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When women manage women: Gender expectations and relationship building

Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734

Article publication date: 14 August 2017




This paper aims to review the latest management developments across the globe and pinpoint practical implications from cutting-edge research and case studies.


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Gender influences expectations in the workplace. This is particularly true when female employees are managed by women. Various expectations can be ascertained and organized into three overlapping themes. In essence, women employees expect women managers to understand them better and show greater empathy to the challenges they face in juggling different responsibilities. Because such managers can adopt a more holistic view, employees expect greater workplace flexibility in view of these challenges.

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The paper provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world’s leading organizations.


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(2017), "When women manage women: Gender expectations and relationship building", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 25 No. 6, pp. 33-35.



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