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Career advancement for women in the British hospitality industry: The enabling factors

Career advancement for women in the British hospitality industry: The enabling factors

Calinaud, Valentine, Kokkranikal, Jithendran ORCID: 0000-0003-0103-562X and Gebbels, Maria ORCID: 0000-0001-9623-2655 (2020) Career advancement for women in the British hospitality industry: The enabling factors. Work, Employment and Society, 35 (4). pp. 677-695. ISSN 0950-0170 (Print), 1469-8722 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017020967208)

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Abstract

Women are historically under-represented in senior management positions in almost all industries. Despite being a major employer of women, there is a clear lack of females in management positions in the hospitality industry in the United Kingdom (UK). This research aims to gain insight into the factors enabling women to access senior positions in the UK hospitality industry. Using the gendered organisations perspective (Acker, 1990, 1992), the study analyses female managers’ perceptions about their career advancement within this sector. It identifies key enablers and strategies to facilitate women’s career advancement. The findings reveal that despite improvements in career opportunities for women within the UK hospitality organisations, there is still a long way to go in terms of employment policies and practices that enable women’s career progression, which includes family-friendly practices; proactive and transparent gender equality measures; support networks and mentors; and personal development plan.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: career advancement, career progression, gender equality, gendered organisations, hospitality, women managers
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism
Faculty of Business > Tourism Research Centre
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2021 09:17
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/29706

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