Gender Issues: Proposing New Paradigms

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The skewed sex ratio within organizations has given rise to multiple problems at both, the personal and organizational level. Though organizations are attempting to smoothen the work environment by introduction of policies and measures, there is still a hue and cry over inequality and gender equity. To be able to understand the issues faced by men and women within the organization we followed a two step process: focus group discussions which were followed by questionnaire development, administration and analysis. We conducted the study in the IT and ITeS sector as the number of women employees is comparatively higher in this sector when compared to other sectors.Our findings reveal that the oft-discussed differences arise primarily because of the differing perceptions of men and women. Organizations need to create a healthy work environment in which building capabilities and competencies together with developing right perception through sensitization of members across genders will reduce differences and discrepancies, if any.

Keywords: Gender, Perception, Mixed Sex Teams and Same Sex Teams, Competency and Inequality
Stream: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Prof. Asha Kaul

Associate Professor, Communications Area, Indian Institute of Management
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

I am working in the Communications Area at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India. I teach courses on oral communication and presentation skills, written analysis of cases and leadership through a reading of literature and have written three books in the area of Communications and Presentation Skills and edited one book on Managerial Communications. I am currently working in the area of Gender, Influence and Politeness.

Anurag Dutta

Associate Consultant, A T Kearney

Anurag Dutta is a B-Tech, Computers from NIT Calicut, India with 22 months work experience in Infosys, Bangalore. He was a student of PGDM, Ahmedabad, India from 2006 - 2008. Gender communication is one of his many areas of interest.

Ramnish Gaikwad

Associate Consultant, TSMG, Mumbai

Ramnis Gaikwad is BE Computers from VJTI, Mumbai, India with 22 months work experience in TCS, Mumbai. He was a student of PGDM, Ahmedabad, India from 2006 - 2008. Gender communication is one of his many areas of interest.

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