Theoretical Traditions and the Modeling of Sexual Harassment within Organizations: The Military as Data

51 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2008

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John Sibley Butler

University of Texas at Austin - Red McCombs School of Business

James M. Schmidtke

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: December 12, 2008

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to examine issues of sexual harassment within the context of military organizations. Three theoretical traditions are brought together to explain the dynamics of sexual harassment. The organizational model (which emphasizes structure), socio-cultural model (which emphasizes the traditional sex role socialization of men and women) and the attraction model (which emphasizes the natural attraction of men and women for relationship creation) are juxtaposed with literature driven independent variables. Our conclusion suggests that all models make a contribution to the understanding of sexual harassment. The paper also suggests which behaviors organizations can be proactive about as well as those that are difficult to manage.

Keywords: sexual harassment military organizations

JEL Classification: I00, J20, J29, J70, J71, J79

Suggested Citation

Butler, John Sibley and Schmidtke, James M., Theoretical Traditions and the Modeling of Sexual Harassment within Organizations: The Military as Data (December 12, 2008). McCombs Research Paper Series No. OSSM-05-08. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1315371 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1315371

John Sibley Butler (Contact Author)

University of Texas at Austin - Red McCombs School of Business ( email )

Austin, TX 78712
United States

James M. Schmidtke

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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