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Understanding gender inequality in career success : a developmental network analysis

Poschmann, M. (2016) Understanding gender inequality in career success : a developmental network analysis.

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Abstract:The purpose of this study is to explore the differences in the structure and content of men’s and women’s developmental networks. Thereby the study aims to gain insights on why men are often still more successful than women. A network analysis was conducted with 282 Dutch and German working professionals via an online survey. The analysis mapped respondents’ developmental network structures in terms of the network size, diversity and multiplexity. The results indicate that women build bigger networks than men, especially outside the organization. On these outside networks they also placed more importance than men while displaying a higher diversity here. Moreover, this study revealed that men only consider an extremely small amount of women their developers while women receive support from both male and female developer. The fact that men rarely consider women as their developers implies that many men do still not view women as an equal partner in the corporate world. Because of the high need for professionals in today’s economy, organizations and politicians need to change this attitude towards more value and acceptance for female professionals. Moreover, although women proved to have bigger developmental networks than men, they are not necessarily advantaged. Their strong focus on developers from outside the organization can encourage their career and life satisfaction, but likely hampers their advancement to higher positions inside the organization, for outside developers do not possess organizational information and resources.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Communication Studies MSc (60713)
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