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Reproduction of ‘Typical’ gender roles in temporary organizations – No surprise for whom?

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25 March 2016 – Milan, Italy – A new resource has been added to the PM World Library related to gender roles in temporary organizations such as projects. The new resource is titled “Reproduction of ‘Typical’ gender roles in temporary organizations - No surprise for whom?”

160325 - Setiawan - Reproduction IMAGEProjects, as temporary organization, have unique features distinguished them from permanent organizations. Due to their flatter structures, more decentralized decision making, and higher employee autonomy, projects have been argued to be more gender-neutral than permanent organizations and to offer more employment and promotion to women. Yet still, gender oriented studies underline that men predominantly conduct and manage project-based work.

This study shows that (in)congruency between gender and project roles evokes similar mechanism in both permanent and temporary system. Using project citizenship behavior (PCB), a cross sectional study was conducted with 241 project managers and workers participating. The research reveals that though the enactment of PCB does not vary by gender, the relationship of PCB with its outcome does: men and women were clearly rewarded differently depending on the gender congruency of their project roles.

To access this new resource, go to, “P/PM Applications” section, click on “Women in Project Management”. Must be a registered member to access.

Posted by: Anton Setiawan