An Outside-Inside Evolution in Gender and Professional Work

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dc.contributor.author Ramarajan, Lakshmi
dc.contributor.author McGinn, Kathleen L.
dc.contributor.author Kolb, Deborah
dc.date.accessioned 2012-12-06T17:29:37Z
dc.date.issued 2012-12-06
dc.identifier.citation Ramarajan, Lakshmi, Kathleen McGinn, and Deborah Kolb. "An Outside-Inside Evolution in Gender and Professional Work." Harvard Business School Working Paper, No. 13–051, November 2012. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:10007888
dc.description.abstract We study the process by which a professional service firm reshaped its activities and beliefs over nearly two decades as it adapted to shifts in the social discourse regarding gender and work. Analyzing archival data from the firm over eighteen years and representations of gender and work from the business press over the corresponding two decades, we find that the firm internalized the broader social discourse through iterated cycles of analysis and action, punctuated by evolving beliefs about gender and work. Outside experts and shifting social understandings played pivotal roles in changing beliefs and activities inside the firm. We conclude with an internalization model depicting organizational adaptation to evolving social institutions. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dash.license OAP
dc.subject Gender en_US
dc.subject professional service firms en_US
dc.subject social institutions en_US
dc.subject organizational learning en_US
dc.title An Outside-Inside Evolution in Gender and Professional Work en_US
dc.type Research Paper or Report en_US
dc.description.version Author's Original en_US
dc.relation.journal Harvard Business School working paper # 13-051 en_US
dash.depositing.author McGinn, Kathleen L.
dc.date.available 2012-12-06T17:29:37Z

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