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Gender on the agenda 2: unlearning gender blindness in management education

Sharon Mavin (Associate Dean Research at the Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
Patricia Bryans (Principal Lecturer in Corporate Development, at the Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
Teresa Waring (Senior Lecturer at the Newcastle upon Tyne Business School, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)

Women in Management Review

ISSN: 0964-9425

Article publication date: 1 September 2004

Abstract

This paper argues that UK business and management schools continue to operate a gender blind approach (or at best gender neutral) to management education, research and the development of management theory. This echoes a pattern repeated in the practice of management, which closes down and inhibits opportunities for management to be “done differently” and for organizations to be different. Our aim in this paper is to critically scrutinise and enable a consciousness raising in ourselves and our audience by highlighting what we understand as gender blindness within management, management research and education. However, the issue of whether this gender blindness results from “not seeing”, “being unaware”, “suppressing gender” or “gender defensiveness” remains problematic. We conclude with a call for an “unlearning” and a “rethinking” of gender blind management education and provide some examples of how this might be achieved.

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Mavin, S., Bryans, P. and Waring, T. (2004), "Gender on the agenda 2: unlearning gender blindness in management education", Women in Management Review, Vol. 19 No. 6, pp. 293-303. https://doi.org/10.1108/09649420410555060

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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