Edited by Susan Vinnicombe, Ronald J. Burke, Stacy Blake-Beard and Lynda L. Moore
Chapter 18: A gendered analysis of international career development: progress, pitfalls and prospects
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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