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Glass Ceiling and women employees in Asian organizations: a tri-decadal review

Remya Lathabhavan (Department of Management Studies, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, India)
Senthil Arasu Balasubramanian (Department of Management Studies, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, India)

Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration

ISSN: 1757-4323

Article publication date: 4 September 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of the paper is to review and analyse different glass ceiling studies conducted in different Asian countries during the three decades after the introduction of the metaphor. It also describes the antecedents and the consequences of the glass ceiling.

Design/methodology/approach

The method chosen for the study was a computerised search of available materials using the keywords relating to glass ceiling in Asia and latest reports from international organisations.

Findings

The perception of glass ceiling existence in Asian countries has been sorted out region-wise. Different factors for glass ceiling have been categorised under different theories.

Research limitations/implications

The study includes a multiregional aspect of glass ceiling, which will be useful for further studies in this area. The limitation of the study is that it did not assess the awareness and influence of glass ceiling in each industry.

Practical implications

Since the study showed glass ceiling practices in different countries in Asia, it might help policy makers for making proper decisions for breaking of glass ceiling.

Social implications

The study may be a part of empowering women as it analyses areas of inequality and finds out antecedents.

Originality/value

This paper is the first to shed light on glass ceiling on a multicultural and multiregional aspect.

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Citation

Lathabhavan, R. and Balasubramanian, S.A. (2017), "Glass Ceiling and women employees in Asian organizations: a tri-decadal review", Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 232-246. https://doi.org/10.1108/APJBA-03-2017-0023

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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