Transnational business masculinities : media representations of gender and management in global mining corporations

Pini, Barbara, Mayes, Robyn, & McDonald, Paula K. (2010) Transnational business masculinities : media representations of gender and management in global mining corporations. In Proceedings of The Gender, Work and Organisation Conference 2010, University of Keele, Staffordshire.


This paper examines Australian media representations of the male managers of two global mining corporations, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton. These organizations are transnational (or multinational) corporations with assets and/or operations across national boundaries (Dunning and Lundan, 2008), and indeed their respective Chief Executive Officers, Tom Albanese and Marius Kloppers are two of the most economically (and arguably politically) powerful in the world overseeing 37 000 and 39 000 employees internationally. With a 2008 profit of US$15.962 billion and assets of US$ 75.889 Billion BHP Billiton is the world's largest mining company. In terms of its profits and assets Rio Tinto ranks fourth in the world, but with operations in six countries (mainly Canada and Australia) and a 2008 profit of US$10.3 billion it is also emblematic of the transnational in that its ‘budget is larger than that of all but a few nations’ (Giddens, 2003, p. 62).

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ID Code: 38830
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Transnational Business, Masculinities, Media Representations , Gender, Mining
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business and Management not elsewhere classified (150399)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 24 Nov 2010 23:31
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2014 23:44

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