A comparative analysis of the attitudes toward women managers in China, Chile, and the USA

Rajshekhar (Raj) G. Javalgi (Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Robert Scherer (Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Carol Sánchez (Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA)
Lorena Pradenas Rojas (Universidad de Concepción, Concepción, Chile)
Víctor Parada Daza (Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Santiago, Chile)
Chi‐en Hwang (Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio, USA)
Wu Yan (Beijing Normal University, Beijing, People's Republic of China)

International Journal of Emerging Markets

ISSN: 1746-8809

Publication date: 5 July 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this research is to determine if stereotypical perceptions of women as managers exist between men and women in three countries: the USA, China, and Chile. Based on the extant literature, hypotheses were developed and tested.

Design/methodology/approach

Participants in the study were students enrolled in degree programs. The data were collected from the USA, China, and Chile using the “Women as Managers Scale”. The study explores attitudinal dimensions. Further, gender and country effects were identified at both multivariate and univariate levels.

Findings

The findings show that stereotypical perceptions of women as managers exist between men and women in the USA, China, and Chile. US and Chilean men had more positive perceptions of women as managers than Chinese men. Chinese men and women displayed the lowest perceptions of women as managers.

Originality/value

The results of this study offer useful insights for international managers on the perceptions of women as managers in three distinct countries. Implications for research and practice in international management shed additional light on this important topic.

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Citation

Javalgi, R., Scherer, R., Sánchez, C., Pradenas Rojas, L., Parada Daza, V., Hwang, C. and Yan, W. (2011), "A comparative analysis of the attitudes toward women managers in China, Chile, and the USA", International Journal of Emerging Markets, Vol. 6 No. 3, pp. 233-253. https://doi.org/10.1108/17468801111144067

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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