PhD Thesis | Gendered flexible working practices: negotiating time and work in two UK asset finance organisations
The thesis explored how gender was embedded in flexible working practices in two UK asset finance organisations. Drawing on feminist theories of time and work, the study deconstructed how employees negotiated flexible working practices both inside the organisation and in the home. The research asked how gender affected employees’ access to flexible working practices and how the characteristics of the finance culture shaped their experiences of flexible working.
This qualitative study analysed produced during 26 interviews with employees from two UK based asset finance companies. The data was interpreted through a conceptual framework which incorporated feminist social theories of negotiation, time and the ideal worker. The thesis argued that gender was embedded in the way employees negotiated their flexible working practices, where negotiations were informed by masculine constructions of time and work, which were normalised within the asset finance culture.
The research was supervised by Dr Lynne Pettinger (Sociology) and Prof Clare Lyonette (Institute of Employment Research) at The University of Warwick.
Research grants and awards
Faculty of Business and Economics 3rd Year PhD Scholarship| £450 | Gender, Work and Organisation Conference 2018
Major Projects Association (MPA) PhD Grant | £500 | Gender Balance Initiative 2015
ESRC PhD Studentship | University of Warwick DTC | 2014 - 2018