Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 16, Issue 9, pp 933–942

Save the Males: Backlash in Organizations

  • Ronald J. Burke
  • Susan Black

DOI: 10.1023/A:1017991421416

Cite this article as:
Burke, R.J. & Black, S. Journal of Business Ethics (1997) 16: 933. doi:10.1023/A:1017991421416


This paper reviews the literature on male backlash in organizations, proposing a research agenda. It defines backlash, examines its causes and manifestations, who is likely to exhibit it, and offers suggestions for addressing backlash. Backlash may be on the increase in organizations and society at large. Current efforts to weaken or remove the legislative support for employment equity initiatives are one sign of this.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald J. Burke
    • 1
  • Susan Black
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Administrative StudiesYork UniversityNew YorkCanada

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