Managing Scottish higher and further education: a comparison of (re)gendered organizations

Duncan McTavish, Emily Thomson

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This article outlines the traditional gendered nature of further and higher education and how this has been challenged by long term developments. The focus on managerialism and competition provides a context for a re-invigorated 'agentic' (associated with masculinity) gendering. Non-executive management in further and higher education is deeply unbalanced in gender terms. Senior management in universities is male dominated but significantly more balanced in colleges. Furthermore, in universities, the career dynamic which privileges research and the gendering of this in favour of males, more than outweighs some new career spaces open to women. In colleges, the 1990s evacuation of many male managers created openings for women but in a particularly tough economic and business environment in which some have suggested that women have been used to bolster an 'agentic' male styled approach to management; others that a more adaptive less stereotypical approach is emerging.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPublic Management Review
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2007


  • new public management
  • higher education
  • gender
  • further education


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