A Reflexive Approach to Structural Change

Wroblewski, AngelaORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1233-4409 and Palmén, Rachel (2022) A Reflexive Approach to Structural Change. In: Wroblewski, AngelaORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1233-4409 and Palmén, Rachel, (eds.) Overcoming the Challenge of Structural Change in Research Organisations: A Reflexive Approach to Gender Equality. Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 15-32. https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-80262-119-820221002

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Gender equality plans (GEPs) are currently the preferred approach to initiate structural change towards gender equality in research organisations. In order to achieve structural change, GEPs have to be more than just a formally adopted institutional policy. Effective GEPs lead to a transformation of gendered practices and thus to structural change. This chapter presents the innovative approach developed for an H2020 structural change project and its theoretical background. We argue that due to the dual logic, which characterises academic organisations, the organisational logic and the academic logic, change is a complex endeavour. To deal with this complexity, one of the main functions of a GEP is to provide space and initiate reflexivity at an individual as well as at an institutional level. A theory of change approach supports reflexivity in all stages of a GEP as it ensures that basic assumptions of the institutional change process are questioned and reflected on by the different stakeholder groups involved in the implementation.

Item Type: Book Contribution
Keywords: Gender equality in research and innovation; institutional transformation; gender equality plan; structural change; reflexivity; resistance; theory of change
Research Units: Higher Education Research
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2022 11:35
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2023 15:24
DOI: 10.1108/978-1-80262-119-820221002
ISBN: 978-1-80262-122-8
URI: https://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/6239

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