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The factors which influence career progression for women in Central Banks in Europe

Cassells, Carol (2019) The factors which influence career progression for women in Central Banks in Europe. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

In recent decades, the career progression of women has been a topic of much debate and research. Many factors play a role in both facilitating and hindering this progression for women. However there is limited research which outlines these factors in a European context. The overarching aim of the current study was to investigate factors, which influence career progression for women in Central Banks in Europe. This study was a qualitative design, which consisted of semi-structured interviews with ten women who worked at senior management level in Central Banks across three sites, Central Bank in Ireland, European Central Bank in Germany and Banco D’Espana in Spain. Thematic analysis was used to analyse the data. Results identified factors, which influence career progression for women in terms of both barriers and enablers. Barriers included personality factors, maternity, culture within an organisation and attitudes of men. Factors which enable career progression included initiatives, networking and personality factors. Attitudes to gender quotas were also explored and participants help conflicting emotions to gender quotas but described them as necessary accelerate gender equality in the workplace. This study had a number of methodological strengths and weaknesses which are outlined in this thesis. There were also a number of implications for practice and policy from the findings of this study as it provided an insight into the factors, which both enable and pose as barriers to women in progressing their careers in Central Banks. Guidelines for future research in this area were also discussed such as exploring men’s attitudes to gender diversity in Central Banks.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HG Finance > Banking
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > Gender
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Classes of Labour > Women and Work
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Science in International Business
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2019 13:57
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2019 14:00
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/3988

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