Handbook of Research on Promoting Women’s Careers
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Handbook of Research on Promoting Women’s Careers

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.
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Chapter 9: Organizational politics: the missing link to women’s progression into managerial roles

Elena Doldor


This chapter examines a neglected factor in women’s managerial roles: organizational politics. Worldwide, women remain underrepresented at top levels of organizations (Vinnicombe et al., 2008). While women are still missing from the top ranks, politics are increasingly important for accessing and performing in managerial roles. Current research on organizational politics alerts us to the importance of politics for career progression and managerial effectiveness (Douglas and Ammeter, 2004; Semadar et al., 2006). Surprisingly little scholarly work has tried to understand how organizational politics affect women’s careers, particularly in managerial roles. A handful of studies in this area point to a certain distaste for politics among women; yet others conclude that women do not lack the ability to engage in politics or display political skill, particularly in senior managerial positions.

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