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Women managers' career progression: an Asia Pacific perspective

Uma Jogulu (School of Management and Marketing, Deakin University, Burwood, Australia)
Glenice Wood (School of Business, University of Ballarat, Ballarat, Australia)

Gender in Management

ISSN: 1754-2413

Article publication date: 8 November 2011




The increase in general managerial roles held by women has failed to translate into senior management positions in many countries. The paper aims to focus on the experiences of two groups of female and male managers in two diverse countries and how these groups of employees view career advancement and how this perspective may relate to the lack of women in senior managerial roles.


This study adopts deductive reasoning to understand social practice as a means by which and how senior management identities are perceived and whether these roles are attainable. A survey was administered to female and male managers in Malaysia and in Australia.


The findings indicate that women in two countries studied still have significant responsibilities for performing family duties, and bringing up children. In particular, the Malaysian respondents viewed family and personal responsibilities as their greatest impediment to attaining senior management positions. Hence, they are unable to contemplate both careers and families, a view strongly supported by the Australian women as well.


Societal expectations on women in certain cultures are still strongly entrenched because they believe that they are required to comply with the social roles by prioritising marital obligations over any desire for senior management careers.



Jogulu, U. and Wood, G. (2011), "Women managers' career progression: an Asia Pacific perspective", Gender in Management, Vol. 26 No. 8, pp. 590-603.



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