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One step forward, and two steps back: women and career progression in academia during times of uncertainty

Bourne, D., Fijn van Draat, N. M. and Raja, J. Z. (2015) One step forward, and two steps back: women and career progression in academia during times of uncertainty. In: 15th European Academy of Management Annual Conference, 17-20 June 2015, Warsaw, Poland.

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While there is an extensive and still growing body of literature on women in academia and the challenges they encounter in career progression, there is little research on their experience specifically within a business school setting. In this study, we attempt to address this gap and examine the experiences and career development of female academics in a business school and how these are impacted by downsizing programmes. To this end, an exploratory case study is conducted. The findings of this study show that female business school academics experience numerous challenges in terms of promotion and development, networking, and the multiple and conflicting demands placed upon them. As a result, the lack of visibility seems to be a pertinent issue in terms of their career progression. Our data also demonstrates that that, paradoxically, during periods of downsizing women become more visible and thus vulnerable to layoffs as a consequence of the challenges and pressures created in their environment during this process. In this paper, we argue that this heightened visibility, and being subject to possible layoffs, further reproduces inequality regimes in academia.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions:Henley Business School > Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
ID Code:50153
Uncontrolled Keywords:Women, academia, business schools, Denmark, career progression, downsizing

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