The glass ceiling in context: the influence of CEO gender, recruitment practices and firm internationalisation on the representation of women in management

Ng, Eddy S., and Sears, Greg J. (2017) The glass ceiling in context: the influence of CEO gender, recruitment practices and firm internationalisation on the representation of women in management. Human Resource Management Journal, 27 (1). pp. 133-151.

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Abstract

This study examines macro-level organisational determinants of women in management. Specifically, we examined organisational characteristics and strategies, including firm levels of internationalisation, firm foreign ownership, chief executive officer gender and the active recruitment of women, as predictors of an organisation's level of representation of women in management. Results from a survey of 278 firms indicated that the presence of a female chief executive officer and an organisation's active recruitment of women are positively associated with a firm's percentage of women in management while firm internationalisation and firm foreign ownership are negatively associated with the representation of women in management. Overall, these findings suggest that although firms exercise discretion with respect to hiring and promoting women, they are also constrained by the external environment and organisational characteristics. For example, firms with higher levels of firm internationalisation and that are foreign-owned may limit their efforts and investment in the advancement of women into management.

Item ID: 57774
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1748-8583
Keywords: female CEOs, firm internationalisation, foreign ownership, women in management
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Projects and Grants: SSHRC Insight Grant 435‐2016‐1227
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2019 11:07
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910402 Management @ 100%
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