Title

Feminist Theory and Interorganizational Collaboration: An Ethnographic Study of Gendered Tension Management

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-23-2021

Publication Title

Communication Monographs

First page number:

1

Last page number:

19

Abstract

Building on feminist theories in organizational communication, this study investigated gendered tension management strategies in interorganizational collaboration. I analyzed data from a 2-year ethnographic study and semi-structured interviews within a collaboration. Findings showed that collaboration members engaged with gendered discourses across levels of the collaboration, including in tensions related to collaborative structure, professional identities, and goals and outcomes. I proposed that collaborators engage in gendered tension management to indicate how gender and difference, particularly the unspoken cultural norms of white masculinity, constitute collaborations. Tension management prioritized tactical, control-related goals over more holistic, care-related goals. This study brought feminist theorizing into consideration with interorganizational collaboration and found that gendered discourses are implicated in the tension management strategies used by collaborators.

Keywords

Dialectical tensions; Feminist theory; Gender; Interorganizational collaboration; Organizational communication

Disciplines

Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Women's Studies

Language

English

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