Rules of Power for Women: Beware of the top dog!


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Beautiful, new world of work: virtualization, flexibilisation, project work and matrix organization are the hallmarks of modern technology Company, No more suitable district for male performers and top dogs, who benefit from classical hierarchies, one might think. Or is it?

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Why women should deal with rankings

Why deal with such old-fashioned topics as ranking and the possible own positioning in it? Quite simply: not doing it could turn out to be a career-technical mistake for women.

Sociologist Anja Bultemeier, together with research colleagues, has the topic “Structures and rules of the game in modern Company and what they (can) mean for women's careers ”.

Departure from the classic Kaminkarriere

There is therefore a departure from the classic "chimney career". In addition to the management career, there is the project career and less pronounced the specialist career.

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Bultemeier states that women in modern companies have now penetrated horizontally into all areas and are now competing vertically with men for positions. Historically, this is a novelty.

New signs, old patterns of behavior

Whether there is a paradigm shift in the characteristics necessary for a career is more than questionable. The research results show that only the signs have changed, but the goal-oriented behavior has remained the same.

So Bultemeier concludes that in the working practices of modern companies are not the soft factors that are career relevant. Rather, it is about clearly claiming its place in a context that is not free of divergences of interest and conflict

“Companies are not domination-free spaces”

Anja Bultemeier then comes to the exciting conclusion: companies are not rule-free areas. Oh? In detail she says:

“Companies are not domination-free spaces; In order to position themselves publicly in them, 'hard' factors such as determination, courage and assertiveness are also required. A key result of our empirical research is that women avoid positioning themselves publicly and entering into communicative negotiation processes - especially when the culture in the company is characterized by competition. ”

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Study on career requirements in the knowledge economy

Many scientific studies warn that their career strategies do not lead women to the top of their organizations but into a trap. I would like to shed more light on some of these studies here. A study by sociologists at the Technical University Berlin examined the career requirements in the newly structured working world of the knowledge economy for women and men.

One of several inconsistencies that Professorrevealed in Christiane Funken and her team, is shown in the project work, which has become a test of advancement in the knowledge economy.

Cooperation or career

The projects are carried out in interdisciplinary teams whose employees are distributed around the world and whose social and cultural characteristics are very different.

In order to solve a problem for the company quickly and efficiently, cooperation is required. The ability to cooperate, however, collides with the need to be visible in the team to recommend a career advancement.

Almost all project managers are men

Funken can only stand out if he sets himself apart from others, Funken explains: "Women rely heavily on cooperation, men, on the other hand, naturally and primarily on competition" - and climb the top rung of the career ladder.

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Although at least as many women as men work in projects, almost all project managers are men.

Study of the University of Hamburg: Women must believe more strongly in their careers

Since 1986 Sonja Bischoff, Professorin for General Business Administration at the University of Hamburg, the middle management in Germany.

On the fifth study “Who leads in (the) future?” In 2008, almost 370 male and female managers participated. Bischoff is also convinced that managers believe more in their careers and have to work more effectively on them.

Do not women want to lead?

Nearly a third of women do not even consider the idea of ​​a leadership position, compared to just under a fifth of men.

With a higher hierarchical level, the proportion of upward-oriented men is growing. So it seems to continue to apply that men and women are based on different hierarchical systems.

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