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Senior women on junior women: Exploring managerial support for female career development in Turkey

Okay-Somerville, Belgin; Arman, Gamze

Authors

Belgin Okay-Somerville



Abstract

This research explored the female senior executives’ justification for (lack of) support for junior women’s career development. The study was based in Turkey’s unique socio-cultural context characterized by low gender egalitarianism. TRA (Ajzen and Fishbein, 1989; Fishbein and Ajzen, 1975) was adopted as the analytical framework. Findings showed that gender stereotypical beliefs about other women’s capabilities and commitment, and perceived organisational and societal pressures were instrumental in senior women’s justification of support (or not) for junior women’s career development. These findings extend to the solidarity/Queen Bee debate and women in management literature. The study also has implications for policy and practice concerning women’s career development through HRM policies and practices.

Citation

Okay-Somerville, B., & Arman, G. Senior women on junior women: Exploring managerial support for female career development in Turkey. Presented at 32nd Conference of British Academy of Management

Presentation Conference Type Lecture
Conference Name 32nd Conference of British Academy of Management
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2018
Publication Date Sep 5, 2018
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords queen bee syndrome, solidarity, women in management, Turkey, Theory of Reasoned Action
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : 32nd Conference of British Academy of Management