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Case
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Reference no. 9B11C014
Published by: Ivey Publishing
Originally published in: 2011
Version: 2011-06-08
Length: 16 pages
Data source: Field research

Abstract

Office romance has challenged sexual mores at work. Under the prevailing norms of 40 years ago, a workplace affair meant a semi-clandestine liaison between a male executive (married or unmarried) and a female secretary or low-level assistant. Over the past few decades, sexual mores have become more flexible, and office romances are more likely to be out in the open. This case provides six real-life examples of office romance. In each case, students have an opportunity to consider how well the parties to the romance have conducted a romance in a business context and what leaders could have done to manage the situation.
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Office romance has challenged sexual mores at work. Under the prevailing norms of 40 years ago, a workplace affair meant a semi-clandestine liaison between a male executive (married or unmarried) and a female secretary or low-level assistant. Over the past few decades, sexual mores have become more flexible, and office romances are more likely to be out in the open. This case provides six real-life examples of office romance. In each case, students have an opportunity to consider how well the parties to the romance have conducted a romance in a business context and what leaders could have done to manage the situation.

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