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Sumita Datta and Snehal Shah

The purpose of this chapter is to explore the underlying processes that influence career development choices made by women managers at various life stages. Based on 31 in-depth interviews of Indian women managers, the authors aimed to discover the latent cognitive-affective mechanisms that influence their career choices. The data analysis revealed rich insights about how lived experiences of macro-level antecedent factors as well as supply- and demand-side factors juxtapose to influence satisficing career choices as well as perceived well-being of women managers. The study contributes by developing an emergent conceptual model that elucidates the way in which perceived interlinkages amongst these constructs serve to reconcile the apparent paradox of career and family identities. The findings of this study call for novel organizational models that can support women professionals create their own unique career identities across life stages.

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Vidyut Lata Dhir, Nicholas L. Bremner and Sumita Datta

India is a country in the process of significant social, economic, and cultural changes. These changes have increased competition among India’s organizations, affected how they are run, and have influenced the values of its growing workforce. Employees’ commitment is an increasingly important concept for organizations to understand and leverage to remain competitive, but is not well understood in an Indian context. In this chapter, the authors describe the nature of India’s changing workplace culture and review the extant commitment literature, contrasting it the findings of Western commitment research. Further, they draw on Wasti and …nder’s (2009) model describing the influences of social-institutional and cultural factors on commitment and apply it to an Indian context. They conclude by discussing some of the implications for research and practice derived from this model. Reference: Wasti, S.A. and …nder, C. (2009). Commitment across cultures: Progress, pitfalls and propositions. In H.J. Klein, T.E. Becker and J.P. Meyer (eds), Commitment in Organizations: Accumulated Wisdom and New Directions (pp. 309_346). Florence, KY: Routledge.