evident.

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