The impact of formal and informal distance on gender equality approaches: the case of a British MNC in Saudi Arabia

Alhejji, Hussain, Ng, Eddy S., Garavan, Thomas, and Carbery, Ronan (2018) The impact of formal and informal distance on gender equality approaches: the case of a British MNC in Saudi Arabia. Thunderbird International Business Review, 60 (2). pp. 147-159.

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Abstract

This study explores the forces that promote and hinder gender equality efforts of a multinational corporation (MNC) operating in the Middle East. Specifically, we draw from a case study to document the formal and informal pressures exerted on a British MNC operating in Saudi Arabia to better understand the multiple forces that influence gender equality approaches in the host country. Our findings suggest that while formal institutions such as the legal requirements and localization policies support gender equality, informal forces that are rooted in the cultural norms and traditions are formidable in hindering such efforts and in reinforcing the status quo. The insights generated from our study have the potential to inform public policy makers and organizational decision makers to locate the right policy tool to promote gender equality.

Item ID: 57776
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1520-6874
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Funders: Dalhousie University
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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