ERIC Number: ED231069
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Sex Equity in Organization Development: Numbers and Processes.
Gall, Joyce P.
To investigate whether the proportion of males to females employed as educational organizational development (OD) practitioners is equitable, sex distribution data from three recent sources are presented in female-male ratios, in categories that define the available talent pool for educational leadership, educational leadership positions, and OD practitioners. Examination of the available talent pool shows that, based on sex equity, at least one in every two or three of the top administrative and research positions in educational leadership should be held by females. In fact, the data reveal the ratios of women to men to be 1 to 50 in superintendency positions, 1 to 6 or 7 in top administrative and research positions, and 1 to 6 in OD. The study also explores the view that traditional applications of the OD process that encourage participants being open to, and influenced by, feedback, as well as supporting others, may actually inhibit rather than promote sex equity. Citing Rosabeth Moss Kantor, who has pointed out that most women in organizations would benefit more from deemphasizing these behaviors and moving toward more active self-determination, effective competition, and individual striving, the report summarizes Kantor's specific suggestions to promote sex equity among both OD practitioners and their clients. (MLF)
Descriptors: Administrators, College Faculty, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Higher Education, Leadership, Occupational Surveys, Organizational Development, Professors, Ratios (Mathematics), Research and Development Centers, Sex Differences, Sex Fairness, State Departments of Education, Superintendents, Women Faculty
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Presented at the Annual Conference for Facilitators of Organization Development in Education (3rd, Eugene, OR, February 1979).