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"Being a man here is so easy": How working in a masculine or feminine organizational culture affects men and women in building and experiencing developmental networks

Ooijen, Kimberly van (2020) "Being a man here is so easy": How working in a masculine or feminine organizational culture affects men and women in building and experiencing developmental networks.

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Abstract:Purpose: Women are still underrepresented in top management of organizations, this study offers a deeper understanding of the constructs that may underlie this gender inequality. Offering alternative perspectives when giving insights into the motives and choices men and women make in building and experiencing their developmental network when working in a masculine or feminine organization. Method: Semi-structured interviews were conducted to examine developmental networks of 36 employees working in a specific organizational culture. Thereby analyzing the experience of organizational fit and gender differences in the network based on size, diversity and multiplexity Results: Results indicate that employees were influenced by organizational culture when building and experiencing developmental network. Even though working in a specific organizational culture itself changed the developmental network already, the experience of this developmental network changed even more when no organizational fit was achieved. Resulting in different motives for men and women to make other choices than their peers in opposite organizational cultures. Conclusions: Understanding the extent to which developmental support is influenced by organizational fit can be used to enhance the protégés’ developmental network. Organizations can manage the process effectively and offer additional support and resources. Supporting more equality in top management of specific organizational cultures.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Communication Studies MSc (60713)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/84924
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