Gender and Work

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Gender and Work in a Global World
Regardless of the reasons, men and women certainly are different, and if those differences are made clear within a particular culture, those same differences become ever more striking between cultures. The different ways that different cultures handle the two genders makes working across cultures a challenge to members of either gender, but especially so for women, who, in many cultures, are traditionally ascribed a subordinate position in the workplace. These challenges have grown dramatically as organizations have increased their global operations over the last two decades, and have been acutely felt by male and female managers and the organizations they work for. Individual women managers have had to struggle to find ways to be effective in cultures where their authority and credibility are not automatic, and organizations have had to cope with developing strategies and policies to handle these challenges effectively and fairly. Predictably, individual behaviors and organizational policies have both helped to change but also reinforce some of the difficulties. Let's look at some of the current issues:
It's Getting More Global Everyday:
Working with people in different cultures is simply not as unique a situation as it was ten or twenty years ago. While the degree to which cultures adapt to one another's differences is an argument that anthropologists and historians debate, there is no doubt that in the global business environment there simply is more familiarity with "others" today than there was even just a few years ago. This means that the female American manager working in, say Japan, today, will have a very different experience from the female American manager who went to Japan twenty years ago. This is NOT a statement on whether or not Japanese or American values, belief systems, etc. have changed (that remains…...

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