The significance of seniority for women managers' interpretations of organizational restructuring

Authors: Simpson, R., Holley, D. and Woods, A.

Journal: Journal of Managerial Psychology

Volume: 18

Issue: 7-8

Pages: 680-690

ISSN: 0268-3946

DOI: 10.1108/02683940310502386


This paper examines the impact of restructuring within the transport and logistics sector on women managers working at senior and less senior (middle/junior management) levels of the organization. The majority of women experienced increased performance pressures and heavier workloads as well as an increase in working hours. At the same time, there were pressures to work at home (i.e. weekends and evenings) and reduced opportunities to work from home (i.e. during normal office hours). Management level emerged as an important factor in how these changes were interpreted. Senior managers perceived more positive outcomes in terms of increased motivation and loyalty. Despite a longer working week, they were less likely to report low morale as an outcome from long hours. In fact, irrespective of management level, women working shorter hours were more likely to report low morale as an outcome. Results are discussed in relation to literature on restructuring and careers, in terms of perceptual framing and in relation to different levels of investment in the organization.

Source: Scopus