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Organizational Change and Gender Equity
International Perspectives on Fathers and Mothers at the Workplace

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October 1999 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
"Organizational Change and Gender Equity wonderfully illuminates the way a national context can impact the many daily balancing acts of working families. Drawing together articles about the US, the UK, Australia, Sweden and Denmark, the editors and authors show us what huge difference it makes what one's government and what one's culture is. This book is must reading for scholars, policy makers, and working parents alike." Arlie Russell Hochschild, University of California, Berkley The historic view of work and family as separate spheres of social life with little effect on each other is no longer valid. Likewise, the traditional roles of men and women in most advanced industrialized societies have changed drastically. Women are becoming as likely as men to be in the paid labor force, even during their early childbearing years, and are often interested in occupying the full range of occupations at all levels of organizational hierarchies. Men are also increasingly more engaged in taking on an active role in family life, especially in developing close relations with children. Social scientists in several countries are now engaged in research which focuses on how companies are changing to help individuals combine work and family roles, in a way that would yield benefits to work organizations, make progress toward the goal of gender equity, and contribute to the well-being of employees and their families. Nineteen of these scholars, representing three continents and a wide range of disciplines, including anthropology, business, economics, education, law, psychology, social work, and sociology, have contributed original chapters to Organizational Change and Gender Equity. While most chapter authors have academic affiliations, most have also been substantially involved in direct work with companies or gender equity and/or work-family issues. The book is divided into three main parts. The first part takes up what is known about mothers and fathers at the workplace, in order to explore problems working parents have that workplace practices and policies can worsen or solve. The second part covers workplace programs and policies relevant to work-family and gender issues in four societies. The last part of the book encompasses case studies of organizations undergoing change. Scholars, researchers, and graduate students in the fields of management, human resources, international studies, family studies, and gender studies will all benefit from the fresh perspectives in Organizational Change and Gender Equity.
 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
Linda Haas, Philip Hwang and Graeme Russell
Introduction
 
PART TWO: FATHERS AND MOTHERS AT THE WORKPLACE
Ellen Galinsky and Jennifer Swanberg
Employed Mothers and Fathers in the United States
Understanding How Work and Family Life Fit Together  
Julia Brannen
Mothers and Fathers in the Workplace
The United Kingdom  
Helen Glezer and Ilene Wolcott
Conflicting Commitments
Working Mothers and Fathers in Australia  
Ulla Björnberg
Equality and Backlash
Family, Gender and Social Policy in Sweden  
 
PART THREE: WORKPLACE POLICIES AND PROGRAMS
Gary Bowen
Workplace Programs and Policies that Address Work-Family and Gender Equity Issues in the United States
Julia Brannen and Sue Lewis
Workplace Programmes and Policies in the United Kingdom
Rohan Squirchuk and Juliet Bourke
From Equal Employment Opportunity to Family-Friendly Policies and Beyond
Gender Equity in Australia  
Linda Haas and Philip Hwang
Programs and Policies Promoting Women's Economic Equality and Men's Sharing of Child Care in Sweden
 
PART FOUR: ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE AND GENDER
Lotte Bailyn, Rhona Rapoport and Joyce Fletcher
Moving Corporations in the US Toward Gender Equity
A Cautionary Tale  
Sue Lewis
Organisational Change and Gender Equity
Case Studies from the United Kingdom  
Graeme Russell and Don Edgar
Organisational Change and Gender Equity
An Australian Case Study  
Yvonne Due Billing
Organizational Cultures, Families and Careers in Scandinavia
Clarissa Kugelberg
Swedish Parents at a Multinational Conglomerate

"The value of this collection is in its recognition of the interrelationship of what are traditionally seen as the separate spheres of work and family. . .a useful contribution." 

Sara Charlesworth
Law & Legal Studies, La Trobe University

The presented case studies on organiszational change and gender equity demonstrate how the interplay of organizational culture, practices and the organisation of work can contribute to gender equity. The authors outline basic principles for the design of organizational development processes towards more gender equity. This was highly valued by our students who work as gender equity officers, consultants and gender experts.

Dr Nadine Pieck
Institut für Interdisziplinäre Arbeitswissenschaft, Leibniz Universität Hannover
January 2, 2013

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