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Handbook of Research on Promoting Women’s Careers

Handbook of Research on Promoting Women’s Careers

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Edited by Susan Vinnicombe, Ronald J. Burke, Stacy Blake-Beard and Lynda L. Moore

In a changing world where women have dominated as graduates from universities in the West, recent research has shown that the same trend is also strikingly evident in the newly emerging markets. Tapping into this female talent pool is extremely important and advancing women’s careers has become a key business issue. This Handbook lays out a number of promising approaches. First the business case for doing so is presented. The challenges facing women are reviewed, followed by various programs that address particular needs such as mentoring, leadership development programs for women, work and family initiatives, and succession planning. Finally, case studies of award-winning organizational initiatives are described.

Chapter 18: A gendered analysis of international career development: progress, pitfalls and prospects

Savita Kumra

Subjects: business and management, diversity and management, gender and management, organisational behaviour

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In this chapter we discuss the issue of international career development from a gendered perspective by presenting evidence in respect of the gendered issues evident in women’s acquisition of international work experience in the form of expatriate assignments, their adjustment when on assignment and their perceived success in undertaking these projects. Though the number of women in management in general is rising and the importance of international working is increasingly a critical success factor in gaining entry to senior management positions (Black et al., 1992; Caligiuri and Tung, 1999; Mendenhall, 2001; Stroh and Caligiuri, 1998; Baruch and Altman, 2002; Bolino, 2007), the number of women in these positions remains stubbornly low and access to these career enhancing opportunities limited to a stable group (that is, white, middle-class, able-bodied men, aged 30–49). In this chapter we seek to explore why this is the case.

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