Document Type

Conference Paper


Barrett (2004, 2009) found senior women managers and female management students evaluated the effectiveness and probability of some workplace communication strategies differently according to the gender of the speaker. This study compares male students results to those for women students and managers. Male management students are closer to female management students than managers in how they evaluate the strategies effectiveness and probability. They also reject some stereotypically male approaches to dilemmas, seeing them as more effective for women. These results reflect recent changes to workplace language ideology, though to a limited extent: male management students still believe that using very feminine strategies holds more penalties for men than for women. Limitations and further research possibilities are discussed.