Women at Work

Women at Work

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For courses in Women in Business and Women in Management courses.

Offering valuable insight and expertise from a wide range of contributing authors, this progressive and informative study offers a candid examination of women and the barriers they face as they enter the 21st Century workforce environment-providing students with a foundation for exploring the "glass ceiling," analyzing women's experiences in the workplace, and identifying strategies for managing successful career. Sharing the personal struggles and achievements of some of today's most inspiring and powerful professional women business leaders, it addresses numerous issues, including the inequity that characterizes many work environments, the challenges confronting women in their quest for advancement, and the reality that women's abilities and experiences bring a unique addition to the organizational workforce in the new millennium and beyond.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 180.34 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 408.23g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0130955442
  • 9780130955449
  • 2,171,769

Table of contents


Interview with a Leader, Betsy Cohen, Chairman & CEO, Jefferson Banks.
Interview with a Leader, Carol Bartz, CEO, Autodesk.
1. The Glass Ceiling: An Introduction, Dayle M. Smith, University of San Francisco.

A Historical Perspective. The Glass Ceiling. Barriers to Advancement. Organizational Gains and Losses.

2. Gender and Communication,Dayle M. Smith and Arthur H. Bell, both of the University of San Francisco.

How Women Tend to Communicate in Business. Characteristics Associated with Gender Communication Patterns.

3. Gender and Leadership Style,Dayle M. Smith and Arthur H. Bell, both of the University of San Francisco.

Leadership Style: Does Gender Make a Difference? A Feminist Perspective. Leading from the Center. New Paradigms for Exploring Leadership Style. Women as Leaders in a New Century.


Interview with a Leader, Judy Rose, Division I Athletic Director, UNC-Charlotte.
Interview with a Leader, Ann Spector Lief, CEO and President, Specs Music.
4. Gender Role Development: From Childhood to Professional Life, Alissa Hauser, Resourceful Woman, and Emilie Zaslow, Columbia University.

Gender Development Theories. Societal Influence. Workplace Implications.

5. Beyond Gender: The Experience of Women of Color, Marilyn Kern-Foxworth, APR.

The African American Experience. The Latino Perspective. Asian American Women. Native American Women. Comparing Privilege. Women of Color and Corporate Change.

6. Disempowerment in Organizations, Kathleen Kane, University of San Francisco, and Kathleen Montgomery, University of California-Irvine.

Psychological Empowerment. Triggers of Disempowerment. Responses to Polluting Events. Outcomes to Disempowerment. Differences in Perception. Collective Disempowerment and Organizational Climates. Implications for Women in Management.

7. Law and Gender in Management, Ann Levy, Michigan State University.

The Legal System and Discrimination Laws. Title VII (Gender Discrimination, Disparate Treatment, Sexual Harassment, Affirmative Action, Comparable Worth). Equality Pay Act. Family and Medical Leave Act.


Interview with a Leader, Joan Fujii, Senior EVP, Human Resources Cost Plus World Market, Inc.
Interview with a Leader, Linda Glick, Chief Information Officer, Levi Strauss.
8. Career Path, Networking and Mentoring, Ellen A. Fagenson-Eland, George Mason University, and Gayle Baugh, University of West Florida.

Career Progression. Career Path Obstacles. Women's Career Development Theory. Strategies for Success. Networking and Gender Composition. Network Range. Mentoring: The Mentor and Protege. Women as Mentors.

9. Managing Work/Life,Cynthia A. Thompson, Baruch College, and Laura L. Beauvais, University of Rhode Island.

What Is Work-Life Balance? Work-Family Conflicts. Organizational Responses. Barriers to Promoting Balanced Workplaces. Overcoming Organizational Barriers. The Role of Public Policy.

10. Women Working Abroad: International Dimensions, Peggy K. Takahashi, University of San Francisco.

International Women Managers-The Trend. Western Women in Asia. Women Managers in Western Culture. International Career Dimensions. Key Success Factors for International Experiences. Understanding the Myths. How to Prepare.

11. The Entrepreneur Alternative, Deborah Carr, University of Michigan.

Trends in Self-Employment. Who Becomes an Entrepreneur? Why Women Form Businesses. Clearing the Hurdles of Business Ownership. Getting Started: What Women Entrepreneurs Must Know.


Interview with a Leader, JoAnne Heffeman-Heisen, CIO, Johnson & Johnson, Inc.
Interview with a Leader, Margot Fraser, President, Birkenstock.
12. Professional Women as Change Agents, Debra E. Meyerson, Simmons College, and Kathleen M. Merrill, University of Michigan.

Tempered Radicalism as a Strategy for Change. Challenging and Changing Entrenched Norms.

13. Lessons from the Trenches, Dayle M. Smith, University of San Francisco.

Meeting Women at Work: Role Models for the Next Century. Greatest Challenges, Greatest Weaknesses, Greatest Strengths. Sharing Advice: Kim Plese, Founder & CEO, Marimba, Inc.; Gail Omahana, Senior Partner, Landan, Omahana & Cathy Hughes, Founder & CEO, Landmark Systems; Christina Morgan, Managing Director, Investment Bankin, Hambrick & Quist; Bettye Martin Musham, President, Gear Holdings; Dale Hardin, President, Charlotte Pepsi-Cola Battlers; Pamela Lopkar, CEO, QAD, Inc.; Marcy Syms, CEO, Syms, Inc.; Gail Kauff, Senior Directing Partner, Jacoby & Myers, Inc.; Carol Atwood, President, TMG. Concluding Thoughts.
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