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It's not what you know, it's who you know

It's not what you know, it's who you know Utilising a biographical methodological research methodology, this paper examines the career development of men and women managers within the retail environment. The findings utilising this research methodology revealed the relative importance of self promotion and other informal policies as opportunities or threats to individuals’ career development. This article explores how such informal processes manifest themselves in the career development of managers and reveals how men are more likely than women, albeit unconsciously, to report such informal processes as helping in their career development. The paper demonstrates how a biographical story telling approach can uncover rich qualitative data that would not otherwise be revealed by adopting a more quantitative methodological approach. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Management Development Emerald Publishing

It's not what you know, it's who you know

Journal of Management Development , Volume 23 (6): 12 – Jul 1, 2004

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2004 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0262-1711
DOI
10.1108/02621710410541123
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Abstract

Utilising a biographical methodological research methodology, this paper examines the career development of men and women managers within the retail environment. The findings utilising this research methodology revealed the relative importance of self promotion and other informal policies as opportunities or threats to individuals’ career development. This article explores how such informal processes manifest themselves in the career development of managers and reveals how men are more likely than women, albeit unconsciously, to report such informal processes as helping in their career development. The paper demonstrates how a biographical story telling approach can uncover rich qualitative data that would not otherwise be revealed by adopting a more quantitative methodological approach.

Journal

Journal of Management DevelopmentEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 1, 2004

Keywords: Career development; Retail management; Gender

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