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"Strategising" and the career development of women : a case study of a department in the Tasmanian Public Service


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Milewicz, Elizabeth Dorothy 1996 , '"Strategising" and the career development of women : a case study of a department in the Tasmanian Public Service', Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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While women form an increasing proportion of the Australian labour market, their
experience of work is often reactive and characterised by 'drift'. To counteract this,
women are advised by an ever increasing number of researchers, consultants and lay
people to engage in long term planning and decision making, in sum, to both think and
act strategically. The opportunity to think strategically, however, may not necessarily
arise and may not necessarily result in the pursuit of particular strategies. The possibility
and opportunity for women to strategise is dependant on their domestic circumstances
both in their responsibilities and the degree of dependence. The way in which the two
intersect affects the possibility of women actively strategising. A typology of such
responses is developed showing that it is only under specific conditions that women will
be able to 'strategise'. Under other conditions their responses may by characterised as
'tactising', 'routinising' or 'feminising'.
This thesis therefore is specifically interested in the effects of domestic
dependancy and responsibility on women's strategising and how this, in turn, affects the
range and variety of strategies which they can pursue. In order to explore the proposed
link between women's domestic arrangements and strategising, the thesis reports results
from a study of a bureaucratic organisation, the Department of Community Services of
the Tasmanian Public Service. Recent reforms have made it a friendly work environment
for women such that, formally, they have the same opportunities as their male
counterparts. However women's opportunity to strategise will be affected by their
domestic circumstances.
The empirical findings from this study are broadly consistent with the theoretical
approach. Women with heavy domestic commitments, find it negatively affects the time
and energy available for work in the public sphere, and respond by 'routinising'. By
contrast, women relatively free of such responsibilities can devote time and effort to their
occupational lives. They are free to engage in a range of 'occupational "strategies"' in
order to be occupationally mobile and to advance their careers.

Item Type: Thesis - Unspecified
Authors/Creators:Milewicz, Elizabeth Dorothy
Keywords: Women in the civil service, Occupational training for women, Women
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Thesis (M.A.)--University of Tasmania, 1997. Includes bibliographical references

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