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Title: Organisational Characteristics That Facilitate Gender-Based Violence and Harassment in Higher Education?
Author: O'Connor, Pat  
Hodgins, Margaret  
Woods, Dorian R.
Wallwaey, Elisa  
Palmen, Rachel  
van den Brink, Marieke  
Kalpazidou Schmidt, Evanthia  
Others: University of Limerick
University College Dublin
National University of Ireland
Radboud University
Frauhofer ISI
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3)
Aarhus University
Keywords: gender-based violence and harassment
organisational approach
higher education
male dominated hierarchical structures
gender incompetent leadership
neoliberal managerialism
Issue Date: 22-Nov-2021
Publisher: MDPI AG
Citation: O’Connor, P. [Pat], Hodgins, M. [Margaret], Woods, D. R [Dorian R.], Wallwaey, E. [Elisa], Palmen, R. [Rachel], Brink, M. [Marieke Van Den] & Kalpazidou Schmidt, E. [Evanthia]. 2021. Organisational Characteristics That Facilitate Gender-Based Violence and Harassment in Higher Education? Administrative Sciences 11(4), 138. doi: 10.3390/admsci11040138
Published in: Administrative Sciences;11
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Abstract: Gender-based violence and sexual harassment (GBVH) by and towards academics and students has been under-theorised at an organisational level in higher education institutions (HEIs). The methodology involves a critical review of the literature on GBVH and organizational responses to it, locating it in the context of an analysis of organizational power. The theoretical perspective involves a focus on power and workplace bullying. It identifies three power-related characteristics of academic environments which it is suggested facilitate GBVH: their male-dominant hierarchical character; their neoliberal managerialist ethos and gender/intersectional incompetent leadership which perpetuates male entitlement and toxic masculinities. These characteristics also inhibit tackling GBVH by depicting it as an individual problem, encouraging informal coping and militating against the prosecution of perpetrators. Initiating a discussion and action at organizational and state levels about GBVH as a power-related phenomenon, challenging the dominant neo-liberal ethos and the hierarchical character of HEIs, as well as reducing their male dominance and increasing the gender competence of those in positions of power are seen as initial steps in tackling the problem.
Language: English
ISSN: 2076-3387MIAR
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