The “Good Manager”: Did androgyny fare better in the 1980s?

  • Powell G
  • Butterfield D
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The study replicated our earlier study (Powell & Butterfield, 1979) of the applicability of the androgyny concept to management and reanalyzed that data using a revised Bem Se-Role Inventory. Reanalysis of our earlier data showed that the good manager was described as more androgynous and less masculine on the revised instrument than on the original instrument. However, the good manager was described as more masculine and less androgyinous by some groups in newer sample as compared with their counterparts in the earlier sample. Overall, despite considerable increase in the proportion of women managers, male and female undergraduate and part-time graduate business students continued to describe the "good manager" as masculine rather than androgynous. Implications of the resutls for theory, practice, and training ad development are discussed.

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  • Gary N. Powell

  • D. Anthony Butterfield

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