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Toward a model of gender diversity in the workplace in East Asia: Preliminary evidence from manufacturing industries in Taiwan

The Global Diffusion of Human Resource Practices: Institutional and Cultural Limits

ISBN: 978-0-7623-1401-0, eISBN: 978-1-84950-526-0

ISSN: 1571-5027

Publication date: 8 July 2008

Abstract

This chapter examines gender diversity with a focus on the proportion of females in companies in Taiwan. The investigation also examines the effect of the proportion of females on company performance. The research used two Taiwan government databases offering statistics of individual indigenous companies in the manufacturing industries in 1996 and 2001, with a sample size of 8,622 in 1996 and 8,731 in 2001. Results show that the proportion of females in managerial, professional, and administrative jobs is increasing and is positively associated with company performance. By contrast, the proportion of females in operational-level jobs is decreasing, and its association with company performance is inconsistent. This study extends previous gender diversity research in management groups and suggests that women can be invaluable resources for business organizations in Taiwan.

Citation

Hsu, I.-C. and Lawler, J.J. (2008), "Toward a model of gender diversity in the workplace in East Asia: Preliminary evidence from manufacturing industries in Taiwan", Lawler, J.J. and Hundley, G. (Ed.) The Global Diffusion of Human Resource Practices: Institutional and Cultural Limits (Advances in International Management, Vol. 21), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 171-190. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1571-5027(08)00007-7

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