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Title: The significance of seniority for women managers’ interpretations of organizational restructuring
Authors: Simpson, R
Holley, D
Woods, A
Keywords: Restructuring
Gender
Management level
Morale
Publication Date: 2003
Publisher: Emerald
Citation: Journal of Managerial Psychology. 18(7): 680-690
Abstract: This paper examines the impact of restructuring within the transport and logistics sector on women managers working at senior and less senior (middle/junior management) levels of the organization. The majority of women experienced increased performance pressures and heavier workloads as well as an increase in working hours. At the same time, there were pressures to work at home (i.e. week-ends and evenings) and reduced opportunities to work from home (i.e. during normal office hours). Management level emerged as an important factor in how these changes were interpreted. Senior managers perceived more positive outcomes in terms of increased motivation and loyalty. Despite a longer working week, they were less likely to report low morale as an outcome from long hours. In fact, irrespective of management level, women working shorter hours were more likely to report low morale as an outcome. Results are discussed in relation to literature on restructuring and careers, in terms of perceptual framing and in relation to different levels of investment in the organization.
URI: http://bura.brunel.ac.uk/handle/2438/3800
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/02683940310502386
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