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Visibly Different from the Academic Norm: An Appreciation of the Scholarship and Friendship of Professor Ruth Simpson

Lewis, Patricia (2017) Visibly Different from the Academic Norm: An Appreciation of the Scholarship and Friendship of Professor Ruth Simpson. Gender in Management: An International Journal, 32 (7). pp. 476-487. ISSN 1754-2413. (doi:10.1108/GM-05-2017-0057) (KAR id:63404)

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Purpose - Professor Ruth Simpson has been a key contributor to the field of Gender and Organization Studies (GOS) over the past 25 years. She has influenced debates on women in management, the gender of management education, masculinity and management and the “doing” of gender in organizational life. In this paper I review our joint work – informed by a poststructuralist feminist perspective – which considers the complex struggles around normativity in relation to management and entrepreneurship.

Design/Methodology/approach – This review is based on a consideration of four pieces of work completed between 2005 and 2012 including (Simpson and Lewis, 2005, 2007) and (Lewis and Simpson, 2010, 2012)

Findings - Drawing on the concepts of voice and visibility, the research examines how the ability to exemplify the norm in relation to management and entrepreneurship must be constantly secured and how processes of inclusion and exclusion in relation to the norm are characterised by relentless agitation and turmoil.

Originality/value – We develop the conceptual framework of the (In)visibility Vortex as a means of connecting the individual to organizational processes, discourses and cultural norms.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1108/GM-05-2017-0057
Uncontrolled keywords: poststructuralist feminism, voice, visibility, invisibility, normativity
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Leadership and Management
Depositing User: Patricia Lewis
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2017 08:51 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 01:28 UTC
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