Career progression of managers : an Asia-Pacific perspective

Jogulu, Uma and Wood, Glenice 2011, Career progression of managers : an Asia-Pacific perspective, Gender in management : an international journal, vol. 26, no. 8, pp. 590-603.

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Title Career progression of managers : an Asia-Pacific perspective
Author(s) Jogulu, Uma
Wood, Glenice
Journal name Gender in management : an international journal
Volume number 26
Issue number 8
Start page 590
End page 603
Publisher Emerald
Place of publication Bingley, England
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1754-2413
Keyword(s) Career advancement
Managers
Asia-Pacific
Barriers to Progress
Summary Purpose: The increase in general managerial roles held by women has failed to translate into senior management positions in many countries. The article focuses on the experiences of two groups of female and male managers in two diverse countries and how these groups of employees view career advancement and how this perspective may relate to the lack of women in senior managerial roles.

Design/methodology/approach: This study adopts deductive reasoning to understand social practice as a means by which and how senior management identities are perceived and whether these roles are attainable. A survey was administered to female and male managers in Malaysia and in Australia.

Findings: The findings indicate that women in two countries studied still have significant responsibilities for performing family duties, and bringing up children. In particular, the Malaysian respondents viewed family and personal responsibilities as their greatest impediment to attaining senior management positions. Hence, they are unable to contemplate both careers and families, a view strongly supported by the Australian women as well.

Originality: Societal expectations on women in certain cultures are still strongly entrenched because they believe that they are required to comply with the social roles by prioritising marital obligations over any desire for senior management careers.
Language eng
Field of Research 150305 Human Resources Management
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30036792

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