Strategic Human Resource Management – Part A - Naïve or Joan of Arc?

Monika Hudson, DM, Keith Hunter, PhD & Richard Johnson, III, PhD
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When do you throw it all away? The first senior female in a male-dominated educational institution decides it all comes down to a question of principle. What is the best balance between her responsibilities to students, family and the next generation of female leaders? Can she both be true to herself and compromise? What factors should influence this decision? This case brings together questions about moral hazard, work/life balance and the inter and intra-personal responsibilities of organizational "tokens". This case study also draws upon the social equity literature and ethical leadership literature within public administration and policy to help frame the discussion. The central issue that this case study addresses is ethical leadership and how responsibility for the same may not always be so clear cut for administrators and managers, particularly those from traditionally under-represented groups.
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