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Rosabeth M. Kanter

By Michael Wood

Edited by John C. Wood

Routledge – 2012 – 752 pages

Series: Critical Evaluations in Business and Management

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    December 13th 2011


Rosabeth Moss Kanter (b. 1943)—described by The Economist as ‘one of the few women in recent years to have achieved genuine guru status’—introduced the concept of ‘empowerment’ into management thought. She is the subject of this new collection from Routledge’s acclaimed Critical Evaluations in Business and Management series. It brings together in two volumes the best critical assessments of her work. The collection is supplemented with the editors’ expert introduction which places the gathered materials in their historical and intellectual context.


Volume I

1. Warren Bennis, ‘"Owed" to Rosabeth Moss Kanter: Impact on Management Practice’, Academy of Management Executive, 2004, 18, 2.

2. Rosabeth Moss Kanter, ‘The Continuing Relevance of the Drucker Perspective’, Harvard Business Review, 2009, 65, 65–70.

3. Michele Simms ‘Insights from a Management Prophet: Mary Parker Follett on Social Entrepreneurship’, Business and Society Review, 2009, 114, 3, 349–63.

4. Shelley M. MacDermid and Andrea K. Wittenborn, ‘Lessons from Work: Life Research for Developing Human Resources’, Advances in Developing Human Resources, 2007, 9, 556–68.

5. Eve Chiapello and Norman Fairclough, ‘Understanding the New Management Ideology: A Transdisciplinary Contribution from Critical Discourse Analysis and New Sociology of Capitalism’, Discourse Society, 2002, 13, 185–209.

6. Janice D. Yoder, ‘Rethinking Tokenism: Looking Beyond Men and Women of the Corporation and the Change Masters: Practical Theories for Changing Times’, Academy of Management Executive, 2004, 18, 2.

7. Shirley Harkess, ‘Women’s Occupational Experiences in the 1970s: Sociology and Economics’, Signs, 1985, 10, 3, 495–516.

8. Stacy J. Rogers and Elizabeth G. Menaghan, ‘Women’s Persistence in Undergraduate Majors: The Effects of Gender-Disproportionate Representation’, Gender and Society, 1991, 5, 4, 549–64.

9. Rosabeth Moss Kanter, ‘The Impact of Hierarchical Structures on the Work Behavior of Women and Men’, Social Problems, 1976, 23, 4, 415–30.

10. Rosabeth Moss Kanter ‘Some Effects of Proportions on Group Life: Skewed Sex Ratios and Responses to Token Women’, American Journal of Sociology, 1977, 82, 5, 965–90.

11. Christopher Uggen and Elizabeth Chambliss, ‘Men and Women of Elite Law Firms: Reevaluating Kanter’s Legacy’, Law Social Inquiry, 2000, 25, 1, 41–68.

12. Stanley F. Bullington, John Y. Easley, and Allen G. Greenwood, ‘Success Factors in Initiating Versus Maintaining a Quality Improvement Process’, Engineering Management Journal, 2002, 14, 3, 8–14.

13. Sheila M. Smith, ‘The Impact of Structural Empowerment on Project Managers’ Organisational Commitment’, Journal of Business and Economics, 2008, 8, 1, 171–7.

14. Elin Kvande and Bente Rasmussen, ‘Women’s Careers in Static and Dynamic Organisations’, Acta Sociologica, 1995, 38, 115–30.

15. Linda Blum and Vicki Smith, ‘Women’s Mobility in the Corporation: A Critique of the Politics of Optimism’, Signs, 1988, 13, 3, 528–45.

16. William M. Dugger, ‘Classical Economists and the Corporation’, International Journal of Social Economics, 1983, 10, 2, 22–31.

17. Pamela R. Johnson, ‘Brains, Heart and Courage Keys to Empowerment and Self-directed Leadership’, Journal of Managerial Psychology, 1994, 9, 2, 17–21.

18. J. Eric Davies, ‘Strategic Issues in Managing Information and Document Supply in Academic Libraries’, Library Management, 1998, 19, 5, 318–26.

19. Joan Acker, ‘Hierarchies, Jobs, Bodies: A Theory of Gendered Organizations’, Gender and Society, 1990, 4, 2, 139–58.

20. Carol A. Archbold and Dorothy Moses Schulz, ‘Officers’ Promotion Aspirations Making Rank: The Lingering Effects of Tokenism on Female Police Officers’ Promotion Aspirations’, Police Quarterly, 2008, 11, 50–73.

21. Lisa E. Cohen, Joseph P. Broschak, and Heather A. Haveman, ‘And then there were More? The Effect of Organizational Sex Composition on the Hiring and Promotion of Managers’, American Sociological Review, 1998, 63, 5, 711–27.

Volume II

22. Andrew J. Cognard-Black, ‘Will they Stay or Will they Go? Sex-Atypical Work among Token Men who Teach’, Sociological Quarterly, 2004, 45, 1, 113–39.

23. Dominique Beck and Ed Davis, ‘EEO in Senior Management: Women Executives in Westpac’, Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 2005, 43, 2, 273–90.

24. Lisbeth R. Egsmose, ‘How do Anti-Discrimination Policies Work? Initiatives in Older and Younger Television Companies in Denmark and the UK Media’, Culture Society, 2001, 23, 475–93.

25. John R. Hall, ‘Social Organization and Pathways of Commitment: Types of Communal Groups, Rational Choice Theory, and the Kanter Thesis’, American Sociological Review, 1988, 53, 5, 679–92.

26. Lorraine Johnston, ‘Waking Up the Sleeping Giant’: Change Management, Policy Transfer and the Search for Collaboration’, Public Policy and Administration, 2005, 20, 69–89.

27. Paula Mählck, ‘Mapping Gender Differences in Scientific Careers in Social and Bibliometric Space’, Science, Technology, & Human Values, 2001, 26, 2, 167–90.

28. Gail M. McGuire, ‘Gender, Race, and the Shadow Structure: A Study of Informal Networks and Inequality in a Work Organization Source’, Gender and Society, 2002, 16, 3, 303–22.

29. Katherine C. Naff, ‘Subjective vs. Objective Discrimination in Government: Adding to the Picture of Barriers to the Advancement of Women’, Political Research Quarterly, 1995, 48, 3, 535–57.

30. Robert A. Jackson and Meredith A. Newman, ‘Sexual Harassment in the Federal Workplace Revisited: Influences on Sexual Harassment Gender’, Public Administration Review, 2004, 64, 6, 705–18.

31. Stacy J. Rogers and Elizabeth G. Menaghan, ‘Women’s Persistence in Undergraduate Majors: The Effects of Gender-Disproportionate Representation’, Gender and Society, 1991, 5, 4, 549–64.

32. H. Laschinger, J. DeCicco, and M. Kerr, ‘Perceptions of Empowerment and Respect: Effects on Nurses’ Organisational Commitment in Nursing Homes’, Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 2006, 32, 5, 49–56.

33. Ryan A. Smith, ‘Racial Differences in Access to Hierarchical Authority: An Analysis of Change Over Time’, Sociological Quarterly, 1999, 40, 3, 367–95.

34. Rebecca K. Lee, ‘The Organisation as a Gendered Entity’, Columbia Journal of Gender and the Law, 2006, 15, 3, 609–63.

35. Amy S. Wharton, ‘Feminism at Work’, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 2000, 571, 167–82.

36. Sally Ann Davies-Netzley, ‘Women above the Glass Ceiling: Perceptions on Corporate Mobility and Strategies for Success’, Gender and Society, 1998, 12, 3, 339–55.

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