The future of the changing face of women managers in Asia

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Rowley, Chris and Yukongdi, Vimolwan. 2009. "The future of the changing face of women managers in Asia." Rowley, Chris and Yukongdi, Vimolwan (ed.) The changing face of women managers in Asia. Oxon, United Kingdom. Routledge. pp. 248-260
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The future of the changing face of women managers in Asia

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID3137
3415
Book TitleThe changing face of women managers in Asia
AuthorsRowley, Chris (Author) and Yukongdi, Vimolwan (Author)
EditorsRowley, Chris and Yukongdi, Vimolwan
Page Range248-260
SeriesWorking in Asia
Number of Pages13
Year2009
PublisherRoutledge
Taylor & Francis
Place of PublicationOxon, United Kingdom
ISBN0415437679
Web Address (URL)http://www.routledgebusiness.com/books/The-Changing-Face-of-Women-Managers-in-Asia-isbn9780415437677
Abstract

[Introduction]: This book on the changing 'face' of women managers in Asia has covered nine economies. These have a disparate range of economic, spatial and demographic sizes, structures and development stages, patterns and trajectories. Thus, the small populations of Hong Kong,
Taiwan and Singapore, medium-sized ones of Japan, South Korea ('Korea' from here on), Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam and the giant China are all covered. Within this, at the micro level, we also covered a wide range of management, organisations and sectors, including services (IT, media, retail, hotels, finance, research and
development, education, administration) and manufacturing (chemicals, motor vehicles, health care products). This can be clearly seen in the overview of the diverse case studies in Table 11.1.

In terms of the book's structure, although the format of chapters was kept as constant as possible, each chapter used somewhat different perspectives. Thus, the same content was asked for, and mostly delivered. This structure was requested to increase coherence and
to give common sections to allow easier and quicker comparisons between economies in similar dimensions. Therefore, each chapter focused on its specific economy using the common format that allowed the main contours of women in management to be traced in a similar manner with integration, compatibility and consistency across the book. This structure not only made reading easier, with a more consistent and even flow, but also assisted more explicit cross-chapter area/issue comparisons. For example, contexts, challenges, cases and so on, could be quickly identified and compared as 'stand alone'
parts. These structural and content features all allow the book and its chapters to be used and read in a variety of flexible ways. The main sections used in each chapter were:

• Introduction
• Context - political, legal, economic, cultural/social, key labour market features
• Case studies
• Challenges
• Conclusion

Additionally, each chapter incorporated a mix of case studies and vignettes of indigenous organisations and managers who succeeded in developing exceptional management styles. These case studies provide
more specific, empirical and 'real-life' information on women in management and allow them to give 'voice' to their issues. This unusual focus and aspect of the book (and the series to which it belongs) differentiates it from more traditionally empirical or theoretical,
dense and heavy research, monograph-type books. The 'voice' element came out clearly in the cases. Data for these illustrations were collected and compiled in a variety of ways. Sometimes individuals
were interviewed directly about their experiences and expectations. Some cases highlighted enduring constraints and emerging opportunities in practices and developments. Thus, a key purpose and unique feature of the book and series - to elicit organisational and practitioner
'voices' that readers might identify with and feel inspired (or warned) by - was achieved.


Keywordswomen; managers; management; Asia; Asian; work; future
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350709. Organisation and management theory
350503. Human resources management
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School of Management and Marketing
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