Gender Cage - revisited: Reconfiguration of organizational Gender Differences in postmodern societies

Project Details

Financing body

Swiss National Science Foundation

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

Austrian Science Fund


The basic transformation of modern industrial societies includes a change of gender relationships. Our project focuses on organizations which are in the center stage of these developments. They do not only play a major role in producing the ¿rational myths¿ of hierarchy, rather they also participate in the ¿de-thematization¿ of gender hierarchies. To further investigate inner organizational interpretations and transformations of societal expectations, a new observation and analysis tool will be developed. It is assumed that the dynamic of societal expectations ¿ that are reflected in the reconstruction of gender regimes ¿ as well as the dynamic of necessary organizational transformations (to fulfill their functions), proves to be a catalyst for the modification of gender relations in organizations. Thus, our research refers to the strategies and practices organizations apply in order to deal with societal pressure for equality. Based on a multi-level-analysis and a mixed method approach (including qualitative and quantitative methods) various types of organizations will be analyzed. The aim of this analysis is to identify changes in gender relationships along the lines of gender differences and (formal) hierarchy, and to compare the country specific results from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Effective start/end date2/04/131/02/17

Collaborative partners

  • Vienna University of Economics and Business (lead)
  • Fachhochschule Nordhausen (Project partner)
  • Hochschule Wirtschaft; Institut für Personalmanagment und Organisation (Project partner)
  • Institut für Soziologie, Philipps-Universität Marburg (Project partner)
  • Vlerick Business School - Ghent (Project partner)
  • Edeltraud Ranftl, Institut für Soziologie, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz (Project partner)
  • Roswitha Hofmann, uebergrenzendenken - Forschung und wissenschaftliche Beratung (Project partner)

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (OEFOS)

  • 506009 Organisation theory
  • 504014 Gender studies