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How Job Sharing Can Lead to More Women Achieving Senior Leadership Roles in Higher Education: A UK Study

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Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Lancaster University Management School, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YX, UK
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Stables and Co Innovation Limited, Windermere LA23 1HQ, UK
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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(7), 209; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8070209
Received: 12 April 2019 / Revised: 13 June 2019 / Accepted: 19 June 2019 / Published: 5 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Women and Leadership in Higher Education)
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Abstract

This article explores the opportunity that job sharing offers as a way of encouraging more women into senior management roles in the higher education sector. There is a scarcity of female leadership representation in the higher education context, in particular a lack of female leadership pipeline. The article examines the underlying influences that limit the representation of women in leadership roles. To address these contextual limitations the process of job sharing is offered as a possible solution for harnessing the skills and talents of women in leadership positions in higher education and enabling the development of a leadership pipeline. To illustrate how such job sharing could occur the article provides a detailed vignette of a job share between two senior women leaders within a single UK university context and the positive impact this had on the organisation, the individuals and their leadership development. This article seeks to make a contribution by exploring how leadership job sharing can occur and sets out some recommendations for the adoption, negotiation and establishment of job share structures in the future. View Full-Text
Keywords: job sharing; leadership; women in higher education; co-constructed autoethnography job sharing; leadership; women in higher education; co-constructed autoethnography
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Watton, E.; Stables, S.; Kempster, S. How Job Sharing Can Lead to More Women Achieving Senior Leadership Roles in Higher Education: A UK Study. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 209.

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