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Holistic and integrative review into the barriers to women’s advancement to the corporate top in Europe

Holistic and integrative review into the barriers to women’s advancement to the corporate top in... This paper aims to analyze the barriers discussed in the extant literature as to why women are underrepresented in the corporate top and explains how these barriers interrelate. An understanding of the interrelatedness of the barriers can help develop suitable and effective measures to improve women’s representation.Design/methodology/approachThe systematic review method was applied. The search resulted in 51 relevant academic articles from multiple disciplines which were used for the analysis.FindingsBarriers identified include gender stereotypes, bias in recruitment and promotion, devaluation of women, masculine and long-hours organizational culture, work-family issues and the lack of professional support. The interrelatedness of these barriers is analyzed by means of a conceptual framework.Research limitations/implicationsThe adopted method requires the use of search engines and search terms and consequently relevant articles may have been overlooked. The study is geographically demarcated to Europe and, hence is only applicable to developing suitable and effective measures in a European context. More research is needed into which measures are appropriate and effective to overcome the barriers identified.Practical implicationsThe insights can be used by companies to foster gender equality and by companies and governments to develop appropriate and effective measures to overcome these barriers.Originality/valueThis review contributes to the literature by uncovering the interrelatedness of the barriers. Understanding the interrelatedness is crucial for developing appropriate measures to overcome the barriers and ultimately to achieve gender equality at the corporate top. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Gender in Management: An International Journal Emerald Publishing

Holistic and integrative review into the barriers to women’s advancement to the corporate top in Europe

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1754-2413
eISSN
1754-2413
DOI
10.1108/gm-02-2020-0058
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Abstract

This paper aims to analyze the barriers discussed in the extant literature as to why women are underrepresented in the corporate top and explains how these barriers interrelate. An understanding of the interrelatedness of the barriers can help develop suitable and effective measures to improve women’s representation.Design/methodology/approachThe systematic review method was applied. The search resulted in 51 relevant academic articles from multiple disciplines which were used for the analysis.FindingsBarriers identified include gender stereotypes, bias in recruitment and promotion, devaluation of women, masculine and long-hours organizational culture, work-family issues and the lack of professional support. The interrelatedness of these barriers is analyzed by means of a conceptual framework.Research limitations/implicationsThe adopted method requires the use of search engines and search terms and consequently relevant articles may have been overlooked. The study is geographically demarcated to Europe and, hence is only applicable to developing suitable and effective measures in a European context. More research is needed into which measures are appropriate and effective to overcome the barriers identified.Practical implicationsThe insights can be used by companies to foster gender equality and by companies and governments to develop appropriate and effective measures to overcome these barriers.Originality/valueThis review contributes to the literature by uncovering the interrelatedness of the barriers. Understanding the interrelatedness is crucial for developing appropriate measures to overcome the barriers and ultimately to achieve gender equality at the corporate top.

Journal

Gender in Management: An International JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: May 21, 2021

Keywords: Discrimination; Barriers; Gender; Gender equality; Women’s advancement; Women’s underrepresentation

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