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Eve on Top - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781843344957, 9781780631608

Eve on Top

1st Edition

Women’s Experience of Success in the Public Sector

Authors: David Baker Bernadette Casey
eBook ISBN: 9781780631608
Paperback ISBN: 9781843344957
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 25th November 2010
Page Count: 284
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Eve on Top takes an in-depth look at the position of women in senior positions in the public sector using a case-study approach, based on ten ‘successful’ women and their background, upbringing, career progression, successes and failures, challenges and experiences. Each case study includes a ‘lessons learned’ response in the form of advice both to other women, and the organisations in which they work. Surrounding and supporting the case studies are short essays charting the main themes that emerge from the interview process, backed up by extensive literature reviews. The book also compares relevant public sectors in different parts of the world and concludes with several case studies.

Key Features

  • Summarises the commonality and the diversity of the challenges and issues
  • Provides an analysis of the factors that help and hinder women in reaching the top positions
  • Provides solutions suggested by detailed analysis of real-life experiences

Table of Contents

Women at the top (or not): History, background, issues and themes; Methodology: An explanation and a critique; Characteristics of the women in the study; Exploring and experiencing ‘success’; Career progression and planning; Mentoring, role models and networking; Gender; Barriers and obstacles; Barriers and obstacles; Sacrifices, gains, balances and choices; Domestic considerations; Working harder? Leadership and management styles; Advice to men; Advice to women; Summary and conclusion.


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About the Authors

David Baker

David Baker has published widely in the field of Library and Information Studies, with 20 monographs and over 100 articles to his credit. He has spoken worldwide at numerous conferences and led workshops and seminars. His other key professional interest and expertise has been in the field of human resources, where he has also been active in major national projects. He has held senior positions at several institutions, including as Principal and Chief Executive of Plymouth Marjon University, and Emeritus Professor of Strategic Information Management. He has also been Deputy Chair of the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). Until recently, he was a member of the Board of Governors of the Universities of Northampton and South Wales. He is Chair of the Board of the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. He is a leader in the field of Library and Information Science.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, Plymouth Marjon University, Plymouth, United Kingdom; Director, David Baker Consulting, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Bernadette Casey

Bernadette Casey left school at 16 and was married with a child by the age of 19. Balancing the domestic with a desire for knowledge, she went on to further and higher education as a mature student, gaining an Honours degree in Sociology and Politics from Plymouth Polytechnic in 1978, an MA from the University of Manchester in 1979 and a PhD, also from Manchester in 1987. She has taught in adult and Higher Education since 1980. Bernadette Casey is now Dean of the School of Culture, Communication and Society at University of St Mark & St John.

Affiliations and Expertise

University College Plymouth St Mark & St John, UK

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