Managing without power : gender relationships in the story of human evolution / R. Meredith Belbin.

by Belbin, R. MLooking glass.

Publisher: Oxford : Butterworth-Heinemann, 2001.Description: xvii,204 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.ISBN: 075065192X.Subject(s): Man-woman relationshipsLooking glass | Power (Social sciences)Looking glass | Sex differences -- History | Sex role -- HistoryLooking glass | Sexual division of laborLooking glassNote: Bibliography: pages 195-197. - Includes index.
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Meredith Belbin, best known for his work on teams, now considers the way in which continuing evolution has produced distinct patterns of behaviour for men and women. Examination of the key stages in the history of homo sapiens reveals * how very early human society was regulated not through power but by organic balance, so allowing women to play a vital role in the community * why women lost their hold over men as more populous and structured societies became dominated by aggressive warriors seeking territorial expansion * how natural selection within competing empires favoured the survival of able professionals and compliant slaves, so diversifying the behavioural roles to which humans were genetically disposed * how, in the present era, power has lost its biological utility as human evolution slowed, and technological evolution favoured the emancipation of women with its premium on communication skills *how in this changing scenario, as women have recovered their status and influence, social progress has brought in its wake a new set of cross-gender problems. Penetrating, original and provocative this book offers suggestions on how men and women can come to terms with their genetic heritage, so restoring much needed balance to business organizations and to the community at large.

Bibliography: pages 195-197. - Includes index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface (p. vii)
  • Introduction (p. xiii)
  • Part 1 The Age of Respect (p. 1)
  • Preview (p. 1)
  • 1 In the beginning (p. 3)
  • 2 Echoes of the past (p. 18)
  • 3 The Great Migration (p. 37)
  • Part 2 The Age of Power (p. 51)
  • Preview (p. 51)
  • 4 The fall of Eve (p. 53)
  • 5 Advance of the Conqueror (p. 66)
  • 6 Problems for Rulers (p. 75)
  • 7 The inefficiencies of Power (p. 85)
  • Part 3 The Age of Accommodation (p. 91)
  • Preview (p. 91)
  • 8 A change of focus (p. 93)
  • 9 The resurrection of Eve (p. 100)
  • 10 The genetic legacy (p. 108)
  • 11 Gender relationships (p. 131)
  • 12 A changing culture (p. 146)
  • 13 A question of Leadership (p. 154)
  • 14 Two modes of management (p. 160)
  • 15 A final note on the relationship between genetic archetypes and team roles (p. 169)
  • Appendices (p. 177)
  • Appendix I Commentary on cartoon themes (p. 177)
  • Appendix II Portraits of the prime genetic archetypes (p. 182)
  • Appendix III From Equality to Mutuality Action (p. 191)
  • Background reading (p. 195)
  • Index (p. 199)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Dr R. Meredith Belbin, obtained his first and higher degree at Cambridge University. Later, in a research, lecturing or consulting capacity, he has visited and worked in many countries. In 1988 he founded Belbin Associates