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Restoring the order: gender segregation as an obstacle to organisational development
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
2002 (English)In: Applied Ergonomics, ISSN 0003-6870, E-ISSN 1872-9126, Vol. 33, no 6, 549-557 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper raises questions about the links between gender and organisational changes. The empirical base for the discussion is a qualitative study of the effects of organisational changes in the pulp and paper industry, the electronics industry, the food industry and the laundry industry in Sweden during the mid-1990s. At the studied companies, restoration responses in the work organisations brought the organisation back into its original form and function. The study shows that gender exerts an influence both on the existing work organisation and in the organisational change. The modern organisation, with its focus on integration and decentralisation, challenges the gender order, which is a strong system, built on segregation and hierarchy. The conclusion from the study is that gender segregating and stereotypic gender-coding of workplaces and work tasks were strong restoring mechanisms and obstacles to strategic organisational changes.

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2002. Vol. 33, no 6, 549-557 p.
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Industrial Work Environment
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-9587DOI: 10.1016/S0003-6870(02)00043-1Local ID: 83c2cee0-e9bb-11db-b9a9-000ea68e967bOAI: diva2:982525

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