Asian women managers: participation, barriers and future prospects

Benson, John and Yukongdi, Vimolwan (2005) Asian women managers: participation, barriers and future prospects. Asia Pacific Business Review, 11 (2). pp. 283-291. ISSN 1360-2381


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

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Marketing and Tourism
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2010 10:41
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: Asia; Asian; women; managers; management; women managers; labour markets; discriminate; culture; management representation; family roles
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150308 International Business
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/1360238042000291135

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