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There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women. Women’s struggle with expectations on the way to the top

Jonasdottir, Helga LU ; Trnkova, Zuzana and Cheung, In Chui Conita (2012) BUSN49 20121
Department of Business Administration
Abstract
This research tries to understand how young career-oriented women perceive social norms about being a female in the business world and how women navigate through competing discourses. Examining the social identity theory that assists us to understand how perceptions of social identities and dominant discourses affect formation of identity. Furthermore, taking leverage from research regarding identity work about identity negotiations of individuals.
Research Questions: Why women are not going for the top positions? How do women who have the motivation to go for it experience their journey up the career ladder?

Basic Findings: The research participants struggle with the non-compatible identities as women and career-oriented women which... (More)
This research tries to understand how young career-oriented women perceive social norms about being a female in the business world and how women navigate through competing discourses. Examining the social identity theory that assists us to understand how perceptions of social identities and dominant discourses affect formation of identity. Furthermore, taking leverage from research regarding identity work about identity negotiations of individuals.
Research Questions: Why women are not going for the top positions? How do women who have the motivation to go for it experience their journey up the career ladder?

Basic Findings: The research participants struggle with the non-compatible identities as women and career-oriented women which can trigger negative emotions. They share their vulnerability and insecurity with members of a therapeutic network where they appreciate and support one another as they navigate through social norms and challenges they encounter. The research participants refuse to be victimized by the social pressures but are resistant heroines who attempt to express how they want to be portrayed. (Less)
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author
Jonasdottir, Helga LU ; Trnkova, Zuzana and Cheung, In Chui Conita
supervisor
organization
course
BUSN49 20121
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
social norms, network, identity, gender equality, female leadership, career development
language
English
id
2834945
date added to LUP
2012-06-27 12:40:04
date last changed
2012-06-27 12:40:04
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  abstract     = {This research tries to understand how young career-oriented women perceive social norms about being a female in the business world and how women navigate through competing discourses. Examining the social identity theory that assists us to understand how perceptions of social identities and dominant discourses affect formation of identity. Furthermore, taking leverage from research regarding identity work about identity negotiations of individuals. 
Research Questions: Why women are not going for the top positions? How do women who have the motivation to go for it experience their journey up the career ladder?

Basic Findings: The research participants struggle with the non-compatible identities as women and career-oriented women which can trigger negative emotions. They share their vulnerability and insecurity with members of a therapeutic network where they appreciate and support one another as they navigate through social norms and challenges they encounter. The research participants refuse to be victimized by the social pressures but are resistant heroines who attempt to express how they want to be portrayed.},
  author       = {Jonasdottir, Helga and Trnkova, Zuzana and Cheung, In Chui Conita},
  keyword      = {social norms,network,identity,gender equality,female leadership,career development},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women. Women’s struggle with expectations on the way to the top},
  year         = {2012},
}