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Workers' attitudes toward women managers: evidence from Vietnam

Anh T. Phan (Department of Management and Industrial Relations, Shidler College of Business, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA)
Hannah-Hanh D. Nguyen (Department of Management and Industrial Relations, Shidler College of Business, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA)

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

ISSN: 2040-7149

Article publication date: 22 August 2022

Issue publication date: 3 February 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper was to investigate personality-related antecedents of Vietnamese workers' attitudes toward female managers, which subsequently predicted workers' judgments of them.

Design/methodology/approach

This study used a factorial experiment to examine participants' general attitudes toward women's rights and roles and their particular attitudes toward female managers in the workplace. Vietnamese workers (N = 159) were randomly assigned to experimental conditions of manager performance and completed a post-test questionnaire. This study also qualitatively explored participants' observations of any gender stereotypes in the workplace.

Findings

Findings demonstrated that participants' gender, general attitudes toward women's social rights and roles, and internal work locus of control positively predicted their attitudes toward female managers. Qualitative findings showed perceived gender-based egalitarianism in the workplace, but women's leadership qualities were barely recognized.

Originality/value

This study is the first to utilize a mixed-method approach to assess Vietnamese workers' attitudes, contributing to the literature on attitudes toward both women in general and women in management in Asia generally and in Vietnam in particular.

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Acknowledgements

The research was partially funded by Hannah-Hanh D. Nguyen's International Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship granted by the Social Science Research Council, New York.

The authors have no known conflict of interest to disclose.

Citation

Phan, A.T. and Nguyen, H.-H.D. (2023), "Workers' attitudes toward women managers: evidence from Vietnam", Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Vol. 42 No. 1, pp. 53-69. https://doi.org/10.1108/EDI-08-2021-0215

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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