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Social capital and career advancement of female academic staff in Nigerian universities

Abubakar Idris Hassan (School of Government, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia) (Department of Public Administration, Bauchi State University, Gadau, Nigeria)
Mohd Nazri Baharom (School of Government, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia)
Rozita Abdul Mutalib (School of Government, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia)

Journal of Management Development

ISSN: 0262-1711

Article publication date: 8 May 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the social capital factors of career advancement of female academic staff in Nigerian universities.

Design/methodology/approach

A measurement and structural analysis were conducted for the three independent variables and a dependent variable on 20 public universities. Data were collected using a structured self-administered questionnaire. The dependent variable was female academic staff career advancement and the independent variables were mentoring, networking and government machinery. Using stratified random sampling, 532 academic staff were selected as the study respondents. They represented sampling criteria such as federal and state universities.

Findings

Structural modeling analysis showed that social capital variables, specifically mentoring, networking and government machinery variables, were significant contributors to the career advancement of the female academic staff in Nigerian universities.

Practical implications

This study creates an insight into the knowledge of career advancement among female academic staff in public universities. These institutions dominate the university system in Nigeria and serve as the main avenue for university education in the country. At the level of higher institution, HRD is significant, particularly in creating awareness among academic staff about their career planning and aspirations, the role that the perceived environmental factors play in their advancement to higher positions in the university and how they should further utilize those factors.

Originality/value

The paper examines social capital factors (limited to mentoring, networking and government machinery) that are of concern to managing the career advancement of female academic staff in public universities.

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Citation

Hassan, A.I., Baharom, M.N. and Abdul Mutalib, R. (2017), "Social capital and career advancement of female academic staff in Nigerian universities", Journal of Management Development, Vol. 36 No. 4, pp. 525-541. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMD-05-2016-0069

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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