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

Disappearing Acts

Gender, Power, and Relational Practice at Work

Paperback Published: 12th June 2001
ISBN: 9780262561402
Number Of Pages: 182
For Ages: 18+ years old

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With its move from hierarchical to team-based structures and its dismantling of functional barriers, the organization of the future is touted as a radical departure from traditional models. The worker of the future, we are told, must be a collaborative team player, able to give and receive help, empower others, and operate in a world of interdependence. This new worker needs relational skills and emotional intelligence--the ability to work effectively with others and understand the emotional context in which work takes place. Paradoxically, the very skills that give organizations a competitive advantage may be precisely those that prevent individual employees--especially women--from advancing.In this book Joyce K. Fletcher presents a study of female design engineers that has profound implications for attempts to change organizational culture. Her research shows that emotional intelligence and relational behavior often "get disappeared" in practice, not because they are ineffective but because they are associated with the feminine or softer side of work. Even when they are in line with stated goals, these behaviors are viewed as inappropriate to the workplace because they collide with powerful, gender-linked images of good workers and successful organizations. Fletcher describes how this collision of gender and power "disappears" the very behavior that organizations say they need and undermines the possibility of radical change. She shows why the "female advantage" does not seem to be advantaging females or organizations. Finally, she suggests ways that individuals and organizations can make visible the invisible work--and people--critical to organizational competence and transformation.

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"Joyce Fletcher delineates the emotionally supportive, sometimes selfless behaviors that create the social glue that gets tasks done and holds teams, even whole organizations, together. She then shows, with devastating clarity, how organizations ignore and devalue these same behaviors in those crucial moments when rewards and promotions are handed out. This book will open the eyes of those who did not understand these disappearing acts, and it will make those whose contributions have been 'disappeared,' feel - at long last - recognized and appreciated." - Joanne Martin, Fred H. Merrill Professor of Organizational Behavior, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University"

Introduction: Being Invisible and Getting Disappearedp. 1
The Story behind the Storyp. 7
Theoretical Contextp. 21
Methodologyp. 37
Relational Practicep. 47
Disappearing Acts: Gender and Power at Workp. 89
Getting beyond Disappearingp. 113
Notesp. 141
Referencesp. 151
Indexp. 159
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ISBN: 9780262561402
ISBN-10: 0262561409
Series: Disappearing Acts
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 182
Published: 12th June 2001
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.25