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Women and Men in Management

Women and Men in Management

Fourth Edition

August 2010 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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The Fourth Edition of Women and Men in Management offers a comprehensive survey and review of the literature on gender and organizations. The text covers a wide range of topics, including employment decisions, work teams, leadership, sexual harassment, workplace romance, career development, work and family, and much more. Powell provides specific research-based strategies for both the individual and the organization to promote an organizational culture of nondiscrimination, diversity, and inclusion.

New to the Fourth Edition

- A new Chapter 1 grounds the book more solidly within the context of workplace issues in the first decade of the 21st century.

- The numerous tables and statistics cited throughout the text have been thoroughly updated.

- Chapters carry more examples as well as greater representation of international issues.

- A new ancillary package with suggested readings, PowerPoints, and discussion questions and activities accompanies the new edition as well.

Foreword - Belle Rose Ragins
1. Sex, Gender, and Work
On the Psychology of Sex

Sex versus Gender

Dimensions of Diversity

Watching Out for Biases

Organization of the Book

2. Yesterday and Today
Girl Power at School, but Not at the Office

The 20th Century: A Century of Change

A Snapshot of the Present

Looking Forward

3. Becoming Women and Men
Boys Mow Lawns, Girls Do Dishes

Sex Differences

Gender Stereotypes

Gender Identity


Nature and Nurture

Gender Socialization

Beyond Gender Stereotypes and Roles

4. Making Employment Decisions (by Laura M. Graves and Gary N. Powell)
Out of Sight Keeps Women in Mind

Self-Selection Decisions

Selection Decisions

Improving Employment Decisions

5. Working in Diverse Teams (by Laura M. Graves and Gary N. Powell)

Lehman Brothers and Sisters

Sex Effects

Sex Similarity Effects

Sex Diversity Effects

The Importance of Situational Factors

Making Mixed-Sex Teams Work

6. Leading People
The Gender and Leadership Wars

Leader Preferences

Leader Stereotypes

Attitudes toward Women as Leaders

Leader Behavior and Effectiveness

Promoting Effective Leadership

7. Dealing with Sexuality in the Workplace
Touching Me, Touching You—at Work

Sexual Harassment

Workplace Romance

Addressing the Intersection of Sexuality and Work

8. Managing the Work-Family Interface
Jennifer’s Story

We Are Family

A Juggling Act

The Meaning of Success

Work-Family Decisions

Being Family-Friendly

Balancing Work and Family

The Rest of Jennifer’s Story

9. Promoting Nondiscrimination, Diversity, and Inclusion
We Love Diversity

Legal Requirements

Business Imperatives

Organizational Actions


My students love this book. It is well written, communicates points clearly, and is informative.

Mary E. Guy
University of Colorado Denver

This is by far the most authoritative text on the subject.

Paula Hooper Mayhew
Fairleigh Dickinson University

This is a comprehensive overview of the topics using American research. I supplement with journal articles from a Canadian perspective.

Dr Linda Cohen
Sociology, Memorial Univ of Newfoundland
May 9, 2014

Thorough text full of data supporting all that is said but in a way that will keep interest of those who know nothing of the issues they may soon face. Distinction between world of a girl in school and a so called girl at work was a major chapter to influence my decision. My students need to be prepared for this reality and difference many have never faced.

Dr Darcelle White
School of Technology Studies, Eastern Michigan University
May 4, 2014

This replaced my prior Powell text. I appreciate that the research is more current. Students love this book, easy to read and usable data that applies to life experiences.

Professor Shelle Poole
Sociology Dept, Boise State University
October 27, 2012

Gary does interesting research that results in relevant and thought provoking articles and books. Many female students want to do a dissertation on women in management and this book provides relevant reading.

Ms Wilma Garvin
Royal Docks Business School, University of East London
October 21, 2012

Clear and concise - focuses on key topics relating to gender in management. A good book to dip in and out of.

Miss Charlotte Jones
Warwick Institute of Education, Warwick University
August 12, 2012

Great resource for the discussion of and learning about gender differences, but I'd need to be teaching a course solely on this issue to make apprpriate use of this book as it is too specific for my "survey course" needs.

Professor Carlie Forbes
Leadership (Social Sciences), Brescia Univ College
June 28, 2012

The topics incorporated into the text are relevant, timely, and well presented. Students need to have this up-to-date knowledge so they can function effectively in the businessworld.

Dr Glenna Meyer
Business Economics Dept, Wesleyan College
March 21, 2012

Thorough, yet short enough for a four week course.

Business Division, Brewton - Parker College
April 10, 2011

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