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Sex and the young management student: “Alfa male” or “Alfa female”: uncovering gender issues

Strategic Direction

ISSN: 0258-0543

Article publication date: 9 February 2015




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This paper examines gender issues in management by looking at perceptions of male and female bosses. Italian masters students were presented with the case of a fictitious company in which some respondents believed the CEO to be a man, others that she was a woman. Some surprising results emerge as a result of the students’ differing, gender-oriented perceptions.

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(2015), "Sex and the young management student: “Alfa male” or “Alfa female”: uncovering gender issues", Strategic Direction, Vol. 31 No. 3, pp. 15-17.



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