Doctoral thesis

We mean business: discursive practices and collective agency of women's business networks

Defense date2012-05-25

This thesis consists of three articles. The first article is theory-based; it discusses the potential of women's business networks to function as change agents and puts forward a related research agenda. The second is an empirical exploration of a research avenue from the first article. It analyzes the positioning of a Swiss formal women's business network as an advocacy group and its endeavor to form an advocacy network with its 14 corporate partners; the tensions and implications for the agentic potential of this type of network are then discussed. The third article is methodological, and develops a reflection that started with the development of the research design for the empirical paper. It advocates a wider use of linguistics-based tools for discourse analysts in the field of management and organization studies, whether they adopt a critical or postmodern approach in their research.

  • Gender
  • Networks
  • Agency
  • Collective action
  • Advocacy
  • Discourse
  • Linguistics
Citation (ISO format)
VILLESECHE, Florence. We mean business: discursive practices and collective agency of women’s business networks. 2012. doi: 10.13097/archive-ouverte/unige:25192
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