American University of Beirut

A Conversation on Feminist Theory in Organizational Studies



Professor Marta B. Calas - Professor of Organization Studies and International Management in the Department of Management, the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Moderated by Dr. Charlotte Karam, Founding Director of the Center for Inclusive Business and Leadership (CIBL) for Women, and Associate Professor of Management at AUB OSB.


The aim of this session presented by Prof. Marta B Calas is to discuss the overarching topic: ‘what has it been like to be a feminist in a business school, trying for so many years to intervene to change the field, and organization studies in particular? What is it about feminist theorizing - among other critical approaches- that could make these tasks possible? And why does it matter? While it may seem that these are only academic concerns, the consequences of what we do “as knowledge” in our fields could be profound and require examination. As such, there is particular urgency as we observe the increasing contexts of despair, downturn and sociopolitical strife all over the world. To be sure, I express these concerns with humility not intending to provide an answer; rather my wish is to orient us toward hope as we reevaluate together the role of academics in today’s crises.’​

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