Women, Work and Empowerment

Navigating the Workplace Labyrinth

By Kathryn Cañas, Harris Sondak

© 2016 – Routledge

224 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780415533348
pub: 2016-04-30

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About the Book

Women, Work and Empowerment extends the labyrinth metaphor first described by Eagly and Carli to help readers understand the complexities associated with women’s career paths.

The book explores workplace barriers, as well as the organizational knowledge and communication strategies required to navigate the labyrinth successfully to achieve one’s goals. With a blend of theory and practice, the book:

  • argues for a new organizational model where gender difference is recognized and respected, rather than ignored
  • encourages a shift in how women are viewed in the workplace
  • equips women with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the challenges they face in the workplace

Incorporating both case studies and exercises, this book encourages students to think about the issues at hand, and to develop the skills necessary to empower themselves and the women in their organizations to shape their careers. Students in organizational behavior or gender studies courses will find this book a valuable resource.

Table of Contents

Part I: From Glass Ceiling to Labyrinth 1. Introduction 2. Significance of a Paradigm Shift 3. Evolution of Metaphors of 'Women and Work' 4. Dimensions of the Labyrinth Metaphor Part II: Labyrinth as Transformative 5. Gender, Communication and Persuasion 6. Gender and Leadership 7. Gender and Negotiation 8. Gender and Social Capital 9. Gender and Family 10. Gender and the Organizational Structure Part III: Conclusion 11. Implications and Future Directions

About the Authors

Kathryn A. Cañas is an associate professor in the Department of Management at the University of Utah, USA.

Harris Sondak is a professor in the Department of Management at the University of Utah, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Careers / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Workplace Culture
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies