An empirical study of the applicability of the ghetto thesis to secretarial work in Australia and New Zealand

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Maguire, Heather. Parry, Ken and Nooriafshar, Mehryar (ed.) 1996. An empirical study of the applicability of the ghetto thesis to secretarial work in Australia and New Zealand. Toowoomba, Australia. University of Southern Queensland.
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An empirical study of the applicability of the ghetto thesis to secretarial work in Australia and New Zealand

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AuthorMaguire, Heather
EditorsParry, Ken and Nooriafshar, Mehryar
Volume6
Page Range1-31
Number of Pages31
SeriesManagement Papers
Year1996
PublisherUniversity of Southern Queensland
Place of PublicationToowoomba, Australia
ISSN1036-2290
Abstract

In recent years, innovations in office technology combined with organisational restructuring have demonstrated the potential to alter traditional perceptions of secretarial work as a 'female ghetto' occupation. This paper reports the findings of a study of secretarial work in Australia and New Zealand. The study investigated secretarial work from both labour market and organisational perspectives in order to assess the current status of this type of work. The findings indicate that secretarial work has progressed out of its traditional 'ghetto' status in respect to autonomy, pay and working conditions. However, in respect to promotional opportunities and stereotyped gender attributes, the 'ghettoised' nature of the occupation is still evident.

Keywordsghetto thesis; secretarial work; dual labour market
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350710. Organisational behaviour
440599. Gender studies not elsewhere classified
350503. Human resources management
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Journal TitleManagement Papers: Reviewed Research Publications
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