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“It’s a Man Who Runs the Show”: How Women Middle-Managers Experience Their Professional Position, Opportunities, and Barriers

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dc.contributor Háskóli Íslands
dc.contributor University of Iceland
dc.contributor.author Einarsdóttir, Unnur Dóra
dc.contributor.author Christiansen, Thora
dc.contributor.author Kristjánsdóttir, Erla S.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-04-12T11:32:26Z
dc.date.available 2018-04-12T11:32:26Z
dc.date.issued 2018-01
dc.identifier.citation Einarsdottir, U. D., Christiansen, T. H., & Kristjansdottir, E. S. (2018). “It’s a Man Who Runs the Show”: How Women Middle-Managers Experience Their Professional Position, Opportunities, and Barriers. SAGE Open, 8(1), 2158244017753989. doi:10.1177/2158244017753989
dc.identifier.issn 2158-2440
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/681
dc.description.abstract The ratio of women in top-management positions is improving very slowly, even in countries scoring high on gender equality like Iceland. Despite over three decades of research having documented the barriers faced by women seeking top-management positions, understanding is still lacking as to why women are not overcoming these barriers at a greater rate. This study presents the lived experiences of women in middle-management positions in some of the largest organizations in Iceland, aiming to understand how the women experience the barriers and opportunities they face. It is important to give voice to these women as they are the ones who could be in line for top-management positions. Interviews with 11 women were analyzed and interpreted according to phenomenological methodology, revealing four themes. Findings show that the women experience top management as a network that is closed to them. Top-management jobs appear tailored for men and would require the women to take on unbearable responsibilities. They experience their hard work and diligence as unappreciated. Finally, they compare and contrast themselves with the stereotype of the male executive and blame themselves for not fitting the role. Thus, they feel pressured to adapt to the masculine gender role if they are to stand a chance of a top-management position. Not fitting this role further undermines their self-confidence and ambition, rendering them less likely to seek advancement.
dc.format.extent 215824401775398
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher SAGE Publications
dc.relation.ispartofseries Sage Open;8(1)
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Equality
dc.subject Women middle-managers
dc.subject Stereotypes
dc.subject Gender bias
dc.subject Self-confidence
dc.subject Network
dc.subject Jafnréttismál
dc.subject Konur
dc.subject Millistjórnendur
dc.subject Staðalímyndir
dc.subject Kynjamismunun
dc.subject Tengslanet
dc.title “It’s a Man Who Runs the Show”: How Women Middle-Managers Experience Their Professional Position, Opportunities, and Barriers
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dcterms.license This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
dc.description.version Peer Reviewed
dc.identifier.journal Sage Open
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/2158244017753989
dc.contributor.department Viðskiptafræðideild (HÍ)
dc.contributor.department Faculty of Business Administration (UI)
dc.contributor.school Félagsvísindasvið (HÍ)
dc.contributor.school School of Social Sciences (UI)

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