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Time for Solutions!
Overcoming Gender-related Career Barriers

Edited By

Susan M. Adams

ISBN 9781783537242
Published April 30, 2018 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

Time for Solutions! Overcoming Gender-related Career Barriers shares the who, what and how to reduce gender inequalities in the workplace. Clearly the time is now since inequities are hampering the economy and simply wrong. Who needs to change? And, how? These can be more difficult questions to answer. This book identifies a wide range of issues that need attention and provides direction pertaining to who needs to do what. Gender diversity studies have concentrated on the plight of women which unfortunately still needs consideration. We go beyond the problems of women to see what some in the LGBTQ community are facing and what needs to happen to reduce their barriers. Interestingly, there are a few universal solutions that are not complicated to implement. All it takes is paying attention to individual needs and implementing sociological solutions that create long-term inclusion. Of course, the devil is in the details. Authors of this book provide those details.

Table of Contents

PART I Breaking the Shackles of Gender-related Expectations: Assessing and acknowledging reality

Chapter 1- The Global View of Gender Discrimination in Business: A story of economic exclusion Laurel Steinfield and Linda Scott

Chapter 2- Queer Labor Benjamin Aslinger

Chapter 3- Gendered Perceptions in Healthcare: Overcoming subtle biases Danielle Blanch-Hartigan

PART II Clearing the Path: Recognizing obstacles and opportunities

Chapter 4- Why Inclusion Makes Economic and Cultural Sense: Dissident masculinities in Indian cinema Samir Dayal

Chapter 5- The Labyrinth of Women's Entrepreneurship Linda F. Edelman, Candida G. Brush and Naeimah Alkhurafi

Chapter 6- Women vs. Women: Gender tokenism, indirect aggression and the consequences for career advancement Ciara Morley


PART III Creating Paths for Gender Equality: Overcoming career-threatening obstacles

Chapter 7- Asian Women in Business: The bamboo ceiling Hannah Finn-McMahon and Susan M. Adams

Chapter 8- Being a Pioneer Woman in a Pioneering Company: What are the lessons for organizations today? Lynne E. Devnew

Chapter 9- Sticky Solutions to Career Barriers: Process matters Opal Leung and Susan M. Adams

Chapter 10- Conclusion: Time for solutions! Susan M. Adams

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Susan Adams is the Management Department Chair and Professor at Bentley University. She is Associate Editor of the Journal of Management Inquiry and has co-authored a book entitled Preparing Better Consultants: The Role of Academia. She regularly writes articles in academic and practitioner journals, focusing on careers of women and prominent leaders, organizational change and gender equality, and has won several awards. She earned a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Georgia Institute of Technology, the first woman in her field to do so.


"Susan Adams has produced a fascinating book on gender inequality in the workplace, by pulling together colleagues from different disciplines and covering the topic from various perspectives from the individual to global. There are novel insights into the healthcare sector, gay men in Indian cinema, one woman's reflections on her managerial career in IBM and how women can disadvantage women. Throughout the book the focus is on solutions and the final chapter brings them together in a compelling way. A great read for both academics and practitioners!"

Sue Vinnicombe, Professor of Women and Leadership, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University, UK

"The book gathers compelling analyses and solutions for one of the most important issues of our time: gender inequalities in the workplace. An inspiring and impassioned publication, affirming more than ever that the time for solutions is NOW!" 

Camilla Quental, Associate Professor, Audencia Business School, France

"This stimulating, insightful, and eclectic book provides a treasure trove of solutions to improve gender equity in leadership and the workplace. Strategies for individual, organizational and societal change based on research evidence are discussed in easily accessible language. The time is right for us to implement these strategies now to advance business and society!"

Diana Bilimoria, KeyBank Professor, Chair of the Department of Organizational Behavior, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, USA

"Susan Adams, in developing this collection has done women and organizations a great service. Advancing qualified women in organizations increases performance. Chapter authors identify key barriers women face, review models of potential change, and offer concrete initiatives for bringing advancement. Though difficult we know how to do this. The time is now. Her title is apt."

Ronald J. Burke, Professor Emeritus of Organization Studies, Schulich School of Business,York University, Canada