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Organization, Gender & Diversity

Organizations are shaped by processes, structures, norms, symbolic practices and daily routines which are strongly patterned through the distinction between male and female and masculinity and femininity and are therefore inherently gendered (Joan Acker, 1990). As a consequence, we still observe today – despite anti-discrimination laws and gender mainstreaming efforts – (i) a strong gendered work segregation in professions, with e.g. only a few women in high prestigious Science, Engineering and Technology professions, (ii) class ceiling effects, with only a few women in top management positions, and (iii) a severe gender pay gap with women being paid significantly less for the same jobs and performance.

In this research area we are interested in unveiling the different dimensions of gendered organization that result in explicit and implicit barriers to equality between men and women in organizations. Furthermore, with an increasingly diverse workforce, accordingly comes the consideration for the effects of intertwined social categories beyond gender, like class and ethnic background. These effects become visible in complex, multi-layered social practices and relationships within everyday organizational life. Our research contributes to a better understanding of how these practices and unconscious biases disadvantage females and minorities in their career and how organizations can respond effectively.

Detailed information about our projects and collaboration partners can be found here:

  • DREAMS (in preparation, 2013-2016): Discourses on Rationality and Emotionality enActed in Management and economicS.  In cooperation with Sigrid Schmitz, University of Vienna.
  • DK Gender, Agency and Violence (in preparation, 2014-2016): in cooperation with colleagues of the University of Vienna.
  • Female Biography Analysis: Identity Constructions in Male-dominated vs. Female-dominated Professions (2013-2017). Herta Firnberg position, funded by the Austrian Research Fund FWF (Proj. No. T556-G17) Details here
  • RIDDLES – Research Intersectional Dynamics while Doing Engineering and Sciences (2012-1015): Dissertation Project. (Details here)
  • Leaky Pipeline (2010-2013): A study on the horizontal and vertical gender segregation at the TU Vienna. Commissioned by the Rectorate of TU Vienna. (Details here)