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Moving into Management: Gender Segregation and its Effect on Managerial Attainment

Brown, Kerry A. & Ridge, Stacy R. (2002) Moving into Management: Gender Segregation and its Effect on Managerial Attainment. Women in Management Review, 17(7), pp. 318-327.

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Abstract

Steady progress has been achieved with implementing legislated public sector EEO policies and programs to fulfil the aim of increasing the representation of EEO groups in public employment (Boston, Martin, Pallot and Walsh, 1996). However, despite the employment gains delivered through equity legislation and policies, there remain areas of significant gender differences in the public sector labour market. One of the most persistent problems confronting all labour markets has been segregation by gender and this characteristic employment pattern can be discerned across industry, occupation, firm and type of employment contract (Rubery and Fagan, 1995). This research compares and contrasts the effect of gender domination on the gender composition of tiers of management and numbers of Senior Executive Service (SES) across a state government public service in Australia. In this way, the career progression of males and females in female dominated and male dominated agencies can be examined to determine whether different career outcomes can be discerned under conditions of significantly greater numbers of one gender being employed. Findings indicate that men in female dominated agencies have different employment profiles and career patterns to those of women in male dominated agencies.

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ID Code: 4818
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Women, management, public sector, SES, government agencies
DOI: 10.1108/09649420210445776
ISSN: 0964-9425
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Emerald
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 15 Aug 2006
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 23:27

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