Women, Business and Leadership
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Women, Business and Leadership

Gender and Organisations

Edited by Alexander-Stamatios Antoniou, Cary Cooper and Caroline Gatrell

This timely and comprehensive book analyses the role of women in leadership from both managerial and socio-emotional perspectives. The authors review the issues that affect real women in business and evaluate what can be done to support and develop women managers. Chapters explore topics such as the stereotyping of leading women, gender equality and discrimination, the glass ceiling and barriers to promotion, the work/home conflict, the gender pay gap and job insecurity, female authority and career development.
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Chapter 4: For better or worse? Human resource practices and women in leadership

Sanjeewa Perera


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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