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The dynamics of women’s network relationships: the good, bad and reality

Vongalis-Macrow, Athena 2013, The dynamics of women’s network relationships: the good, bad and reality, Organizational cultures: an international journal, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 49-61.

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Title The dynamics of women’s network relationships: the good, bad and reality
Author(s) Vongalis-Macrow, Athena
Journal name Organizational cultures: an international journal
Volume number 12
Issue number 3
Start page 49
End page 61
Total pages 13
Publisher Common Ground Publishing
Place of publication Altona, Vic.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 2327-932X
2327-8013
Keyword(s) leadership
networks
women
Summary The lack of women in leadership positions remains a persistent social phenomenon. The aim of the paper is to investigate how networking is connected to leadership aspirations and examine women’s understanding and practice of networking as a career developmental skill.

Theoretical explanations around women’s lack of leadership has focused on women’s organisational constraints, their outsider status and the conditions of women within the broader community; however, what is mostly absent from research is how women’s relationships with each other influence opportunities for leadership. Women often experience the ‘glass ceiling’ at the mid-career level, therefore the research focussed on networking at the mid-career level in order to better understand how women draw on networking to help achieve their career goals.

This paper responds to the persistent challenges that women face in networking by examining how networks are created, understood, and enacted by women. This paper reports on recent research that investigated how a select group of mid-career women understood and practiced networking. The paper discusses survey and interview data to analyse how women’s way of networking may influence career aspirations and identifies ways that women can strengthen their networking in order to build capacity and mobility for leadership.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Common Ground Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30056826

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