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The barriers and inequalities to women progressing to management in the retail sector

Edwards, Jessica (2016) The barriers and inequalities to women progressing to management in the retail sector. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Purpose – To explore if there are barriers and inequalities for women progressing into retail management. The main goals of the research are those studying the progression of women in management, to examine if family life, childcare and the glass ceiling are reasons why women do not progress as fast as men in management.

Design/methodology/approach - A qualitative mono-research approach with semi structured interviews with five retail managers is applied to the explorative study in order to gain a profound understanding of these topics.

Findings – The internal and external settings of women in management and the organisational cultures were found as having the most impact on women progressing to management. However, flexibility of organisations, employees’ support and development, and family life are significant themes connected to management change over time and along career developments.

Originality/value – This research adds knowledge and understanding to a number of areas (family life, childcare, glass ceiling, networking) so far not considered together. The research updates the literature and identifies challenges and barriers in women’s way when progressing in their careers.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Specific Industries > Retail Industry
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Classes of Labour > Women and Work
Divisions: School of Business > Masters of Science in Management
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2016 15:28
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2016 15:28
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/2305

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