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Entrapment Between Narratives: The Millennial Voice and Degendering Organi-zational Resilience
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Urban Studies (US). Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Collaborative Future Making (CFM). Malmö University, Centre for Work Life and Evaluation Studies (CTA).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0721-9411
2021 (English)In: Frontiers in Sustainability, E-ISSN 2673-4524, Vol. 1, p. 1-14, article id 620903Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Covid-19 pandemic pushes organizations to innovate, adapt, and be responsive to new conditions. These demands are exacerbated as organizations respond to the triple sustainability challenge of social and environmental issues alongside economic recovery. These combined factors highlight the need for an inclusive definition of organizational resilience, the increased agility to adapt, learn, and transform to rapidlyshifting external and internal conditions. This paper explores a gendered perspective of organizational resilience and the implications for degendering the concept to incorporate masculine and feminine constructs equally valuable to the theory and practices oforganizational resilience during times of crisis. Viewing the organizational demands of crisis and the expectations of the millennial workforce through the degendering lens elucidates conceptualizations of gender constructions and power that limit inclusivepractices and processes of organizational resilience. Data was used from focus groups of men and women between the ages of 21–35 (millennials) who have experience in the workplace and a shared knowledge of sustainability including social aspects of gender equity and inclusion. The Degendering Organizational Resilience model (DOR) was used for analysis to reveal barriers to inclusive, resilient organizational practices.The data was organized according to the three aspects of the DOR, power structures, gendering practices, and language. A unique contribution of this study is that it explores a cross-cultural gender perspective of organizational resilience focused on a specific cohortgroup, the millennials. Based on the findings three organizational recommendations for practice were identified. These include recommendations for policies and practices that deconstruct inequitable practices and co-create more agile structures, practices, and narratives for sustainable and resilient organizations.

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Frontiers Media S.A., 2021. Vol. 1, p. 1-14, article id 620903
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Organisational resilience, sustainable organisations, millennials, gender, COVID19
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Organisational studies; Sustainable studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-42172DOI: 10.3389/frsus.2020.620903Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85145988167OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-42172DiVA, id: diva2:1554055
Available from: 2021-05-11 Created: 2021-05-11 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved

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