Previously published as: Women In Management Review
Online from: 2005
Subject Area: Human Resource Management
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|Title:||The transition of midlife women from organisational into self-employment|
|Author(s):||Julie Hodges, (Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK)|
|Citation:||Julie Hodges, (2012) "The transition of midlife women from organisational into self-employment", Gender in Management: An International Journal, Vol. 27 Iss: 3, pp.186 - 201|
|Keywords:||Entrepreneurialism, Midlife, Self-employment, Women, Women entrepreneurs|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/17542411211221277 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the transition of midlife women from employment in organizations to self-employment. It examines how midlife women account for their transition from organizations to self-employment; why they opted for self-employment rather than simply changing organizations and their experience of self-employment.
Design/methodology/approach – This paper is based on semi-structured interviews (
Findings – Two themes emerged from the study. The first was the negative organizational experience of some of the women which had caused dissatisfaction and disenchantment and therefore self-employment was seen as the only next step. The second theme was changes triggered by a positive proactive choice to move into self-employment.
Research limitations/implications – There are limitations to using individual perceptions and anecdotes. It cannot be assumed that the women in this study represent the views of all midlife women.
Practical implications – Silence about midlife women leaving organizations perpetuates high costs for both the organization and the individual involved. Organizations need to address the negative and discriminatory perceptions about midlife women and recognize the trend towards more, not fewer, older women in the workplace and value the experience, skills and knowledge they bring.
Originality/value – The paper is original in that the focus is on women in midlife, which is unique, as previous research about women in organizations has rarely encompassed the experiences of this group of women moving into self-employment.
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