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Case Code: BECG150
Case Length: 9 Pages 
Period: 2013 - 2015    
Pub Date: 2017
Teaching Note: Available
Price:Rs.300
Organization : The New York Times
Industry : Media; Newspaper
Countries : US
Themes: Business Ethics/ Gender  / Organizational Behavior  
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What's Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander?

Won the 2015 Dark Side Case Award, presented by the Critical Management Studies division of the Academy of Management (AOM).
 
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INTRODUCTION

 
In 2014, The New York Times (NYT) fired Jill Abramson (Abramson), its executive editor who had served the paper since 1997, and replaced her with the managing editor, Dean Baquet. Eyebrows were raised when the publisher of the company, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., announced Abramson’s departure without giving the exact reasons for the decision. The decision to fire Abramson, the first woman executive editor of the newspaper in its 160-year-old history, led to the company facing accusations of gender disparity coming in from certain quarters. The high profile exit also raised concerns on issues related to women at the workplace and in leadership positions. According to Amanda Bennett, a journalist and author, and former editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, “[W]hatever the facts of Abramson’s departure, it exposed in a raw way the reservoirs of resentment, hurt, and mistrust that women feel at work.” In addition to raising questions on gender disparity, critics contended that the issue highlighted how behavior and management styles that were considered acceptable for men became questionable where women at the workplace were concerned..

 

 
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