Refining the Concept of Political Will: A Gender Perspective

Doldor, E, Anderson, Deirdre and Vinnicombe, S (2013) Refining the Concept of Political Will: A Gender Perspective. British Journal of Management, 24 (3). pp. 414-427. ISSN 10453172

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While politics are known to be prevalent at managerial levels, there is currently little insight into what drives managers to engage in organizational politics and whether there are gender differences in this respect. In the current study we explore the concept of political will by using a qualitative approach based on 14 semi-structured interviews with managers (five men and nine women) in a global semiconductor company. We identify key dimensions of managerial political will consisting of three attitudinal ambivalences: functional, ethical and emotional. We also examine gender differences along these dimensions and discuss managers' political will in the context of a masculine organizational setting. We conclude by discussing the theoretical and practical implications of the findings and further research directions. © 2012 British Academy of Management.

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Keywords:political will, gender in management, managerial practice
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:29771
Deposited On:14 Nov 2018 11:55

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