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Gender and restructuring: managerial roles and identities in the public sector

Thomas, Robyn and Davies, Annette 2002. Gender and restructuring: managerial roles and identities in the public sector. [Project Report]. Economic and Social Research Council. Available at:

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This project examines the extent to which organisational restructuring in the public sector has gender implications. Specifically, the research focuses on the restructuring of managerial roles and identities in three public services, the police, social services and secondary education. Significant changes have taken place in the management structure and processes of public sector organisations throughout the decade, with workforces being redefined and reconstituted. Relatively little research has examined the gendered implications of such change and the way in which processes of redefinition are negotiated, accepted or resisted by male and female professionals. The conceptual framework for the current research is informed by three separate literatures, the feminization thesis, developments in HRM, and marketisation and managerialism. The research methodology will comprise of a questionnaire and case-study analysis. A questionnaire will be distributed to approximately 2000 male and female middle and senior managers/professionals from the three public service organisations. In addition, a case-study analysis of six organisations, two from each of the three public service sectors, will be conducted. The research therefore adopts an inclusive and gendered perspective of restructuring and emphasises the importance of this perspective for the understanding of new public management and the restructuring of public services.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Additional Information: ESRC End Report - award no. R000223078.
Publisher: Economic and Social Research Council
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Last Modified: 10 Oct 2017 14:43

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