We see them everywhere: signs that the old stereotypes about men, women and power remain ingrained in our culture. Where does this leave women today in terms of having and wielding power?
Mary Shapiro, Cynthia Ingols, and Stacy Blake-Beard, all of the Simmons School of Management, ask this question in their article, “Using Power to Influence Outcomes: Does Gender Matter?,” released in the October 2011 issue of the Journal of Management Education (JME).
The authors evaluate sex-role stereotypes and examine the real-life experiences of women with “an exercise that can be used in MBA, executive education, and undergraduate classes, which enables students to explore power, gender dynamics, and the double bind both men and women may face.”
JME Associate Editor Kathy Lund Dean interviewed the authors, who discussed their findings and shared new insights on this important topic. Click here to download the podcast, and click here to subscribe on iTunes.
Stacy Blake-Beard is Associate Professor of Management at the Simmons College School of Management where she teaches organizational behavior. Dr. Blake-Beard’s research focuses on the challenges and opportunities offered by mentoring relationships, with a focus on how these relationships may be changing as a result of increasing workforce diversity. Dr. Blake-Beard has published research on gender, diversity, and mentoring in several publications including Journal of Career Development, Academy of Management Executive, Academy of Management Learning and Education, the Psychology of Women Quarterly, Journal of Management Development, Journal of Business Ethics and The Diversity Factor. She has given seminars for and consulted with a number of organizations on issues of diversity, implementing formal mentoring programs, gender and leadership and team-building.
Cynthia Ingols School of Management (SOM), Simmons College, Boston, MA, directs the internship program for undergraduate and MBA students; teaches courses in Organizational Change and Career Strategies to MBA students; and directs Strategic Leadership for Women, an executive education program with a global reach. Her research on executive education programs has been published in Harvard Business Review, Organizational Dynamics, and Training. Her research work on innovative organizational structures and change was published in the Design Management Journal. She has published articles about careers in Journal of Career Development and Human Resource Development Quarterly. She co-authored two books on career management: Take Charge of Your Career (2005), and A Smart, Easy Guide to Interviewing (2003).
Kathy Lund Dean is professor of management at Idaho State University. She earned her Ph.D. in organizational behavior and ethics from Saint Louis University. For fifteen years she has been active in both the OBTS Teaching Society for Management Educators, where she served on the Board, and the Academy of Management. She’s a founder of the Academy’s Management, Spirituality and Religion (MSR) interest group and in 2010 she served as Program Coordinator for the OBTC Teaching Conference for Management Educators. She continues her engagement with the Journal of Management Education as both an author and as Associate Editor, now in her 10th year. Currently, she’s researching ethics and decision-making among entry-to-mid-level managers, how religious and spiritual disputes in the workplace get resolved, and student disengagement issues. As of July 2012, Kathy will serve as the Board of Trustees Distinguished Chair in Leadership and Ethics at Gustavus Adolphus College.
Mary Shapiro has served for more than 25 years as an Organization Behavior faculty at Simmons College, an executive trainer, and a consultant to public and private companies. She joined the Simmons MBA faculty in 1993, and teaches in their MBA, undergraduate and executive education programs. Shapiro specializes in three areas: team building and leadership, influential communication across diverse stakeholders, and strategic career management. She researches and publishes in the areas of women, their careers, their risk-taking, and their use of power. She co-authored two books, Your Job Interview: An Easy, Smart Guide to Interview Success; and Take Charge of Your Career, which extend an understanding of interviewing and career strategies to include the nuances of gender and many dimensions of diversity. She developed “The Communication Styles Diagnostic,” an online tool that has been used by thousands of managers to improve their effectiveness with individuals and teams.
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