Advancing Gender Reform in Large-scale Organisations: A New Approach for Practitioners and Researchers (255Kb)
Abstract: Gender is now understood as an inbuilt feature of organisations, and gender equity strategies need to consider organisational processes as a key issue. Researchers lack, however, an effective common framework for understanding them. An approach is suggested, used in a recent study of gender patterns in a group of Australian public sector organisations. This study was based on a multi-dimensional theory of gender relations. The concept of an organisational gender regime is defined, and a four-dimensional model for analysing gender regimes is outlined. Details of the research are given, including a method for documenting and describing the gender regimes of particular worksites, and a strategy of careful and collaborative analysis. Practical suggestions are made for organisations undertaking their own gender research, emphasising a conceptual and collaborative approach to organisational gender research.
Citation: Connell, R. 2005. ‘Advancing Gender Reform in Large-scale Organisations: A New Approach for Practitioners and Researchers.’ Policy and Society 24 (4): 1-21.