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En-gendering notions of leadership for sustainability

Marshall, J (2011) En-gendering notions of leadership for sustainability. Gender, Work and Organization, 18 (3). pp. 263-281. ISSN 0968-6673

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    This article explores the gendering of leadership for sustainability. It first reviews the world of corporate social responsibility, illustrating how men’s voices predominate in shaping discourses and practices. It is appropriate that men with access to power speak out advocating change for sustainability and yet, if this is all that happens, we risk replicating business as usual. To extend the analysis and seek more women’s voices and more images associating gender, leadership and sustainability, the article reviews five novels by women authors addressing environmental issues. This exploration changes the landscape of sense-making, directing attention first to broader society rather than to organizations as the base for constructing notions of sustainability. Taking this approach, themes of social justice, equality, everyday practice, ways of knowing, embodiment and the crafts of fitting in (to nature and society) move to the foreground. These provide cues for an alternatively gendered view of leadership for sustainability.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Gender, Work and Organization
    Uncontrolled Keywords: gender ; leadership ; sustainability ; corporate social responsibility ; fiction
    Subjects: ?? hb ??
    Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Management Learning & Leadership
    ID Code: 45777
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 19:37
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 23 May 2018 00:14
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