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Women and Men in Management

Women and Men in Management

Fifth Edition

August 2018 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Examine the evolving roles and experiences of women and men in the global workplace.

In the Fifth Edition of Women and Men in Management, author Gary N. Powell provides a comprehensive survey and review of the literature on gender and organizations. This new edition is more intersectional than ever with expanded coverage of how race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identify and expression, and generational differences intersect with gender in the workplace. Packed with the latest statistics, research, and examples, the text explores important issues like the gender pay gap, stereotypes and biases, sexual harassment in the workplace, work-life balance, and practical strategies for creating inclusive cultures. 

New to this Edition

  • Includes references to nearly 1,000 sources to reflect the growing of research since the last edition from 2010.
  • Includes the latest research and statistics on a wide range of important issues like labor force participation, educational attainment, occupational attainment, and more.
  • Public events and trends since the last edition, such as increased public attention to rampant sexual harassment by corporate executives, have been incorporated.
  • New attention is devoted to issues such as the effect of social media on gender socialization and how tech companies lose women of color during the hiring process. 
Chapter 1: Sex, Gender, and Work
On the Psychology of Sex

Sex and Gender

Dimensions of Diversity

Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination

Watching out for Biases

Organization of the Book


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

Society Prior to the 20th Century

The 20th Century: A Century of Change

The First Half

The Second Half

The 21st Century so Far: A Snapshot of the Present

The Sex Segregation of Occupations

The Sex Gap in Earnings

Looking Forward


Chapter 3. Becoming Women and Men
Gender Wars in the Children’s Aisle

Sex Differences

Children’s Interests and Activities

Adults’ Social Behavior

Gender Stereotypes

Gender Identity

Sexism and Racism

Nature and Nurture

Gender Socialization




Beyond Gender Stereotypes and Roles

Limitations of Gender Stereotypes

Limitations of Gender Roles

What’s Next?


Chapter 4. Making Employment Decisions by Laura M. Graves and Gary N. Powell
How High-Tech Companies Lose Women of Color during the Hiring Process

Self-Selection Decisions

How and When Does Sex Discrimination Occur?

Who Discriminates Against Whom?

Reactions to Jobs

Reactions to Organizations

Job Search Behavior

Selection Decisions

Improving Employment Decisions

Improving Self-Selection Decisions

Improving Selection Decisions


Chapter 5. Working in Diverse Teams by Laura M. Graves and Gary N. Powell
Sex Diversity in the Lab

Sex Effects

Sex Similarity Effects

Sex Diversity Effects

The Importance of Situational Factors

Making Mixed-Sex Teams Work

Proactive Organizations and Team Leaders

Responsible Team Members


Chapter 6. Leading People
Why Women Aren’t CEOs According to Women Who Almost Were

Leader Preferences

Leader Stereotypes

Linkages of Leadership Theories to Gender Stereotypes

Sex Differences in Leader Behavior and Effectiveness

Glass Ceilings

Promoting Effective Leadership


Chapter 7. Dealing With Sexually Oriented Behavior in the Workplace
They Won’t Believe You Anyway—They’re Too Busy With Bro Talk

Sexual Harassment




Workplace Romance




Addressing the Intersection of Sexuality and Work

Sexual Harassment

Workplace Romance

A Personal Postscript


Chapter 8. Managing the Work-Family Interface
Millennials See Paternity Leave as a Priority

What Does it Mean to be “Successful”?

We Are Family

A Juggling Act

Work and Family as Enemies

Work and Family as Allies

Work and Family as Segmented or Integrated

Work-Family Decisions

Decision About Whether to Work Part Time or Full Time

Decision About Whether to Start a Business

Decision About Number of Hours to Devote to Job or Business

Decision About Whether to Have a Voluntary Employment Gap or Take a Parental Leave

Decision About Whether to Retire

When Couples Make Work-Family Decisions

Being Family-Friendly

Family-Friendly Programs

Family-Friendly Culture

Balancing Work and Family


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

Why Promote Nondiscrimination?

Comply With Equal Employment Opportunity Laws

Take Affirmative Action

Avoid or Reduce Costs of Discrimination

Why Promote Diversity?

Why Promote Inclusion?

Organizational Actions

Set and Communicate Goals

Identify and Reward the Right Behavior

Stimulate Employee Involvement

Educate Employees

Implement Cultural Change

Conclusions for the Book


About the Author
About the Contributor

“This is a must-read for students. The information included in the text relates to everyone who has or will be employed in the private or public sector.”

E. Lynn Addison
Brewton-Parker College

“This is text is exceptionally well-written, provides comprehensive coverage of seminal theoretical and empirical work in the field, and one that students consistently enjoy reading and discussing.”

Heather Odle-Dusseau
Gettysburg College

“In a thorough and compact manner, the author has infused this book with a lot of great content.  He supplements it with statistics that I require students to zero in on in every chapter.” 

Darcelle D. White
Eastern Michigan University

“This is an excellent text for both undergraduate and graduate students with many different majors. It has a good balance of theory and practical guidance, without having a distinct social or political “agenda” as is problematic with a number of texts addressing gender. It is very readable and quite affordable for students covering issues that working men and women will face from the beginning to the end of their careers.” 

Mary-Kathryn Zachary
University of West Georgia

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