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Executive Development

ISSN: 0953-3230
Merged into: Career Development International

Online from: 1989

Subject Area: Human Resource Management

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Women and Power in Organizations

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Title:Women and Power in Organizations
Author(s):Heli K. Lahtinen, (Based at the University of St. Andrews.), Fiona M. Wilson, (Based at the University of St. Andrews.)
Citation:Heli K. Lahtinen, Fiona M. Wilson, (1994) "Women and Power in Organizations", Executive Development, Vol. 7 Iss: 3, pp.16 - 23
Keywords:Assertiveness training, Attitudes, Barriers, Career development, Gender, Management, Managerial power, Mentoring, Part-time work, Women
Article type:Literature review
DOI:10.1108/09533239410058828 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Men have power in organizations that women often lack. Investigates generally men's and women's employment, job segregation, and part-time employment. Discusses the barriers to women's progress. The first barrier is the role women have been socialized to adopt, for example, passive. The second is lack of support including limited financial resources, education and training, lack of child care arrangements, networks, role models, mentors and domestic constraints. A third barrier is attitudes such as employer biases, negative perceptions of women, attribution of female behaviour and use of language. Suggests how women could gain more power. Positive action is required within schools to encourage girls to pursue non-traditional career plans. Further awareness of the problems arising from sex stereotyping is needed. Through mentoring women could have access to the power network. However, peer mentoring can be an egalitarian alternative for women. Discusses the importance of assertiveness training for women.

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