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Is there a 'glass ceiling' for mid-level female managers?

Kim Man, M. M., Skerlavaj, M. and Dimovski, V. (2009) Is there a 'glass ceiling' for mid-level female managers? International Journal of Management and Innovation, 1 (1). pp. 1-13. ISSN 2070-8521

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This study presents an overview of glass-ceiling type barriers in organizations based on the perceptions of a sample of Malaysian mid-level women managers. Previous studies indicated the existence of a glass ceiling in organizations and presented strategic recommendations with regard to what corporations could do to remove or reduce the glass ceiling. This study investigates how women in middle management perceive their career advancement opportunities and what they consider their organizations to be doing to support their advancement. Glass ceiling and informal structures in the organizations will be analyzed from the aspect of corporate practices. The relevant questions are derived from the model developed by Bergman and Hallberg (2002). This study aims to answer whether there is a glass ceiling present in Malaysian companies. This study begins with an introduction of the concept of a glass ceiling that prevents women from advancing, and then continues with previous studies on corporate practices and data analysis of samples from Malaysian organizations. The findings show that women middle managers in Malaysian organizations face a glass ceiling in their working environment which, for example, inhibits the promotion of female managers, and entails a barrier to the career development opportunities for women and entails that women do not have enough organizational support, including networking, mentoring and family friendly initiatives

Item Type:Article
Divisions:University of Reading Malaysia
ID Code:83144
Publisher:Business Essay Consultancy Centre

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