Gender, careers and flexibility in consultancies in the UK and the USA: a multi-level relational analysis

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    Abstract

    Management consultants are a core group of knowledge workers, and interest in their work and the organisational environment in which they operate has intensified. However, the role of policies at a national and organisational level in influencing gender regimes in this field of work remains unclear. This paper examines the organisation of careers and flexibility from the perspective of management consultants from the UK and US offices of two case study firms. The findings cast light on the role of macro- and meso-level policies together with the characteristics of the occupation and its client-focus in gendering careers and flexibility. These outcomes point to the need for the structures and policies supporting women and flexible working in these types of firms to be modified accordingly, particularly given that these firms make recommendations to clients nationally and internationally.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)80-90
    JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
    Volume26
    Issue number1
    Early online date14 Jul 2014
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015

    Keywords

    • careers
    • flexibility
    • gender
    • management consultancy
    • segregation

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