Women Staff in Business Schools: An Exploratory Study

Victoria Management School Working Paper No. 9-11

27 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2012

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Deborah Jones

Victoria University of Wellington - Victoria Management School

Amanda Reilly

Victoria University of Wellington - School of Accounting and Commercial Law

Jayne Krisjanous

Victoria University of Wellington

Carla Rey Vasquez

Victoria University of Wellington

Date Written: January 4, 2012

Abstract

This paper presents the findings of a study which aimed to identify equity issues in the working lives of women staff in a New Zealand university business school. A participatory action research methodology was adopted which includes several stages. This paper reports on the first two: focus groups and a survey. The findings suggest that over-work and lack of community are key issues. Some women feel disadvantaged in relation to male colleagues, while others reject this notion. The paper links challenges in carrying out the research to the findings themselves. Distinctive features of the project are the emphasis on overall quality of work life and the inclusion of all women staff (general/professional and academic).

Keywords: women, universities, academic staff, professional staff, equal opportunities, chilly climate, participatory action research

Suggested Citation

Jones, Deborah and Reilly, Amanda and Krisjanous, Jayne and Rey Vasquez, Carla, Women Staff in Business Schools: An Exploratory Study (January 4, 2012). Victoria Management School Working Paper No. 9-11. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1979806

Deborah Jones (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington - Victoria Management School ( email )

PO Box 600
Wellington
New Zealand

Amanda Reilly

Victoria University of Wellington - School of Accounting and Commercial Law ( email )

P.O. Box 600
Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

Jayne Krisjanous

Victoria University of Wellington ( email )

P.O. Box 600
Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

Carla Rey Vasquez

Victoria University of Wellington ( email )

P.O. Box 600
Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

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