Gender and Organisations
Edited by Alexander-Stamatios Antoniou, Cary Cooper and Caroline Gatrell
Chapter 4: For better or worse? Human resource practices and women in leadership
This chapter examines the human resource practices that businesses can use to support women’s career advancement. Studies suggest that tangible practices can help businesses support women’s representation in senior leadership roles. These practices seem to prove effective as far as the entry of women into businesses is concerned. On the other hand, their impact on the increase of women leaders appears to be significantly smaller. Another factor that seems to influence the relationship between these practices and women’s career advancement is the organizational context and constraints. A careful examination of these constraints and an encouragement of women to use human resource practices are needed. In addition, the effectiveness of these practices is often inconclusive according to studies, which requires more robust research that takes a longitudinal approach.
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