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Perspectives on gender inclusion at work: case of a British police service.

Perspectives on gender inclusion at work: case of a British police service.

Linton, Kenisha (2017) Perspectives on gender inclusion at work: case of a British police service. In: Academy of Management Conference, 4-8 August 2017, Atlanta, USA. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Policing is labelled as a 'gendered' occupation (Davies and Thomas, 2008; Westmarland, 2001) and its gendered organisational practices work to the disadvantage of women (Martin and Jurik, 2006). This paper explores employee perspectives on gender diversity and inclusion in the London Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). The empirical evidence in this research shows that employees perceive the work systems and processes in the MPS as favouring the masculine police archetype. Female officers are generally confined to the boundaries of femininity but at the same time they are expected to behave like a 'model employee', which involves assimilating the masculine police archetype. The experiences of most female respondents depict the gendered division of labour (Davies and Thomas, 2008; Westmarland, 2001) that is linked to the business case, and which underpins the access-and-legitimacy perspective on workforce diversity (Dass and Parker, 1999; Ely and Thomas, 2001). Implications for practice and future research are considered.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gender; diversity perspectives; police
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour
Last Modified: 31 May 2017 13:37
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: GREAT a
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/17156

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