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Handbook of Gendered Careers in Management

Handbook of Gendered Careers in Management

Getting In, Getting On, Getting Out

Research Handbooks in Business and Management series

Edited by Adelina M. Broadbridge and Sandra L. Fielden

Handbook of Gendered Careers in Management provides an international overview of current practice and theory surrounding gendered employment in management, illustrating the impact of gender on key stages of career development.

Chapter 17: Creating and sustaining positive careers for women: a closer look at organizational context

Janet L. Kottke and Mark D. Agars

Subjects: business and management, diversity and management, gender and management, human resource management


In this chapter, we explore the ‘getting on’ aspect of career advancement for women, with a specific focus on the importance of organizational context. In doing so, we first define contemporary conceptualizations of career success and then discuss briefly the ways in which career success may be perceived differently by women and men. We note that such gender differences in how career success is defined raises questions about the appropriateness of existing organizational efforts to foster employee careers. Despite these differences, we acknowledge that traditional measures of success remain valued; consequently, we review some of the most common barriers to women’s success as defined traditionally, to which we make recommendations for organizations to break those barriers. Finally, we address the non-linear career with its attendant solutions and challenges.

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