An Empirical Investigation of Gender Dynamics and Organizational Change

By Babajide Osatuyi, Nancy Steffen-Fluhr, Anatoliy Gruzd and Regina Collins.

Published by The Organization Collection

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With a research focus on understanding and affecting institutional change in a North Eastern University, a faculty publication database was developed to examine gender patterns in publication activities over a period of nine years. Data from this database were used to construct co-authorship networks in which nodes represent tenured/tenure track/research faculty. Hypotheses grounded in literature review of the field and classic social network centrality measures (closeness, eigenvector, and betweeness) are tested on the network to examine collaboration patterns vis-à-vis gender dynamics in the organizational structure. Findings from this study have implications in research and practice. The paper concludes by suggesting how change agents across the country can use network analysis to support the advancement minorities—by gender or race: by giving faculty access to the kind of aerial view of the organizational landscape normally available only to strategically positioned “boundary spanners”—a kind of GPS System for Career Management. Network representation and analysis presents chairs and deans with a more effective tool for identifying problematic characteristics of the units they manage as well as bringing added value to the task of program assessment, allowing changes to be tracked in organizational structure over time.

Keywords: Gender Dynamics, Institutional Change, Collaboration, Social Network

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp.23-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 740.229KB).

Babajide Osatuyi

Graduate Research Assistant, Information Systems Department, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey, USA

Babajide’s research interest area includes decision support systems, emergency response systems, knowledge management, and information and communication technology.

Dr. Nancy Steffen-Fluhr

Associate Professor, ADVANCE PI and Director, the Murray Center for Women in Technology, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Department of Humanities, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey, USA

Steffen-Fluhr’s research explores the relationship between gender and technology as interdependent social constructs, with a special interest in how gender and sex are depicted in U.S. film and television. Her scholarly publications include essays on science fiction writers James Tiptree and H.G. Wells and the classic 1950’s science fiction film Invasion of the Body Snatchers. She has published studies on filmmakers Billy Wilder and Terry Gilliam. Steffen-Fluhr’s most recent writing includes an analysis of the Toys R Us website, a critique of right-wing guru Christina Hoff Sommers, and a study of the disabled male body in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window. Her Women in Technology course includes an extended segment on Lillian Gilbreth, based in part on her conversations with three of Gilbreth’s surviving sons who live in nearby Montclair, NJ and have donated family memorabilia to NJIT’s Women’s Center.

Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd

Assistant Professor, School of Information Management, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Management at Dalhousie University in Canada. He earned his PhD in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and also holds a MS in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University as well as BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from Dnipropetrovsk National University in Ukraine. Dr. Gruzd’s current research includes the development of various automated text mining techniques and visualization tools for uncovering social networks between online participants based on their digital footprints alone. Recently, Dr. Gruzd has been awarded a $161,000 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant to study how online social media and networks are changing the ways scholars disseminate information. Dr. Gruzd is also participating in a $23.2 million NCE collaborative research initiative called the GRAND (Graphics, Animation and New meDia) network.

Regina Collins

Graduate Research Assistant, Information Systems Department, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey, USA

Graduate Research Assistant, Information Systems Department, New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, New Jersey, USA.

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