How are leadership and management gendered?
Leadership and management remain highly gendered. The differential relations of women and men to leadership and management are a key question for both theory and practice. A new publication “Women, Management and Leadership – Naiset ja johtajuus” enlightens this issue in the Finnish context as well as in Scotland, Russia and Middle East.
Liisa Husu, Jeff Hearn, Anna-Maija Lämsä & Sinikka Vanhala (2011)(eds) Women, Management and Leadership - Naiset ja johtajuus. Helsinki: Hanken School of Economics.
From the editors:
Leadership without the full participation of women not only excludes women individually and collectively, but is also a huge waste of talent, knowledge and expertise. And crucially, given the current state of society and the world, this aspect of gender inequality is likely to become even more important in the future.
NASTA - Women’s Leadership: A Research and Education Development Project was established in 2005 as a national multi-university project mainly and generously funded by Finnish Ministry of Education. The project aims at producing new knowledge and increasing understanding about women’s leadership, as well as promoting women’s leadership through research, development of teaching, and public outreach. NASTA is a joint effort of three Finnish universities – Hanken School of Economics, University of Jyväskylä School of Business and Economics, and the Helsinki School of Economics (now part of Aalto University) – and has been coordinated by Hanken. This report presents research and activities conducted within and around the project.
NASTA activities have been many and various. They have examined the position and experiences of women in relation to leadership, management, organisation and work more generally. They have sought new knowledge about gender and leadership, on women leaders’ values, attitudes and behaviour, as well as about values, attitudes and behaviour in relation to women’s leadership. NASTA activities have included teaching, student supervision, research theses, research projects, publishing, networking, seminars, meetings, an international conference, and knowledge transfer into other sectors of society.
The first section of the book introduces NASTA joint projects, including web-based teaching material, a survey of gender staffing and teaching on gender in business schools, critical review of previous research literature, and new empirical research. The next section includes research articles on different aspects of gender, leadership and manage¬¬ment from more individual projects conducted by participating researchers and research groups linked to NASTA across the three universities. The final section includes short presentations of other research in progress. The appendix lists publications by NASTA members – journal articles, research reports, books, chapters, journal special issues, popular journal articles, magazine articles - and masters, licentiate and doctoral theses that have been produced.
These matters of women, leadership and management are not simply academic concerns but urgent matters for practice, organisations, management, policy, and society more generally.
Liisa Husu, Jeff Hearn, Anna-Maija Lämsä & Sinikka Vanhala (2011)(eds) Women, Management and Leadership - Naiset ja johtajuus [PDF]. Helsinki: Hanken School of Economics.
Liisa Husu, Jeff Hearn, Anna-Maija Lämsä & Sinikka Vanhala (2010)(eds) Leadership through the Gender Lens: Women and Men in Organisations [PDF] Helsinki: Hanken School of Economics