Asian women managers: participation, barriers and future prospects

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Benson, John and Yukongdi, Vimolwan. 2005. "Asian women managers: participation, barriers and future prospects." Asia Pacific Business Review. 11 (2), pp. 283-291. https://doi.org/10.1080/1360238042000291135
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Asian women managers: participation, barriers and future prospects

ERA Journal ID21142
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsBenson, John (Author) and Yukongdi, Vimolwan (Author)
Journal TitleAsia Pacific Business Review
Journal Citation11 (2), pp. 283-291
Number of Pages9
Year2005
ISSN1360-2381
1743-792X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/1360238042000291135
Abstract

The economies of Asia have undergone a significant transformation over the past five decades as they moved from being primarily agrarian societies to more modern industrial states. What have these changes meant for women and, in particular, their position and progress in
management? This contribution brings together the findings of the eight case studies presented in this collection. Using an explanatory model that incorporates individual, organizational and societal level analysis, women were found to be under-represented in management and faced
considerable barriers in gaining management positions. Organizational factors underpinned many
of these barriers but a range of cultural attributes contributed to this discrimination. Legislative
changes were seen as one avenue to improve women’s careers as were women’s increased education levels, the changing approaches to human resource management, and a growing awareness of the inefficiencies and sub-optimal levels of organizational performance created by gender discrimination. This contribution concludes, however, that until there are major shifts in the role perceptions of women by individuals, organizations and society it is likely that change will occur only gradually and women will remain disadvantaged and under-represented in management

KeywordsAsia; Asian; women; managers; management; women managers; labour markets; discriminate; culture; management representation; family roles
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350706. International business
350503. Human resources management
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