The female style of management and its likely impact on traditional working practices in the future is the main theme of the conference which Cranfield School of Management is hosting with Management Today.
The female manager has never had it so good. Never before have women played such a significant role in the UK economy; never before have companies shown such awareness of the business advantages of less male-dominated organisational structures; and never before have programmes such as Opportunity 2000 existed to place the advancement of women at the top of corporations' HR agendas.
Yet only 10% of British managers - and less than 1% of all UK board directors - are female. A case of so far and no further?
To explore these and related issues, Cranfield School of Management together with Management Today is hosting Women in Management, a conference to be chaired by Dame Rennie Fritchie, recently chair of the NHS Policy Board, South West Regional Health Authority. Glenda Jackson MP will give the keynote address, and others speakers will include Sheila McKechnie, director of the Consumers' Association; British Telecoms' Patricia Vaz, the 1995 Business Woman of the Year; Liz Forgan, formerly managing director, BBC network radio; and Dr Susan Vinnicombe, dean of Cranfield School of Management.
Speakers will analyse the female style of management and its likely impact on more traditional working practices in the future. Senior businesswomen will give case histories of the obstacles they have had to overcome to reach their current positions - and detail how they overcame them. Speakers from the UK and overseas will also examine the lessons British executives could profitably learn from female managers in foreign firms.
Conference delegates will have every opportunity throughout the day to debate and interact with the speakers and other delegates.
The programme will be of equal interest to women managers, to those who wish to develop their own potential to the full, and to those who want to bring on and develop their female managers.
Women in Management is to be held on Tuesday 9 July at the Church House Conference Centre, Westminster, price £350 + VAT. Various discounts are applicable for academics, group and early bookings. For further details, please call Gillian Tyler on 0171-413 4116 or fax on 0171-413 4486.