Summary Analysis of Gender Disparity in Restaurant Management

Summary Analysis of Gender Disparity in Restaurant Management



Gender discrimination is still a thorn in the flesh of many organizations in Australia. This paper in an effort to bring social exclusiveness and discrimination into perspective, explains its findings about role assignments in Flower Drum Restaurant: A leading restaurant in Asian and Chinese cuisine.

Objectives of the study

The objective of the study was to demonstrate how gender and power is being harnessed to drive restaurant business to success and to establish the criteria used to recruit man power in hotelier industries and role assignments

In order to achieve the aforesaid objectives, an inventory of job description with regards to gender was established and the findings recorded.

Methods and procedure

This was an observation and correlational study of gender lanes, customs and practises in Flower Drum Restaurant. The yardstick was based on communication and interpersonal skills of the restaurant owner, attendants and top brass management.

Data collection was mainly through observation and occasional video recording of the proceedings at flower drum restaurant.

Besides use of observatory skills to collect data, face interview of a top manager was also employed to understand the nitty-gritty of modus operandi of the Flower Drum Restaurant.


The following observation of social behaviour within and around Flower Drum Restaurant was recorded.

The restaurant is chiefly patronised by young couples, gender disparity in terms of job allocation and responsibility was quite evident. Females were mainly assigned attending duties while their male counter parts had supervisory and management roles such as cashiers, and guards.

Another eye catching observation was the fact that males were the first to be served with book order before their female counter parts. It should be noted that the attendants were mainly females. Finally, that there was a general trend of females ordering healthier meals while their partners (males) ordering heavy meals.

Discussion of results

The paper findings echoes sentiments of past studies conducted by Coles (2008, p.133) in which he is of the view that supervision support and emotions account for disparities in role assignments at work place. According to him females are objects subject to supervision whereas males are better decision makers and proponents of change. Crampton (2006, p.30) fortifies the aforementioned claims by describing women as home makers and this explains the origin of personal life and marital status during interviews.

Concept of self (Accessing others in terms of role taking, social and financial status) partly explains males being offered the menu first. They are the providers hence will settle bill.

The misapprehension that males earn more compared to their female counter part adds credence to the aforesaid.

The difference in diet is explained by the fact that modern lady is conscious of keeping fit and in shape while the males are more interested in muscle building. The gender disparity in flower drum restaurant is partly a carefully designed management strategy in line with the custom of Asian and Chinese where males are believed to have a greater sense of control hence get the nod in management task (Davison 2007, p10).



Coles, T. 2008, ‘Finding space in the field of masculinity: lived experiences of men’s masculinities’, Journal of Sociology, v. 44, no. 3, Sept 2008: (233) -248.


Crompton, R., 2006, Employment and the Family: The Reconfiguration of Work and Family Life in Contemporary Societies, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.


Davison, K.G., 2007, Negotiating masculinities and bodies in schools: the implications for gender theory for the education of boys, Edwin Mellen Press, New York.


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