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Changing agents of change in neoliberally framed organizations

Sheeba Asirvatham (Department of Management Studies, Woosong University, Daejeon, Republic of Korea)
Maria Humphries (School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand)

Gender in Management

ISSN: 1754-2413

Article publication date: 25 January 2019

Issue publication date: 21 February 2019




This paper aims to invite reflection and action among scholars of gender in management to the shaping and meeting of commitments to universal justice.


In total, 12 women employed as senior scholars in public universities in Aotearoa New Zealand were invited to discuss their career experiences. An observed disjuncture between radical feminist analyses of their career experiences and their liberal feminist responses to issues arising for them prompted reflection on a wider disjuncture in the shaping of justice wherever neoliberal directives prevail, generating this paper’s activist call to integrity between analyses and practice among scholars as agents of change.


Implications drawn from the conversations with participants vindicated earlier critiques of diversity management under the conditions of neoliberalism when accommodating damaging social outcomes and systemic compliance is morally compromising.


Exploring accommodation of system preserving career strategies of scholars claiming commitment to justice is an evocative and original call to scholarly activism.



Asirvatham, S. and Humphries, M. (2019), "Changing agents of change in neoliberally framed organizations", Gender in Management, Vol. 34 No. 1, pp. 45-58.



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